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Tampa Bay 55
53 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Ep. 60: So how's that for an ending? Celebrating the Super Bowl champs, early economic impact and it's not goodbye, it's see you later!
What a ride! It's the final episode of the Tampa Bay 55 podcast, hosted by 10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee! Ryan and Rob recap an epic ending to the chronicles of the Tampa Bay 55 podcast with a hometown Buccaneers SUPER BOWL win! Rob gives a few of the early economic impact numbers from Super Bowl LV, the guys share stories from our wonderful community ambassadors, they give a thank you to entire Tampa Bay LV team, plus a look back on the year of the pod with stories and memories! Ryan also makes one final request and Rob finally gives in! A huge thank you to all of our guests, community partners and especially you, our listeners! We love you guys!
30 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Ep. 59: SBLV game weekend is here! Goodell praises Tampa, celebrating #ChampaBay and Lightning owner Jeff Vinik on Water Street development and Super Bowl LV!
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, complete their game week coverage of Super Bowl 55 from the Tampa Convention Center! On this final podcast, presented by Reliaquest, we hear from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell who praised Tampa for their success pulling off hosting Super Bowl LV amid a pandemic! The guys also reflect on the recent run of success for Tampa Bay sports teams and welcome in Lightning owner Jeff Vinik to discuss the big game in town, Water Street's makeover and the Bucs run up to the Super Bowl. Plus, PREDICTION TIME for Rob and Ryan!
30 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Ep. 58: Ready for The Weeknd, Super Bowl halftime show memories and Team Tampa Bay's comradery with Visit Tampa Bay & St. Pete-Clearwater
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, continue their coverage of Super Bowl 55 game week from the Tampa Convention Center discussing their favorite Super Bowl halftime show memories! We also hear from The Weeknd ahead of Sunday's performance at Ray Jay. The guys are also joined by Team Tampa Bay's finest, Visit Tampa Bay CEO Santiago Corrada and Visit St. Pete-Clearwater CEO Steve Hayes, to discuss the collaborative effort of pulling off Super Bowl LV.
30 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Ep. 57: How Super Bowl Experience came to be, SB XXXVII winner Brad Johnson talks Tom Brady and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor on hosting a safe Super Bowl
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, continue their coverage of Super Bowl 55 game week from the Tampa Convention Center with an inside look at how the making of the NFL experience along the Tampa Riverwalk came to be! Rob dishes on the details of each park and what fans can expect as they partake in the festivities! Ryan also chats with former Buccaneers quarterback and Super Bowl XXXVII winner Brad Johnson, who marvels at Tom Brady's longevity and reminisced on winning a ring. The guys are also joined by Tampa Mayor Jane Castor to discuss the COVID-19 safety protocols surrounding the Super Bowl.
29 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Ep.56: Virtual Opening Night featuring Brady vs. Mahomes and the Buccaneers push for diversity! Plus, commissioner Kimberly Overman on fighting human trafficking
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, continue their coverage of Super Bowl 55 game week from the Tampa Convention Center with a look at last night's virtual Opening Night! We hear from Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes on the facing each other and the guys discuss Bruce Arians and the Buccaneers push for diversity among NFL coaching staffs. Also, Ryan and Rob welcome Hillsborough County Commissioner Kimberly Overman to discuss the city's efforts to curb human trafficking year round, but especially during Super Bowl week. Ryan and Rob also give you a look at tomorrow's re-opening of the Super Bowl Experience and what's to come the rest of the week!
29 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Ep. 55: Perfect timing! Episode 55 kicks off Super Bowl LV game week as we're joined by No. 55 himself, Derrick Brooks
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, kick off Super Bowl 55 game week with Episode 55 of the podcast on Radio Row from the Tampa Convention Center! We relive the last year of the Tampa Bay 55 podcast with the best moments of the previous 54 episodes! Plus, No. 55, Derrick Brooks, joins the guys to discuss the build up to game week and his franchise going for their second Lombardi Trophy!
38 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Ep. 54: Bucs are in the BIG GAME, Rob's best #RunRichRun impression and what to expect as Super Bowl LV takes over the Tampa Riverwalk
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, join you from Julian B. Lane park, the home to this week's Super Bowl Experience, presented by Lowes! They give you a preview of what you can expect at the SBLV mini theme park, plus they celebrate the home-town team in Super Bowl LV, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get set to take on the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. Ryan and Rob go over what you can expect during game week, what fans will need to attend and the steps the NFL and city are taking to make it a safe environment for all. Also joining the podcast is Joe Lopano, the CEO of Tampa International Airport to discuss the influx of football fans coming to our area and why the nation's top airport is ready to rock and roll! General Clarke from SOCOM also stops by to discuss the military's deep roots in town. Finally, it's the battle everyone's been waiting for: Ryan vs. Rob in the 40-yard dash, all to decide the champion of the Tampa Bay 55 podcast!
