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Jan 18, 2022 GFQ Network
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Today on Mat Men we interview Charlie Haas about his upcoming match this Thursday on Impact Wrestling. Charlie also goes into detail about his pro wrestling journey over the years and what we should expect from him in 2022.
Topics: andrew zarian, rich stambolian, mat men, charlie haas, impact wrestling, wwe, charlie haas...
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Jan 17, 2022 GFQ Network
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On this episode, the merry men of this podcast take aim at Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights! The Zeros get deep into the woods with this one, comparing this movie to the Kevin Costner blockbuster “Prince of Thieves” as well as exploring other iterations of the legendary outlaw. Does this movie still hold up? Pump up your LA Gear sneakers and jump in to find out!
Topics: Robin Hood Men in Tights, movie review, kevin costner, prince of theives, film class zeros, rich...
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We’ve seen and heard news reports about pandemic lockdown measures taken in Australia. Recently some measures have eased up, so Aussie radio engineer, Stephen Wilkinson, joins us live from Sydney. Stephen is the Technical Ops Manager at Hope Media, and he consults a number of other radio stations on their engineering and technical operations. How are his stations doing under stay-at-home orders, and what technical solutions has he implemented?  Chris Tarr looks after over 30 radio stations...
Topic: radio tech
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Jan 11, 2022 GFQ Network
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Andrew Zarian is joined by O'Shay Edwards to discuss the current state of independent wrestling, how he got started in the business and his match coming up this weekend for Catalyst Wrestling.
Topics: ring of honor, oshay edwards, o'shay edwards, catalyst wrestling, independent wrestling, pro...
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Jan 7, 2022 GFQ Network
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The second annual Mat Men Awards take a special look at 2021. Andrew and Rich give out the awards which were compiled over the last 2 weeks of 2021 from user submissions. They break down each category giving their opinion and point out if they agree with the results and who or what might have been left off the list. We hope you all enjoy this special look back at the year that was in professional wrestling.
Topics: smackdown, wrestlemania, royal rumble, aew tbs, aew dynamite, byan danielson, roman reigns, hangman...
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We’re delighted to officially welcome Chris Tarr to TWiRT as our new weekly co-host along with the show’s founder, Kirk Harnack. As Group Director of Engineering for Magnum Media, Chris brings a daily hands-on radio engineering perspective to the show. We’re giving Chris the floor for this episode so you can get to know him and the kinds of projects he’s working on at Magnum Media. Since Chris Tobin’s passing, Kirk Harnack has been hosting TWiRT solo for the past year. Kirk recently...
Topic: radio tech
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Jan 3, 2022 GFQ Network
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The Film Class Zeros are wandering into town with a guitar case filled with… Movies? This episode’s subject is Desperado, the 1995 action hit by Robert Rodriguez. It’s a flick with lots going on: Big, bombastic shoot-outs, Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek trying to out sexy each other, and Danny Trejo being the baddest dude in a whole town of bad dudes.
Topics: rich stambolian, desperado, antonio banderas, danny terjo, robert rodriguez, salma hayek, movie...
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2022 GFQ Network
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Andrew and Rich take a look ahead to 2022 and give their best “Nostradamus” predictions, they also get some input from producers Jonathan and MG_Geek to try to see what the new year will bring us. Who is getting a run with a title you may not expect? What will be the big blockbuster Main Event? Which women will get a big push? What promotion takes the biggest step forward?
Topics: andrew zarian, rich stambolian, aew, wwe, pro wrestling wrestling new, 2021 best wrestling, 2021...
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Dec 31, 2021 GFQ Network
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Andrew and Rich look back on 2021 and break down some of the best moments and worst moments of the year. We got to see fans come back and even attend shows ourselves including SummerSlam and All Out. We discuss what our favorite moments and surprises were Including, Bryan Danielson Adam Cole showing up at All Out. Also, the return of CM Punk. We discuss some of our Favorite matches of the year, and why Roman Reigns was our stand-out this year. We also go into some of the worst things including...
Topics: andrew zarian, rich stambolian, aew, wwe, pro wrestling wrestling new, 2021 best wrestling, 2021...
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Sam Woo owns a media content and consulting company, Primetime Radio. He collaborated with former TWiRT co-host, the late Chris Tobin, on technical improvements and logistics for producing the “Let’s Go Devils Podcast” as well as corporate events and more. Sam joins us to talk about his collaborations with Chris Tobin, and to show us the “Menlo” that Chris Tobin often used for his appearances on TWiRT. Since Chris Tobin’s passing, Kirk Harnack has been hosting TWiRT solo for the...
