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The Walder Sportscast w/ Chuck Swirsky: Toronto Raptors Memories, Jerry Krause, Kobe Bryant’s 81 Points

The Walder Sportscast w/ Chuck Swirsky: Toronto Raptors Memories, Jerry Krause, Kobe Bryant’s 81 Points

July 29, 2020

Host Chris Walder (@WalderSports) invites Chuck Swirsky (@CTSBulls), a former Toronto Raptors broadcaster and current radio play-by-play man for the Chicago Bulls, onto the program. Chuck reveals how he's spent the past several months during the COVID-19 pandemic (2:59), if he ever envisioned the Raptors reaching the heights they have stemming from his tenure with the organization (4:15), how he'll remember Vince Carter's run in Toronto (6:32), if he believes Carter and Tracy McGrady would have won an NBA title together north of the border (8:37), what it was like to watch the Raptors hoist Larry O'Brien from afar in 2019 (10:23), and if he still believes Carter is the greatest Raptor of all-time (11:42). Chuck also discusses whether or not there's any optimism surrounding the current iteration of the Bulls (14:53), and if he felt uneasy watching "The Last Dance" documentary knowing Jerry Krause couldn't defend himself from the intense scrutiny he received (17:03). And in his final rapid-fire questioning, Chuck remembers the infamous Michael Ruffin blunder/Morris Peterson buzzer-beater from 2007, Kobe Bryant's historic 81-point performance, how he views the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James GOAT debate, who's the greatest NBA player to ever come from the Windy City, and much more. 

The Walder Sportscast w/ Joseph Casciaro: Evolution of Blogging, NBA Title Sleepers, Best of Shawn Michaels

The Walder Sportscast w/ Joseph Casciaro: Evolution of Blogging, NBA Title Sleepers, Best of Shawn Michaels

July 24, 2020

Host Chris Walder (@WalderSports) invites Joseph "Cash" Casciaro (@JosephCasciaro), a senior NBA writer for theScore in downtown Toronto and co-host of the "Pound the Rock" podcast, onto the program. The two discuss what it's like creating fresh basketball content during the COVID-19 pandemic (2:56), the growth Cash has seen in the Toronto Raptors blogosphere since his days writing for RaptorBlog (5:46), if it's difficult maintaining an enthusiasm for the game when it's your day-to-day job to cover it (9:23), and any advice Cash would give his younger self knowing what he knows now about current sports media (12:09). Cash also provides his first impression of the atmosphere out in Orlando for the NBA's initial scrimmages ahead of the 2019-20 campaign (17:08), how his thought process has changed over the past several months concerning the NBA's return (21:25), which sleeper teams he feels could walk away with the championship in October (24:49), how the Raptors have found success this season after losing Kawhi Leonard (32:06), and where this season ranks among all that he's covered in Toronto (35:47). And in his final rapid-fire questioning, Cash tells a hilarious story about how Chris called him the wrong name during his first weeks at theScore in 2015, discloses his all-time favorite matches from "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels, why everyone should watch the Italian crime drama "Gomorrah," where everyone should eat when visiting Scarborough, his memories of Italy's 2006 FIFA World Cup win, if Danilo Gallinari is the greatest Italian player in NBA history, and so much more. 

The Walder Sportscast w/ Jack Armstrong: NBA Bubble and COVID-19, Vince Carter’s Legacy, “Ball” With Hedo

The Walder Sportscast w/ Jack Armstrong: NBA Bubble and COVID-19, Vince Carter’s Legacy, “Ball” With Hedo

July 17, 2020

Host Chris Walder (@WalderSports) invites legendary Toronto Raptors announcer and analyst Jack Armstrong onto the program. The two discuss how Jack has been over the past several months during the COVID-19 pandemic (4:13), as well as his thoughts being a father of three Black boys on the Black Lives Matter movement and protests (6:15), his faith in the NBA maintaining its bubble out in Orlando and ultimately crowning a champion (11:07), how much he's enjoyed the 2019-20 campaign for the Toronto Raptors (16:31), if Pascal Siakam can continue to thrive as a No. 1 option (19:18), and how the newly-retired Vince Carter's legacy will be remembered north of the border (21:48). And in his final rapid-fire questioning, Jack chats about being an active runner while offering advice to those looking to improve their cardio, what it was like interviewing Hedo Turkoglu when he uttered the word "Ball" in a post-game interview, if a potential Christmas album is in the works, his many interactions with Drake, the defining moments of the Raptors' 2019 title run, and much more. 

