Persons of Interest is a podcast featuring interviews with interesting people doing interesting things. Diving into careers, personal stories, life lessons, and more. Hosted by Derrick Docket (@dddocket).
The name Nafis Ricks might sound familiar to some of my Missouri State friends because he was the starting point guard on the 2010-2011 Bears Basketball team that won the regular-season Missouri Valley Conference championship. But his story isn’t just about basketball. Nafis made the most of his opportunities to get an education while also overcoming personal struggles. In this podcast, he describes how he landed at Missouri State, his connection with coach Cuonzo Martin, playing abroad, working as a graduate assistant at Mizzou, and what he hopes to achieve in the future.
I encourage you to read this story about Nafis: LINK - https://rvls.co/3e1kXF2
Follow Nafis Ricks on Twitter: @NafisRicks
Matt Gardner has made the most of his career in sports. Working in Tennis, NBA, and currently the Vice President, Digital Media & Emerging Technology for the St. Louis Blues, he shares some insight into how he got started working in sports, how technology has shaped his career, and developing relationships with the athletes to tell their story. Matt also discusses the work of the St. Louis Blues digital team and the content they produced during the 2018-2019 season as the team won the Stanley Cup.
Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Gardner
Follow the St. Louis Blues on Twitter: @StLouisBlues
The “official” Julie Smith description: Julie has been teaching media literacy and media-related classes at the university level since 1997. She holds her B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Tulsa and her M.S. in Mass Communication from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Julie is currently on the faculty at Webster University in St Louis.
She is the author of “Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-In World” and over the last three years has traveled all over the world helping teachers and parents with media literacy, digital citizenship, classroom engagement, and social media. Julie is currently working on a book advocating for more engagement in the college classroom. (via HeyJulieSmith.com)
Follow Julie on Twitter: @julnilsmith
My guests in this podcast are Bill Behrns, Ryan Haley, Austin Hansen, and Jeremiah McCallie. These four gentlemen were part of Loyola’s run to the final four, serving as part of the athletic department staff in communications, social media, and video content. Together we watched the Ramblers take on Miami and the guys shared stories and thoughts about the game and the run to the final four.
Watch the game with us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-cYN73rU3s
Chester Lampkin first joined WUSA 9 in December 2019. Chester comes from KSDK-TV in St. Louis, Missouri, the sister station of WUSA 9. As a child growing up in St. Louis, Chester has always had a strong interest in weather. While growing up, he experienced some big weather events, including the "blizzard" of 1982 and the Great Flood of 1993.
Chester spent three years at KSDK-TV as weekend morning meteorologist. In 2015, Chester left KSDK and the United States for an adventure Down Under. He worked for two years as a meteorologist for MetService New Zealand, which is basically the New Zealand equivalent of the National Weather Service. In April 2017, Chester returned to KSDK-TV as weekday morning meteorologist.
While in St. Louis, Chester covered the costliest hailstorm in St. Louis history in 2012, major flooding in 2019, along with multiple winter storms and tornado events through the years. In New Zealand, Chester helped provide coverage for Cyclone Winston, one of the most devastating and intense tropical systems ever recorded in the southern hemisphere.
His broadcast career began in Grand Junction, Colorado, as the morning meteorologist at KJCT News 8. Chester also worked at KRCG-TV in Jefferson City, Missouri, as both the morning and chief meteorologist, and at KTSM-TV, the NBC affiliate in El Paso, Texas, as the morning meteorologist.
Chester earned a bachelor's degree in meteorology from Saint Louis University and completed post-graduate work in geography at the University of Missouri.
Aside from the weather, Chester has an interest in geography, media, music, jogging, travel, baseball, and college basketball. Chester lives with his family in the Maryland suburbs, but can be found exploring the entire DMV with his partner and son.
You can contact Chester at email@example.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Highly respected sports journalist Paul Suellentrop joined Wichita State as a senior communicator to provide comprehensive coverage of the Shockers' momentous first season competing in the American Athletic Conference and beyond.
Suellentrop's stories, podcasts, and videos on WSU sports will be posted primarily on GoShockers.com and will also be made available to news media outlets and through social media.
