The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Hollywood Actor and Shooting Enthusiast – Joe Mantegna
Loveland, Colorado (June 23, 2014) – Chicago native Joe Mantegna has a strong background in both theater and film. Joe is a veteran Hollywood star and shooting enthusiast. With more than 100 feature film and television credits including Godfather Pt. III, Criminal Minds, and The Simpsons, Mantegna took on a role as host of “MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories” on Outdoor Channel – a series that takes viewers through a firearm’s history, from the heart of the design through its use on the range. For his work that spans more than 40 years, Mantegna received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
After making his Broadway debut in Stephen Schwartz’s musical of Studs Terkel’s Working, Joe was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as cynical real-estate agent Richard Roma in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross.
Closely associated with Mamet’s work, Joe starred in the theatrical premiere of A Life in the Theater, The Disappearance of the Jews at the Goodman Theater, and in the Broadway production of Speed the Plow with Ron Silver and Madonna. In addition, Joe directed a critically acclaimed stage production of Mamet’s Lakeboat, starring Ed O’Neil and George Wendt, in a successful Los Angeles theatrical run.
Always the baseball fan, Joe conceived and co-wrote the Off-Broadway play Bleacher Bums, inspired by countless afternoons watching the Chicago Cubs play in Wrigley Field. Once the Chicago PBS affiliate picked it up for production, the play both earned Joe an Emmy Award and gave him the opportunity to direct an updated version in a successful run at Chicago’s Organic Theater. Joe also appeared in The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit and Cops, along with taking two European tours with the Organic Theater Company. SHOWTIME has produced yet another version of Bleacher Bums that premiered in 2002.
Joe made his feature film debut in 1985 as the womanizing dentist in Frank Perry’s Compromising Positions, based on Susan Isaacs’ best-seller. His early films include co-starring roles in The Money Pit, Weeds and Suspect. He also starred in the critically acclaimed David Mamet films House of Games (now a cult classic) and Things Change, for which he and co-star Don Ameche both received the coveted Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. In 1991, Joe starred in the highly praised police thriller, Homicide.
Joe has also starred in Woody Allen’s Alice and Celebrity, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather III, Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights and Bugsy, Steven Zaillian’s Searching for Bobby Fischer and Billy Crystal’s Forget Paris.
Other stand-out roles include Up Close and Personal, Baby’s Day Out, Airheads, Queens Logic, Wait Until Spring Bandini, Eye for an Eye, The Runner, and Stephen King’s Thinner. In addition to being the featured reader for numerous books-on-tape, Joe has narrated the Oscar-nominated documentary films Crack U.S.A.: Country Under Siege and Death on the Job.
Joe had a starring role in the CBS miniseries of Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel The Last Don, which garnered him an Emmy Award nomination. He also enjoys appearing regularly as the voice of Fat Tony on The Simpsons. As rich and varied as Joe’s career is, “Nothing,” says he, “interferes with my doing The Simpsons!” Joe’s original feature films for cable include starring roles in State of Emergency, A Call to Remember, My Little Assassin, The Water Engine, The Comrades of Summer, Persons Unknown, Boy Meets Girl, and The Rat Pack, for which he was nominated for both another Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. In later films like Hoods and Jerry and Tom, Joe both starred and served as Executive Producer.
During his career Joe has portrayed several real people, such as George Raft in Bugsy, Fidel Castro in My Little Assassin, and most notably, as Dean Martin in The Rat Pack. His role as Josh Waitzkin’s father in Searching for Bobby Fischer was based on Fred Waitzkin, who wrote the book upon which the film was based. Joe’s TV-movie debut was as Joe Esposito, Elvis’ road manager and close friend in the 1979 miniseries Elvis starring Kurt Russell.
In 2000, Joe completed production on his feature film directorial debut, Lakeboat, written for the screen by David Mamet from his original play. Starring Charles Durning, Peter Falk, Robert Forster, Andy Garcia, Denis Leary and George Wendt. The film opened the L.A. Film Festival to critical acclaim last fall and made its theatrical release in June 2001.
Joe spent the summer of 2000 in Spain and France filming the feature Off Key with Danny Aiello and George Hamilton. The comedy is about a trio of famed opera singers who unwittingly find themselves reunited at a wedding ten years after their tempestuous breakup. Joe headlined a series of original films for the A&E Network, based on Robert Parker’s popular Spenser detective novels. The first, Small Vices, premiered in summer of 1999 with the second, Thin Air, following in fall 2000. His last entry to the Spenser series, Walking Shadow, continues to play on A&E. Due to budget cuts A&E has no future plans for more in this series.
Spring of 2001 found Joe in Venice, Italy for several weeks filming the feature, LAGOON. 2001 was a busy year for Joe. He finished production on the SHOWTIME film, Men Vs. Women! that co-starred Paul Reiser, Christine Lahti and Glenn Headly, directed by Chazz Palmenteri. He also starred as Justice Joseph Novelli in the CBS series First Monday.The series co-starred James Garner and Charles Durning.
Summer 2002 found Joe and his daughter Gina in his home town of Chicago, filming the wonderful slice of life film, Uncle Nino with Anne Archer. Released in 2003, this gem played at selected theaters, including a record breaking run of 43 weeks in Grand Rapids Michigan.
In 2002, Joe starred in the Italian film Pontormo, playing the role of Jacopo Pontormo, an Italian Renaissance painter (b. 1494, d. 1557, Firenze). Joe also co-starred in Stateside, a drama based on a true story starring Johnathan Tucker and co-starring Val Kilmer, Carrie Fisher, Penny Marshall and Diane Venora.
Joe starred as police chief Will Girardi in the popular and critically acclaimed CBS series, Joan of Arcadia. Joan received several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations during its two season run from 2003-2005.
In 2005 Joe co-starred in Nine Lives, a film by Rodrigo Garcia that made both Ebert’s and Roeper’s Top 10 List for that year. Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life. Accepted at Sundance, the film also stars Glenn Close, Amy Brenneman, Holly Hunter, Dakota Fanning, Sissy Spacek and Kathy Baker.
In 2006 Joe was involved in several independent film projects including Elvis and Annabelle, West of Brooklyn and Lonely Street. He also costarred with Debora Messing in The Starter Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer for the USA network. For this, Joe was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Best Supporting Actor. Since 2007 Joe has been back on CBS as the star of Criminal Minds. On April the 29th 2011 Joe received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, next to his boyhood hero Errol Flynn. Looking ahead, Joe ‘s company has it’s eyes set on producing. With several projects in the works including, Memories are Made of This, Tis it the Season, a web-series called Quick Bites and an original family feature called, The King and Me Joe is a busy guy. 2011 Joe lent his voice to the character of GREM in DisneyPixar’s CARS2. In 2012 Joe completed the feature films The Bronx Bull, Ten Cent Pistol and Compulsion. He also is co-producing a documentary on the late Science Fiction Icon Ray Bradbury that’s due out in 2013.
He currently stars as David Rossi in Criminal Minds as well as hosting and producing duties on “MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories” for the Outdoor Channel.
About “MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories”:
Hosted by actor and gun enthusiast Joe Mantegna, “MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories” takes viewers through a firearm’s history, from the heart of the design through its use on the range. Using state-of-the-art, high-speed photography, Gun Stories looks at the operation and performance of each weapon, from classics like the Mauser bolt-action, to cutting-edge firearms like the Adaptive Combat Rifle. Throughout the series, historians, shooters, trainers and industry experts place these weapons in their historical and social context, making Gun Stories a unique and definitive collection on the history of firearms.
OUTDOOR CHANNEL TV SHOW: “MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories” [not currently airing; returning with new episodes starting Wednesday, July 2nd at 8:00 p.m. ET]
Join Bob and Joe on Saturday, June 28th as they discuss Joe’s career, shooting and his passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews NASCAR President – Mike Helton
Loveland, Colorado (June 16, 2014) – The sport’s most visible leader at the race track, NASCAR President Mike Helton, assumed that role in November 2000 when he succeeded Bill France Jr., who had served as president since 1972. Mike serves as a member of NASCAR’s Board of Directors and is also a member of the company’s Executive Council. Helton was well-prepared for his new position, to say the least.
In February 1999 he had become the first person outside the France family to take over the day-today operations of NASCAR, when he was named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer. Prior to that, Helton had served as NASCAR’s Vice President for competition since January 1994.
Born and raised in Bristol, Va., Helton’s motorsports experience is multi-faceted. In addition to working for a sanctioning body, during his career he has also been a track operator, and even raced a little himself.
