The Voice Behind the Voice

They are the voices that bring you every heart-stopping moment from your favorite team or sporting event. They exude the emotion you feel as you hang on their every word. They come into your home, car or anywhere around the world. But what do you really know about these voices? You're about to find out with one of the more unique, entertaining and provocative podcasts. Sean Aronson, a minor league baseball play-by-play broadcaster since 2001, pulls back the curtain on these amazing voices to find out who is "The Voice Behind The Voice."


Dean Brown, Ottawa Senators (ep. 66)

He's never had a resume and never needed a resume. In episode 66 Ottawa...He's never had a resume and never needed a resume. In episode 66 Ottawa Senators Dean Brown discusses being the youngest broadcaster ever to call a Grey Cup Game in 1989, rupturing his appendix and his affinity for scuba diving. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Also, be sure to rate the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, and retweet it, and like us on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV, and share with your friends. You can also find the podcast at and under the Society & Culture tab.   Show More


Past Episodes

How would your react if you had a front row seat to history and it was your job to tell fans all about it. In episode 64 Oklahoma City Thunder TV broadcaster Brian Davis discusses what it was like to watch the record breaking season by Russell Westbrook, how he got his start in the industry as an investigative reporter and what he thinks of his voice being recognized by a dog. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Also, be sure to rate the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, and retweet it, and like us on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV, and share with your friends. You can also find the podcast at and under the Society & Culture tab.
What does the 2nd longest tenured broadcaster in the American League think about when he thinks of the Texas Rangers? It might not be the answer you think. In episode 65 Hall of Famer Eric Nadel talks about how another Hall of Famer, Mel Allen, got him interested in becoming a broadcaster, calling Nolan Ryan's 5,000th strikeout and how he got jobs that Harmon Killebrew and Doc Emrick both went for. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Also, be sure to rate the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, and retweet it, and like us on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV, and share with your friends. You can also find the podcast at and under the Society & Culture tab.
Early in his career he had his demo's critiqued by two of the finest: Gary Thorne and Doc Emrick. In episode 63 Washington Capitals TV broadcaster Joe Beninati discusses his amazing wardrobe, holding the Bowdoin College lacrosse record for saves in a season by a goalie and wanting to be a Doctor. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Also, be sure to rate the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, and retweet it, and like us on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV, and share with your friends. You can also find the podcast at and under the Society & Culture tab.
He is the second longest active broadcaster with one team behind only Jaime Jarrin of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In episode 62 Kansas City Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews talks about why he thought about retiring at 50, being inducted into the Hall of Fame and playing in exhibition games as a broadcaster when the Royals would play against their farm teams. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Also, be sure to rate the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, and retweet it, and like us on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV, and share with your friends. You can also find the podcast at and under the Society & Culture tab.
Hockey is a way of life in Canada and when you're born in Vancouver there is one team you have your eye on as a broadcaster. In episode 61 Vancouver Canucks broadcaster John Shorthouse talks about seeing his first Canucks game at age 6, calling games in his basement into a tape recorder and how he reacted during the 2013 lockout when his son was sad his Dad may go back to work before his sons birthday. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Also, be sure to rate the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, and retweet it, and like us on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV, and share with your friends. You can also find the podcast at and under the Society & Culture tab.
When you grow up in Los Angeles every broadcaster dreams of broadcasting for the Dodgers or Lakers. In episode 60 John Ireland discusses some of the A-list celebrities he's interviewed when he was a sideline reporter for the Lakers, interviewing Shaq when he cursed on live TV and proclaiming he would walk home if the Lakers lost to Cleveland in 2011 and what happened when they did. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Also, be sure to rate the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, and retweet it, and like us on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV, and share with your friends. You can also find the podcast at and under the Society & Culture tab.
He went to Syracuse University, so from an early age who knew exactly the path he wanted to take. In episode 59 Philadelphia Flyers TV broadcaster Jim Jackson talks about spending a season with Herb Brooks, how a minor league head coach helped him land a job in the NHL and what it was like broadcasting a 5 OT game. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Also, be sure to rate the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, and retweet it, and like us on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV, and share with your friends. You can also find the podcast at and under the Society & Culture tab.
