Hlas Podcast: Greatest Hits, Volume 1

And, a call to you to suggest who to invite in the year ahead

Published: April 4 2014 | 3:19 pm - Updated: 7 April 2014 | 3:11 pm in Mike Hlas Podcast,

This is purely a self-promotional post, as opposed to the majority of them, which are just mostly self-promotional.

But while a) I drift toward a slower part of the sports season in Iowa and b) cover the Masters next week and c) begin the painful process of dealing with a new system at work for posting on this blog and d) squeeze in some vacation sometime this spring, my podcast will probably have to be shelved for a couple weeks.

So I thought I'd link to some of the podcasts I've done over the last several months in case you missed them and had any interest in hearing them. What has been a delightful surprise to me is how many guests of note not only agreed to do them with me, but brought their 'A' game to them.

But first, here's an appeal to you readers/listeners. If you have someone you'd like to have me try to land as a podcast guest, shoot me an email at mike.hlas@sourcemedia.net or post a comment here with your suggestion. I can't promise I'll act on every one, but I can promise I'll take every serious suggestion seriously. I'm welcome to all ideas. They don't have to be sports-related.

Here are some of the podcasts from the past year that (mostly) aren't time-sensitive, Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to listen to some of the following and many others. I didn't list all of them, but a lot of people in my business were generous with their time and knowledge and not a one didn't do a good job. I'd list everyone, but some of the subject material is dated by now, which is the nature of this beast.

I got as much feedback from this visit by ESPN basketball analyst Dan Dakich as any all year.

Last December, former Iowa basketball coach George Raveling talked about his induction into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

ESPN's Wright Thompson wrote an utterly fascinating story about Dan Gable last year and happily came on the podcast to talk about the making of it and his thoughts about Gable.

Iowa football strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle candidly discussed what incoming Hawkeye football players face when they join Iowa's program.

Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated described four days he spent with Ohio State's football program last fall.

Comedian/actor Tom Arnold discusses his love of University of Iowa sports, and his feelings about having his first child.

In the middle of his media blitz to promote the book "The System: The Glory and the Scandal of Big-Time College Football," co-author Armen Keteyian found a half-hour for me and I was glad he did.

Former Iowa/NFL kicker Nate Kaeding has been a good friend of the podcast. Here's Nate with ex-Iowa State/NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels.

In the aftermath of the Aaron Hernandez story, Nate and I discussed it with sports psychologist Dr. Mitch Abrams in one of the best podcasts in which I've been involved.

Former Iowa football player Ettore Ewen is better known now as Big E Langston, a World Wrestling Entertainment performer. Ettore was a very interesting guest.

After the death of longtime Iowa radio icon Jim Zabel, fellow radio notables Bob Brooks and Ron Gonder came into the podcast studio and discussed Zabel and other things.

Former Iowa/NBA player Acie Earl talked about what it's like playing professional basketball overseas, and the problems it brings.

This one got one of my biggest audiences: Geoff Grammer of the Albuquerque Journal bluntly discussed former Iowa basketball coach Steve Alford's abrupt departure from New Mexico to UCLA.


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