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The Roger Hoover Podcast
14 minutes | Apr 19, 2019
Episode 38 - Omar Vizquel
After a long hiatus, The Roger Hoover Podcast is back! Hoover recaps the busiest "offseason" of his life, then shares his conversation from this week with baseball legend and Birmingham Barons manager Omar Vizquel. Vizquel played 24 years in the major leagues, was an 11-time Gold Glove Award winner at shortstop, a three-time All-Star, and is a member of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame. Vizquel discusses his career plus his role now in the Chicago White Sox organization with Hoover, as well as his love for art and music. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
19 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
Episode 37 - Myles Jack
MYLES JACK WASN'T DOWN. Now that we've got that out of the way, it's a big week for the Jacksonville Jaguars as they host the New England Patriots for the home opener on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. Roger revisits his conversation with Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack from April 12, 2018 when he threw out a ceremonial first pitch before the Jumbo Shrimp played the Mobile BayBears. Roger also says hello for the first time from Tuscaloosa in the fall, and also gives his gratitude for the 2018 Southern League Broadcaster of the Year honor from earlier in the week. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
16 minutes | Aug 22, 2018
Episode 36 - Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter became the CEO of the Miami Marlins on October 2, 2017 and has been busy overseeing the organization's day-to-day business and baseball operations ever since then. Part of his first season as CEO and part owner was a trip to Jacksonville in early July to watch the Marlins Double-A club the Jumbo Shrimp, and he visited with Roger Hoover at the Baseball Grounds on July 8, 2018. Roger also says hello for the first time since February on the podcast and talks about the 2018 Jumbo Shrimp season, plus what's to come as he transitions to the baseball offseason. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
15 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
Episode 35 - Michael Kopech
Pitchers and catchers all across baseball are reporting to spring training this week, and that includes Chicago White Sox top pitching prospect Michael Kopech. The hard-throwing right-hander was a force for the Double-A Birmingham Barons in 2017, and in August of last year he discussed his progress and plans with the future with Roger Hoover at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Roger also recaps a winning weekend for Alabama women's basketball, and looks ahead to the start of college baseball as well. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
25 minutes | Feb 6, 2018
Episode 34 - Pat O'Conner
In the same game that featured last episode's interview with Jim Furyk, Roger Hoover also welcomed Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner to the Jumbo Shrimp Network booth on May 27, 2017. O'Conner has been the MiLB President since 2007 and has spent over 30 years in professional baseball. Here he talks with Roger about the re-branding that clubs like Jacksonville had prior to the 2017 season, plus his thoughts on working with Major League Baseball on pace of play initiatives, and the future of the game in the minors. Roger also recaps last week's trip to Florida and Walt Disney World, plus announcing gymnastics for the first time. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
23 minutes | Jan 22, 2018
Episode 33 - Jim Furyk
Back to the archives! Last year Ponte Vedra Beach resident and PGA Tour golfer Jim Furyk visited the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on May 27, 2017 as part of "Golf Night" with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. The 2003 U.S. Open champion talked about his work with the Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation, his career, and plans for the future as the 2018 Ryder Cup USA Captain. Roger also says goodbye to the Jaguars season and updates a winning weekend for Alabama women's basketball. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
49 minutes | Jan 18, 2018
Episode 32 - Blythe Brumleve
Blythe Brumleve is not only a die-hard Jacksonville Jaguars fan, but she's turned into one of the most trusted voices when it comes to Jacksonville sports. Through her work with her website "Guys Girl" to co-hosting "Helmets and Heels" on 1010XL Jax Sports Radio, Blythe has become one of the go-to follows for sports and media news on the First Coast. She joins Roger to discuss this Jaguars season that has included a berth in Sunday's AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, plus details her career and what she sees for the future of social media. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
12 minutes | Jan 15, 2018
Episode 31 - Bradley Bozeman & Nikki Hegstetter
Alabama's national championship on Monday night was life-changing for center Bradley Bozeman in more ways than one. Not only did the senior win his second championship, but he also got proposed on the field after the game to his girlfriend Nikki Hegstetter, who starred for the Alabama women's basketball team from 2012-16. She said yes, and Tuscaloosa's most celebrated engaged couple visited with Roger after Thursday's Alabama women's basketball game on Thursday. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
65 minutes | Jan 12, 2018
Episode 30 - Eli Gold
Monday's victory for Alabama over Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game meant championship number 17 for the Crimson Tide, and the sixth called by "The Voice of the Crimson Tide" Eli Gold. Gold visited with Roger at Coleman Coliseum this week about another championship moment on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, and details his career path from Madison Square Garden as a peanut vendor to the beloved broadcaster of Tide sports. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
35 minutes | Jan 8, 2018
Episode 29 - Vince Coleman
It's a new year and the cold weather has us all hoping for baseball season. So here's a look back at one of Roger's favorite interviews from the 2017 Jumbo Shrimp season. 13-year major league veteran and Jacksonville native Vince Coleman was honored by the Jumbo Shrimp on July 1, 2017 with a bobblehead of him in his Raines High School uniform, and he joined Roger on the Jumbo Shrimp Network to discuss his All-Star career and memories of Jacksonville baseball. Roger also updates Alabama women's basketball and what's next for the podcast. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