Not all sports broadcasters get their start doing play-by-play. Some have to take a different route. In episode 58 San Antonio Spurs broadcaster Bill Schoening discusses how one of his early jobs was the death row beat, interviewing people on death row and watching the executions. He also shares his talent with the guitar and what Greg Popovich is really like. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Also, be sure to rate the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, and retweet it, and like us on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV, and share with your friends. You can also find the podcast at and under the Society & Culture tab.
A car accident outside of the Sharks arena nearly cost him his life, but after missing 24 games he returned behind the mic. In episode 57 San Jose Sharks radio broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky discusses what it was like being that close to dying, what it was like to start with the Sharks in their first year and what it was like broadcasting from the Cow Palace. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Also, be sure to rate the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, and retweet it, and like us on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV, and share with your friends. You can also find the podcast at and under the Society & Culture tab.
WE ARE PENN STATE! It's a way of life at the University and it means something different to everyone. In episode 56 Penn State football & basketball broadcaster Steve Jones talks about how he handled the first broadcast following the Jerry Sandusky scandal, what it's like having the broadcasting complex named after him and some of his best Joe Paterno stories. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Also, be sure to rate the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, and retweet it, and like us on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV, and share with your friends. You can also find the podcast at and under the Society & Culture tab.
He has broadcast in every state, but Alaska and Idaho and definitely paid his dues before getting a shot in the NHL. In episode 55 Steve Carroll of the Anaheim Ducks talks about once eating 18 hot dogs during a broadcast in Des Moines and then later in his career the equivalent of seven steaks shrimp cocktail, a loaf of bread and a baked potato, getting mugged in Denver and nearly being shot and finding out about the Ducks opening from another broadcaster in the ECHL. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Also, be sure to rate the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, and retweet it, and like us on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV, and share with your friends. You can also find the podcast at and under the Society & Culture tab.
Forget about the teams this weeks guest has broadcast for, getting an opportunity to appear in a Key & Peele comedy sketch has to be one of the highlights of your career. In episode 54 Joel Meyers of the New Orleans Pelicans discusses his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, how he felt about missing out on Kobe's 81-point night and about broadcasting the first Dream Team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
He has the perfect FM DJ name, but his dreams were always to become a coach or teacher. His career, however, headed towards the nations capital and then he took over as voice of Maryland Terrapins football and basketball in 1979. Johnny Holliday discusses working for the Washington Senators and hosting a pre-game show with the great Ted Williams, nearly dying in a Cesna plane crash and being replaced as a DJ by Howard Stern.
Do I really need to tease this one? He's one of the greatest broadcasters in all of sports and arguably the best broadcaster in the NHL. In Episode 52 Doc Emrick, who does the NHL on NBC, talks about who his idol was growing up and what it was like to broadcast a game with him, how the nickname Doc caught on, how Ernie Harwell helped him with his Doctoral dissertation and which he was more nervous for: the first Stanley Cup Final game he ever did or his first Major League game in 2016.
Ever wonder what broadcasters do to fill the void in their life during the off-season? Some do a lot more than others. In episode 51 Mark Boyle of the Indiana Pacers talks about some of the intense "hobbies" he takes up following the NBA season like stand-up comedy, fishing for piranhas and broadcasting minor league baseball. He also talks about the time he met the Greatest of All Time, Muhammad Ali and how he broke his back during the Malice at the Palace.
What other milestones can broadcaster reach after doing their 2000th NHL game? Work on the next 2000, obviously. In episode 50 Nashville Predators radio broadcaster Pete Weber talks about some of his more hilarious practical jokes, suffering a heart attack before a game in St. Paul in 2014 and broadcasting at the highest level in the NHL, NBA and NFL and how he hopes to get that opportunity in the MLB.
A team manager for the University of Florida football and men's basketball teams didn't have aspirations of being a coach, but rather doing play-by-play. In episode 49 Chuck Cooperstein of the Dallas Mavericks talks about how legendary Cowboys broadcaster Brad Sham helped bring him to Dallas, how he wound up doing an hour talk show while standing on his head and going to the White House following the Mavericks 2011 NBA Championship.
