AIR052: (Our) Greatest NBA Broadcasters and Commentators | Podcast


Mike Fratello (The Czar) and Marv(ellous) Albert

Adam & Aaron select their Top 5 NBA Broadcasters / Commentators.

We chat about those responsible for fostering our respective love for the game of basketball. Primarily, we talk about the golden era of not only the NBA, but commentary, too. This episode is littered with sound-bites from some of the most-iconic commentators the game has ever known. We primarily focus on the time-frame 1984 to 1998. We know you’ll enjoy this audible trip down memory lane.

A sprinkling of those mentioned / sound-checked in this episode, include: Marv Albert, Mike Fratello, Ron Thulin, Bob Neal, Doug Collins, Bob Costas, Peter Vecsey, Dick Stockton, Hubie Brown, Ahmad Rashad, Michael Jordan, Shawn Kemp, Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, Rick Mahorn, Gary Payton, Dikembe Mutombo, Karl Malone, Toni Kukoc, Reggie Miller & Robert Pack.

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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!



AIR022: 1995-1998 NBA All-Star Games – complete recap | Podcast


1996 NBA All-Star Game

Adam and Aaron recap the 1995 through 1998 NBA All-Star Games. We discuss rosters, coaches, leading vote getters, memorable moments and Most Valuable Players. The ‘NBA at 50’ is also a topic of conversation. Our chat is filled with plenty of insight and occasional hi-jinks.


NEW! Blooper reel: (audio) [click below]


Links to topics discussed:

All-Star Games: 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 [links courtesy of Basketball Reference]


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AIR011: Sam Smith – Author of The Jordan Rules, columnist and Basketball Hall of Famer | Podcast


Sam Smith

Author of The Jordan Rules, columnist and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Sam Smith.

Our conversation begins with Sam’s early career at the Chicago Tribune. He talks about meeting Michael Jordan for the first time, covering the Bulls in the 1980s and his continued friendship with all-time great, Phil Jackson. We cover his relationship with iconic commentators, Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr and Jim Durham, plus the incredible access Sam had to players and coaches whilst writing his New York Times best-selling book.

Sam shares a great behind-the-scenes story about ‘The Shot’ (Jordan over Ehlo in the 1989 NBA Playoffs) and we discuss his induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame, for contributions to the game. We finish up with some modern day Bulls basketball chat, including the latest on Derrick Rose’s return.


Links to topics discussed:

Sam Smith bio

‘The Shot’ (and post-game interview)


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AIR008: Peter Vecsey – Legendary NBA reporter and columnist | Podcast


Peter Vecsey

Legendary reporter and columnist, Peter Vecsey.

Our extensive chat covers Peter’s whole career – his candor is second-to-none. We talk about his relationship with Julius Erving, experiences covering Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and a host of other greats. Peter recalls his friendship with Drazen Petrovic and discusses possibly his greatest exclusive – Latrell Sprewell’s choke-hold on then-coach, P.J. Carlesimo. He recalls his years covering Michael Jordan, gives honest assessments of Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, plus offers numerous stories he’s never told before. You need to listen to this conversation to fully appreciate it.

Links to topics discussed:

Julius Erving feature (ABA) | Rick Barry announces move to ABA (1967)

NBA v ABA (1970’s) | Minnesota v Ohio State – fight

Peter on NBC’s halftime show (1993 NBA Playoffs) | Sprewell v Carlesimo

NY Post columns (through Jul 01, 2012) | Follow Peter on Twitter


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