Blue Wire News

Holden Kushner, Ryan Spaeder Re-Launch Baseball Podcast on Blue Wire

Baseball savants Holden Kushner and Ryan Spaeder are rebooting their national baseball podcast on Blue Wire under a new name. “The Walk Off” will record two episodes a week featuring a combination of baseball talk from the guys and interviews with some of the most influential figures in the sport. The podcast, formerly known as “The Best Baseball Podcast,” re-launches in March and will have you covered all season long.

Kushner comes to Blue Wire as an already established media member with an impressive resumé. For the last 13 years, he has worked in radio/TV at Sirius-XM and 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. Prior to that, he hosted radio shows in Las Vegas, Kansas City and Des Moines. He even worked with Blue Wire CEO Kevin Jones at WUSA-TV back in the day.

Spaeder has a slightly different background. He may be a Data Specialist for the United States Department of Defense by day, but don’t let that fool you. Spaeder is an accomplished baseball author and Hall of Fame critic. His book, Incredible Baseball Stats: The Coolest, Strangest Stats and Facts in Baseball History, Version II, made it all the way to No. 2 on Amazon’s Best Seller list for baseball, and he now runs his own website covering MLB.

The Walk Off joins the Bronx Pinstripes Crew as part of Blue Wire’s expansion into baseball podcasting. It also gives Blue Wire a national podcast for every major American sport. Welcome to the team.

Blue Wire adds John Scott, 11 podcasts to the platform

What’s up guys, CEO Kevin Jones here. We are in unprecedented times and I first and foremost hope everyone is staying safe. This pandemic has been a shock to the system and extends far beyond the games that we all love. However long this all lasts, we are committed to bringing you your favorite pods.

In our 18 months as a company, we’ve built a community of podcasters who all work and record remotely. So other than the whole “all sports aren’t being played right now” thing, we’re fully operational.

After recently raising some capital, we now have five full-timers and an incredible group of part-timers who are making humungous contributions to deliver you pods. And our podcasters are some of the most creative people I’ve ever had the chance to work with. Along side them, we are going to continue to add new content every week.

As we continue to build our network with more traditional talk-shows, you’ll see a stronger push from us into a new direction: the narrative podcast space. Our feeling is that the sports audio documentary category is vastly underdeveloped, and we’re using resources to fill this need in the marketplace. We’ve been building out this studio concept before the pandemic and are now prioritizing efforts to deliver evergreen, binge-able content to our fans.

I wanted to highlight twelve of our newcomers that cover the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA Tour and wrestling.

Dropping The Gloves, an NHL podcast hosted by former all-star and ten-year veteran John Scott and Tim Wirzburger, is the latest example of our dedication to build audio channels with former college and professional athletes. John and Tim bring a huge audience and ton of hockey expertise to the network with this podcast that takes a look at the NHL from every angle. John joins a growing list of former athletes including Donte Whitner, Tajh Boyd, James Jones, Joshua Perry and Eric Crocker on Blue Wire.

The Walk Off, hosted by Ryan Spaeder and Holden Kushner, will look at the MLB from a national perspective and feature guest interviews from players, managers and retired legends. Spaeder is an accomplished author and Baseball Hall of Fame critic, and Kushner comes to Blue Wire with several years of radio experience at SiriusXM and 106.7 The Fan in DC.

The Bronx Pinstripes Crew is adding a third podcast for Yankees (and MLB) fans with The Boys of 161 Street! Welcome Luke Rella and Damin Romeo! These guys (and a collection of their buddies) make up The Boys of 161 St, offering a younger slant to Yanks coverage. Luke and Damin started podcasting late last year and have already built a strong social media following as they spit hot takes from their apartment on the upper east side of Manhattan. Very excited to see these guys grow with the Blue Wire team and their expanded presence on Bronx Pinstripes.

A rising star in the Cleveland Browns media landscape, Jake Burns, is adding a second show to his audio content. The Orange and Brown Report will record multiple times a week, pairing snackable podcast content to Jake’s written coverage of the Cleveland Browns for 247 Sports. Jake was one of the first people to ever believe in me as a startup founder and I’m pumped Blue Wire can help aid his growth.

Our NBA coverage has been our fastest growing channel and we’ve added three team-specific podcasts that fit what we build at Blue Wire. Nicole Yang and Tom Westerholm bring their experience covering the Celtics for The Boston Globe and MassLive respectively to Blue Wire with their new podcast Gino Time. We’ve had some great success building with other writers at the Sacramento Bee and Philly Voice Magazine. Clip & Roll and Kings Pulse both provide detailed, game-by-game analysis all season long.

