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June 30th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Mark Leiter

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes former MLB pitcher, Mark Leiter. A veteran of over 330 Major League baseball games, Mark Leiter could do it all from starting to relieving and learning countless lessons on life in the big leagues. Hear the harrowing story of how Mark stepped away from the game only to be met with his biggest career break and how joining the New York Yankees reignited his career and led to his many years of baseball after. Also find out what he's up to these days in teaching the next generation of pitchers as well as updates on both his son (Mark Leiter Jr.) and nephew (Jack Leiter) who is a highly touted college baseball player.

June 26th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Nelson Figueroa

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes former New York Mets pitcher, MLB Veteran and TV analyst, Nelson Figueroa. Nelson joins the podcast to discuss his MLB career, the upcoming 2020 baseball seasons and his plans to possibly explore becoming a pitching coach for a Major League club. Also relive some of Nelson's finest career moments and who he had surprising success against while on the mound. 

June 25th, 2020    

Blockbuster Rewind #1 - Jaws And Its Sequels

A brand-new show joins the PTBN Pop Feed, Blockbuster Rewind. On each episode, co-hosts Andy Atherton, Scott Shifflett & Eric Eells will cover and discuss the best and worst of Hollywood Blockbusters, Summer Tent Poles and Popcorn Movies. On their maiden voyage, they welcome guest Tim Capel to discuss the first Hollywood Blockbuster: Jaws and its subsequent sequels. They go through the franchise and talk about their favorite scenes, best characters, behind the scenes stories, rate the shark kills and question some of the ridiculousness that permeates the series. And remember, you’re gonna need a bigger boat.

June 24th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #67-68): Break The Bank & the Game Show Finales of 6/20/80 + The David Letterman Show

This week on It Was A Thing on TV we're calling the Smithsonian and asking them to put this collection into the vault!

Mike, Chico and Greg first discuss the various game shows called "Break The Bank" Three completely different shows, one was good, one was basic and one was a mess. And how does one Mrs. Mickey Kennedy Branson play a role in this?

Also this past week marked 40 years since we saw the temporary end of three game shows, each of which would all return to the airwaves by 1987. It also saw the birth of a legend, though he would make his mark in late night. We look at the three NBC game show finales of June 20, 1980 and their replacement, The David Letterman Show in this timely installment of the podcast.

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June 23rd, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Jeff Frye

The newest Diamond Conversations features former MLB star and now #CertifiedHittingGuru, Jeff Frye. Jeff has become a social media player the last few months as his battle with the new age "pros" teaching kids how to play the game have finally set off the REAL veterans of baseball. Jeff's baseball career included stops in Texas, Boston, Colorado and Toronto and he also went on to be a very successful player agent after his MLB career. So join the SHE GONE movement and step up to the plate.

June 20th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater Special #7 - Scary Movie

In a "special isolation edition" episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Jennifer Smith & James Gruenberg to do a live watch of the 2000 comedy, Scary Movie. The gang discusses movie parodies; landscaping; impoverished Skeet Ulrich; granny panties; the greatness of Cheri Oteri; the many uses of vacuum cleaners; The Spice Girls; role playing, sneaking food into movies & whether or not you need to see the source material to enjoy a parody movie. So, do you like scary movies and don’t disturb me when I’m cleaning my room!

June 19th, 2020    

Piece of the Action #2: Demolition Man

In the latest episode of Piece of the Action, Matt welcomes Shawn Kidd to the podcast to watch the 1993 classic Demolition Man! Listen to Matt and Shawn discuss Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Sly’s o-face, and much more! Come for the witty banter, stay for the Stallone impressions! So be well and enjoy the new episode of Piece of the Action!

June 18th, 2020    

The Great Debate #11

In the latest episode of The Great Debate, host Andy Atherton is joined by Shawn Kidd, Matt Souza & Scott Shifflet. The gang discusses and debates a variety of pop culture topics including: how the movie, television and music industries will come back after the Coronavirus Pandemic; movies and television shows they watched during the isolation that they wouldn’t have otherwise; guilty pleasure video games; the best and worst recent commercials they’ve seen; which actor has been the best on-screen Incredible Hulk; Julia Roberts vs. Sandra Bullock; musical acts they love but in the minority on; how they would program a night of classic sitcoms; cast reunions they’d like to see & collectibles they’d like to own that haven’t been made yet. And as always, the show closes with a fun rapid fire round that runs the gamut.

