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60 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Episode 41: "This Week in Baseball History" with C's Plus Baseball's Niall O'Donohoe
In this episode (recorded on Friday, July 30, 2021, an hour before Major League Baseball's trade deadline), a special "This Week in Baseball History" edition, C's Plus Baseball writer Niall O'Donohoe stops by to share his thoughts on baseball memories in connection with topics from the week of August 2nd of past seasons. It's just two sports fans having fun talking sports. Topics include managers receiving too much credit or blame for players' performances, Niall's all-time pitchers list including that of his Blue Jays, two of K.P.'s all-time sports "myths," K.P.'s "worst champions ever," rookies and players making an impact early but then disappearing, and Niall's take on a possible mercy rule in baseball. Follow Niall O'Donohoe/C's Plus Baseball: Website: https://csplusbaseball.ca Twitter: https://twitter.com/csplusbaseball
48 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Episode 40: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, Founder/President of Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW)
Tune in to this episode of The K.P. Wee Podcast to learn about the Sports Business 2.0 revolution and meet the online learning pioneer at the center of it. Dr. Lynn Lashbrook founded Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW) three decades ago as a forum for experienced professionals in the business of sports management to mentor students aspiring to build a career of their own. At a time when dial-up Internet was still the standard in most homes, SMWW was offering live online classes accessible to the world. For decades, Dr. Lashbrook has recognized this technology as a transformational tool but Covid-19 has finally driven it into the mainstream. The mantra? “Go global, or go home!” Not only does SMWW make learning about the business of sports more open and interactive, it also extends opportunities to would-be sports management professionals around the world. With 35 online sports business courses, sports career conferences, a graduate degree program, and valuable alumni network, Dr. Lashbrook is helping individuals achieve their dream of working in sports not just in Northern America but in countries across Africa, Eurasia and South America. He is fostering a global conversation among students and professionals – one that supports the export of sports across borders and preconceived notions of all kinds. With a long history as a successful agent himself, Dr. Lashbrook shares with K.P. both hard-won wisdom and an unquenchable enthusiasm for diversifying, democratizing and growing sports year over year. He sees and feels this burgeoning energy in his online forums, building on inspiration he has taken from uniquely successful mentors such as Howard Schultz of Starbucks, Phil Knight of Nike, and Lamar Hunt, a founder of the American Football League and Major League Soccer. The SMWW toolbox offers students a lifetime membership that promises exponential growth. With its ever-widening network of connections and live conference event opportunities, students across different cultures and sports learn from one another. They are encouraged to interact, trade notes, dialogue online and interact via informational interviews with professionals across the spectrum of sports management training and skills. SMWW’s online learning program is growing by leaps and bounds not only because pandemic has accelerated the embrace of video communication but also because it makes education affordable and opens the field globally to sports enthusiasts who want to turn their passion into a profitable profession. Enjoy this lively conversation in which K.P. learns about Dr. Lashbrook’s original vision and entrepreneurial journey, the types of student best suited to SMWW (Hint: anyone with a genuine love of sports) and the potential of unleashing a sports fan base of 8 billion people worldwide. No letterman jacket is required to tap into this huge trend and become a part of the SMWW network – the LinkedIn for people building a career in sports! You can hear previous episodes of The K.P. Wee Podcast here. If you’re a fan of this podcast’s intro music, please follow Roger Chong: Twitter @chongroger and Instagram @chongroger KEY TOPICS: (04:03): Dr. Lashbrook explains how he has put together a stable of rock stars – teachers from across sports disciplines who share their real-world managerial experience through a range of 35+ SMWW online courses. (05:48): For decades Dr. Lashbrook has been offering weekly online chats for current and former students, an outgrowth of his love for the Socratic method. It’s all about keeping a dialogue – and the learning and growing -- alive in a global classroom across163 countries. (09:10): A bit about how SMWW has grown and evolved over its many decades in existence, from early Internet to post-Covid-19. (11:27): The opportunities to be had in the global conversation that is sports. (12:13): Dr. Lashbrook touches on the potential sports have to advance diversity, democratize opportunity and support global outreach. (15:33): Sports business needs are the same across the world, which is what Dr. Lashbrook recognized early when he put a priority on cultivating a global footprint across countries at all stages of development with regard to professional sports. (18:57): The role of live, in-person conferences (often linked to important draft and other sports events). Dr. Lashbrook believes SMWW has a vital role to play in providing students direct access. Plans are set for getting back on the road to facilitate these events as Covid-19 restrictions ease. (21:34): How and why Dr. Lashbrook designed informational interviewing and shadowing of professionals into his SMWW curriculum. (24:10): Why informational interviews and the legitimacy conferred by the SMWW credential are what Dr. Lashbrook calls his “secret sauce.” (25:00): Having a letterman jacket in your closet is no longer a prerequisite for going into professional sports management. Business acumen and other skills/talents can be equally important. (28:03): Himself a successful agent, Dr. Lashbrook shares thoughts on what it takes, SMWW’s model for mentoring a growing network of well-trained agents and what hurdles to expect in pursuing this sports specialty. (33:33): K.P. elicits from Dr. Lashbrook, with his demonstrably visionary track record, thoughts about where the field of sports management is heading and what elements will shape SMWW’s model over decades to come. (37:08): What types of traits and circumstances constitute the ideal SMWW student and what ultimately sets them up for success. (Answer: Anyone with the commitment!) (40:30): Dr. Lashbrook’s passion for helping people who love sports work in the arena professionally. SMWW is all about helping students connect with real jobs and fulfilling lives. (41:52): What lies ahead for sports? Globalization of all types of sports across borders and across affinity groups. The landscape is changing dramatically and opening up with cross-pollination of all types of sports. KEY QUOTES: (04:31): “The lightbulb went off that the experts might not have the educational doctorate that we require, such as me with kinesiology, but we realized that there were people out there who wanted to teach and give back.” (07:52): “I’ve always said books are outdated when they’re printed. SMWW never becomes outdated because next week’s curriculum is happening as we speak.” (09:59): “When Covid hit, the whole world joined online overnight.” (10:58): “You must have an educated society to have a free society and you must really have sports, which is synonymous to peace, if you look at the original Olympics and how they started.” (12:59): “We’re into a magical formula and I don’t think anything stops us from getting bigger and better. Our contribution back is the growth of sports business around the