Hall Call Podcast/Interview Series
In July 2019, the Hall of Fame launched its newest content platform, the #HallCall Podcast. The Hall of Fame uses this as a way to highlight our inductees, but also topical figures and issues in Virginia sports. What was first an audio podcast, has now transitioned to a video interview series platform, with interviews being broadcast on our Facebook Live page. Whether audio or video, our goal remains the same; to provide our supporters and sports fans with unique and topical conversations with connections to sports in Virginia. We hope you enjoy the Hall Call Podcast/Interview series! Ideas for interview subjects are always welcome; firstname.lastname@example.org
Hall Call Ep. 050 - Herman Moore 11-9-2021
Herman Moore – 2010 VSHF Inductee
Hall Call Ep. 049 - Beth Anders 11-3-2021
Hall Call Ep. 048 - Chelisa Painter 9-27-2021
Hall Call Ep. 047 - Larry Rubama 9-23-2021
Hall Call Ep. 046 - Jake Ciely 9-2-2021
Hall Call Ep. 045 - Tony Brothers 8-24-2021
Hall Call Ep. 044 - Brandon Elliott 7-15-2021
Hall Call Ep. 043 - Michael Cuddyer 7-6-2021
Hall Call Ep. 042 - Ralph Sampson 6-14-2021
Hall Call Ep. 041 - Minor League Baseball: On Deck 4-27-2021
Hall Call Ep. 040 - James Paige 4-21-2021
The Director of Golf Operations at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg joined the Hall Call Interview Series to discuss the return of professional golf to the famed River Course, May 17-23 with the LPGA Pure Silk Championship. We also discussed the course’s historical ties, and what makes it one of the great venues in Virginia golf.
Hall Call Ep. 039 - Dennis Bickmeier 4-1-2021
Taking over as President of Richmond Raceway in 2011, Dennis Bickmeier, has overseen a renaissance for the legendary short track. One of the oldest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, now offers fans modern engagement opportunities. After a year without fans however, Richmond Raceway is ready to host one of the first large scale sporting events in the Commonwealth with eased COVID restrictions. Bickmeier joined #HallCall, to discuss all of the excitement taking place at Richmond Raceway as it celebrates its 75th Anniversary.
Hall Call Ep. 038 - Larry LeGrande 3-4-2021
Roanoke native, Larry LeGrande, is one of the few remaining veterans who played in the Negro Leagues of Baseball. A .300 hitter during his time with the Memphis Red Sox, Detroit Stars, and Kansas City Monarchs, LeGrande was known for having one of the most accurate arms in the game. LeGrande will join #HallCall to talk about the history of the Negro Leagues and his time spent playing with the Satchel Paige All-Stars, among other topics.
Hall Call Ep. 037 - Doug Doughty 2-18-2021
2018 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Doug Doughty, recently announced his retirement from the Roanoke Times after 47 years. The 3x Virginia Sportswriter of the Year, has a unique perspective of sports in Commonwealth. We’ll catch up with the recently retired Doughty, and discuss some of his favorite memories from covering sports across 6 decades.
Hall Call Ep. 036 - Lindsay Shoop 2-4-2021
A native of Charlottesville, VA, Lindsay Shoop, joined the University of Virginia rowing team where she was an NCAA Division-I All-American. Following college, Shoop was selected for the U.S. National Team and over a 5-year period helped lead the Women’s Eight to 3 World Championships and a Gold Medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Shoop’s recently released memoir titled Better Great Than Never, details her unlikely introduction to rowing, her successes, as well as her mental health struggles through what she describes as “self imposed limitations”.
Hall Call Ep. 035 - Matt Hatfield 12-15-2020
Recruiting. Recruiting. Recruiting. College football season lasts 4 months, but “recruiting season” is 365/24/7. With the early signing period beginning December 16th, we thought we’d get you up to speed on who’s going where, and the battles for in-state talent. Matt Hatfield from VirginiaPreps.com joined Hall Call to give us the inside scoop on all things recruiting in the Commonwealth.
