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May 24, 2022

Alex Marvez is one of the most respected journalists in the country. He’s at the top when it comes to covering the NFL as a reporter and broadcaster. Also, he is an on-camera interviewer for All Elite Wrestling and helps with the production team.

How did he make it? What sacrifices has he made and is still making to continue to host on SiriusXM NFL Radio and be with AEW? Great stories. Great person. Great time.

Finally, Rock praise...

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Tom Curran is THE guy to talk Tom Brady, Gronk, and Bill Belichick. He’s been covering the Pats since 1997 and is the Patriots Insider on NBC Sports Boston. Rock wanted to find out if Brady and Gronk were different in New England compared to what they’re like now in Tampa Bay, what Bill Belichick is really like, and more. Tom’s also got plenty of great behind-the-scenes stories he shares.

To end the show, Rock continues to run into...

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May 11, 2022 49 min

Dan Lucas is the main sports anchor at News Channel 8 WFLA-TV in Tampa Bay and has been for more than 20 years. How has he been able to do it?  What are some of his more memorable experiences? How has Dan balanced family life with work and what advice does he have? Rock has been trying to balance out life and spend more time with his family lately.

Also, Rock hits on Canelo Alvarez’s loss in boxing, Jake Paul wanting to fight Alvar...

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Brett Phillips is an outfielder with the Tampa Bay Rays but he’s so much more than just a professional athlete. Brett feels like he’s been blessed so that’s why he signs and takes pics with fans a half-hour before EVERY game. He talks about his home run after 8-year-old Chloe, who is battling cancer, gave him her bracelet. He’s just an amazing human being with a fantastic outlook on life.

Also, Rock gets into the NFL Draft and how ...

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Josina Anderson is one of the top NFL Insiders. Formerly of ESPN and now with CBS Sports HQ and host of the podcast “Undefined With Josina Anderson,” she’s broken many big stories and tells how she does it, what sets her apart, and gives some incredible advice for young journalists. Rock has a story on how he first met Josina and why he didn’t think she’d say yes to doing this podcast.

Also, Rock wants to know why you never see or ...

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Dallas Braden made history in 2010 throwing a perfect game for the A’s against the Rays. He’s also an analyst on A’s broadcasts and is a co-host with Jared Carrabis on a new podcast “Baseball is Dead” that debuted #1 recently. The pair had a successful run on Barstool Sports. Dallas tells Rock how he made it to the top in broadcasting after his MLB career was cut short by arm and shoulder injuries, goes inside that May 9 Mothers Da...

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Peter Schrager is a broadcast star on Fox Sports and the Emmy nominated “Good Morning Football” on NFL Network. He’s Senior National Writer for FoxSports.com and the list goes on and on. Schrager tells Rock how his life changed with a major opportunity that came from doing a random interview. Peter is thankful for a long writing career that he feels shaped his broadcasting career.  Peter has incredible advice, and he’s blunt about ...

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Rock’s guest, even though it’s for a short time, is ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who just signed a $10 million dollar extension. Adam never had a goal of being the top NFL insider and what advice he would give to someone wanting to do what he does. Adam and Rock were stopped a couple of times in this interview because Adam’s phone was blowing up.

Rock has some great stories of how he made it to Palm Beach for the NFL Annual Meeting stayin...

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After his NFL playing career, Solomon Wilcots has pretty much done it all and is still at the top. He tells Rock how he wanted to learn it all, once he stopped playing starting at an NBC affiliate in Cincy, making it on the national scene, and currently the Host of “The Opening Drive” on SiriusXM. From sideline reporting to studio work, Solomon gives his secret to staying in this business and more!

Also, Rock Riley shares how he ap...

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Rock sits down with NFL Network’s Jane Slater, one of the most down to earth guests Rock has ever had. She shares how she started out in broadcasting, years of news coverage, and finally landing her dream job. She also touches on what’s it like covering the Cowboys and some great advice for aspiring broadcasters.

Rock tells how this interview went down, how much Rock likes local street festivals (mainly because they’re cheap), as w...