When you grow up in Chicago you dream of broadcasting one of the sports teams in the area whether it's the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks or Bears. For Jeff Joniak that dream would become a reality with the Chicago Bears. In episode 48 Joniak discusses how using the tape from a fill-in broadcast at Northern Illinois University landed him the Bears job, getting the Bears job despite not having any real PXP experience since his college days, meeting President Obama in 2011 with the '85 Bears team and Jeff and Sean swap their Bill Murray horror stories.
Despite the return of the Los Angeles Rams and now the addition of the Los Angeles Chargers (it even looks odd), many in Los Angeles consider the USC Trojans the best football team in Southern California. In episode 47 the voice of the Trojans, Pete Arbogast, talks about participating the World Body Surfing Championships, living on Venice Beach and being the public address announcer at Dodger Stadium for many years. Yes, we even talk Trojan football and the name no Trojan fan wants to hear, not even Pete, Vince Young. FIGHT ON!
From California to Atlanta and a few places in between this Emmy Award winning broadcaster has been fortunate enough to work for five different NHL teams and even some fill in work on the NBA on TNT. In episode 46 Arizona Coyotes broadcaster Matt McConnell discusses the passing of Craig Sager, how the Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley gave him a hard time for how he dressed on a broadcast and what it was like to hang out with members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team.
The word legendary isn't thrown around for just any broadcaster, but in Episode 45 we sit down with someone who has been called that repeatedly, and well deserved. George Blaha, who has been the voice of the Detroit Pistons for more than four decades, discusses what it takes to get the "legendary" moniker, why many in his family are Dr's with the exception of him and, of course, the Malice at the Palace.
How does a New Yorker who interned at the famed WFAN wind up in Florida? In episode 44 Steve Goldstein of the Florida Panthers talks about his days at Syracuse University's famed S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, broadcasting the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver with Sidney Crosby scoring the OT game winner for Canada and having beer dumped on him at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn by NY Islanders fans after the Panthers beat the Islanders in Game 4 of the playoffs.
You name the sport and this man has done it all in the second largest media market in the country. From the UCLA Bruins to L.A. Kings, to volleyball and surfing. In episode 43 Bill Macdonald talks about getting his dream job broadcasting for the L.A. Lakers, filling in for Joel Meyers and doing his first Lakers game, which just happened to be Kobe's 81 point game, Kobe's final game and how he got the nickname "Bikini Bill."
The Kelly family is synonymous with the St. Louis Blues. Dan Kelly was legendary as the voice of the Blues for more than two decades before his passing. His son has taken the torch for two separate stints, the most recent since 2005-06. In episode 42 John Kelly discusses his second game in the NHL broadcasting in the booth next to his Dad, sharing the booth with his Dad during his final game and an interesting moment he had with Herb Brooks.
How do you earn the nickname "Mr Cat?" You've been with Northwestern for more than 25 years, that's how. In episode 41 Dave Eanet, the voice of Northwestern football since 1990 and men's basketball since 1996, talks about the 1995 season when the team went to the Rose Bowl, working the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer on CBS Radio for the speed skating event (Dan Johnson won his only gold and Bonnie Blair took home two) and trying to find someone to take the spot of Ron Santo on Chicago Cubs broadcasts after his passing.
This is the second Jack Michaels we've talked to for the podcast. The difference this time around is this Jack Michaels didn't change his name to Jack Michaels. In episode 40 the Edmonton Oilers broadcaster discusses spending eight years in Alaska, sharing a booth with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, being just the second broadcaster in Oilers history and being an American hired by a Canadian team. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast.
How difficult is it to be the next man up after one of the most legendary broadcasters to ever live? Eric Collins knows the answer to this question. In episode 39 Collins discusses what it was like to spend 5 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcasting the road games Vin Scully didn't travel to. He also talks about what it was like working in the minor leagues, getting paid $25 a game and having to sleep on the floor of his friends apartment. Plus Collins discusses broadcasting Team USA Baseball & Softball for the 2008 Olympics.
Whether it's ESPN or the Boston Bruins, Jack Edwards has made a name for himself wherever he's gone. In episode 38 Jack talks about growing up a Bruins fan, how his parents being performers helps him in the broadcast booth and how a broken leg as a soccer player in college changed his entire life. There is an incredible amount of substance in this podcast that we can't mention it all right here.
