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RamNation Radio

By Joel Cantalamessa
Ramblings about Colorado State University athletics and more from the community.
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Athletic Director Joe Parker joins RamNation Radio
Athletic Director Joe Parker discusses the latest news on campus, including why he let soccer coach Bill Hempen go after eight years, the addition of Indiana to the football schedule, renewing the Rocky Mountain Showdown (and his wish that it was an annual event), the overall art of scheduling, the university’s vaccine mandate for all students, how CSU is handing the extra student athlete eligibility due to Covid, the rash of transfers, and much more.
May 12, 2021
Former CSU wideout great David Anderson joins RamNation
Former CSU wide receiver great David Anderson joins to talk about his memories at CSU, painful recollections of the Rocky Mountain Showdowns, rejoices in the Border Wars, NFL experiences, the famous Conan O’Brian endzone celebration, and so much more. He also shares a killer Sonny Lubick impression. You don’t want to miss this episode!
May 4, 2021
CSU offensive line coach Louie Addazio joins RamNation Radio
CSU OL coach Louie Addazio sits down to talk spring football, what he expects out of his OL this fall, his belief that the running game will turn the corner, CSU being a “have” in the Mountain West Conference, the current transfer climate in college football, and much more. And he sounds just like his dad — head coach Steve Addazio — every minute of it!
April 23, 2021
CSU athletic director Joe Parker joins to give the latest news on Ram athletics
CSU athletic director Joe Parker joins us again as part of a monthly update to answer questions and give Ram fans the latest news in the athletic department. He recaps his thoughts on the men’s and women’s basketball seasons, filling assistant coaching vacancies in men’s basketball, observations on spring football, how football season ticket renewals are going, the Mountain West flopping in the NCAA Tournament, revisiting the prospect of Gonzaga in the league, and much more.
April 8, 2021
CSU assistant coach Ali Farokhmanesh joins us to preview the NIT and more
Joel Cantalamessa, Mike Rowe, and Steve Ivy discuss the Rams’ NCAA tournament heartbreak and bid to the NIT, and then CSU assistant basketball coach Ali Farokhmanesh joins in Segment 2 to talk about the team’s current psyche and the importance of playing well in the NIT, plus reminisce about his own shining March Madness moments, discuss coaching rumors, and much more.
March 18, 2021
CSU Director of Athletics Joe Parker answers all of your questions, March 6, 2021
In this lengthy discussion with CSU AD Joe Parker, we cover basically everything you’ve been wanting to know about CSU athletics this year. Joe gets candid on Rams basketball with his opinions on how the Mountain West Conference handled scenarios and scheduling this season, talks what it will take to keep Niko Medved around at CSU, opens up about the recent investigation into his athletic department, tells why CSU opted to not allow fans at any sporting events this year, shares his vision on fans at Canvas in the fall, explains why he couldn’t get a football or basketball deal done with CU, and touches on future football schedules, the relationship with Under Armour, the school’s flirtation with the Big 12 several years ago, and much, much more.
March 6, 2021
Deep hoops dive w/ CSU assistant coach JR Blount, March 2, 2021
Can’t get enough CSU basketball? Neither can we, so we brought in Rams assistant coach JR Blount to talk about the Rams’ surge to the postseason, the recent series with Air Force, the regular-season finales vs. New Mexico and Nevada, prospects of the NCAA Tournament, and so much more. You will love getting to know this coach and his insights on the program. Plus, Joel Cantalamessa, Mike Rowe, and Steve Ivy discuss the team’s chances at a Mountain West title and much more as March Madness approaches.
March 3, 2021
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ long-time CSU football coach/staffer Tom Ehlers), February 23, 2021
From a comfy perch at Mighty River Brewing Company, long-time Ram Tom Ehlers joins Joel and Mike to tell stories of his four decades at CSU as a player, coach, and director of football operations. He talks about his impressions of the current coaching staff and previous staffs, as well as his thoughts on fans wanting Tony Alford to get a shot at CSU. He gives his two cents on the recent football investigation, the university’s overemphasis on buildings instead of people in recent years, and much more. He also has some words of wisdom for RamNationers and former student athletes!
