The popularity of podcasts continues to mount. The percentage of U.S. population that have listened to an audio podcast in the last month is at 38% in 2022. That’s more than double what was reported in 2015. The Brooklyn Nets want to be a part of that growth.
The NBA team is coming to podcasting. In fact, it’s already here. The franchise has partnered with iHeartMedia to launch a slate of new podcasts. The plan is to create multiple podcasts with a variety of voices to serve their fans.
The Nets announced their first show will be hosted by Chris Carrino, the Nets’ radio play-by-play announcer. Their second will be hosted by Ally Love, the team’s in-arena host.
The first show is Voice of the Nets with Chris Carrino and debuted today (May 31) and will drop new episodes each Tuesday. The show will feature Carrino speaking to guests about the current state of the Nets and the NBA. The first episode features former Nets player Jason Collins, who helped lead the team to back-to-back NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. Collins later broke barriers as the NBA’s first active openly gay player.
“For over two decades I’ve been telling the story of the Nets through radio play-by-play and Voice of the Nets podcast is a chance to tell that story in long form,” Carrino said in the announcement. “I’m looking forward to sharing these stories and insights in conversations with a variety of guests. In addition to my role with the Nets, I have a somewhat unique life experience and a natural curiosity and while the show will revolve around the team, we will cast a wide net in covering a myriad of topics. I’m so excited to connect with fans in this way and grow a new audience as well.”
The team’s second podcast which will debut in June is titled Courtside Conversation and is hosted by Love. In the show, she will talk to guests about the game of basketball and all things culture – whether fashion, music, food, art, or current events – highlighting important New York moments.
“Courtside Conversation is going to be the place for all our guests to get personal, get inspired, and be inspiring,” Love said. “I regularly say that conversation is the catalyst for change and I’m looking forward to connecting with athletes, artists, and all our favorite people on a platform where we can share strategies and tips for success – our winning game – with others.”
The Brooklyn Nets’ podcast partnership continues the NBA’s commitment to the medium that drove a league-wide deal with the NBA and iHeartMedia announced last July. All Nets shows will be part of the NBA Podcast Network.
Michael Kay: Jeff Passan ‘The Greatest Guest in the History of Sports Radio’
“How fortunate we are to be able to get an ask out there and then have what many consider the greatest guest in the history of sports radio to appear on the show?”
Thursday was a joyous day for Michael Kay on several fronts. The New York Yankees completed a trade to bring one of the best young players in baseball — Juan Soto — to the club, which gave Kay content to talk about but also brightened his mood toward the 2024 season, as he serves as the team’s television voice.
While discussing the trade, The Michael Kay Show attempted to reach ESPN MLB reporter Jeff Passan for more details and for his opinion on the deal.
After getting through to Passan, Kay shared his admiration for the reporter.
“How fortunate we are to be able to get an ask out there and then have what many consider the greatest guest in the history of sports radio to appear on the show?,” said Kay. “How lucky we are for him. He can’t be luckier. You can’t be, and neither can our listeners. Because you know why? They get a chance now to listen to the great Jeff Passan.”
Then chastised Yankees fans who called into the 98.7 ESPN New York show who were worried about how much the team gave up to acquire Soto.
“You don’t know the Yankees fans that call into our show,” co-host Don La Greca joked.
Mitch Holthus Returning to Kansas City Chiefs Radio Broadcast on Sunday
“A week ago at this time all heck was breaking loose, but yeah, we’re back in the saddle and ready to rock.”
Kansas City Chiefs radio play-by-play announcer Mitch Holthus was absent from a game for the first time in 30 years after being diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. However, he’ll return on Sunday.
Mitch Holthus is set to make his return to the booth for the 4:25 PM ET kickoff. Holthus joined Bob Fescoe and Josh Klingler on 610 Sports Radio for his weekly segment on Fescoe in the Morning, which began with Fescoe asking how he was feeling.
“Oh yeah, 1 gazillion times better,” Holthus replied. “A week ago at this time all heck was breaking loose, but yeah, we’re back in the saddle and ready to rock.”
Holthus has been on the call for two Chiefs Super Bowl championships. He took over the role from Kevin Harlan upon his departure to work with the NFL on FOX in 1994. The longtime radio voice is in his 30th year with the team, a milestone achievement with one organization that will put Holthus in rarified air in NFL broadcasting history.
Jon Jansen: Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal Know How to Make Great TV
“…every time you hear Charles, it’s just pure entertainment.”
The NBA is on the verge of completing its first In-Season Tournament. ESPN and TNT staged on-site sets for studio-based programs NBA Countdown and Inside the NBA, respectively. The two shows interacted with one another before the game with special segments that incorporated a split-screen view of both presentations. Banter between Stephen A. Smith and Charles Barkley seemed to take center stage, with various moments circulating around social media.
On Friday morning, Stoney and Jansen with Heather on 97.1 The Ticket played audio of Barkley declaring that he would give Smith his “first ass whooping” if he came to the TNT set, which led Jon Jansen to share his admiration for Barkley.
“Charles and Shaq together are terrific,” co-host Jon Jansen said, “but every time you hear Charles, it’s just pure entertainment.”
Charles Barkley is an 11-time NBA All-Star and member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and has been a fixture on Inside the NBA since joining the program in 2000. Over the years, he has frequently received plaudits for being a venerated and entertaining analyst and travels to venues with the rest of the crew for special episodes during the year. Barkley also recently started hosting a weekly CNN show, King Charles, alongside Gayle King where he discusses matters beyond sports, including politics and lifestyle.
During his time on the show, Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal have had a congenial feud that has included several lighthearted moments. From races to the big board in the studio to pranks played on one another, the rapport between these former players has long been regarded as a hallmark of the program. O’Neal further displayed his personality by manning the SHAQ Cam for Bleacher Report, in which he walked around the venue and interacted with fans and celebrities, including Rich Paul, French Montana, and Julius Erving.
“The only problem with Shaq is ‘cause you can’t understand what he has to say sometimes because his voice is so low, but they did a thing last night where they gave him his own camera and he’s walking around the stands and talking to people and some celebrities,” co-host Mike Stone said. “It was hysterical. That’s the best sports programming there is besides the game; it’s not even close. Inside the NBA is just awesome.”
Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, along with fellow analyst Kenny “The Jet” Smith and host Ernie Johnson, make their return to the TNT airwaves on Tuesday for an NBA doubleheader.
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