What to Listen to: Outdoor Podcasts

first_img However, she did listen to a few podcast episodes while on her A.T. thru hike in 2014. In 1851, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal about the sounds of the telegraph that had just come to his home of Concord: “We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.”   She also listens to She Explores and The Joy Trip Project. Both podcasts cover a wide range of outdoor activities and tell the stories of some “seriously inspiring people getting outside.” Dan Mantena and his Charlotte Running Club team outran 200 teams to win the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay last year.  Mantena prefers the mountain ascents, where “climbing builds toughness, teaches you how to suffer and to embrace the grind.” A.T. THRU-HIKER Ellen Kanzinger Charlotte Running Club / Blue Ridge Relay 2018 team champion Zach Davis Specifically, she listens to The Outdoor Biz Podcast because “it inspires my work in outdoor development with our regional economic development organization,” and Outdoor Industry Association’s Audio Outdoorist, which is an organization “committed to the outdoor industry and tracking its contributions to our nation’s economic viability, with the podcast focusing on politics surrounding the outdoor industry.” A.T. THRU-HIKER “But, that’s understandable when you’re on a six month journey to hike 2,000+ miles, right?” she said.   His favorite is Joe Budden, whom he described as “more conversational than most podcasts… with three friends musing about navigating through life, critical reviews of the latest releases, hip-hop culture, and news in an unfiltered and deadpan format that is raw, real and hilarious.”  Kayla Carter Here is a short list of favorite podcasts selected by outdoor-minded adventurers in the Blue Ridge: Dan Mantena “I’m developing a podcast that will cover outdoor recreation, music, and environmental issues.” “I’ve recently taken up running as a hobby and workout routine, so I’ll listen to them when I have an easy goal set for the day or on a walk by myself.” Gerry James “Beer interviews some of the top athletes, coaches, and experts in the endurance world. His podcast aims to inspire the pursuit of your physical best performance, how the world’s top physical performers achieve their success as well as the highs, the lows, and the journey of getting there.” Carter was instrumental in creating her own podcast, too: the Appalachian Trail Tennessee Network Podcast launched last spring and recorded 21 episodes in an effort to “document the trail’s positive impact on our economy while also highlighting the natural beauty here in Northeast Tennessee.”   Zach Davis became an avid podcast listener after stumbling upon the Joe Rogan Experience while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2011.  “Boredom on trail is very real, and podcasts are my ideal solution,” said Davis, founder and editor-in-chief of The Trek, a platform for long distance backpacking enthusiasts. But he also adds,  “There’s immense value in practicing mindfulness, for which extended periods in nature without distraction is the perfect scenario for this pursuit.”  Thoreau would have never fathomed how the dots and dashes of the telegraph he disliked have evolved into our ability today to bring the music and stories of the world directly to our ears wherever we may be.   Blue Ridge Outdoors Travel Editor Ellen Kanzinger listens to podcasts on her 30-minute walk to work every day, She also listens when driving to outdoor destinations around the region while on assignment for BRO.  Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting is one of her favorites. “It covers a wide range of topics including environmental issues like deadly wildfires, shark fishing, and lead in water sources.” “I curate playlists to drive me as I glide through the water,” he says.  “When you’re out there on the water for three-plus hours marathon-paddling alone, it’s nice to have a companion,” said James, the American Canoe Association Volunteer of the Year in 2017 and one of BRO’s 30 under 30 last year for his work founding the Explore Kentucky Initiative and Kentucky Waterman Series. James has even begun exploring the production side of podcasting.    He doesn’t listen to podcasts or music when training. “There is a lot of noise in the world, so I prefer to either be with my own thoughts or talk to others if running in a pack. Quietness also helps build mental toughness and train the inner voice.”  