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The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews
Professional Hunter/Outdoor Writer Craig Boddington

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Craig Boddington was born and raised in Kansas, where his early big-game experience, in the mid-1960’s, included pronghorn and mule deer in Wyoming, whitetail and mule deer in Kansas, and mule deer in Colorado. When not involved with hunting and shooting, much of his early years were spent in Boy Scout activities. At 14 he became an Eagle Scout, at 16 received a Silver Palm on his Eagle, and at 17 was the youngest person to become Activities Director at his regional Boy Scout camp. A member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, he attended the University of Kansas on an NROTC scholarship, graduating with an English degree and a regular commission in the United States Marine Corps. His outdoor writing career began in college and continued while on active duty. In 1979 he joined Petersen Publishing Company, where he served as Associate Editor, GUNS & AMMO magazine; Editor, GUNS & AMMO Specialty Publications; Executive Editor, Petersen’s HUNTING Magazine; and from 1983 to 1994 Editor of Petersen’s HUNTING Magazine. His current position with InterMedia (former Petersen’s and Primedia) is Executive Field Editor of InterMedia Outdoors, including GUNS & AMMO, Petersen’s HUNTING, and RIFLESHOOTER. Mr. Boddington has published in excess of 4000 magazine articles and has authored 24 books on hunting and shooting. Read more about Craig at CraigBoddington.com.

Join Bob and Craig on Saturday December 28, 2013 as they discuss Boddington’s extraordinary career.


Back By Popular Demand – The Sporting Life Radio Show Revisits Interview With Rocker, Bowhunting Legend and American Patriot Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

Select few professionals are possessed of the skill, passion and sheer tenacity to break record after record in their chosen field. And fewer still can stake that claim in more than one arena.

To millions of music lovers, Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing more than 6,500 (!) high-octane concerts, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. To further millions, Nugent is the nation’s most outspoken proponent of our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights, conducting thousands of pro-gun, pro-freedom, pro-America interviews in major media worldwide. He has served continuously on the Board of Directors of the NRA since his initial election in 1995, where he consistently sets records for amassing the highest number of votes received by an individual board member.

Nugent is dedicated to preserving our great outdoor heritage for future generations, and along with wife Shemane, regularly hosts hunts for sick and terminally ill children with Hunt of a Lifetime, Hunt for a Cure, and via his own Kamp for Kids. A recipient of myriad commendations from state police, sheriff departments, FBI and police agencies, Nugent has been lauded for his Freedom’s Angels Foundation benefitting our troops, along with work as a national spokesman for D.A.R.E., Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Pass It On Outdoor Mentors Program.

Nugent has been named favorite Hunting Personality by the readers of Outdoors Magazine. He was inducted into the National Bowhunters Hall of Fame, marking the pinnacle of recognition for Nugent as a bona fide Bowhunting Legend of the 21st Century, acknowledged for his skills as an outdoorsman, and for his tireless promotion of bowhunting via his writings for over 40 publications, his New York Times best-sellers Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto and God, Guns and Rock ‘n’ Roll, along with Kill It and Grill It, BloodTrails and BloodTrails II, and his award-winning Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild television show—seen exclusively on Outdoor Channel–where he proudly serves as Ambassador for the network.

Join Bob and Ted, on the December 21st show, as they discuss the rockers’ career, politics, and our hunting heritage.


The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews U.S. Army (Retired) Command Sergeant Major David H. List

(Saddam Hussein Captured December 13, 2013)

In June 2004 CSM List assumed duty and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom IV once more as the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Command Sergeant Major where his brigade was credited with the dispatching of High Value Target (Taliban Leader)

(Loveland, Colorado—December 13, 2013) Command Sergeant Major (Retired) David H. List was born in 1958 at the Military Hospital in Baumholder, Germany, where his father was serving as a Cavalry Scout. CSM List followed in the footsteps of his father and enlisted in the U.S. Army in January of 1975.

Upon graduation from Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, he was assigned as an armored cavalry crewman.

As a Non Commissioned Officer he served in Europe patrolling the Communist East German border and 10 different units supporting combat operations around the world.

Upon achieving the rank of Command Sergeant Major he was assigned to the First Squadron, 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiment in June of 2001, where he served with the Squadron for 3 years, participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom leading the 4th Infantry Divisions attack into Iraq and the capture of Saddam Hussein on December 13, 2003.

In June 2004 CSM List assumed duty and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom IV once more as the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Command Sergeant Major where his brigade was credited with the dispatching of High Value Target (Taliban Leader) Al Zarkowi.

In June 2004 CSM List assumed duty and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom IV once more as the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Command Sergeant Major where his brigade was credited with the dispatching of High Value Target (Taliban Leader)

He ended his 32 year career on 30 June 2008 as the Senior Mission Command Post Sergeant Major Ft Carson. CSM List served in every Armor/Cavalry ground combat leadership position from gunner to Command Sergeant Major. Still serving today he is employed by the Department of the Army as a Training Development Specialist (M1 Abrams Tank Master Gunner) at the Mission Support Element G3, 4th Infantry Division Head Quarters on Ft Carson, training Soldiers in preparation for combat operations.

CSM (Retired) List resides in Fountain Colorado. He is an avid outdoorsmen, gun enthusiast, big-game hunter and Harley Rider.

Join Bob and David on this week’s show as they discuss the Command Sergeant Major’s involvement in the capture of Saddam Hussein, including David’s passion for the sporting life.



The Sporting Life Show Interviews Charlie Daniels

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From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 76, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.

Raised among the longleaf pines of North Carolina, Charlie began his career playing bluegrass music with the Misty Mountain Boys. After moving to Nashville in 1967, he began making a name for himself as a songwriter, session musician and producer. Elvis Presley recorded a tune Charlie
co-wrote titled “It Hurts Me,” which was released on the flip side of “Kissin’ Cousins.” He played on such landmark albums as Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and tried his hand at producing on the Youngbloods’ Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind.

His own unique voice as an artist emerged as Charlie recorded his self-titled solo album in 1970 for Capitol Records. Two years later he formed the Charlie Daniels Band and the group scored its first hit with the top ten “Uneasy Rider.” Since then the CDB has populated radio with such memorable hits as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his
signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.

“I love what I do,” says Charlie of his 50-plus years in the music business. “I look forward to entertaining people. When show time gets here, I’m ready to go, ready to go play for them. It’s a labor of love. I just thank God I make a living at what I enjoy doing.”

Whether performing in the hit 80s movie Urban Cowboy, singing on Easter Sunday at his local church or leading an all-star cast at one of his famed Volunteer Jams, Charlie just exudes joy whenever he steps on stage and he’s always been quick to provide a platform for other artists to shine. In 1974 he invited some friends to join him at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium for an all-star concert he dubbed The Volunteer Jam. The event continued for years and was broadcast in the U.S. and internationally. Over the years, the Jam featured a diverse line up that included Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Roy Acuff, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Crystal Gayle, James Brown, Emmylou Harris, Amy Grant, George Thorogood, Kris Kristofferson, Little Richard,
Tammy Wynette, Alabama, Oak Ridge Boys, B. B. King and the Allman Brothers.

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As diverse as his live shows have always been, his discography has also reflected Charlie’s love of multiple genres. In 1994 he released his first Christian album, The Door, on Sparrow Records. The album won the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for Best Country Album and “Two Out of Three” was named video of the year by the Christian Country Music Association. In 1997, Sony Wonder released Charlie’s first children’s album, By The Light of The Moon” Campfire Songs and Cowboy Tunes.

An astute businessman as well as talented musician, Charlie launched Blue Hat Records in 1997 with his longtime personal manager David Corlew. Over the past 15 years, the label has released such memorable albums as Blues Hat, Tailgate Party, Road Dogs, Fiddle Fire: 25 Years of the Charlie Daniels Band and his first bluegrass album 2005’s Songs From the Longleaf Pines and 2007’s album Deuces, featuring duets with Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson, Bonnie Bramlett, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Brenda Lee and Darius Rucker.

Over the course of his career, Charlie has received numerous accolades, including induction into the Grand Ole Opry and Musicians Hall of Fame. He’s been presented the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music and was honored as a BMI Icon in recognition of his songwriting. He’s received a star on the Music City Walk of Fame.

Any conversation with the legendary artist, however, rarely includes any of his accomplishments. He’d rather shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He’s always been a staunch supporter of the military, and for the past several years has headlined a special concert each spring at David Lipscomb University benefiting the Yellow Ribbon Program which provides scholarships for veterans. In 2012 he welcomed Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, Darryl Worley, the Grascals and actor Gary Sinise to Lipscomb for a great evening of music.

Charlie also lends his time and talent to numerous other charitable organizations, including the Jason Foundation Golf Classic, an organization that targets teen suicide prevention, and the Galilean Children’s Home in Liberty, KY, which provides a home for abused and neglected children, “I’ve been affiliated with them for a long, long time and it’s just a great place,” Charlie says of the home founded by Jerry and Sandy Tucker. “They take in babies whose mothers are going to prison. They give kids a good stable Christian home and love them. It’s just a wonderful place.”

Each year Charlie also hosts The Charlie Daniels Celebrity Golf Classic & Angelus Concert in Hudson, FL, a benefit for The Angelus, a full-time residential facility and day school program for the severely handicapped. Charlie is also a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board and has been a longtime supporter of the T. J. Martell Foundation and its numerous events aiding cancer research. He’s also the headliner every year for the Christmas 4 Kids concert at the Ryman Auditorium, which raises money to provide a happy holiday for needy children. “I have a very unique opportunity because of being in the music community,” Charlie says of using his celebrity status to aid worthy causes. “You try to give back to some extent. I do feel like people should. We should all do as much as we can.”

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The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Former Atlanta Braves Slugger, Chipper Jones

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Loveland, Colorado (November 22, 2013) – Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones, Jr. (born April 24, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman who spent his entire 19-year career playing for the Atlanta Braves. Although initially a shortstop, he spent most of his career as the starting third baseman for the Braves. In 2002 and 2003, Jones played left field before returning to third base in 2004.