47 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Ep. 53: Will the Bucs make the big game? The Super Bowl Experience takes shape
Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, is joined by guest co-host Jason Aughey, senior vice president of sports tourism at the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. 10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass is off this week. Rob and Jason talk about how they expect the Buccaneers to fare this Sunday against the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. If the Bucs win, they'll become the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. The guys talk about how construction is coming along on the Super Bowl Experience and what's being done to make this year special for fans, while also leaving behind a permanent and positive social legacy. They also highlight the importance of cybersecurity. This week's episode features four great guests: Brian Murphy (founder and CEO of Reliaquest), Ray Horal (co-owner of GameDay Vodka), Ernest Hooper (American Cancer Society communications director for Southwest Florida), and Karla Guzman-Mims (corporate social responsibility manager at The Mosaic Company).
58 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Ep. 52: Fans at the Super Bowl? NFL Honors and Opening Night going virtual, the Forever 55 impact so far and our families pillar!
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, discuss the stretch run to Super Bowl LV in Tampa. Ryan asks Rob for an update on the status of fans in the stands for the game, plus an update on the NFL's plans to make NFL Honors and Opening Night a safe, virtual affair. The guys discuss the hype building around the big game, the Lightning's season-opening win and reveal some of the impact Forever 55 has had on the community already. This is also our Families pillar episode, featuring four incredible guests: Tim Marks (President & CEO, Metropolitan Ministries), Trey Brady (Race Director for the Run for Us 5K), Dr. Monica Rider (Chief Medical Officer of Tampa Family Health Centers) and Dr. Katina Bonaparte (family medicine doctor with Community Health Centers of Pinellas)!
48 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
Ep. 51: One month out! The Super Bowl LV build-out begins and Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans on chemistry with Brady, LeBron friendship and giving back
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, discuss the build out to Super Bowl LV as we're one month away from the BIG GAME! Some NFL reps have already arrived in town to begin the work to get the city and stadium ready for Super Bowl LV on February 7. Ryan and Rob discuss what comes next, the open date of the Super Bowl Experience and the Super Wild Card weekend, which begins the Road to Tampa Bay. Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans joins the guys to discuss his upcoming playoff debut, relationship with Tom Brady, friendship with LeBron James and philanthropic work in the Tampa Bay community. There's also an update on the Forever 55 initiative with PNC's Dianne Jacob and TGH's Kim Christine!
46 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Ep. 50: Tip off in Tampa, a new partner in TGH, President and CEO John Couris on the vaccine rollout and Rob's "gift" to Ryan
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, discuss the excitement around NBA tip off in Tampa, as the Raptors begin their tenure in town. The guys also finish off 2020 with an update on the Forever 55 initiatives, including the addition of a new partner for Super Bowl LV in Tampa General Hospital. The hospital's president and CEO, John Couris, joins the show to discuss his excitement to be a part of the festivities, how his team has fought on the front lines of the pandemic and the success of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Rob also gives Ryan a not-so-thoughtful gift ahead of the Christmas holiday.
49 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Ep. 49: Goodell's trip, letter and thanking health care heroes, Rob makes it on TMZ and how we're helping to feed Tampa Bay
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, discuss NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's visit to Tampa, his impressions of Raymond James Stadium and the thank you letter he sent to Rob that went viral. We discuss the league's thank you to health care workers and hear from Goodell on how safe the Super Bowl will be. Rob also discusses his five minutes of fame on TMZ and updates us on the formation of Forever 55's pillars. The guys also visit with Feeding Tampa Bay President and CEO Thomas Mantz on the important work to help families in our area that need it most.
46 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Ep. 48: Roger Goodell comes to town, breakfast is served with GENYOUth’s Alexis Glick and the birth of Ryan's jump shot at the YMCA!
