On this week’s edition of the Awful Announcing podcast, host Ben Heisler chats with ESPN broadcaster Bob Wischusen about calling college football games, auditioning for the XFL, loving Phish, and more.

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Here’s the full breakdown of the conversation between Heisler and Wischusen.

  • 3:05 – Life on the road
  • 6:30 – Why calling college football trains you to be ready for any sportscasting opportunity
  • 10:07 – What he considers the most difficult sport to do play-by-play for, and why you might be surprised by his answer
  • 16:20 – Feeling comfortable as a broadcaster and early influences
  • 21:00 – How he seeks out feedback on his broadcasts
  • 24:25 – Going to Boston College, calling games and doing shows with Joe Tessitore and Boog Sciambi/Wanting to compete against them because of how talented they are
  • 28:15 – Does he ever wish he would’ve stayed with talk radio and would he like to have his own full-time show down the road?
  • 31:40 – How his gravitation to the talk radio side usually stems from moments when he’s watching games
  • 35:20 – Is there different preparation for the different analysts he works with (eg. Dick Vitale vs Fran Fraschilla)
  • 37:40 – How he tanked his audition for the XFL
  • 41:07 – His love for Phish and the first time he ever saw them live

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I hate your favorite team. I also sort of hate most of my favorite teams.