Jones debuted in 1993 and played his entire career with the Braves. He won the 1999 National League Most Valuable Player Award, as well as the 1999 and 2000 NL Silver Slugger Award for third basemen. He currently holds the Braves team record for career on base percentage (.402), and on July 5, 2007, he passed Dale
Murphy for third place on the Braves all-time career home run list.

Jones ended his career in 2012 with a .303 career batting average, with 468 home runs, 1,512 walks, and 1,623 RBIs in 2,499 games with 8,984 at bats. He has the most career RBIs for a third baseman. He is also behind only Eddie Murray on the all-time switch hitters career RBI list. He is considered one of the best switch hitters in the history of the game, and he is the only switch hitter in MLB history to have both a career batting average of at least .300 and 400 or more home runs.

Jones announced in March 2012 he would retire at the end of the 2012 season. Many baseball writers anticipate Jones will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as soon as he becomes eligible. On June 28, 2013, Jones’ number 10 was retired by the Braves and he was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.

Chipper is an avid outdoorsman and has a passion for deer hunting. Jones was a co-owner of Outdoor Channel’s hunting show Buck Commander with friends and pro athletes Adam LaRoche, Ryan Langerhans, Tom Martin, and Willie Robertson who is from the Duck Commander TV series. Currently he is co-owner and co-host of the television show Major League Bowhunter airing on The Sportsman Channel, alongside friends Matt Duff and Jeff Danker. To learn more about Chipper Jones visit his website; ChipperJones.com.

Join Bob and Chipper as they discuss the former MLB sluggers baseball career and his passion for the sporting life.


The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Country Music Star Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan

Loveland, Colorado (November 17, 2013) There is no one like him. Craig Morgan’s resume is one of the most varied and impressive on earth–soldier, sheriff’s deputy, EMT, adventurer, TV host, motocross racer, outdoorsman, farmer, family man. And then there is the career that ties it all together. “Music is like a center for all those things,” says the man known as one of country’s best singers and songwriters since “Almost Home” put him on the map in 2002. “It’s the outlet for me to express everything I am. When I’m riding my dirt bike, you may not know about my music, and when I’m in a military environment, it’s not the center point. But my music career allows me to talk about and be a part of all of those other energies in my life. When I’m on stage, I get to express all of it.”

So it’s no surprise that his new Black River Entertainment CD The Journey (Livin’ Hits), which includes eight of his top hits and four powerful new tracks, is as much autobiography as musical statement. “If you don’t know Craig Morgan,” he says, “you can listen to this album and see where I’ve been, where I’m at and where I’m going.” “Where I’ve been” constitutes one of the most familiar and respected careers in modern music. In addition to “Almost Home,” which brings pathos, compassion and nostalgia together into a classic country song, Craig’s catalog includes working-class anthems like “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester” and “More Trucks Than Cars”; real-life love songs like “Tough” and “This Ole Boy”; and one that hits on pretty much every theme Craig brings to the table–“Little Bit of Life.” Then there is “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” a six-week chart-topper whose love of American life in the biggest and smallest senses made it the most-played song of the year in 2005.

The Journey (Livin’ Hits) finds Craig again working with longtime friend and collaborator Phil O’Donnell, along with some of Nashville’s best musicians to introduce fans to four new songs that serve as windows on Craig’s past, present and future. He says, “You want to give people songs that have a hint of what they’ve come to expect from you, while at the same time allowing you to grow musically, and I think that’s what these new songs do, more so than anything I’ve ever recorded.” “Wake Up Lovin’ You” finds Craig using all the power and precision of that instantly recognizable voice to tell the story of an all-consuming memory; “If Not Me” is everything we’ve known Craig for–family, love, country and responsibility in a song gripping in its reality and drama; “Party Girl” is pure fun, celebrating the process of letting loose on the weekend; and “We’ll Come Back Around” talks about those on-the-edge moments that test the limits of great relationships, where even at the worst, both sides know love will win. Together, they show a fresh musical direction for Craig.

“There’s a new me,” he says. “Personally I’m the same, but musically I’m doing some new stuff. The music I’m singing now has an emotional quality that’s different from what I’ve done in the past, and I’m singing it from the viewpoint of someone who has lived the ups and the downs of these songs. With this record the fans will be able to see the fusion of the old and new and how they come together to make me who I am musically right now.” It’s just the latest chapter in a life and career rooted in Craig’s individuality, in his bedrock knowledge of who he is. “I’m an American country boy who loves his country, his family and his God,” he says, “and all of those things collectively dictate who I am. I have no idea what God holds in store for me, but what I do know is that every day I just get up and do my life. I don’t go to work to be a singer. I just go live my life, and part of that is being a singer.”

Craig was born in tiny Kingston Springs, Tennessee, the son of a bass-playing father whose work gave him behind-the-scenes views of classic country stars like Vern Gosdin, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, among many others. At ten, he sang the national anthem during a school field trip to Nashville in front of a crowd that included Minnie Pearl–who told him, “Son, someday you’re gonna be a famous singer.” An avid and lifelong outdoorsman, he began his career as an 18-year-old EMT. He then served ten years in the U.S. Army, where he traveled much of the world and took up performing and songwriting, winning military contests in both. He moved to Nashville after leaving the armed forces, and was employed as a contractor, a sheriff’s deputy and a Wal-Mart assistant dairy manager as he pursued music. He was singing demos when he was signed to his first label deal, thereby launching his hit-filled career.

Craig performs frequently for military audiences, both here and abroad (he has earned the U.S.O Merit Award), and is a frequent guest at the Grand Ole Opry. In fact, the two came together when he was invited to join the hallowed institution in 2008 during an appearance at Ft. Bragg, one of the places he’d been stationed during his military career. Craig’s widely varied but seamlessly integrated background adds believability no matter what subject matter he sings about–and it connects him with his audience in a way few others can claim. “When you’re talking about the people who come to my show,” he says, “well, I am those people. I’ve heard people say they’re a different person when they get on stage. I’m Craig Morgan all the time. The only difference between me on stage and me in the barn is that on stage I’m singing, and in the barn I’m feeding chickens or working on a tractor.”

All parts of his life come together on his television show, “Craig Morgan’s All Access Outdoors,” which is in its fourth season on the Outdoor Channel. Craig, who has four children, lives with his wife of 25 years, Karen, outside Dickson, Tennessee. He is involved in many of the area’s charitable causes and he keeps current with his emergency preparedness skills through activities like in-service training with the sheriff’s department. Ever the optimist, ever the achiever, he is as forward-looking as ever. “I do believe this next chapter in my life is going to be the best yet,” he says. “I started working toward this new direction with my last album, ‘This Ole Boy.’ That album hinted at the direction we’re taking now. This will take everything to the next level.’

‘I’m at a great place in my career,” he adds. “I’ve got the confidence that comes with longevity and with my association with a great label, Black River Entertainment. When I look in the mirror, I see the guy I’ve been, the guy who’s brought me here, but it’s amazing the energy and optimism I sense. I feel I can do more than I ever could.” With his latest release, he is proving just that to the world.

Join Bob and Craig as they discuss the singers career, Craig’s television show, and his passion for hunting and fishing.


The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews PBR World Champion, Kody Lostroh

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Loveland, Colorado (November 13, 2013) – Kody Lostroh has always been a talented Bull Rider. His career began riding division rodeos and in 2003 at the Little Britches Rodeo Association won the national bull riding title. 2003 also saw Kody win the Reserve Championship bull riding title from the National High School Rodeo Association. For three years 2002, 2003, and 2004 Kody won the bull riding title from the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association.

Kody debuted with the PBR in 2004 and has been riding professionally for nine years. His PBR highlights include winning PBR’s 2005 Rookie of the Year. 2009 was Kody’s year to make his mark on bull riding and show why he was the best. In 2009 Kody rode Troubadour in Fresno, California for a High-Marked Ride of 94.5. Kody rode consistently throughout the 2009 PBR season, and remained in the top five contenders for a World Championship. His consistency, hard work, and confidence secured Kody a 2009 PBR World Championship win with a ninety point ride on SoulJa Boy.

Kody had this to say about his 2009 World Championship…”It’s a dream come true for me.” On December 1, 2009 the Mayor of Longmont Colorado declared that day as “Kody Lostroh Day”, to recognize Kody’s PBR World Championship.

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Kody Lostroh’s career to date includes ten event wins, a riding average of over forty eight percent, thirty four bull rides that were scored ninety points or more, #8 all time PBR money earner, and 9 qualifications to the PBR World Finals. Kody’s comments when reflecting on his life…”When I think about my life and what I do, I’m exactly where I want to be.” Kody along with his wife Candace and their one year old daughter Sheridan, raise bucking bulls on their 1,300 acre ranch “Shield of Faith Cattle” in LaSalle, Colorado.

Tune in and listen to Bob and Kody talk about the Bull Rider’s career, and his passion for the sporting life on “The Sporting Life Radio Show”, Saturday November 16th at 11am Mountain Time on Talk Radio 630 KHOW in Denver, Colorado or on iHeartRadio from anywhere on any mobile device.


Back By Popular Demand, The Sporting Life Show Re-Aires Interview With Coach Bob Knight

Bob Knight has been called many things over the decades during his storied college basketball coaching career including names like “The General”. But no matter what your opinion is of Mr. Knight, most would agree that one word best describes this legendary coach and that is a…winner!

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“If [Bobby Knight] is provoked, he is going to challenge it and a lot of times the best thing to do is walk away. But with him, he likes to see a resolution to the situation,” says former Ohio State teammate John Havlicek on ESPN Classic’s SportsCentury series. Controversial and colorful, combustible and combative, Bob Knight is one of the most successful coaches in college basketball history. Click here www.ESPN.Go.com to learn more about Bob Knight.

“The Sporting Life” radio show host Bob Svetich comments; “I am deeply honored to have Bob Knight on my radio show. I have admired coach Knight all of my life and respect how he went about his business. Ask his players and they will all tell you the same thing. Playing for coach Knight wasn’t always easy, but they all knew how much coach Knight cared for them and his commitment to prepare them for what lies ahead in life. Not only is Bob Knight an outstanding outdoorsmen and expert fly-fisherman, more importantly he’s an even greater person. I would go into battle with coach Knight knowing he would always have my backside covered. Unfortunately, you can’t say that about a lot of people these days.”