Helton is well-known by NASCAR’s many fans as the man who presides in the “big hauler” on race weekends. He is the voice of authority – and reason. But he also is a portrait of popularity,
evident whenever he appears in the garage area, as he takes the time to greet fans, sign autographs and pose for photographs. Helton and his wife, Lynda, reside in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Join Bob and Mike as they discuss the exciting world of NASCAR and Mike’s passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Talented Entertainer, Actress, Model, and Performer…Irlene Mandrell
Loveland, Colorado (June 9, 2014) – Irlene Mandrell was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and is the youngest sister of the world famous country trio, The Mandrell Sisters. Irlene and her sisters come from a musical family. She began playing the drums professionally when she was eleven. Irlene is a Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars inductee. She has received many awards including two comedy acts of the year awards from Music City News.
Though music has always been the Mandrell Sister’s mainstay, other entertainment forums appealed to Irlene. Irlene has enjoyed an extraordinarily varied career as an actress, model and performer. Her first television series, Barbara Mandrell and The Mandrell Sisters aired on NBC and also in the UK. The show featured good-humored interplay between Irlene and her sisters.
After the series ended, Irlene sought opportunities in film, television and video. Irlene’s television credits include a guest appearance on The Love Boat and appearances on a variety of game shows and talk shows including Hollywood Squares, The Match Game, Tattletales, Password Plus, The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show,. Bright Lights & Country Nights, This Week in Country Music, Oprah and many others. Irlene starred in the country variety series Hee Haw for its last eight years.
In addition to her many stage and television appearances, Irlene has enjoyed great success as a spokesperson. She has pitched products to millions of American homes; these products include Swift Premium Brown & Serve, Lanne Skin Care products, Smith and Wesson firearms, Lea Furniture, Realtree Accents, Shedd Spread Country Crock Margarine, ChoiceDek, Cover Girl shoes & 9West shoes, Harmony Guitars, and a spokes person along with G Gordon Liddy for Natures youth.
She had an annual Celebrity Shoot, The Irlene Mandrell Celebrity Shoot, that benefited Wish Upon A Star and of Scouts of America which ran fourteen years. She also supports Easter Seals, Special Olympics, American Heart Association and many other charities. She has done several TV segments for Tennessee’s Wildside which was titled “Irlene Mandrell Straight Shooter” for the Outdoor Channel and Public Television.
Irlene has been an accomplished hunter for several years.
She has hunted North America, Mexico, South America and
Africa. Closely associated with SCI., she has served at
the Sportsman Against Hunger banquet many years and is a Lifetime Member.
If Irlene endorses a product, you can be assured she believes in the product as well as uses it. Currently, Irlene has been performing with her children. Her daughters, Vanessa and Christina are both gifted singers, dancers and actresses. Her son, Deric is a very talented drummer. Even though Deric is now living in PA because of a very successful business, he still finds time to perform with his family on occasions.
Join Bob and Irlene Saturday June 14th as they discuss Irlene’s career, and her passion for the sporting life.
2014 U.S. Open Championship… The Sporting Life Show Re-Plays the Interview With Golf Hall of Fame Inductee 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.
Join Bob and Nick Saturday, June 7th as they discuss Nick’s golfing career and his passion for the sporting life.
Back by Popular Demand… The Sporting Life Radio Show Re-plays Interview with Country Music Star Craig Morgan
Loveland, Colorado (May 30, 2014) 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 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 is 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 fifth 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 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.”
Join Bob and Craig from an earlier interview as they discuss the singers career and his passion for the sporting life.
In Honor of Memorial Day…The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Navy Veteran and Hollywood Actor – Marshall Teague
(LOVELAND, COLORADO – May 22, 2014) On Memorial Day Monday, May 26th the nation stops to remember and pay tribute to our fallen hero’s that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. In celebration of Memorial Day, The Sporting Life Radio Show is honored to have Navy veteran and long-time Hollywood actor Marshall Teague as their celebrity guest for this week’s show.
Bob Svetich Host/Producer of The Sporting Life Show comments: “On short notice, I reached out to my friend Marshall asking if his schedule would permit him appearing on my radio show in honor of Memorial Day. After a brief pause looking over his schedule his answer was…”I’m in.” I’ve come to learn that you can count on our military veterans to be there when you need them. We all need to be there for them as well and never forget the sacrifices they have made.”
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.
Charity to Benefit Daughters of World War II
Surprise special guest appearance
Join Bob and Marshall on Saturday, May 24th as they celebrate Memorial Day in discussion of our veterans, the actors’ most recent projects, and his passion for the sporting life.
In Honor of Armed Forces Day… The Sporting Life Radio Show Pays Tribute to the United States Armed Forces
LOVELAND, COLORADO – May 12, 2014. In honor of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 17th, The Sporting Life Radio Show will pay special tribute to America and the United States Armed Forces. Those who have fought for our freedom and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice will be remembered and honored.
Bob Svetich, the shows host comments; “When I learned that Armed Forces Day fell on a Saturday, the same day my show airs I knew I wanted to do something special to honor all of our military personnel. My listeners are in for a very patriotic and emotionally charged show.”
The Sporting Life Radio Show is an hour broadcast, airs weekly and has been dubbed the “magic hour” in radio. The show is well acclaimed for its opening theme song “God Bless America” and weekly notable celebrity guests. Highly acclaimed industry professionals round out the guest list on every show sharing their insights related to hunting and fishing. With the show airing on Armed Forces Day this year and in lieu of a celebrity guest, the show will honor the United States Armed Forces and all military personnel as honorary celebrities for this week’s show.
Although specific information about the show has been kept close to the vest, sources nearest to the shows producer indicated there will be a great deal of “Pomp and Circumstance” including the show taking on a patriotic grandeur of its own. If our sources are correct, we indeed are all in for an entertaining show.
Join Bob Saturday, May 17th for a special tribute to our Military.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews PGA & Champions Tour Professional – Fuzzy Zoeller
LOVELAND, COLORADO (May 3, 2014) – A legendary golfer from New Albany, Indiana, who attended the University of Houston and became a professional golfer in 1973, Frank Urban Zoeller, “Fuzzy”, is known around the world for his success and charismatic character. With ten PGA Tour victories, including the 1979 Masters and 1984 U.S. Open, Fuzzy knows the taste of victory. In addition, he helped to enhance the exposure of the 1985 and 1986 Skins Game, with his victories.
After joining the Champions Tour in 2002, he won the 2002 Senior PGA Championship, as well as the 2002 Senior Slam Championship.
Continuing with his winning ways, Fuzzy proceeded to win the 2003 Tylenol Shoot Out, the 2004 MasterCard Championship, as well as the 2007 Senior Skins with partner Peter Jacobsen and the 2008 Senior Skins with Ben Crenshaw. Today, he is often heard whistling down the fairway as he continues to play on the Champions Tour.
Fuzzy has received the highest honor given by the USGA. In 1985, Fuzzy was given the Bob Jones Award. Also, in 2010 he was honored with the Dave Marr Memorial Award, which exemplifies sportsmanship, honesty, character, and an enthusiastic passion for the game of golf. Fuzzy is always a gallery favorite because of his humor and relaxed approach to the game.
On June 1, 2009, Fuzzy launched a new venture, “Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka.” He created a vodka that not only satisfied, but exceeded his tastes and preferences. Distilled five times and filtered ten times through charcoal, Fuzzy’s Vodka has a smooth and exceptional taste.
PGA Tour Victories (10)
- 1979 Andy Williams- San Diego Open Invitational, Masters Tournament
- 1981 Colonial National Invitational.
- 1983 Sea Pines Heritage, Panasonic Las Vegas Pro Celebrity Classic
- 1984 U.S. Senior Open Championship
- 1985 Hertz Bay Hill Classic
- 1986 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Sea Pines Heritage, Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic
Champions Tour Victories (2)
- 2002 Senior PGA Championship
- 2004 MasterCard Championship
International Victories (3)
- 2002 Senior Slam
- 2008 Wendy’s Champions Skins Game (with Peter Jacobsen)
- 2009 Wendy’s Champions Skins Game (with Ben Crenshaw)
Other Victories (6)
- 1972 Florida State Junior College Championship (indiv)
- 1973 Indiana State Amateur
- 1985 Skins Game
- 1986 Skins Game
- 1987 Merrill Lynch Shoot-Out Championship
- 2003 Tylenol Par-3 Challenge
To read more about Fuzzy please visit his website at: Fuz.com
To read more about Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka visit his website at: FuzzyVodka.com
Join Bob and Fuzzy as they discuss Fuzzy’s professional golf career, his Ultra Premium Vodka and his passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Baseball Hall of Famer – Wade Boggs
LOVELAND, COLORADO (April 24, 2014) – Although Boggs was born in Nebraska, he grew up in Tampa, Florida. He attended Plant High School in Tampa where he played High School Baseball. He graduated in 1976. He spent his 18-year baseball career primarily with the Boston Red Sox, but also played for the New York Yankees, with whom he won his only World Series, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, with whom he recorded his 3,000th hit. His hitting in the 1980s and 1990s made him a perennial contender for American League batting titles. He is 33rd on the list of career leaders for batting average among Major League Baseball players with a minimum of 1000 plate appearances. Boggs was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.
