Category Archives: Sports

Bill Cosby on Michael Vick’s Super Bowl Bid, Teena Marie’s Final BTR Interiew, and Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch’s Holiday Movie Picks

bill-cosby7Bill Cosby: During the iconic comic’s holiday address to the BlogTalkRadio family, he touches on a possible Super Bowl bid for convicted dogfighter Michael Vick—whose team, the Philly Eagles, President Obama praised this week for giving him a second chance. “For Michael to be able to go through it all, pay his debt to society, and now realize what he wants to do and how to get it, then that’s enough of a comeback for me,” Dr. Cosby tells Film Festival Radio host Janice Malone. “If he never plays in a Super Bowl, he still winds up way ahead of the old Michael Vick. So his Super Bowl was when he broke out of that cocoon and wound up as a beautiful black butterfly, as opposed to a moth flying around over the highways trying to attack cars.”

teena-marie1Teena Marie: 1956-2010. The Ivory Queen of Soul—who made history as Motown’s first white act—passed away Sunday in Los Angeles at age 54. Two years ago, in her final BlogTalkRadio interview, she shared the secret of her success with host Sai Browne. “I believe it’s my faith in God. How much I love God. How much he loves me,” Prince‘s one-time ladylove said. “Music is a gift, and I don’t abuse it. When the inspiration for music comes to me, it comes directly from God. God likes music!”

ed-koch2Ed Koch: The former New York City mayor, who turned 86 this month, drops in on World Talk Live to chat with host Brett Cohen about his weekly online “Mayor at the Movies” series, in which he recently panned the Angelina JolieJohnny Depp vehicle The Tourist, while hailing Colin Firth‘s performance in The King’s Speech as “superb.”

david-tamela-mannDavid & Tamela Mann: The gospel-singing husband-and-wife team—who have appeared in a variety of Tyler Perry projects, including the play I Can Do Bad All By Myself and the flick Diary of a Mad Black Woman—drop in on Layin’ It on the Line host Reginald Ford to chat about their New Year plans.

mateen-cleavesMateen Cleaves: The former NBA guard—who played for the Pistons, Cavs and Sonics—joins Bottom Line Sports Show hosts Gerald Brown and Jonathan Foy and their correspondents Penny Hardaway and Cherie Johnson for a look back at the most memorable sports stories of 2010.

The Bottom Line on ‘The Bottom Line’? The Most Memorable Damn Sports Talk Period

For anyone who has yet to sample The Bottom Line Sports Show, here’s an anecdote that’s indicative of just how entertainingand unexpectedit can be: Five months ago, while retired NBA great Penny Hardaway was on announcing his intention to try and rejoin the Miami Heat to play side by side with newly-signed superstar LeBron James, Larry Fitzgerald dropped in to join the conversation. But before he got talking football, the NFL superstar revealed why he was calling from a friend’s cell. “My phone fell in the lake today,” he told host Gerald Brown. “My home boy pushed me in the water with my shorts on and my phone was in my pocket!” On that note, we now take you live to Teaneck, N.J., where Gerald (an athletic director at the Boys Club of New York by day) and his co-hostsJonathan Foy, Donahue Baker and Howard Cowartbroadcast from their proudly proclaimed “Mancave”…soundbits-wordpress11Give us a 15-second pitch for your showwhy should listeners tune in?

Many of the tops stars from the world of sports and entertainment regularly appear as guests. Plus, the show is executive produced by former NBA stars Charles Oakley and Penny Hardawaywho are never shy about voicing their opinions. And for our female listeners we’ve got actress Cherie Johnson of Punky Brewster and Family Matters fame, who does a regular segment called “What’s Cherie’s Commentary?” In short, The Bottom Line Sports Show is a heaping portion of sports talk with a double shot of humor.

CAPTION: "The Bottom Line" team (l-r): Donahue Baker, Howard Cowart, NFL great Keyshawn Johnson and Gerald Brown.