Topic: radio tech
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Dec 23, 2021 GFQ Network
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This week’s AEW Dynamite saw Kyle O’Reilly make his AEW debut and reunite with Bobby Fish and Adam Cole. Where does this leave the bucks? Who else is next? Tommaso Ciampa challenges Bron Breakker at New Years Evil. Will this be Breakkers moment? What does the landscape in 2022 look like as we go into the new year? How will AEW and WWE both look this time next year? We discuss Andrew's tweets from this week including, who is the biggest (male) star to come out of WWE Performance Center?...
Topic: wrestling
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Dec 19, 2021 GFQ Network
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Take a dive with us into this episode where we talk about this underappreciated Wes Anderson classic about a past-his-prime adventurer on a mission of revenge. Beware, for beneath the sea lies many mysteries, as well as terrible celebrity impressions. Bring your dynamite and wool cap along for this one, it’s going to be a wild ride!
Topics: The life Aquatic, steve zissou, bill murray, wes anderson, rich stambolian, movie review, owen...
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Dec 16, 2021 GFQ Network
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Is the Mayor of Verona, NJ, doing the engineering work at the top stations in New York City? Or, is the CTO at those top-rated stations moonlighting as a New Jersey township mayor?  Either way, you’re right. Alex Roman leads a staff of engineers and IT pros at WQHT-FM and WBLS-FM in New York City. He says that “radio IT” is the same as “regular IT”, and we all need to work with that notion. Alex reveals other insights and techniques for broadcast engineering, remote workers, and lots...
Topic: radio tech
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Dec 9, 2021 GFQ Network
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On this week’s show, Andrew and Rich are back for another episode of Mat Men, discussing the latest in Pro Wrestling. As the show gets started will break news about WWE releasing Jeff Hardy after his latest episode this past weekend. NXT Wargames was this Sunday, we discuss all the fallout from the show. Who were the big stars and what does the future hold? Are Johnny Gargano and Kyle O’Reilly done in WWE? Both were left lying this week as a way to write them off. We discuss when and where...
Topic: wrestling
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Dec 9, 2021 GFQ Network
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A real pioneer in deploying digital audio sources, infrastructure, and transmission in the UK - and even worldwide, Quentin Howard is our guest on this fascinating episode of TWiRT.  Already a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Quentin was further honored as a Fellow of the Radio Academy in November, 2021. We’re discussing the first uses of Compact Disc digital audio in the UK, as well as the UK’s first use of audio processing on FM broadcasts in the 1980s. DAB...
Topic: radio tech
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Dec 6, 2021 GFQ Network
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We revisit this trope-tastic mid-eighties Stallone-powered shoot-em-up and try to decide if it’s an earnest attempt at a serious crime drama or an action film parody. Either way, we get Shao Kahn and Sledgehammer in the same movie! Melons get wrecked, matches get chewed, and Sgt. Gonzalez isn’t real.
Topics: rich stambolian, cobra 1986, movie review, 80s movies, shao khan
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Nov 24, 2021 GFQ Network
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Today on Mat Men Andrew and Rich are back on this Thanksgiving Eve! The guys go into detail on Survivor Series and what happened with the show, including how good the Charlotte Becky match was, and Roman beating Big E clean. Andrew has some more information on why the rock wasn't involved and why they never pivoted from their plan to feature him. We also discuss Kenny Omega taking time off to heal and just when he should return. NXT war Games is just over a week away we take a look at the card...
Topic: wrestling
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Nov 22, 2021 GFQ Network
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Boogie-woogie! We take a look at the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy about a Reno lounge singer placed in witness protection amongst a convent of nuns who can’t sing. Together, they use the power of music to clean up the town and defeat Harvey Keitel. It’s a flick that gets by on charm and toe-tappin’ nun jams. Slip into a hand-me-down purple mink robe and join us!
Topics: sister act, whoopi goldberg movie review, harvey keitel, rich stambolian
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Nov 21, 2021 GFQ Network
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Rich chats with Jeremy Holt about their book "Made in Korea" from Image Comics, music as inspiration, inclusion in comics, sandwiches, and more! You can find Rich on twitter @btcrich You can find Jeremy on twitter and IG @jeremyholtbooks
Topics: Comics, comic podcast, jeremy holt, made in korea, made in korea image comics, image comics...
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Nov 18, 2021 GFQ Network
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Many broadcast engineers have implemented "structured wiring" within their facilities. Some, like TWiRT host, Kirk Harnack, haven’t really jumped into the best practices yet.  Ed Bukont, owner of E2 Technical Services, both consults and integrates facilities. His vast experience with structured wiring in broadcast plants makes for solid information that we engineers need to know. And, he's got Kirk convinced to "do it right" on his next project.