world.” (14:46): “An entrepreneur has to believe in something so passionately that no one can talk you out of it.” (18:07): “There’s no walls to our target and it’s a worldwide target. Sports and access to education are a universal language.” (20:02): “(Live conferences) complement our business model and are icing on the cake, adding so much to the course.” (23:57): “The informational interview is what I call our secret sauce.” (26:21): “So many people from all walks of life that never played the game are running sports. It’s a catalyst for the diversity explosion.” (31:01): “We think we’re in a major seismic change of opportunity in the agent world and the nice thing (is) you don’t have to quit your day job to try it out.” (33:40): “I’ve always been in love with the Internet and the potential for what online education can do around the world with name, image, and likeness as well as other avenues.” (35:12): “I want somebody to have the same adrenaline in a classroom that you have when you go to a game or the ice to watch.” (39:52): “The better the audience, the better the class. The better the engagement, the more value you get.” (40:29): “I think anybody who loves sport should be able to make money in sport.” (41:14): “We can’t guarantee a job, but what a great opportunity to test the waters (and find out) if there’s a way to monetize your passion!” (43:55): “As the tide rises, the boats are raised in sports. I think the sky is the limit.” (45:10): “If I can keep growing and listening to the cultures and challenges, I think we can come up with solutions to accelerate the business of sports.” Dr. Lynn Lashbrook Bio: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook has been working and teaching in Sports Management for over 40 years and has demonstrated a lifelong passion for growing dynamic sports programs, and he also continues to work as an NFL agent and has personally represented over 100 NFL clients including first rounders. Currently, Dr. Lashbrook is President of Sports Management Worldwide, first ever online sports management school with a mission to educate future sports business executives. SMWW trains and mentors thousands of students every year for sports business careers, including athletes, agents and sports industry leaders. Sports Management Worldwide, under Dr. Lashbrook’s guidance, offers a global sports faculty including former General Managers, Scouts, Coaches and well-known sports executives. Offering sport specific skills via online training, SMWW boasts over 5,000 alumni from over 140 countries. SMWW offers cutting edge sports career courses that complement college courses. This includes the Sports Management Worldwide Agency, an international full-service sports agency with over 200 Agent Advisors worldwide representing hundreds of professional athletes. Follow Dr. Lashbrook: SMWW Website: www.smww.com (newsletter, access to career counselors) SMWW Agency Website: www.smwwagency.com Dr. Lashbrook’s Email: Lynn@SMWW.com Dr. Lashbrook @LinkedIn Dr. Lashbrook @LinkedIn Dr. Lashbrook @Wikipedia About K.P. Wee: K.P. Wee is the author of multiple books and a regular contributor to sports radio programs and websites. In addition to hosting The K.P. Wee Podcast, he also enjoys writing sports and psychological fiction with a twist of romance. He spent a decade working as a program developer and instructor for a private school before joining the Vancouver Canadians baseball club’s media relations department. You can find out more about books by K.P. Wee here. Follow K.P. Wee: K.P. @Twitter Additional episodes of The K.P. Wee Podcast: https://kpwee.libsyn.com
60 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Episode 39: Baseball Discussion with C’s Plus Baseball’s Niall O’Donohoe
Niall O’Donohoe of C’s Plus Baseball, a blog about the MiLB Vancouver Canadians, joins the podcast in this episode to discuss baseball, including how he motivates himself to cover the C’s on a daily basis. Niall, who’s also the public address announcer for the Canadians’ home games at Nat Bailey Stadium, even discusses how he prepares for his P.A. announcing duties with the High-A West League club as well as his passion for the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Lions. Follow Niall O’Donohoe/C’s Plus Baseball: Website: https://csplusbaseball.ca/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/csplusbaseball
60 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Episode 38: Baseball Discussion with IBWAA’s Jason Takefman
Jason Takefman of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) joins this episode to discuss no-hitters, negativity as well as overreactions by fans and media members, Jacob deGrom, and other topics. Key Topics: (01:50): K.P. brings up hitless games which aren’t recognized as official no-hitters, revisiting the hitless starts by Andy Hawkins (1990), Mark Gardner (1991), and Madison Bumgarner (2021). (04:45): K.P. reminds Jason about the “official definition” of a no-hitter while being open to a revised definition being created down the road. (10:40): Jason brings up Mike Morgan, the opposing pitcher in the 1991 Dennis Martinez perfect game, which leads to the discussion of the 2001 Diamondbacks. (15:30): The 1993 Canadiens vs. Wayne Gretzky matchup is revisited, and K.P. mentions how the idea for his 1993 Canadiens book was hatched. (19:00): K.P. talks about the negativity by fans, bringing up social media comments by naysayers about the Phoenix Suns’ run to the NBA Finals. (23:00): K.P. and Jason discuss the 2021 Canadiens’ playoff series vs. Vegas. (25:20): Montreal’s 1986 and 1993 teams are compared to the 1989 Habs. (26:50): Jason compares the Habs to the Yankees’ power teams as well as the less successful franchises in sports. (29:00): K.P. laments the fact that Tom Candiotti is being unfairly blamed for the 1991 ALCS loss and reminds Jason that Candiotti lost a close race to Roger Clemens for that year’s ERA title, which leads to a discussion about Clemens. (34:00): The 2000 ALCS is revisited and more Yankees chatter comes up, with Jason discussing the “winning DNA” by elite teams. (40:30): K.P. talks about overreactions and hyperbole by fans and media members. (41:39): Jacob deGrom is mentioned, along with a particular national baseball writer’s recent use of the word “ignorance,” directed at anyone who discredits deGrom’s success. (43:00): Jason uses a quarterback analogy to make a point about the impracticality of comparing eras and the hyperbole surrounding the 2021 Dodgers at the start of the season (with an L.A. writer’s claim that they were going to be better than the 1927 Yankees and the 1975-76 Big Red Machine). (45:55): K.P. argues why deGrom cannot be part of the 2021 National League MVP conversation. (47:00) K.P. reminds Jason there are no such things as “big enough” leads. (49:00) K.P. explains it’s too premature for the deGrom ERA watch (the context being his chasing the 1.12 ERA mark set by Bob Gibson in 1968). (51:45) Jeff Reardon is mentioned; K.P. laments the fact he’s blamed for the Braves’ 1992 World Series loss, bringing up the fact people have forgotten first baseman Sid Bream’s zero RBIs in both the 1991 and 1992 World Series. (56:10): K.P. brings up a cool no-hitter anecdote.
49 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Episode 37: MiLB play-by-play broadcaster Chris King
Chris King, play-by-play broadcaster of MiLB’s Tri-City Dust Devils, makes a second appearance on the podcast. In an episode originally recorded on Friday, June 11, King discusses the changes seen in the High A West League (formerly the Northwest League) and answers questions sent in by listeners near the end of the conversation. Note: Coincidentally, this conversation happened just hours before Giants outfielder (and former Tri-City Dust Devil) Mike Tauchman robbed Washington’s Juan Soto of a home run, and K.P. specifically mentions Tauchman because of an earlier conversation with King, who’d shared a cool anecdote about the Giants outfielder in Episode 5.
