The Podcast Is Coming

I’ve teased it for a few months now, Rob Tornoe wrote about it on Philly.com in his story about Leslie Gudel coming aboard as a contributor, and I’ve been conducting early morning – 6 a.m.! – test shows off and on (on and off?) for a few weeks. Now, we’re ready to rock with a morning podcast.

We’re going with a three-man booth consisting of yours truly, Adam Lefkoe, and Russell Joy. The show will start off as Monday-Wednesday-Friday, and record most days at 6 a.m., aiming to be available for download by 7:15 a.m. The plan is to eventually make it a daily show and stream live, but we didn’t want to spread ourselves too thin to start, especially over the summer months. We plan to debut on April 26, the day before the NFL Draft.

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Adam currently works for Bleacher Report and co-hosts a podcast for them with Chris Simms, “Simms and Lefkoe.” He’s also a Lead Host and does video work at Bleacher Report. He is a multiple Emmy Award winner (!!!) and former AP Sportscaster of the Year… in Kentucky. He was born and bred here – and by here I mean the mean streets of Bucks County – went to Council Rock and Abington Friends, and used to have an AIM screenname of DAWK4MVP. A quick check of his Instagram (@adamlefkoe) shows an AI jersey, a Snapchat face swap with Verne Lundquist (!!!), and a cameo in the Ben Simmons documentary:

“Ball is life,” is how Adam explained the appearance.

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Russ, too, has vast experiencing in sports media, and has worked his way up the ladder from the back room logging game film to calling premier sporting events. Just kidding– he’s a high school teacher. In fact, I’m not sure he’s done anything in the space, but it seems experience isn’t a prerequisite for local morning shows. A Son of Ben, Russ had a deep knowledge of sports and started off his test show – to keep the playing field level, all test shows focused on the Sixers’ front office – by talking about how Joshua Harris-owned Crystal Palace spent little on players in the Premier League’s transfer window as Harris benefitted from a TV rights deal (sound familiar?) while his team plummeted back toward the bottom of the EPL table. That’s the next-level, non-hot-take, reasoned insight I was looking for, and it is missing from sports talk radio.

Russ grew up in Pottsville and went to West Chester University. In his initial email to me, he explained his vision thusly: “If I were listening to a daily morning pod, I would want something vastly different from the Fanatic and WIP morning shows. I’m over the hyperbolic, brochacho, fake Italian nonsense… and an unwillingness to adapt to the audience. I’d be interested in doing a solo show or a duo/trio. It would have to be a fast, hard-hitting show with a recap of the previous day/night’s game, social media roundup and a preview of the day ahead. There’s a market for such a show, from college students walking to class to young professionals on their morning commute to a worker looking for a reprieve on their lunch break.” Yep, nailed it.

So why will this trio work? First off, Adam will run point– he is way more comfortable in front of a microphone and camera than I am. He’s knowledgeable but doesn’t seem to take anything too seriously and displayed an near-instant recall of obscure references. Russ is the opposite, somewhat more serious, analytical, and sounds like he belongs on Serial. I’m somewhere in the middle. We’re all different, and I think that tends to be a good thing.

A three-man booth works for a show that will aim to grab people for their morning commute. There’s more energy. And, quite frankly, I always find that I perform better with two other people, and indeed I will avoid the joke about every man on Earth gauging their wife’s reaction to that line. With the exception of interview shows, the half-assed podcast efforts I did with Dave Grzybowksi (now on TV!) and Kevin Matuszak, and Jim and John Barchard (now on the radio!), always turned out better than when it was just me with one other person and I had to lead.

Where we’re all the same is in our agreement that much of what is happening in mainstream sports media blows, and that you can have a daily (or near-daily) show without sinking to the levels of call-baiting morons with fake draft scenarios. We’re not going to be NPR, but we’re also not going to be WIP. There’s a middle ground there, and we want to find it.

Great, does it have a name? Not quite yet. But we think we got it.

How can I listen? The show will be available through all conventional podcast platforms – iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play – and there are plans to incorporate the full show or portions of it onto social media. We would eventually like to stream it live, and perhaps to do in-person shows (at the right price– Adam is in New York).

Will it really be available by 7:15 a.m.? That’s the goal. We aren’t calling it a morning show, because each episode should remain relevant for at least a few days, but we want it to be part of your daily routine. No local podcast has attempted to become part of that highly coveted morning commute. And I think there’s an opportunity there.

How can I prepare to make you guys a part of MY BEING? Follow (@adamlefkoe) and (@joyonbroad) on Twitter.

