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Inside the Wires | Platform Tennis and Paddle podcast

Inside the Wires | Platform Tennis and Paddle podcast

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Inside the Wires is a podcast talking about anything having to do with Platform Tennis (paddle) or... pretty much anything else.
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S3 E19 Russ Jones and Paddle in Florida?
Ok, who knew they had paddle in Florida. Not only do they have paddle there, they are soon to have 30 courts in one community! We're joined by Russ Jones who tells us all about the vibrant paddle community there. We also are sad to pass along that Joe Russo, who was instrumental in getting paddle to Florida, passed away the day after our recording of the session. Listen to Russ talk about what Joe meant to paddle there. Also, remember to reach out to Brian Heil at Elysium Tennis in Columbus, OH to sign up for the best summer tournament in paddle, the Mudhole!
June 06, 2022
S3 E18 Now the fun starts, WOMEN'S team Nationals review
Connecticut, New Jersey and Chicago women share their stories from a fun weekend in Chicago playing  Team Nationals. Over 40 teams came to Chicago and a good time was had by all. Hear the experiences everyone had on and OFF the court and make plans for next year!
May 03, 2022
S3 E17 Men's team nationals wrap up
Join us for a fun talk with players from all over the country that participated in the recently completed men's team nationals. The short version, everyone is already making plans to attend for next year! Great stories and feedback from all the players.
April 25, 2022
S3 E16 Nationals wrap up with Mitch Granger
Well the paddle season officially ends with the Nationals championships, but for true paddle players and Inside the Wires (ITW) listeners, we know it never REALLY ends. On this episode we have Mitch Granger, who with his partner finished 9th this year. Mitch gives us a wrap up of Nationals from a players perspective. Get ready Chicago, next season it is your turn!
April 07, 2022
S3 E15 The Champs! Mikk Irdoja, Sven Burus & Flor Hanisch join us
Fresh off their 2022 National titles, we're joined by the men's and 1/2 the women's national champs (Ana Zubori was on a plane when we recorded). Join us for a fun interview session with at one point, all 3 of them.
March 29, 2022
Cutterz and Cocktails!
A new feature. It could only be brought to you by the dynamic duo of Lauren Gebbia and Kerry Delmonico! Mix a couple of drinks with these 2 fantastic players and fun people and you have some ... interesting conversations! Recorded during Nationals 2022, the first of hopefully many! Also, listen to Blake Anderson make an amazingly accurate prediction on the weekend!
March 27, 2022
S3 E14 Getting ready for Nationals with Mark Innes of MiPaddle
This week we're joined by Mark Innes of MiPaddle who talks about announcing for livesteaming, video instruction and picks for Nationals this weekend.
March 15, 2022
S3 E13 Patty Hogan! Voice of livestreaming, very accomplished paddle player and vocal proponent of Junior Paddle!
We open up with a tribute to George Wilkinson, who just recently passed away in a car accident. Meet the side of Patty Hogan you didn't know about. Many people now know her as the entertaining voice of livestreaming, but she has a long history as a very accomplished paddle player herself and is a driving force behind all things Junior Paddle for kids and talks about Junior Nationals coming up this weekend (including 8 kids coming from Canada to play!), livestreaming as well as picks for Nationals.
March 04, 2022
S3 E12 Past National Champ, Jerry Albrikes spans paddle generations
This week we are joined by 2010 National Champion Jerry Albrikes and he shares stories spanning past and current generations of elite players, talks about the state of the game, and his One Minute Clinics that have so much great content, they are 3-8 minutes.
February 18, 2022
S3 E11 Brian Heil and Columbus paddle
If you haven't played a tournament in Columbus, you owe it to yourself to play one there. Whether it is the Mudhole on the 1st Saturday after the 4th of July (yes a summer tourney) or the Men's or Women's Columbus Open. Columbus has a great vibrant group of paddle players who are as fun to hang out with off the court as they are on it. In this episode, Brian Heil talks all about the men's Columbus Open (it was recorded before the Women's) and regale's us with stories like only he can! You don't want to miss this one!
