THE WZBC SPORTS PODCAST
S1: E21 – Joe Tessitore
- Episode 21 of the WZBC Sports Podcast features a very special guest: Joe Tessitore, Boston College ’93. Joe is a distinguished alumnus of WZBC Sports, where he pursued a passion that has led to a great career. Joe has been with ESPN since 2002 and currently is the network’s play-by-play voice for its Saturday Night Primetime college football telecasts. Though he is mainly a “football guy”, he also has broadcasting experience in basketball, boxing, and horse racing.
- Joe was kind enough to sit down with our two co-directors, Anthony Iati and Casey Hague, for this episode. Topics include: what led him to Boston College, his involvement in WZBC, his experience with the late Father Monan, his climb through the professional broadcasting field, thoughts on the challenges awaiting Tony Romo in the booth, the state of BC Athletics, the NCAA as a whole, and his son John’s commitment to be a kicker for BC Football in 2018.
- Released: April 11, 2017
S1: E20 – Evaluating the Defense: BC Football Preview Part II
- In Part II of our Football Preview, we look at the BC Defense after they finished 2016 9th in total defense. In order to see if the unit can be dominant for a third straight season, we look into the questions of:
- What did the defense do really well in 2016?
- How much does it hurt to lose Milano, Johnson, Gutapfel, and Kavalec?
- What does it mean for the defense to have Harold Landry returning for his senior year?
- Who is the next special talent on this defense?
- What can we expect from the Secondary?
- Will the defense be more competitive against the ACC’s elite?
- What is the biggest question mark going into 2017?
- Released: April 6, 2017
S1: E19 – Evaluating the Offense: BC Football Preview Part I
- Football season is around the corner, so WZBC Sports takes a look at the BC Offense hungry for improvement after two seasons of low offensive production. We answer such questions as:
- How can the passing game become more dynamic?
- Who will be the starter for the season opener against Northern Illinois?
- Has Darius Wade shown enough to prove he is the go-to-guy as Anthony Brown continues to develop?
- Where do the Tight Ends stack up against other units in the ACC and in the country?
How good can Jeff Smith be?
- What will the running game look like this season? How excited should we be for AJ Dillon? How good can Davon Jones be? Will Jon Hilliman get back on track as one of the nations best runners?
- Who are our breakout players for next season?
- Stay tuned for our next podcast, taking a look at the BC Defense.
- Released: March 29, 2017
S1: E18 – Reviewing the 2016-2017 BC Men’s Hockey Season
- Episode 18 takes a look back at BC Hockey to break down all of the aspects of an up-and-down season. Some of the questions we answer and look into are:
- What does it mean for the program to be left out of the NCAA Tournament?
- How will BC rebound from the departure of its five seniors?
- How special of a goalie can Joe Woll be?
- What freshman are we most excited about going forward?
- Will Colin White or Casey Fitzgerald depart for the NHL? What about Chris Brown and JD Dudek?
- What is the ceiling and floor for the team next season?
- How special can next year’s freshman be?
- What does next year’s Hockey East look like?
- Who do we think can win the National Championship this year?
- Another one of our in-depth season breakdowns.
- Released: March 22, 2017
S1: E17 – A Look Back on the 2016-2017 BC Men’s Basketball Season
- Episode 17 brings together a conglomeration of thoughts of the 2016-2017 season. We talk about the positive from the season, what went wrong in the season-ending 15-game losing streak, how special Ky Bowman and Jerome Robinson can be where paired together, and whether or not the season can be considered a success.
- We also take a look ahead to next season by identifying four potential breakout players, examining the recruiting trail, giving our thoughts on what teams are model programs for BC, and finally address some big-picture items such as can this team make the NIT next year and whether Jim Christian can take BC to the next level.
- This is one of our most in-depth podcasts yet, offering several different thoughts on an up-and-down season for BC and the road ahead. WZBC Sports is your source for analysis of BC Basketball.
- Released: March 15, 2017
S1: E16 – Recapping the Florida State Loss
- Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman both scored more than 20 points, but the Eagles fell in Tallahassee.
- Episode 16 breaks down the loss at Florida State, looking at how FSU’s depth and defensive strategy never allowed BC a chance to get into the game.
- We also look at the remaining games, discuss why the team needs to win one more before the season comes to a close, and take glance at where the team is at with recruiting for next season.
- Released: February 21, 2017
S1: E15 – Johnny Adams and Jake Palomaki
- Boston College Baseball begins the 2017 season this weekend against Bethune-Cookman in Florida. We sat down with senior shortstop/captain Johnny Adams and junior second baseman Jake Palomaki to preview Birdball’s quest to build off an incredible 2016 run. The middle infield duo discussed their best memories from reaching the Super Regional last year, what fans can expect this season, team goals, players to watch, leadership roles on a young team, and much more.
- We will have plenty more BC Baseball podcasts and interviews to come throughout the season.
- Released: February 15, 2017
S1: E14 – Looking for Positives in the Loss at Georgia Tech
- We recap BC Basketball’s loss at Georgia Tech and look for some positives in another strong game from BC star Jerome Robinson.