The Walder Sportscast w/ John Chick: Vince Carter’s Career, Covering NBA During Pandemic, Husky Videos

The Walder Sportscast w/ John Chick: Vince Carter’s Career, Covering NBA During Pandemic, Husky Videos

July 3, 2020

Host Chris Walder (@WalderSports) invites John Chick (@roofthatpeach), an NBA news editor for theScore mobile app and formally of CBC Sports, onto the program. The two discuss what it's like covering basketball during a pandemic when news wasn't constantly emerging (3:35), John's thoughts on the NBA returning to action in Orlando (5:24), whether he sees a lack of representation from women and people of color in the sports media industry (9:30), his recent piece on the 35th anniversary of the Air India bombing and how it connects to world events today (13:32), and if the NBA could be doing more to support the Black Lives Matter movement (17:49). John also provides some in-depth analysis on the 22-year career of Vince Carter and what it will be most remembered for (19:53), which Carter moment or play stands out to him (23:19), if he thinks it's a slam dunk that Carter will get into the Basketball Hall of Fame (24:46), and if Carter should be the first Toronto Raptor to have his number retired by the organization (28:32). And in his final rapid-fire questioning, John tells the story behind his infamous Instagram videos featuring his husky, his thoughts on the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James debate, what makes Hong Kong so great, his future using TikTok, if he has better hair than Gordon Bombay, and much more.

The Walder Sportscast w/ Imman: Bill Simmons Controversy, “Kyle Lowry Over Everything,” Championship Asterisk

The Walder Sportscast w/ Imman: Bill Simmons Controversy, “Kyle Lowry Over Everything,” Championship Asterisk

June 26, 2020

Host Chris Walder (@WalderSports) invites Imman (@_NopeName), one of the many hosts of "Dishes and Dimes: A Raptors Podcast," onto the program. The two discuss the early stages of her podcast and getting it off the ground with an all-female team (2:58), whether or not women and people of color are properly represented in sports media today (4:36), and the lack of diversity on podcasts hosted by The Ringer along with the "Open Mic" email from Bill Simmons (7:21). Imman also chimes in on the NBA returning to play in Orlando during the COVID-19 pandemic (10:36), whether or not games could be viewed as an unwelcome distraction from the Black Lives Matter movement (12:17), Kyrie Irving perhaps getting too much heat for suggesting players should sit out the season (13:37), how Raptors fans would take one of the players potentially refusing to play (17:10), how much she's enjoyed Toronto's 2019-20 campaign sans Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green (19:27), Pascal Siakam's growth as a No. 1 option (21:21), and a potential asterisk for whichever team hoists the Larry O'Brien trophy this year (23:03). And in her final rapid-fire questioning, Imman chats about her desire to have Malcolm Miller on her podcast, her nightly 11:11 tweets, whether skinny Marc Gasol is a positive, her defining moment of the Raptors' championship run that's not "The Shot," if she deserves credit for the saying "Kyle Lowry Over Everything," and so much more. 

The Walder Sportscast w/ William Lou: Landscape of Sports Media, Toronto Raptors Championship Celebration, Rush Hour Characters

The Walder Sportscast w/ William Lou: Landscape of Sports Media, Toronto Raptors Championship Celebration, Rush Hour Characters

June 18, 2020

Host Chris Walder (@WalderSports) invites William Lou (@william_lou), a Toronto Raptors reporter for Yahoo Sports Canada and the host of the "Raptors Over Everything" podcast, onto the program. The two discuss what it's like for William to work in predominantly white newsrooms and what can be done to bring more diversity (3:21), his overall assessment of the current landscape of sports media (6:29), how much he's enjoyed the current Raptors season (14:20), what he's seen from Pascal Siakam (17:07), and if there are any teams in the East outside of the Milwaukee Bucks that could give Toronto a ton of trouble in the playoffs (19:18). William also offers his two cents on the NBA returning to action in Orlando (22:09) and recaps his night when the Raptors captured the 2019 championship (25:43). And in his final rapid-fire questioning, William talks about the now infamous photo of himself standing in a tree with a wad of cash, secondary characters in "Rush Hour," the Raptors' Mt. Rushmore, Oasis, Cloverdale Mall, Giannis Antetokounmpo possibly coming to the 6ix, and so much more. 