With 12 straight All-Star appearances, Boggs is third only to Brooks Robinson and George Brett in number of consecutive appearances as a third baseman. In 1999, he ranked number 95 on the Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
Boggs played in the longest game in professional baseball history as a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox in 1981 against Cal Ripken, Jr. and the Rochester Red Wings. It lasted for 33 innings over eight hours and 25 minutes. 32 innings were played from 18 to 19 April 1981 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. During his last year in the minor leagues with Pawtucket, he led the league with a .335 batting-average, 167 hits, and 41 doubles.
A left-handed hitter, Boggs won five batting titles starting in 1983. He also batted .349 in his rookie year which would have won the batting title, but was 121 plate appearances short of the required minimum of 502. From 1982 to 1988, Boggs hit below .349 only once, hitting .325 in 1984. From 1983 to 1989, Boggs rattled off seven consecutive seasons in which he collected 200 or more hits, an American League record for consecutive 200-hit seasons that was later matched and surpassed by Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki. Boggs also had six seasons with 200 or more hits, 100+ runs and 40+ doubles. Although he would not win another batting title after 1988 (his batting title that year broke Bill Madlock’s Major League record of four by a third baseman), he regularly appeared among the league leaders in hitting. His own style included mental preparedness techniques, which consisted in visualizing four at-bats each evening before a game and imagining himself successfully getting four hits.
In 1986, Boggs made it to the World Series with the Red Sox, but they lost to the New York Mets in seven games. He holds the record for batting average at Fenway Park, at .369. In 1992, Boggs slumped to .259 – one of only three times in his career that he failed to reach .300 – and at the end of the season he left the Red Sox, with whom he had spent his entire career to that point. He was heavily pursued by two teams: the Los Angeles Dodgers and the arch-rival of the Red Sox, the New York Yankees – he chose the Yankees when they added the third year to the contract that the Dodgers would not offer. Boggs went on to be awarded three straight all-star appearances, had four straight .300-plus seasons, and even collected two Gold Glove Awards for his defense.
As of June 8, 1986, over the course of the previous 162 games (equivalent to a full season, though across two seasons) Boggs was hitting .400, with 254 hits in 635 at-bats. In 1987, Boggs – who was up for a new contract following the season – hit 24 home runs, the most in any year of his career.
In 1996, Boggs helped the Yankees win their first World Series title in 18 years, which became his only world title. In the series’ fourth game, which saw the Yankees rally from six runs down to win, Boggs was called on to pinch hit in the tenth inning and using the batting eye he was known for throughout his career, he coaxed a bases-loaded walk out of Steve Avery which gave the Yankees the lead in a game they went on to win 8-6. After the Yankees won the series in game 6, Boggs memorably celebrated by jumping on the back of an NYPD horse, touring the field with his index finger in the air – despite his self-professed fear of horses.
Boggs signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for the final two seasons of his career. He hit the first home run in Devil Rays history, in the 6th inning of the inaugural game on March 31, 1998. On August 7, 1999, he collected his 3,000th hit with a home run.
Despite his reputation as a singles hitter with limited power, he is one of only two players whose 3,000th hit was a home run and was the only one until Derek Jeter hit his on July 9, 2011. Boggs retired in 1999 after sustaining a knee injury, leaving with a career batting average of .328 and 3,010 hits. Two yellow seats among the rest of the Tropicana’s blue seats mark where both historic balls landed in right field, each with a small metal plate noting it as the area that the ball landed.
His career paralleled that of Tony Gwynn, who also debuted in the National League in 1982. Boggs and Gwynn were the premier contact hitters of their era. They both won multiple batting titles—Boggs’s five and Gwynn’s eight—and each won four straight to join Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, and Rod Carew as the only players to do so. Gwynn and Boggs each hit over .350 in four straight seasons, the only players to do so since 1931. They joined Lou Brock and Rod Carew as the only players whose careers ended after World War II who finished with 3,000 hits and fewer than 160 home runs.
While not unique among non-pitchers, Boggs also recorded a few innings pitching at the Major League level. His main pitch was a knuckleball, which he used 16 times (along with one fastball) in one shutout inning for the Yankees against the Anaheim Angels in a 1997 game.
On April 7, 2000 his #12 was retired by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. It is the only number to have been issued only once by the Rays. Although he has not had his number retired by the Boston Red Sox, he was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2005.
Boggs was known for his superstitions. He ate chicken before every game (Jim Rice once called Boggs “chicken man”), woke up at the same time every day, took exactly 117 ground balls in practice, took batting practice at 5:17, and ran sprints at 7:17. His route to and from his position in the field beat a path to the home dugout. He drew the Hebrew word “Chai”, meaning “life”, in the batter’s box before each at-bat, though he is not Jewish.
He asked Fenway Park public address announcer Sherm Feller not to say his uniform number when he introduced him because Boggs once broke out of a slump on a day when Feller forgot to announce his number.
Boggs is an avid sportsman, hunting and fishing worldwide.
Join Bob and Wade on Saturday, May 3rd as they discuss Wade’s Hall of Fame baseball career and his passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Show Interviews Boston Celtics Star – John Havlicek
LOVELAND, CO (April 26, 2914) – “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 Legendary Bass Fisherman – Hank Parker
LOVELAND, COLORADO (April 12, 2014) – The CBS Morning Show best described Hank Parker when introducing him as “the rod-n-reel answer to Michael Jordan, in popularity and talent!” Hank has enjoyed a storied professional bass fishing and outdoor television host career that continues to grow each season! His accomplishments on the professional bass fishing tournament trail support the fact he is one of America’s greatest bass fishermen to ever compete.
Hank’s professional fishing career started in 1976 when he began fishing the National Bass Association Tournament Circuit, winning their national championship in his first season. The following two years he fished both the National Bass Association and American Bass Association. With this success and help from newly acquired sponsors, Hank fished the Bassmaster Tournament Trail.
During his time on the Bassmaster circuit he won the Bassmaster Classic in 1979 and 1989.
Also, he was the first angler to win the Grand Slam of Bass Fishing, which includes the Classic, B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, and the B.A.S.S. SuperBass Tournament. Amazingly, Hank finished “in the money” in 76% of all the tournaments he fished during his B.A.S.S. career. In 2003, Hank was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. Then, in 2006 he was inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame.
Additionally, Parker is a crowd and fishing industry favorite. He was voted as one of the top 10 greatest anglers of all-time in ESPN’s Greatest Angler Debate and listed as one of 35 Legends of bass fishing’s modern era by Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.).
Hank’s television series, “Hank Parker’s Outdoor Magazine,” launched in 1985 with national syndication. The following season the series moved to The Nashville Network. In following years the series has aired on The Outdoor Life Network, The Outdoor Channel, Pursuit Channel and NBC Sports. For 2014, “Hank Parker’s Outdoor Magazine” airs on Destination America and Pursuit Channel.
Additionally, Hank co-hosts two successful hunting shows with two of his sons, Hank Parker Jr. and Billy “Catfish” Parker.
“Hank Parker 3D” began in 2005 as a father and sons trio consisting of Hank Parker and his sons, Hank Parker Jr. and Billy “Catfish” Parker. All three avid outdoorsmen bring a different element to “Hank Parker 3D” which is a combination of hard core hunting, a celebration of family and a few laughs due to funny mishaps. “Hank Parker 3D” airs on Pursuit Channel.
Their latest television title, “Hank Parker’s Flesh and Blood,” premiered the summer of 2013 on Outdoor Channel. Family and outdoors has always been at the center of the Parkers’ way of life. Passing down and experiencing the outdoors tradition with family and friends is timeless, and this new show captures the
personal side of hunting. The show features the Parkers hunting big game at locations throughout America. Along the way, the Parkers share camp with Wounded Warriors and children facing serious illnesses who received hunts through The Outdoor Dream Foundation.
Join Bob and Hank on Saturday, April 19th as they discuss the angler’s fishing career and his passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Legendary Country Music Star – Lorrie Morgan
Loretta Lynn Morgan was born to make music. Barely a teenager when she made her first, and everlasting, impression on country music fans, its legends and the community, Lorrie Morgan, a child of the Opry, staked her claim as being one of the youngest to have made his/her debut at the Mother Church of Country. Taking center stage at the Grand Ole Opry, alongside her father, George Morgan, young Miss Morgan performed her rendition of “Paper Roses.” — Lorrie Morgan, however, was no “imitation,” she was as pure and authentic as a freshwater pearl.