In Episode 37 Tim Newton discusses how he passed up going to the University of Notre Dame for Purdue University after flipping through college books. He tells a humorous story of how he nearly lost his job after being stuck in a bathroom and what it's like to follow legendary Purdue broadcasters John DeCamp (43 years) and Joe McConnell (15 years) and being hired in 2010.
How would you handle it if the company you worked for laid off 88 people. Would you go work in a different industry? Would you want to prove your former bosses wrong? In episode 36 Pete Pranica did the latter. He discusses being laid off by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2003, finding his way back by working the 2004 Olympics in Athens and being hired by the Memphis Grizzlies that same year. If all that career up and down doesn't make one sick, maybe going more than 7 G's with the Thunderbirds will. Pete talks about this once in a lifetime experience.
Imagine being a comic and having Johnny Carson call you over to the couch after doing five minutes on the Tonight Show. That was when a comic knew they had made it. For Detroit Tigers broadcaster Dan Dickerson he had a similar moment in the baseball world. In Episode 35 Dickerson talks about how Ernie Harwell called him over to do an inning of play-by-play in the final game at Tiger Stadium, what he does during rain delays to keep himself occupied and the significance of the drink Yoo Hoo is to his Duckball League (don't worry it will be explained in the episode).
After missing most of last season due to quadruple bypass surgery, Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller of the Los Angeles Kings, began his 44th season with the franchise this year. In episode 34 he discusses pulling back on a full 82 game schedule, covering the Ice Bowl in Green Bay in 1967, how the legendary Hall of Fame Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn helped him land the job with the Kings and interviewing Jesse Owens.
He grew up in a small town in Minnesota where he went to school with seven other students and eventually worked for the team he grew up rooting for, the Minnesota Twins. In Episode 33 Dick Bremer discusses what it was like growing up in a small town, how he broke a church stained glass window and eventually wound up purchasing the replacement in an auction, where he got the nickname "Duke in the Dark" and who actually calls him that and the real story behind a player confronting him because he was critical during a broadcast.
Sometimes reaching the pinnacle of your career you need to soar to new heights. For Marc Moser he has literally found a way to do that. In Episode 32 Marc discusses his passion for flying, how moving to Chicago and befriending Blackhawks fans got him interested in hockey and the season he spent broadcasting the Colorado Rapids soccer team.
After having a recent health scare Dave Sims looked at his life a little differently. In episode 31 the Seattle Mariners broadcaster talks about how things changed after discovering he had prostate cancer, what it's like being the only African American #1 TV broadcaster in all of Major League Baseball and what it's like having Coach K and Warren Moon make a phone call on your behalf to help you land a job.
Consider this the bye week for the podcast, but that doesn't mean we don't bring you an incredible episode. It just means we will deviate from the format of the first 29 episodes, but bring you a very special conversation between two friends. Jamie Flam and Sean Aronson have known each other for more than 20 years, dating back to their days at Granada Hills High School. Jamie was the inspiration for this podcast (go back to Episode 1 and listen to Sean discuss how influential Jamie was in the process). In this episode you will learn about both these guys and how they got to where they are. Learn more about Sean, and his route to St. Paul, and find out how Jamie handles the egos of big time comics, how he became the booker for the Hollywood Improv and which new SNL cast member he gave time to on the stage at the Improv that helped her career. This is a crossover episode of The Voice Behind the Voice and Jamie's podcast, The Gatekeeper.
We all know what it's like getting overlooked for a promotion. But how many of us know what it's like to get that promotion and then be asked to go back to our original jobs? In Episode 29 Brian Roth, the voice of Colorado State, talks about waiting his turn to get the top job as radio broadcaster with the Rams, but once he got it a new AD came in and asked him to slide back to doing color commentary because they wanted a big name in the top spot. Brian also talks about how the head football coach gave him a "recruiting" speech to stay with the program and how Rams fans have treated him despite being a graduate of the University of Colorado.
One of the more historic nights in baseball history was Disco Demolition Night on July 12, 1979. The Chicago White Sox were forced to forfeit the second game of a doubleheader, but prior to that Ed Farmer was on the mound to finish off game one. In Episode 28 he discusses what it was like to pitch in that game right before more than 50,000 people stormed the field, how his brother saved his life, breaking the jaw of Al Cowens and having him tackle him after a groundout the following season, and about evaluating the Top 100 Golf Courses in the U.S. for Golf Digest.