Topics: ed bukont, kirk harnack, structured wiring, radio tech, broadcast engineering, twirt, cables
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Today on Mat Men the guys break down all that happened at Full Gear and what it means for AEW over the next few months. Including Kenny Omega stepping away to heal up and Hangman as the new Champion. Dynamite was a great show and it was the start of a lot of new programs. We deep dive into everything that happened. Is this a full-blown heel turn for Bryan Danielson or was this a slight change of plans? Survivor Series is this Sunday and the card is very different than what the original concept...
Topics: full gear recap, survivor series 2021, hangman, wwe news, aew news, pro wrestling, wrestling news,...
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Nov 13, 2021 GFQ Network
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On this episode of BTC 2.0 Rich chats with Eisner Nominated writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson about his work, Alien, playing trumpet in the Army, and more! You can find Rich cruising the webs @btcrich on Twitter You can find Phillip at: phillipkennedyjohnson.com @phillipkjohnson on twitter @phillip_kennedy_johnson on instagram
Topics: comics, comic book podcast, best comic podcast, phillip kennedy johnson, phillip kennedy johnson...
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Nov 11, 2021 GFQ Network
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Necessity may be the "mother of invention", but Gordon Carter never thought necessity alone was good enough. As Chief Engineer at classical station, WFMT in Chicago, Gordon's broadcast audio systems had to sound impeccably great, yet withstand the rigors of 24/7/365 broadcasting in America's 3rd largest radio market, Chicago. Let’s learn together from Gordon’s pursuit of audio excellence in FM broadcasting.
Topics: kirk harnack, gordon carter, wfmt, broadcasting, radio tech, fm radio, classical radio, broadcast...
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Nov 11, 2021 GFQ Network
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Last week WWE released a large list of talent. Some of the reasons for the releases will surprise you. We do a deep dive into this and what it means for the company. We also discuss the ramifications it has on NXT and what the next move should be with that brand. WWE is going into Survivor Series and we have all the latest match lineup along with the possible break up of Rey Mysterio and his son Dominik. AEW is heading into Full Gear with a packed show. We break down the matches and give you...
Topics: andrew zarian, rich stambolian, wwe, nxt, aew, wrestling news, pro wrestling, full gear, rey...
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Nov 8, 2021 GFQ Network
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We take a flying leap into Jackie Chan’s action-packed flick about a typical day in the Bronx: diamond heists, beer bottle baseball and hovercraft chases. We talk about skewed New York City movie geography, the value of practical stunt work, and get BMX bikes confused with motocross motorcycles. Rich gets a 25 year old bee out of his bonnet. See you in the Bronx!
Topics: film class zeros, rich stambolian, rumble in the bronx, jackie chan, bronx
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Nov 4, 2021 GFQ Network
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Ron Killings AKA R-Truth joins Andrew Zarian and Rich Stambolian to discuss his wrestling and music career. They discuss his early influences in music and wrestling and how the two are connected. Also, his longevity and how he stays in shape, given his busy lifestyle. Then they discuss his early influences in both wrestling and music and his creative process and his newest single "Legacy".
Topics: r-truth, r turth, rich stambolian, andrew zarian, wwe, wrestling, pro wrestling, wrestling...
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Nov 4, 2021 GFQ Network
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Ron Killings joins Andrew Zarian and Rich Stambolian to discuss his wrestling and music career. Check out Ron Killnings music at https://theofficialronkillings.com
Topics: r-truth, r turth, rich stambolian, andrew zarian, wwe, wrestling, pro wrestling, wrestling...
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Oct 28, 2021
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Today on Mat Men Rich and Andrew break down all of this week’s biggest Pro Wrestling news rumors and results.Ring of Honor will be shutting down operation at the end of the year with a planned April 2022 return during WrestleMania weekend. But now many are wondering if ROH will return?We also go into detail as to what happened last week on Smackdown during the title exchange between Becky and Charlotte. Halloween Havoc was this past Tuesday and we saw Chiampa retain the NXT title. Was this...
Topics: ring of honor, wwe news, rich stambolian, andrew zarian, Becky vs Charlotte, aew rumors, pro...
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Oct 28, 2021
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Common Alerting Protocol. Doesn't sound exciting, but what it's doing for people in many countries is sometimes life-saving. We might think of CAP as a new-ish way to receive emergency messages, such as Child Abduction Emergency notification. Or we may consider CAP as just another input source to our broadcast EAS systems. There’s a lot more to CAP than this, however. Interestingly, the USA and Canada are using CAP a bit differently. Rob Hopkins from OpenBroadcaster in Canada, and Vincent...