Outdoor radio shows are not new to the airwaves, many have come and gone and some more successful than others. However, every once in a while a gem emerges among the myriad of talk shows available to us. “The Sporting Life” show appears to be that gem and is gaining popularity overnight or should we say because of Knight!


The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews World Renowned Wildlife Artist John Banovich

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John Banovich is among the world’s most renowned wildlife artists. His award-winning original paintings are owned and exhibited by noteworthy organizations, museums and important corporate and private collections across the globe. His life and work have been featured in countless international publications, including Africa Geographic, Wildlife Art, Big Sky Journal, Western Art & Architecture, the Artist’s Magazine, Sporting Classics, Cowboys and Indians and many others, as well as on various TV programs aired on the Outdoor Channel, Entertainment Tonight, Versus and PBS.

Through his artwork and the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation, John has supported conservation and humanitarian efforts in India, Russia, North America and Africa, earning several awards for this work.

The Banovich Wildscapes Foundation promotes scientific research and conservation education; facilitates habitat protection and restoration projects; develops creative and respectful partnerships to fund conservation programs; and creates opportunities to build long-term community economic well-being.

Banovich is a member of Artists for Conservation, through which he was granted the Simon Combes Conservation Award for his commitment to global conservation. He has also earned the CJ McElroy Award from Safari Club International. John is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and serves on the board of the Craighead Institute and the advisory board of the Safari Club International Foundation. His deep understanding and love for Africa serves him well when he is arranging private safaris for friends and clients.

At 49 years of age, Banovich continues to explore and evolve as an artist, pursuing a deep-seated desire to protect wild species around the natural world. When not in Africa following the tracks of lions or in the mountains of north America or Asia searching for the next wildlife encounter, he divides his time between managing his publishing company, Banovich Art in Paradise Valley, Montana and painting in his Studio West in Carnation, Washington where he lives with his wife Amy and daughters Siana and Mara.
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Join Bob and John as they discuss the artists life work, including his passion for wildlife conservation on “The Sporting Life Show” airing Saturday November 2, 2013.


The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Rocker, Bowhunting Legend and American Patriot Ted Nugent

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Select few professionals are possessed of the skill, passion and sheer tenacity to break record after record in their chosen field. And fewer still can stake that claim in more than one arena.

To millions of music lovers, Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing more than 6,500 (!) high-octane concerts, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. To further millions, Nugent is the nation’s most outspoken proponent of our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights, conducting thousands of pro-gun, pro-freedom, pro-America interviews in major media worldwide. He has served continuously on the Board of Directors of the NRA since his initial election in 1995, where he consistently sets records for amassing the highest number of votes received by an individual board member.

Nugent is dedicated to preserving our great outdoor heritage for future generations, and along with wife Shemane, regularly hosts hunts for sick and terminally ill children with Hunt of a Lifetime, Hunt for a Cure, and via his own Kamp for Kids. A recipient of myriad commendations from state police, sheriff departments, FBI and police agencies, Nugent has been lauded for his Freedom’s Angels Foundation benefitting our troops, along with work as a national spokesman for D.A.R.E., Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Pass It On Outdoor Mentors Program.

Nugent has been named favorite Hunting Personality by the readers of Outdoors Magazine. He was inducted into the National Bowhunters Hall of Fame, marking the pinnacle of recognition for Nugent as a bona fide Bowhunting Legend of the 21st Century, acknowledged for his skills as an outdoorsman, and for his tireless promotion of bowhunting via his writings for over 40 publications, his New York Times best-sellers Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto and God, Guns and Rock ‘n’ Roll, along with Kill It and Grill It, BloodTrails and BloodTrails II, and his award-winning Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild television show—seen exclusively on Outdoor Channel–where he proudly serves as Ambassador for the network.

Join Bob and Ted, on the October 26th show, as they discuss the rockers’ career and his thoughts on our hunting heritage and politics.


The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback, Jim Kelly

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NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback, Jim Kelly exemplifies what toughness is all about. Born on Valentine’s Day he was raised in East Brady, PA. He played for the University of Miami. Despite being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1983, he opted to play for the USFL until they suspended operations. He then went back to his contract with the Buffalo Bills where he played for his entire NFL career.

In 2001 Jim had his name added to the Buffalo Bills Wall of fame and is the only Bills player to have his jersey retired. In August of 2002 he was enshrined in the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed upon a professional player.

But nothing would prepare him for the battle his family would face when his only son Hunter was diagnosed with a fatal disease called Krabbe Leukodystrophy. He celebrated 8 years of life and was laid to rest on August 5, 2005. Jim and his wife Jill established Hunters Hope Foundation which continues to changes lives of children and families all over the world. He is the author of Armed and Dangerous, Playbook for Dads and co-author of Without A Word: How a Boys Unspoken Love Changed Everything.

In June 2013, Jim announced he had Squamous-Cell Carcinoma of the upper jaw bone. He received surgery shortly after his announcement and has been told by doctors that he would not need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment and is currently cancer free. Aside from his professional and charity work, he spends much of his free time at his lodge and is an avid outdoorsman.

He lives in Buffalo with his wife and 2 daughters. He also owns several businesses – Jim Kelly Inc., MyFanClip, Jim Kelly Football Camp, Kelly for Kids Foundation and Hunter’s Hope Foundation.

Join Bob and Jim on the October 19th show as they discuss the Hall of Famer’s football career, his passion for the sporting life, and what keeps him busy these days.


The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Filmmaker CEO and Founder of Veritas Entertainment Kevin McAfee

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Kevin McAfee, CEO and founder of Veritas Entertainment, has been in the film and television industry for over 30 years. His career began in local theater in Oklahoma City and acting/directing at the University of Oklahoma.

His career brought him production engagements with Warner Brothers (Twister) and Disney producing in the studio system followed by being recruited as an
Executive with Nest Entertainment during the release of The Swan Princess released by New Line Cinema. After being involved in production for made for
television films, he was recruited to be CEO of Every Tribe Entertainment where he executive produced and produced the films End of the Spear and Beyond the Gates of Splendor (Fox).

His music background brought him into a series of
music engagements directing and producing for Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Carmen and more. Kevin conducted the Seattle Symphony with Ron Owen for the soundtrack of (BTGS) and has produced/directed over 30 professional music projects.

His experience with major motion picture and entertainment companies has given Kevin a unique filmmaking perspective.

Join Bob and Kevin as they discuss the filmmakers career and his passion for the sporting life on this week’s show.


Back By Popular Demand… The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Actor/Comedian Jeff Foxworthy

“The Sporting Life Show” Host/Producer Bob Svetich talks career and all things hunting and fishing with one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country, Jeff Foxworthy.

Jeff Foxworthy

There are comedians, and then there is Jeff Foxworthy… the largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee and best selling author of more than 26 books. Wildly known for his redneck jokes, his act goes well beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to Mark Twain’s.

“Foxworthy is especially virtuosic in his physical comedy, his flights of fancy and lightning shifts of tone and mood, he blends all these elements effortlessly. He may define being redneck as possessing “a glorious lack of sophistication,” but the truth is that Foxworthy, for all his regular-guy image, is a decidedly sophisticated artist.” Kevin Thomas, LA TIMES

Svetich and Foxworthy will engage in passionate conversation about the mega-star’s career, and his love for the outdoors. On this week’s show learn what outdoor activity Jeff most enjoys and what his answer will be when asked, you’re a redneck if…


The Sporting Life Show Interviews Boston Celtics Star John Havlicek

John Havliceck

“On stamina alone he’d be among the top players who ever played the game,” longtime New York Knicks Coach Red Holzman once said of John “Hondo” Havlicek. “It would’ve been fair to those who had to play him or those who had to coach against him if he had been blessed only with his inhuman endurance. God had to compound it by making him a good scorer, smart ballhandler and intelligent defensive player with quickness of mind, hands and feet.”

The 6-5 Boston Celtics star was a perpetual-motion machine, a human dynamo who was legendary for wearing out opponents with his relentless baseline-to-baseline efforts. A star at both forward and guard, Havlicek’s versatility made him perhaps the finest all-around player in the history of the NBA, according to Sports Illustrated.

A key member of two generations of Celtics, Havlicek provided the spark off the bench during the Celtics’ dynasty years of the 1960’s. During the 1970’s he was the trusted veteran who captained youthful teams to championships in 1974 and 1976.

Known for clutch performances in big games, Havlicek posted impressive numbers during his illustrious 16-year career. In 1,270 regular-season games he scored 26,395 points and averaged 20.8 points to rank as the Celtics’ all-time leading scorer and top scorer in NBA history. He also grabbed 8,007 rebounds, recorded 6,114 assists, and played on eight Boston championship teams. He appeared in 13 consecutive NBA All-Star Games, earned 11 selections to the All-NBA First or Second Team and was named to the NBA All-Defensive First or Second Team eight times.

The child of Czechoslovakian immigrants, Havlicek was born in the small town of Martins Ferry, Ohio, home to coal miners and steel workers. As a boy he loved to run, sprinting to and from school or from one mile marker to another on a local highway. He once said that he was forced to keep up with his bike-riding pals on foot because his parents refused to let him have a bicycle.

At Bridgeport High School, Havlicek starred in basketball, baseball and football. An All-State selection in all three sports, he was a highly recruited quarterback who could throw the ball 80 yards. He chose Ohio State but did not play football. Although he did play baseball and batted over .400 in his freshman year, he focused on basketball. A collegiate All-American, Havlicek scored 14.6 points per game in three varsity seasons, playing on Buckeyes teams with Jerry Lucas, Bobby Knight and future Celtics teammate Larry Siegfried.
Havlicek’s Ohio State teams compiled a 78-6 record and won an NCAA Championship in 1960.