29 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Episode 36: Unsung Heroes (1988 Dodgers Edition)
In today’s episode, host K.P. Wee (author of the 2018 book The 1988 Dodgers: Reliving the Championship Season) talks about Dave Anderson and Brian Holton, a pair of unsung heroes—and forgotten contributors—on the 1988 L.A. Dodgers. Holton went 7-3 with a sparkling 1.70 ERA for the 1988 world champions, including a 6-4 victory against the Cincinnati Reds 33 years ago this week on June 25, 1988. One of his other victories in 1988 came against the powerful New York Mets—making him the only Dodger pitcher to record a victory over the NL East champs during the regular season. Anderson, meanwhile, filled in admirably at shortstop over a two-month stretch and helped the Dodgers reach first place—and hang on to top spot in the NL West. Of course, when a contending ballclub loses its starting shortstop (which the Dodgers did in 1988 when everyday shortstop Alfredo Griffin was sidelined after being hit in the hand by a Dwight Gooden fastball), it often means disaster—the 1987 Toronto Blue Jays and 1995 California Angels are brought up as examples—but Anderson’s play ensured that disaster didn’t strike in L.A. that season.
30 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Episode 35: Dr. Chelsea Heyward, Players Coalition & LaChica Sports
In this episode of The K.P. Wee podcast, you’ll hear from Dr. Chelsea Hayward, a sports industry professional. She works as an advisor with the Players Coalition and is also a branding and digital media manager. As if that wasn’t already enough, she is also a research associate at Morehouse College where she teaches Sports, Culture, and Power. After a bachelor’s in psychology at Long Beach State, Chelsea wasn’t sure what to do when she graduated. When she heard about the masters degree in sports management, she stayed at Long Beach to enroll in the program. That’s where it all started. After her masters, Chelsea went on to USC to get her doctorate in Organizational Change in Leadership. Her interested in athletes’ involvement in social activism increased and she wrote her dissertation on improving the effectiveness of athlete activism. Since then, she has been involved in the sports industry in many ways and on many levels, including her teaching at Morehouse as well as her role at LaChica Sports with Angela LaChica. Chelsea offers lots of insight about how she stays organized, what motivates her to work, and how she stays creative and curious. Plus, she offers valuable advice to high school students and young college students on how to become an open-minded learner and get their foot in the door with the sports industry. If you’re a fan of this podcast’s intro music, please follow Roger Chong: Twitter @chongroger and Instagram @chongroger KEY TOPICS: (2:09) – Introduction to Chelsea and how she got to where she is today (7:14) – How Chelsea balances her schedule in the day-to-day (8:38) – What motivates Chelsea to keep going every day? (9:50) – Chelsea explains branding and her person-centered approach (11:05) – Staying creative and being a lifelong learner (13:14) – Chelsea’s advice for high schoolers and freshmen in college (15:42) – Being a sports fan while working in sports (18:29) – The pandemic’s positive impact on Chelsea’s work (20:34) – Advice from Chelsea on a student’s path to do work in the field (23:54) – Finding a professional mentor (27:45) – Chelsea’s guiding north: liberation of oppressed people KEY QUOTES: (5:22) “Beyond wearing a T-shirt or tweeting about an issue, how can we change the system surrounding a problem?” (8:30) “It’s almost underestimated about how important the people you work with are because they’re shaping your worldview for 70% of your week.” (10:42) “When I look at branding – either branding a business or a company or an initiative – is trying to look at it from a person’s perspective. So, if this initiative were a person, what would it look like?” (12:32) “Creativity comes about through mixing ideas that haven’t been mixed before.” (14:02) “You should listen to listen, not listen to respond.” (16:31) “It’s about treating the athletes like people but also understanding what their schedule and their world looks like.” (18:42) “It’s [the pandemic] actually greatly increased my own personal impact I think because it’s increased access.” (21:05) “In sports management you understand the business side of sports, so you understand all that goes into it which becomes really important for understand how things work.” (24:42) “I think it’s getting to know as many people as you can as deeply as you can.” (26:37) “For young people seeking out mentors, finding someone that doesn’t tell you what to think but gives you a framework of how you should think becomes really important.” (27:27) “There’s not a one-size-fits-all solution but if people know themselves well enough, they can figure out what path forward best works for them.” (28:14) “Everything that I do goes into liberation of people, whether it’s socioeconomically, mentally, physically.” About K.P. Wee: K.P. Wee is the author of multiple books and a regular contributor to sports radio programs and websites. In addition to hosting The K.P. Wee Podcast, he also enjoys writing sports and psychological fiction with a twist of romance. He spent a decade working as a program developer and instructor for a private school before joining the Vancouver Canadians baseball club’s media relations department. You can find out more about books by K.P. Wee here. Follow K.P. Wee: K.P. @Twitter Additional episodes of The K.P. Wee Podcast: https://kpwee.libsyn.com
32 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Episode 34: This Week in Baseball History (A Knuckleball Edition)
In this episode, K.P. Wee looks at some knuckleballing feats and stories for the week of May 31 of past years. Included are Jeff Reardon’s first victory in 1993 after the former all-time saves king added a knuckler to his repertoire (May 31, 1993), the Niekro brothers’ record-setting 530th combined win in the big leagues (June 1, 1987), and R.A. Dickey’s shutout against St. Louis in 2012 (June 2, 2012), which began a dominant month of knuckleball pitching, one which saw him pitch back-to-back one-hitters with 10+ strikeouts that June. Also mentioned are the outstanding gems of Joe Niekro (June 4, 1987), Tim Wakefield (June 4, 1995), and Eddie Fisher (June 4, 1965). (Note: In the podcast, the date of Wakefield’s 10-inning outing was erroneously stated as 1985; of course, it was actually 1995.) Bonus: Not mentioned in the podcast, but also on June 4, 1953, Hoyt Wilhelm smacked his first career triple (in his 50th big-league at-bat) to break a 3-3 seventh-inning tie against Cincinnati. He got the pitching win in that game with three shutout innings in relief, when the New York Giants scored seven more runs in the eighth for an 11-3 victory. He would never hit another triple. Of course, Wilhelm had also homered in his first major-league at-bat a year earlier—and never hit another. The music is by The Roger Chong Quartet, titled “Playing With the Duke,” which can be found in their 2016 album “Funkalicious.”
