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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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SoundBits: Audley Stephenson Makes Hoops Dream a Reality

Perhaps better than anyone in cyberspace, Audley Stephenson knows that basketball isn’t just a game, it’s a way of life. And each week on The NBA Breakdown, he and co-host Dave Mendonca, who broadcast from their hometown of Toronto, prove it by not only covering the latest news of the season, but how pro hoops impacts everything from entertainment to fashion to humor to politics. Recent guests have included former NBA all-stars like John Starks and Elvin Hayes, and current sportscasters like ESPN’s Dick Vitale and The Best Damn Sports Show‘s Chris Rose. But there’s also been Kid-N-Play’s Chris Reid and R&B chart-topper Montell Jordan, who’ve shared their recollections of hanging with the pros. There there’s Kevin Johnson, the onetime NBA point guard who went on to become the first African-American mayor of Sacramento, Calif. While we’d love to tell you more, the 24-second clock will be kicking in any moment now, so it’s time to pass the ball to Audley…

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Audley: Consistently slam-dunks from north of the border.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?

The NBA Breakdown is a fun, high-energy basketball talk show. Dave and I interview big guests while delivering even bigger laughs. That’s because we disagree most of the time, so our opposing viewpoints often lead to good-natured verbal brawls. But for mild and hardcore fans alike, this is hoops talk the way it should be.

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

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NBA (and Music) Great Wayman Tisdale: 1964-2009

Former NBA star Wayman Tisdale, who also found success as an award-winning jazz-bass player, died in Tulsa, Okla., today at the age of 44 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Wayman, a 6-foot-9 forward, played with the Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns, averaging 15.3 points during his 12-year career.

“I’ve had the chance to live two dreams,” Wayman (above) told us during March Madness.

“I’ve had the chance to live two dreams,” Wayman (above) told us during March Madness.

He also played on the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.

And in recent years, several of his music albums made the Billboard Top 10 charts.

Six weeks ago, Wayman appeared on The NBA Breakdown to discuss his career, and his health.

“It’s probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done,” Wayman told host Audley Stephenson about having his leg amputated last August 2008 to try and stem the cancer.

“It puts everything into perspective, I’ll tell you that.

“But I’m getting through it and keeping a positive attitude about the whole situation.”

He later added that he thought about giving up, but “I have a great family and they wouldn’t let me do that.”

To hear Wayman’s full interview, click here.

“I’ve had a chance to live two dreams,” Wayman (above) told us during March Madness.