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Mike Safo with Reinaldo Marcus Green

An episode 20 years in the making… joined today by my childhood friend turned uber talented movie director Reinaldo Marcus Green. Rei and I share some laughs about growing up on Staten Island, playing baseball together and arguing over the Yankees and Mets. Rei tells what inspired him to quit his job and get in the movie business. From his short film “STOP” to the newly released, critically acclaimed “Monsters and Men”, Reinaldo has been everywhere lately, schmoozing it up at Sundance and...


Mike Safo with Adam Hill

With UFC 229 just a day away there was one person I needed on my podcast, calling in from Sin City, UFC/MMA reporter for the Las Vegas Review Journal, the great Adam Hill. Adam and I talk about his new friendship, which he doesn’t condone, with O.J. Simpson and how he became part of his Sunday Funday crew. Then we get down to business as Adam breaks down UFC 229 between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. We hear his prediction, why the odds are listed the way they are, other bouts on...


Mike Safo with Bobby Seeger Jr. from Indian Larry

Joined today by the owner of Indian Larry Motorcycles, Bobby Seeger Jr. After a private tour of the shop in Brooklyn, Bobby and I sat down for an intimate conversation in the shadows of some of the world’s most desired bikes. We talked about Bobby being a foodie on Instagram and the gentrification of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The Boss tells us where his love of motorcycles started, how meeting Indian Larry changed his life, to eventually becoming partners with the motorcycling legend. We hear...


Mike Safo with Doug Flynn

Joined today by 2-time World Series Champion and Gold Glove Winner, Kentucky’s own Doug Flynn. The Glue tells us about his adventures living in NYC while playing for the Mets; from his new Corvette getting stolen to how the New York media treated him. Doug takes us through his journey on how he walked on and played basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats and left early to go try out for the Cincinnati Reds. We talk about the current state of baseball and how analytics are ruining the game. Doug...


Mike Safo with Erik Larson

Joined today by my favorite author, the iconic Erik Larson. He’s authored amazing books, such as: “The Devil in the White City”, “In the Garden of Beasts”, “Isaac’s Storm”, and “Dead Wake”. We talk about the pros and cons of living in New York City, tennis and Erik’s thoughts about Donald Trump. Erik and I talk about the importance of the Chicago World’s Fair and how he came about writing “The Devil in the White City” and how he thought his career was over the day before the book was...


Mike Safo with Tony Delk

Joined today at Jack Demsey’s with Kentucky legend and NBA veteran Tony “Double Zero” Delk. Tony is in town to talk about his inspirational book “Shooter” and his new wine “Lorenz0”. Double Zero tells us about growing up in Brownsville, Tennessee, becoming a McDonald’s All American and how Coach Pitino and Billy Donovan recruited him down to Lexington. We talk about his time as a Wildcat, playing on the famous 1996 team and of course that memorable championship game against Syracuse. Tony...


Mike Safo with Adam Kownacki

Joined today by the “Pride of Poland and of Greenpoint, Brooklyn” heavyweight boxer Adam “Babyface” Kownacki. The Champ stops by and talks about his huge upcoming fight against Charles Martin at the Barclays Center. We hear about the excitement of fighting in front of the rabid Polish fans and what goes into a heavyweight training schedule. Babyface talks about growing up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and watching the neighborhood change right before his eyes and some of his favorite hangouts....


Mike Safo with Bruce Prichard

Joined today in studio by the legendary co-host of the podcast “Something To Wrestle With”, Bruce Prichard. Bruce tells us how he got together with his co-host Conrad Thompson and how stunned he was that the podcast blew up to a worldwide phenomenon. Bruce’s career in wrestling spans over 40 years and we hear how the 25-year-old Texan relentlessly called Vince McMahon and somehow became one of his most trusted soldiers involved in some of the most memorable angles in wrestling history. Bruce...


Mike Safo with James Murray "Mur"

Joined today by the comedic genius “Mur” from Impractical Jokers, also known as “author” James Murray. We pick up right where Opie’s podcast leaves off, James leaving his personal items in a bar and how I had to rescue him on his date. Mur and I talk about being raised on Staten Island, what we miss most about it and how we both tried to pick up girls the same way growing up. We discuss his new Sci-Fi Thriller book “Awakened”, how it took 14 years to get published, the idea of making the...


Mike Safo with Steve Hytner aka Kenny Bania

Joined today by Steve Hytner, name doesn’t ring a bell? Kenny Bania from Seinfeld but he’s way more than that. Steve stops by the Westwood One studios to talk about his new podcast “That’s Gold”. We talk about how his show is gonna focus on “guy talk”, gambling, tequila and more. Steve tells the greatest 5 team parlay story involving a murdering gypsy. Then we get down to business. Steve is in town because the Brooklyn Cyclones are honoring him with a bobblehead at Seinfeld night so we talk...