From Iowa, to one of the biggest stations in the country at KMOX in St. Louis Mike Grimm vaulted to the top at a young age. In episode 27 Grimm discusses what is was like learning from his idols Ron Gonder, in Iowa, and Jack Buck in St. Louis. When he got the job at the University of Minnesota he needed to beat out two other people who would land jobs in the state, the Twins Kris Atteberry and the former voice of the Lynx Brian Sieman (now with the Clippers). And despite being well versed in a number of sports Mike talks about the one sport he probably needs a little help in.
Los Angeles has a new football team and at 33-years-old J.B. Long steps into the second largest media market to call football for the Rams. Two months after buying a home in San Francisco, Long got the call that he was the voice of Los Angeles' rebirth of the Rams. In episode 26 Long discusses his journey to one of the most coveted jobs in the second largest media market, how a relationship with Don Ohlmeyer's (NBC) son landed him an internship at the Athens Olympics and how he was tabbed to be a broadcaster in RIO in 2016, but had that dream taken away because of his new job, with the Rams. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes and you can follow us on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV and on Facebook at TheVoiceBTV. You can find the podcast at 1500ESPN or at PodcastOne under the Society & Culture tab.
It's tough enough to replace a legend, but what happens when that legend passes away. In episode 25 Jeff Culhane, the new voice of North Dakota State Bison, discusses how he is making the transition in becoming the football broadcaster after the passing of Scott Miller. Jeff also talks about his time at West Virginia and Nebraska and what it's like see your photo on the cover of a magazine.
In episode 24 Ryan Lefebvre talks about the difficulty his last name has caused and what every kid can relate to: the first day of school and the teacher trying to pronounce your last name. He talks about the relationship with his Dad, Jim, the former NL Rookie of the Year with the Dodgers. Trying to take the baseball playing path, Ryan discusses how he quit just two weeks into his professional career and his battle with depression.
He went to Kansas State and his first big time job was with K-State, but a battle over radio rights put a halt to his broadcasting career. In Episode 23 Greg Sharpe discusses how he handled losing the job as broadcaster for his alma mater, how turning down another Big 12 job turned out to be the best decision in his career because it led to him becoming the voice of one of the most coveted jobs in all of college athletics, the radio broadcaster for the University of Nebraska football team.
In episode 22 Ken Korach of the Oakland A's discusses what it was like writing a book about the legendary broadcaster Bill King, the emotions he went through during the Dallas Braden perfect game and what it was like broadcasting his first game with the A's, not in Oakland, not in a Major League ballpark, but in Las Vegas, where he had spent so many years as a minor league broadcaster.
In episode 21 Jack Michaels (aka Todd Clark) discusses how he came up with the name Jack Michaels, what it was like to be a North Dakota grad, but broadcast games for North Dakota State and losing a very good friend and legendary NDSU broadcaster Scott Miller.
After 19 seasons as the voice of the Winnipeg Goldeyes Paul Edmonds finally got his big break. Working for an Independent baseball team in Manitoba that was treated like a Major League organization, Edmonds was one of the most well-respected broadcasters, not just in the Northern League/American Association, but also in Canada. While the Goldeyes games were broadcast on TSN, one of the biggest networks in the area, Edmonds made a name for himself that eventually landed him the job as the radio voice of the Winnipeg Jets, who had just returned as an NHL franchise. Edmonds discusses the moment he got the job, the difficulty in taking over for the guy who had the job, but having him stay on as a color analyst and the devastation of losing an American Association playoff series in the deciding game on a walk-off throwing error.
Dave Nitz has spent more than 40 years with Louisiana Tech doing football, basketball and baseball. When he's not with Louisiana Tech he spends his summers as the voice of the Sioux City Explorers in the American Association. He's worked year round for as long as he can remember. Dave discusses calling more than 2,500 games at La. Tech, the bookend of having Lou Holtz as a head coach at William & Mary and his son Skip at La. Tech and the key to being married for 51 years.
In Episode 18 Bob Davis, the recently retired voice of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball and football teams discusses life in retirement, the best moments of his more than 30 years as the voice of the Jayhawks and some of the great Kansas teams of all-time.