Topics: Common Alerting Protocol, rob hopkins, vincent maggard, sekyvp, openbroadcaster, eas, radio tech,...
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Oct 22, 2021 GFQ Network
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Crown Jewel turned out to be a pretty good show and definitely over delivered. We have all the results and speculation on some of the bigger storylines coming out of the show. Also was this Goldberg's best match? AEW and WWE have continued their war with each other but is tribalism going to hurt both brands in the long run? Tony Khan has been getting some negative attacks on him over the past week. What’s the reason for it? Is it self-preservation for some? Or is he just playing the Internet?...
Topics: Bound for Glory, Halloween Havoc, crown jewel, crown jewel recap, wwe, rich stambolian, andrew...
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Oct 18, 2021 GFQ Network
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Creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky, but enough about Alex and Rich, let’s talk about The Addams Family! In this episode, we chat about how the magnificently macabre family of oddballs made us feel right at home. Come for the laughs, stay for the Mamushka!
Topics: film class zeros, rich stambolian, the addams family, addams family review
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Oct 18, 2021 mortal kombat, mortal kombat review, rich stambolian, Christopher Lambert, film class zeros
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Film Class Zeros shadow-kicks things off with Mortal Kombat, the first film adaptation of the legendary arcade fighting game. What it lacks in cartoon-y dismemberment, it makes up for in memorable lines, particularly by Long Island’s own Christopher Lambert (look it up). Get over here… and listen to this episode!
Topics: mortal kombat, mortal kombat review, rich stambolian, Christopher Lambert, film class zeros
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Oct 14, 2021 GFQ Network
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"Shane has turned off the 'Fasten Seatbelt" sign; you are now free to move about the country." Probably the best way to become an expert in anything is to work your craft in different places. Shane Toven is Senior Broadcast Engineer at Educational Media Foundation K-LOVE & Air1 Media Networks. We can each learn from his recent engineering exploits!
Topics: shane toven, kirk harnack, radio tech, broadcast engineering, klove, k-love, air1, Transmitter Site...
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Oct 14, 2021 GFQ Network
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Andrew has a big announcement that will change things for the podcast. Rampage and Smackdown will be going head to “headish”… and this officially begins the Friday Night War. With both shows having big cards planned, how will Smackdown and Rampage do this week? AEW Dynamite is live on Saturday this week and we discuss how changing the schedule impacts the show. Survivor Series in Brooklyn was set to feature the Rock this year… but plans change pal. Andrew has the latest. Bray Wyatt’s...
Topics: wwe, aew, rich stambolian, andrew zarian, wrestling observer live, aew rampage, wwe smackdown,...
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Oct 13, 2021 GFQ Network
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Rich chats with Steve Orlando about his work, methods, and about the million projects he's got going on. You can find Steve everywhere @thesteveorlando
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Oct 7, 2021 GFQ Network
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How did you get started in broadcast engineering? Through Amateur Radio? Building a Heathkit? Perhaps an electronics chapter in high school science? Let’s turn the page to today’s inspiration and learning opportunities. Sean McMahon is a Robotics Team Head Coach, while Bill Bennet is a "Recovering Broadcast Engineer".  We're looking into STEM / STEAM programs where the next generation of media engineers will come from. 
Topics: bill bennett, sean mcmahon, kirk harnack, radio tech, broadcast engineering, amateur radio,...
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Oct 5, 2021 GFQ Network
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The WWE Draft was this past week so we will break it all down. Several names switched brands some stayed and there were some interesting NXT call ups. Plus, we break down all the latest happenings from Raw and Smackdown including home invasions, extortion, and attempted murder! Also, AEW Rampage is putting on a great show weekly but is it worth it based on the ratings? We discuss.
Topics: wwe draft, wwe draft 2021, nxt call up, nxt news, wwe news, pro wrestling, pro wrestling news,...
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Oct 2, 2021 GFQ Network
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Rich and Dan chat about his work, comics, influences, and more. This is a very fun and quick interview with an all time comics great.  You can find Dan on all socials @urbanbarbarian
Topics: Dan Panosian, rich stambolian, Drink_and_Draw Social Club, Unkindness of Raven
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Sep 30, 2021 GFQ Network
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Extreme Rules was this past Sunday but there wasn't much extreme involved. The guys break down this PPV. Including reimagining the ending of the Main Event. NXT 2.0 gets edgy and looks to be headed further down that path, including sexual situations and more aggressive language. The Draft is this week, we discuss who might be going where and what is going on with NXT talent be involved. AEW Dynamite last night was another fantastic show and we have all the news coming out of it, Including a new...