Three short years later, after her dad’s passing, Lorrie became a road warrior to launch her own career, touring with her father’s band. Walking in her father’s footsteps, she kept his memory alive while winning countless fans encroaching her rights to become a front-and-center entertainer. Applauded for her talents and commitment to country music and her heritage, Lorrie made history of her own when she became a lifetime member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of twenty-five; Lorrie was the youngest person ever to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Today, Lorrie has become the essence of country music femininity. Having blossomed from a bright-eyed Opry starlet to carrying the torch for many a lady trendsetter—Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette—Lorrie Morgan has become a renaissance woman of the genre recognized as royalty by her fans and her peers. Lorrie’s confidence in her sexuality opened the door for many a female artist who walked in her path; her glamour and grace brought “Hollywood” to the format.
Her whirlwind life and career have earned her valuable lessons and timeless stature among her peers and music enthusiasts and enabled her a confident sense of self that shines through in her music like a late afternoon sunglow through the stained-glass windows of the Ryman Auditorium.
“One of my biggest struggles in the earlier years was to gain confidence in myself as a performer–to close a show behind a singer’s singer, an artist who was on the cusp of the cutting edge, or a known fan favorite. It took me a while to see myself as a stylist–that I no longer had to sing other artists’ songs; I could sing my own and create my own identity. I’ve finally grown into my own shoes and they’re mighty comfortable.”
Lorrie inked her first recording contract in 1988. As an RCA recording artist, and later on the roster of its sister label, BNA, Lorrie made her mark with what have now become timeless country standards, “Five Minutes,” “Something In Red,” “Watch Me” and “What Part Of No” to establish her place as a bright and shining country star—a modern woman making country music history.
Lorrie’s success is defined by her love of a great song and ability to sell it. A woman made of character, stamina and, most importantly, embraced in a shadowy blue-green aura, her music is a reflection of her heart and life.
“There is no doubt, my personal life has, from time-to-time, grabbed more attention than my music. That’s sad in one way because there is no “how-to” book on life; we just live it the best we can and when we make mistakes, that’s all part of our growth. Everyone goes through growing pains. Whether in sad, painful, or in what may have appeared to have been ‘dramatic’ times, I feel blessed to have experienced all of it–the emotions and the experiences. I make no apologies; I’ll take what I can use to teach my children, my grand children and share in my music.”
Over the past twenty some-odd years, as musical trends came and went and her personal life rose and succumbed to the turbulent, changing tides, Lorrie has remained true to herself—unshakable.
“Life experiences, life choices, a music career and the commitment alone can make you ‘hard’—some may identify it in another term. But. I think that’s a misperceived misperception! If you listen carefully, sadness, revelation, willpower and tenderness are revealed.”
Without pretending, nor pretension, Lorrie’s musical stories are as truthful and telling as a carefully crafted painting. The colors as they appear on the canvas are brilliant yet mysterious, thoughtful yet tempestuous, and her sultry, flawless vocals make it oh, so real.
“I have been a daughter, a bride, a mother, a divorcee, a widow, a single mother, a grandmother, a breadwinner, and, ultimately, a survivor. It seems, in many ways, that I am a living, breathing country song and I know what I sing. My music and songwriting has a healing power for me personally, and I these days, that’s what I aspire to be, a compelling and captivating music poet!”
A poet indeed… Lorrie has written and recorded more than 15-plus of her own songs over the course of her career.
A singer, songwriter, worldwide entertainer on the performing and theatrical stage, a producer, duet partner, wife, mother and now, a grandmother, Lorrie Morgan the songstress has sold over six million records and a trophy room adorned with reminders of gold and platinum successes (including fourteen top-ten hits, twelve recorded albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year Awards). Her duet partners have included the likes of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and The Beach Boys. She’s performed on Broadway and abroad.
Lorrie’s life story and decorated career is captured in her documentary entitled Beyond the Interview: Lorrie Morgan (from ANR Records) which includes up-close, intimate conversations with Lorrie who shares stories of her childhood and growing up backstage at the Grand Ole Opry; she reveals her road to stardom and discusses with candor her much-publicized personal life (including her marriage to and the death of country legend Keith Whitley).
Complementing the momentum of the applauded Grits & Glamour tour, Lorrie teamed with gal pal, Pam Tillis to record an album. The new project (entitled DOS DIVAS—released in 2013) features solo performances by both Morgan and Tillis as well as collaborations. With titles such as “That’s So Cool,” “Bless Their Hearts,” “I Am A Woman,” “I Know What You Did Last Night,” and “What Was I Thinkin’ ” (a Tillis/Morgan co-write), the 14-song collection is lush country–rich in the sounds characterized by tradition (fiddle and steel) laced with cello and flute.
Like a freshwater pearl, Lorrie Morgan is a natural gem that shines in a palette of colors. Her music, her life, her heart–black, white, lavender or pink, the overtones reflect her light. Learn more about Lorri at Lorrie.com
Join Bob and Lorrie on Saturday, April 12th as they discuss the singer/songwriter’s music career and passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Multi-Grammy Award Nominated Guitarist and Outdoorsman – Steve Farris
LOVELAND, COLORADO (April 1, 2014) – Steve was born and raised along the banks of the Platte River in Nebraska. His mother was a professional artist. His father was a businessman, musician, avid outdoorsman, hunter, fly fisherman, and accomplished wildlife photographer.
Farris was groomed for the life he has lived. Even as early as age 3, he was clearly fascinated with every thing wild. Rather than obeying the loud voice and looming threat of his father’s open hand with the third command to come in for dinner, he choose that it was more important to continue his intense study of something he had found, only to say “look dad, crickets”. It has been “crickets” ever since.
This attraction to nature is also coupled with the fact that he showed great promise with his ability to draw since age 4. His whole life has been focused around wildlife and creative arts. At age 9 he began playing the guitar. Coincidentally, it was the same year that he started calling ducks… both instruments equally practiced to master rhythms, cadence, pitches, and tones… hard to think of one any different than the other. Since then, he began hunting ducks, geese pheasants, and quail, if not listening to the Who, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, or led Zeppelin. And if he wasn’t skipping class to be in the duck blind, he was skipping paying attention to teachers while drawing pictures of ducks.
Both art and hunting ran an even race throughout his upbringing (hunting probably in the lead). And because of his early prowess to visually recreate images of animals on canvas, it was thought, and planned, that he would attend art school and become a wildlife illustrator. But after playing music gigs across three different states throughout his high school years, once he graduated, his painting fell way to music as his choice of vocation. At age 18 he never looked back. Music and “making it” was the single purpose of his life. The result has been a career that included him being a founding member, co writer, co producer, and the guitarist of the 1980s rock group Mr. Mister. He also played and/or recorded with over 150 artists running a wide array from Kiss, Rod Stewart, and Eddie Money, to Dolly Parton, Madonna, Whitesnake, etc. He has been nominated for two Grammy awards and sold over 4 million albums with Mr. Mister, and has played on other millions for other artists. But his constant distraction from music and the arts has been hunting, hunting, hunting!! “In high school I kept my waders, gun, and hunting clothes in my car to make a quick transition from student to hunter, often a couple periods prior to school being let out… and a ten minute drive to the wild”. Farris recalls, “I always wonder how much more successful I might have been in the music business had I not been constantly day-dreaming about hunting and instead on paying attention to what recording artists wanted me to play.”
One of Farris’ two life-long dreams was to have his own hunting land. “We never owned land or even had a lease. So my obsession with duck hunting was nurtured by awaiting invitations, working in summers for a guide in exchange for some trips to the blind, or walking in a generous farmer’s field to various cattle ponds, hoping to sneak a mallard or flush a pheasant in his corn field”. But as life progressed. As a hunter, Farris has now hunted in 3 continents, 6 countries, over 20 states, from private clubs to public ground, and about every type of duck habitat in North America.
Farris Art and hunting skills met up when he purchased land 14 years ago. “I didn’t see it coming but this was God’s plan for me. Though I was only looking for my own land as kind of a recreational toy, it quickly turned into not only a way of life and making a living, but the biggest creative outlet I could have imagined.” Currently Farris uses his artistic abilities and 45 years of hunting expertise to transform lands into facilities that provide exceptional hunting results with an emphasis on waterfowl. Such work includes the design and implementation of wetlands restoration and enhancement, as well as ongoing management for productive and consistent hunting. He is the owner or an owner of multiple properties each of which have functioned as his blank canvas – all of which he identified, acquired and developed. He owns and operates membership hunting clubs, but also sets up partnerships in hunting land, facilities and clubs. He has been hired as a consultant/developer to improve habitat and hunting quality on private lands in as many as 5 states. His clients include private clubs, individuals, and has even hired by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, where he was brought in to design and implement a wetlands restoration project in the Oregon Klamath Basin.