However, the Australian-born Mantena travels a lot for work, which led him to becoming an avid podcast-listener. His favorite, the weekly The Physical Performance Show by Australian physiotherapist Brad Beer.     29-year-old Kayla Carter doesn’t listen to podcasts outdoors for the most part, where she would rather be making connections to the natural environment and also building relationships with the people she’s with.  Athletes and Experts Reveal Their Favorite Podcasts Music has become a fundamental part of experiencing the outdoors for many, including paddler Gerry James. PADDLER  Along with Juliana Chauncey, he co-hosts Backpacker Radio, a bi-weekly show featuring interviews with prominent long distance backpackers and adventurers, one of three active podcasts on The Trek. HIKER Over 48 million Americans listen to podcasts on a weekly basis, up 6 million from 2017.  One third of Americans age 25-54 listen to podcasts at least once a month. last_img read more

Farmers Insurance Open: Tiger Woods eight back in 2019 debut as Jon Rahm leads

first_img Workaholic Tiger Woods learning to rest as he prepares for 2019 debut The 43-year-old made his season debut at Torrey Pines Golf Course – the scene of Woods’ record seven Farmers Insurance Open titles though the last came in 2013 – on Thursday.Woods experienced a mixed opening round in San Diego, with the American star holding five birdies and three bogeys, to be eight strokes adrift of leader Rahm. Related News Tiger Woods carded a 2-under 70 in his first appearance of the 2019 PGA Tour season at the Farmers Insurance Open, where Jon Rahm set the early pace.Woods enjoyed a return to form last year, the 14-time major winner ending his five-year wait for a title by claiming the Tour Championship, having impressed at The Open and PGA Championship. The patrons had a feeling this one had chance.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/FK5lACfFnU— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 24, 2019In picture-perfect conditions, Woods needed six holes to make his first birdie on Torrey Pines’ South Course before collecting another at the ninth, having bogeyed the second.Woods went par-birdie-bogey-birdie after the turn, and he closed out the day with an 18th-hole birdie.Strong finish.@TigerWoods closes first round of the @FarmersInsOpen with a birdie.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/6AGauwXH6V— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 24, 2019Rahm starred on the North Course – the Spaniard posting a 10-under 62 for a one-stroke lead heading into the second round.The day belonged to Rahm, who started his round with an eagle before following that up with another eagle and three birdies on the back nine.Rahm only dropped one shot as he reeled off four successive birdies to stay ahead of world No. 1 Justin Rose.What a leaderboard at the @FarmersInsOpen:1. @JonRahmpga, -10T2. @JustinRose99, -9T2. @DougGhim4. @ctpangolf, – 85. @JordanSpieth, -7Full scores: https://t.co/vZk1d8dmgT pic.twitter.com/jIVRh7TLzx— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 24, 2019Also playing the North Course, Rose completed a flawless round, which included seven birdies and an eagle for a 63 alongside Doug Ghim. Former world No. 1 Jordan Spieth ended the day in outright fifth position, three shots behind Rahm.Spieth missed the cut at the Sony Open but the three-time major champion fared better on Thursday after recording a 7-under 65.Jason Day opened his title defense with a first-round 67, while Rickie Fowler managed a 73 to be 1 over.last_img read more

Hoffarth on the media: How ‘America’s Lakers’ plans to get Mohr podcast footing, locally and nationally

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut tribal banter city to city creates a more intimate experience. Nearly two dozen NBA teams now have an official or a working alliance with a local podcast, finding it an efficient and effective way to distribute more chatter and information in this on-demand platform in an discerning media world.In the case of the Lakers, it surely doesn’t hurt that Norm Pattiz, founder of the Beverly Hills-based and download giant PodcastOne network, happens to be a 35-year courtside season-ticket holder. His company has a stake in shows aimed at sports subscribers headed up by Dan Patrick, Rich Eisen, Shaquille O’Neal, Jim Harbaugh, Chael Sonnen, Dick Enberg, Mark Schlereth and Barstool Sports’ almost-ESPN spinoff “Pardon Our Take.”Oh, there’s this program endorsed by the Clippers called “ClipCast,” already 200 episodes in, and hosted by actor, comedian and season-seat holder Chris Wylde and TV producer Mike Jaglin. Yes, it’s also in the PodcastOne stable.The absence of a Lakers-centic show was a bit obvious to Pattiz.