Fore! We’re now officially in the PGA Tour content game with Fantasy Golf Degenerates. The lively duo of Tyler Tamboline and Kenny Kim bring a highly engaged audience with them to the network and give you topnotch fantasy advice and DFS golf coverage every week — with a little extra flare.

Which media outlet has the highest amount of social impressions covering the 49ers? Hard to argue it’s not Blue Wire. The 49ers Rush Podcast (John Chapman), 4th & Gold Podcast (Matt BarrJavi Vega) will bolster Blue Wire’s unprecedented coverage of the reigning NFC champs. 49ers Rush uses a film-based approach to cover Kyle Shanahan and the team while 4th & Gold wears the super-fan hat. These podcasts join Striking Gold and Candlestick Chronicles giving Blue Wire the broadest audio coverage of the 49ers in the market.

The 10ish Podcast, hosted by Nick Emel and Brandon Coffman, expands Blue Wire’s audience to the comedy side as well. The duo brings listeners a weekly Top-10 list from a variety of topic, along with trivia, fun facts and conspiracy theories. From the best films, to their favorite Halloween candy, to even their most famous Chinese songs, Brandon and Nick have a list for everything.

Top Rope Nation (Ryan Droste, Kyle Ross, Justin Joynt)  will add to Blue Wire’s wrestling coverage with its weekly show on the WWE, AEW and WWE NXT. It ups our wrestling content to three pods, joining The Chris Van Vliet Show and Two Jabronis with a Wrestling Podcast.

We know people’s lives are going to change. But throughout it, we’re going to keep working to give more people opportunities to create, produce and listen to content.

Kevin Jones

Blue Wire, Clutch Points Agree on Podcast Partnership

San Francisco, CA – Blue Wire has struck a podcasting content partnership agreement with ClutchPoints, a sports content startup based in Los Angeles. Blue Wire will assist with two ClutchPoints podcasts, Establish the Pass and Battle for LA.

Battle for LA, launched last year and is a Los Angeles based NBA podcast hosted by Tomer Azarly and Ryan Ward as they discuss two of the best teams in the NBA, who also happen to play in the same arena. They discuss the Lakers and Clippers twice a week and bring content ranging from game analysis to match up previews for both teams.

Establish the Pass was built at the beginning of the 2019 NFL season and is a league-wide show hosted by Blake Lovell and Dillon Reagan. They cover everything, from fantasy advice to the game’s biggest trends as well as emergency episodes for breaking news.

Blue Wire is excited to partner with ClutchPoints with a common goal of bringing together sports fans with unique content from the next generation of sports commentators.

Blue Wire Teams With PAR and Simplecast

New York, NYPodcast Ad Reps (PAR) and Simplecast are pleased to announce a sales representation and distribution agreement with Blue Wire, a sports podcasting network of over 85 original podcasts.

Founded in October 2018, Blue Wire has emerged as a home for younger content creators who have built highly engaged audiences on Twitter, Snap and YouTube. Blue Wire’s roster is comprised of beat-reporters, bloggers, super fans, athletes, independent journalists, broadcasters, comedians and internet personalities. The eclectic team has 40 different podcasters on the network who are women or of color.

“We’re solving a creator and listener problem in the marketplace,” said CEO Kevin Jones. “Podcasts are changing how fans consume sports. New voices are emerging. Listeners are pivoting away from traditional media outlets and instead finding their favorite topical influencer. Blue Wire exists to help our podcasters and fans build these stronger relationships.”

“Our team was excited to accept the challenges Kevin and his team presented to us,” states PAR President Rick Selah, “and the shows are a perfect complement to expand our existing sports catalog of powerhouse shows like No Laying Up and The Sports Reporters.”

Some of Blue Wire’s notable podcasts include Laker Film Room, Bronx Pinstripes, Light Years, The Chris Van Vliet Show, Snapback Sports and The Tajh Boyd Podcast. The network covers the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Premier League, College Football, College Basketball, Fantasy, Gambling and is starting to dip into pop culture.

“We are now capable of offering coverage year-round to our agency partners seeking sports fans,” observes PAR CRO Anthony Savelli. “If a brand wants to reach Hoops fans from March Madness thru the NBA Playoffs, we have 25 shows to offer. Same with Football. And if brands want to reach Soccer fans, NHL fans, Baseball, Gambling, or even Boxing fans, we can bring a loyal audience.”

“The model Blue Wire has created to support emerging talent find an audience in podcasting is innovative and noteworthy,” says Dane Cardiel, Simplecast’s Director of Sales and Partnerships. “We’re beyond excited to partner with Blue Wire and PAR to bring them a truly enterprise suite for podcasting: content management, distribution, dynamic content delivery — all built upon the most comprehensive audience analytics offering in the industry. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish next.”

Blue Wire plans to continue growth throughout 2020 with forays into original storytelling and building an academy for college podcasters.


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