My favorite Sports Radio show is PMS on AM 570. Anytime I’m in my car from 4-7 you can bet I’m listening to Matt “Money” Smith and Petros Papadakis. I even download their podcasts here (under PMS), I assure you it’s worth a listen even if you’re not living in So Cal.
Either way, Petros and Money were kind of enough to do an interview with me via e-mail. Here’s my brief interview with Petros Papadakis:
Both of you have been in the radio game for awhile at various outlets but never together. How did you guys wind up doing a show together?
Money and I developed a friendship through KROQ and my old show on 1540
And when I left my old station it seemed like a natural move
Please share something interesting about Money that we may not know.
Matt has a beard and is verrrrrrrry particular
With a shockingly impressive resume in the music world
Fight Club Forum is an excellent radio feature. So much so that we ripped it off here with Fracas Friday. Where did the idea come from?
I developed the idea through an intern on my old show
Give us an idea of what your day looks like when you’re doing the show. How do you prepare?
We write and leave room for improv
Try and share an office and stay out of each others way
The show has deceiving structure
You guys get some great interviews on your show. Who are your favorite people to talk to?
People that say things and understand how to be a guest I don’t care how big the name
In that same vein, are there people you’re still star struck by?
Musicians and Lasorda and anyone from the sac bee
There are a few standard questions we ask everyone we interview and we’ve gotten some great answers (no pressure): What is your greatest athletic achievement? What are the three best sporting events you’ve ever seen live or in person? Would you be so kind to create a personalized Top-5 list?
I don’t show up at events unless I’m being paid
But USC- Fresno St in 2005 was unreal
Peninsula high v Leuzinger high 99
Rolling hills high v Torrance high 1990
Peninsula freshman v Bell Gardens 2006
What advice can you give anyone out there trying to break into sports media?
Find an in
Where do you see the future of mainstream sports media in the next 5 years? How will blogs play a part in that?
Radio serves people in their cars
They are our captives in la
Blogs and the web have destroyed local news and newspapers
How did you transition from college athlete to sports media figure? Was that your goal?
I have no goals but to keep working
I got lucky
I never thought of this kind of work
Someone called me and put me on TV
We have a big USC following on our site, so can you indulge us with a USC football story?
We used to do lots of things undercover when we sucked
I don’t know where to start
Plus I can’t type
Just this took a half hour
You called Matt Leinart a “douche nozzle” on your show and it’s an alarmingly good phrase. How do you feel about adding that word to the vocabulary of listeners’ everywhere?
I stole it from a listeners email
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