45 minutes | May 18, 2021
Episode 33: The Case for Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame
In this week's episode of the podcasat, K.P. sits down with Jason Takefman, a sports consultant and long-time sports executive in Minor League Baseball, the NHL, and the UFC. Jason is also the co-host of the podcast, “Baseball Writers: The IBWAA Podcast.” In this episode, Jason turns the tables on our host and takes over the show to discuss K.P.’s new book on baseball’s career home run leader, Barry Bonds, and why it’s high time the MLB legend receives his well-deserved place in the Hall of Fame. You can pick up K.P.’s new book, The Case for Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame, on Amazon. To connect with Jason Takefman, follow him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-takefman-executive-mba-5156a42a/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasonbtakefman (@JasonBTakefman) Baseball Writers: IBWAA Podcast https://twitter.com/ibwaapodcast Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: [01:54] Why K.P Wee wrote The Case for Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame [07:33] Is Barry Bonds a victim of PEDs or of his surly public persona? [13:17] Is there a world where Barry would have been voted into the Hall of Fame? [21:15] Will players vote Barry into the Hall of Fame in 2024, and will he even show up? [27:43] If gambling was legalized 25 years ago, would this conversation be different? [31:42] Barry’s close friends in MLB [36:34] What Barry’s managers have said about him [38:44] How Barry’s legacy will look in 25 years [41:12] Would Barry’s story have turned out differently if he played for Boston or New York for his entire career, or at least for a bulk of his career? Key Quotes by K.P. and Jason: “Barry Bonds was one of the first people who truly didn’t care. Everyone talks about not caring what others say or brushing off the haters. But he actually lived it. [...] He was not a very well-liked person because he didn’t suck up to the group of people who could frame a story. He didn’t care that much.” ~Jason “You can’t give one person or body of people that much power, whether it’s media, players, or managers. You can’t because they get drunk with power. [...] If Major League Baseball divests its power for the voting, I think they would have a lot more real participation in the Hall of Fame.” ~Jason “We have to remember that the Hall of Fame is not a shrine but a museum. You can’t not have the greatest home run hitter in the history of the game not be a member of your sports museum.” ~K.P.
31 minutes | May 4, 2021
Episode 32: Sydney Noland, Digital Media Designer for the Seattle Seahawks
This episode of The K.P. Wee Podcast features something a little different – a look at the business of sports through the prism of digital design. K.P. welcomes Sydney Noland, who has been the Seattle Seahawks’ in-house digital designer since 2019. Her journey, which started somewhat accidentally, has offered Sydney access to colleagues she enjoys, a sport she has come to love and artistic challenges that make every day an opportunity for growth. An Indiana native, Sydney initially moved to Seattle because it was where the Navy had based her husband. She was a recent graduate of Ball State in search of design experience of any kind. She applied for dozens of internship positions, but the Seahawks were the only potential employer to offer her an opportunity. She has since gone from football neophyte to an integral part of a pro franchise, learning all the ins and outs of the sport along the way! Not only has Sydney helped establish the Seahawks’ online presence with her contributions to print media and digital platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, she has also worked on app development and created templates that empower other members of the Seahawks team to contribute digitally. Learn about what it’s like to be on a professional sports team’s digital media team, including some practical career advice and tips for managing potential bumps along the way. If you’re a fan of this podcast’s intro music, please follow Roger Chong: Twitter @chongroger and Instagram @chongroger KEY TOPICS: (02:00) – Intro to Sydney and a bit about her background. (05:00) – The existence of “sports design” as an actual industry niche was all new to Sydney, who fell into it through luck and circumstance. (05:50) – What a digital designer’s day-to-day looks like, especially in the context of promoting a sports team. (07:28) – When it comes to planning digital campaigns and content, Sydney draws inspiration mostly from her own imagination. (08:31) – The off-season affords a little bit of a break, but Sydney’s calendar is still busy year-round with new projects to plan and execute all the time. (10:45) – Sydney delineates some of the differences between various aspects of digital design within different media contexts. (11:49) – The fun and less fun elements of being a digital designer. It tilts heavily towards the fun! (13:52) – Where Sydney was when she first heard that pandemic was threatening to force a lockdown, shut down offices and put a pause on all professional sports. (16:28) – How the transition to working remotely has impacted Sydney and others on the Seahawks team used to a lot of face-to-face social interactions. (17:45) – How Sydney balances work and family as well as structuring her time on the job at home. (19:00) – How Sydney’s Bachelor of Fine Arts supported her career ambitions and what inspired her to pursue graphic design. (20:27) – How resilience played a crucial role in Sydney’s dream. She was initially rejected by Ball State’s art department but persevered! (21:56) – College provided the basics, but actually entering the real-world practice of digital design required some hands-on learning along the way. Participating in Ball State’s “Digital Corps” was a critical piece, along with internships Sydney lined up over her college years. (24:10) – Marketing tips for aspiring digital designers who want to raise their profile and cultivate their brand: Establish a personal website featuring your portfolio. Showcase work at online platforms like Behance.net. Network with other sports designers. Post frequently on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media websites. (26:12) – Finding a mentor starts with reaching out. You never know which young creative will be generous with their time. (27:43) – How Sydney initially found out about the possibility of work with the Seattle Seahawks via Glassdoor. She followed up by researching the team online and staying open to learning about something entirely new. (29:05) – A few final thoughts from Sydney for aspiring digital designers – especially those with an interest in the sports sector. KEY QUOTES: (04:40) – “I never had a thought about football – barely knew anything about football – compared to now!” (06:41) – “Nowadays we’re even more into the digital realm because of COVID and pulling back on print, realizing how valuable these digital spaces are.” (09:44) – “People always ask, ‘What are you doing in the off-season?’ And the answer is A LOT!” (11:50) – “The most fun part about my job is just seeing a big campaign come together as expected and looking great.” (12:02) – “I love the creativity that goes into my job and that my co-workers are so trusting of my abilities … We’re always trying to do something new, something different.” (15:30) – “(Pandemic) was a wild time for all of us, trying to figure out how everything was going to work, which we eventually did. It was just a crazy time.” (17:00) – “I’ve gotten closer to my boss and other co-workers from the pandemic because we’re messaging each other more … making time for each other. I’ve gotten used to it, but it was weird at first.” (20:15) – “I’ve always just loved art and been very passionate about it.” (21:13) – “To anyone listening out there: Failure does not mean it’s the end!” (26:17) – “If you find someone you’re inspired by and they’re willing to be a mentor, talk with you, answer questions and give you feedback from time to time, I’d say just reaching out is the first step.” (29:10) – “My biggest piece of advice is, ’Don’t accept that failure is the end of the road.’ Sometimes you’re just being turned in a different direction for the moment and there’s something better up ahead than what you had planned.” Follow Sydney: Website: https://sydneynoland.com @LinkedIn Online portfolio website: https://www.behance.net About K.P. Wee: K.P. Wee is the author of multiple books and a regular contributor to sports radio programs and websites. In addition to hosting The K.P. Wee Podcast, he also enjoys writing sports and psychological fiction with a twist of romance. He spent a decade working as a program developer and instructor for a private school before joining the Vancouver Canadians baseball club’s media relations department. You can find out more about books by K.P. Wee here. Follow K.P. Wee: K.P. @Twitter Additional episodes of the K.P. Wee Podcast: https://kpwee.libsyn.com
