Podcast origins – a year in review

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A year ago, today, I released my first podcast episode. Eternal thanks, Bill Wennington; helping me set sail on the journey. Time now, for us to reminisce.

The premise for my podcast was simple; in theory. I planned to chat with (primarily former) NBA players, personalities and media. That, coupled with NBA history conversations with my basketball-obsessed friends. The latter, was achieved rather easily. The former? Well, that’s a Mark Eaton-sized stumbling block.

Since 1989, I’ve been completely obsessed by all-things NBA; particularly, Michael Jordan-era. I read voraciously – countless Basketball Digest, Hoop, Pro Basketball Today and a myriad of other magazines and annuals. I’ve pored over 20+ year-old box scores, more times than you would believe. I have spent an unimaginable number of hours, watching NBA games and programming on VHS and DVD. As for today’s digital age – don’t even go there.

All that aside, the problem remained – how could a (currently) non-credentialed NBA enthusiast, in Australia, chat with high-profile players and personalities? The Internet allows people to connect like never before. I have been equal parts thrilled and humbled, by the generosity that each guest has shown, agreeing to take time to speak with me. In turn, they have allowed me to compile a collection of episodes that I couldn’t be prouder of.

Perhaps, even greater, is the fact that past guests willingly vouch for my research and podcast preparedness. I have one opportunity to make a great first impression on these people that I admire – I don’t intend to waste that.

Importantly, this podcast journey has also allowed me to meet many great people, who I now consider friends. I thank each and every person who has taken time to listen to one, some or all of my episodes. Further, thanks to those who have also helped spread the word about my show – you know who you are – it’s greatly appreciated.

I have plenty more great guests and episodes in the pipeline – stay tuned, as the journey continues into 2014 and beyond. Also, I plan to add much more great content, here on my website.

Here are some statistics, for those interested in my podcast’s distribution:

Top 5 – Countries (total downloads):

USA, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and Iceland.

The ‘Top 5 U.S. Markets’ are San Francisco (includes Oakland and San Jose), Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Here in Australia, the ‘Top 5 Regions’ are Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.

To date, the show has been heard in 105 countries!

As always, I encourage you to interact with the podcast and here on the website. You are a part of the In all Airness community. I welcome your suggestions, comments and feedback.

Thanks for your wonderful support. I want to also thank my amazing wife, for her support, too. Without her patience and understanding of my hoops obsession, this podcast would not be possible. Here’s to many great years ahead!

Adam

 

AIR018: 1996 NBA season – complete recap | Podcast

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Chicago Bulls

Adam and Aaron recap the 1996 NBA season.

Our conversation covers the whole season – we discuss best / worst team records, all major award winners and notable retirees. We also focus on the Bulls’ historic 72-10 record. We chat random stats, fake player nicknames (amazingly make a return) and of course, the 1996 Playoffs – culminating with Jordan v Payton / Kemp in the 1996 NBA Finals.

 

Links to topics discussed:

1996 NBA Season Summary | Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr / Adam Howes (curator)

Damon Stoudamire (1995) | Bulls v Grizzlies | Bulls v Lakers | Chicago’s 70th win

1996 NBA Finals: Game 1 | Game 3

 

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AIR013: Corie Blount – University of Cincinnati star and 11-year NBA veteran | Podcast

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Corie Blount

Former University of Cincinnati star and 11-year NBA veteran, Corie Blount.

We discuss his compelling background and unique ascent to the highest level of basketball. We talk about his relationship with college coach Bob Huggins, Nick Van Exel, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal and others. He offers great insight into his pro career, including memories of a rookie Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan’s first retirement. Importantly, we also learn about the off-court challenges that Corie has overcome.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Bearcats basketball | L.A. Lakers feature

Corie graduates | Gradu8.me

Corie’s story (part 1 / part 2)

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AIR005: Luc Longley – Three-time Olympian / NBA Champion and Australia’s first NBA player | Podcast

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Australian NBA Champion

Three-time Olympian / NBA Champion and Australia’s first ever NBA player, Luc Longley.

We chat about Luc’s early sporting career, his formative years playing basketball and representing Australia at the Olympic Games. Luc tells us how he was recruited to play college basketball for the University of New Mexico. We discuss his 10-year NBA career and how he prepared to match-up against an era of dominant big men, unlikely to be ever seen again. We also examine Luc’s championship years with Chicago and his experiences playing alongside Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. The conversation is very candid and Luc’s sense of humour is notable.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Basketball Reference | Book: Running with the Bulls

Luc Longley – 60 Minutes profile (1992) | Running with the Bulls – 1996

1996 NBA Finals – Game 6 introductions / Bulls’ 4th NBA Championship (Luc’s 1st)

1997 NBA Playoffs – Luc’s bounce pass to Jordan for the dunk

G’day USA (2012): Black Tie Gala – Phil Jackson / Luc Longley

 

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AIR001: Bill Wennington – Three-time NBA Champion of the Chicago Bulls | Podcast

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Bill Wennington

Three-time NBA Champion of the Chicago Bulls, Bill Wennington.

Our discussion includes Bill’s formative years in Canada, the Olympics and his time at St. John’s University. We talk about the 1985 NBA Draft, his NBA career and foray to Italy where he won a Euroleague Championship. We also discuss his key role in Michael Jordan‘s amazing ‘Double Nickel‘ game. We chat about Bill’s post-retirement days, Tales from the Chicago Bulls Locker Room and his love for his current job with the Chicago Bulls Radio Network. We even squeeze in some Derrick Rose rehab talk.

Links to topics discussed: Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

MavsWiki | Virtus Bologna (Bill’s Italian team v Toni Kukoc)

“Michael & I combined for 57 points…” (highlights of all points scored)

‘Running with the Bulls’ feature | 1997 NBA Finals, Game 5

Chicago Bulls Radio Network

Follow Bill on Twitter


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