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55 Responses

  1. Ha! Bloggers with their tiny dicks think they can challenge the powers that be in sports media. No way! Virgins.

    1. The only way this podcast will have any success is if you take phone calls.

      1. Kyle has no sense of his customers needs. The podcast will fail. Unless he takes lots of calls.

    2. You realize that the comment section is what makes this site, right?
      Podcast ???? LOL

  2. I heard he is coming back from Houston to host the afternoon shift on 94.1.

  3. Hello Kyle,

    I see that you’re doing a podcast. Email me. I put podcasts on the radio all the time.

    Son of Howard,
    Brett

      1. The fact that you called a podcast ambitious proves to me that you make very little money.

  4. In the first 5 minutes of “Leading Off” last night, Jon Marks incorrectly stated 5 innings constitutes a “quality start,” while making no mention of the runs variable. Then stupidly said the Phils lost Tyler Goeddel because he was a Rule 5 pick. Wrong. Then he said last night was the IronPigs opener. Wrong. The competition isn’t stiff, Kyle.

    1. Say what you want. But Johnny Marks is laughing all the way to the bank. Did you see what they are paying him this year? No wonder he’s building a 6,000 square foot house in Yardley.

      1. A home like that in Yardley would cost about 4 million. Marks must be killin it.

    2. He brought the hair plug doctor in as a big sponsor. Sadly its not what you bring professionally as a Sports Talk Host nwadays its who you can bring in as a sponsor. At least thats how it seems to work in Philadelphia.

      One of the many reasons Philly Sports Talk Radio is littered with mediocrity.

  5. I bet you dumb republitards are having buyers remorse with the Con Man in Chief Cheetos Trump. His hypocritical ass is doing everything he criticized Hillary for and you suckers fell for all his bs lies and still do. Can’t wait until he gets impeached for treason. Let’s see how you Trump d|ck riders spin this.

    1. Actually no. He has got the economy thriving and it only took him 3 months. So I would say that anyone involved in business is pretty happy with Trump. I’ve made more in 2017 already than I did last year.

        1. Job numbers over the first quarter have been off the charts, Dow is up over 13% since election day, labor market has not been this tight in a decade, and real estate prices are re-inflating. Think before you type.

          1. Jobs have been on the rise for the past two years under Obama. The DOW confidence won’t last, expect a big drop in Q2. Real estate prices are rising because we are about to enter another bubble thanks to continued sub prime lending despite the last crash. Think before YOU type.

          2. Drumpf the do-nothing President has done exactly that so far – nothing. And thank God for that.

    2. Jolovitz fanboi- Trump just dropped 40 Tomahawk missiles on Assad, while sitting face to face with the President of China, then toldl him to get N. Korea under control or regretfully there’d be more American missiles in the air. THAT is the definition of BALLS. Love or hate Trump, he has BALLS and knows how to run things. The left, and the Dems, have no idea what BALLS are, unless their hanging from a pre-op tranny , LIKE YOU.

      1. Jolovitz fanboi- Trump just dropped 40 Tomahawk missiles on Assad, while sitting face to face with the President of China, then toldl him to get N. Korea under control or regretfully there’d be more American missiles in the air. THAT is the definition of BALLS. Love or hate Trump, he has BALLS and knows how to run things. The left, and the Dems, have no idea what BALLS are, unless they’re hanging from a pre-op tranny , LIKE YOU.
        – Edited for syntax in order to rob left wingers of the low hanging fruit. Damn the lack of an edit feature.

  6. Nothing on Howard signing a minor league deal with the Braves. Oh btw if the Son of Ben guy talks any Union this podcast will be DOA.

    1. Some sort of sop to the millennial liberal baller types who would waste their time downloading this crap. “Listen to the Daily Dorkcast, we’re talkin’ soccer!”

  7. You seem to have a hard on for Adam. Serious question, you are both alone, he whips out his dick, do you present your ass or dive in mouth first?

    1. I’d bet kyle turns around and slowly pulls down his pants like the tease he is with me

  8. Be weary of any white “adult” that wears basketball high tops and a backwards cap.

  9. Worth a listen, thanks. Speaking of Ms. Gudel, will she ever write another column?

  10. Kyle, is Jimbo jealous you chose another neck-beard flannel-wearing hipster wannabe for this podcast instead of him?

  11. That Irwin Fletcher comment was the best of the year so far. Pissed myself a little bit. Really well done.

  12. “we didn’t want to spread ourselves too thin to start, especially over the summer months.”

    That is the most millennial thing you have ever said.

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