After his senior season Havlicek was drafted into two professional sports leagues. The NFL’s Cleveland Browns selected him in the seventh round of the 1962 NFL Draft, and the NBA’s Boston Celtics nabbed him in the first round of the NBA Draft. The Browns, impressed with Havlicek’s athletic ability and his 6-5, 205-pound frame, tried him at wide receiver. He played in several exhibition games that summer before being released by the team in favor of future All-Pro Gary Collins.

Havlicek turned his attention to the Celtics, who had taken him with the last pick of the first round. Boston
already had Bill Russell manning the post, and Celtics Coach Red Auerbach later said that his expectations of Havlicek had been modest; he had simply wanted a player to eventually fill the sixth-man role held by veteran Frank Ramsey.

When Havlicek joined the Celtics in 1962 they had won four consecutive NBA titles. Boston was loaded with talent, but star players such as Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, Ramsey, and Jim Loscutoff were in the final stages of their careers. Havlicek’s youthful physical intensity was like a shot of adrenaline for the aging team. Coming off the bench mostly as a forward, he averaged 14.3 points during his rookie year, many of them coming at the receiving end of Cousy’s famous passes on the fast break. “I made a living off Bob Cousy,” Havlicek often said.

An NBA All-Rookie Team selection for 1962-63, Havlicek displayed great hustle and tenacious defense, but he didn’t impress everyone in his first season. According to Sports Illustrated, Cousy assessed him as a “non-shooter who would probably burn himself out.” But Havlicek possessed awesome physical skills. Among the first of the great swingmen, he combined brute force with quickness. At 6-5 he could overpower most guards, yet he was quicker than most forwards.

He also had the inner drive that characterized “Celtics pride.” After his first year Havlicek went home and worked hard to improve both his outside shooting and his dribbling. The next season he led the team in scoring, averaging 19.9 ppg and he showed that he was ready to assume Ramsey’s position as the Celtics’ all-important sixth man. Despite Cousy’s retirement, Boston won 59 games in 1963-64 and vanquished the San Francisco Warriors in five games for the NBA crown. Havlicek made the All-NBA Second Team.

For the next five seasons Havlicek was the best nonstarter in basketball. As Boston’s “supersub” he came in at either guard or forward and was usually on the court at the end of a game. Along with Russell, Havlicek routinely accumulated the most playing minutes among the Celtics during a season.

Havlicek didn’t mind the sixth-man role. “It never bothered me,” he once said, “because I think that role is very important to a club.. One thing I learned from Red Auerbach was that it’s not who starts the game, but who finishes it, and I generally was around at the finish.”

During the 1960s Havlicek proved that Cousy had misjudged him. The “nonshooter” had blossomed into an offensive force who could be counted on to score 18 to 21 points per game. Havlicek could hit from anywhere and excelled at shooting on the run. He showcased his talents at the 1968 NBA All-Star Game, in which he racked up 26 points in 22 minutes. In addition, his improved ballhandling made him just as effective at guard as at forward.

Nor did Havlicek burn out as Cousy had predicted. The “man in motion,” as he was dubbed in a book title, continued to run defenders into the ground. It was once estimated that he ran three to five miles per game.

The quiet, even-tempered Havlicek didn’t cut an imposing figure, but he had the broad-shouldered, sinewy frame of a steelworker. He also brought tremendous self-discipline and a methodical approach to tasks. When a reporter made fun of his habit of keeping his socks on a hanger in the locker room, Havlicek defended his fastidiousness in Sports Illustrated. “I’m a man of routine and discipline,” he explained. “My socks have to dry out. My whole life has been thought out.”

In addition to his impressive statistics, Havlicek showed great poise. At crucial moments when a decisive play had to be made, it was “Havlicek time.” A classic example of his clutch performing occurred in the seventh game of the 1965 Eastern Division Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers. With only five seconds left in the game, he deflected an inbounds pass from Hal Greer to save a one-point Celtics victory, prompting broadcaster Johnny Most’s legendary call, “Havlicek steals it. Over to Sam Jones. Havlicek stole the ball! It’s all over! Johnny Havlicek stole the ball!”

In 1968, during another seventh game against the Sixers in the division finals, he scored 40 points at Philadelphia to help Boston to a 100-96 victory. Later, in the pivotal Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals, he sank a miraculous, game-saving basket against Phoenix in the closing seconds of the second overtime to force a third extra period. The Celtics outlasted the Suns, 128-126, and went on to win the championship.

By the end of the 1968-69 season it had become clear that the Celtics’ old order was passing. K. C. Jones had already retired, Sam Jones was 36 years old, Russell was 35, and “Satch” Sanders was 30. The team finished in fourth place during the regular season. In need of his firepower, the Celtics looked to Havlicek for scoring, and he responded with 21.6 points per game. With a strong effort from Havlicek in the playoffs, Boston’s graybeards defeated Wilt Chamberlain and the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games to capture the NBA title. It was the Celtics’ sixth championship in Havlicek’s seven seasons.

The 1969-70 campaign put an end to the Celtics’ dynasty. With Russell and Jones retired, the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time in 20 years. Under new coach Tom Heinsohn, Havlicek became a starter and the hub of Boston’s offense. He had a sensational year, accomplishing the rare feat of leading his team in three categories: scoring (24.2 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg), and assists (6.8 apg). He ranked eighth in the league in scoring and seventh in assists.

Havlicek, whose nickname, Hondo, was inspired by the John Wayne movie of the same name, led a Celtics comeback during the early 1970s. In 1970-71 and 1971-72 he averaged 28.9 and 27.5 points, respectively. Despite having turned 30 years old in 1970, he led the league in minutes played for both of those seasons, averaging more than 45 minutes per game.

As the one remaining star from the Celtics’ past, Havlicek became captain of a team that now included Jo Jo White, Don Chaney, and newcomer Dave Cowens. Employing a fast break that brought back memories of Cousy’s Celtics, Boston rolled through the 1972-73 season with a 68-14 record.

The Celtics might have won an NBA title that year, but misfortune struck when Havlicek severely injured his shoulder in the third game of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Knicks. He made a valiant return later in the series, but the Knicks ousted the Celtics in seven games. Prior to the fourth game at Madison Square Garden, the New York fans gave Havlicek a spontaneous standing ovation when he appeared in street clothes.

Five years after Russell’s retirement the Celtics returned to the top of the NBA by beating the Milwaukee Bucks for the league title in 1974. Voted NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Havlicek was now recognized as the leader of the new generation of Celtics. Customarily stoic, he became emotional after the triumph, according to The New York Times. “Thanks for doing this for me,” he said, as he hugged and kissed teammates in the Boston dressing room after the final game. “This is the greatest one.”

The following season Havlicek continued his whirlwind offense and defense. The New York Times reported that after watching him put on a one-man show against the Knicks one evening, Bill Russell was heard to say, “The man is crazy. One of these days he’ll find he can’t do it anymore.” But Havlicek was able to do it right up until the end. He played in all 82 games and averaged more than 16 points during his final campaign in 1977-78, despite turning 38 in midseason. His last year was a dismal one for the Celtics, however, as they fell to the Atlantic Division basement. But Hondo was treated to a two-month farewell tour in which fans flocked to arenas to pay tribute.

Havlicek retired with a slew of impressive statistics. He was the NBA’s all-time leader in games played at the time. He also ranked in the NBA’s top 10 in minutes played and in total points. At the end of his career Havlicek had so many championship rings that he could have opened a jewelry store. He had been on eight Boston championship teams, six with Russell and two without. In 1980 he was named to the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team. In 1983 he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 1996 he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Jerry West told Sports Illustrated, “The guy is the ambassador of our sport. John always gave his very best every night and had time for everybody-teammates, fans, the press.” Cowens added, “You tell me how many class guys there are like him anywhere. They ought to retire his number from the whole NBA. Just take 17 and stash it up there in lights.”

But the highest compliment may have come during a halftime salute in his final game at Boston Garden, in which Havlicek, in typical fashion, scored 29 points. “He epitomizes everything good,” said Celtics General Manager Red Auerbach in The New York Times. “If I had a son like John I’d be the happiest man in the world.”


The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Actress Elena Cardone

Elena Cardone

(Loveland, Colorado—September 14, 2013) Elena Lyons was born in Madrid, Spain and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating High School she moved to Los Angeles at 17 and immediately started working as an Elite Model in
numerous high fashion print editorials and national commercials.

Elena then began pursuing her dream of becoming an actress and started with guest starring roles in television, which subsequently brought her to the attention of television mogul Peter Engel and landed her the role of “Lauren” on the hit NBC series USA HIGH. Elena starred in 95 episodes of the series, which soon started airing worldwide, and brought her legions of young fans from all over that identified with her character.

After USA HIGH, Elena continued to work in numerous television series, guest starring on such hits as C.S.I., George Lopez, N.C.I.S., LAS VEGAS and TWO AND A HALF MEN. Elena also had a recurring role on GROUNDED FOR LIFE as the sassy and mischievous Nicole Flordelisi. And most recently appeared as “Della” in multiple episodes of the Daytime Emmy Award winning DAYS OF OUR LIVES and again numerous episodes as Marisol in The Young and Restless.

Elena has enjoyed working in film, as well, most notably starring in the cult favorite BROKEN LIZZARD’S, CLUB DREAD and starring opposite Jamie Fox in Bending the Rules.

In 2004 Elena was bestowed the title of MAXIM Magazine’s HOTTEST 100, ranking #76 on the international list of beauties. The magazine profiled Elena’s passion for re-building vintage cars and her talent for shooting firearms–from shotguns to hand guns, Elena loves the sport! She has participated in numerous Celebrity Shoot Fundraisers and most recently placed 10th in The Women’s California State Shotgun Competition.

See more at: ElenaCardone.com


The Sporting Life Show Interviews Golf Hall of Fame Inductee Nick Price

Nick Price

Nick Price was born in Durban, South Africa and, at a young age moved to Zimbabwe where he grew up. He was introduced to golf by his older brother, Tim, who gave him his first club, a left-handed 5-iron.