February 10, 2022
S3 E10 There's paddle in Louisville? Edwin Lewis & Tyler Owens talk about the upcoming Bourbon Ball
Did you know there is paddle in Louisville Kentucky? In the last several years, the paddle community has grown nicely with some higher level players and an enthusiastic base. Edwin and Tyler (with the best mustache in all of paddle) talk about paddle in Louisville and the upcoming Bourban Ball tournament. Signup here:
January 27, 2022
S3 E9 Cabin Fever champs and new pairing, Drew Broderick and Marek Czerwinski
The week between Christmas and New Year's is a great time for a paddle tournament and for the 4th year in a row, a solid field came out in Chicago including a few out of towners. This week we have on a the champs in their first time partnering (with a few more scheduled), Drew Broderick and Marek Czerwinski. They review the tournament, what made them play well together and what makes a good partnership in general.
January 04, 2022
S3 E8 A Festivus for the Rest of Us - PTI and Team Nationals tournaments with Sam Byram
These are the tournaments for those of us who won't ever make live streaming but want to play in a tournament that we have a chance to win! PTI and Team National tournaments have been incredibly well received by everyone who has participated the last several years. On this episode we have Sam Byram out of Baltimore who is spearheading the drive this year. If you want to help out, please reach out to Sam at:
December 28, 2021
S3 E7 Juan Arraya and Patricio Misitrano
This week we're joined by Juan and Patricio to talk about the Chicago Charities win, marathons, some good stories and their new paddle company, SkullU
December 10, 2021
S3 E6 Demian Johnston of the APTA - PTI, volunteering and all you want to know!
We're pleased to have Demian on the show this week. One of the many volunteers who dedicates countless hours to make everything run smoothly for players to just be able to "go out on the court and play". Demian talks about Fairfield County CT paddle and everyone's favorite topic, PTI!
November 27, 2021
S3 E5 4x National Champ Mark Parsons, Chicago Charities wrap up, discussion on Cleveland Masters
A great show with a first time guest. He's won the National Championship 4x in the last 10 years with 3 different partners! We talk with Mark Parsons, who won the first Grand Prix of the year in Chicago this year along with his partner Juan Arraya.
November 19, 2021
S3 E4 Tourney champs and the XENON BOYS!
This week we have the winners of The WITCH at the Stanwich Club in Greenwich CT. Florentina Hanisch and Ana Zubori as well as Sven Burus, representing the team of Burus/Irdoja. We also have the Sven impersonator, Liam from the Xenon Boys!
October 29, 2021
S3 E3 Mike Franco and Turbo Paddle Tournaments
Want to play a tournament against similar competition, but don't have a whole weekend to do it? Welcome to Turbo Paddle Tournaments. Mike Franco is a director at Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale IL and with support of the APTA is looking to expand this great concept nationwide. Ben and Noah talk with Mike about Turbo as well as what makes good paddle players vs good tennis players. For more information, you can go:
October 19, 2021
S3 E2 Will Colmar of the "Platform Files" on Youtube and Social Media
In this episode we get to talk to Will Colmar, who along with Adam Morgan won the first APTA Tour tournament of the new season. In a wide ranging talk, we discuss strategy, tournaments, and The Platform Files video series.
October 12, 2021
S3 E1 2021-2022 season is KICKING OFF!
In addition to Ben, Ana and Noah, we were joined by Mark Innes and Mikk Irdoja from MiPaddle, Sven Burus, Chris Humphrey and some other top players floating around at Owl's Nest Resort in NH. We talk about camps, tournaments and getting started for a new season.
October 01, 2021
S3 E1 Season 3 preview - It's paddle season!
