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“Hawk Central Hour” airs between 6-7 p.m. on 1460 KXnO-AM on Wednesdays and will feature Hawkeyes columnist Chad Leistikow and beat writer Mark Emmert as regulars, paired with Ross Peterson, who co-hosts “Sports Fanatics.” Replays of the live shows can be downloaded later on podcasts apps available on smartphones and mobile devices.

“Hawk Central Hour” airs between 6-7 p.m. on 1460 KXnO-AM on Wednesdays and will feature Hawkeyes columnist Chad Leistikow and beat writer Mark Emmert as regulars, paired with Ross Peterson, who co-hosts “Sports Fanatics.” Replays of the live shows can be downloaded later on podcasts apps available on smartphones and mobile devices.
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“Hawk Central Hour” airs between 6-7 p.m. on 1460 KXnO-AM on Wednesdays and will feature Hawkeyes columnist Chad Leistikow and beat writer Mark Emmert as regulars, paired with Ross Peterson, who co-hosts “Sports Fanatics.” Replays of the live shows can be downloaded later on podcasts apps available on smartphones and mobile devices.




'Hawk Central': Analyzing Badgers-Hawkeyes, LeVar Woods joins the show

In a slightly extended version of Hawk Central radio, we all gear up for Saturday’s showdown against Wisconsin. Chad Leistikow, Mark Emmert and Ross Peterson analyze every angle of this matchup to take control of the Big Ten West. We also visit with LeVar Woods, the Hawkeyes’ special-teams coordinator who discusses the possibility of trick plays, the emergence of punt returner Kyle Groeneweg and the emotions of head coach Kirk Ferentz.


Postgame UNI: The Iowa passing game has life!

No, we're not going to declare the Hawkeye offense a juggernaut. But after a 545-yard night and a 38-14 win against Northern Iowa, Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert see encouragement ... but still find a few red flags. Plus, your 3-word headlines and a little Wisconsin preview.


'Hawk Central': Defensive line coach Reese Morgan gives show insightful interview

Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert break down some of the key plays from Iowa’s win over Iowa State and debate the state of the Hawkeye offense. Later, Iowa defensive line coach Reese Morgan joins the show and answers the big question about A.J. Epenesa as part of an insightful interview.


Postgame Podcast: Talking about a fourth straight Cy-Hawk win

Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert discuss what's right with the defense, what's wrong with the offense and mostly positive things after Iowa's 13-3 win against Iowa State.


It's Cy-Hawk week, and 'Hawk Central' talks with Brian Ferentz

It’s Cy-Hawk week, and we have special guest Brian Ferentz to kick off the show. Iowa’s offensive coordinator provides the latest on the team’s preparations, talks suspensions and expresses a lot of respect for the Cyclone coaching staff. Later, the guys break down this year’s showdown and, when we get to predictions, one of us flips on his summer pick.


Northern Illinois Postgame: A milestone win for KF; a good win for Iowa

Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert break down Iowa's 33-7 season-opening win against Northern Illinois, which you may have heard, saw Kirk Ferentz pass a legend in total wins. We look at the highs and lows from this season opener and tell you what we heard postgame. Plus, your three-word headlines.


'Hawk Central': Previewing Saturday's game vs. NIU, future B1G scheduling

It’s game week! But before we preview Iowa’s Saturday matchup with Northern Illinois, we dive into Wednesday’s reveal of future Big Ten schedules … where we learned that Iowa and Rutgers (yes, Rutgers) are crossover partners for six future years.


'Hawk Central': Iowa football over/unders for 2018

It’s the last Hawk Central radio show before game week! So there’s plenty to talk about, including the camp rises of Ivory Kelly-Martin and Julius Brents, still-raging position battles and the latest Brian Ferentz barb. Later, Chad Leistikow presents a slew of season over/unders that serve as talking points to some key factors in the Hawkeye season. And we might even squeeze in a little basketball talk (but just a little; it’s nearly football season, after all).


'Hawk Central': The battle for playing time is on

We're two weeks from football. And minus Chad Leistikow this week, Ross Peterson and Mark Emmert did deep into all the unresolved position battles for the Iowa football team as we get nearer to that Sept. 1 opener.


The jam-packed Hawkeye media day/Kids Day bonus podcast

The 2018 Iowa Hawkeyes are three weeks out from playing a real game, and ... we've suddenly got plenty of new stuff to talk about. Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert give you more than an hour of fresh analysis off their two-day media blitz with the Hawkeyes. With media day and then the Kids Day scrimmage in the books, we break down the depth chart, talk suspensions and answer your questions. Enjoy!