Lou Heldman, vice president for Strategic Communications, said: "Paul is already well known to Shocker Nation through more than a decade as the primary reporter covering WSU athletics for The Wichita Eagle and Kansas.com. We've asked him to use his journalistic talent and knowledge of our teams, coaches, supporters, and history to develop new approaches to reporting on athletics and other university activities."
Suellentrop said: "I grew up in a Shocker family. My parents first bought season men's basketball tickets for Levitt Arena in the 1960s. My own Shocker sports memories go back to early childhood.
"In recent years," Suellentrop said, "I've gotten to be an eyewitness to many great moments in Shocker sports, including men's basketball cutting down nets in Madison Square Garden, Staples Center, Scottrade Center, and Koch Arena. I'm looking forward to increased access to teams and coaches in my new role."
Suellentrop's new role is a collaboration between WSU Athletics and Strategic Communications. He'll also be communicating about university-wide topics such as applied learning and innovation.
Follow Paul on Twitter: @PaulSuellentrop
Earlier this year, The Springfield Cardinals announced the promotion of Matt Turer from Public Relations Coordinator to the organization's newly created position of Public Relations & Digital Media Specialist. Matt joined the team in November 2017, leading the social and digital media efforts, serving as the team’s public relations contact and digital marketing copywriter. In this podcast, Matt and I discuss his career path that led to the Springfield Cardinals, his experience thus far, and more.
Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattTurer
Follow The Springfield Cardinals: @SGF_Cardinals
David Kvidahl covers prep sports in the St. Louis area for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and STLHighSchoolSports.com. In this podcast, I talked with David about his time covering prep sports in town, some of his favorite prep sports memories, and the recent all-decade team selections that were a hot topic on social media.
Follow David on Twitter: @DavidSTLhss
Follow STLHighSchoolSports on Twitter: @STLhssports
Joel Adam has been a physical education teacher and coach at Holt High School, Wentzville Middle School, and Wentzville South Middle School in the Wentzville School District for 30 years. He has coached baseball, softball, basketball and football, winning conference championships, district title and reaching state finals on multiple occasions. The longtime educator and coach was recognized as Holt High School teacher of the year this year and will retire at the end of the school year. In this podcast, Coach Adam reflects on his time at Holt at a teacher, shares stores about coaching his own children, and being the high school baseball coach for eventual major league players Ross Detwiler and Tim Melville.
Kansas City native Jon Poorman has worked to be a writer since high school and carried his goal forward to college, writing for the student newspaper and eventually serving as news and sports editor and the editor in chief. Now, he’s the sports editor for The Courier of Montgomery County daily newspaper, that serves Conroe, Texas, located just north of Houston. He leads the coverage of prep sports in the area and in this podcast, we discuss how Jon discovered his interest in sports journalism, his experiences writing in college, what his career has been like so far, and more.
Follow Jon on Twitter: @JonPoorman
Conroe Courier Sports: @ConroeSports
John Servizzi is Chief Technology Officer at Tupelo Raycom. Servizzi founded WebStream Sports in 2006, bridging experience in high-level sports television production and high-quality, low-cost digital production methods.
WebStream was acquired by Raycom Media in 2015 and merged with Tupelo-Honey in 2017. The combined Tupelo Raycom has offices in New York, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Nashville, and Los Angeles. The company develops new programming and delivers live events, music specials, and branded features for broadcast, digital, and in-venue entertainment.
Prior to forming WebStream Sports, Servizzi was an instructor at Butler University, leading courses in video production, multimedia development, and professional development. While at Butler, Servizzi oversaw student-produced coverage of athletic events.
(Bio Courtesy, College Sports Video Group)
Follow John on Twitter: @jservizzi
Tom Ackerman is Sports Director at KMOX, overseeing a department that serves as the flagship station for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is also the lead sports anchor on KMOX’s “Total Information A.M.” and a host on the Cardinals Radio Network.
In 18 years at KMOX, Ackerman has worked as a host, play-by-play announcer, anchor, and reporter since beginning his career at the radio station in 1997. He’s interviewed the biggest names in sports, covering Super Bowls, World Series, All-Star Games, and Final Fours.
