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August 12, 2019
Matt Jones dusts off the podcast equipment to talk about his potential Senate campaign with an old friend, Tony Vanetti.
July 31, 2018
Surprise! Another episode of the Matt Jones Podcast is here! This time, Matt and Drew break down Kentucky's upcoming trip to the Bahamas, the roster, and fun stories from their last trip to Atlantis in 2014. Here's a breakdown of everything discussed: 3:30 - Bahamas overview -Why the Bahamas trip is so crucial for this team’s development (looking back to what 2014 trip did for them) -Stories from the last Bahamas trip: What sights do they expect to see on and off the court -Describing the Atlantis resort 9:10-40:00 - What they've heard about the team, roster breakdown Returnees: PJ Washington— “most anticipated return since the Twins” Quade Green— Improved shooter Nick Richards— Drew’s take on why he could play more than people expect; his way to play is defense Jemarl Baker— issues with spelling of his name Newcomers Reid Travis— “toughness we haven’t had since Julius Randle” “we haven’t had an old dude in a while” Keldon Johnson— his shooting has been a surprise; where he ranks among UK trash talkers EJ Montgomery— he’s a superstar, he’s playing How to figure out the frontcourt rotation Ashton Hagans— Matt thinks he will be the starting PG he runs 1000 mph… he’s like a headless chicken How long can a chicken live with his head cut off? (they pull out the Google machine) Immanuel Quickley— he’s in Karl Towns conversation for good kids Drew’s fun Quickley fact and led to us learning about Matt’s system for sending out Christmas greetings Tyler Herro— do they like his confidence? why Kentucky fans have been waiting for his arrival he could be most athletic dude on the team along with Keldon Johnson amount of calls to Matt’s show he should play more Will he meet fan’s expectations? Matt’s take on the two highest draft picks on the team Are the guys now leaning towards being fans of Tom Crean? Who to hate among coaches in the league now? 40:15 - What do they know about the opponents in the Bahamas? easiest and toughest opponents based on their little knowledge they work on converting centimeters to inches Do they expect them to win them all? It will be the most chest hair we’ve ever seen Kentucky play They expect these to be better teams than 2014-15 faced 48:15 - Advice to those traveling to the Bahamas Expensive and bring some cash $$$ More crazy stories from the last Bahamas trip: Fashion problems the last time they traveled to the Bahamas Matt and Drew tell about their crazy adventure leaving a game last trip when the final bus left them behind Drew’s $25 ride home
May 1, 2018
The Matt Jones Podcast's No. 1 guest returns just in time for the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby.  Tony Vanetti touches on a variety of topics with Matt Jones before Twin Spires handicapper Ed DeRosa gives some tips to help you win some money at Churchill Downs this weekend.  Highlights: -- The best moments from the roast of Matt Jones. --  Vanetti's vindication. -- How sports are like the state of Florida. --  Tony asks the question everyone is asking: Will Matt run against Mitch McConnell? --  McConnell's greatest accomplishment as a Senator. --  Justify will be the Derby favorite, but don't bet on him. --  A horse on the Derby undercard and an Oaks long shot that will win you some money. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
April 18, 2018
After an extended hiatus, Matt Jones has picked back up the podcast microphone.  The 65th edition of The Matt Jones Podcast is an extended conversation with former Kentucky Wildcat and current UK Sports Network broadcaster, Rex Chapman.  They touch on a variety of topics, like... --  Is Rex worried that UK has developed a culture of failure if you stay in school? --  Why Rex believes Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the most NBA-ready Wildcat. --  Will P.J. and Wenyen stay in the NBA Draft? --  Rex had to convince Rondo not to leave UK, on more than one occasion. --  His relationship with Cal...and his infamous National Championship pregame Tweet. --  How his opioid addiction started and what makes it different. --  The rehab process and Rex's message to those who are fighting addiction. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
October 6, 2017
The Matt Jones Podcast makes its triumphant return with Dr. Ricky Jones.  The outspoken UofL professor provides a unique perspective on the tumult surrounding the university and its athletic department.  Highlights: --  "It is no longer an academic institution," Jones said. --  The crazy story of how Vince Tyra became UofL's acting AD. --  What's wrong with the backwards system we call "higher education." --  Ricky's real problem with athlete protests. --  Why Ricky supports Calipari. You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
August 28, 2017