- We take a big-picture look at the the remainder of the season, discuss what remaining games are winnable for the Eagles, and look ahead to the ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center.
- Released: February 11, 2017
S1: E13 – Pittsburgh Preview and Why BC Needs More Difference Makers
- Episode 13 looks ahead to the basketball game against Pitt, talks about why BC needs more players like Robinson and Bowman to elevate the team’s status in the ACC, and tells you why the important conference games are still ahead of this team.
- We analyze the difference between difference makers and role players and how that relates to BC basketball.
- We also give a brief update on BC football after National Signing Day.
- Released: February 7, 2017
S1: E12 – Breaking Down the BC Men’s Basketball Loss to Wake Forest
- Episode 12 breaks down BC Basketball’s loss to Wake Forest, as the Eagles fall to 2-8 in the ACC.
- We also recap the loss on Sunday night to Virginia Tech, and discuss the upcoming home games against Louisville and Pitt.
- Finally, we offer our goals and hopes for the team in the final eight games of the season.
- Released: January 31, 2017
- A few of our senior members discuss a myriad of BC sports topics, previewing the Holy War hockey game between BC and Notre Dame, discuss the recent achievement by Kelly Hughes of Women’s Basketball, and offer more analysis on the 2017 Football schedule.
- Released: January 27, 2016
S1: E10 – Breaking Down BC’s 2017 Football Schedule
- We break down the newly-released 2017 BC Football schedule, featuring home games against Notre Dame (9/17), Virginia Tech (10/7), and Florida State (10/27), and road games against defending national champion Clemson (9/23) and UConn (11/18 at Fenway Park).
- We also offer our (very early) predictions on BC’s record, discuss the the notable returning players, and give our breakout players for the 2017 season.
- Released: January 25, 2016
S1: E9 – Virginia Basketball Preview
- Episode 9 previews the Eagles’ next opponent on the ACC Hardwood, the Virginia Cavaliers, and assesses the Eagles through five ACC games.
- Released: January 17, 2017
S1: E8 – Providence Recap and Keys to the Quick Lane Bowl
- We recap the huge BC Basketball win over Providence and what it means going into ACC play, discuss the sudden departure of freshman point guard Ty Graves, and give a few keys to the game for the Eagles going into the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday.
- Released: December 24, 2016
S1: E7 – Patrick Towles
- Boston College’s Quarterback Patrick Towles joins us for Episode 7 to talk about ending the football season on a hot streak and the upcoming Quick Lane Bowl against Maryland.
- A huge thanks to Patrick for taking time out of his schedule to join us and offer his sincere thoughts on what this season and what BC has meant to him. We wish you and all the Eagles the best as they get ready for Detroit!
- Released: December 7, 2016
S1: E6 – BC Men’s Hockey Update
- Our first ever podcast covering the Hockey East-leading and #4 ranked BC Hockey team.
- Stephen McAlee, Quinn Kelly, and Kyle Maslan discuss the recent winning streak, what it means to be playing in the College Hockey Showdown at Madison Square Garden, and our key players for the season’s continued success.
- Released: November 21, 2016
S1: E5 – BC Men’s Basketball Preview Part II
- We offer our thoughts on the Basketball team in light of media day and the exhibition against Stonehill in Part II of our Basketball Season preview.
- We also talk with point guards Ty Graves and Ky Bowman at the end of the podcast, the team’s leading freshman, about their goals for the season and why they love BC so far.
- A big thanks to both Ty and Ky for talking with us – we are excited to see you guys play this season!
- Released: November 4, 2016
S1: E4 – BC Men’s Basketball Preview Part I
- Two of the WZBC Basketball experts weigh in on BC Men’s Basketball in Part I of our Basketball Season preview.
- This is an in-depth look where any BC fan can go to learn up on the 2016-2017 squad.
- Who are the key incoming freshman, the impactful transfers, and the x-factors? Find out here, where WZBC Sports provides a unique look into BC Basketball.
- Released: October 15, 2016
S1: E3 – Brad Bates and Jason Baum
- Boston College Athletic Director Brad Bates and Associate Athletic Director for Communications Jason Baum join us for Episode 3, as they offer their thoughts on the range of BC Sports, the exciting initiatives to come out of Athletics, and the great institution that is BC and its relationship to BC sports.
- A tremendous thanks to Brad and Jason for taking their time – we look forward to talking with them again soon.
- Released: September 29, 2016
S1: E2 – BC vs. Virginia Tech Preview
- The WZBC Sports Broadcasters for this weekend’s game at Virginia Tech preview the Eagles’ first ACC road test of 2016.
- Released: September 13, 2016
Season 1: Episode 1 – BC vs. Georgia Tech Preview
- A preview to the BC football season and an interview with John Kincade of CBS Sports Radio and Atlanta’s 680 the Fan on BC’s opening game opponent, Georgia Tech, and the landscape of college football.
- A big thanks to John Kincade for offering his time and insights to WZBC Sports!
- Released: August 30, 2016