'Hawk Central': Game picks, more suspensions, and listener questions

A newsy day for Iowa football didn’t get in the way of one of our most enjoyable episodes of the year — game-by-game predictions. Yes, Mark Emmert and Chad Leistikow talk about the latest suspensions involving Hawkeye linemen. But they also detail which games Iowa will win and lose in 2018 (disclaimer: Picks may not be accurate). It’s a fun exercise. It’ll be more fun when we get to the games. Oh, and we also included a bonus segment in which we answered some of your Twitter questions.


'Hawk Central': Offseason onslaught in Iowa City

For the offseason, it’s sure been a busy week for Hawkeye football. Brandon Snyder is gone. Tristan Wirfs is suspended. And it’s one month until gameday. Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert tell you whether or not to be worried about football program’s recent spell of off-field drama, and what to make of Snyder’s sudden departure. (Plus, will Urban Meyer be departing Ohio State?) Later in the show, they debate Chad’s recent list of 10 players the Hawkeyes can least afford to lose.


'Hawk Central': Takeaways from Big Ten media days

Fresh off their trip to Chicago for Big Ten media days, Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert break down what they learned, starting with QB Nate Stanley. It’s a full hour of breaking down the 2018 Hawkeyes from all angles.


'Hawk Central:' Kelvin Bell finishes off the football offseason

Hawk Central radio finishes strong with its summer interview swing with Iowa football assistant coaches. Recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell is our 12th and final guest in the rotation, and he doesn’t disappoint. He talks about his unlikely hobby, incoming running back Mekhi Sargent and returning defensive end A.J. Epenesa. Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert also reveal their Big Ten preseason picks entering next week’s conference media days.


'Hawk Central:' Derrick Foster talks recruiting, RBs

Iowa running backs coach Derrick Foster joins the show to reveal how he sees this year’s ground game playing out and his recruiting efforts in Alabama and Georgia. Then, Ross Peterson and Mark Emmert discuss the latest news on the Hawkeye football and basketball front.


'Hawk Central': Tim Polasek joins the show followed by recruiting talk

It’s a full house and an extended show for Hawk Central radio this week. The usual suspects — Ross Peterson, Mark Emmert and Chad Leistikow — are back together again for the first time in a month. They’re joined by Iowa offensive line coach Tim Polasek, who breaks down the 2018 personnel and how to beat Wisconsin. Later, the guys are joined by recruiting guru Matt Bain for an extended look into the latest for the Hawkeyes and D.J. Carton; plus, a bonus podcast-only segment on Iowa football...


'Hawk Central' talks with Iowa LB coach Seth Wallace

What position might be Iowa’s biggest source of uncertainty for the 2018 football season? There’s a good chance you said linebackers. And if you did, we’ve got the right man to provide some answers. Linebackers coach Seth Wallace joins Chad Leistikow, Mark Emmert and Andrew Downs on “Hawk Central.” Wallace, 39, discusses how his coaching path has been shaped by the late Norm Parker and gives his viewpoint on the competition to find three new starting linebackers. Later in the show, we debate...


'Hawk Central': Iowa receivers coach Kelton Copeland joins the show

“If I had to name one person that had the biggest improvement this past spring, it’s …” See how Iowa wide receivers coach Kelton Copeland finished that sentence, as he joined Chad Leistikow and Ross Peterson to discuss his potentially underrated position group, including what he thinks about incoming true freshmen. Later, the discussion turns to the Hawkeyes’ early-season kickoff times, the possibility of Iowa-Wisconsin being a night game, and the future of Noah Fant.


'Hawk Central': Chris Doyle join shows plus some Tyler Cook talk

In another fast-paced Hawk Central Hour, we are joined by Iowa strength and conditioning coach and director of football Chris Doyle. It’s great timing, with Hawkeye players reporting for seven weeks of conditioning. Doyle talks the eye-opening elements of his program for freshmen, how he once used a toilet as motivation and how the Hawkeyes use technology to try to stay ahead. Later in the show, Mark Emmert and Chad Leistikow discuss the impact of Tyler Cook’s return to the Iowa basketball...


'Hawk Central' talks with Kirk Ferentz

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz joins this week’s Hawk Central radio show … for the entire hour. And it’s an episode you’ll enjoy. In a sit-down interview with Register columnist Chad Leistikow, the 20th-year boss of Hawkeye football details some of the lesser-known parts of his coaching journey — from coaching girls basketball to the unsolved mystery of how Bill Belichick discovered him at Maine in the mid-1990s. Ferentz also details some of the most memorable of his 143 wins — from the early...