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Volume 32: Sammy Batten--longtime sports writer with the Fayetteville Observer!

With football season here, get prepared with this excellent interview with Sammy Batten--longtime sports writer with the Fayetteville Observer! Sammy does an excellent job of covering a wide variety of topics and teams so we will talk ECU football, ACC football, HS football--especially in the Cape Fear region of NC, and Recruiting. He does excellent work with his articles for and also joins Hoist The Colours and Brian Bailey Show on Pirate Radio 1250 & 930 to talk recruiting....


Volume 31: Dave Hart & The Pirate IMG Network!

Volume 31 of @TheSportsOBJ is one you definitely don't want to miss! Special Advisor to the Chancellor for ECU Athletics Dave Hart, who was the Pirates' AD from 1987-95 and spent more than a decade with the program overall, talks about present day matters facing the ECU Athletic Department in addition to reflecting on some of his favorite memories from his previous years in Greenville! Next, we talked with three key cogs in the Pirate IMG Network's operation! First, we talk to former ECU...


Volume 30: Carolina Panthers' Play-by-Play Voice Mick Mixon on @TheSportsOBJ!!

The 30th volume of The Sports Objective features a chat with long-time Carolina Panthers play-by-play man Mick Mixon, who enters his 14th season with the organization. We will also chat with Dr. John Bream, graduate of ECU's Brody School of Medicine, re: some football coverage and other things he has going on with his "Right The Ship" Facebook group. Last, but not least, we will talk with Mike Bell, who is General Manager of the Wilson Tobs in the Coastal Plain League (Collegiate Summer...


Vol 29: NCHSAA Football Preview Part 1: Chat with Chris Hughes of Carolina Preps

With North Carolina high schools playing their season opener in less than two weeks, we sat down with Chris Hughes of for an extended preview of what to expect in the prep ranks during the 2018 campaign. Chris, a graduate of South Rowan High School and former coach, does a tremendous job of covering all classifications (4AA-1A) in the state of North Carolina. Check out his website Carolina Preps for some of the most widespread thorough coverage you will find! His...


The After Party Continues: Phillip Henry, Jay Sonnhalter & Brandon Simmons

The Pirate Football Nostalgia After Party continues! On Volume 28 of The Sports Objective, we talk with three former Pirate Football players from the Skip Holtz Era. After starting their careers on the Division II level, Phillip Henry, Jay Sonnhalter and Brandon Simmons transferred to ECU and were contributors on teams that laid the foundation for the program's consecutive CUSA titles. Simmons was a part of that 2008 team that captured the title with its victory at Tulsa. Check out Phillip...


Volume 27: The After Party continues with Donnie K, Shank and Rick Smith

Volume 27 of "The Sports Objective" features David, Kyle and Bubba talking to 3 former ECU assistant football coaches--all of which served on at least 2 staffs here in Greenville. First, the guys talk to long-time recruiting coordinator and WR coach Donnie Kirkpatrick. Donnie K tutored the likes of Justin Hardy, Zay Jones, Dwayne Harris, Aundrae Allison, Lance Lewis and others during his 11 years on the staffs of Skip Holtz (2005-09) and Ruffin McNeill (2010-15). He is now the Offensive...


Chats with Brian Cain of Peak Performance and Ron Clements of #HomeRunOnWheels

While the "Pirate Football Nostalgia After Party" will continue tomorrow, volume 26 of "The Sports Objective" features conversations with world-renowned mental performance coach and international best-selling author Brian Cain of Peak Performance and veteran sportswriter Ron Clements. Brian Cain, who is a former pitcher at the University of Vermont, is best known for the tremendous impact he's had on college baseball and softball programs around the country, but also has clients at...


After Party- Scottie Montgomery and Ken Matous

The After Party begins on the Sports Objective! The guys talk about some breaking news with ECU Basketball. ECU Head Football Coach, Scottie Montgomery stops by and talks about the program in preseason. Find out some breaking news! Ken Matous, an assistant coach under Ed Emory and Art Baker talks about his time at East Carolina. He coached Scottie Montgomery at Duke! What is he up to now? Like the Sports Objective Facebook Page...follow us on Twitter @TheSportsObj!!


Hoist the Colours and Hurricanes

The Sports Objective is back with a brand new episode. Dave Richmond interviews Mike Maniscalco from the Carolina Hurricanes. Stephen Igoe from Hoist the Colours drops by to talk ECU Football! Thanks for all the players, coaches, and fans who came to Professor Ocools in Greenville, NC. Keep listening as we plan to drop a number of episodes we call the After Party. Full interviews of players and coaches will be in the upcoming weeks, Don’t forget to like the Sports Objective Page. Follow us...


New Team for the Sports Objective!

It is time now to announce the new team for the Sports Objective. The original co-host, David Shepherd, passed away in June. We honor him by making him a permanent co-host and know he will be watching us from the sky! Dave Richmond welcomes regular contributor, Kyle Barber to the team. Kyle has been on numerous times to discuss matters with East Carolina. Kyle brings a lot to the table and we will have him on for all the fun and laughs he brings! Bubba Rosenbaum is a former college...