For the past decade, Ackerman, 40, has called college basketball play-by-play for the University of Missouri, the Missouri Valley Conference and various national rivalry games, including Syracuse-Georgetown, Kansas-Kansas State, and North Carolina-N.C. State. He’s also handled play-by-play duties for the Missouri Valley Conference.
In this podcast, Tom describes how he was introduced to the world of broadcasting, developed an interest in radio and TV and some of his favorite moments that he’s seen.
Follow Tom on Twitter: @Ackerman1120
RJ Abella arrived at South Carolina University in the spring of 2013 as an assistant coach for the indoor and beach volleyball teams and In 2015, he transitioned to full-time beach volleyball assistant coach. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach for the Wichita State Volleyball program. In this episode, RJ and I discuss a few of the ins and outs of beach volleyball, recruiting, national competition and more. We also dive into our shared interest in barbecue and the process of smoking meat.
Follow RJ on Twitter: @CoachRidge
When I first started this podcast, the intent was to share stories of people that would hopefully provide some inspiration to others. The background of my guest in this episode checks that box. He’s the first in his family to make it college. And when get got there, he had to figure things out. In the process of figuring it out, he found things he was passionate about. My guest in this podcast is Tommy Lynch, currently an admissions coordinator at Indiana State University.
Follow Tommy Lynch on Twitter: @ISULynch
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2020, marked the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the life and legacy of MLK. This year in Wentzville, Missouri, the community Celebration of MLK featured keynote speaker Juan Wilson. Juan is currently the coordinator of diversity and awareness for the Fort Zumwalt School District, implementing diversity and awareness training for students and staff. He uses the unique power of video to tell stories and I encourage you to visit his YouTube channel and the FZiam YouTube channel to see his work.
I recorded Juan’s speech using my iPhone as I was sitting in the audience so I apologize for the audio quality but I hope you can get past that to take in his words.
Follow Juan Wilson:
Twitter -- @squarejuan
Ryan Fagan covers Major League Baseball and college basketball for the Sporting News. He has seen many notable events in person and as a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, he also votes for the MLB Hall of Fame. In this podcast, Ryan discusses his background, how his career got off the ground, some of the events he's covered and the current state of journalism (sports and others).
Follow Ryan on Twitter: @RyanFagan
Read Ryan's work online: Sporting News
Marcus Wilson serves as the Executive Director of the Monsanto Family YMCA in the heart of St. Louis but before that, he was part of the men’s basketball staff at Saint Louis University as the video coordinator. And before that, he had a phenomenal college basketball career that became a pro career overseas. We discussed his past, present and eventual future in a previous episode that I’ve uploaded so be sure to check out the Flashback podcast. In this episode, I caught up with Marcus to find out what was new with him as he has found a new interest as a college basketball on-air analyst, his thoughts about the current state of college basketball and much more. We also touch on a new project he is working on for 2020.
Follow Marcus Wilson on Twitter: @CoachWilson5
Two years ago, Marcus Wilson came into the MVC Office to record a podcast interview to reflect on his past, present, and future. This episode from 2017 is republished from that interview where he discusses his career at the University of Evansville, winning the 1999 MVC Player of the Year Award, playing overseas and his current role as Executive Director of the Monsanto Family YMCA in St. Louis, MO.
Follow Marcus Wilson on Twitter: @CoachWilson5
If you’re a college basketball fan like myself, chances are you’ve watched a game or two on ESPN and you’ve heard the voice of my guest in this episode. Mark Adams has been an ESPN analyst since 1999 and I had the opportunity to work with him during my tenure at the Missouri Valley Conference. During our conversation, Mark and I discussed his coaching career, how he got into broadcasting, we re-visit the last decade of Valley basketball, we talk about the current landscape of college basketball and more. It was a fantastic discussion and if you’ve heard Mark on TV or follow him on Twitter, you know that he is very opinionated and he even shared some stories that he doesn’t often discuss in the public.
Follow Mark on Twitter: @EnthusiAdams
The Wentzville School District has a fantastic technology team that includes a group of Instructional technology coaches. These individuals play a unique role in connecting technology with education. Amanda Moody is one of those tech coaches and she is my guest in this episode of Persons of Interest. We had a great conversation about how she found her career, her interests in education, technology, social media and more.