February 23, 2021
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ Javan Hedlund, MWC Associate Commissioner ), January 21, 2021
Javan Hedlund, Associate Commissioner of the Mountain West Conference (and CSU alum), joins us to talk current issues facing the conference, recent news reports concerning member defections, conference realignment (future and past, including how close the MW was to merging with the remnants of the Big 12 back in 2010), the AAC/MW comparison, what to expect for the basketball conference tournament (hint: no fans), the divide between the top so-called Power schools and everyone else, and much more. Joel Cantalamessa and Mike Rowe also talk the two-game men’s basketball series with Utah State, the comparison between Niko Medved and Craig Smith, and reports that Steve Addazio chose to remain at CSU rather than leave to become an assistant coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
January 21, 2021
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ Steve Fairchild, former CSU head coach and QB), January 12, 2021
Former CSU head football coach and quarterback Steve Fairchild joins us to talk his playing days, coaching days, what went right/wrong as a coach, memories, relationship with the university, opinions on today’s program, and much, much more. Have a listen for an awesome, candid conversation with a great Ram. Plus, Joel Cantalamessa and Mike Rowe talk about the high-profile future non-conference football opponents, Mike Bobo to Auburn, and the basketball program's hot streak. 
January 12, 2021
RamNation Radio (ft. joint interview with CSU basketball point guards Isaiah Stevens and McKenna Hofschild), Jan. 5, 2021
Colorado State point guards Isaiah Stevens and McKenna Hofschild join us to talk about their seasons and give fans a glimpse into the lives of two of the best student athletes (and people!) on the CSU campus. Joel Cantalamessa and Steve Ivy also discuss the basketball season so far, including the men’s split at San Diego State, the upcoming schedule, a look at the Mountain West Contenders, and more (including a touch on what the recent pledges from senior football players to return in 2021 means for the program).
January 6, 2021
RamNation Radio (ft. guest co-host Steve Ivy and interview w/ CSU Director of Men's Basketball Ops Aaron Katsuma)
The trio of Joel Cantalamessa, Mike Rowe, and Steve Ivy sit in today an welcome CSU’s Director of Men’s Basketball Operations Aaron Katsuma. Aaron talks about the challenges of piecing together the non-conference schedule, the current health of the team, how CSU has handled “remote” recruiting, his opinion of Mountain West rivals’ performances so far, his excited outlook for the team season, and much more. Plus, Joel, Mike, and Steve discuss game cancellations, what we can glean from this football season, a little women’s hoops, and more. And Steve Ivy announces he’s taking his Cracker’s College Hoops blog talents to RamNation this year!
December 4, 2020
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ Mighty River Brewing Co. owner Dan Miller), Nov. 25, 2020
In this week’s episode Dan Miller from Mighty River Brewing Company joins us to talk about his latest brews, the challenges of being a small business/brewery during the COVID pandemic, and even some CSU football. In Segment 1, we planned to preview the CSU vs. Air Force game until the game cancellation was announced midway through the podcast(!), but pivoted to talk about the cancellation, other topics related to CSU football, basketball, and more.
November 26, 2020
RamNation Radio, immediate Border War reaction -- from the drive home, November 5, 2020
Joel Cantalamessa provides thoughts on the Rams' 34-24 win over rival Wyoming on the drive home from Canvas Stadium. Also discusses the oddity of experiencing a game in empty Canvas Stadium and other observations from the game -- like the Bronze Boot coming back to Fort Collins for the first time in five years!
November 6, 2020
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ Kelly Lyell), November 4, 2020 -- Recapping the Game 1 flop and previewing the Border War
Joel Cantalamessa and Mike Rowe recap CSU football’s season-opening disappointment and where the Rams go from here with the Border War up next. Fort Collins Coloradoan CSU beat reporter Kelly Lyell also weighs in on the Week 1 dud, the quarterback decision, what he expects in the rivalry game vs. Wyoming, and much more. Due to technical difficulties, this episode ran a day and a half later than we had hoped!