Farris has also developed an obsession with Whitetail hunting. This is newer in his life since he didn’t grow up hunting big game. But as a result of owning some tremendous deer ground, it was inevitable. And like the specific things that he dives into out of true interest, he has rapidly stacked on the needed skills to take large mature bucks.
Farris’ entertainment background, coupled with his hunting expertise and passion, has also made him the host of various television hunting shows on the Outdoor Channel, Sportsman’s Channel, Versus, NBC Sports, and ESPN. He is currently the waterfowl host of Winchester Legends.
- Co-Founder, Co-Writer, Co-Producer, and lead guitarist of the multi-platinum rock group Mr. Mister.
- Two #1 Hit singles – Broken Wings” and “Kyrie”
- One #1 Album – “Welcome to the Real World” – over 4 million albums sold – 10th largest selling album in the United States – 1986
- Two Grammy nominations.
- As a guitarist – hired around the world to record and/or play live with over 150 artists including such names as Kiss, Rod Stewart, Whitesnake, Dolly Parton, Eddie Money, Madonna, Tori Amos, Celine Dionne, and Graham Nash, Howard Jones, Kenny Loggins, Dianna Ross, etc.
- Composed, written, produced, and/or played on hundreds of national and regional television and radio advertisements and jingles ranging from Budweiser, to Taco Bell, to Chrysler, to Wendy’s, to Bell South, to Audi.
Accomplishments (Hunting and Land Development):
- In 2000, bought first piece of raw Nebraska river bottomland to develop for wildlife and hunting with an emphasis on migratory waterfowl. Has since meticulously designed, restored, enhanced, and transformed it into a world-class waterfowl, deer, and turkey hunting facility and club, with members who have ranged from California and Arizona, to Michigan and North Carolina, to Alabama and Mississippi, Florida and Georgia, to Colorado and Nebraska.
- In 2002, formed Farris Hunting Development LLC and has since identified, purchased, designed, and developed 5 additional properties for improved wildlife usage and sport hunting with the emphasis on waterfowl. In addition to his own, has worked on properties for various clients including dedicated conservationists such as those who serve on the National board of the Nature Conservancy, the CEO of the Orvis Company, and even a governmental agency to consult, design, restore, and/or implement habitat improvement and restoration in 4 other states, including Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Oregon.
- In 2009 was hired and brought to the Klamath Basin by the US Fish & Wildlife Service to design and oversee the implementation of a riparian wetland restoration along the Wood River.
- In 2005 he was asked to join, and served 3 terms on the Ducks Unlimited’s “National Conservation Programs Committee” where his second he did so as the “Assistant-Chair of Habitat and Science”.
- Since 2006, has regularly hosted and appeared on many Television Hunting shows including; “Winchester Legends”, “Ram Outdoorsman”, “Elk Fever”, “Beretta’s Bird Hunter’s Journal”, “Ruger’s Outdoor Adventure”, “World of Beretta”, “Escape to the Wild”, “Turkey Revolution”, “Waterfowler’s Edge”, “Browning Expeditions”, “Dangerous Game”, and “America’s Outdoor Journal”.
Backed off from the rigorous music life, he still takes on a few select music opportunities such as short tours to Europe and an occasional recording session. He is married and loves taking care of his hunting lands and operations year-round.
Join Bob and Steve on Saturday, April 5th as they discuss the artists’ music career and his passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews 4-Time Bassmaster Classic Champion – Kevin VanDam
LOVELAND, COLORADO (March 25, 2014) – In the world of professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam is at the pinnacle and arguably the best in the world. He’s the complete package – fierce competitor with multiple championships, ambassador to the sport, and family man. Professional bass fishing has risen to a major sports level in recent years with regular season and national championships televised on ESPN2.
“When it comes to professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam is as close to perfection as I’ve ever seen,” says ESPN Outdoors Commentator Mark Zona. “in my mind, he is the best of this era and will be the best I cover as long as I am a commentator.” In fact, VanDam was honored with the first-ever Outdoorsman of the Year ESPY trophy at ESPN’s televised awards program in 2002.
As the all-time money winner on the Bassmaster Tournament trail, VanDam has earned more than $5 million through February, 2012, captured four Bassmaster Classic titles (2001,2005, 2010, 2011) and seven Toyota Tundra Angler of Year titles (1992, ‘96, ‘99, ‘08, ’09, ’10 and ‘11). The Bassmaster Classic title is the most coveted in bass fishing, attracting the best anglers in the world who qualify for it through a regular season schedule. VanDam has earned berths in 24 consecutive Classics since he turned full-time pro in 1992, the longest running Classic qualification streak of any active pro. In 263 career Bassmaster events, he’s won 20, finished second 13 times and landed in the top 10 an amazing 100 times!
The 46-year-old pro honed his angling skills while growing up in Michigan where he had the opportunity to fish for a variety of fish species, including trout, salmon, muskies, walleyes and northern pike. “You can learn a lot by fishing different species in the diverse variety of lakes and rivers we have in Michigan,” he offered. “But bass is my first love.”
As a teenager, VanDam dominated tournament circuits around his Kalamazoo home, winning The Michigan BASS Federation Angler of Year twice before turning pro. At age 23, he became the youngest to win the Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year title, collected an unprecedented 23 consecutive in-the-money finishes and shattered tournament records.
VanDam and his wife Sherry have two twin boys, Jackson and Nicholas. When he’s not touring, you’ll find him spending time with his boys – fishing during the summer and deer hunting in the off-season. For more information on Kevin please visit his website: KevinVanDam.com
Join Bob and Kevin on Saturday, March 29th as they discuss Kevin’s professional fishing career and his passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Retired Green Beret – Allen Berberick
LOVELAND, COLORADO (March 19, 2014) – In September 2000, Sergeant First Class Allen Berberick retired after twenty-years in the United States Army and Special Forces, (the Green Berets).
He retired from Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina after serving in the 5th SFG, 3rd SFG, USAJFKSWC, and finally the 3rd SFG again. While in Special Forces he held such MOS’s as (18B30W7) Special Operations Weapons Sergeant, (18B40H) Senior Instructor/Writer, (18F40W9) Special Forces Assistant Operations & Intelligences Sergeant, and a secondary MOS of (11B40P) Airborne Infantryman. Some of the duty positions he held in his units were; SFODA Operations Sergeant, team sniper, combat diver, NCOIC Combat Dive Facility, ASOT operator, HALO parachutist, static line jump master, fast rope master, rappel master, and so on.
Sergeant Berberick served in ‘Operation Desert Storm’ in 1991 as a Special Forces weapons sergeant where he advised a Kuwaiti commando company on combat tactics and operations.
After retiring from the military he worked over-seas for the US Government for seven years. He provided some special services on hardened US Government structures around the world, in the form of Top Secret security.
The specifics are (CLASSIFIED) by the Department of State… For 2010, 2011, and 2012 he was a member of the Kabul Embassy Security Force.
He protected the American Embassy and its Department of State diplomats in Kabul,
Afghanistan; the #1 terrorist target in the world… The KESF fended off several terrorist attacks during this time frame with no loss of American life.
In July of 2012 Allen began writing works of fiction. He is currently an author with the Tate Publishing company. His first action novel’s release date is 29 April 2014. However, his book (SOVEREIGN SOIL, civil war is forced again…) may be purchased now from his or the Tate publishing website now in the form of hardcover, paperback, or E-book in all formats. For more about the military author, Special Forces, and his book, go to; www.allen-berberick.com or www.tatepublishing.com
Join Bob and Allen this Saturday, March 22nd as they discuss the Green Berets military career, his recent book, our 2nd amendment, and Allen’s passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews “The Most Complete Angler” Trev Gowdy
There comes a time in an angler’s life when counting the number of fish you catch takes a backseat to the size of fish you catch. It’s almost a natural maturation process that seems to happen over time and for most of us, it happens later rather than sooner.
Trev Gowdy is part of the new generation of American Sportsmen and one of the country’s signature outdoor television producers and fishermen. Born into fishing at the age of 5, Gowdy is the son of the original “American Sportsman” himself, Curt Gowdy, also known as one of the greatest sportscasters of all time.
“The American Sportsman” television series hosted by Curt Gowdy was revered by the outdoors community and what is still considered to be one of the best fishing and hunting shows of all time. The show took viewers on fantasy journeys to the best fishing and hunting locations in the world. Curt Gowdy shared his passion, particularly flyfishing with his sons Trevor and Curt Jr. on gold medal trout streams in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. At a young age, Trev learned what the outdoors were all about through the daily teachings of his father and years of production experience at the ABC network.