“What has always inspired me when I’d go on road trips to games, playoffs and regular season, is seeing so many Lakers fans everywhere, representing the team colors, wildly enthusiastic,” said Pattiz, who made his mark in the media business by founding Westwood One Radio syndicated programming. “Why not a podcast not just on the Lakers, but on America’s Lakers? And talk about not just stats but have it evolve into something league-wide, to show off the beauty of podcasting.” In addition to lending time these days as the assistant varsity wrestling coach for the Crespi High of Encino, Jay Mohr had been grappling with ideas of how to do more in the sports podcast world.His “Mohr Sports” show for PodcastOne.com, a detour from his successful “Mohr Stories” series, had kept the comedian and actor engaged in the genre since his days hosting a syndicated sports-talk show that aired on KLAC-AM (570) several years ago, before and after replacing Jim Rome.Recently, into the ring stepped the Lakers. They’re pinning their new media hopes on Mohr.Whether it’s the byproduct of a vanity project or a true attempt to claim a potentially lucrative beachhead in this rebellious medium, the greater NBA has been covered best in this arena, based on reputation and rankings, with shows hosted by ESPN’s Zach Lowe (“The Lowe Post”) and Adrian Wojnarowski (“The Woj Pod“),  the acclaimed Nate Duncan (“Dunc’d On Basketball”), former Clipper J.J. Redick (“The Chronicles of Redick”), NBA players Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye (“Road Trippin’ With RJ & Channing“)  and Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt (“NBA A To Z”). After a consult with Mohr, then with Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss and team COO Tim Harris, and checking the fine print of the team’s media rights deals with Spectrum Sports and KSPN-AM (710), the show called “America’s Lakers Podcast With Jay Mohr,” co-hosted by his friend and NBA analytics expert Aaron Larsuel, has set sail, eight episodes in already.“It’s a way to expand the digital platform that’s talking to groups of folks who want different content,” said Harris. “Our aspiration is just to find something that gains  traction and succeeds. We don’t want to be more noise in the wind.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error * Credit to Fox Sports, the U.S. English broadcasters for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, for going all out with its 2 ½-hour live series of shows early Friday morning from its Century City studios during the reveal of the 32-team bracket — minus the U.S. men’s national team that didn’t qualify. Come June, Fox will still dedicate a robust group of reporters and analysts to cover the games airing almost daily in the 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. time slots, many on FS1. “We always have to address the elephant in the room, and every step of the way it’s going to be a little bit of reopening the scab, like today,” said Landon Donovan, a Fox studio analyst present Friday who admits he has never experienced a World Cup before without a U.S. team involved – he was 12 when he first started to understand what this was about in 1994. “The reality is, this is still the biggest spectacle on earth. We all want the U.S. to be there, and the reality is it won’t happen. But every step of the way, this hasn’t felt real. We see balls drawn, and no red, white and blue flag. It’ll always be disappointing.”* Bob Miller, who will be honored with a statue outside Staples Center on Jan. 13, learned this week he will be bestowed with the L.A. Sports Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award during their Feb. 6 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, which Fox Sports West will air at a later date. Those who want to honor the retired Kings’ play-by-play Hockey Hall of Famer may purchase tickets to the event with proceeds benefiting the Kings Care Foundation. More info: www.lakings.com/lasportsawards. Tickets may also be purchased for the Southern California Sports Broadcasters’ annual awards lunch on Jan. 22 at Lakeside Country Club, where former SCSB president Miller will be honored with the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award. More info: www.scsbnews.com and www.facebook.com/SCSBNewsWHAT CHOKES* Baseball America made a to-do this week in designating the Dodgers as its 2017 Organization of the Year. It’s a reflection of their league-best 104 regular-season wins built with a roster of homegrown players, “shrewd trade acquisitions and fruitful scouting in every area.” Yet an area profoundly lacking is an organized method of taking any responsibility for the stalled distribution of its own SportsNet LA channel, going into its fifth season of limited existence. A