On his first trip to the United States as a 17-year-old, Price won the Junior World Championship in San Diego, defeating the strongest field of the year. He turned pro in 1977 and established himself as a promising newcomer first on the Southern African Tour and European PGA Tour where he won four tournaments through 1982. That same year he disappointingly finished second in the Open Championship to Tom Watson after leading in the third round. Price graduated to the PGA TOUR in 1983 when he went wire-to-wire to defeat Jack Nicklaus by two strokes at the World Series of Golf for his first TOUR victory.

He suffered through a dry spell, winning only twice, in South Africa and Europe, while he rebuilt his swing with instructor David Leadbetter. It was a slow, upward battle, an internal fight fueled by his intense desire to become the game’s number one player.

Having crafted one of the most fundamentally sound golf swings in the game, Price was rewarded for his hard work. In 1991 he won the Byron Nelson Classic and the Canadian Open. Then, from his breakthrough victory at the 1992 PGA Championship through the 1994 season, Nick Price dominated international golf.

In 1993, Price won four PGA TOUR events, including THE PLAYERS Championship, and was named PGA TOUR Player of the Year. He won the Vardon Trophy (lowest scoring average) and the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour’s leading money winner.

Price then turned in one of golf’s great seasons in 1994, winning six times, including the British Open and PGA Championship. He again led the money list and was named Player of the Year for the second year running. In August 1994 Price was ranked the world’s No. 1 golfer, a position he held for 43 consecutive weeks, a stretch that since then, has only been bettered by Tiger Woods.

No one won more PGA Tour tournaments, fifteen, in the 90’s than Nick Price. He also won an additional 12 international events in that decade. Price is one of only three players in the 1990s to win two major titles in the same season, joining Nick Faldo in 1990 and Mark O’Meara in 1998. He is one of only seven players since 1945 to capture consecutive majors (Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods). Winning three major tournaments in two years was a feat not matched since Nicklaus did it in 1980, Palmer in 1962 and Hogan in 1953.

The Zimbabwean has been a dominant force worldwide and is commonly regarded as one of the kindest and most personable people in the game. The loss of his longtime caddie and friend Jeff “Squeeky” Medlin in 1997, was powerfully felt by Price and others in golf.

In 1998 Price won the FedEx St. 4Jude and then in 2002, Price won his last PGA Tour event, the Mastercard Colonial. At the end of the year, he had won more than $2 million in a season for the first time in his career, while finishing fifth in scoring average. He was ranked in the top 10 in the world at the age of 45.

Price has tallied 18 PGA TOUR victories and 24 International wins. He finished in the top 50 on the money list for 17 consecutive seasons and was ranked in the Top 50 in the world for 17 and a half years.

After turning 50 in January 2007, Price joined the Champions Tour. He won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in 2009 and won twice in 2010 – the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf and the Principal Charity Classic. He continued his good form into 2011 by winning the Toshiba Classic. Price has represented Zimbabwe twice at the World Cup in 1978 and 1993; Played eight times in the Dunhill Cup, 1993 through 2000; and five times for the International Team in The Presidents Cup, 1994 through 2003.

In 2002, Price was the first recipient of the ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award, given to a professional player for his cooperation, quotability and accommodation to the media, and for reflecting the most positive aspects of the working relationship between athlete and journalist. That same year, Price was also presented with the Payne Stewart Award, given annually to a player sharing Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game’s heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct.

On October 20, 2003 Price was inducted into the World Golf Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in St. Augustine. He became its 99th member. In 2005, the USGA presented the 2005 Bob Jones Award to Price in recognition of his distinguished sportsmanship in golf. The award recognizes a person who emulates Jones’ spirit, his personal qualities and his attitude toward the game and its players.

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America presented their most prestigious award, the Old Tom Morris Award, to Price in 2011. The award is presented to an individual who, through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris.

Nick Price was named the 2011 Ambassador of Golf by Northern Ohio Golf Charities. The Ambassador of Golf Award is presented annually to a person or persons who have fostered the ideals of the game on an international level and whose concern for others extends beyond the golf course.

In 2012, Nick Price was named Captain of the International Team for the 2013 Presidents Cup to be held at Memorial Golf Club in Ohio. Since the early nineties, Price has collaborated on the design of golf courses with several architects including Tom Fazio. He is now working on his own through his own company, Nick Price Golf Course Design, on projects in the United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Nick is married to Sue and has three children Gregory (8/9/91), Robyn Frances (8/5/93), Kimberly Rae (9/9/96). They live in Hobe Sound Florida. Nick plays out of McArthur, a course that he co-designed.


The Sporting Life Show Interviews NFL Super Bowl Champion Karl Mecklenburg

Karl Mecklenburg

Karl Mecklenburg rose from a college walk-on and twelfth round draft choice to an NFL career that included three Super Bowl and six Pro Bowl appearances. The former Bronco’s captain spent his entire twelve year career in Denver and makes Colorado his home now. Mecklenburg was arguably the most versatile player in the NFL playing all seven defensive front positions often in the course of a single game. Karl was selected as the AFC Linebacker of the Year, AFC player of the Year, and since retiring from the NFL has been enshrined in the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Mecklenburg is a Pro Football Hall of Fame Semifinalist for 2012.

Through the Karl Mecklenburg’s REACH Foundation, Karl and his wife Kathi continue their charitable commitment to the children of Colorado. His latest book, Heart of a Student Athlete; All Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families, offers advice to young athletes and their loved ones about what it really takes to be successful in sports and life. Heart of a Student Athlete is a Gold Mom’s Choice Award Winner in the adult inspiration/motivation category and is the 2010 winner of the Mensa Sharp Writ Book Award in the young adult category.

As a member of the National Speakers Association, Karl is an author and motivational speaker inspiring long term positive change in teams and individuals. Mecklenburg’s stories of teamwork and leadership are humourous and inspiring. He approaches his speaking career with the same intelligence, passion, and intensity that punctuated his great football career.

To learn more go to KarlMecklenburg.com


The Sporting Life Show Interviews Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels

From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 76, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.

Raised among the longleaf pines of North Carolina, Charlie began his career playing bluegrass music with the Misty Mountain Boys. After moving to Nashville in 1967, he began making a name for himself as a songwriter, session musician and producer. Elvis Presley recorded a tune Charlie co-wrote titled “It Hurts Me,” which was released on the flip side of “Kissin’ Cousins.” He played on such landmark albums as Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and tried his hand at producing on the Youngbloods’ Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind.

His own unique voice as an artist emerged as Charlie recorded his self-titled solo album in 1970 for Capitol Records. Two years later he formed the Charlie Daniels Band and the group scored its first hit with the top ten “Uneasy Rider.” Since then the CDB has populated radio with such memorable hits as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his
signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.

“I love what I do,” says Charlie of his 50-plus years in the music business. “I look forward to entertaining people. When show time gets here, I’m ready to go, ready to go play for them. It’s a labor of love. I just thank God I make a living at what I enjoy doing.”

Whether performing in the hit 80s movie Urban Cowboy, singing on Easter Sunday at his local church or leading an all-star cast at one of his famed Volunteer Jams, Charlie just exudes joy whenever he steps on stage and he’s always been quick to provide a platform for other artists to shine. In 1974 he invited some friends to join him at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium for an all-star concert he dubbed The Volunteer Jam. The event continued for years and was broadcast in the U.S. and internationally. Over the years, the Jam featured a diverse line up that included Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Roy Acuff, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Crystal Gayle, James Brown, Emmylou Harris, Amy Grant, George Thorogood, Kris Kristofferson, Little Richard,
Tammy Wynette, Alabama, Oak Ridge Boys, B. B. King and the Allman Brothers.

Charlie Daniels Band

As diverse as his live shows have always been, his discography has also reflected Charlie’s love of multiple genres. In 1994 he released his first Christian album, The Door, on Sparrow Records. The album won the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for Best Country Album and “Two Out of Three” was named video of the year by the Christian Country Music Association. In 1997, Sony Wonder released Charlie’s first children’s album, By The Light of The Moon” Campfire Songs and Cowboy Tunes.

An astute businessman as well as talented musician, Charlie launched Blue Hat Records in 1997 with his longtime personal manager David Corlew. Over the past 15 years, the label has released such memorable albums as Blues Hat, Tailgate Party, Road Dogs, Fiddle Fire: 25 Years of the Charlie Daniels Band and his first bluegrass album 2005’s Songs From the Longleaf Pines and 2007’s album Deuces, featuring duets with Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson, Bonnie Bramlett, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Brenda Lee and Darius Rucker.

Over the course of his career, Charlie has received numerous accolades, including induction into the Grand Ole Opry and Musicians Hall of Fame. He’s been presented the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music and was honored as a BMI Icon in recognition of his songwriting. He’s received a star on the Music City Walk of Fame.

Any conversation with the legendary artist, however, rarely includes any of his accomplishments. He’d rather shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He’s always been a staunch supporter of the military, and for the past several years has headlined a special concert each spring at David Lipscomb University benefiting the Yellow Ribbon Program which provides scholarships for veterans. In 2012 he welcomed Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, Darryl Worley, the Grascals and actor Gary Sinise to Lipscomb for a great evening of music.

Charlie also lends his time and talent to numerous other charitable organizations, including the Jason Foundation Golf Classic, an organization that targets teen suicide prevention, and the Galilean Children’s Home in Liberty, KY, which provides a home for abused and neglected children, “I’ve been affiliated with them for a long, long time and it’s just a great place,” Charlie says of the home founded by Jerry and Sandy Tucker. “They take in babies whose mothers are going to prison. They give kids a good stable Christian home and love them. It’s just a wonderful place.”

Each year Charlie also hosts The Charlie Daniels Celebrity Golf Classic & Angelus Concert in Hudson, FL, a benefit for The Angelus, a full-time residential facility and day school program for the severely handicapped. Charlie is also a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board and has been a longtime supporter of the T. J. Martell Foundation and its numerous events aiding cancer research. He’s also the headliner every year for the Christmas 4 Kids concert at the Ryman Auditorium, which raises money to provide a happy holiday for needy children. “I have a very unique opportunity because of being in the music community,” Charlie says of using his celebrity status to aid worthy causes. “You try to give back to some extent. I do feel like people should. We should all do as much as we can.”