Hall Call Ep. 034 - Brad Bankston 12-11-2020
In March 2020, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, like all others suspended athletic competition as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nowhere was the ODAC’s impact felt more than here in Virginia, as 14 of the 16 member institutions call the Commonwealth home. In November, the ODAC announced its plans for a return to play beginning January 23, 2021 with men’s and women’s basketball. Additionally, ALL sports; fall, winter, and spring, will be featured during the spring semester. Conference Commissioner, Brad Bankston, joined the Hall Call Interview series to discuss the conference’s decision, and what sport fans can expect when play resumes in 2021.
Hall Call Ep. 033 - David Wright 11-16-2020
David Wright played 14 seasons in MLB for the New York Mets. The 7x N.L. All-Star chronicled his journey from little league fields in Hampton Roads to professional baseball in the Big Apple through his recently released book, The Captain: A Memoir. Wright joined the Hall Call Interview Series to discuss his career, the injuries that stripped him of much of his ability, and the message he hopes to provides to those who read The Captain.
Hall Call Ep. 032 - Anthony DiComo 11-10-2020
Anthony DiComo has covered the New York Mets for MLB.com since 2007, and recently co-authored The Captain: A Memoir, with Virginia native, Mets legend, and 2020 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, David Wright. DiComo spent countless hours with David, and those close to him, helping to provide insight into one of the greatest baseball talents to come from Virginia.
Hall Call Ep. 031 - Lionsbridge F.C. 10-29-2020
3 years ago professional soccer came to the city of Newport News, when Lionsbridge F.C. kicked off their inaugural season. The team was founded through the entrepreneurial spirit of it’s founder and owner, Mike Vest, and in a short period of time has garnered one of the more passionate followings in USL League 2. While the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed LBFC down, it has not stopped them from finding success. Vest and Lionsbridge F.C. Head Coach, Chris Whalley joined Hall Call to discuss the success of the club, and soccer’s growing interest in North American sports.
Hall Call Ep. 030 -Sports Gambling in Virginia 10-6-2020
Online Sports Gambling officially became legal in the Commonwealth July 1, 2020, but with many details yet to be sorted out, what do the present and future hold for Virginians looking to get in on the action? Dann Stupp from PlayVirginia.com joined the Hall Call Interview Series to discuss the ins and outs of sports gambling in VA.
Hall Call Ep. 029 - Wendell Scott Foundation 9-23-2020
Hall Call Ep. 028 - Fantasy Football Preview 9-1-2020
Join the Hall of Fame as it continues its Hall Call Interview Series, with award winning fantasy sports writer, Jake Ciely. Jake is a Senior Writer for The Athletic and he’ll join us to help get you prepped for your fantasy football draft!
Hall Call Ep. 027 - Elizabeth Williams 7-27-2020
Williams, from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, joined Hall Call to talk about life in the WNBA’s bubble, and preparing for a season amid a global pandemic.
Hall Call Ep. 026 - Bob Rotella 7-20-2020
Dr. Rotella is an internationally renowned sports psychologist, and has worked with top level athletes including Rory McIlroy and Lebron James, as well as numerous Fortune 500 companies.
Hall Call Ep. 025 - Daniel Hudson 5-21-2020
Daniel Hudson, closed out the 2019 World Series victory for the Washington Nationals. Fast forward to May 2020, and the Nats had yet to take the field to defend their crown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hudson joined Hall Call to discuss the challenges and uncertainty facing the Nationals and MLB.
Hall Call Ep. 024 - Jeff Burton 5-6-2020
21x winner on NASCAR Cup Series circuit, and current NASCAR on NBC analyst, Jeff Burton joined Hall Call to discuss how NASCAR is preparing for its return to the track after hitting the brakes on the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hall Call Ep. 023 - Sports Facilities 4-20-2020
Sports facilities have been shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic. Andy Ballard from Eastern Sports Management joins Hall Call to talk about how facility/league operators and tournament coordinators are adapting to this downturn? Eastern Sports Management manages 4 facilities in VA; The Virginia Beach Fieldhouse, The Fredericksburg Fieldhouse, The Jeff Rouse Swim and Sports Center, and The Virginia Beach Sports Center.
