One of the best parts of doing this show is getting to chat with sports media personalities who provide content that is also part of my day-to-day routine, whether that comes in the form of writing, radio shows, podcasts and the like. Barstool Sports is on that list and covers all those bases as well, and if you follow the site long enough, you start feeling like you really know the personalities, almost like they’re your friends. It’s a credit to many of the personalities at Barstool and their willingness to be open with the Stoolies. That said, most of those personal stories come in bits and pieces, and it’s easy to miss something here and there. This week, you’ll hear the complete story of one of the most beloved personalities at Barstool. Grab a snack, strap in and hang on for a ride. Oh, and happy 75!
Before we get into Episode 75, as a reminder, The Bridge is broadcast as a one-hour radio show every Wednesday night at 7 ET on Sports Radio America. Once the dust settles from that live broadcast, the show is released as a podcast on iTunes and on this website on Friday. You can listen to the live show every Wednesday on Sports Radio America here or through the TuneIn app.
- “Sports News Read Like Real News” told the tale of the Houston Astros putting Carlos Beltran’s glove to rest (2:29).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: Who is your favorite Barstool Sports personality and why? Call in or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
- This week’s guest is Justin “Clem” Clemenza, a blogger, podcaster and one hell of a model American for Barstool Sports. Clem was kind enough to give way too much of his time to tell his entire story, from working in the sports world before landing at Barstool Sports and anything and everything that he does there. Instead of breaking up our interview into two separate shows, you’ll get it all under one roof, but can easily break up your listening session into two parts. In “part one,” you’ll hear the full story of how Clem got started working in sports media before landing at Barstool Sports, persuading his wife to work there, what it’s like working for Barstool and how the company has changed in the last year or so. In the second half, Clem will peel back the curtain on the content side of things, including his trip to Latvia to learn more about Porzingis, his love for Bruno Mars, 15 second snack reviews and favorite snacks, the Podfathers Podcast, the GoT post-show podcast, his Twitter photo, a typical day in the life and much more.
- You can follow Clem on Twitter @TheClemReport. The interview starts at the 9:00 mark, with “part two” kicking off at 57:53.
– In the interview, we discuss:
The complete story of how he went from working in sports (9:40), to starting The Clem Report blog (16:53), to writing for KFC Radio and part-time for Barstool New York (18:56) to getting hired full-time for Barstool Sports 23:10), convincing his wife to work for the Stool (26:15), how long it took to find his writing style and what makes a good blog (30:00), if there was a time he doubted his decision of joining Barstool (33:51), transitioning to writing about pop culture as well (38:07), being a personality at Barstool Sports (39:56), taking two and a half hours to get to the new office (43:13), what’s changed the most since he started (46:06), the lifestyle of working at Barstool (49:55) and the Barstool family (53:57).
Traveling to Latvia to report on the homeland of Kristaps Porzingis (57:53), Porzingis following him back on Twitter (1:05:30), top five Bruno Mars songs (1:08:15), the inspiration for 15 Second Food Reviews (1:10:01), best and worst snacks (1:13:23), the birth of Snackin’ Off with KFC (1:15:12), co-hosting the Podfathers Podcast with KFC and Chaps (1:17:45), one of his favorite stories from being a father (1:20:25), using his doppelgänger as his Twitter profile picture (1:22:45), what a typical day working for Barstool is like (1:26:18), if being a fan of the Knicks and the Mets will ever be worth it (1:31:42) and co-hosting the post-show Game of Thrones podcast (1:36:23).
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