Football has started, that means paddle season is close behind! Blake is having a baby BOY! and Ana is celebrating her birthday at the US Open so Ben and Noah get the season started. We're looking forward to a great season of reviewing, interviewing and in general talking about PADDLE.
September 16, 2021
S2 E31 Open Mic night with Brian Heil and the Columbus (OH) crew
Another fun episode. Go to Brian Heil's house late the night before the best summer paddle tournament in the country, the Mudhole (hear where the name came from early in the show), add a few drinks and just start recording. Brian name drops many of the top players of the last 15 years with funny stories from his years near the top of the APTA rankings. There is a fun group of passionate paddle players in Columbus!
July 16, 2021
S2 E30 Doug Jones and the Cincinnati paddle scene (and some great videos!)
Today we have Doug Jones on the show. Doug has done a ton of work to promote paddle in Cincinnati and build up a year round league. Complete with some of the best video compilations on Youtube that are out there.
July 01, 2021
S2 E29 Detroit Platform Tennis Instagram, Mr. X
We are trying something new, it's summer so we hope you'll bear with us. Wanting to keep his anonymity, we have Mr. X who runs the Detroit Platform Tennis Instagram account joining us in all his (and our) voice garbled greatness. Hope you enjoy this summer paddle infusion.
June 07, 2021
S2 E28 A season wrap up with the voices of the livesteaming, Brad(ford) Easterbrook & Mark (the shark) Innes
A great year end wrap up show featuring Ben, Blake, Brad Easterbrook and Mark Innes. We review some of the best matches of the year, the most improved players, best teams and more in a fun conversation with 2 people who watched (and talked about) a lot of paddle this season!
April 20, 2021
S2 E27 The Champions Edition 2021
We're joined by the recently crowned (re-crowned) National Chamions, Johan (the Lion) DuRandt, Stephen Mitchell and Florentina Hanisch and Ana Marija Zubori to talk about the season and the championships in the rain.
April 16, 2021
S2 E26 The final episode before Nationals! We're joined by some of the greats.
In our final episode before 2021 Nationals, we talk with Drew Broderick, Jared Palmer, Johan DuRandt and Stephen Mitchell. We are looking forward to a great championship weekend of paddle.
April 06, 2021
S2 E25 Countdown to Nationals with Randy Lofgren and Jess Guyaux
As we prep for Nationals, we talk with 2 players always in the running for the finals at tournaments, Jess Guyaux from Pittsburgh and Randy Lofgren from Charlotte.
March 31, 2021
S2 E24 Loaded with guests! Legends Steve Baird & Hank Irvine (13 national titles combined), APTA CEO Amin Khadduri & Jody Herzog from Fuzion
Amazing episode! Steve Baird with 9 men's National titles, and Hank Irvine with 4 of his own, have a chat as Noah and Ben tear up the script and just listen to stories of Wimbledon, Rod Laver, paddle matches broadcast on NBC, a tour with $10k of prize money (in the 70's) and much more. You don't want to miss this. In the second segment, we're joined by APTA CEO Amin Khadduri and Jody Herzog from Fuzion who talk about how planning has changed for Nationals this year, and Jody answers the often asked question, how many 1/4 zips is enough?
March 23, 2021
S2 E23 Countdown to Nationals - top player Max LiPevert & court builder David Dodge from Total Platform Tennis
As we roll into Nationals, we have a double episode this week. Top men's player Max LiPevert (who also owns Clark Trophies) and court builder David Dodge from Total Platform Tennis talk with us in a longer episode. Max will talk about his run this season with his partner Anton Protsenko as they head into Nationals as well as what keeps him busy when off the court, running Clark Trophies. Then we are joined by David Dodge, owner of Total Platform Tennis, and a man who has been building courts for 35 years. If you have played paddle, you've likely been on a court that he has been involved with. Much like the episode about paddles and balls, David helps dispel some common misconceptions about courts.