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Matt Loughlin has been a successful broadcaster in the #1 market in NY for 30 years and is currently the radio play-by-play announcer for the New Jersey Devils in the NHL.

Rock has known Matt for 30+ years and has the utmost respect for Matt’s longevity. Matt tells how he made it to the top without ever having to leave the NY/NJ market, how he started his career, coming out of Seton Hall University in NJ, his biggest fear, and ...

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NBC Sports NFL analyst and former NFL QB Chris Simms tells how he got into broadcasting and how he’s been able to rise to the top. Chris not only followed in his father’s footsteps as an NFL quarterback but now is succeeding just like his dad, Phil Simms, in broadcasting. Besides that, he is the co-host of Pro Football Talk (PFT Live) with Mike Florio and The Unbuttoned Podcast.

Chris gets emotional when Rock brings up the day he n...

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Drew Garabo worked his way up in radio from being an intern, board op, and producer to where he is now, Host of Drew Garabo Live on 102.5 FM The Bone in Tampa, he gets to work with his best friend, John Senning, every weekday. Drew is also battling cancer with an incredible attitude. It’s an amazing story!

Meanwhile, Rock ran into a friend that is beating Cancer and, just like Drew, is still working in her field, reporting. Rock h...

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Pat Donovan had a dream to be a talk show host on WDAE, a sports radio station in Tampa, and he wasn’t going to stop working towards it until he got it. His wife supported him all the way from Massachusetts and beyond.

Now, Pat is the co-host of the Pat and Aaron Show middays on WDAE. Aaron, by the way, is Pat’s best friend. Pat has another goal he wants to achieve and it’s a big one! You’ll have to listen. Rock admits he never ha...

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Rock talks with IndyCar drivers Jason Bell and Selin Rollan as they get ready for the Indy Car season’s opening race, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Both are great drivers yet both have very different interests. Jason is a successful businessman and Selin is a licensed pilot. As Jason tells Rock, age and background don’t matter once you get behind the wheel. Both have fascinating stories on what it’s like to race in t...

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Chris O’Connell likes to be called a storyteller instead of a newsman. He’s the best in the country and we discuss how he got to where he is now at Fox 29 in Philadelphia.

After graduating from Temple University, he started his TV career in Lancaster, PA on to Richmond, Tampa Bay, Minneapolis, and back where he grew up in Philly. He has so many stories and so much advice for those trying to get into this business.

Then, Rock goes ...

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Brian Fink is pushing 30 years at legendary 93.3 FM in Tampa. He does so much more than just hosting a radio show though. He’s the Program Director of iHeart Radio Evolution, Production Director for several stations, and is a national voiceover talent. Brian tells Rock how it all started as an intern to where he is today!

Rock hits on his Super Bowl party experiences, being a Girl Dad and loving it, Urban Meyer’s failure as an NFL...

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Grace Remington is moving up the ladder in Sports Broadcasting at an alarming rate. Rock Riley sits down with her to find out how she’s doing it. Grace is a Sports Anchor/Reporter at Fox 46 in Charlotte, after having spent time in Tampa, Washington DC, Birmingham, and Gainesville, FL. She talks about her philosophy on being a reporter, how she deals with athletes that hit on her, and what’s next!.

Also, Rock tells his most embarra...

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Greg Wolf is a successful entertainer. You can find him at Amalie Arena hyping up 19,000 NHL Tampa Bay Lightning fans. The Wolf runs a massive DJ and Entertainment company, Wolfie has hosted a highly popular hip hop radio show as well as being a sought-after marketing director. Stories galore. How did he do it and what’s next for Greg?

Also, Rock hits on his experience Hosting Hockey Night Live and how it’s harder than it looks.

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Pat Principe has been at News 8 WGAL-TV in Lancaster, PA since 1983 and he’s still going strong and still loves covering the pro’s college and high school sports. How does a Jersey Boy end up in Amish country and what advice he would give an aspiring journalist? Pat tells you.

Also, Rock talks about being dumbfounded on Antonio Brown and admits when he heard about Brown sneaking in a woman that likes to do a disgusting act, into th...

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