Coach Joe Dooley on the Sports Objective!

~~Dave Richmond and Kyle Barber talk East Carolina Athletics. Dave interviews ECU Men's Basketball Coach, Joe Dooley. The basketball program looks bright for 2018 and beyond. Dave and Kyle talk a number of topics including who will be the next athletic director at East Carolina. Join us for the Pirate Football Nostalgia Party on Saturday Night July 21st from 7pm-until at Professor O'Cools in Greenville. We will have former players there plus on the phone as well. It will be a night of fun...


Going to Canes Country and the Coastal Plain League

Dave Richmond is back with a new episode. He talks to Brian Leblanc from Canes country. Summer is almost here and that means baseball will be in full swing. Dave talks to Shelby Hilliard She is the media director for the Coastal Plain League. Check out their new and improved website at Like the Sports Objective Facebook page and follow the Twitter page @TheSportsOBJ. Email Dave at


The Summer Preview Episode-Two Big Announcements

It's time now for the Summer Preview Episode. Dave Richmond and Kyle "from La Grange" Barber talk about two exciting new things for the summer. In addition to the normal podcasts every week, Dave and Kyle have two new things for the summer to discuss. In addition, they also talk about ECU related topics for the hour. We appreciate all the support from the listeners. Like the Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter @ TheSportsOBJ! Email your questions and comments to the show at...


Racing through North Carolina with Tom Jensen, David Glenn, and Corey Gloor

Another exciting episode as we have three great guests. We start off with Tom Jensen. Tom is the curatorial affairs director for the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Downtown Charlotte. He has many years covering NASCAR and was kind enough to spend some time with us. For more information about the hall, go to . David Glenn hosts a sports talk show that can be heard all over the state of North Carolina. He is on weekdays Noon-3pm. You can find out more about the show at...


Some Sports to Wrestle With

We have three big time guests on this episode! We start with Conrad Thompson. Conrad hosts Something to Wrestle With with Bruce Prichard and What Happened When with Tony Schiavone. Now, there is big news this month. He now is on WWE Network with Bruce Prichard. The show is called Something Else to Wrestle With. Mike Maniscalo comes on the show to talk about the latest with the Carolina Hurricanes. What happens with the Canes in the offseason? Will Cam Ward Be Back? There are certainly many...


We are the Pirates of E-C-U! Look at the 2018 Season and Beyond

It’s an all ECU episode! We start the show with Tom McClellan. Tom is the Assistant Athletics Director/Athletics Communications at East Carolina. Dave Richmond talks to Tom about the program as a whole. From the hire of Joe Dooley and Dave Hart to the future of athletics at the university! The second guest of the episode is Stephen Igoe from Hoist the Colours. Stephen does a nice job of reporting about the Pirates. They discuss a number of topics related to the athletic program. Thanks for...


Talking NC Sports with Sam Walker and Bobby Guthrie

Talking North Carolina Sports with Sam Walker and Bobby Guthrie. Sam Walker is a writer for the Outer Banks Voice and News Director for Max Media. Dave Richmond talks to Sam about sports on the OBX and Elizabeth City. Follow Sam on twitter @SamWalkerOBX. Bobby Guthrie is the Assistant Executive Director for the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be enshrined on Friday May 4, at the Raleigh Convention Center. An afternoon news conference will be held on...


Talking Sports with Jeff Charles and Arnie Spanier

Wow, what an episode! Dave talks sports with two great guests. The first is a personal friend and amazing voice of the East Carolina Pirates, Jeff Charles. Jeff comes on to talk about his cancer journey and ECU Sports. Then, He talks to Arnie Spanier. Arnie is a national sports talk show host who predicted in 1996 that ECU would beat Miami in the Orange Bowl. Dave talks to him about his days then on One-on-One Sports. What is he up to these days? All that and much more! Thanks to all the...


Cooking up Stories with Bob Garner of UNC-TV and The Daily Reflector

Bob Garner of UNC-TV and The Daily Reflector joins Dave Richmond to talk about his career in broadcasting. Along the way, they will talk about life, food, sports and so much more. Bob Garner has many years of broadcasting, including over twenty years at UNC-TV. He now has a column in the Daily Reflector in Greenville, North Carolina. Bob is an author and expert on BBQ. He has written several books on Barbecue in North Carolina. You can get them on Amazon or Barnes and Noble..anywhere where...


Behind the Scenes of the Pirate IMG Sports Network with David Horn

We go behind the scenes of the Pirate IMG Sports Network with David Horn. David is the producer and engineer of the network. David talks with Dave Richmond about the late great Woody Durham. The legendary voice of the Tarheel Sports Network was honored at Carmichel Arena on the UNC Campus this week. Then, we shift gears and talk about the broadcast of the Pirate IMG Sports Network. Be sure and like the Sports Objective Facebook Page. Follow us on Twitter at theSportsOBJ. The podcast is off...