March 16, 2021
S2 E22 We all chat - The 4 hosts discuss recent tournaments, foot faults and grips
A wide ranging talk about some recent tournaments, foot faults, what's in your bag and grips when hitting shots.
March 09, 2021
S2 E21 More than you ever wanted to know about platform tennis balls and paddles
Ever had a question about balls or paddles, why they cost what they do, how they are made, etc. This is the episode for you. Noah talks about all the knowledge gained with starting Xenon Paddle.
February 23, 2021
S2 E20 Women's roundtable! Listen to some of the biggest names in women's paddle talk about strategy, the evolution and the future
Get a chance to sit around the virtual table with some top names in women's paddle: Ana Marija Zubori leads a talk with Heather Prop, Lauren Gebbia, Florentina Hanisch, Kerri Delmonico and APTA President, Tiernan Cavanna as they talk about the evolution of the game, strategy, PTI and the future of paddle. What else would they rather be doing on Valentine's evening but talking (or in Kerri's case playing) paddle.
February 18, 2021
S1 E3 Local Legends - Terry Babb a Chicago area paddle guy
The voice of Inside the Wires (ITW) and paddle player in Chicago for the last 8 years. Join Terry as he talks favorite tournaments to play (he's played a ton!), what it's like traveling with Noah, and how he got started
February 11, 2021
S2 E19 Breakthrough Grand Prix winners Mikk Irdoja and Sven Burus
After knocking off the defending National Champions in the final of the Western New England Grand Prix event, Mikk and Sven join us to share some knowledge and talk about what goes on behind the scenes when Johan is driving the ball at you!
February 09, 2021
S1 E12 All time greats, 8 time mens champions Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager
Flip and Scott provide plenty of history for older players and a transition to top teams of today. Get some great perspective from players that have transcended 3 decades of paddle and won 8 national titles while making the finals 12 times in a 15 year span!
February 08, 2021
S2 E18 PGH stars shine - Scott Kahler and Filip Rams review the Midwesterns Grand Prix
Fresh off their Grand Prix victory in Cincinnati, Scott Kahler and Filip Rams join us. Great to get insight from them on how to change momentum in a match as well as learn more about Filip, widely regarded as one of the sharpest dressers, and best hair on the men's side.
February 08, 2021
Local Legends 2 Ryan Nally from Rowayton Paddle
You don't want to miss this. In our new segment, Local legends, where we talk to every day paddle players, not only are we graced by the APTA president Tiernan Cavanna jumping in to do an interview, but we get to meet Ryan Nally.  Ryan is part of the huge and vibrant program at Rowayton CT. Ryan shares some great stories including how he may have single handedly altered the history of men's paddle by bringing in one of the greats of the game. Thanks to Tiernan and Ryan!
January 15, 2021
S2 E17 The voice of APTA broadcasts, Mark Fischl!
You've heard him on the APTA livestreaming broadcasts, now get some behind the scenes insight from a man who has seen and been involved with a lot of paddle over the years. We're happy to have on Mark Fischl.
January 12, 2021
Local legend 1 Kevin Anderson
We're trying a new segment. Learn more about some fellow players, their background, how they got started, etc. We start with a series 1 player in Chicago, Kevin Anderson. 
January 08, 2021
S2 E16 And that's a wrap for 2020! Our year end awards episode
Hard to believe, but we started and got out a ton of podcast episodes in this crazy COVID year. Hope you all enjoyed them. Here are our year end awards!
December 31, 2020
S2 E15 The Future is Now (here). Drinks with Ben, Noah and Jeronie "The Future" Barnes
Following up on the roadtrip to Louisville where drinks were involved, we decided to do a Christmas edition at Ben's place with Jeronie Barnes, a pro in Chicago and top player nationally. Plenty of stories are told, mainly about one person, but every paddle community probably has someone similar, someone who is a good player, and is content to play as long as it takes until you make a mistake... Hope you enjoy!
December 28, 2020
S2 E14 Women's Long Island Champs Kerri Delmonico and Lauren Gebbia bringing some excitement!