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The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Singer/Songwriter/TV Host Andy Ross

Star of Television’s Maximum Archery, Andy Ross, Sophomore Album, Cold Dead Hand, Available Today

Title Track Hits #10 on Play MPE Country Top-20 Downloads

Andy Ross Album Art

Nashville, TN—(June 11, 2013)—Andy Ross, star ofMaximum Archery, a top-rated program on the Sportsman Channel, releases his sophomore album, Cold Dead Hand, today to eagerly awaiting fans. Ross’ intentions for the project were not aimed at the mainstream country listener, but rather a reflection of his personal experiences and beliefs as one of the most successful hunters in the world, one of the most hated men in the world (by animal rights activists) and his down-to-earth country upbringing. Produced by Doug Grau and engineered by Mark Capps, the album is not designed to be politically correct, but boldly addresses current topics including the Second Amendment (“Cold Dead Hand”), corruption within the music industry (“Deal with the Devil”) and his own angels/demons (“Outlaw Women and Whiskey”). “Cold Dead Hand,” which was released in May, is being widely adopted by country conservatives as an anthem for gun rights, and recently hit #10 on Play MPE Country Top-20 Downloads. To drive home his stance, Ross is unabashedly running a contest to give away .40 cal. Limited Edition Maximum Archery Glock handguns. To enter, please visit AndyRoss.com/glock/

Andy Ross

Ross co-wrote songs of the 11-track project. Other writers include Little Texas’ founders Porter Howell and Del Gray, singer/songwriter Jamie Lee Thurston, as well as Templeton Thompson, who has had cuts for artists such as Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, Sherrie Austin, Montgomery Gentry and Bryan White. The album also includes three live tracks. For more information, please visit www.andyross.com.

In 2010, Ross was looking for a unique opening song with a particular “feel” for the 5th season of his show, Maximum Archery. Influenced by his passion for music, he decided to write his own. Encouraged by the response of hunting and country music fans alike, Ross worked alongside some of Nashville’s top songwriters to release his first CD You Ain’t Seen Crazy Yet in 2011.

Ross is known worldwide for his show, Maximum Archery, featuring his trademark brand of adventure and skill. Now filming its eighth season, Maximum Archery
continues to break new ground and rewrites the script for television programming
featuring outdoor activities. The show airs Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.,
Fridays at 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:30 a.m.
(all times are eastern and are subject to change—check local listings).

Ross’ appreciation and passion for hunting have also led to a wide array of product lines specific to the outdoorsman and hunter, including some of the world’s best hunting bows (ROSS ARCHERY INC), musical instruments (KROSSROAD GUITARS—“Where Music Meets the Outdoors”), wines specifically designed to pair with wild game (VELVET ANTLER) and video games (MAXIMUM ARCHERY—THE GAME). Andy will debut a new line of revolutionary bows this fall through his new company AMBUSH ARCHERY. For more information on Andy Ross, please visit www.andyross.com

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The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Veteran Hollywood Actor Steve Kanaly

Steve Kanaly

Steve Kanaly enjoys a challenge. Not only is he the successful actor and director who played “Ray Krebbs” on the long running hit television series, “DALLAS” [CBS-TV], and who starred as “J.D. Helms” in the syndicated African action/adventure series, “OKAVANGO”, but also made his professional stage debut, headlining a production of “THE FOREIGNER,” as well as starred in a recurring role on the ABC soap opera, “ALL MY CHILDREN”.

Steve owes his acting career to his familiarity with firearms. His expertise in shooting sports developed early in Steve’s youth with an avid interest in clay target shooting competition as well as his tour of duty in the Vietnam combat zone where Steve served in the U.S. Army with the 1st Air Cavalry Division as an infantry radio operator.

With his military obligation completed Steve returned home to resume his college education attending California State University Northridge where he majored in fine arts pursuing a career as a modern-expressionist painter.

He supported himself through college working as a manager/instructor of a skeet and trap shooting range. It was there that he met his benefactor, screen writer, John Milius, also an avid shotgun enthusiast. The two men struck up a friendship. Empathizing with Steve’s artistic sensitivity and realizing that the ex-G.I. was knowledgeable on the subjects of firearms and Vietnam combat operations, Milius offered Kanaly a job as technical advisor on a war film he was writing. Steve accepted, but the film, as originally conceived, never came to fruition. Ten years later it was finally produced as “APOCALYPSE NOW”.

Perhaps feeling a sense of obligation, Milius introduced Kanaly to a friend who was casting another film and suggested he audition for one of the lead acting roles. “I thought it was a crazy idea, since I had no interest or previous experience in acting”, recalls Steve, “but I auditioned anyway”. He got the part, but as luck would have it, this film was shelved also.

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Unhappy with the direction in which his life was heading, Steve made plans to move to New Mexico, become a recluse and devote himself exclusively to creating “emotional and gutsy” paintings. The plan was scotched when Milius brought director John Huston to the shooting range. Huston, an expert marksman, was impressed with Kanaly’s skill at skeet and trap shooting, and several weeks later offered him a role in “THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN”…without an audition! “Because of my previous experiences, I was sure this film wouldn’t pan out either”, laughs Steve. “They signed me to a contract with a one week guarantee, and I was both surprised and delighted when that one week stretched into nine”. Encouraged by both Huston and the film’s star, Paul Newman, Kanaly decided to give it a shot and he began to pursue his career in the film industry.

He enrolled in a professional actor’s workshop and began to develop his acting skills. In the meantime, Milius had scripted “DILLINGER”, with Kanaly in mind for the part of “Pretty Boy Floyd” and Steve played the role with the expertise of a seasoned performer. Then came roles in Steven Spielberg’s “SUGARLAND EXPRESS” with Goldie Hawn, Sergio Leone’s “MY NAME IS NOBODY” with Henry Fonda, Michael Crichton’s “THE TERMINAL MAN”, “BIG WEDNESDAY”, the epic WWII drama, “MIDWAY” with Henry Fonda and Charlton Heston, “FLESHBURN”, his first lead role in a feature, and his favorite movie role to date “Captain Jerome” in MGM’s “THE WIND AND THE LION” with Sean Connery. Recent feature credits include starring roles in “HEAD HUNTER”, Roger Cormans “EYE OF THE EAGLE”, and “SCORPIO ONE” where Steve played the commander of an Apollo Space Shuttle.

Steve’s television credits include leading guest roles on “PLOICE STORY,” “TWILIGHT ZONE,” “IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT,””HOTEL,” “FANTASY ISLAND,” “THE F.B.I.: THE UNTOLD STORIES,” “STARSKY AND HUTCH,” “HAWAII 5-0,” and “CHARLIE’S ANGELS,” as well as such made for television features as “AMELIA”, “YOUNG JOE – THE FORGOTTEN KENNEDY”, “MELVIN PURVIS –
G-MAN”, “TO FIND MY SON”, the PBS drama, “HE WANTS HER BACK”, and recently, “DALLAS, THE WAR OF THE EWING’S”.

During his eleven years on “DALLAS”, audiences saw Kanaly’s character of Ray Krebbs mature from Southfork’s roguish ranch foreman into a millionaire family member of the Ewing clan who, in moments of crisis, was often the only voice of reason. Steve directed numerous episodes of “DALLAS”, “OKAVANGO”, and the feature film, “SLIDING HOME”, which earned Steve a “Best Director” award at the Hermosa Beach Film Festival. Steve joined the team of George and Beth Gage as the Narrator of the award winning documentary, the “TENTH MOUNTAIN DIVISION” and recently narrated “SHARKS IN A DESERT SEA” For the Discovery Channel.

In his spare time, Steve still paints, plays the piano, works in his ranch orchards, and enjoys such outdoor activities as tennis, snow skiing, hunting, hiking and fishing. He is active in community affairs and he is the creator and producer of the “Steve Kanaly Invitational Celebrity Ski Classic”, which raised over one million dollars to benefit the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. Steve also works with various veterans groups, habitat enhancement programs, wildlife federations, and donates a great deal of his time to a variety of other community services.

As for the skeet and trap shooting which led him into the film industry, he has a double reason for remembering it fondly. “You see”, he says, “It was also at the shooting range that I was first introduced to my wife, Brent”. The Kanalys are the parents of two daughters, Quinn and Evan, and two Jack Russell terriers named “Jake” and “Buddy”, that keep things lively around their avocado ranch in picturesque Ojai, California. One could say that Steve Kanaly’s ability to handle a challenge has paid off both professionally and personally.


The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews:
5-Time Olympic Medalist & World Champion – Kim Rhode

Kim Rhode

In sport, there is no such thing as a sure thing, but Kim Rhode is about as close as one can get. Kim has won an Olympic medal in each of the last five Olympic Games, including winning her third Olympic Gold Medal in London at the 2012 Games by hitting an astounding 99 out of 100 (moving) targets. Kim’s Olympic career began by winning gold in 1996 at just 17 years old. In London she became the first American in history, in any individual sport, to win medals in five consecutive Olympic Games and she has no intention of stopping there. Kim expects to compete “…for another four or five Olympics.”

Show host Bob Svetich comments; “Perfection is defined as flawlessness. As a competitive shooter, Kim is about as perfect as a human can be. To be the best in the world at anything is quite an accomplishment. I highly respect Kim’s talents and am looking forward to talking with her on this week’s show.”

Kim is a fourteen-time National Champion and has been World Champion, World Cup Champion, PanAm Games Champion and CAT Champion. She has collected thirteen individual World Cup gold medals. In the world of competitive shooting, she has won it all, most more than once. With virtually no room for error in her sport Kim has mastered the art of performing her best when it
matters most.

From Southern California, Kim began shooting at just 10 years old and even lettered in the sport for all four years of high school, which culminated with her first Olympic gold medal. She has been a spokesperson for both the Outdoor Channel and The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. When she’s not taking aim at targets she enjoys restoring classic vehicles and collecting first edition children’s books, her favorite being The Wizard of OZ.

