Sports Raconteurs Radio Show
SPORTS RACONTEURS RADIO presents in-depth conversations, bringing the timeless excitement of sports stories to the world. Syndicated on 40 radio stations nationwide from the Flagship station KSHP AM1400 Las Vegas.
Weekly Every Saturday at 3PM PST
Recordings of the Radio Show
It's part one of a very entertaining conversation with legendary Buffalo Bills' offensive guard Billy Shaw
In 1961, Billy Shaw, a 6-2, 258-pound All-America lineman out of Georgia Tech was drafted by both the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League and the Dallas Cowboys of the then-rival National Football League.
Shaw, who played both offense and defense at Georgia Tech, felt his size and speed were better suited to guard, where the Bills – who drafted him in the second-round – planned to use him. He heard that Dallas had planned to use him as a linebacker.
The fact that he went on to become one of the best and most-honored guards of the 1960s proves that he chose well. The stereotypical view of the AFL in the early 1960s was that of a pass-happy league. That, however, was not the case in Buffalo, where the Bills featured power running and a strong defense.
The Sports Raconteurs is dedicated to gathering the best storytellers from the playing fields, locker rooms, press box, grandstands, and periphery of sport. Master interviewer holds court in an over-cocktails-style sit down with people who make us laugh, recollect and look on in drop-jawed amazement with their insider remembrances and anecdotes.
The raconteurs come from all corners of sports from Hall of Fame-caliber to just good enough to be there. They managed, they played, they talked or they wrote, but all bring insightful and often offbeat perspective. They were there, love to talk about it, and are just plain fun!
The Sports Raconteurs is conceived with a nod to the great newspaper columnists, broadcasters, and writers of the past. The show captures the spirit of a late-night pub in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago or pick your city and the best storytellers are tossing a few back and talking about how it was. It’s a show guaranteed to bring back the most ‘I remember that’; ‘I forgot about that’ and ‘I didn’t know that moment.”.
They were there
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Who we are:
The gang at Sports Racs are a group of lifelong sports geeks of varying ages who all have an ear and deep appreciation for great storytelling and reminiscences of the people, places and events we grew up reading about, watching and listening to. In many cases on black and white television sets or a transistor radio tucked under a pillow.
Our guest Raconteurs, most you’ve heard of, and some you probably haven’t, all come with one common characteristic--they know how to tell a helluva story. These are the guys and gals you wouldn’t mind spending a day in a golf cart with, then tossing back a beer at the end of the day. For us, the guest selection is like collecting baseball cards as a kid. When we lock down a new
guest, it’s the same thrill as opening up a wax pack and finding a Mantle, Mays or Koufax card and with our free flow, let it rip show style, we want our audiences to feel the same excitement. Crack a cold one and listen for our next show or scan the archives on our podcast page, you’re in for a good story.
Maggi worked in communications, primarily on radio, in the fields of music, sports, and entertainment. More than 30 years later, he has received critical acclaim as one of the finest interviewers on radio. Maggi’s secret? It’s not an interview show. He invites listeners to experience a conversation with some of today’s most interesting people. This style tends to bring out unexpected answers.
A recovering Stockholm Syndrome victim, Ken grew up in New York caring about little more than the Giants, Yankees, Knicks and Rangers. Since moving to the Philadelphia area many years ago and marrying a daughter of Concrete Charlie Bednarik, he gradually and unknowingly got sucked in by the dark side and became a Philadelphia Eagles fan. Therapy did not work and he still owns more green attire than legally and sartorially acceptable. In retaining some degree of stability he has remained a Yankees fan, due in part to the fact that he does not look good in red.
A native New Yorker, Jeff has held up remarkably well despite the ordeal associated with being a long-suffering Jets and Mets fan. He escaped to the San Diego area many years ago, but his efforts to follow the Padres and Chargers have brought him little relief. In recent years, his most enjoyable moments have been wandering in the paddocks or hanging on the rail at Del Mar race track, where he has been known to cash the occasional winning ticket.
No biographical memoir is more aptly titled than Upton Bell’s ‘Present at the Creation, My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game’. Everyone knows about what a great monolithic beast the NFL is today. Unfortunately fewer people know, and those who don’t should, that Upton’s father Bert, was the first great commissioner in league history. Much of what we take for granted today was initiated by Bert Bell and young Upton could be found at his knee.