30 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Episode 31: Aggie Dent, Podcast Host & Sports Management Major at NYU
This episode of The K.P. Wee Podcast features a young woman who has launched a sports media career that includes a podcast featured in 36 countries. And she hasn’t even graduated college yet! Aggie Dent, a senior at New York University studying Sports Management and minoring in Studio Art, shares her pandemic experience with developing global relationships and exploring new media platforms. In a far-ranging interview recorded two days before Major League Baseball's 2021 Opening Day, K.P. asks Aggie to share thoughts on everything from the overlapping beauties art and sports share to marketing and communications internships at Formula E and FC Bayern Munich to how the Alabama native picks her favorite sports teams. Aggie explains how her podcast, Adventures with Aggie, got started and the ways in which it has evolved over its inaugural year. She focuses on sharing the stories of athletes and sporting professionals of all sports and backgrounds. K.P. solicits lots of helpful advice for young people who would like to pursue careers in the sports industry, especially within the realm of podcasting and sports branding and management. They round out their conversation with thoughts on staying open to opportunities in life. “Take a leap of faith” is advice commonly given to those launching a career. But Aggie embraces a different philosophy: “Take a baby step!” That’s where her journey started and she plans to keep advancing her goals by putting one foot in front of the other and staying curious, open and excited all along the way. You can find “Adventures with Aggie” here. If you’re a fan of this podcast’s intro music, please follow Roger Chong: Twitter @chongroger and Instagram @chongroger KEY TOPICS: (02:55): What NY sports teams Aggie, an Alabama native, cheers on. (04:34): How sports and art overlap in Aggie’s view. She loves the fact that the two complement each other and uses various media to communicate the technique and beauty present in both. (06:54): The Adventures with Aggie podcast – how it has evolved and where she hopes to take it in the future. (08:30): Pending topics that Aggie will be featuring in upcoming podcasts. (09:15): What got Aggie started on her podcast? Quarantine boredom, at first! Then, increasingly, genuine curiosity and the excitement in hearing stories. (11:58): Aggie’s advice of aspiring podcasters. First off, you never know until you try! Then keep at it. In her case, she organically grew to find listeners in 36 countries! Have fun with it! (14:35): Formula E and how Aggie got involved with electric car racing. (15:53): Aggie’s role at NYU’s Sports Business Society (for professional networking and community service events). (17:28): A few ideas for would-be incoming students at NYU. How to get the most out of the experience: Reach out and solicit support/mentoring from older students. Pursue and utilize internship, volunteer and other opportunities. (19:40): How Aggie connected with overseas sports teams and what those working relationships look like in the day-to-day (or 24-hour day when it comes to her remote, global relationships). (22:34): Aggie ponders what has been most rewarding about her podcast and other experiences thus far in her career: Meeting a huge array of athletes with amazing stories. Creating community with all the fascinating guests she has met. Experiencing the trust others put in her as a host. (20:20): What it’s like when emotions – positive or negative – come up in a podcast interview. Some have difficulty sharing their struggles, but they appreciate the platform and opportunity to tell their own stories. (27:06): Aggie’s best advice to young people aspiring to whatever career: Stay open and try anything and everything. (Aggie never imagined as a freshman that she’d be speaking to strangers on Zoom as a senior). It’s okay not to know exactly what you want to do. Internships are a great way to test many different types of careers. (28:58): Where to find the Adventures with Aggie podcast and new episodes as they come out. KEY QUOTES: (04:44): “Sports in itself is art. You can’t look at a Hail Mary in football and not say that’s a work of art.” (07:39): “I wanted to dive deeper into storytelling.” (07:49): “I’m focused on delivering the stories of athletes off the field and how their sport has defined what they have done with their lives.” (08:30): “We have lots of different content for the rest of the year about lots of different sports.” (11:00): “Curiosity pushes the show a lot.” (12:10): “When I was starting out I didn’t really mean to start a podcast … then people wanted more of your content.” (13:26): “I enjoy every single one of my episodes. Maybe it’s because I have that curiosity, that I want to know more but I love it!” (17:00): “Being able to speak with all these people from all around the world has been a really cool experience.” (20:02): “If we weren’t remote right now I wouldn’t be working for these incredible teams across the world.” (21:16): “I record at all hours of the day because my guests are from all over the world. So I’ll wake up at 5am to record because that’s when somebody can do it.” (22:00): “It’s amazing to see the international sports world come together during these virtual times and how it allows for all of these different experiences.” (23:38): “Knowing that people trust me enough to share their stories and what has happened in their life … is so rewarding. And some of them are my friends now.” (25:45): “I tell every single guest: I’m not trying to ask you hard questions. That’s not the point of the show. The point of the show is to deliver your story in the way that you want to.” (28:05): “I didn’t know (as a college freshman) what I wanted to do and that’s okay. You don’t have to know what you want to do. Once you’ve tried all the things you think you want to try, then you can know what you want to do.” (28:18): “‘Try everything’ is the most vital piece of advice – advice that I also received as a freshman.” Follow Aggie: Website: www.adventureswithaggie.com @LinkedIn @Twitter Formula E Racing: https://www.fiaformulae.com About K.P. Wee: K.P. Wee is the author of multiple books and a regular contributor to sports radio programs and websites. In addition to hosting The K.P. Wee Podcast, he also enjoys writing sports and psychological fiction with a twist of romance. He spent a decade working as a program developer and instructor for a private school before joining the Vancouver Canadians baseball club’s media relations department. You can find out more about books by K.P. Wee here. Follow K.P. Wee: K.P. @Twitter Additional episodes of the K.P. Wee Podcast: https://kpwee.libsyn.com
41 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Episode 30: The Episode with Your Host