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, discuss Monday's mile marker of 55 days out from Super Bowl LV, capped off by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's visit to Tampa this weekend. Rob explains why Goodell is in town and the progress being on Super Bowl planning. Ryan and Rob also welcome GENYOUth CEO Alexis Glick, a former television personality, to the pod to discuss the Forever 55 Super School Breakfast Initiative, which will help feed students at 55 schools across Tampa Bay. The guys also discuss the birth of Ryan's jump shot at the YMCA with Matt Mitchell, the President and CEO at Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCAs, as well as the launch of the Super Kids Super Sharing program in Tampa Bay!
37 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Ep. 47: Bolts' Jon Cooper on Stanley Cup run and December tee times, ready for Restaurant Week and the final production meeting!
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, discuss the final production week ahead of Super Bowl LV! We set the state for what's to come over the next 68 days, get you ready for Restaurant Week and welcome in Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper to recap the Stanley Cup run, life as a champion, December tee times and his charitable work! Ryan and Rob also divulge their Black Friday text thread, and the riveting UCF-USF rivalry, of course!
48 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Ep. 46: Ryan and Rob's #RestaurantWeek tour, plus ex-Bucs and Cask Social owner Vincent Jackson on his love of hospitality, military roots
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, hold their mini restaurant tour across Tampa Bay, visiting 7th and Grove, MR. B’s, Raw Smoothie and Flames Indian Cuisine! Rob recaps his first taste of Indian food and Ryan professes his love for honey hot chicken! The fellas are also joined by former Buccaneers wide receiver and hospitality entrepreneur Vincent Jackson, who owns Cask Social Kitchen in Tampa! They also discuss his military roots and charitable work with the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation.
38 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Ep. 45: Ryan's pee wee days, Rob the placeholder and NFL's Stephen Bowen on a historic Monday Night Football game
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, discuss the progress with the community ambassador program and celebrate WWE's residency at Tropicana Field in St. Pete! The guys also welcome the NFL's Director of Game Initiatives Stephen Bowen, who played for the Cowboys, Redskins and Jets, to the podcast to highlight his role with the league, plus history in the making Monday with the first all-black officiating crew for Buccaneers-Rams. Which brings us to Ryan and Rob's stories of their, well, not-so-storied football careers. You won't want to miss it!
47 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
Ep. 44: The Tampa Raptors? Ready for The Weeknd and ESPN's Jeff Darlington on Pinellas County roots, Super Bowl memories and storytelling
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, celebrate the announcement of The Weeknd as the NFL's Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime show in Tampa! ESPN NFL reporter Jeff Darlington also joins the guys to discuss his roots in Tampa Bay, what makes a great Super Bowl, the link between Kenny Chesney and the Buccaneers' Cameron Brate as well as work-life balance. Ryan and Rob also discuss the possibility of the Toronto Raptors playing their NBA season in Tampa and why Amalie Arena is ready and willing to play host. Plus, big Forever 55 announcements as we're 87 days out!
30 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
Ep. 43: 93 days and counting, Ryan's request list grows and a visit from our friend Tony Mulkey
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, continue to countdown, now under 100 days, until Super Bowl 55 in Tampa! The guys are joined by Tony Mulkey, the City of Tampa Special Events Superintendent, for an update on how the city is preparing for the Big Game and Ryan adds another request to his growing list! Also, Rob and Ryan update us on the volunteer count for Super Bowl LV's community ambassador program!
39 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
Ep. 42: Capacity limit? Our stance on Super Bowl LV attendance rumors, plus Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul on Tampa's run of success
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, discuss the latest rumors of a capacity cap for attending Super Bowl LV and what's happening 100 days out from kickoff. Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, a USF alum, also joins the guys to talk about the vibe of this Bucs team and what it would be like to win a ring in a stadium he's long called home. Plus, Jason Aughey, the Host Committee's Senior Vice President of Sports Tourism, stops by to fill us in on what's in the works for Super Bowl 55 and elaborates on the future events coming to town!
44 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Ep. 41: Call us the "Champa Bay" 55 podcast, plus the Erik and Eric show: Rays GM on World Series run and TSA boss on Ray Jay protocols
10 Tampa Bay anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, unveil a new (and hopefully permanent) name for the podcast, especially with Rays General Manager Erik Neander joining us from Arlington, Texas amid the World Series. Neander discusses his rise through the Rays ranks, this team's success and why this run is extra special. Keeping with the theme, Eric Hart, the CEO of the Tampa Sports Authority, stops by to update us on all the changes at Raymond James Stadium and why it's important to all stay safe as we get closer to Super Bowl Sunday! Rob also gives an update on this weekend's NFL site visit and more of what's on the horizon!
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