Kim was the first US athlete in any sport to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games and not surprisingly, the USOC labeled Kim as one of their “Top 12 Athletes To Watch in 2012”. Kim is currently preparing to return to the Olympics in 2016. Kim is represented by Chicago Sports & Entertainment Partners, ChicagoSEP.com.


The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews:
Life-Long Sportsman, Former Homeless Drug Addict Turned Multi-Millionaire

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Wellfleet, MA 29July2013 – Life-long sportsman and owner Bob Williamson is a veteran entrepreneur but felt a calling with Honey Lake Plantation. Sporting pursuits are an integral part of Honey Lake Plantation and hunts are for bobwhite quail, dove, waterfowl, Eastern wild turkey and whitetail deer. With 5 lakes, fishing for trophy largemouth and Tiger bass and bream is world-class. Recent sporting additions include a 100-shot, 12-station sporting clays course, skeet, trap, and 5 Stand, a rifle range, a pistol range, and a 3-D archery course. Horseback riding, kayaking, and birding are also popular, and Honey Lake Plantation offers a full service spa with a state-of-the-art workout room and a wide variety of body treatments.

Bob Williamson’s story is chronicled in his book Miracle on Luckie Street. Williamson comments: “From a young age, I was always in trouble. I started drinking at 12, taking drugs at 17. I went to 19 different schools, hopped freights all across the country, went into the military, got court-marshalled after six months. They diagnosed me as a sociopath and kicked me out. I got addicted to methamphetamine, so I would stay up for several days and then use heroin to come down. I ended up homeless, living on the streets. One time I got drunk and was in a head-on collision that nearly killed me. While I was laid up in the hospital, I befriended a nurse who would check out books from the library for me. I noticed that the Bible was on top of the bestseller list, so I decided to check it out. I was an atheist, so I read the Bible to try and disprove it, but I became enamoured with Jesus Christ. It seemed like he was filled with compassion, not condemnation, which had always been my impression of religion. That experience reading the Bible changed my heart. ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ What I wanted to do was change my life. I was 22 and I’d seen a lot of people die — shot, stabbed, overdosed. I was suicidal, thought I was going to die, but I became convinced that the Bible was true. I got out of the hospital determined to change my life.”

“My mission for the rest of my life is to help people, to convince people to never give up hope. I’ve been there. I was a junkie, I was into witchcraft, I nearly died in a car wreck. If I can overcome what I did through the power of God, then anyone can. I know a lot of secular people out there don’t want to hear it, but I’m sorry. I just don’t care. My brother turned his back on God and ended up committing suicide. He shot himself and I was devastated. I do a lot of public speaking because I know what it’s like to hit bottom and how to get out of it. I titled my autobiography Miracle on Luckie Street. When I landed in Atlanta, I was at the intersection of Luckie and Fairlie Streets. Fairly lucky? That’s me, but only through the love of Jesus Christ.”

Visit Honey Lake Plantation at HoneyLakePlantation.com


“The Sporting Life” Radio Show is Now on Facebook

Bob Svetich

Loveland, CO (Saturday July 27, 2013) – After the Sporting Life Radio show hit the airwaves just over a month ago, the demand from listeners to connect with the host of the show on social media is overwhelming. Until now, the only way for listeners to talk with Host Bob Svetich, was by calling into the show or by email. That simply wasn’t good enough for the die-hard social media crowd that demanded easier access to the show’s host.

Bob Svetich comments; “I can’t yet rap my head around this social media thing yet but I do understand the importance of personally connecting with the show’s fan base. I’ve been told prior to my show airing that sooner or later the demand for my presence on facebook would be necessary since so many people use social media as a way of communicating. After the overload of fan emails asking how they can connect with me, I knew I had to have a presence on facebook .” Here is the link: www.facebook.com/TheSportingLifeShow

The only way to accurately describe the success of The Sporting Life radio show is extraordinary. The show debuted just over a month ago on June 22, 2013. The original airing for the show was Saturday’s from 4pm -5pm Mountain Time. After only one show, the executives at Talk Radio 630 KHOW in Denver, Colorado where the show airs heard all they needed to and immediately promoted the show to prime time. The show has since aired on Saturday’s from 11am-12Noon Mountain Time, a time slot typically reserved for shows that are well established and proven. In addition to hearing the show live on 630 KHOW, it can also be heard on KHOW’s website at KHOW.com, or on iHeartRadio which is a free download to any mobile device, or via podcast on
TheSportingLifeShow.com website within 24 hours of the show airing.

The appeal of the show immediately captures your attention with the opening theme song and the playing of “God Bless America”. Before the goose bumps have had a chance to subside, the host has you captivated by his overview of the upcoming show that always includes a celebrity chef talking about mouthwatering wildgame entrées. Then the show explodes into high entertainment value when a celebrity guest is introduced from a number of different genre’s including Hollywood actors, entertainers, professional athletes, coaches, and music recording artists that all have a common bond… a passion for the sporting life. Then when you think the show can’t get any better a military segment called “Honor a Hero” gets your patriotic juices flowing again. The show then builds to a crescendo with the chance to talk with the host about all things hunting and fishing.

The show is branded “Thee Magic Hour in Radio” and for those who have listened in on this entertaining broadcast, it’s easy to agree that magic is in the air.


“The Sporting Life” Radio Show Interview’s Veteran Hollywood Actor/Couple Marshall & Lindy Teague

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The stars are shining brightly this week on “The Sporting Life” radio show with guests Marshall and Lindy Teague. Marshall Teague, a 30+ year veteran actor of Hollywood, and a proud retired Navy veteran that went on to serve as Deputy Sheriff in Memphis, TN before acting became his career, will be joined by his wife Lindy on the most talked about outdoor radio show in the country…“The Sporting Life”.

Bob Svetich, the show’s host/producer comments on the celebrity couple; “I am blessed to have Marshall and Lindy join me this week on my radio show. They are a great couple and enjoy spending quality time together in the outdoors. I look forward to learning how the couple balances a busy lifestyle along with their commitment to each other and their passion for the sporting life.”

Marshall has appeared in over 37 featured films, 100 TV Shows, several soap operas, commercials, voice over and theater. TV Shows include 13 different “Walker TX Rangers”, “Babylon 5”, “Friday Night Lights”, most recently “Leverage”. Notable films include “Road House”, “Monte Walsh”, “Last Ounce of Courage”, and the 2013 comedy drama, “Divorce Texas Style”. Marshall is currently a member of the board of directors for the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, NRA member, and certified firearm training instructor. He has also been a notable participant in celebrity sport shooting events including the Charlton Heston Hollywood Celebrity Event, Louise Mandrell Celebrity Shoot, The Schwarzkopf Cup, and for the last several years the NRA Bianchi Cup amongst others.

“The Sporting Life” radio talk show has taken the airwaves by storm with an impressive line-up of celebrity stars, an “Honor a Hero” military segment, a culinary segment featuring a celebrity Chef, and insightful outdoor topics of discussion that connect with the listening audience and their traditional American values.


Covey Rise Magazine hits the airwaves with Sporting Life Radio

John-Thames

Wellfleet, MA (Monday, July 22, 2013)—On Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 11:00 AM through Noon Mountain Standard Time, Covey Rise magazine founders John Thames and Kelly Waldrop will be interviewed on Bob Svetich’s Sporting Life Radio Show.

According to Covey Rise publisher Thames, “when Bob approached us as sponsors we immediately jumped on board. We like that he’s focusing on outdoor sports, traditions, and family. The fact that he recognizes the servicemen who make tremendous sacrifices to keep our country safe means a lot to us. His message is incredibly refreshing, and we’re honored to be included in the distinguished roster of the Sporting Life Radio Show’s celebrity sportsman.”

Svetich agrees. “I love everything about Covey Rise magazine CoveyRiseMagazine.com. In this day and age, John and Kelly made a bold statement by launching a publication with a 75% content to 25% advertising mix. When I hold a copy of their magazine in my hand I feel tradition, legacy, and quality. The nation’s best photographers illustrate text created by award-winning writers, and Covey Rise is the kind of magazine that readers will reread time and again. I look forward to every issue and I am excited to have them on my show.”

Kelly-WaldropAssociate publisher Kelly Waldrop is enthusiastic about the radio format. “Sportsmen and women consume an incredible amount of information,” he said. “Our subscription numbers show that they love the print format. The Sporting Life Radio Show gives them another medium from which to choose. With technology being so advanced folks can listen to Bob’s show in between dog training sessions or rounds of sporting clays. And who knew how many celebrities and athletes loved to fish and hunt!”

Covey Rise magazine celebrates the lifestyle of the upland sporting enthusiast and the experience of the hunt through vivid photography and engaging writing. For more information about Covey Rise magazine contact Kelly Waldrop at kelly@coveyrisemagazine.com or at 256-749-2559.
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“The Sporting Life” Radio Show Interview’s Actor/TV Celebrity Tim Abell

Tim Abell

This week on “The Sporting Life” radio show, it’s a United States military tribute with former Army Airborne Ranger, long time Hollywood actor and TV Host… Tim Abell. Join host Bob Svetich and his celebrity guest as they share Tim’s passion to introduce veterans to the American traditions of hunting and fishing.

Bob comments; “I am very excited about the opportunity to have Tim join me on this week’s show. His passion and commitment in helping veterans learn about the sporting life is truly inspiring. I really enjoy watching Tim both as an actor and as the host of his successful television show, “Grateful Nation”. My listeners are in for a real treat this week.“

Tim Abell is a man of his own making and when that making includes learning martial arts and boxing as a youngster, teaching ballroom dancing, horse training, writing, cooking, acting, producing and being a US Army Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment, you can see it is a formidable combination. Tim served five years in the Army of which the last year was served with the 3rd US Infantry, “The Old Guard” Caisson Platoon. Here he excelled as a horseman and played Robert E. Lee and Andrew Jackson charging into battle in the US Army dramatic re-enactment of the History of the United States Torch Light Tattoo, at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC, and a longer version called “The Spirit of America” performed in various places.

