Thanks @Snailman and others. Glad you like them.
I've only been in "real" competitions for 2 years. It's interesting to me to find out about the others behind pinball. Not too many competitions in other sports/games where you can go up against the best in the world. Pinball Profile is my way of either introducing others to these people, or getting to know a little more about them. I had thought about doing this when I went to PAPA and Pinburgh, but I didn't want to bother people when they were busy.
I've always been comfortable chatting with people ever since I did stand-up comedy in the 90's. I've been in radio for 25 years this year, and on my Classic Rock radio show affectionately known as "Big Red's Retro Rock" on K106.3 (plug), I've always been more interested in what others have to say. When I'm lucky to chat with rock stars, they are way more interesting than me. And quite frankly, I'd rather hear them talk then hear myself. The same is true when I cover sports for our radio stations. When I was at the World Series this year in Chicago, I stopped into Stern where Jody was kind enough to give me a tour. When I met Steve Ritchie and John Trudeau, I thought "okay, if I'm going to do these podcast/interviews now would be a perfect time...and great way to launch this thing". And voila!
So hopefully, I get a little better with each one. I really enjoy all feedback (positive and negative, plus suggestions for guests). I've fixed the compression (audio) since my interview with Karl, so they will be easier to listen to from a volume stand point.
Lots ahead on Pinball Profile...the next few weeks include PAPA Director of Operations Mark Steinman, Bob Matthews (@BMU) with a How to Run A Tourney 101 lesson, some amazing Women of Pinball, and some guy named Keith Elwin?...I hear he's good?
Thanks again @Snailman. Means a lot from a great player like yourself. Hook 'em, horns!