Hall Call Ep. 022 - Baseball Opening Day 4-6-2020
Opening Day has a different look and feel this year, with no games on the schedule due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our friends at the Richmond Flying Squirrels are using this as an opportunity to thank those frontline workers fighting the pandemic. Hear what the team has in store to celebrate “Opening Day 2020”.
Hall Call Ep. 021 - Bob Rathbun 4-2-2020
Bob Rathbun, lead broadcaster for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, joins Hall Call to discuss how the NBA is navigating the work stoppage due to COVID-19, and what he expects a return to play to look like.
Hall Call Ep. 020 - Brandon Elliott 3-30-2020
2x NCAA D-III National Championship winning coach, Brandon Elliott, joins Hall Call to discuss the disappointment of cancelling a promising season due to COVID-19, and how he still has to manage a nationally recognized program in a remote/virtual atmosphere.
Hall Call Ep. 019 - David Wright 3-10-2020
7x National League All-Star, David Wright, joins Hall Call to discuss his upcoming induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Wright is the New York Mets all-time leader in hits, doubles, R.B.I., and runs scored.
Hall Call Ep. 018 - Dennis Carter 3-6-2020
Dennis Carter spent 4-decades covering in Virginia, primarily as Sports Director at WSET in Lynchburg, VA. The Danville native has covered some of the great moments and teams in Commonwealth sports history, and now he is a Virginia Sports Hall of Famer.
Hall Call Ep. 017 - Al Toon 2-27-2020
Al Toon was a multisport athlete from Newport News, VA, excelling in both football and track and field. The All Big-10 performer in both sports at Wisconsin, went on to become a 3x All-Pro wide receiver for the New York Jets.
Hall Call Ep. 016 - Mike Cubbage 2-19-2020
A 3 sport star at Lane High School in Charlottesville, VA, Mike Cubbage was first scholarship baseball player in University of Virginia history, while also playing quarterback for the football team. Following college, Cubbage would embark on a journey in professional baseball that would last almost half a century, and culminate with his induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
Hall Call Ep. 015 - Roland Lazenby 2-7-2020
The sports world was rocked with the news of the helicopter crash that took the life of NBA icon Kobe Bryant, and the lives of 8 others. Bryant was a polarizing figure during his career, and not many people were able to get closer to him than Virginia native, Roland Lazenby. Lazenby authored two biographies on the mercurial superstar; The NBA Education of Kobe Bryant (2000) and Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant (2016). Lazenby’s work provides readers unique access to one the greatest basketball players that ever lived, but also one of basketball’s most complicated characters.
Hall Call Ep. 014 - JMU Football 12-19-2019
The most successful football team in Virginia in the 21st century has been the James Madison University Dukes. The Dukes football team, has appeared in 3 FCS Championship games, bringing home two national championships. The 2019 football Dukes are continuing that tradition of gridiron excellence, as they have advanced to the semifinals of the 2019 FCS playoffs. We catch up with Greg Madia from the Daily News Record in Harrisonburg, VA to discuss the Dukes chances of winning another FCS National Championship.
Hall Call Ep. 013 - Commonwealth Cup 11-26-2019
The state of Virginia’s preeminent rivalry takes to the gridiron for the 101st time as the University of Virginia host Virginia Tech battle for the Commonwealth Cup. While recent history has favored the Hokies in this battle for annual in-state bragging rights, the level of competition between the programs and their fans is at an all-time high. The 101st matchup has added incentive, as the winner will take home the Coastal Division Championship in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Joining us on the Hall Call Podcast to provide insight, perspective, and history into the rivalry is David Teel, a 12 time Virginia Sportswriter of the Year recipient, 2014 HoF inductee.