Follow Amanda on Twitter: @TechMoody
Springfield News-Leader sports reporter Wyatt Wheeler joins for a deep discussion of Missouri State Basketball including the potential of the 2019-2020 team, the schedule, a look at some of the national attention, the Missouri Valley Conference and some over/under predictions.
Follow Wyatt on Twitter: @WyattWheeler_NL
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Stephen Herzog is part of the Springfield News-Leader leadership team, serving as a content/storytelling coach. He's reported on crime, courts and many other things for the News-Leader since 2013. Herzog is a Missouri State graduate, husband, and father and a "recovering sports reporter." We discussed what he does for a living, the current state of journalism, and touched on some sports...including how and why he’s a fan of the Cleveland Browns.
Follow Stephen on Twitter: @SHerzogNL
Follow the Springfield News-Leader on Twitter: @SpringfieldNL
Michelle Van Dorn earned her bachelor's degree in print and electronic media from Wartburg College in 1998. After graduation, she started at The Courier in Waterloo, Iowa, as a copy editor. Eventually, she took over as the newspaper's first online editor. Van Dorn was part of the team that helped The Courier win national and state awards. Her help in covering the trial of Mark Becker earned the Associated Press Managing Editors Association Online Convergence Award and the Iowa Newspapers Award for online coverage. Lee Enterprises also awarded the team a corporate-wide award for excellence in news.
In March 2010, she was hired as the executive editor of SFO Magazine, an online financial publication. She has continued to coach middle school track since 1999. She is also a member of the Hawkeye Community College's Digital Mass Media Education Advisory Committee.
Michelle also received the Panther of the Year award in 2017-18, which goes to an outstanding staff member in the department.
Follow Michelle on Twitter: @MichelleVanDorn
The Lawn Guardian, Ben Hicks is my guest in this episode. He’s one of the lawn care DIY-ers with a YouTube channel, sharing useful tips and tricks. Ben discusses his interest in lawn care, learning from the others in the online lawn care community and a way to give back by being involved in Raising Men Lawn Care.
The Lawn Guardian on Twitter - @LawnGuardian
Lawn Guardian on YouTube
Other Lawn Care Enthusiasts YouTube Channels:
Allyn Hane “The Lawn Care Nut”
Connor Ward YouTube
Ryan Knorr YouTube
Jake The Lawn Kid YouTube
Wyatt Wheeler currently serves as the sports reporter for the Springfield News-Leader (Springfield, MO). He covers sports all over southwest Missouri including Missouri State, high school, Springfield Cardinals, and more. Wyatt and I discussed his work at the Springfield News-Leader, how he first took interest in journalism and of course, we spent a little time talking about Missouri State sports.
Follow Wyatt on Twitter: @WyattWheelerNL
Check out his Podcast: https://anchor.fm/wyatt-wheeler/
Read Wyatt's work at the Springfield-News Leader
Kevin DeShazo wrote a best-selling book on leadership. He founded Fieldhouse Media to help college athletes, coaches and administrators be better on social media. He’s helping leaders and teams create a championship culture with his project Culture Wins, He’s presented and spoken on more than 180 college campuses and national conventions over the past 8 years. Kevin has been quoted by places like ESPN, The New York Times and USA Today. He drinks a lot of coffee, reads a lot of books and runs a lot of miles.
Kevin discusses social media education, leadership, publishing books, his travel across the country, running and more.
Check out his new project at Giant.tv and if you sign up with his link -- https://www.giant.tv/kevindeshazo, you can get a free trial period.
Follow Kevin DeShazo on Twitter - @KevinDeShazo
Kevin Agee is part of the university communications team at Missouri State University. One of his specific responsibilities includes managing the Twitter account for the second largest university in the state of Missouri. He's passionate about many things including Missouri State, the Kansas City Royals and more. Kevin discusses how he landed in his current role, his time working in athletic communications, the Royals winning the World Series and a whole lot more in this episode.
Follow Kevin on Twitter: @Kevin_Agee
Katie Cavender enters her 17th year in intercollegiate athletics and first on staff at the College Football Playoff. Cavender comes to the CFP after 11 years with the Mountain West Conference, where she served as its Assistant Commissioner of Advanced Media and Digital Strategy.