November 5, 2020
RamNation Radio, October 28, 2020 -- Previewing Game 1 and the surprise starting QB
Joel Cantalamessa and Mike Rowe preview the Colorado State’s season opener at Fresno State, as well as Temple transfer Todd Centeio reportedly getting the Game 1 nod as the Rams’ starting quarterback. We discuss what to look for with the 2020 version of the Rams and thoughts on how they align with their Mountain West Conference brethren based on the league’s Week 1 performance.
October 29, 2020
RamNation Radio – Recap of Steve Addazio press conference, PLUS Part 2 of last week’s show with guest cohost Steve Ivy of Cracker's College Hoops blog
We recap Steve Addazio’s first press conference since the investigation completed, plus continue with Part 2 of last week’s show with special guest cohost Steve Ivy of Cracker's College Hoops blog. Addazio shares his thoughts on the investigation, the upcoming football season, challenges his team is facing, and more. Steve Ivy then joins Joel Cantalamessa and Mike Rowe to share his insights into the Ram basketball program – what to expect, young players to watch, who will replace Nico Carvacho, and much, much more. Enjoy this deep hoops dive with one of RamNation’s best college hoops analysts!
October 15, 2020
RamNation Radio -- Part 1 with guest cohost Steve Ivy of Cracker's College Hoops blog, Oct. 8, 2020
Special guest cohost Steve Ivy of Cracker's College Hoops blog joins us for Part 1, in which we break down the CSU investigative report, which was released this week, our thoughts on fair/unfair coverage of Ram athletics, the reasons for the Mountain West's inequitable football schedule, bowl game status, and thoughts on what to expect from the Ram football squad this fall. (We'll release Part 2 next week, which will dive deep into the basketball season and what to expect from the basketball team in 2020-21.)
October 9, 2020
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ Voice of the Rams Brian Roth), October 1, 2020
Voice of the Rams Brian Roth joins us to talk about his 20-year career as part of the CSU Radio Network team, how he roots for CSU to whip CU (his alma mater) every year, what it was like to interview Larry Eustachy, his experience with five different football head coaches, his top CSU memories, and much more. Plus, Joel Cantalamessa and Mike Rowe talk about the newly released Mountain West football schedule, news from around the conference/college football, and more. 
October 2, 2020
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ former CSU RB great Steve Bartalo), Sept. 4, 2020
The greatest running back in CSU history, Steve Bartalo, joins us for an hour to talk about his path to CSU, his hall-of-fame career, the Rams’ win at CU in 1986, playing for Leon Fuller and Sonny Lubick, the impact Fum McGraw had on him and his teammates, his opinion on the current program from afar, and much, much more. Plus, Joel Cantalamessa and Mike Rowe cover this week’s recent topics around college sports.
September 4, 2020
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ CSU TE Trey McBride), August 26, 2020
Colorado State star tight end Trey McBride joins us for a 40-minute conversation to talk about his (and Manny Jones’) decision to stay at CSU after considering transferring, discusses the allegations towards the football program, his viewpoint of the coaching staff, postponement of the football season, where he sees this program going, and much, much more. Joel Cantalamessa and Mike Rowe also cover the latest in college sports news.
August 27, 2020
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ Kelly Lyell, Fort Collins Coloradoan sports reporter), August 20, 2020
Longtime CSU beat writer Kelly Lyell of the Fort Collins Coloradoan joins us to share insights on how the investigative reports came about, offered his perspectives on the allegations, and covered a variety of other topics related to the current state of affairs in college football, possibilities of a spring football season for the Mountain West, and much, much more. Joel Cantalamessa and Mike Rowe also talk current issues.
August 20, 2020
RamNation Radio, August 13, 2020
Joel Cantalamessa and Mike Rowe discuss the allegations towards the CSU athletic department, the cancellation of the football season, and the ramifications of both.
August 13, 2020
RamNation Radio - Interview w/ Anthoney Hill, who opens up about his claims against the CSU athletic department and football program
Joel Cantalamessa talks with Anthoney Hill, who was just quoted in an ESPN article alleging racism and verbal abuse in the CSU football program. Hill opens up and expands on those topics and doesn't shy away from our questions. 