Topics: extreme rules recap, wwe news, wwe rumors, shane mcmahon, bray wyatt rumors, aew news, pro...
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Sep 29, 2021 GFQ Network
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Jim Addie has had a career in broadcasting that spans 45 years. With engineering positions at notable stations like WFMT, WGN, and WJMK (CBS/Infinity), Jim and his top-shelf engineering colleagues designed and built some impressive custom equipment for critical broadcast audio. Jim Addie joins us on TWiRT to share some delightful and amazing radio engineering stories.
Topics: jim addie, jo addie, radio tech, kirk harnack, broadcast engineering, WFMT, WGN, WJMK, knight kit,...
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Sep 25, 2021 GFQ Network
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After having a jam-packed week of great pro wrestling the boys are ready to break down all the latest news and rumors! Andrew and Rich were at AEW Grand Slam in Queens NYC this past Weds and will go into detail about the experience. AEW is on a roll right now but can they keep the momentum up and what is the future headed for AEW. We also break down this Sunday's Extreme Rules PPV, Smackdown, Raw and NXT results, and much more!
Topics: extreme rules ppv, wwe, aew, wrestling news, andrew zarian, rich stambolian, pro wrestling,...
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Sep 25, 2021 GFQ Network
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Guys! This one is a fun one. Rich chats with Charlie McCrackin. He plays Coach Novak on AP Bio (available on Peacock) and voices Spintax the Green on Hello From The Magic Tavern (what a pod!) You can find Charlie on twitter: @thecrackin
Topics: charlie mccrackin, coach novak, ap bio, spintax
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Sep 23, 2021 GFQ Network
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Most of us in radio wax nostalgic about how radio was early in our careers. Todd Edwards waxes poetic about the analog radio automation systems he worked with at the end of the 1970s and into the 1980s.  Names like SMC, Scully, Ampex, Otari, ITC, and Drake-Chenault are peppered throughout our conversation and tour on this week's episode. Todd recalls his first bloody automation injury and describes using a station's automation system as his excuse to go on the air live.
Topics: analog radio, analog audio, carts, radio cart, todd edwards, radio automation, radio tech, kirk...
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Sep 18, 2021 GFQ Network
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Ethan Young is back and we chat The Dragon Path and toys! Why not? You can find Ethan @POP_MYTH
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Sep 16, 2021 GFQ Network
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WWE was at MSG on Friday and so were we! We breakdown our really awesome experience with the WWE crew. Big E won the WWE title on Monday by cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Bobby Lashley and this begins a new era for Big E in the WWE. We go into detail on how this came about and what the plan is moving forward. NXT 2.0 launched this Tuesday with all-new personalities and look. We also crowned a new NXT champion. Will this be a positive change for NXT and WWE? AEW took place in...
Topics: big e champion, big e money in the bank, money in the bank recap, wwe news, aew news, andrew...
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Sep 16, 2021 GFQ Network
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Some of the most useful and helpful broadcast equipment we’ve ever used is designed and built by a company named “Inovonics”.  Founded by Jim Wood, the President and CEO now is Ben Barber.  An experienced broadcast engineer himself, Ben joins us with terrific tales of his early days with Inovonics, and the backstories on several key pieces of gear that most of us engineers have used!
Topics: ben barber, inovonics, radio tech, kirk harnack, broadcast engineering
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Sep 15, 2021 GFQ Network
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Catalyst Wrestling champion and NWA star Colby Corino speaks with Andrew Zarian to discuss this Friday's Catalyst Wrestling event in Jersey City, his career as a pro wrestler and more!
Topics: nwa, colby corino, catalyst wrestling, pro wrestling, national wrestling alliance, andrew zarian,...
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Sep 10, 2021 GFQ Network
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George Whittam is one of the foremost engineers building home studios for radio, TV, and Hollywood voice-over talent. Many of his clients were doing some work in their home studios prior to the COVID pandemic. However, the lockdowns of the past 18 months - particularly in California - have made it absolutely necessary for the quality of home studios to rival that of commercial facilities. This is where George’s expertise has been proven time and time again. "Home Studio Perfection"...
Topics: kirk harnack, george whittam, george the tech, radio tech, broadcast engineering, home studio,...