Upton never says ‘hello’ when he picks up a phone, rather rolls immediately into an anecdote that reflects the news of the day. One of America’s most treasured story tellers, Upton was a longtime scout personnel director and front office executive with the Baltimore Colts and New England Patriots. He also headed up the Carolina franchise in the WFL and in recent years is best known as the popular long time host of a number of New England TV and radio shows.
A recently-retired food industry exec, Rob literally grew up across the street from the ballfields and courts of School 32 in Yonkers, leaving his parents to never worry about where he was. A good all-around athlete who was involved in all sports, including marathons running and Tough Mudder lunatic obstacle course challenges. A graduate of Fordham University, he now spends the majority of his free time mastering the game of golf.
I'm Chuck and I will be handling the social media accounts for SportsRacx, and contributing with blogs a few times a week. I am a Philadelphia born and raised sports fan who went to college in Long Island and the Bronx for 8 years, where I played Division III football for one season but turned in my helmet for a scrum cap to find my true passion in rugby, which I have been playing since 2009. While in New York, I met many friends who were hopeless Mets fans and began to sympathize with them as a part-time hobby. That hobby turned into a passion, which now sees me as a rare unicorn of a fan, being a fan of both the Mets and Phillies, along with the Sixers and Eagles.
Born and raised in New England, I grew up a Yankees, Giants, and Rangers fan. I stayed loyal to those teams all my life, not such an easy thing to do. Been through good times and bad. I am also a racing fan and even participate in SIM racing. I am a techy and a gadget guy and help keep things running around here.
--- MARK KRAM, Jr., the author of Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier.
In an era that has seen sports talk degraded by super-heated hyperbole and unchecked shouting, Sports Raconteurs is the place to go for civilized conversion that is at once lively and illuminating. With guests from every corner of the sports galaxy, this very entertaining podcast is certain appeal to the generation of fans that came of age during the heyday of Pistol Pete, Broadway Joe and Charlie Hustle. I love it!
DICK VERMEIL, NFL Coach
Ken, I enjoyed my visit with Steve. He was well prepared having done his homework, had a good sense of humor, and very knowledgeable! Fun. Thanks for thinking of me. Coach V
MOSS KLEIN, Journalist and Author
Being a guest on sports raconteurs was a terrific experience. Host Stephen Maggi was very prepared and asked interesting, thought-provoking questions about my years covering the Yankees. It was a very enjoyable session and all the other interviews I’ve heard were equally
JERRY IZENBERG, Journalist and Author
A rare pleasure to be a guest here. Finally, a show where the intelligent host knows the right questions so intelligent guests can give the right answers.
LEE LOWENFISH, Author
"In a world too often drowned in meaningless statistics, The Sports Raconteurs brings back to life the stories that made us love sports in the first place."
JONATHAN EIG, Author
I had a blast with the Sports Racxs. They do their homework, they line up great guests, and they engage in fun, smart conversation. The best!
LESLIE VISSER, Broadcaster
"Sports Raconteurs is exactly what you'd think - fun, nostalgic, compelling. It gives you the world of sports on the wings of someone who can handle the speed. Thanks for having me!" Hall of Fame Sportscaster Lesley Visser
LEIGH MONTVILLE, Journalist and Author
“Sportsracx! They actually let you talk, tell your story! What a rarity in the sports radio world of shouted opinions, slam-bang histrionics, yabba-yabba content! Kudos.”
PAT WILLIAMS, NBA Executive and Author
"I had a wonderful experience being on Sportracx with Steve Maggi! He does a great interview and I enjoyed my time immensely. Keep tuned in!"
RAY DIDINGER, Journalist and Author
For the true sports fan, talking about the games, debating who was the greatest and why is a big part of the enjoyment. The Sports Raconteurs provide the ideal forum for those discussions with great guests, informed opinions, and anecdotes that both enlighten and entertain.
RICHARD LAPCHICK, Human Rights Activist and Author
I enjoyed being a guest on sports raconteurs. They do their homework and engage in intelligent conversations. They go deep into the issues. Good storytelling.
MIKE ERUZIONE, Miracle on Ice Hockey Star and Motivational Speaker
I had a lot of fun with the Sports Raconteurs. They do their homework, make you think, and ask well-informed thoughtful questions. A great show for getting the whole story out.
JACK McCALLUM, Journalist and Author
Had a great time reminiscing on Sportracx about the glory days covering the NBA. I didn't supply the glory, by the way, but I was there, and it's conversations such as these that bring up even some of the forgotten times