"The Bottom Line" team (l-r): Donahue Baker, Howard Cowart, NFL great Keyshawn Johnson and Gerald Brown at Super Bowl XLIV.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a huge Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, and I love producing a BlogTalkRadio show that offers sports fans from coast to coast the kind of programming they won’t get anywhere else.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

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‘NBA Breakdown’ Hosts Score Media Trifecta with ‘Daytime Toronto’ Appearance

Audley Stephenson and Dave Mendonca are shaping up to be quite the publicity machine—and we couldn’t be more pleased.

One month after our NBA Breakdown hosts launched the new season of their show with profiles in The Brampton Guardian and Mississauga News, the dynamic duo was at it again.

Only this time, it wasn’t their hometown papers splashing them across the pages. It was Daytime Toronto flashing them on TV screens across the city known as Hollywood North.

CAPTION: "Our ‘brand' is just to have a lot of fun with it," Audley (above) told Toronto viewers of his BTR show.

"Our ‘brand' is just to have a lot of fun with it," Audley (above) said of his BlogTalkRadio show.

The NBA Breakdown is an online radio basketball talk show that’s just fun. It’s just two average guys talking hoops,” Dave told host Chris Greidanus during the eight-minute interview.

“You watch TV sports shows, you see guys in suits—we’re not corporate. We’re the real deal,” he added. “And people connect with that.”

Click here to check out Audley and Dave’s full Daytime Toronto interview.

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Click here to read up on Audley and Dave’s most recent media coverage.

Yet Another Hometown Paper Profiles Our ‘NBA Breakdown’ Hosts—Who Predict 15 Million Listeners

We don’t have any sort of award for best promotional effort of the week. But if we did, Audley Stephenson and Dave Mendonca would be shoe-ins for the honor.

Two days after our NBA Breakdown hosts landed a profile in The Brampton Guardian, they scored another report in the local media, this one in The Mississauga News, which covers the Toronto suburb of (you guessed it) Mississauga.

“Dave Mendonca and Audley Stephenson are just a couple of regular guys who happen to love basketball,’ writes the paper’s Iain Colpitts. “But if you ask them, that’s what makes their Internet radio show, The NBA Breakdown, so appealing.”

CAPTION: "People are really getting pumped about two dudes going back and forth ripping each other," Dave (left) tells The News. "It's really exciting to see our crowds growing bigger and bigger." (Photo: Rob Beintema)

"People are really getting pumped about two dudes going back and forth ripping each other," Dave (left) tells The News. "It's really exciting to see our crowds growing bigger and bigger." (Photo: Rob Beintema)

The News also quotes Audley on how the show’s success sneaked up on him.

“In the beginning stages, it feels like you’re talking to yourself in a room,” he says. “You’ve got no idea who’s listening, but then you see the numbers go above 100,000 and you realize you’re not in a room by yourself anymore.”

Dave, meanwhile, tells the paper that the power of the Internet has been incredible and he expects to see the show reach 15 million Continue reading

BlogTalkRadio Is ‘the Ideal Forum’ for Talking Hoops, Hometown Paper Says in Report on ‘NBA Breakdown’ Hosts

While we’re always pleased (if rarely surprised) to read profiles of our many hard-working, talented hosts in the local media, we were extra thrilled this morning to wake up and find our NBA Breakdown hosts Audley Stephenson and Dave Mendonca plastered across the front page of their hometown paper.

In a Brampton Guardian (which covers Brampton, Ontario, and suburban Toronto) story headlined “Hoops Junkies Host NBA Show,” reporter Frank Juzenas writes:

CAPTION: "That was the only time I've ever heard him speechless," Dave (above left) tells The Guardian of the time Audley (right) interviewed Vivica here on BlogTalkRadio.

"That was the only time I've ever heard him speechless," Dave (left) says of the time Audley (right) interviewed Vivica Fox.