June 17th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Tripleheader (Episodes #65-66 & Live Show #2): Supermarket Sweep, We Got It Made & Press Your Luck

This week on It Was A Thing on TV the gang heads out to the supermarket and then follows it up by living the high life in a fancy NYC apartment while trying to avoid the Whammy.

First, everybody loves the action and fun on Supermarket Sweep. The show we know and love was quite different in its first season, a bare bones version with some odd additions that didn't last long. Come for the caviar, stay for Mr. Yuk.

Next, We Got It Made was a dog of a show in 1983-84 that NBC tried to get people to watch by having the cast show up on NBC broadcasts. Yet, it got a second season for the Primetime Starts at 7:30 block in 1987.

Finally, we present to you our second live show as we cover the second season premiere of Press Your Luck with Elizabeth Banks on ABC.

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June 16th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Connor & Mike McGuiness

Today we are joined by LA Dodgers Assistance Pitching Coach Connor McGuiness and his brother Mike McGuiness, the men behind the amazing training tool CleanFuego. Both men discuss how the CleanFuego is helping players worldwide and how the science behind the Fuego is the future of baseball training. 

June 11th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #26 - Major League With Derek Cornett

In the twenty-sixth episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Derek Cornett (Low Blow Booking Podcast) to do a live watch of the 1989 comedy, Major League. The guys discuss the best baseball movies; the use of the “f-bomb” in the movie; spitballs; celebration dances; stalking exes; Mr. Baseball; bad haircuts; messing with Jo-Bu; bullpen cars;open access apartments and the things you don’t see in baseball anymore.  So remember, wild thing, you make my heart sing.

June 10th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #63 & 64): “The Moneymaze” & “Open All Night”

This is the story of Gordon Fester. Born in Ohio the day before Easter. Had a normal childhood, did ok in school. Graduated from Columbus High in 1962. Now he's Open All Night, Open All Night.

Sorry about that folks. This week on It Was A Thing on TV we've got two episodes of forgotten TV that Mike, Chico and Greg will take a look at.

First, we have the 1974-75 ABC Game Show "The Moneymaze". 1975 was an amazing year for game shows, good and gimmicky. One of the gimmicky games involved people running around a giant maze, trying to win cash and prizes. It sounds corny but The Moneymaze is a fun show to watch.

Also we cover the 1981-82 sitcom "Open All Night" that was broadcast on ABC. This show was brought to our attention by Greg, as he stumbled across a cameo in the 4th episode. Open All Night is not a bad show, just short-lived because it aired on Saturday nights. But that theme song.

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June 9th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Danny Vietti of CBS Sports

This week Danny Vietti of CBS Sports joins Diamond Conversations. Danny, who writes for CBS Sports Baseball, discusses what it is like to create content during a pandemic where baseball has essentially been put on hold, whether or not the season will actually take place and what teams he feels will be the ones to watch after play resumes.

June 4th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #25- Dazed and Confused with Todd Weber

In the twenty-fifth episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by returning guest Todd Weber to do a live watch of the 1993 comedy, Dazed And Confused. The guys discuss the incredible ensemble cast; high school antics; overalls; the bangin’ soundtrack; cruising’ the strip; muscle cars; getting paddled; school dances; wasting beer; smoking in the car; playing pool; the lack of police in the movie and sneaking in the house.  So remember, it would be a lot cooler if you had a joint on you and to keep on livin’, L-I-V-I-N.

June 3rd, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Tripleheader (Episodes# 60-62): Maury Episode Titles, Primetime begins at 7:30, Love, Sidney

This week the lie detector determined you'll love this week's episodes on It Was A Thing on TV here at Place to be Nation POP.

First, what was Greg's dive down a rabbit hole after recording a few months ago became this very experimental episode. The Maury staff sure comes up with different ways to describe their DNA and lie detector shows.

Next, in the Fall 1987 television season, NBC tried starting primetime half an hour earlier than normal. The results were generally bad sitcoms and reverting to an 8 PM start time for primetime starting in Fall 1988. We look at why this block failed and Mike talks about a personal connection with someone from one of the five comedies from this block.

Finally, it seems Tony Randall was known for two shows--first and foremost, The Odd Couple, and then Love, Sidney. We make the case that it was mishandled from the start by NBC but also that some subject matter might have been material not designed for an early 80s home audience.

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