Tim has worked behind the camera as co-producer on the multi-award-winning film, “Soldier of God” as well as in front of it in starring roles with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Click here www.imdb.com/name/nm0008543/bio to learn more about Tim Abell.

In addition to Tim’s talents as a television actor/producer and host, he is also an accomplished outdoorsman and as a young man found a respect for wildlife conservation, and a love for the land while hunting and fishing with his elders. When Tim is not traveling the world in support of America’s fighting men and women, he finds time to hunt and fish as he balances an active acting career including hosting his “Grateful Nation” television show.

Click here www.outdoorchannel.com/show.aspx?show-id=838 to learn more about “Grateful Nation”. Mr. Abell is a true champion of the cause and the role model to many American veterans.


“The Sporting Life” Radio Show Interviews Actor/Comedian Jeff Foxworthy

On this week’s radio show, “The Sporting Life” Host/Producer Bob Svetich talks career and all things hunting and fishing with one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country, Jeff Foxworthy.

Jeff Foxworthy

There are comedians, and then there is Jeff Foxworthy… the largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee and best selling author of more than 26 books. Wildly known for his redneck jokes, his act goes well beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to Mark Twain’s.

“Foxworthy is especially virtuosic in his physical comedy, his flights of fancy and lightning shifts of tone and mood, he blends all these elements effortlessly. He may define being redneck as possessing “a glorious lack of sophistication,” but the truth is that Foxworthy, for all his regular-guy image, is a decidedly sophisticated artist.” Kevin Thomas, LA TIMES

Svetich and Foxworthy will engage in passionate conversation about the mega-star’s career, and his love for the outdoors. On this week’s show learn what outdoor activity Jeff most enjoys and what his answer will be when asked, you’re a redneck if…

The host describes his upcoming interview with Mr. Foxworthy; “I have had the pleasure to interview many celebrities but I can say I have never looked forward to any interview more than I am in talking with Jeff. I believe my listeners are in for a real treat and entertainment value.”

Ever since the inaugural show, “The Sporting Life” has broken the mold for generic type programming for outdoor radio shows. This new and refreshing show combines celebrity talent with traditional American values that is rapidly garnering nationwide audiences from other more established outdoor radio shows. There’s no question that the new kid on the block is raising eyebrows… and ratings as well!


“The Sporting Life” Radio Show Interviews Legendary Coach Bob Knight

Host Bob Svetich announced he will be interviewing legendary coach Bob Knight this week on his much talked about radio show, “The Sporting Life”.

Bob Knight has been called many things over the decades during his storied college basketball coaching career including names like “The General”. But no matter what your opinion is of Mr. Knight, most would agree that one word best describes this legendary coach and that is a…winner!

Bobby Knight

“If [Bobby Knight] is provoked, he is going to challenge it and a lot of times the best thing to do is walk away. But with him, he likes to see a resolution to the situation,” says former Ohio State teammate John Havlicek on ESPN Classic’s SportsCentury series. Controversial and colorful, combustible and combative, Bob Knight is one of the most successful coaches in college basketball history. Click here www.ESPN.Go.com to learn more about Bob Knight.

“The Sporting Life” radio show host Bob Svetich comments; “I am deeply honored to have Bob Knight on my radio show. I have admired coach Knight all of my life and respect how he went about his business. Ask his players and they will all tell you the same thing. Playing for coach Knight wasn’t always easy, but they all knew how much coach Knight cared for them and his commitment to prepare them for what lies ahead in life. Not only is Bob Knight an outstanding outdoorsmen and expert fly-fisherman, more importantly he’s an even greater person. I would go into battle with coach Knight knowing he would always have my backside covered. Unfortunately, you can’t say that about a lot of people these days.”

Outdoor radio shows are not new to the airwaves, many have come and gone and some more successful than others. However, every once in a while a gem emerges among the myriad of talk shows available to us. “The Sporting Life” show appears to be that gem and is gaining popularity overnight or should we say because of Knight!


“The Sporting Life” Radio Show Airs in New Time Slot

On Saturday June 22, 2013 “The Sporting Life” inaugural radio show was aired. Host and producer Bob Svetich received outstanding news from the station that airs the show, Talk Radio 630 KHOW in Denver, Colorado. After only one show the executives at 630 KHOW heard all they needed to and awarded “The Sporting Life” show a prime time slot. Talk Radio 630 KHOW is owned by Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, with its 243 million monthly U.S. listeners, it is the leading media company in America with a greater reach than any radio, digital or television outlet.

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Host/producer Bob Svetich comments; “When the call came in from executives at 630 KHOW saying they want to offer my show a prime time slot I was thrilled. I am blessed to have this opportunity and I look forward to entertaining my listeners across the country, engaging in passionate conversation about all things hunting and fishing.”

“The Sporting Life” radio show was originally scheduled to air Saturday’s from 5-6pm Mountain Time. The show will continue to air on Saturday’s but in its new prime time slot between 11am-12 Noon Mountain Time. The show’s patriotic opening with the playing of God Bless America is already becoming its trademark and is being branded as the “magic hour” in radio.

Another unique aspect of the show is the opportunity for listener’s to call in and talk with celebrities from all genres’ about their career and their passion for the sporting life. The show also boasts a celebrity wildgame chef segment, and an “Honor A Hero” segment that honors the United States military. Current sponsors of the show are excited about the announcement of the new prime time slot and are happy to already be on board as sponsors. Other companies are now scrambling for the last few remaining advertising openings as they too see the marketing value the show provides.

With the level of success and support “The Sporting Life” radio show has already received, it’s almost certain the show will gain national attention and continued industry buzz in the weeks to come.


“The Sporting Life” Radio Show Interview’s Celebrity Outdoor DIVA’S

This week on “The Sporting Life” radio show, it’s all about women in the outdoors! Join host Bob Svetich and his Celebrity Diva’s as they engage in HOT conversation about all things hunting and fishing.

Bob comments; “I am very excited about the opportunity to have these talented women join me on this week’s show. Their passion for hunting and fishing and commitment to helping women learn about the sporting life is truly inspiring.”

Judy Rhodes

A rancher’s daughter, Judy has been toting a gun since the age of four (she started with a Red Ryder B-B gun in Rockwall County, Texas). Maybe her calling as a cheerleader for the shooting sports started when she became a majorette in school; after practice or a game, she would go dove hunting with her friends. Judy started the Texas Women’s Shooting Sports/DIVAS. Today, DIVAS has members in 48 states and 14 foreign countries. Over the years, DIVAS has taught hundreds of women how to shoot a shotgun. To learn more about Judy click here: DivaWow.org

Louise Mandrell

Louise Mandrell is living proof that when you combine God-given talent with hard work, you get an entertainer who exemplifies the word “multi-talented.” In an industry where success in just one area typically defies the odds, Louise has managed to stake her claim on a wide swath of show-biz territory. Throughout a career that has spanned nearly four decades, she has made her mark in the entertainment world by pouring her heart and energy into each and every endeavor, whether she’s performing live onstage, recording in the studio, working in front of the cameras, writing or giving her time back to her community. Louise has a passion for the outdoors including hunting and fishing. To learn more about Louise Mandrell click here: LouiseMandrell.com

The Sporting Life radio show airs Saturday’s from 11am-12 Noon MST on AM Talk Radio 630 KHOW Denver, Colorado and via iHeartRadio from anywhere or listen to the show via podcast at www.TheSportingLifeShow.com.


“The Sporting Life” Radio Show Partners with Celebrity “WildCheff”

Wild Cheff

The Outdoor Group, Inc. announces they have secured a partnership with WildCheff -Denny Corriveau. This Award Winning Master Game Chef will be the celebrity chef for the “WildCheff” segment within “The Sporting Life” radio show.

Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich of The Outdoor Group, Inc. comments; “I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with Denny and bring a great culinary talent to our radio show. Denny’s contribution will certainly be a highlight segment for our listeners.”

WildCheff -Denny Corriveau is a trendsetter in the field of organic and sustainable culinary arts. He has evolved over 25 years as a nationally noted authority regarding his “best practice” methodology concerning the culinary side of free-range eating. An avid fisherman, hunter, private celebrity chef, and motivational speaker, Denny has utilized his unique wild game and organic culinary expertise to share his knowledge nationally as an Ambassador of free-range food.

WildCheff also produces the most compelling Farm & Field to Table cooking products available today! All WildCheff Products are gathered at the source, and made with a practice of being Preservative-Free, Gluten-Free and MSG-Free. For more information about WildCheff visit www.WildCheff.com .

The Sporting Life radio show airs Saturday’s from 5-6pm Mountain Time on AM Talk Radio 630 KHOW Denver, Colorado and via iHeartRadio from anywhere or listen to the show via podcast at www.TheSportingLifeShow.com.


Bob Svetich to Host “The Sporting Life” Radio Show

Date Set for Inaugural Show

The Outdoor Group, Inc. Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich has announced he will be hosting and producing a much anticipated hunting and fishing radio show called “The Sporting Life”. The show is already being branded as the “magic hour” in radio. Bob’s inaugural show will air on Saturday June 22, 2013 on Talk Radio 630 KHOW in Denver, Colorado.

Henry Winkler

Bob Comments; “After a year of planning and securing sponsors, it’s gratifying to know that my show will finally be airing. I am blessed for the opportunity to host a quality outdoor radio show that will be informative and entertaining. I look forward to engaging my listeners in passionate conversation about their hunting and fishing experiences.”

Steve Bartkowski

Listeners can expect to participate in conversation with the host about all things hunting and fishing. Topics range from how-to-tips, to where to book your next world-class hunting and fishing trip. Industry professionals and celebrity guests will join Bob live on-air for passionate discussions, as Bob welcomes his listeners to talk with his star-studded guest line-up. Celebrities Henry Winkler and Steve Bartkowski will join Bob in his inaugural show in sharing their passion for the sporting life.

To honor America, each show will open with the playing of “God Bless America”. A special “Honor A Hero” segment is slated to honor the men and women of the United States military. Listeners can nominate their military hero for a chance to win an all expense paid CAST & BLAST trip and other great prizes for their hero. A wild game culinary segment is also featured.


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