38 minutes | Dec 29, 2017
Episode 28 - Stephanie Drake
Fan of Mad Men? Then you'll enjoy this conversation with Stephanie Drake, who played Meredith in the final three seasons of AMC's legendary show. Drake discusses her life and career, gives thoughts on playing Don Draper's last secretary, as well as updates what she is doing now and her upcoming project "After Meredith." Plus Roger recaps an eventful Christmas week and puts a wrap on 2017. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
26 minutes | Dec 18, 2017
Episode 27 - Mark Brunell
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to the playoffs! With the excitement of the Jaguars getting back to the NFL postseason for the first time since 2007, it's a good time to look back at Roger's conversation with Jaguars legend Mark Brunell from August 2017. Brunell made a trip to the Baseball Grounds as the Kindness Hero of the Year presented by the American Civility Association, and he joined Roger on the radio during a Jumbo Shrimp game to talk about that plus his NFL career and what he's doing now. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
37 minutes | Sep 14, 2017
Episode 26 - Florida Week 2017 with Stuart Webber
Stuart Webber of Action Sports Jax and the Jacksonville Armada is a University of Florida graduate, and he visits with Roger Hoover, a University of Tennessee graduate, to discuss the Tennessee-Florida rivalry and preview Saturday's game in Gainesville. Stuart also discusses being a part of the Hurricane Irma coverage for Action News Jax, and Roger updates offseason plans. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
42 minutes | Aug 10, 2017
Episode 25 - Jack McKeon
This isn't the first time that baseball legend Jack McKeon has sat down for an interview with Roger Hoover, and it certainly hasn't been the last! In this conversation, McKeon details coming to the Jacksonville area for spring training years ago, what major differences he sees between baseball now and then, plus thoughts on the 2003 World Champion Florida Marlins and what made that club so special. Roger also updates how the Jumbo Shrimp are in the playoff picture with just weeks left to go! Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
39 minutes | Aug 1, 2017
Episode 24 - Brittany Wagner
If you've watched the first two seasons of the Netflix series "Last Chance U" then no doubt you are a fan of Brittany Wagner. In her role as the athletic academic counselor for East Mississippi Community College, she helped many players get on the right track academically and become eligible to transfer to Division I football programs. She talks with Roger about the experience of the being on the show, plus her new opportunities away from Scooba, Mississippi. Roger also gives his thoughts on the show and updates the Jumbo Shrimp road trip. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
42 minutes | Jul 28, 2017
Episode 23 - Kendall Grayson
The "Voice of Alabama Hockey" Kendall Grayson has one of the most interesting jobs that any student has attending the University of Alabama. Grayson is the Director of Broadcasting for Alabama Hockey, a club team that competes away from Tuscaloosa, calling the Pelham Civic Center Home. In this conversation with Roger recorded at Coleman Coliseum in mid-March, Grayson talks about the rise of Alabama hockey, and some of the challenges and hard work students do to make a club sport successful. Roger also gives a update on the Jumbo Shrimp as they are over 100 games into the season, previews episodes to come. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
13 minutes | Apr 27, 2017
Episode 22 - Barry Larkin
Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin is enjoying his role as the Cincinnati Reds Special Assistant to the General Manager, and in those duties he made it to Pensacola to take a look at the Blue Wahoos. There he met with Roger and gave his thoughts on the Reds of the future, plus shared thoughts on his legendary playing career and the future of the World Baseball Classic. Roger also updates the start of the Jumbo Shrimp season. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
31 minutes | Mar 29, 2017
Episode 21 - Remembering Ken Sparks with Adam Cavalier
Earlier this morning legendary Carson-Newman head football coach Ken Sparks passed away at the age of 73 after a long fight with cancer. Here Roger gives his memories of interactions with Coach Sparks, and visits with the "Voice of the Eagles" Adam Cavalier to put Sparks' life and career in perspective. Audio highlights are from following Sparks' 300th win in 2012, and the closing song is the Carson-Newman's A Cappella Choir and Alumni singing their timeless benediction, "The Lord Bless You and Keep You."
16 minutes | Mar 17, 2017
Episode 20 - Greg Byrne
Greg Byrne is in his first few weeks as the new Director of Athletics for the University of Alabama. During his first full week in this new role, he watched Alabama play Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the 2017 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament, and during halftime of that game he joined Roger on the Crimson Tide Sports Network to discuss his new role and vision for Crimson Tide athletics. Plus Roger looks back at the past week of Miami Marlins spring training broadcasts, attending the World Baseball Classic, and updates Alabama's run in the Women's NIT. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
18 minutes | Mar 6, 2017
Episode 19 - Courtney Lyle
Courtney Lyle is staying very busy these days as part of the SEC ESPN Network's stable of play-by-play announcers. Courtney is announcing five games in the 2017 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament in Greenville, S.C., and there she caught up with her old Vol Network partner Roger Hoover to discuss her first year working solely for ESPN, and advice for young broadcasters looking to get into the business. Plus Roger gives his schedule for upcoming Miami Marlins spring training broadcasts and recaps Alabama's run in the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament. Follow Roger on Twitter: @Roger_Hoover and visit his website: hooverbroadcasting.com.
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