The Matt Jones Podcast makes its triumphant return by previewing the 2017 college football season with ESPN's Marcus Spears.  Following the football talk, Ryan Lemond and Matt peel back the curtain to give you an intimate look behind the scenes of KSR.  Highlights include: --  Why Mark Stoops was "did as good a job of coaching a football team as anybody in the country last year." --  Spears' stance on Greg McElroy's Matt Elam comments. --  When Matt might potentially run for political office and what would happen to KSR. --  Matt's relationship with the UK coaches. -- "In the entertainment business, the worst thing you can do is be predictable." You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
April 18, 2017
The Matt Jones Podcast returns with Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin to share some KSR stories from behind the scenes, including the much anticipated Bahamas story.  There's not just one, but two tales from Atlantis and... --  Alex Legion, Billy Gillispie and how his wild last day at UK could've happened much sooner. --  John Calipari's first decision at UK might've been his most important. --  How Tim Couch prepared his team in the locker room before the Outback Bowl. --  Another reason why MKG is awesome. --  BRASSOW! You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
January 20, 2017
ESPN's Bomani Jones took some time out of his busy schedule to join the Matt Jones Podcast.  The two discussed his television show Highly Questionable, a variety of topics in the sports world and more, including... --  Why Tubby Smith is appreciated more now than when he was at UK. --  Bobby Petrino is a "sociopath." --  Does Bomani believe Pitino knew? --  Small Town U.S.A. --  How Bomani deals with Clay Travis' P.C. Police. You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes, streaming on Podbay, or via Android's Podcast Addict app.
January 17, 2017
Doug Gottlieb returns to The Matt Jones Podcast to take an extensive look into the 2016-17 college basketball season.  Matt and Doug discuss this year's Kentucky team, who will contend for the National Championship and... --  What's wrong with Duke? --  The team Kentucky doesn't want to play (again). --  Why you don't need to have a rim protector to win a National Title. --  How the SEC got so bad and the teams that can help the the conference become relevant on the national stage once again. --  A big change Gottlieb would make to college basketball that will blow your mind. You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes, streaming on Podbay, or via Android's Podcast Addict app.
January 10, 2017
After a brief hiatus, Matt returns with the podcast's favorite guest, Tony Vanetti.  They discuss the three biggest things that happened since Episode 58 -- the football season, the UK/UofL basketball game and the election -- but that's not all... --  What happened when Matt started the TV show. --  Why Tony thinks WakeyLeaks was stupid. --  Matt invites himself to a Vanetti family dinner. --  How Cal outclassed Pitino after the game. --  Tony "lassos" Matt in while breaking down the UK/UofL basketball game. --  Chaos in the Vanetti household following election night. You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes, streaming on Podbay, or via Android's Podcast Addict app.
September 14, 2016
In this episode Matt explores the problems plaguing the Kentucky football team with color analyst Jeff Piecoro.  Less than eight weeks from the election, Jonathan Martin of The New York Times provides an updated from the divisive campaign trail.  Highlights: --  Will the Reds be any good in the foreseeable future? --  How the late first half TD vs. Southern Miss changed the season. --  Can Trump beat Hillary? You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
September 6, 2016
The SEC Network's Marcus Spears the podcast to discuss a tough first week of college football for the SEC Network.  Tony Vanetti dishes on football and more of the typical shenanigans you usually hear from the two.  Highlights: --  Can Mark Stoops coach? --  Do UofL fans feel bad for UK fans? --  An update on the craziness in the UofL administration. --  How Kentucky could stop the run. --  Spears' controversial statement about Les Miles. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
August 29, 2016
Matt is joined by Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance to discuss Vance's observations of Appalachia.  A Middletown, Oh. native, Vance's time in Eastern Kentucky primarily occurred during summers with his grandparents in Breathitt County.  After serving as a Marine and attending Yale Law School, hear his sociological analysis in this discussion with Matt, that includes: --  The hardest part for Vance when he went to Yale. --  The similarities and differences in their upbringings. --  How disenfranchisement led to the rise of Donald Trump. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app. If you'd like to read Hillbilly Elegy, check it out on Amazon.