He has been Mr. Fox Sports North for many years and finally landed the coveted job of TV broadcaster for the Minnesota Wild in 2012. Landing your dream job isn't always the most ecstatic moment in your life, especially when the fans spew anger at the choice. In Episode 17 of The Voice Behind the Voice Anthony LaPanta discusses how he felt during those moments, what it was like to be the first ever broadcaster of the St. Paul Saints and all the former and future Major Leaguers he interacted with and what it's been like working in your hometown your entire life.
Goose Gossage isn't a play-by-play broadcaster, but on July 6 he was in the booth with me for a sit down chat during an inning of a Saints game. What you will hear is the entirety of that chat, in the context of the game, and Gossage's thoughts on various topics. He chats about the unwritten rules, how many times he intentionally threw at a hitter, how he feels about Bryce Harper and much more. This is an extremely candid and raw interview.
He's the first guest that has experience as a player, manager and play-by-play broadcaster. Buck Martinez has seen a lot in his nearly 50 years of experience in the game of baseball. The catcher discusses how many times he put down the sign for a pitcher to throw at a hitter, discusses how he got the name Buck and why he's decided to write three books.
How does a broadcaster handle his emotions during a broadcast when he feels like all the calls are going against his team? What if one of those calls goes viral? Alan Horton of the Minnesota Timberwolves discusses that along with what it's like to broadcast for a team that has a tough time over the last few years winning games. He also discusses how many players know his name on Episode 15 of the Voice Behind the Voice.
Mario Impemba has been on both sides of history. Whether it's closing in on the Major League record for most losses by a team, calling a Justin Verlander no-hitter or having the chance to be a part of one of the biggest moments in baseball history in his first season as a Major League broadcaster when Cal Ripken broke the Iron Man streak. Mario has seen a lot in his 20 plus years in the booth and we discuss it all in a jam packed episode.
After 13 years of doing minor league hockey for the Hamilton Bulldogs Derek Wills got his shot at the big time with the Calgary Flames. He discusses what it was like to call the longest game in American Hockey League history, what it was like replacing a guy who was the voice of the Flames for more than three decades and why despite growing up near Toronto he was an Oilers fan. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV, on Facebook at TheVoiceBehindtheVoice and you can find the podcast on and at in the Society & Culture area.
On no sleep and catching an early morning flight from Dallas to Minnesota, Mark Followill decided to sit down with Sean Aronson and discuss the tricks of the trade. A whirlwind 72 hours for Followill took him from Detroit to Dallas to Minnesota to call a basketball game, a soccer match and then another basketball game. Followill discusses the nickname Dirk gave him, his interactions with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and if he thinks every player knows his name. Make sure to follow us on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV and on Facebook at TheVoiceBehindtheVoice.
Chuck Kaiton called the final game for the Hartford Whalers and ushered in a new era with the Carolina Hurricanes. A stickler for pronunciation, Kaiton is also the man who helps decide the Hall of Fame broadcasters in the NHL. So who made the call to him when he was inducted into the HOF? He talks about that, the emotions he went through during the final game with the Whalers and what it was like to call a Stanley Cup winning moment. You can now find the podcast at, subscribe via iTunes, follow us on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV and on Facebook at
01:02:27 5/31/2016
Cory Provus has worked with some of the best and brightest in the world of broadcasting. From Ron Santo to Bob Uecker he's learned from men with an amazing sense of humor and the ability to weave a story into their broadcast. Provus discusses his Chicago Cub fandom, having dinner with Uecker and some of his favorite wrestlers. Also, a big moment for the podcast as we've joined the 1500 ESPN podcast family. You can now find us at and very soon on Podcast One ( You can continue following us on Twitter at @TheVoiceBTV and on Facebook at
01:06:05 5/24/2016
Brian Jeffries is a one man band when it comes to the University of Arizona. Having one of the pre-eminent jobs with the Arizona Men's Basketball team isn't enough for this versatile broadcaster. He also does Arizona football and baseball. Brian discusses what it's like when he has to go from a pre-season basketball tournament in Hawaii to a football game on the mainland. He discusses who he believes are the five best basketball players at Arizona, what it's like to sit down and talk with coach Lute Olson and if he has any of the same musical tastes as former Arizona great Luke Walton's Dad.