In his career as a producer and host of hunting and fishing shows for cable television, Trev Gowdy has battled with a wide range of trophy game fish, including 1,000-pound hammerheads in the Florida Keys, giant stingrays off the coast of Thailand and razor-toothed payara below Venezuela’s Uraima Falls.
Though the fly-rod remains Gowdy’s preference, the best way to characterize his angling style these days is: whatever it takes to get the big ones. Gowdy says; “Do what the fish want, not what you want them to want.”
In recent years, Gowdy has developed into one of the country’s most notable hosts and producers of quality outdoor programming, winning several Emmys and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Awards. The “New York Times” recently called him, “The most complete angler.” Gowdy currently resides outside Boston, MA.
Watch Trevor Gowdy as he co-hosts Monster Fish airing on the Outdoor Channel. Click this link MonsterFishTV.com to learn about the show.
Join Bob and Trev on Saturday, March 15th as they discuss Gowdy’s passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Primos Hunting Founder – Will Primos
LOVELAND, COLORADO (March 4, 2014) – Will Primos is the founder of Primos Hunting, America’s top-selling brand of game calls and hunting accessories. For nearly forty years, hunters have trusted the Primos name, from the award-winning calls to ground blinds, trail cameras, scent control products, and more.
Will’s love of the outdoors and passion for hunting began at an early age, hunting with his father, Kenneth, and his uncles and cousins. At age eleven, right after a green timber duck hunt with his uncle Gus, Will crafted his first game call – a single reed duck call that would prove to be the forerunner of millions of Primos game calls to come.
After earning a business degree from Belhaven College, Will went to work in the family’s restaurant and catering business, a Jackson mainstay founded by Will’s grandfather, Angelo “Pop” Primos, an immigrant from Greece. Game calls were still calling Will however, so in 1976, at age 24, he founded Primos Hunting, a one-man operation based in his garage. Just one year later, the company had eight full-time employees working long hours to meet the growing customer demand.
Will first ventured into media with an instructional turkey hunting audiotape in 1983, followed by his first video, “Spring Turkey Hunting with Primos,” in 1986. The success of that video led to the Primos TRUTH video series, with annual titles
specifically focused on hunting turkey, deer, elk, predators, and waterfowl.
With a growing line of products and sales topping the million dollar mark, Will brought in his cousin, Jimmy Primos, to manage day-to-day business operations in 1986. The nineties were a decade of rapid growth, beginning with the company’s largest investment to date in new technology and skilled staff in 1990. The Primos brand’s visibility grew further with the 1999 premiere of “Primos TRUTH About Hunting,” a weekly program on the Outdoor Channel that has consistently ranked as one of the most popular hunting shows on TV. Outgrowing its Jackson facility, Primos Hunting broke ground in 2000 on a 100,000 square foot office and manufacturing complex in nearby Flora, where the company is based today.
As Primos Hunting grew, so did the opportunities for strategic partnerships. In 2006 Will sold the company to a private equity firm while remaining the company’s President and keeping his management team intact. In a few short years Primos doubled both its gross sales and net profits, making it an attractive partner for Bushnell Outdoor Products, which bought Primos in 2012. Bushnell was in turn purchased in 2013 by Alliant Technical Systems, or “ATK”, bringing both the Bushnell and Primos lines into ATK’s expansive Sporting Goods Division.
Today, Primos Hunting offers almost seven hundred different hunting and hunting accessory products, with a team of product developers continuing to create new products each year.
The company holds more than 50 patents and 30 trademarks, and employs more than one hundred staff members at its Flora and Brookhaven, Mississippi facilities.
Despite the company’s growth, Primos Hunting is still very much the company Will began in his garage back in 1976. Visitors will still find him testing the calls that come out of the factory, ensuring that the Primos name stays synonymous with quality workmanship.
“The company’s success comes down to quality, and a belief in what we are doing.” Will explains, “Everyone here is a hunter. If we don’t use a product and don’t believe in it, we can’t market it. If it’s not our heart and soul, we aren’t going to do it. We’re going to keep on caring about the products that we manufacture. The bottom line is that we are our own customers. That’s the foundation of the whole company.”
Will resides in Madison, Mississippi with his wife Mary, who has taken her share of spring gobblers. They are active members of Broadmoor Baptist Church. In addition to representing Primos Hunting, Will is an avid conservationist who works with wildlife conservation groups promoting the wise use of wildlife habitat. Primos.com
Join Bob and Will on Saturday, March 8th as they discuss the early days at Primos Hunting and Will’s passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews 8-Time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman
LOVELAND, COLORADO (February 23, 2014) – Ronnie Coleman is one bodybuilder who needs no introduction. With eight consecutive Mr. Olympia titles and more IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding) wins than anyone, Ronnie is arguably the greatest bodybuilder of all time.
Born in Monroe, Louisiana, he grew up in nearby Bastrop from humble beginnings being raised by a Christian single mother along with three other children. Ronnie was always a hard worker and helped out his family holding down one or two jobs after school and on weekends to do what he could to ease his mother’s financial
After high school Ronnie played football for Grambling State University and was also an excellent student. He graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Accounting. A stable career as a CPA was his plan at the time. But the same God who he worshiped, ever since he was a young boy, had other plans. Ronnie knew little of what his future would hold but having a work ethic like no other is what eventually would earn him the nickname “King Ronnie”.
While working as a police officer he continued to lift weights at the police station weight room and was eventually convinced by his fellow officers to check out Metroflex Gym which had been open just two years but was already know as the best hardcore gym around and home to many competitive bodybuilders and powerlifters. The gym owner Brian Dobson tried to persuade Ronnie to be his lifting partner but had to finally offer Ronnie a free membership which he accepted. At first glance Dobson knew he was looking at a genetic freak and told Ronnie he could become Mr. Olympia some day. Whether Ronnie believed Dobson or not, the seed was planted and as they say, the rest is history.
Here is an excerpt from Ronnie Coleman’s website; “For those of you who don’t know me, my career and success was built on hard work and dedication. After graduating from college at Grambling State, I needed a job, so I followed a friend of mine to Texas from Louisiana for work. At the time the one job that was available was a police officer so I took the job. In addition to working as a police officer, I delivered pizzas and worked security, three jobs at once; I ain’t never been afraid of hard work. This same attitude I took into the gym with me when I first started training at Metroflex for a free membership, thanks to Brian Dobson. The harder I worked in the gym, the more success I saw and that just fueled my fire.
The first contest I won was the Mr. Texas in 1990 and in just a short time I turned Pro at the 1991 World Amateur Championships.
Even though I was a professional bodybuilder, it was still a hobby so I continued to work fulltime as a police officer which just further fortified my unbreakable work ethic. By putting in the work, I laid the foundation that allowed me to obtain my dream in 1998 by claiming the Mr. Olympia title; it was the greatest day of my life and career. I could have just sat on my heels and taken the victory, but this success pushed me to work harder than ever before allowing me to capture a record 8 Mr. Olympia titles. This gave me the drive to push myself harder and harder every day, settling for nothing but the best which allowed me to change the face of bodybuilding forever setting the standard that bodybuilders strive for today.”
There are champion bodybuilders and then there is Ronnie Coleman. Success has been defined by some as nothing more than doing the right things, consistently over a long enough period of time to bring about the desired outcome. And if that’s true, Ronnie Coleman is a glowing example of that role model for others to pattern themselves after. BigRonColeman.com
Join Bob and Ronnie on Saturday March 1st as they discuss how Mr. Olympia developed the largest muscular physique of anyone, what his future professional goals are, his life growing up and his passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Legendary Flyfisher Joan Wulff
LOVELAND, COLORADO (February 19, 2014) – Joan Wulff is without a doubt the most famous lady fly fisher on the planet. She has had a long and distinguished career in sport fishing and a commitment to conservation.
A native of New Jersey, Joan was a tournament caster from 1937 to 1960, winning seventeen National and one International casting titles. In 1951, she captured the Fisherman’s Distance event while vying against an all-male line-up. In 1960 Joan cast a fly a distance of 161 feet in a registered tournament, establishing an unofficial Women’s World record. At that time there were no distance events designated for women.
Joan is the co-founder and chief instructor of the Wulff School of Fly Fishing in Lew Beach, New York.
She has appeared in many fishing films and authored Joan Wulff’s Fly Casting Techniques, Fly Fishing: Expert Advice from a Woman’s Perspective and Fly Casting Accuracy.
Through promotion of measures, such as catch and release, she has helped the sport of fishing to be accepted as environmentally-sustainable. Both Joan and her legendary husband the late Lee Wulff have had an amazing and positive impact on fly fishing.