August 22, 2016
Matt is joined by talented broadcaster Ian Eagle to talk about his career that extends into college basketball, boxing, tennis, golf and the NFL.  Eagle shares stories from throughout his extensive career and much more, including: --  Eagle's unique relationship with Calipari while calling the Nets' play-by-play. --  How Tony Robbins was involved when Calipari was fired by the Nets. --  What it's like when you're dad is a stand-up comedian. --  The strangest events Eagle has ever covered. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
August 16, 2016
Freddie, Jared and Nick of the KSR Football Podcast join Matt to prepare the BBN for the 2016 football season.  The crew goes through every position to help you understand what Mark Stoops has to work with entering his fourth season.  A few of the topics they cover: --  How Eddie Gran and Lamar Thomas will make a difference. --  A position-by-position analysis of the roster. --  Jared's offseason negativity. --  The defense's most important player. --  The most important games on the schedule. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
August 16, 2016
Today's episode is all about "Last Chance U," the Netflix documentary that follows  the football program of East Mississippi Community College. The star of the show, academic advisor Brittany Wagner, joins Matt to discuss her life at the Junior College.  After speaking with Wagner, Matt gets perspective from another viewer, Mark Ennis.  Highlights: --  Life behind the scenes, away from the camera crew. --  The time Wagner spent with UK players before they came to Lexington. --  Ennis discusses how he thinks the UofL football team will fare this season. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
August 11, 2016
After traveling all around the country, The Matt Jones Podcast returns with everyone's favorite guest, Tony Vanetti.  Capturing the Olympic spirit, USA Today's Dan Wolken calls in from Rio to provide an Olympic update.  A few highlights: --  Tony has officially become an old man. --  Will Tony miss Matt when he moves to Lexington? --  How one covers the Olympics on a day-to-day basis. --  Does Dan feel any danger in Rio? --  Can the USA Basketball team lose? You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
July 15, 2016
A fan favorite from the early days of KSR, former UK point guard Ramel "Smooth" Bradley joins The Matt Jones Podcast to discuss his time at Kentucky and what he has going on now.  Freddie Maggard and Nick Roush join the podcast to talk football after spending four days in Hoover for SEC Media Days.  Some of what you'll hear: --  How Smooth thinks The Bluegrass Boys will fare in The Basketball Tournament. --  A surprise appearance from Joe Crawford. --  Is Mark Stoops worried about Drew Barker? --  Where Kentucky football stands compared to the rest of the SEC. --  Can Matt Elam and players like him still be effective in the SEC? You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
July 12, 2016
The Golden Anniversary of the podcast celebrates one of Kentucky football's greatest accomplishments.  Two of the four Kentucky Wildcats that helped integrate the SEC, Nate Worthington and Wilbur Hackett, join the podcast to discuss their journey.  Before they're immortalized with statues in front of Commonwealth Stadium, hear their story.  Highlights: --  How the Governor convinced Northington to come to Kentucky. --  Were there African-American UK fans in Louisville in the 60s? --  How Northington handled Greg Page's tragic death. --  What it was like to travel to the South for SEC football games. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
July 8, 2016
Tony Vanetti hasn't been back on the program since Matt went on vacation, and today he returns with a bang ahead of the podcast's 50th birthday.  They discuss all of the news stories from the last month before ESPN's Ryen Russell joins the program.  Highlights include: --  Hear both sides of the infamous story about Matt's ESPN suit. --  Matt doles outs some Peach Jam advice for yours truly. --  How Russillo got the part at ESPN and how he transitioned after SVP's departure. --  What it's like to work for ESPN in Bristol. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
July 5, 2016
It's a high-powered podcast, bringing Kentucky native and NASCAR legend, Michael Waltrip, onto the program.  Before that interview, Matt discusses the insanity surrounding NBA Agency with Alex Kennedy of BasketballInsiders.com. Just a few highlights: --  What KD's move means for the rest of the NBA. --  Waltrip's 2012 National Championship experience, with a little trash talking to Clint Bowyer. --  Waltrip discusses how he got into NASCAR and previews the race at Kentucky Speedway. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
June 27, 2016
Matt is celebrating his return vacation by returning to the podcast, starting with Joe Sonka of Insider Louisville.  Joe helps Matt catch up with what happened around the state over the last two weeks (hint: it's A LOT).  Some of what they discussed: --  The nuts and bolts of what's happened with UofL's Board of Trustees. --  Ramsey's position as President and member of the Foundation...is it actually in jeopardy? --  The potential consequences of Matt Bevin's latest moves. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
June 8, 2016
