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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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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

Kid ‘n Play’s Chris Reid: ‘We Were the One Rap Group that White People Didn’t Have to Fear’

It’s been more than 20 years since Kid ‘n Play burst onto the scene with their upbeat, comical hip-hop act.

But at least one member of the superstar duo has still got his wicked sense of humor in tact.

“We never dreamed it would catch on the way it did,” Chris (above) tells us of Kid ‘n Play’s musical, dance and fashion styles.

“We never dreamed it would catch on the way it did,” Chris (above) tells us of Kid ‘n Play’s musical, dance and fashion styles.

Interviewed on The NBA Breakdown, Christopher “Kid” Reid puts his – and partner Christopher “Play” Martin’s – musical legacy in perspective.

“We were quite unique for our time in the way that we looked and the way we danced,” he tells host Audley Stephenson.

“I didn’t ever realize back in the day when I was rockin’ the high-top fade and the high hair an all that stuff that it would still resonate to this day.

“It was just something I thought was cool, and come to find out that a lot of people did as well – creating dance moves and stuff like that.”

We had our own style. We weren’t trying to be hard,” Chris continues, before quipping:

“We were the one rap group that white people didn’t have to fear if they saw us at an ATM.”

The rapper, who also found fame with Play in the House Party flicks, later recounts hanging out with Michael Jordan during the hoops god’s heyday.

During the, ah, height of his fame, with partner Play (right).

During the, ah, height of his fame, with partner Play (right).

“One of the great pictures that I have was taken during the [Chicago] Bulls’ first champion- ship run, in the early ‘90s. We used to hang out with Michael quite a bit. We’d come to Chicago and kick it at his house, borrow a couple of his cars and stuff like that,” he says.

And that final series against Los Angeles started in Chicago, ended in LA. And after Game 5, when they won, we were in the locker room with Jordan and the Bulls, champagne flyin’ everywhere.

“Later on that evening, at the Bulls’ hotel, the Ritz Carlton, it’s myself, it’s Play. We got Jordan in the middle, with the championship trophy. We’ve all got glasses of champagne. And he still has his uniform on.

“They were so excited; this was their first championship; this was the big one. So they just got on the bus and went back to the hotel. None of them ever bothered changing their clothes.”

To hear Chris’ full interview, click here.