In this episode of The K.P. Wee Podcast, the tables are turned when Stan Markotich, former News Director at CJIV Radio, takes over the microphone to interview our host. Together, they explore all the various professional incarnations that have defined K.P.’s career: sports writer, educator and author of multiple works of sports and narrative fiction. There are lots of amazing anecdotes and stories to share along the way. It’s a conversation that runs the gamut from the early impulse (to help others) that drove and continues to drive K.P.’s career interests to managing interviews with irascible sports subjects to advice for young people who aspire to work in sports, most especially for those who are interested in becoming an author and building a body of work similar to K.P.’s own. Anyone can do it, the author and podcast host asserts, with dedication, patience, determination, preparation and – most of all – passion! If you’re a fan of this podcast’s intro music, please follow Roger Chong: Twitter @chongroger and Instagram @chongroger KEY TOPICS: (01:49): How K.P.’s core values drove his professional interests. (02:58): K.P.’s career as an educator included corporate and teacher training while at the same time his gift for writing started to emerge. (04:00): How K.P.’s first efforts as an author came to pass, starting out as a hobby and progressing from there. (04:17): About the first book K.P. authored, a biography of baseball player Tom Candiotti and other ideas that flowed from there. (06:15): How K.P. created a bridge from his work in commercial and educational contexts to becoming an accomplished author with a special focus on sports. (07:25): Although not himself a professional athlete, K.P. relies on facts, records and historical stats to establish credibility and a sound foundation for his books. (09:32): The types of interactions K.P. has had with the athletes he has profiled and how he prompts them to recollect and share their stories. (12:48): Various methods K.P. has used to contact prospective subjects: Via media relations representatives who can help secure interviews or permission to interact with players and other team members. Old-school letters to retirees and others without PR organizations. DM-ing on LinkedIn, Twitter or other social media platforms. (15:09): K.P. doesn’t parlay his work in media relations for the Vancouver Canadians when he pitches prospective book subjects, instead sharing his resume and the track records of books he has previously authored. (17:05): Helpful insights that K.P. has adopted as a result of his work in media relations (for the Vancouver Candians) and how they are useful in communicating his professionalism and neutrality. (19:00): The publishing status update on K.P.’s book about Barry Bonds. (21:24): How K.P. has navigated awkward situations in which he’s needed to approach a coach or player who might have had either a bad day or doesn’t want to dredge up a particular memory. Gilbert Dionne on Marty McSorley’s illegal stick in the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. Oilers Goalie Bill Ranford thoughts on Jimmy Carson’s trade. One unnamed player lit into K.P. because he didn’t like a particular (innocuous) question. (30:26): Does K.P. consider himself more of an oral historian or biographer? (32:45): A lot of the stories K.P. tells are written to inspire young people to be tenacious, resilient or just to dream big. (35:00): How K.P. got started writing about sports figures and what it takes to break into publishing and other sports-related careers: Passion is key. Think about purchasing some basic equipment. Do your research and get knowledgeable about various media (YouTube is a great resource). Plan to invest considerable time. Look up publishers who have issued the kinds of books you’d like to write, locate editors’ contact information and send out a pitch. You’ve got nothing to lose. Learn about your prospective subjects and then reach out in a professional, serious manner. (39:40): Above all, people who aspire to a career in sports just need to get started. KEY QUOTES: (02:34): “Different people communicate effectively in different ways. I was one of those communicators who did better as a writer.” (02:54): “From a young age I knew that I wanted to help others and one way of doing that was to become a teacher or instructor.” (06:37): “Sports fans often have their own opinions and think they’re right.” (08:12): “Even though I have not been an athlete or sports journalist … I am happy and proud that I’ve been able to do the research and deliver stories that are accurate to the fans.” (10:21): “I’m not there to push the player to get that next touchdown or goal or drive in that next run. I’m there to get them to recollect that special game, that best moment on the playing field.” (14:16): “Even though I’m not an athlete professionally or amateur-wise, I have worked for the Vancouver Canadians minor league baseball team … (but) I keep that separate from what I do with my writing.” (18:15): “I’m not a fan who is there to get an autograph. I’m here to get your story and to portray you in a positive light, not to slam you.” (28:10): “Sometimes you may ask a question that you think is fair game … and need to cut the interview short. You just find another way to tell the story.” (29:40): “You can report the facts, but that doesn’t give you the story.” (Stan) (31:22): “Helping people is not just teaching them things but also writing stories that can inspire.” (32:52): “A lot of these stories are fascinating because of the athletes or coaches themselves.” (35:33): “You have to devote a lot of time to do a good job at (writing). You can’t be half-way and expect to really do a great job.” (36:00): “You do this kind of thing (writing books) because it’s a passion … and understanding that, you just go out and do it!” (39:18): “Above all understand that rejection will come. You just have to be able to deal with (it).” (39:33): “Be persistent, but don’t be a pest. Don’t be annoying! If someone doesn’t want to be interview you have to respect that.” About K.P. Wee: K.P. Wee is the author of multiple books and a regular contributor to sports radio programs and websites. In addition to hosting The K.P. Wee Podcast, he also enjoys writing sports and psychological fiction with a twist of romance. He spent a decade working as a program developer and instructor for a private school before joining the Vancouver Canadians baseball club’s media relations department. You can find out more about books by K.P. Wee here. Follow K.P. Wee: K.P. @Twitter Additional episodes of the K.P. Wee Podcast: https://kpwee.libsyn.com
38 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Episode 29: Neil Stratton, Founder of Inside the League
In this episode of the K.P. Wee podcast, it’s all about navigating the football industry’s backroom staffing. In a conversation recorded in March 2021, Neil Stratton, founder of the Inside the League (ITL), offers valuable perspectives and advice for prospects, parents, coaches, administrators and agents. His blog, podcast, website and the many features his Inside the League website offers are critical tools for anyone who aspires to build a career in the college or pro football industry. Neil pioneered the concept of an online trade journal and has also served as an advisor to schools from the Big 10, ACC, WAC, Conference USA and Pac 10. It wouldn’t be covering the whole story, however, if Neil didn’t share his early pre-Internet days and the various starts and stops he weathered along the road to success for his multi-faceted Inside the League franchise. K.P. and Neil also tackle the evolution of scouting and the changes in philosophy that have arisen since the Moneyball concept emerged, along with a new breed of owners who tend to run their NFL teams like they run their businesses. There is, Neil says, much more of an emphasis today on basing decisions on math and downsizing the role of scouting departments. It’s hard to say whether that trend holds in a post-pandemic world. The episode wraps up with advice for aspiring football professionals of all types and it comes down to one thing: Put yourself out there. The industry is sought-after and (at least has the appearance of being) glamorous, so don’t expect anyone to send you an invitation. Find a way to contribute – volunteering or doing menial work – and find a mentor to start building your network from there! Neil’s excellent book, Scout Speak: Thinking and Talking about Being an NFL Evaluator, is available here. It offers insider perspectives and advice from legends in the field that you won’t want to miss. If you’re a fan of this podcast’s intro music, please follow Roger Chong: Twitter @chongroger and Instagram @chongroger KEY TOPICS: (01:34): How Inside the League came about, its roots and modest start in the transition between print- and Internet-based publishing (03:22): It was agents, financial advisers and wealth managers at All-Star games who initially encouraged Neil to start a publication focused on them, which he did in 2002. It was a slow start. (04:13) The summer of 2007, Neil went to work for the Hula Bowl. It was going to be a turning point but the game was cancelled and the wheels fell off. Neil was disgusted, until (with a nudge from his wife) Neil adopted a new subscription model and relaunched Inside the League. (06:31): It was a leap of faith for his new subscribers, who had no Twitter or other social media platforms giving them a peak behind the wall. But people came and Neil never looked back, having now added a podcast, a blog, newsletter, partnering and a number of other unique