You Should Be Listening To The Sports Illustrated Media Podcast With Richard Deitsch

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Richard Deitsch Interviews The People That Do The Interviews In The World Of Sports On His Podcast

Are you looking for a new podcast to listen to? You’re in luck because here at RealLifeSTL we’ll recommend a different one for you each week. This week, we recommend listening toThe Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch.

Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch
You should be listening to the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch.

I’ve always been intrigued by the world of journalism and sports media in particular. Back in middle school, I thought I had it all figured out. I would graduate from the Journalism School at the University of Missouri-Columbia and then go on to work at a major newspaper covering sports. It went through high school. One summer, I got the chance to take a sports-writing class with the amazing Bill Althaus.  It continued when I got a part-time job covering high school sports after a newspaper publisher happened to see a newspaper spotlight thing where I mentioned my sports reporting goal and made her sports editor call me.

The whole graduating from the J-School at Mizzou thing faded when I realized my first semester in Columbia there was no way I’d have the grades to get into the esteemed school. I personally blame that on never taking a final exam in high school, but that’s clearly not the reason.

Back to the point of this post.

I happened to catch a segment back in August on The Ryan Kelley Morning After with Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch.  Now, TMA is my favorite radio show and Deitsch had been on the show before, so don’t ask me how I don’t remember hearing about this podcast before.

Anyways, I heard Deitsch talk on the Appliance Discounters phone line to the great Tim McKernan, Douglas Elvin Vaughn and “The Cat” about the drop in ratings for the Closing Ceremonies at the Olympics, Ryan Lochte and baseball vs. football viewership. He also talked about the podcast he hosts, The Sports Illustrated Media Podcast.

Since hearing about it, I’ve started listening and I really enjoy it. I admit I haven’t binge-listened like it’s Netflix or anything, but I have listened to a few episodes. It’s one of those things I keep meaning to listen to more.

Deitsch brings on a different guest each week from the media world. He just uploaded the 80th episode of the show this week featuring FOX NFL on-field reporter Pan Oliver.

This isn’t a podcast where you need to listen to the first episode and work from there like last week’s Presidential. 

I’ll suggest a few episodes that you can use as your jumping-in point.

Jessica Luther wrote Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape. She joined Deitsch for episode 77.


Dave Meltzer is a professional wrestling journalist. Hearing him talk about his approach to covering this “sport” for is fascinating. He joined Deitsch for episode 74.


Ken Burns is a documentary filmmaker that has made some of the best sports documentaries of our lifetime. He joined Deitsch for an episode earlier this year.


Other episodes of The Sports Illustrated Media Podcast have featured Deitsch with the likes of Kara Laqwson, Chris Webber, Jeff Passan, Troy Aikman, Brent Musburger, Lisa Fenn, Andy Roddick, Bill Cowher and others.

We’ll see you next week with another podcast that you should be listening to. Enjoy!

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