To learn more about Joan Wulff’s fly fishing school click here: WulffSchoolOfFlyFishing.com
Join Bob and Joan as they discuss the legendary flyfisher’s career and her passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Orion Entertainment Founder/President Chris Dorsey
LOVELAND, COLORADO (February 12, 2014) – Chris Dorsey is the founding partner of Denver-based Orion Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of outdoor adventure television programming. He’s helped create more than 40 outdoor television series—more than anyone in history—for nine networks and 32 of those series are still in production today. In addition to helping transform the branded entertainment model in the outdoor genre, Dorsey’s approach of fusing brand DNA with entertaining programming has captured the attention of mainstream networks looking for a new vision to engage brands with television audiences. Because of this success, he’s a highly sought after speaker and television industry consultant.
Prior to his career in television, Dorsey was a publishing executive running some of the largest outdoor titles in America, including Sports Afield, America’s oldest outdoor periodical. His work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Television Week, National Geographic, Writer’s Digest and scores of outdoor periodicals. He’s the author of seven books on outdoor, natural history, and business subjects.
Because of his connections to the celebrity community, Dorsey has been retained to assist in developing campaign strategies for a wide variety of political candidates ranging from those seeking the Oval Office to governorships, Senate and House seats. His ability to craft messaging that appeals to America’s 50 million sportsmen—whether creating branded entertainment or highlighting the ties between political candidates and the passions and concerns of American sportsmen—has been at the core of his success.
Dorsey lives in Denver, Colorado with is wife Amy and twin sons Luke and Nathan.
Orion Entertainment receives Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose Award at the 2014 Shot Show, click here to see the award presentation: vimeo.com/86336978. To learn more about Orion Entertainment click here: OrionEntertainment.com.
Join Bob and Chris on Saturday, February 15th as they discuss Chris’ extraordinary career, several new and exciting outdoor television series and his passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Former Major League Baseball Pitcher, Jason Hirsh
Jason Hirsh was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2003 Draft by the Houston Astros out of DIII California Lutheran University.
- 2005 Texas League Pitcher of the Year.
- 2006 Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year – Only pitcher to win both POY awards in back to back seasons
- 2006 Baseball America Houston Astros #1 Prospect
- 2006 Starting Pitcher for Team USA in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game
- 2006 Made Major League Debut on August 4th against the San Diego Padres
- 2007 Member of the National League Champions the Colorado Rockies
- 2010 Lead the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankess (AAA) to their 5th consecutive In-ternational League North Division Championship
- 2011 Helped Lead the Melbourne Aces to their first ever ABL Title Series
- 2013 Retired to start the Jason Hirsh Pitching Academy
In September of 2013, Jason started to teach kids, teenagers and young men the art of pitching through proper mechanics, arm care, arm strength and mental toughness. Currently based at Legends Indoor Facility at 7150 Leetsdale Drive Denver CO 80220.
Anyone can contact the academy via the following media:
- Website – HirshAcademy.com
- Twitter – @jhpa5280
- Facebook – Jason Hirsh Pitching Academy
- E-mail – JasonHirshPitchingAcademy@gmail.com
- Phone – (818) 679-3659
Join Bob and Jason on Saturday, February 8th as they discuss Jason’s baseball career, his pitching academy and his passion for the sporting life.
Super Saturday … The Sporting Life Radio Show Re-Airs Interview With NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback, Jim Kelly
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 Saturday February 1st 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 Show Interviews World-Renowned Professional Hunter Jim Shockey
Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Jim was formerly an All-American swimmer in college majoring in Biology and Psychology, and then played on the National water polo team for six years. Jim participated in both the 1978 and 1982 world championships but did not attend the 1980 Olympics because of the international boycott against Russia. Jim is considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on the Ethnocentric Folk Art forms from Western Canada and is an avid collector of Tribal art and artifacts from around the world. His collections have appeared several times in publications such as Country Living and Century Home.
Jim has been married to his best friend Louise (a former actress), for nearly 30-years and the two of them split their time between their home on Vancouver Island and their ranch in Saskatchewan. They have two now grown children, Branlin and Eva, who have both joined the family business, Branlin as the producer of The Professionals TV show and Eva as Public Relations and Events Coordinator and on camera hostess of the Hunting Adventures TV show.
Jim Shockey is a world-renowned Professional Hunter, Outfitter, Television Producer, Outdoor Writer and multi-award-winner. He has hunted six continents, more than 40 countries and has taken over 300 big game species, including 88 world records. He has over 350 entries in the SCI Record Book of Trophy Animals and is the definitive leader of the muzzleloading contingent. Jim Shockey is the first and only hunter in the world to complete the “North American Super Slam” and “Ultimate Slam” with a muzzleloader and took home SCI’s “Professional Hunter of the Year” award in 2009. Jim also received the prestigious C.J. MacElroy award that same year for achieved excellence in worldwide hunting, a dedication to wildlife conservation and a history of service to the global hunting community. Jim is also the first and only hunter to use a muzzleloader to achieve the World Hunting Award Ring and qualified under the same criteria that rifle hunters use.
Join Bob and Jim on Saturday January 25th as they discuss Jim’s career and his passion for the sporting life.
Back By Popular Demand, The Sporting Life Radio Show Re-Airs Interview with Henry Winkler
Born in New York City on October 30, 1945, Henry Winkler is an actor, producer and director best known for his portrayal of Fonzie on the hit 1970s sitcom Happy Days. He went on to produce and direct TV shows, as well as acting in movies such as Scream (1996) and The Water Boy (1998) and the TV shows The Practice and Arrested Development.
An effervescent child, he loved performing and by the age of 14, Winkler decided to become an actor. Despite poor grades, his excellent audition won him acceptance into Yale University’s Drama School. At Yale, Winkler devoted his time to performing, often rehearsing one play by day and performing in another by night. After graduation he moved back to New York to make his mark on Broadway.
In 1973, Winkler moved to Los Angeles to take his shot at a career in television.Within two weeks he won a part as Valerie Harper’s date on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and followed with a bigger role on The Bob Newhart Show. After a month in Los Angeles, Winkler was homesick for life in New York and decided to move back. Before packing his bags he went on one last audition, for the role of a biker in producer Garry Marshall’s new TV series, Happy Days. Marshall originally envisioned a big hunky Italian in the part, but after Winkler’s audition, his exhausting search ended.
On January 15, 1974, Henry Winkler made his television debut as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on Happy Days. Despite few lines and a secondary place in the story line, Winkler began attracting attention. Before long, Winkler was receiving top billing alongside Ron Howard. His newfound fame was almost overwhelming as “Fonzie Fever” swept the nation. Winkler’s first major film role was also in 1974 in The Lord’s of Flatbush in which he played a member of a Brooklyn gang.
After the cancellation of Happy Days, Winkler formed his own production company and went on to produce the successful television series Ryan’s Four and MacGyver, as well as directing the film Memories of Me (1988). Continuing his diverse acting career, he has performed in such films as the teen horror hit Scream (1996), The Waterboy (1998), starring Adam Sandler, the Emmy-winning television series The Practice and Arrested Development.
Off screen, Winkler is a devoted husband for over 30 years. He married wife Stacey Weitzman on May 5, 1978 and is a dedicated father to their two children as well as stepfather to Weitzman’s son from a previous marriage. His dedication to children extends beyond his family; he served as the producer of All the Kids are Doing It and Strong Kids, Safe Kids and is an advocate for several groups that benefit underprivileged children. Additionally, he is involved with the Epilepsy Foundation, Toys for Tots, and other charitable organizations. Winkler is also a passionate fly-fisher, photographer, and author. Biography.com/Henry-Winkler
Join Bob and Henry on Saturday, January 18, 2014 as they discuss the actors’ career and his passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Legendary Nebraska Football Coach Tom Osborne
The words were inscribed on Memorial Stadium’s northwest corner some 14 years before he was born; “Courage; Generosity; Fairness; Honor; In these are the true awards of manly sports.” How fitting then, that the field inside that historic stadium is now called Tom Osborne Field in honor of a man, who throughout his professional career, relied on guiding principles based on more than winning.
Osborne excelled in every aspect of his professional career, first as an assistant football coach, then for 25 seasons as one of the most successful football coaches in college football history.
Following his retirement, Osborne served his home state for six years in the U.S. House of Representatives, before returning to lead Nebraska Athletics in the athletic director role for five years from 2007 to 2012. In each of these roles, Osborne consistently kept the focus on service, as proven by the TeamMates mentoring program that Osborne and his wife, Nancy, founded in 1991.