There's still a few weeks until the June 23rd NBA Draft, but this is Matt's last opportunity to preview and project the picks before he heads away on vacation.  Chad Ford joins the podcast for a second time and Fran Fraschilla discusses the international players in his podcast debut.  Some of the things you'll hear... --  Where the Cats will go in this year's draft AND next year's draft. --  How the European professional leagues compare to the NCAA and NBA. --  Foreign player name pronunciations. --  Would Ben Simmons have been better off at Kentucky? You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
June 6, 2016
The Matt Jones Podcast takes its turn honoring The Greatest.  It begins with Tony Vanetti giving some hometown perspective before Matt is joined by Dave Kindred.  Kindred began following Ali as a young reporter for The Courier-Journal before authoring the book Sound and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship.  A few highlights: --  How Ali's image changed after the '96 Olympics in Atlanta. --  Kindred's personal perspective of Ali and how he will remember him. --  The symbiotic relationship between Ali and Howard Cosell. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
June 3, 2016
Before Josh Hopkins and Matt share UK fan stories, Bleacher Report's SEC reporter Barrett Sallee joins the program from the SEC Meetings in Destin, Florida.  The best of the best includes: --  How the SEC views Mark Stoops. --  A random D.A. Lane from Georgia story. --  How Stoops can work at UK. --  Some weird things Josh has done for his UK fandom. --  A surprise guest to the end the show might be the best moment in the history of The Matt Jones Podcast. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
June 2, 2016
The Matt Jones Podcast is going back to its roots.  This podcast is a throwback to Matt's first days on KSR with his original co-host, Big EZ.  They discuss how they got into the radio business, plus: --  Great early KSR stories with Chris Tomlin's baseball reports and Nasty Nate. --  Cal's crazy SEC Tournament idea. --  Matt still won't tell the story from the Bahamas. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
May 31, 2016
Tony Vanetti's been away for awhile, but today he's back on The Matt Jones Podcast to discuss everything that's happened in the world of UK and UofL since the Kentucky Derby.  The second half of the show is with Matt Moore, CBS Sports' NBA writer and the creator of the website Hardwood Paroxysm.  Highlights include: --  News on Marcus Lee. --  How Kentucky football can regain momentum under Mark Stoops. --  A little more gorilla talk and an obscene gorilla story. --  Why was Billy Donovan criticized so much this season? You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
May 26, 2016
With the 2016-17 roster finalized, there's plenty of college basketball to talk about.  ESPN's Seth Greenberg and Cats Illustrated's T.J. Walker join the program to discuss the decisions made by Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee and the lay of the land in college basketball.  Highlights from the show: --  Seth strikes back at Matt for saying Tubby Smith is not "elite." --  Seth and T.J. disagree on Lee's decision. --  What happened behind the scenes before the NBA Draft deadline. --  Looking ahead to Kentucky's top priorities in the 2017 recruiting class. --  T.J. gives you a little taste of some news to keep an eye on during the offseason. You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
May 20, 2016
For the 40th edition of The Matt Jones Podcast, Bomani Jones joins the program for a fascinating hour of audio. Bomani and Matt discuss so much, the only way you can summarize it is with a voluminous list. --  The Washington Redskins -- Who ya taking, Karl Towns or Anthony Davis? -- Coach Cal and Coach K: The Differences and Similarities -- Have the Warriors changed the way basketball is played? -- Cam Newton’s Confidence --  The Passing of Prince You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
May 19, 2016
After a two week hiatus, The Matt Jones Podcast is back with a winning trifecta of guests.  Matt brings on a new UofL guy, our friend from Inside the Red Zone on 790-KRD, Nick Coffey.  Then he's joined by Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders to discuss the NBA Playoffs.  The episode is capped off by an appearance from Jonathan Martin of The New York Times, the podcast's resident political correspondent.  Highlights: --  Do Louisville fans still want Pitino back? --  Ranking the UK players in the NBA. --  Fallout from the Kentucky Primary. --  Can The Donald be our nation's next president? You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
May 4, 2016
We've dabbled into Derby, but today it's a headfirst dive into handicapping The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports with Ed DeRosa of TwinSpires.com.  If you wanna win money this Saturday, you need to listen to the first 35 minutes of this podcast.  Following DeRosa for his first appearance on The Matt Jones Podcast is Oscar Combs.  Highlights include: --  How to look for a longshot to win big in exotic bets. --  Three stats that matter when handicapping horses. --  Looking back on the life and career of Ed Davender. --  John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are eligible for the UK Hall of Fame for the first time; will they get Oscar's vote? You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.
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