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Sep 9, 2021 GFQ Network
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The Mat Men Crew along with the Wrestling Observer/F4W crew had a blast in Chicago for AEW All Out and we tell you all about it. Daniel Bryan, Adam Cole, and Ruby Soho all debuted at All Out this past Sunday but is it possible that more is on the way. We also have news regarding Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole's contract and what their WWE plans would be if they had stayed. Yesterday WWE announced that Triple H underwent a heart procedure following a cardiac event that happened last week. Pro...
Topics: bryan danielson, daniel bryan, adam cole, adam cole aew, bryan danielson aew, aew all out, aew all...
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Sep 4, 2021 GFQ Network
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On this episode of Mat Men we recorded live from Andrew’s luxurious Chicago sweet with special guest Garrett Gonzalez from the Fight Game Podcast and Wrestling Observer. We Discuss the excitement for This weekend’s All-OUT PPV,  and how this show might be a game-changer for AEW. We discuss how we all got to this point of covering Pro Wrestling as podcasters and just the overall state of pro wrestling today. Then a thorough breakdown and predictions for Sunday’s ALL-OUT PPV including the...
Topics: all out preview, aew, all out ppv, pro wresting, rich stambolian, andrew zarian garrett gonzalez,...
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Sep 2, 2021 GFQ Network
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It’s been well over 20 years since some radio stations began streaming their audio on the Internet. And these days, most stations do have a streaming presence.  But, is that enough with so much competition? Is there more in terms of convenience and utility that we broadcasters can provide to our listeners? Ed Martinez, Robert Minnix, and David Bialik sure think so - and hundreds of radio stations agree. From automatic content archiving to instant rewind and even “access control” using...
Topics: david bialik, eduardo martinez, robert minnix, kirk harnack, radio tech, broadcast engineering,...
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Sep 2, 2021 GFQ Network
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On Today’s Mat Men, we discuss the latest news in the wrestling world as we get prepared for an exciting weekend in Chicago. NXT is changing formats as Vince looks to be more “hands-on” going forward. What does that mean for the current roster and those in charge like Triple H and HBK? We have the latest! NWA 73 took place this past weekend with a Ric Flair appearance and a new NWA champion. We give our Thoughts. We also discuss the bizarre Raw this week with rewrites and the Charlotte vs...
Topics: rich stambolian, andrew zarian, pro wrestling, wrestling news, wwe news, aew all out, aew rumors,...
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Aug 26, 2021 GFQ Network
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It’s likely impossible for a true “Master Class” in anything to be done in 1 hour.  However, Matt Gholston does take us through some of the key concepts that Chief Engineers must heed. From AoIP ideas to managing tower crews, Matt emphasizes some of the most important skills for today’s broadcast engineer. From teaching school to consulting hundreds of broadcasters, Matt’s wealth of knowledge is easily shared on this episode!
Topics: matt gholston, kirk harnack, radio tech, broadcast engineering, audio over ip, aoip
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Aug 26, 2021 GFQ Network
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The guys are back from their trip to Las Vegas and have a lot of awesome stories. CM Punk’s official debut in AEW was a success and we have all the latest on his future with the company. Including some of the potential matchups possible. Also the speculation and teases of other guys coming in like Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole, and Bray Wyatt.  WWE SummerSlam saw the return of Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar to the Smackdown side but where does this leave Raw? More changes are coming to NXT and...
Topics: cm punk, cm punk aew, rich stambolian, andrew zarian, pro wrestling, wrestling news, wwe rumors,...
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Aug 19, 2021 GFQ Network
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One of the most clever engineering technicians we’ve met is also a bar and hotel owner and tour boat operator. So why wouldn’t he operate some hip radio stations as well?  Sean Kelly is here to update us on virtualizing the operation of several online radio stations. Sean is running HITz Digital, KISS Digital, and PALM Torbay - and doing so with little more than an off-lease Dell R710 server with both free and commercial software.
Topics: sean kelly, kiss digital, palm torbay, hitz digital, virtual radio, esxi, radio tech, broadcast...
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Aug 17, 2021 GFQ Network
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Andrew and Rich are getting ready for their SummerSlam Vegas trip and we have all the latest news and rumors going into this blockbuster event. We also cover the latest NXT rumors and break down facts from fiction. AEW Rampage debuted last Friday and we saw a major title change. How will it do this week with the long-awaited return of CM Punk to Pro Wrestling? How will he debut and who will he feud with first? We also discuss Ric Flair’s appearance at TripleMania with Andrade El Idolo and...
Topics: summerslam, wwe summerslam, summerslam 2021, summerslam vegas, andrew zarian, rich stambolian, nxt...