Osborne is best known for his legendary coaching career on the Husker sideline. In 25 seasons with Osborne at the helm, the Huskers mounted a 255-49-3 record – the sixth-most wins in major college history. Osborne’s .836 winning percentage ranked fifth all-time. His career came to a close with a 42-17 win over No. 3 Tennessee in the 1998 Orange Bowl, when he became the first coach in college football history to retire as a reigning national champion. Following his career, he became one of just four coaches in history to have the mandatory three-year waiting period waived for induction into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in December of 1998.
Osborne’s 1994 and 1995 teams allowed Nebraska to become just the second school in history to post back-to-back perfect national championship seasons (Oklahoma 1955-56). Nebraska put together the best five-year run in college football history from 1993 to 1997, going 60-3 with five straight 11-win seasons. Osborne led NU to 13 conference crowns, including six of his last seven seasons on the sideline. All 25 of his Husker teams won at least nine games and went to a bowl, while 15 won 10-or-more games.
In the classroom, the NU football program totaled 65 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards in Osborne’s 25 years. In fact, he accumulated more football academic All-Americans in his 25 years as coach than any other football program in the nation has produced in its history.
Following his retirement from coaching, Osborne turned his attention to serving the state in the U.S. House of Representatives. A Hastings, Neb., native Osborne served the state’s 3rd congressional district for three terms in Washington, D.C. from 2000 to 2006.
Osborne returned to the University as a senior lecturer at Nebraska in the College of Business Administration, teaching leadership and business ethics, in the fall of 2007, before being asked by Chancellor Harvey Perlman to return to Nebraska as athletic director in October of 2007. Despite being at the helm of the Athletic Department for a relatively short time, Osborne made historic decisions that will impact Nebraska athletics well into the future.
In June of 2010, Osborne was a key figure in the decision for Nebraska to join the Big Ten Conference beginning in the 2011-12 academic year. Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten will continue to add University-wide academic opportunities, while providing financial stability for the athletic department for years to come. Just a few months later, Osborne announced an aggressive expansion plan for the east side of Memorial Stadium that will increase attendance past 90,000 for the first time, while continuing Nebraska’s NCAA record-setting sellout streak. The expansion will include athletic and academic research components.
Osborne also played a leading role in several other building projects that put Nebraska’s facilities at the very top in collegiate athletics. In the spring of 2010, the city of Lincoln also received voter approval to begin construction on Pinnacle Bank Arena, which will serve as the new competitive home for both Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball programs beginning in 2013-14. The basketball programs, the wrestling program and many of NU’s other sports also have benefitted from the new Hendricks Training Complex at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The facility, which opened in October of 2011, includes practice and team areas, and greatly expanded athletic medicine and strength training areas. The Nebraska baseball and softball programs also received a new indoor practice facility that opened in the fall of 2001 at Haymarket Park.
The first step in Osborne’s aggressive building plan for Nebraska’s facilities began in the summer of 2010, as the Huskers broke ground on the Student Life Complex on the west side of Memorial Stadium. The Student Life Complex, which opened in the fall of 2010, directly benefits every Husker student-athlete with expanded academic resources.
Osborne retired as athletic director on Jan. 2, 2013. Following a six-month role as Athletic Director Emeritus, Osborne plans to devote even more time to possibly his greatest passion— the TeamMates Mentoring Program. The program provides encouragement to school-aged youth to help them graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education. The program now serves nearly 7,000 youth with mentors with a goal to serve 10,000 youth by 2015.
Osborne is also continuing to play a leading role in college football. In October, Osborne was one of 13 individuals selected as members of the first College Football Playoff Committee. The group will be charged with selecting the four teams that will participate in the new College Football Playoff which will begin following the 2014 season.
Join Bob and Tom Saturday January 11th as they discuss Tom’s coaching and professional career and his passion for the sporting life.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Airs New Wingshooting Segment
LOVELAND, COLORADO (December 31, 2013) – The Sporting Life Radio Show has announced they will be airing an ongoing wingshooting segment beginning Saturday January 4, 2014. Chairman/CEO Bob Svetich comments; “I am pleased to announce that nationally recognized shotgun shooting instructor Lars Jacob will join me every week on my national radio show for a segment called,“Wingshooting with Lars Jacob.” I’ve had many requests from my listeners nationwide that have asked me to bring on this segment and I’m pleased we are aligning with such a talented man.”
Jacob has been teaching the finer art of wing shooting for over 30 years and has run gun programs for The Orvis Company, Upland Outfitters, and now the prestigious Dutch River Club ( www.DutchRiverClub.com ) and their sister company Covey and Nye ( www.CoveyAndNye.com ). In addition to instruction, Jacob is recognized as one of the country’s finest gun fitters and recently worked with Perazzi’s Al Kondak to develop the Perazzi Ladies Sporter. He has a soft spot for side-by-sides and has introduced thousands of shooters to the nuances associated with shooting such shotguns. He has been a fixture in the sport-shooting industry and has been featured in Covey Rise magazine, Shooting Sportsman, the Upland Almanac, among other fine wing shooting publications.
According to Jacob, “I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve been able to study with some of the great names in shooting instruction both here and abroad. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from Alan Rose at the West London Shooting School and from Ken Davies from Holland and Holland. The kind of upland bird hunting that we do stateside is very different than the Brits, and so I’ve distilled a lot of their wisdom with my own experience. I believe that a key foundation lies in the instinctive technique and I like that approach because proper body mechanics are so critical to success.”
Jacob says the first segment will be about “gun fit” because this is one of the most important and fundamental factors for accurate shooting yet most wingshooters neglect this very important consideration. Various topics will be covered in each segment from selecting the right shotgun, to game birds’ flight patterns among others. You can learn about the Dutch River Club at www.DutchRiverClub.com.
Since its debut, The Sporting Life Radio Show has grown to become one of the most listened to outdoor radio shows in the country. The mix of high-profile celebrity guests, talented industry professionals, and a strong lean toward traditional American values, host
Bob Svetich’s content delivery is right on the mark.
Join Bob and Lars for their “Wingshooting with Lars Jacob” segment live every Saturday morning at 11:35am Mountain Time on 630 KHOW AM or iHeartRADIO.
The Sporting Life Radio Show Interviews Former Olympic Ski Racer/Legendary Flyfisher Andy Mill
LOVELAND, COLORADO (December 30, 2013) – A Colorado native and former elite alpine downhill ski racer, Andy Mill was the best in the United States in that event from 1974-81. As a U.S. Ski Team member, Mill was a two-time Olympian competing primarily in the downhill and combined events on the World Cup circuit. Andy Mill was known for his speed and gritty skiing style and was nicknamed “Wilde Hund” (wild dog) by Europeans for his long hair and beard.
Andy Mill was an accomplished junior racer and made the U.S. Team in 1971. In 1974 Mill competed at the World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. In 1976 Mill won National Alpine Championships in downhill. Mill placed 6th in the downhill at Patscherkofel at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. In 1978 Mill again competed in his second World Championship in Garmish, Germany. Andy Mill also competed in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York finishing 16th in the downhill. For seven years, when healthy, Andy Mill was America’s top downhill racer. Mill skied the World Cup circuit from 1974-81 with seven top 10 finishes, all in downhill or combined. Mill’s racing career ended in January 1981 after a serious crash in a training run on the Lauberhorn in Wengen, Switzerland.
Andy Mill then began a career in the ski industry, working as a ski racing commentator on television with ESPN, NBC, ABC, and CBS. He also hosted, produced and wrote his syndicated show, “Ski with Andy Mill” which aired in many of the major ski areas in the U.S. Mill was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1996.
After his ski racing career, Andy Mill later took up tarpon fishing and became what many believe to be the greatest tarpon flyfisher of all time. For eight years Andy Mill created and produced the Sportsmen’s Journal television series for the Outdoor Life Network. A lifelong angler, Mill spent decades pursuing Tarpon on a fly. He applied his stamina and grace as an athlete, his intense ability to focus and his exceptional instincts to reach the pinnacle of this exciting sport. In all, Andy Mill has won 13 Fly Fishing Tournaments, most ever by anyone and became the only flyfisher to ever win a Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon tournament. Mill has also won 11 Tarpon Tournaments including the Gold Cup 5 times and the most prestigious of all tournaments the Golden Fly which he also has won 5 times. Andy Mill co-designs Hardy’s Salt Water Fly Rods and Reels, is an ambassador for Maui Jim Sunglasses and Hellsbay Boats, and has authored an award winning book called, “A Passion for Tarpon”. These days Andy Mill divides his year between Aspen, Colorado and Boca Raton, Florida enjoying the sporting life.
Join Bob and Andy on Saturday January 4, 2014 as they discuss Andy’s skiing career and his passion for fly fishing and the sporting life.