shrewd tactic might be forcing its partner, Comcast/Spectrum, to sell off its interest at this point to a media company that can do what it promised. That distributor could even be — gasp — a partnership with AT&T/DirecTV and its Root Sports stable of sports channels. As long as Spectrum is able to write off the business losses, what incentive does it have to restructure the business deal with AT&T/DirecTV? And what incentive does AT&T/DirecTV have in buying in, if it could benefit somehow by keeping the product injured by its lack of coming on board, making it ripe someday to buy up. Otherwise, it’s status quo for the Organization of the Year, careful not to sprain their shoulders as they continue to slap themselves on the back for how they’ve taken guardianship of this civic treasure..* The news of ESPN purging 150 more employees this week, most from studio production and digital content, is a reflection of a “decision to do less in certain instances and re-direct resources,” according to network president John Skipper, from a memo he directed toward the 8,000-some employees who are left standing in the still-profitable Disney entity. Since late 2015, ESPN has now publicly acknowledged laying off about 550 employees as it bows to shareholders involved now with all media companies — what’s the best way to merge and purge, adapt and survive. ESPN’s TV subscriber base shrinking from 100 million in 2011 to about 87 million currently, while the cost for the ESPN bundle of channels inches up into the $9 per customer range, continues to look like the business model for the U.S. Postal Service. It’s all about delivery. Add to all this a little buzz created lately by people connecting dots when when see Mohr hanging out with the team owner on occasion at games or in airports — the TMZ-type talk about how they’ve been “secretly dating” away from the arena.“Jeanie and I are dear friends – we met on my podcast last July,” said Mohr, in the process of a divorce. “She’s the kindest person I’ve ever met. I don’t know if you remember the quote she had regarding the end of her engagement to Phil (Jackson, the former Lakers coach) – her first love is the Lakers. We aren’t dating.”Lakers radio play-by-play man John Ireland, one of the show’s first guests, realizes the power of the podcast based on the fact many listen to the weekday show he co-hosts with Steve Mason via that platform rather than live when it airs from noon-3 p.m. on KSPN-AM (710).“As someone who has been in radio more than 20 years, I can tell you the landscape is changing,” said Ireland. “I like that they hired two huge Lakers fans to do this. I’ve known Jay since the ‘90s when he came to Lakers’ games and I was the sideline reporter.  He’s been to more games than a lot of sportscasters I know.  And Aaron is a walking basketball encyclopedia. He will probably tell you something you didn’t know before.“One thing about Lakers’ fans: I know from experience that they can talk about the team all day, every day. I think the fact the Lakers have partnered with Norm, who understands both radio and podcasts better than anybody, is really smart. It’s just another way to serve Lakers fans, and while it may take some time for people to find it, I think they eventually will.”MEASURING MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES With that, Mohr was picked to head it up, and he has the freedom to go in whatever direction he chooses, says Harris. There are “by nature of the platform some wider guard rails in place” for the show, Harris adds. “Just to give Jay some structure, but also make it feel more casual and give-and-take. We know Jay as a long-time fan of the team, he’s an incredibly bright guy and he can approach this from his perspective as a comedian and entertainer.”There’s not a lot of heavy lifting in podcasting. A hot mic, a functional laptop and time for discussion will bring Mohr to his dining room table in Playa Vista or to the Staples Center media room to record shows, edit and post each Wednesday. Or, when news warrants.“I pride myself on no assumption, no gossip, no ‘what ifs’,” said Mohr, who this week was playing a guest role on the Fox TV sit-com “The Mick,” with upcoming stand-up performances at the Improv in Hollywood on the calendar. “We don’t just accept media narratives. I think there’s a responsibility that comes when you’re doing a show and realize the magnitude of the Lakers.“I don’t want to be part of the media scrum in the locker room after every game. I’m realistic and pragmatic and want to bring transparency and accountability to the team, and I do of course want them and PodcastOne to be happy with what I’m doing.”last_img read more