tools. (08:26): How an exam program for aspiring agents came into being and what ITL’s testing/prep does to prepare people for the career. (11:20): Neil’s expertise with scouting and the pervasive impacts of pandemic in terms of connecting people within and aspiring to the industry. ITL responded with professional development tools online featuring top figures who have shared their knowledge and experience. (13:37): All about Neil’s book Scout Speak (now also available on audio) and who the book is targeted to serve. It provides insider information as well as stories culled from recordings made at events over the years, including interviews with more than 30 former and current general managers, scouts and other players in the industry. (16:20): Scouting isn’t the “fantasy football” dream that many people might think. Neil gets into the nitty-gritty of what life looks like for those who pursue a scouting career. (17:18): Neil explains how ITL 1.0 was strictly about agents. ITL 2.0, which has expanded its focus on scouting. ITL 3.0 tackles the college personnel community and integrating it with the agent and scouting industries. (18:00): Passion and sacrifice are inevitable in this industry. The pay is small, the hours are long. You’re up against deadlines, often lonely and unwelcome at the school you’re visiting. (20:42): The dynamic between coaches and owners has evolved to where it’s hard to tell the players from the scouts, who are very often young ex-players who are in shape but don’t perhaps have as many contacts or as much experience. (23:10): The ways in which scouting has changed over Neil’s 20 years in the industry and where it’s heading in a post-pandemic world where priorities and contacts may bear more or less importance. (24:10) K.P. summarizes recent history in terms of distinguishing information gatherers versus talent evaluators. (24:27): How analytics have changed scouting standards and approaches – as well as the differing ways people interpret what quantitative data means. (27:25): Neil offers words of advice (and concrete tactics) for young professionals who aspire to get access, network and find their way onto the first rung in this highly competitive industry. (31:00): Neil’s advice to aspiring football professionals: Volunteer at stadiums, find a camp that a player is putting on, do whatever you can to build relationships. (Posting comments on Twitter is not enough …) (32:30): The XFL’s and CFL’s future and what synergies may be out there – as well as opportunities for people looking for a place to put their skills to work and make important connections and access opportunities. KEY QUOTES: (03:52) “(ITL got started) right when sports business news was something people were talking about, something new, and the idea of sports business management degrees was new … Money was being plowed into the industry.” (04:02): “I thought it would be a wild success and everyone would want to know more about the industry but it wasn’t that at all.” (06:10): “The idea in ’08 of using a credit card on the internet was still kind of a new idea, something people were nervous about and reluctant about so I had those things I was working against.” (07:50): “From the initial idea, just trying to track and inform agents, we’ve expanded to work with agents, scouts, marketing people, financial advisers, wealth managers, people across this industry. (10:40): “I believe in the win-win. I believe I can help you get better and pass the (agents’) exam and live your dream. All you gotta do is help me by supporting what we do. Our niche is to help people progress through the industry.” (13:14): “We’ve been excited about how we’ve made it easy for people to become part of the industry they aspire to and get the questions only certain people can answer. Making the learning curve shorter is our whole goal.” (15:30): “The idea at first was to write a book for people interested in scouting but as it has evolved a lot of my friends in the industry have picked it up and purchased it.” (16:19): “Your rank-and-file fan thinks scouting is like fantasy football times a million. Well, it’s not quite that. It’s more drudgery, driving late nights and getting up early, sitting in a scouting room all day and talking to people who may not want to give you what you seek.” (16:56): “Scouts don’t have as much power as maybe people think they do. They aren’t out calling the shots.” (18:21): “You’re certainly not getting rich. It’s an industry where you’ve certainly got to pay your dues and work your way up. The salaries are better than they used to be. There are some approaching $100,000 but that’s certainly not the standard. You’re usually going to start out at $40,000 or $50,000.” (19:40): “There is a camaraderie and fraternity to it that appeals to a lot of people, but that’s such a small part of it … that you better be coming into it with a passion for the game because it’s not as glamorous as you think.” (22:25): “In the old days you had spirited arguments amongst scouts because these guys had coached, they had played in many cases; they knew what teams were looking for. They were used to teams doing a certain thing. They were cut from a different cloth. (24:48): “The difficulty with analytics is you ask two different people and they have a different answer on what analytics really is.” (26:12): “I think there’s a certain mix of traditional scouting and analytics that’s most effective. The problem is no one really know exactly what that mix is.” (30:40): “If you want to work in football you’ve got to be very intentional about looking for opportunities to go meet people, to go work for people, to prove yourself to people and if you aren’t doing that … your chances aren’t very good.” (31:14): “Football is one of the most network-based industries out there and if you don’t go out and meet people – and more importantly have a mentor or champion who will go to bat for you and help you find opportunities – it’s almost impossible to break in.” (33:52): “There are hundreds of people who want to do this kind of work and you’ve got to be the one to go in and do the things that other people don’t want to do. That’s how you stand out and apart from everybody else.” Follow Neil Stratton/ITL: Website: http://www.insidetheleague.com Blog: www.succeedinfootball.com Podcast: The Draft Brawl Podcast @Twitter @LinkedIn About K.P. Wee: K.P. Wee is the author of multiple books and a regular contributor to sports radio programs and websites. In addition to hosting The K.P. Wee Podcast, he also enjoys writing sports and psychological fiction with a twist of romance. He spent a decade working as a program developer and instructor for a private school before joining the Vancouver Canadians baseball club’s media relations department. You can find out more about books by K.P. Wee here. Follow K.P. Wee: K.P. @Twitter Additional episodes of The K.P. Wee Podcast: https://kpwee.libsyn.com
52 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Episode 28: Sports & Activism with Bo-Dean Sanders
This episode of The K.P. Wee Podcast features author, speaker, and former athlete Bo-Dean Sanders. In the ’80s, Bo-Dean transferred from Cheyney University (the oldest HBCU in the U.S.) to Villanova to play on a majority-white football team. His book, Race Against … Against Race: My Journey of Diversity and Inclusion Through Sports, debuted in late 2020. During the conversation, Bo-Dean shares a lot about his time facing racism in sports in the ’80s. He begins by talking about his early relationship with football and how he wasn’t exposed to diverse teams until at least his teen years. He thanks his upbringing for giving him the ability to empathize with the integrated teams he would eventually play for—especially at Villanova. He encourages listeners to embrace the fact that they can overcome any challenge thrown their way. Bo-Dean also shares a story about the time he met Charles Barkley and the impact that had on his football career and his life as a whole. Toward the end of the episode, Bo-Dean digs into the motivation behind writing his book, Race Against … Against Race: My Journey of Diversity and Inclusion Through Sports. He provides strategies for allies of those trying to advance the cause of racial equality, many of which are outlined in the book. He also applauds the work of current activists athletes who are continuing to move the ball forward, as he says, while acknowledging that athletes in the U.S. have “always done this work.” He is thankful for the opportunity to be