Happy to have on the show Kerri Delmonico and Lauren Gebbia. Two women with a long list of paddle accomplishments. Not only did they seem to have too much fun doing the interview, but be sure to listen for some great paddle insight and strategy.
December 22, 2020
S2 E13 Mikk Irdoja & Mark Innes from Mi Paddle come on to talk about their great new instructional site
The Estonian Pony and Abs of steel (Mikk and Mark) join us to talk all about the best thing to come to paddle instruction in years, their site is a wealth of knowledge from the top players.
December 17, 2020
S2 E12 Road Trip! Louisville paddle
Ben and Noah take the show on the road to a soon to be paddle hotbed of Louisville KY. Jimmy Dunseith and the best mustache in paddle, Tyler Owens share all that is Louisville paddle.
December 08, 2020
S2 E11 Hughes and Powers - Former national champs and looking for more
Join us for a great talk with John Hughes and Marc Powers as we talk about COVID, golf, paddle, and strategy.
December 01, 2020
S2 E10 PFP wrap up and other nonsense
Join us as we work to get Ana Zubori's featured on ESPN's plays of the day and a wrap up of the most recent PFP event.
November 24, 2020
S2 E9 A social media star and a Netflix star, Doyouevenpaddle & Drew Broderick
Andrew Miles, the man behind the Instagram paddle themed account "Doyouevenpaddle" and the man who didn't have to do much dressing up for Halloween to look like the star of The Tiger King, Drew Broderick, join us for a discussion that covers many areas.
November 18, 2020
S2 E8 The legendary Gerri Viant
To newer players, she is the voice of the APTA live streaming, but to players that have been around, she is a 13 time National Champion and HOF'er. Gerri Viant shares why many top players have come to her for instruction including our guest host, the incomparable Ana Zubori!
November 04, 2020
S2 E7 Indianapolis Grand Prix wrap up with all 4 winners
Only on Inside the Wires do you get all 4 winners of the Indy Grand Prix, Marek Czerwinski and Graham McNerney the men's winners, along with a team the played together for the first time at the event, Allison Morgan and Alice Tunaru. Hear their thoughts on the first Grand Prix event this season in the Midwest.
October 28, 2020
S2 E6 We have all 4 champs from the 1st Grand Prix of the season
Fresh off their victories this weekend, all the champs share their thoughts.
October 19, 2020
S2 E5 Darien Grand Prix preview
This week we take a look at the first Grand Prix event of the paddle season and handicap the men's and women's field.
October 14, 2020
S2 E4 The Will Colmar Experience - One of the stars of Youtube joins us
Will Colmar brings a new level of energy to the show. A star of Youtube's "The Platform Files", top player and great teacher and innovator of the game. Will joins us for a great talk about all things paddle.
October 02, 2020
S2 E3 The President speaks
Join us as President Tiernan Cavanna makes a return visit. She'll update what the APTA's plans are for a new COVID affected season.
September 18, 2020
S2 E2 Ben's greatest hits! Definitely NSFW (Not safe for work) but pretty damn funny
18 episodes in, we have plenty of great out takes that haven't been heard by listeners... Until now. You might need to cover gentle ears, but Ben is awfully funny in this episode of out takes.
September 15, 2020
S2 E1 And we're back!
Our first new episode in 3 1/2 months, we're back and ready to start a new, possibly weird, season of paddle.
September 11, 2020
S1 E16 The Judge ... and the drink maker - Marshall Chapin
Head umpire of the APTA talks about paddle, volunteering, umpiring and Ben's favorite subject - foot faults, as well as his now legendary drink making skills. This is the final episode of our COVID shutdown recordings that were recorded in April and May. New episodes coming soon!
