The Journey Podcast

A podcast devoted to stories from a career in play-by-play and sportstalk hosting. Plus, tips for aspiring broadcasters.

Episode 13: Some news to share + reminiscing about the first game I ever called

I’m excited to share some news about a new show I’m co-hosting on XTRA 1360 during baseball season. Plus, let’s reminisce about the first game I ever called as a professional.

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Episode 12: Do you need an agent to work in TV or radio?

7/9/20: I answer the question of whether or not you need an agent to work in radio or TV. Plus, the story of the time I nearly left radio for a non-radio job in the big leagues.

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Episode 11: Why I called only the first half of a game on TV

6/28/20: The reason why I called only the first half of a college football game on TV, a game that featured the #1 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays that night. Plus, why I’ve started writing online on Medium.

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Episode 10: That time my call ended up on WFAN in New York

6/15/20: That time that my radio call ended up on WFAN in New York. Plus, I tell you why even three months after the cancellation of March Madness, I’m still wondering what could have been for 30-2 San Diego State (and why I’ll never take a season like this one for granted based on my time calling games at the lowest levels of Division I college basketball early in my career).

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Episode 9: How does a baseball broadcaster know what pitch is being thrown?

6/7/20: Is there a secret to labeling pitches + saying goodbye to a Minor League legend that taught me a valuable life lesson.

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Episode 8: The story of a broadcaster’s worst nightmare

5/7/20: I’m excited to share some news about a new podcast project I’m working on. Plus, the story of the absolute worst fear of every play-by-play broadcaster.

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Episode 7: That time that a bat (like a real-life bat) flew into my radio booth!

4/28/20: The story of the one time that a bat literally flew into the my radio booth, with the audio to prove it! Plus, a “small lizard” was in our office today. Seriously.

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Episode 6: Why my short-lived t-shirt company failed

4/19/20: My t-shirt company was making thousands of dollars a month. Why did it fail? Plus, the death of college basketball has been great exaggerated this week.

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Episode 5: Does anyone else have no motivation to workout?

4/13/20: I had absolutely zero motivation to workout during this pandemic until I was inspired by a close friend. Plus, stories from working for MLB.com in 2014 in New York City (while also trying to keep my day job in Triple-A baseball).

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Episode 4: I’ve called games with no fans: Why the Arizona Plan is bad idea

A shoutout to Judson Richards for allowing me to broadcast from his home in Alpine. Plus, stories about the two worst words in broadcasting, “technicial difficulties.” And I’ll tell you from personal experience why the “Arizona Plan” is a bad idea for baseball.

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Episode 3: Why you shouldn’t feel behind in your career

Rich Ohrnberger and I had an idea for a podcast about a year ago based on the demise of the Alliance of American Football. For the first time ever, hear the trailer for that podcast, AAF’ed:, the stories of the Alliance. Sadly, the podcast never came to fruition. Plus, I’ll tell you why you shouldn’t feel behind professionally.

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Episode 2: What I learned from Kobe Bryant

The most important thing I learned from Kobe Bryant plus a shoutout to FOX 5’s Tabatha Lipkin and why I’m grateful college basketball has evolved.

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Episode 1: About the Journey, my travels from the Minor Leagues to XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego

Jon explains how his 15-year career broadcasting in baseball minor leagues brought him to the Loose Cannons show in San Diego and why he started this podcast to talk about his career journey.

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