August 8, 2020
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ Brian White, CSU Senior Associate Head Coach/RBs Coach), June 26, 2020
CSU Senior Associate Head Football Coach/Running Backs Coach Brian White joins us to talk about his experience so far at CSU, his impressions of the university and city (calls CSU's facilities "the best" he's had at any university), what he expects for the 2020 Rams, and even his grilling tips.  Joel Cantalamessa, Mike Rowe, and Joe Baran also talk current issues and cover a bunch of topics.
June 26, 2020
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ CSU MBB coach Niko Medved), June 17, 2020
CSU men's basketball coach Niko Medved joins us for a lengthy conversation to talk about his forecast for the upcoming season, how the 2019-20 season ended, how he's building the program, thoughts on the Mountain West, and much more. Joel Cantalamessa and Mike Rowe also talk a little football recruiting, racism issues, and even a little grilling. 
June 17, 2020
RamNation Radio, May 29, 2020
In our sixth episode, hosts Joel Cantalamessa and Mike Rowe recap last week’s epic three-hour conversation with seven 1990s CSU football legends. We talk a little current Ram football, other CSU news, and current national headlines in college athletics. We also answer a few questions submitted by listeners.
May 29, 2020
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ seven football legends from the 1990s), May 21, 2020
We're joined by seven 1990s CSU football legends: DE Sean Moran, DE Adrian Ross, QB Anthoney Hill, LB Garrett Sand, OL James Cregg, DL Kirk Bowman, and LS/LB Mitch Palmer. They each talk about the historic 1994 season and the various big games of that year and other seasons, plus NFL experiences, current state of CSU athletics, and much more. You don't want to miss this one, but settle in....this is a long one! 2 hours, 50 minutes of great conversation!
May 22, 2020
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ 1997-98 star WR Darran Hall), May 14, 2020
This week's podcast includes a tremendous hour-long interview with former CSU star WR Darran Hall who talks about the historical 1997 WAC Championship/Holiday Bowl win season, as well as what went wrong in the "disappointing" 1998 season in which the players declined a bowl invite. He talks about his path to CSU, which began as a Cincinnati Reds draftee/four-year minor leaguer, two years of juco football, and then ultimately playing for Sonny Lubick. Also provides candid thoughts of his relationship with CSU, among many other things. Joel, Mike, and Joey also talk current topics, tell stories, and recap the D-Hall interview. 
May 14, 2020
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ 2021 QB commitment Luke McAllister), May 7, 2020
Last week we had BVP. In this week's podcast, we have the potential next CSU 2021 QB commit Luke McAllister (Palmer Ridge, HS) joins us to talk about why he chose CSU, his desire to stick with his commitment through the coaching change, where he expects the program to go, his mixing it up with Buff fans on social media....and much more!  CSU has a good one coming in! Thanks for listening and for all the positive feedback so far! (We do apologize for the poor audio connection in a few of Luke's responses. Dang you, Zoom!)
May 7, 2020
RamNation Radio (ft. interview w/ Bradlee Van Pelt), April 30, 2020
A 45-minute interview with legendary former CSU football QB Bradlee Van Pelt highlights our second episode, which goes 2-plus hours long in total. Longtime RamNationers Mike Rowe (CAM's Chorizo) and Joe Baran (JoeybtherealAD) sit in as cohosts with RamNation founder Joel Cantalamessa, previewing and recapping the BVP interview, recounting memories, telling stories, and debating topics. "Button down" the hatches (as Joey would say) for this marathon!
April 30, 2020
RamNation Radio, April 24, 2020
In this 1-hour, 18-minute episode, longtime RamNationers Mike Rowe (CAM's Chorizo) and Joe Baran (JoeybtherealAD) sit in as cohosts with RamNation founder Joel Cantalamessa in the resurrection of RamNation Radio after a several-year hiatus. We reminisce about historic moments in's past, share bowl trip memories, and tell other stories. We also discuss which RamNation posters would be most difficult to be quarantined with, and ultimately get into CSU-related topics such as ramifications of potentially no football season, expectations for Steve Addazio, and more.
April 24, 2020