The Walder Sportcast w/ Jordan Hayles: Black Lives Matter, (Lack of) Diversity in Media, Retweeted by Zendaya

The Walder Sportcast w/ Jordan Hayles: Black Lives Matter, (Lack of) Diversity in Media, Retweeted by Zendaya

June 15, 2020

Host Chris Walder (@WalderSports) invites Jordan Hayles (@MR_STiXX), a video editor for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the host of the "YO STiXX Podcast," onto the program. The two discuss the impact the recent Black Lives Matter protests have had on Jordan (2:42), what goes through his mind when he hears "All Lives Matter," (7:35) what I can do better as a White man to be a stronger ally to the Black community (10:07), the lack of diversity and representation in the media (14:45), the recent "Blackout Tuesday" initiative on social media (23:57), and how basketball writers have an added responsibility to use their platform to take a stand on issues affecting Black people (28:03). Jordan also talks about a recent episode of his podcast where he opened up about his separation, going to therapy, and how rough 2019 was for him personally (31:20), while also chiming in on the Toronto Raptors and how his expectations may have changed following this layoff (39:32). And in his final rapid-fire questioning, Jordan recommends some can't-miss eateries in Scarborough, what it was like getting retweeted by Zendaya, his thoughts on the new Miles Morales Spider-Man video game, some final slander for anyone who believes the Raptors were lucky to win a championship, and much more. 

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The Walder Sportscast w/ Blake Murphy: Toronto Anti-Black Racism Protest, Return of Raptors Basketball, Best of Blink 182

The Walder Sportscast w/ Blake Murphy: Toronto Anti-Black Racism Protest, Return of Raptors Basketball, Best of Blink 182

June 8, 2020

Host Chris Walder (@WalderSports) invites Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC), a Toronto Raptors writer for The Athletic and co-host of both the "Raptors Reasonablists" and "Columbia House Party" podcasts, onto the program. The two discuss Blake's experience attending a recent anti-Black racism protest in downtown Toronto (3:29), any pressure he felt as a basketball writer to take a stand (6:55), and his offer to assist those with a marginalized voice (9:21). On the sports front, Blake reveals his initial reaction to the news that the NBA would be returning to finish off the 2019-20 campaign (11:30), the league choosing not to alter its playoff format (15:11), how the coming weeks and months will play out for the Raptors (17:20), the likelihood of Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka, and Marc Gasol remaining with the team (25:02), and much more. And in his final rapid-fire questioning, Blake gives his prediction for this year's G1 Climax for New Japan Pro Wrestling, reveals his Mount Rushmore of Blink 182 songs, provides a lasting Vince Carter memory, offers up an NBA Finals prediction, and so much more. 

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The Walder Sportscast w/ Rachel Bonnetta: Road to “Lock It In,” Cousin Sal, Interviewing WWE superstars

The Walder Sportscast w/ Rachel Bonnetta: Road to “Lock It In,” Cousin Sal, Interviewing WWE superstars

June 1, 2020

Host Chris Walder (@WalderSports) invites Rachel Bonnetta (@rachelbonnetta), the host of Fox Sports' "Lock It In," onto the program. The two discuss their time taking Broadcast Journalism together at Seneca College in Toronto (2:24), her rise in the sports media industry (8:15), living in both New York and Los Angeles (14:38), interviewing Will Ferrell (18:40), hosting a show during the COVID-19 pandemic (22:03), a funny Cousin Sal story from when the cameras weren't rolling (23:25), her new podcast "Hall of Shame" (26:17), and much more. Rachel also takes part in some final rapid-fire questioning to talk what it was like playing a psychiatrist for WWE superstars in Fox's "Wrestling With Your Feelings" skits, growing up in the small town of Orono, the 2002 basketball comedy "Juwanna Mann," her uncle being a former NHL head coach, and plenty more. 

The Walder Sportscast w/ Jon Alba: Professional Wrestling and COVID-19, Orlando Magic Basketball, Chris Jericho

The Walder Sportscast w/ Jon Alba: Professional Wrestling and COVID-19, Orlando Magic Basketball, Chris Jericho

May 25, 2020

Host Chris Walder (@WalderSports) invites Jon Alba (@JonAlba), a sports reporter for Orlando's Spectrum Sports 360 as well as an Emmy award-winner, onto the program. The two discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on the professional wrestling industry (8:56) and the season that was for the NBA's Orlando Magic (22:25). Jon also takes part in some final rapid-fire questioning to talk Chris Jericho, Aaron Gordon's appearance in this year's Slam Dunk Contest, the one baseball park every fan needs to visit before they die, how he keeps his hair so immaculate, and much more.