A Front-Row Seat with the Sportswriters Who Sat There

Sit down with host Todd Jones and other sportswriters who knew the greatest athletes and coaches, and experienced first-hand some of the biggest sports moments in the past 50 years. They’ll share stories behind the stories -- some they’ve only told to each other.

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Bill Livingston: “We were fortunate. They sent us everywhere.”

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Bill Livingston’s goal as a writer was to put readers at the scene.
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Bob Kravitz: Not Afraid to Go There

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Bob Kravitz has been fearless in his 36 years of writing about sports.
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Bud Withers: One Moment in Time

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History seems fragile when Bud Withers ponders his five decades of writing about sports.
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Joan Ryan: “They Are Not Going to Chase Me Away”

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Joan Ryan recalls in this episode the harassment that she suffered from pro football players early in her career as one of the first female sportswriters.
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Mike Lopresti: Road Warrior

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Pack your bags and travel back with Mike Lopresti, who globe-trotted for more than 3 decades as a sports columnist for USA Today and Gannett News Service.
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Terence Moore: "I'm Six Feet Away From the Ring"

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Terence tells us about the challenge of breaking down racial barriers in sports media, and about serving as a pallbearer at Henry Aaron’s funeral.
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Jerry Crasnick: “I’m actually getting paid to do this.”

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Jerry Crasnick started out covering an American Legion baseball game in Maine but ended up covering some of the greatest moments in baseball history!
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Randy Harvey: The View from Mt. Olympus

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George Diaz: “Larry Holmes is Flying Through the Air”

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Sam Farmer: Climb in, Hang on

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Sam takes us along on his journeys, and puts us in some unique places that have dotted the path of his career from covering America’s favorite sport.
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Mark Purdy: “The Building is Going Nuts.”

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Mark recalls rocking moments from his four decades as a sportswriter, including 33 years as a columnist for the San Jose Mercury News.
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Marla Ridenour: Savoring the Sights and Sounds

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Marla Ridenour has taken us to the front lines of sports since the 1970s and her enthusiasm has never wavered!
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Dennis Dodd: In the Eye of the Storm

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Dennis Dodd has been chasing college football's outbursts since its growth from a regional sport into a national obsession.
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Bob Ryan: “Larry goes up to Magic and says . . . ”

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What was it like inside the old Boston Garden? To smell Red Auerbach’s victory cigar? To see firsthand Bird’s Celtics and Magic’s Lakers battle for basketball supremacy? Bob Ryan puts you there on Press Box Access!
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Christine Brennan: Beyond the Barriers

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Being among the trailblazers for women sportswriters came with certain stakes, but Christine Brennan was there on the front lines and in the locker room.
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Dick Jerardi: Searching in the Shadows

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Dick Jerardi scoured gymnasiums, arenas, and horse tracks where he discovered great characters and great stories. Join him as he recounts to Todd in his funny, Philly style detailed tales about John Chaney, Hank Gathers, and Smarty Jones among many others.
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Kevin Blackistone: Depends on Your Perspective

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Kevin Blackistone was ringside when Mike Tyson chomped off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear, he recounts that infamous boxing moment and discusses an up-close look at the rollicking Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s
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Tom Archdeacon: When the Going Gets Weird

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Take a joy ride with Tom Archdeacon, a storyteller who somehow always finds his way to the heart of a matter!
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Bob Hunter: They’re Only Human

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Bob Hunter and Todd discuss anecdotes about the greatest coaches and athletes producing historic, goose-bump sports moments while still being flawed like all of us.
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Coming Soon!

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Coming February 17th, hear some of the greatest sports stories ever told from the writers who had front row access!
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Introducing: Press Box Access

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Sit down with host Todd Jones and other sportswriters who knew the greatest athletes and coaches, and experienced first-hand some of the biggest sports moments in the past 50 years.
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