August 18, 2020
S1 E15 Here's the Champ! Jared Palmer
Not many players can not play paddle all season until a week before Nationals start, then step in an make it to the finals, but our guest on the show did that this year. When you've already won 3 titles and oh yeah, WIMBLEDON, maybe it wasn't that hard for him. We were very excited to have an often requested guest on the show, Jared Palmer.
July 28, 2020
S1 E14 Views from the backhand, Brian Compton
The gang talks to one of the top players and best backhands in the country, Brian Compton. We also play our own version of the Tinder app as we try to find a partner (in paddle, not life) for Brian.
July 09, 2020
S1 E13 This is Us
Get to know the hosts a bit and learn all you ever wanted to about Pro Wrestling. We also disclose some guests coming up later this summer. Make sure to sign up for the best summer paddle tourney in the Midwest too, the Mudhole at Elysium tennis in Columbus. Contact Brian Heil at Elysium for details on the July 11th tourney.
June 16, 2020
S1 E11 Champions Week with Marcela Rodezno
Even after taking 3 years off, Marcela came back strong in 2020 to win Nationals with Macie Elliot. Listen to hear about her tennis background, thoughts on other top players in the women's game and most importantly, how to properly pronounce her last name.
May 26, 2020
S1 E10 The APTA CEO, Amin Khadduri
We get a chance to talk with the CEO of the APTA about the PTI, what's happening at the APTA, the PTI, a challenge  to Blake and Noah, and the PTI
May 22, 2020
S1 E9 The Ryan Baxter experience
Learn about another side of possibly the best South African paddle player in the country.  Putting his 4 Mudhole titles up against anyone, he might be the toughest man in paddle!
May 19, 2020
S1 E8 The good Broderick, Dave, and the mentor of Blake Anderson
The original paddle playing Broderick brother, Dave joins us. Dave has successfully helped run one of the biggest tournaments in the country and offers his perspective and paddle, funny hats, and Uncle Tito!
May 15, 2020
S1 E7 The legendary Mikk Irdoja
We're joined by the player known by only one name, Mikk, mainly because nobody can pronounce his last name correctly.  Alternatively known for having the best ass in paddle,  Mikk Irdoja shares his thoughts.
May 12, 2020
S1 E6 Martin Bostrom - The Swedish edition
The guys talk to Blake's partner (in paddle, not life) about who the toughest opponents are as well as some of the personalities behind the scenes
May 08, 2020
S1 E5 The students talk to the Professor - Graham McNerney
Great interview with one of the top players in the country who is a student of the game. Great tips for players of any ability in this interview.
May 05, 2020
S1 E4 The one and only, multifaceted Ana Zubori!
Hear thoughts from one of the top women's players in the game and what she does outside of the paddle court. Plus, hear how crappy it sounds when Noah talks into the wrong end of his mic for the whole episode.
May 01, 2020
S1 E3 Women of Power - APTA President Tiernan Cavanna and 1/2 of the Women's National Championship team, Macie Elliot
This week the boys sit down with the women who rule the APTA, the President and the national champ!
April 28, 2020
S1 E2 part 2 Drew Broderick - Founder of Pro Flight Paddle & 4 time National Champion
On today's episode, the guys talk to  4 time National Champion, runner up in the 2020 Championship and founder of the Pro Flight Paddle tour, Drew Broderick.
April 24, 2020
S1 E2 part 1 Talking with the men's National Champions, Johan DuRandt and Stephen Mitchell
Coming out of the gates strong, we get to talk to current men's National Champions, Johan DuRandt and Stephen Mitchell as they discuss a wrap up of this years Nationals, the underhand serve and of course, the Tiger King.
April 21, 2020
Season 1 Episode 1 Welcome Blake Anderson in!
Our first full episode. Blake shares his thoughts and we get rolling! Talking paddle, Netflix and upcoming interviews
April 18, 2020
Pilot episode of Inside the Wires - a podcast about all things paddle and not
Our first episode. A quick intro to who we are and what we'll be doing with the podcast in the future.
April 13, 2020