Ball Hogs Radio Celebrates One-YearPosted on October 26, 2011 by Ball Hogs Radio
Ball Hogs Radio is officially 1-year old!
It was one year ago today, when Ball Hogs Radio got together for the first time in the Random Radio basement studio in Frederick, MD and kicked things off. I remember the adrenaline that was flowing that night as we put the headsets on, the ustream was up and running and we were about to follow-through on this sports radio thing that was once just an "idea" stirred up by the hops in our Bud Light bottles. It was here... Lights, Camera, Action... and as we fist-pounded each other across the table, Ball Hogs Radio was live.
We prepped and prepped and prepped as we led up to that first show to get our domain name, brand name, logo-design, website up, social media pages up, itunes account, commercials filmed, etc... so come week one, we could hit the ground running and that's what we did.
Things started moving in fast forward from there on out. We started doing what anybody trying to create a fun DC Sports Radio show would do, we started talking about it to everyone and anyone and before you know it, opportunities started to arise. We've been blessed, fortunate and thankful from that very day!
Throughout this first year, we had the chance to sit down with some of the best local talent in DC sports. Our first ever interview was with Anthony Armstrong of the Washington Redskins. The Armstrong interview was very ironic since he was new to the team and we were new to the scene, in essence you could say "we hit the scene together," except he plays for the Redskins and we just have a small podcast in one's basement, but you get the point. We followed that interview up with live interviews with both Lorenzo Alexander and Andre Carter in the next couple weeks, all terrific guys.
The interviews continued from there over the next few months as we began working the college scene and worked towards the NFL draft. We were fortunate to get the chance to sit down and interview Tyrod Taylor from Virginia Tech who is currently with the Baltimore Ravens, Ryan Williams who was also with the Hokies and is now with the Arizona Cardinals, Torrey Smith from Maryland who along with Taylor plays for the Ravens and big tight-end Andre Smith from Virginia Tech who is now with the Chicago Bears.
During this time, University of Maryland decided to lift Greivis Vazquez banner to the rafters during All-Star Weekend. That weekend, we got a chance to spend Friday evening with him and his family for a Ball Hogs exclusive interview with the former Maryland great. That was a fun experience! Not to often you get to sit with a player as he watches his own story on the big screen and the player is rocking your t-shirt.
Our interviews continued with a fun two-part story with Alan Stein, one of the most famous basketball strength & conditioning coaches in world. Newly drafted Washington Redskins Niles Paul and a fun face-to-face sit down with one of the most popular Washington Redskins. Brandon Banks.
(yes that is Brandon Banks in the Redskins hat)
We made the list to hang with the former Washington Redskins Chris Samuels on his gorgeous waterfront property for his 4th of July party.
We were also invited to sit-in on the live press conference with the Washington Wizards to announce Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack. The two rookies from Florida State and Butler, we got a chance to talk with the two of them, a very cool first-time experience.
We didn't limit our interviews to athletes alone, we hit the media world as well. They are the experts on our local teams due to their access with them so it's been a pleasure being able to pick their brains, they do great work. We've entertained on the show: 106.7's Grant Paulsen, Ivan Carter from Washington Post Live, Ben Standig - Comcast SportsNet, Gene Wang - Washington Post, Holden Kushner - 106.7, Mike Prada - SBNation, Kevin from the Kevin & Rock Show, Bill Rohland - CBS Washington, Amanda Comak - Washington Times, Hogs Haven and many more... We've even been linked in the Washington Post, that was pretty awesome!
During all this, we started branching out from the friendly confines of our Frederick studio and hosting live events. We hosted our first live event at Austin Grill in Rockville and was joined by two former Redskins Khary Campbell and Marcus Mason as we packed the house. A few months later we came back to Austin Grill and hosted a live draft party the night of the NFL draft. Earlier in the Redskins season, we participated in our largest live event to-date. Together with the Rockville Town Center, we broadcasted live from the middle of the town center as we showed the Redskins MNF game vs. the Dallas Cowboys on a 30ft x 30ft outdoor jumbotron. The event attracted over 2500 people to the Rockville Town Center, you can read more about the event here. We were also excited to have join us that evening, Super-Bowl Champion Gary Clark on stage, to help breakdown the matchup, it doesn't get much better than that.
We rolled up our sleeves with the Greater DC Cares, DC Servathon event and put together a team of people to help pick up trash on the DC/Alexandria waterfront.
We even got our own pizza named after us, let me introduce you to the "Ball Hogs" pizza. Visit either of the Germantown or Gaithersburg Vocelli's Pizza locations and ask for the "Ball Hog" pizza and they'll fix you this:
Looks delicious... tastes even better. It has become a staple for our Tuesday night broadcasts.
We've experienced a lot over these 12-months and we know that we couldn't have experienced what we've been able to experience without the help of a long list of people. To those on the list: we thank you for your help, support and assistance during the last year as we've worked to get this fun gig off the ground, check out our friends here. We've been able to average web traffic like this thanks in part to you all:
As we look to year two, who knows what the future holds for us. One thing we NEVER did in year one was approach an actual radio station asking to find a spot somewhere on their daily lineup; we knew we needed to get better, we knew there were areas we needed to improve on and there still is, we're amateurs at heart. But with that said, we think it's time to start branching outward. Our local studio has been nice to us and we've enjoyed our time but I think we'd like to see if there is a spot for us somewhere that'll allow our audience to hear us easier and on a regular basis.
Which station may that be? We have no idea... What time of the day? Whatever we can get our hands on... We're just having fun and we think we're on the right path so thanks again for all those that have supported... Off to year two, wherever that may lead us.
From your friends, the Ball Hogs:
Adam Bradley John Wilkes, Kevin Eaton and master producer Mike Johnson
Ball Hogs Radio creates a Top-20 #must follow list for DC/MD/VA sports (players not included)… It proved to be much harder than we thought to narrow it down to just twenty!