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Sydney, Australia, is on another pandemic lockdown, but this time broadcasters are better prepared. Stephen Wilkinson is Technical Operations Manager at Hope Media in Sydney, and is responsible not only for keeping this important community radio station on-the-air, but also for keeping the IT systems safe from cyber attacks.  Stephen joins us to talk about Covid workflows, specific equipment and software, and several key points for reducing the risk of malware and ransomware at broadcast...
Topics: stephen wilkinson, kirk harnack, Digital Radio Australia, DAB+, hope media, covid workflow, radio...
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Aug 12, 2021 GFQ Network
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Following the large NXT cuts, the rumors are swirling regarding the changes coming to NXT. We have the latest news including possible call-ups, who’s calling the shots, and what the networks think about it. AEW is only one week away from CM Punk’s “speculated” debut. How will this change the company's path? Is this the beginning of the real war between AEW and WWE? With Christian Cage being announced as Kenny Omega’s “All Out” opponent, what is happening with the AEW title...
Topics: aew, wwe, rich stambolian, andrew zarian, christian cage, summerslam rumors, summerslam 2021, kenny...
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Aug 7, 2021 GFQ Network
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We have a jammed-packed show with the recent NXT cuts. Some of the names may surprise you. Will there be more cuts? Andrew has the latest! Adam Cole’s contract has expired and WWE is having some trouble signing him. Will he stay or leave WWE? Bray Wyatt was released this past week and it shocked the wrestling world. The reason was budget cuts but is that the truth? AEW TV this week might have been their weakest show in some time but it was still a note-worthy show as the build to All Out...
Topics: bray wyatt, nxt cuts, wwe cuts, aew tv, andrew zarianm, rich stambolian, wwe news, wwe rumors,...
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Aug 5, 2021 GFQ Network
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Does anyone find humor and joy in broadcast engineering like Jim Grum Graham does? I don't think so!! Through flood, heart attack, crazy contests, and fun radio remotes, Jim Graham's engineering experiences have reduced him to the man he is today! What’s more, we can learn some important engineering lessons from Jim’s mistakes - and from his triumphs! Enjoy an hour with Jim as he recounts some crushing defeats as well as the occasional victory in his illustrious radio career.
Topics: jim graham, jim grum graham, fun radio, fox fun radio, kirk harnack, rdio tech, broadcast...
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Jul 31, 2021 GFQ Network
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Chris Condon comes back and chats ALL things comic book, collecting, music, That Texas Blood, conventions and more! This is a fun one, guys! You can find Chris at: @christophcondon on twitter
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Jul 29, 2021 GFQ Network
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We have the latest on the WWE heading back to Saudi Arabia and dates on the “Queen of the Ring” Tournament. Matt Cardona broke the internet on Saturday and revitalized his career in the process by beating Nick Gage in his own match. AEW put on an all-time classic show Wednesday Night and made some teases to some pretty big names for future shows. We get into just how much more enjoyable of a product it is than WWE. Highlights from Raw, SmackDown, and NXT including a different viewing...
Topics: wwe saudia arabia, Queen of the Ring, Matt Cardona, nick gage, rolling loud festival, summerslam...
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Phil Larsen used to fly drones to pick up bad guys discussing their evil plans.  Now he runs the QForce Airborne Division of  QCommunications, listening to radio and TV stations while measuring transmitted signal patterns. Aerial signal measurement has been around since an engineer carried an RF field strength meter into a helicopter. But, today’s measurements using custom-built drones are far superior to earlier methods.  Phil explains what goes into drone-based RF measurements to assure...
Topics: phil larsen, QCommunications, qforce, drones, rf measurement, drone based measurement, drones,...
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Jul 24, 2021 GFQ Network
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Rich chats with Caitlin Yarsky about her work on Black Hammer and much more!!!
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Jul 23, 2021 GFQ Network
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Some days you’re the windshield, and some days you’re the bug.  And some days you experience some of each.  Tom Ray’s recent experience with a 4-tower AM directional array new New York is a study in “surprise” and “relief” as he dealt with half of a tower collapsing. These AM towers are in suburban wetlands, surrounded by residences, a city park, and protected waterways. Tom describes how, with a little luck and some expert help, a tower catastrophe got resolved and further...
Topics: tom ray, kirk harnack, radio tech, broadcast engineering, radio towers, radio tower, am radio, am...