“Like a lot of basketball fans, Dave Mendonca and Audley Stephenson love talking hoops, and they have found the ideal forum for it.

“For the past two years, the two Brampton men have been the hosts of NBA Breakdown.

“The list of past guests is impressive, including legends like Dominque Wilkins, Rick Barry, former NBA slam-dunk champion Spud Webb, Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano and the late Wayman Tisdale.

“Equally impressive is that their website has had visitors from more than 100 countries who love the banter between the two and their knowledge, with a lot of the feedback coming from the U.S.”

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In Report on Host Kendall Barrow, ‘Getting Yourself on the Air Is Easier Said AND Done,’ Says Texas’ Beaumont Enterprise

If Kendall Barrow makes hosting his own BlogTalkRadio show look simple, that’s because, well, it is.

And his hometown paper couldn’t agree more.

In a feature this week headlined “Thanks to technological advances, a few plugs and buttons, getting yourself on the air is easier said and done every day,” the Beaumont Enterprise highlights the 21-year-old Texan’s experience hosting his twice-weekly show.

"It's a great way to get lot of people to tune in," Kendall (above) tells us of broadcasting on BlogTalkRadio.

"It's a great way to get a lot of people tuning in," Kendall (above) tells us of using BlogTalkRadio to voice his sports report.

Kendall Barrow, a broadcast journalism junior at Lamar [University], has just finished his last class and is going to produce his sports talk radio show. But Barrow isn’t heading to a studio at a radio station,” writes reporter Amos Morale.

“He’s simply heading to a quiet room somewhere on campus. He doesn’t need Continue reading

Shaquille O’Neal’s Mom: I Feel GOOD (Now that I’ve Stopped Drinking)

Lucille O’Neal learned the hard way that partying ’round the clock is a sure road to ruin.

Interviewed on Healthtopia Radio, Shaquille O’Neal‘s mother recalls her days as a lush, which began in 1992, after her son—who’d go on to win four NBA championships—was drafted by the Orlando Magic.

"I was so empty," Lucille (above) tells us of her inebriated years. "I had to cry out to the Lord."

"I was so empty," Lucille (above) tells us of her inebriated years. "I had to cry out to the Lord."

“I’d been drinking for years. At first I started social drinking. I’d drink during the week and I’d be ready to go to work on Monday morning after being drunk for the weekend,” Lucille, whose new memoir is titled Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go: From Mental Welfare to Mental Wealth, tells host Bonnie Michelle.

“But when my son went into the league and we were having a little bit of extra money, we were able to buy all the best alcohol—E&J, vodka, gin and juice, Courvoisier. It was such a variety out there.

“I could have done something else. But when you’re able to do and you have excessive money, you Continue reading

Penny Hardaway Back to Miami Heat—to Play with LeBron? Hell Yea! He Tells Us: ‘I’m still damn good at what I do’

Penny Hardaway wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He’s ready, willing and able to return to the NBA—and is jonesing to play side-by-side with LeBron James.

During his monthly “Penny for Your Thoughts” segment on The Bottom Line Sports Show, the all-star BlogTalkRadio contributor announced he’s throwing his hat in the ring for a place on the Miami Heat, where, in 2007, he played his final NBA season before retiring with knee injuries.

CAPTION: "I love basketball and I didn't get a chance to finish my career the way I wanted," Penny (above) said.

"I love basketball and I didn't get a chance to finish my career the way I wanted," Penny (above) said.

“Mentally I was retired and physically I was retired. I was playing recreational ball,” the shooting and point guard—who began his career with the Orlando Magic, before joining the Phoenix Suns and New York Kicks—told host Gerald Brown.

“But when the decision happened with Chris Bosh and LeBron, I felt like I could really be good in that system,” Penny added, referring to LeBron’s recent move from the Cleveland Cavs to the Heat.

Upon hearing LeBron’s Big Decision last week, Penny sent text messages to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and former teammate Alonzo Mourning expressing his interest in competing for a Continue reading