01:09:41 5/17/2016
Randy Hahn is more than just the TV broadcaster for the San Jose Sharks. He was instrumental in getting the franchise to San Jose and turned that hard work into a full-time gig as their TV voice. He discusses what it took to bring the franchise to Northern California, what it's like to be the voice on a video game and how he landed a role in an Academy Award Winning film. Don't forget to follow us on twitter at @TheVoiceBTV and on Facebook at Also, please subscribe via iTunes.
01:06:01 5/10/2016
After 22 years of broadcasting minor league baseball, 19 withthe New York Yankees Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, Terry Smithmade his Major League debut in 2002 with the Angels. Perhapshe brought them good luck as the Angels won their only World Seriestitle that year. Terry discusses how Rex Hudler helped himland the Angels job, the importance of family and what it was liketo have his broadcast partner, Rory Markas, pass away. Thisis one of the more emotional and rawest Voice Behind the Voiceepisodes yet. Follow us on Twitter at @thevoicebtv or onFacebook at
01:13:51 5/3/2016
Ever wonder what Paul Allen would say if the Vikings win the Super Bowl. He tells us in this entertaining and informative chat. He is a self described cheerleader for the Minnesota Vikings and wears his emotion on his sleeve, but Paul Allen doesn't apologize for that. Many of his calls live on in soundbites across the internet. He discusses his most memorable and heartbreaking moment as a Vikings broadcaster (it's the same game), his first viral moment and how he juggles being the voice of the Vikings, doing a three hour show on KFAN and calling the races at Canterbury Park. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @TheVoiceBTV or on Facebook at
01:17:07 4/26/2016
He has spent 35 years with the LA Kings and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015 becoming the third Kings broadcaster to earn the distinctive honor. In 1990 he took over the radio duties and in 2012 called the Kings first Stanley Cup Championship, the first in franchise history. He had to wait just two seasons to call his second. He discusses the influence his father had on him in the business, how a minor league hockey coach helped him get the job with the Kings, what it was like when the Kings won the Cup, if he ever got to drink out of it and what it's like being among the pantheon of HOF LA broadcasters.
01:20:01 4/19/2016
When you have a chance to sit down with a broadcaster that has called nearly every potential sport you jump at the opportunity. Ted Robinson is the voice of Wimbledon, the French Open, multiple Olympic events, NCAA basketball and countless other sporting events. He is currently the radio voice for the San Francisco 49ers and used to broadcast for the Minnesota Twins. Sean Aronson discusses all of this along with what it was like to be on the field, as a Notre Dame manager, for the Rudy game, having John McEnroe as your broadcast partner and replacing legendary broadcasters.
01:10:46 4/12/2016
Mark Johnson, the radio voice of the University of Colorado football and men's basketball discusses what it was like to replace the legendary voice, Larry Zimmer in the booth. While he didn't go to Syracuse, he managed to land the basketball broadcasting job and discusses what it was like to get that position and call the Carmelo Anthony led championship team. Also, he discusses what it's like having former athletes jump into the booth and how good Peyton Manning might be as an analyst.
01:12:01 4/5/2016
In the first ever episode with an actual guest, Bob Kurtz, the only radio play-by-play broadcaster in the Minnesota Wild's history sits down with host Sean Aronson. Bob talks about his time with the Boston Red Sox, why he decided to leave to take the Wild job and his time with the Minnesota Twins.
01:00:31 3/29/2016
Welcome in to the newest podcast among a sea of podcasts in a world where anyone with a microphone, a recorder and a thought in their head can have a podcast. I get it. There are podcasts on top of podcasts out there. Pick a category, pick a topic and there is a podcast about it. Until now. This podcast, "The Voice Behind the Voice" takes sports fans into the lives of the people they grew up listening to. When you tune into your favorite team these voices are the one that bring you all the heart-stopping action. But what do you really know about them. This podcast aims to give you a little more information on the voices you've listened to for your entire life. This preview episode talks about how I came up with the idea and what to expect from the podcast moving forward. Feedback is appreciated at, following me on Twitter at @thevoicebtv, Facebook at or on the website at
17:01 3/24/2016

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