Hall Call Ep. 012 - Bill Roth 10-24-2019
20 years ago, the Commonwealth was witness to one of the greatest teams in its storied sports history. The 1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football team, led by Hall of Fame coach Frank Beamer, and an array of talent in all phases of the game stormed through a perfect regular season and BIG East Championship to play for the BCS National Title against Florida State. While the Hokies came up short in their quest to bring a national championship to Blacksburg, the team’s legacy and impact on the Hokie program lives on two decades later. Joining us on his edition of the Hall Call podcast is 2013 HoF inductee, Bill Roth, who was the voice of Hokies during that special 1999 season.
Hall Call Ep. 011 - Michael Cuddyer 10-2-2019
2018 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Michael Cuddyer, has a unique perspective of the game of baseball. Cuddyer not only played the game for 30+ years, including 15 in Major League Baseball, but he now works in the front office of his former club, the Minnesota Twins, as a Special Assistant to the Baseball Operations Department. On this edition of the Hall Call Podcast we catch up with Michael to talk about the team, its potential in the upcoming playoffs, and the shifting focus traditional statistics to advanced analytics, a shift that began during his 15 year MLB career.
Hall Call Ep. 010 - Rob Ukrop 9-25-2019
The Richmond Kickers founded in 1993 have undergone many changes over the last 26 years, but the most recent one may be the most important. 2016 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee and Richmond Kickers alum, Rob Ukrop, spearheaded an effort in 2018 to take ownership of the franchise with his group 22 Holdings LLC.; approved in December of 2018. Ukrop, a Richmond native, joined the Hall Call Podcast to talk about his transition from player to executive, the role the Kickers will play in Richmond’s sports identity, and how all levels of professional soccer can help the U.S. build towards the 2026 North American World Cup.
Hall Call Ep. 009 - Bob Pizzini 9-17-2019
Throughout the history of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, 334 individuals have gained induction representing 22 different sports. Sports that have not been represented to this point include ice hockey, figure skating, and indoor skydiving. In the coming years however, that could change due to the work being done by Virginia resident Bob Pizzini.
Pizzini is the current CEO of IFLY: Indoor Skydiving in Virginia Beach, and is spearheading a fundraising effort to build a brand new, state of the art ice facility in the resort city as well. Pizzini, a Wisconsin native, has always had a love for sports at his core. After serving in the military for 26 years, Pizzini settled in Virginia Beach and opened the IFLY facility, transforming it into a premier indoor skydiving event venue, hosting the last 3 U.S. Opens. In addition to that he has also led efforts in creating a national governing body for the sport to increase its profile internationally, with the goal of inclusion in future Olympic Games. Pizzini joined us on the Hall Call Podcast to discuss these initiatives and the evolution of the Virginia sports landscape.
Hall Call Ep. 008 - Ping Pong for Charity 9-10-2019
From humble beginnings in 2008, the Table Tennis Charitable Foundation has grown its annual Ping Pong for Charity events from 12 “scratch and dent tables” to 30 professional grade tables and over 200 players. In the process, the events have increased their charitable donations from $5,000 in year one, to over $70,000 dollars last year which was then donated to five charitable organizations. The sport of Ping Pong itself has been scientifically proven to improve mental health and brain fitness for all ages, and the Ping Pong for Charity events focus on giving back to organizations that support similar initiatives. On this episode of the Hall Call Podcast we talk to the founder of the Table Tennis Charitable Foundation, Ken Lees, and former Duke Basketball star Kenny Dennard, as they tell the story of Ping Pong for Charity.
Hall Call Ep. 007 - Charity Bowl 9-4-2019
For over a half century, the Charity Bowl has been played in Southeastern Virginia, with the goal of helping those in need. Recognized as the oldest charitable football game in the United States, the game itself and its support for local charities almost came to an end around 2010. With the help of two Charity Bowl alums, Ray Potter and Orlando Goodhope, and the support of local businessman Dennis Ellmer, the Charity Bowl received new life in 2010, and in 2019 alone donated over $400,000 to 35 local charities. On this edition of the Hall Call Podcast, we present the story of the Priority Toyota Charity Bowl.