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Jul 22, 2021 GFQ Network
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Andrew and Rich are back to discuss the possible signing of Daniel Bryan and CM Punk to AEW. Is this a game-changer if this happens? How will this make WWE Pivot their plans? What will be the timetable for their debuts? MITB was this past Sunday and we have all the results and aftermath. We discuss how much better the show was with fans and Cena’s return and his huge reaction. Also just why both Keith Lee and Karrion Kross appeared to be buried on Raw and what they might be doing to recover....
Topics: nick gage, bryan danielson, cm punk, cm punk aew, daniel bryan, wwe news, aew rumors, wwe rumors,...
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Jul 17, 2021 GFQ Network
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Rich and Ram chat about comics, life, music, and the future on this great episode.
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Jul 15, 2021 GFQ Network
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From modifying off-the-shelf audio processors, to hand-building his own designs, to overseeing the most successful radio audio processing company in the world, Frank Foti has both predicted and created the future of audio enhancement. In this episode we’ll hear about Frank’s collaboration with great record producers and how that work has continued to inform the development of broadcast audio processors. Loudness targets, a peak unlimiter, and a density detector - all discussed right here.
Topics: frank foti, z100, audio processing, radio tech, broadcast engineering, omnia audio, telos alliance,...
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Jul 13, 2021 GFQ Network
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Paul Orndorff has passed away at the age of 71 and we discuss his career and impact on Pro Wrestling. Just how important he was to Hogan’s success and why he was so underrated. Last night was the final WWE Raw from the Thunderdome. The Pandemic Era has finally come to an end. There were things that worked and others that didn’t, we discuss. Bayley got injured doing mandatory training and will be out for a while. Was that training necessary? Money in the bank is this Sunday. We give...
Topics: Paul Orndorff, thunderdome era, Thunderdome, money in the bank, ring of honor, aew news, wwe news,...
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Jul 8, 2021 GFQ Network
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The satellite C-Band repack is upon us. Indeed, some 5G carriers are already operating just below the satellite C-Band and have caused interference. More such interference is on the way and broadcast engineers need to act now. Mark Johnson with LinkUp Communications joins us to outline the C-Band repack timeline and share photos from recent filter installations.
Topics: C-Band repack, kirk harnack, radio tech, 5g, broadcast engineering, mark johnson, linkup...
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Jul 8, 2021 GFQ Network
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With this past Tuesday being the 25th Anniversary of the NWO, we take a look back. How that one moment changed the business and what it might look like and the NWO never formed. Malakai Black is all in and we were all surprised! With the recent releases from WWE AEW is starting to really stack their roster up. Who else could be next? We discuss. We also break down NXT Great American Bash. Including the return of Teagan Knox and the mixed reactions of Hit Row’s performance. Smackdown and Raw...
Topics: jimmy uso dui, great american bash, andrew zarian, rich stambolian, pro wrestling, f4w online,...
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Jul 1, 2021 GFQ Network
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Tony Dimsdale loves RF. And he loves the plumbing it takes to transport high-power RF energy from one place to another without “spilling” any! Working with GatesAir during the TV repack put Tony in the middle of the action, moving FM station antennas, installing RF combining and switching systems, and learning the nuances and “gotchas” of the art of RF plumbing. He shares his knowledge and experience with us on this episode of TWiRT.
Topics: Tony Dimsdale, kirk harnack, radio tech, broadcast engineering, gateair, fm antenna, rf combiner,...
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Jun 26, 2021 GFQ Network
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Rich chats with Jesse Lonergan about his work, his Eisner nomination, patty melts, and a bunch of stuff! Don't miss out! 
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Jun 25, 2021 GFQ Network
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Hell In A Cell was this past Sunday and we got to see 4 matches over the course of three shows. Why did WWE put on a HIAC match on Smackdown and Raw? Is it time to retire the Hell in a cell concept for awhile? As we get closer to having live attendance at WWE shows we are starting to see how things will play out in the coming months. According to sources WWE will be running MSG on Sept 10th and this has many AEW fans upset. We have all the latest. Also there is a big AEW Saturday show tomorrow...
Topics: hell in a cell recap, smackdown recap, wwe news, raw recap, aew, pro wrestling, brock lesnar, wwe...
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Four years ago Philipp Schmid at Nautel introduced HD Radio technology allowing up to 15 digital program feeds on one FM channel. They called it “Multiplex FM”. Now the idea and technology have expanded to include the DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) transmission system. What’s more, Nautel and Telos Alliance have demonstrated a cloud-based system for processing multiple HD channels along with the analog FM program, with reliable Internet delivery to transmitter sites. Philip and Alex fill us...
Topics: Philipp Schmind, alex hartman, kirk harnack, radio tech, broadcast engineering, nautel, hd radio,...