Recap of 2/24 Edition of “Chris and The Coach”

Here are archived interviews from Friday’s “Chris and The Coach” (presented by Farmers Insurance) on 96.5 ESPN Radio.

Archived Interview with Bob Carpenter – TV Voice of the Washington Nationals

Carpenter is in his fifth year in the Nationals’ broadcast booth. He joined MASN as the play-by-play announcer after 10 years in the TV booth of the St. Louis Cardinals and more than 20 in the major leagues. The St. Louis native debuted in 1984 with Cardinals baseball on the Sportstime Cable Network, then returned in ’95 on KPLR-TV and KMOX Radio. He has been nominated for 4 St. Louis/Mid-America Emmys, winning twice in ’96 and ’97. His signature home run call, “See … you … later!” got local and national recognition during Mark McGwire’s record-setting home run chase in ’98. Carpenter also appeared on TV in the ’80s and ’90s with the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and Minnesota Twins.

Bob was one of ESPN’s busiest announcers over a 20-year career as play-by-play announcer for MLB, college basketball and college football. He has broadcast baseball playoffs, AAA All-Star games, NCAA and NIT basketball tournaments, and college football bowl games. Studio work included College Gameday and College Football Scoreboard shows. His baseball work with ESPN paired him with former major leaguers Buck Martinez, Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer, Ray Knight, Jerry Reuss, Frank Viola and many others. On the basketball side, he worked with Dick Vitale, Bill Raftery, Larry Conley, Jim Valvano and many others.

Archived Interview with Matt Gillespie – Assistant Executive Director, TSSAA

Gillespie, an Assistant Executive Director with the TSSAA was named to the post in January of 2009. Matthew has been on staff at the TSSAA since 1999. He is a native of Murfreesboro and received his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University
in 1998.

Matthew first started work with the state office as an intern from May through December of 1998. Since joining the staff full-time, Matthew has been responsible for media relations, state records, the TSSAA News, administration of TSSAA rules and regulations, and the administration of the sport of bowling.

He assists with the football playoffs, and represents the TSSAA with the Tennessee State Legislature, Tennessee State Board of Education, State Department of Education, and other organizations.

Archived Interview with Lance Painter – Pitching Coach, Jackson Generals

Painter pitched professionally from 1990-2003, spending time in the San Diego, Colorado, St. Louis, Toronto and Milwaukee organizations, including 10 years in the Major Leagues.

While playing with the Rockies in the 1995 NLDS he pinch hit in the ninth inning of game one (striking out), then started the next day in a losing effort against the Atlanta Braves. During the 1998 season with the Cardinals, Painter appeared in 65 games, went 4-0, and posted a 3.99 ERA. Painter appeared in 314 major league games and posted a career ERA of 5.24. He retired after the 2003 season.

Painter returns to Jackson for a third season as pitching coach. This is his seventh season in the Mariners organization. Lance spent the 2009 season a pitching coach with Low-A Clinton and 2008 with High-A High Desert. He spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons as a pitching coach in Low-A Wisconsin.

Archived Interview with David Brandt – AP Mississippi and Top 25 Voter

David Brandt has worked at The Associated Press since August 2010 and covers a beat that’s heavy on college athletics  including Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi.

Brandt has covered the Southeastern Conference for five years, working at The Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger before joining The AP.

Brandt is a voter in the weekly AP Top 25 Men’s Division 1 College Basketball Poll. Prior to his time in Mississippi he was a sports writer for the Jackson Sun in Jackson, TN covering local high school and colleges as well as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx.

He most recently covered the Mississippi St. vs. Kentucky match-up this week and is one of the top writers in the country.

R.C. Johnson’s interview was pushed back to next week.


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