Hall Call Ep. 006 - Jake Ciely 8-30-2019
Here in Virginia, we are lucky to have a rising star in the coverage of fantasy football calling the Commonwealth home. Jake Ciely, a native of Virginia Beach and an award winning senior fantasy writer for The Athletic, brings his knowledge, rankings, and insight to the Hall Call Podcast. For his career, Jake is No. 1 in fantasy baseball ranking accuracy, and top-5 in football, including first overall in 2017. His research and perspective on the fantasy game takes you well beyond the projected box score and into your draft war room.
Hall Call Ep. 005 - Murray Cook 8-15-2019
Murray Cook, a native of Salem, and Major League Baseball’s Field and Stadium Consultant, has been helping MLB take the game to far-away places for the better part of 30-years. He has shown the ability to convert existing stadiums into baseball fields, such as with the recent London Series, as well as develop stadiums out of nothing, much like he did at Fort Bragg in 2012. Whether it’s an existing field, a cricket pitch, soccer stadium, or even an abandoned golf course, Cook has converted it to a baseball diamond fit for the best players in the world. Cook joined the Hall Call podcast to talk about his experience, growing the game, and the next frontier for MLB.
Hall Call Ep. 004 - Nancy Lieberman 8-5-2019
1992 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Nancy Lieberman, is what you would call a basketball lifer, and a successful one at that. A native of New York, Lieberman was a 3-time All-American, and 2-time National Champion with Old Dominion University Women’s Basketball, represented her country for USA Basketball, played in the WNBA, and has served numerous roles as a coach and commentator. Currently, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer is setting a new standard in the BIG3 Basketball League. Now in her second season as head coach of Team Power, Lieberman made history when she was hired last year as the first female head coach in a men’s professional sports league. Lieberman joined the Hall Call Podcast to talk about her basketball journey, and her role in highlighting equality, opportunity, and inclusion in sports.
Hall Call Ep. 003 - Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker 7-31-2019
Ed Miller, longtime writer for the Virginia Pilot in Southeastern Virginia joined the Hall Call Podcast to talk about the life and legacy of boxing legend, Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. Miller, through his work with the Virginian Pilot, covered Sweet Pea closely for over 20-years, and brings an intimate knowledge of Whitaker as not just a fighter, but as a human being.
The 2007 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, and 2011 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee was tragically killed in an auto-pedestrian crash in Virginia Beach in July. The Norfolk native dominated every level of boxing becoming an amateur champion, and 1984 Olympic Gold medalist, and eventually a world champion in four different weight divisions. Whitaker is generally regarded as one of the greatest fighters of not only his generation, but all-time.
Hall Call Ep. 002 - Thomas Jones 7-22-2019
2018 Virginia Sports Hall of inductee, Thomas Jones, joined the Hall Call Podcast to talk about his football career, and his transition to acting following his time on the gridiron.
Jones, a native a Big Stone Gap, VA began playing football near the coal mines of Southwest VA and eventually became the University of Virginia’s all-time leading rusher. What followed was a 12-year NFL career, that saw him become one of only 31 running backs in NFL history to eclipse the 10,000 yard mark.
Following football, Jones began to try his hand in the entertainment industry initially writing and producing a tv show of his own. He soon caught the acting bug, and has featured in popular tv shows such as Shameless, Being Mary Jane, and Luke Cage, as well as movies including a feature role in 2017’s A Violent Man.
Hall Call Ep. 001 - Curtis Strange 7-15-2019
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame’s Executive Director, Will Driscoll, speaks to 2004 Hall of Fame inductee and golf legend, Curtis Strange. With golf as a backdrop, topics range from the upcoming 2019 British Open, the 1999 collapse by Jean Van de Velde at Carnoustie, and the state of golf in 2019 (Spoiler Alert: He’s excited!).