Mike Safo with Slade Heathcott

Joined today by former 1st round draft pick by the NY Yankees Slade Heathcott. Slade calls into the show from his team bus and tells us about his extremely difficult childhood, from dealing with his father being in and out of prison to eventually having to protect his mother by pulling a shotgun on his father. We hear how he found out he was selected by the Bronx Bombers and takes us through his journey getting called up to the big show and walking into the Yankees locker room for the first...


Mike Safo with JJ Devaney & Danny Roberts

On this special World Cup edition of the podcast I’m joined by one half of the ESPN Caught Offside podcast, JJ Devaney and also by soccer guru Danny Roberts. JJ and Danny talk about the previous month of the World Cup, talking about favorite players, best games and of course biggest disappointments. We discuss the nonstop coverage and comparison that the media makes with Messi and Ronaldo and what players became stars during this tournament. JJ goes deep as he thinks this could be the last...


Mike Safo with Larry Collmus

Joined today, live from Belmont Park, with the voice of the Triple Crown, the legendary Larry Collmus. Larry talks about how he always dreamed of being the voice of horse racing since he was a teenager in Maryland, how he climbed the ranks calling races all over the country and how a random call from a 212 phone number in 2011 changed Larry’s life. We hear about Larry’s first time calling the Kentucky Derby, from his wobbly jello legs to him not being able to listen to “My Old Kentucky...


Mike Safo with Rob O’Neill 2

For the 3rd time on the podcast, I’m joined by Navy SEAL American hero Rob O’Neill. Rob and I hang out at Jack Demsey’s waiting for Opie to show up and we catch up on Rob’s new marriage, and how we both totally out kicked our coverage. Rob talks about him traveling all over the country campaigning for candidates for the upcoming elections. We talk some Boston Celtics and he introduces me to the awesome southern rock singer Tim Montana. From Rob complaining about NYC Traffic to talking about...


Mike Safo with Craig Carton

Joined today by one of the most popular radio personalities in the last 15 years, the hilariously entertaining Craig Carton. Craig stopped by Jack Demsey’s and somehow we started the show talking about my new kitten Pickles. We were kind of crunched for time so we touched quickly on how Craig jumped all over the country doing radio before making it big in NYC. He shares several stories such as, him breaking the news that Eric Lindross missed a game due to a hangover, his time at WNEW as a...


Mike Safo with Rick Mirer 2

On today’s show I’m joined by Notre Dame legend, NFL veteran and wine connoisseur Rick Mirer. Rick and I catch up to see what he’s been up to in the last 6 years since we first chatted. We discuss how he got into the wine business, it’s competitive nature and what makes Mirror Wine stand out from other wineries out in Napa Valley. We touch on the 1993 NFL draft where Rick went 2nd overall and we hear why he didn’t attend the draft. From explaining to Rick the ins and outs of Twitter, to...


Mike Safo with Conrad Thompson

Joined today by co-host of the “Something to Wrestling” with Bruce Prichard, “What Happened When?”, and "83 Weeks" podcasts, the great Conrad “Hey Hey” Thompson. Conrad tells how a 15 year veteran of the mortgage business and diehard wrestling fan came to co-host 2 of the most popular wrestling podcasts out there today. Hey Hey talks about how Brother Love told him some inside stories about the WWE and how Conrad knew they had something special. Conrad takes us through the prep work that he...


Mike Safo with Yuliya Safutdinova from misstourist.com

Joined today by travel blogger and local expert, Miss Tourist, Yulia Safutdinova. Listen as she shares her tips on her hometown of Moscow, from getting into town to must see sights of the city. We talk about World Cup and how the locals feel about this momentous sports event taking place in their hometown. Make sure to check her blog on suggestions not just for Russia and the World Cup, but for other travel destinations. Visit her blog and awesome website https://misstourist.com/


Mike Safo with Grant Wahl

Joined today by Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, Podcaster, Author and Soccer guru, Grant Wahl. Of course I can’t do a soccer podcast without Danny Roberts. He jumps on the mic and we talk to Grant about his phenomenal new book Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game. We hear some behind the scenes stories from the book: How Christian Pulisic uses cleats that are too small, how Grant was sworn to secrecy and given Mexico’s set plays and some...


Mike Safo with Dan Severn

Joined today by former UFC champion, UFC Hall of Famer, NWA Champion, WWF alumni, one of the baddest dudes on the planet... “The Beast” Dan Severn. Dan is driving 17 hours so he decided to kill some time and call into my podcast. The Beast and I talk about how winning the Olympic Gold medal would’ve taken him down a different path than being a pro wrestler & fighter. We step away from the ring and talk about how Dan spends his free time on his monstrous Michigan compound (hint: he has quite...