At the Mountain West, Cavender was responsible for the strategic vision, execution and analysis of the MW brand presence across its digital platforms, including social, web and mobile channels. She led the league to a spot on the 2015 Cynopsis Sports Leaderboard, which showcases brands, organizations, leagues and networks and recognizes the best of the best sports social media campaigns throughout the calendar year. Cavender also played an integral role in the implementation of the three-time Emmy award-winning Mountain West Network that was recognized for technical achievement in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Cavender graduated with honors from the University of Nevada in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. Following graduation, she spent a year as a public relations intern with the Pacific-10 Conference and went on to a role with Boise State, where she was the assistant media coordinator for the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl and provided day-to-day support in facilities, game operations and travel planning.
In June 2008, Cavender received her Master's of Education degree in intercollegiate athletic leadership from the University of Washington, and she continues to assist the program as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer.
Follow Katie on Twitter: @KatieCavender
In 2018, Ethan Bryan played catch every day of the year? Along the way, he met people from different walks of life and share a little story from each interaction he had. Why did he do it? How did it begin? He answers all of those questions and more during our discussion.
Ethan's Website: https://whisperedwriting.wordpress.com/
Follow Ethan on Twitter: @Ethan_Bryan
Luke Martin is the Digital Media Coordinator for Indiana State Athletics joining Sycamore Athletics in January 2017.
Martin oversees daily video content on GoSycamores.com and produces new feature stories and video features on Sycamore Athletics throughout the year on a variety of platforms. Additionally, Martin serves as play-by-play commentator for Sycamore Football, Women's Basketball and Baseball.
Martin joined Indiana State after spending the previous eight months working in Terre Haute at ESPN 1130 The Fan, FM 99.5 with Emmis Communications, where he quickly became a local staple in the Terre Haute community. Martin served as Sports Director while starting new programs, such as his popular daily talk show, “In The Haute.”
Before arriving in Terre Haute, Martin worked in the Southern Conference at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he spent one year broadcasting for the Spartans. He was the play-by-play voice of the UNCG Baseball team and filled in for Men's Basketball broadcasts during the 2015-16 season, while also hosting and producing the Wes Miller Show and the weekly #letsgoG sports show.
Martin is a 2014 graduate of Ball State University, where he was the first ever alum with a Digital Sports Production degree. Martin had various roles with Ball State Athletics and Ball State Sports Link, which included working as sideline reporter for Ball State Football games, host of the Emmy Award Winning “3rd Down Chirp,” and as play-by-play commentator for Ball State Baseball.
Follow Luke on Twitter: @LukeMartinISU
Pam Chvotkin works behind the scenes at various events in broadcast production. She’s seen a lot and experienced a lot and sharing her knowledge with students as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama.
Follow Pam on Twitter: @reddusfoximus
Amy Huchthausen was named commissioner of the America East Conference back in September of 2011 and ever since then, the league has made some significant progress on several initiatives including digital content, multimedia rights, diversity and so much more.
Amy is the first woman to lead the America East and one of a handful of women to serve as commissioner of a division one conference. In this episode, she discusses her career prior to being named commissioner, the strategy behind several of the initiatives that they took on at the conference level, her work on earning her MBA, and of course, I had to ask her about that one time when America East member and number 16 seed UMBC took down number 1 seed Virginia in the 2018 NCAA tournament.
Lily Johnson dives in to her involvement in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the role she played with some of the legislative items in college athletics and she discusses her life after college and her post-graduate work. She details a very interesting stretch of time for her as she plans for the future. And we also discuss what role volleyball has in her life at this point.
In this episode, Lily Johnson discusses about her high school volleyball career, the recruiting process -- which was very interesting -- and her time at Missouri State -- on the court and in the classroom.
Welcome to Persons of Interest. My name is Derrick Docket and in this podcast, it is my goal to introduce you to people from various walks of life -- business, education, sports and more. Interesting people doing interesting things. Unique careers, backgrounds, and perspectives. I want to share their stories and experiences because we all have different paths and define success in different ways.
The plan is to have some fun with this project and I hope you’ll enjoy the stories and conversations I have with each guest.