a spokesman of sorts for racial equality and works to build up the communities of those who are still disenfranchised around the country. KEY TOPICS: (01:15) Bo-Dean shares a bit about his background. (02:00) Bo-Dean’s relationship with Howie Long. (10:30) Why Bo-Dean was able to resist bad temptations while in school. (14:30) You can overcome your obstacles. (15:00) Advice to young athletes. (17:20) Bo-Dean’s favorite coach: Tom Landry. (22:00) The time he met Charles Barkley playing college football. (35:50) Bo-Dean recounts how he didn’t encounter diversity until he’d grown up. (36:40) The philosophy of Bo-Dean’s book, Race Against … Against Race. (39:30) Comments on today’s activist athletes. (43:00) Some final thoughts from Bo-Dean about race allyship. (46:00) Bo-Dean weighs in on the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2020 season. KEY QUOTES: (04:20) “As I would travel around, and ideas and memories came into my head [for the book], I would write them down on paper and throw them in the backseat of my SUV, and over time, I had a whole bunch of paper in the back of my SUV!” (10:00) “Just because I was accepted into Cheyney University as a student did not mean I was automatically given a position on the team: I had to earn my position on the team.” (14:00) “I had to adjust and I had to grow, and I was able to do that through the years thanks to good teachers, teammates and a solid foundation.” (16:00) “If you want to move to the next level, whatever the next level is, you still need to do your homework.” (19:20) “Tom Landry was a leader, and he got a lot of respect across the league.” (19:45) “Terry Hoage was the first player I saw on TV and thought I wanted to play that position.” (31:50) “Just because I’ve never had a white teammate doesn’t mean I can’t treat them with the same level of respect as my black teammates.” (37:30) “If you’re on a diverse team, athletes have those conversations that are centered around race.” (41:15) “Athletes have always played a role in moving the ball forward progressively and in the right direction for race relations.” To listen to additional episodes, please visit The K.P. Wee Podcast. About Bo-Dean (from his website): A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Bo-Dean and his siblings were raised by their single mother. He developed his values by attending his grandmother’s Baptist church. His love of sports began while watching college football on Saturdays and NFL games on Sundays. Bo-Dean began his college football career in 1984 as a walk-on at Cheyney University, the oldest Historically Black College-University (HBCU) in America. He transferred to Villanova University to continue his college football career after Villanova, which had previously dropped football after the 1980 season, reinstated it in 1984. Bo-Dean acclimated to the majority white team and in 1989, earned his varsity ring and jacket. To learn more about Bo-Dean and his book, Race Against … Against Race: My Journey of Diversity and Inclusion Through Sports, check him out at www.bo-deansanders.com Twitter: @BoDeanSanders42 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org About K.P. Wee: K.P. Wee is the author of multiple books and a regular contributor to sports radio programs and websites. In addition to hosting The K.P. Wee Podcast, he also enjoys writing sports and psychological fiction with a twist of romance. He spent a decade working as a program developer and instructor for a private school before joining the Vancouver Canadians baseball club’s media relations department. Follow K.P. Wee: Website: www.kpwee.com Email: email@example.com @Twitter @LinkedIn
24 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Episode 27: The Famous Chicken (Part 2)
The greatest mascot of all-time, the Famous Chicken makes an appearance on the podcast as Ted Giannoulas relives some of the most memorable moments of his career with host K.P. Wee. Originally known as the KGB Chicken and the San Diego Chicken, Ted began entertaining fans at Padres baseball games in the 1970s—while dressed in a huge yellow chicken costume. With his clever comedy routines and antics, he revolutionized in-game entertainment and revitalized attendance in San Diego, leading to other teams introducing their own mascots to entertain fans. In this episode, we bring you Part 2 of the two-part conversation with Ted, who has also entertained at other sporting events and concerts, and has made appearances at trade shows, conventions, and parades, too. Please enjoy!
30 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Episode 26: The Famous Chicken (Part 1)
In March 1974—47 years ago this month—Ted Giannoulas was hired by KGB-FM Radio in San Diego to wear a yellow chicken costume as part of a promotion to distribute Easter eggs to children at the San Diego Zoo. Shortly after, Ted began appearing at Padres baseball games—and the rest was sports mascot history. Now known as the Famous Chicken and the greatest mascot of all-time, Ted Giannoulas makes an appearance on the podcast to relieve some of the most memorable moments of his career with host K.P. Wee. Here is Part 1 of a two-part series with the Famous Chicken. Please enjoy!
30 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Episode 25: 1990 Conn Smythe Trophy Winner Bill Ranford
Today’s episode features part of a conversation with former NHL goaltender Bill Ranford, who recalls his heroic 1990 Stanley Cup playoff run with the Edmonton Oilers. It’s part of a longer chat with the winner of the 1990 Conn Smythe Trophy (as playoff MVP), which was recorded in February 2021 and will be featured in a new book that I’m writing. Currently the goaltending coach of the Los Angeles Kings, Ranford (who was traded 33 years ago this week on March 8, 1988, from the Bruins to the Oilers) played 15 seasons in the NHL with Boston, Edmonton, Washington, Tampa Bay, and Detroit. His playing career also included a 1991 Canada Cup and a gold medal at the 1994 World Championships. *If you enjoyed the music featured on the podcast, please check out Roger Chong (Twitter: @chongroger). The piece is titled "Taking It in Strides."
37 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Episode 24: “This Week in Baseball History” with Jason Takefman
In this episode, a special “This Week in Baseball History” edition, sports consultant Jason Takefman joins host K.P. Wee to reminisce about baseball news and sports memories from the week of March 1st from past years. It’s just two sports fans having fun talking sports. Topics include pranks, the importance of team chemistry in sports, and athletes “hanging on” too long. Takefman—a long-time sports executive in Minor League Baseball, the NHL, and the UFC—also co-hosts the weekly podcast, “Baseball Writers: The IBWAA Podcast.” To connect with Jason Takefman, follow him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-takefman-executive-mba-5156a42a/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasonbtakefman (@JasonBTakefman) Baseball Writers: IBWAA Podcast https://twitter.com/ibwaapodcast
33 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Episode 23: Stephan Lebeau, Former Montreal Canadien & 1993 Stanley Cup Champion
Happy February birthday to Stephan Lebeau, who joins this episode to reflect on his National Hockey League career. The former Montreal Canadiens center went from being undrafted to scoring 31 goals in 1992-93 and winning a Stanley Cup with the Habs in 1993. Thirty years ago this month (February 20, 1991), Stephan also played on the same line with his brother Patrick Lebeau for the Habs. He shares some of those amazing memories with listeners in this episode. For the book which Stephan referenced at the end (“The 1993 Canadiens: Seven Magical Weeks, Unlikely Heroes and Canada’s Last Stanley Cup Champions,” written by host K.P. Wee), check out: https://www.amazon.com/1993-Canadiens-Magical-Unlikely-Champions/dp/1626015465
45 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Episode 22: Richard Kee, Former L.A. Dodgers Team Photographer
Former Los Angeles Dodgers team photographer Richard Kee joins the podcast for the second time, and reminisces about Tommy Lasorda, Jay Johnstone, and Don Sutton. He also discusses some of the more interesting photos in his collection and the stories behind them, including one featuring Dusty Baker and another on "Blue Monday" in the 1981 National League Championship Series. Richard’s work can be found on ultimategamefaces.com.
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