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'Gamebreaker w/Keith Olbermann' podcast coming 3/9/2018

Postby Marie » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:13 am

10-episodes, each introduced by Keith.
Gamebreaker with Keith Olbermann

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Audible’s new sports documentary series is set to look at subjects like neurological rewiring in athletes, the horrors of the Steubenville High School rape case and how individuals change the rules around them.

Hosted by sportscaster and political commentator Keith Olbermann, it should be a really interesting look at the culture surrounding sports and the effects it can have on society.

When? 9 March

https://www.shortlist.com/entertainment ... 018/340578


Here's an article (written with a local slant) about the series producer:

New sports podcast features Traverse City connections
By Beth Milligan
TraverseTicker.com
March 3, 2018

A Traverse City native has signed a contract with audio entertainment giant Audible to produce a new sports audio documentary series hosted by Keith Olbermann – with the podcast set to debut next Friday.

Anders Kelto, 39, is the creator and lead producer of GameBreaker with Keith Olbermann, a long-form series centered on the “experience of athletes who can teach us lessons far beyond sports.” Each of the first season’s 10 episodes provides an in-depth look at unique sports stories that have broader universal themes, from mental illness to industry innovation to sexual politics to scientific breakthroughs.

Kelto, who now lives in Ann Arbor but grew up in Traverse City and still hosts the local Mr. Soccer Camps at the TBAYS Fields each summer, was inspired to take on the project after working for five years as a National Public Radio correspondent.

“Before I got into journalism I played semi-pro soccer, was a college soccer coach and ran the camp for many years, so soccer was my big thing for most of my life,” Kelto says. “I just loved sports and had this idea to marry these two career paths in a new project drawing on my love of sports and my love of journalism.”

Kelto began shopping around the concept of a series that would offer a more “in-depth, documentary-style, thoughtful” approach to stories than the traditional “two white guys arguing in a room” style of sports podcast, he says. In 2016, Audible gave Kelto the green light to create a pilot episode, and based on the strength of that episode the company approved a three-season contract with Kelto. He hired a team of eight at the end of 2016 and spent all of 2017 producing the first season, narrating five episodes himself and working with other reporters and producers to complete the rest.

Kelto and his team scoured the Internet, read old sports magazines and obscure books, and obsessively consumed sports blogs and programming to find the subjects for the first 10 episodes, he says. Featured topics include a profile of Anthony Ervin, who became the world’s fastest swimmer “by doing everything an athlete shouldn’t”; Christy Martin, a pioneer in women’s boxing who had to keep her sexual orientation a secret for fear of repercussions from the male-dominated industry; and Josh Anderson, a top-rated high school soccer player who walked away from his college career under mysterious circumstances.

Other topics include a three-episode arc on the Steubenville high school sex crime scandal and a campaign by cyclist Phil Gaimon to stop cheating within the sport. “The tagline is that these [episodes] challenge the way you think about sports stories,” Kelto says. “We’re trying to appeal to sports fans and non-sports fans alike.”

While GameBreaker may feature a long-form approach similar to ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcast -- which hadn’t yet launched when production on GameBreaker began -- Kelto says his podcast is focused more broadly on “great drama and powerful human narratives.”

“Is this a story my mom would listen to?” he says, describing how he gauges the general interest appeal of a narrative. “If not, it’s not quite right for us. We had that thought in our mind through the whole editing process: can this pass the mom test?”

Audible brought on long-time sports and political commentator Keith Olbermann to host GameBreaker. “They wanted a celebrity host attached to it to bring an audience and credibility to the project,” Kelto says. “We wanted someone who was smart and associated with sports… and he also sounded great on the mike.”

Olbermann provides the introduction to each episode, setting up the story for listeners.


In addition to Kelto’s role shepherding the project, GameBreaker also features another Traverse City connection. The season’s first episode –- the pilot that sealed Kelto’s deal with Audible –- centers on Traverse City resident and former NHL “enforcer” John Scott. Before the Canadian retired here with his family in 2016, Scott played on seven different NHL teams in a nearly decade-long career characterized by numerous fights and controversial hits on the ice.

In 2016, Scott was at the center of an NHL scandal after fans voted him to be the captain of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the NHL All Star Game despite having scored just one point in 11 games and only five points during his entire career. While the NHL tried to discourage Scott from playing -- he was traded out of his division and sent down to the minors -- he was eventually allowed to play the All Star Game. During the game, he scored two goals and led his team into the finals, winning the title of All Star Game MVP.

Writer Mitch Albom is now working on a screenplay about Scott’s life set to be turned into a movie. In GameBreaker, Scott “traces his personal and professional life from NHL’s most hated fight to beloved MVP,” according to the episode description, reflecting “on how he ended up in a role he never wanted.”

Should GameBreaker prove a hit with listeners, Kelto is hopeful Audible will exercise its option to air at least two more seasons of the show. Audible is owned by Amazon, a connection Kelto believes can provide marketing resources to reach a broad audience.

“This has been a real labor of love; it’s my passion project,” Kelto says. “As long as Audible is willing to keep supporting it, I’ll keep producing seasons.”

The first season of GameBreaker will launch on Audible.com on Friday, March 9. Audible and Amazon Prime subscribers can listen to episodes for free; non-subscribers can also pay to access the content.

https://www.traverseticker.com/news/new ... nnections/

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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Re: 'Gamebreaker w/Keith Olbermann' podcast coming 3/9/2018

Postby Marie » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:47 pm

Today, from the Houston Chronicle, as word gets around:
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Keith Olbermann recently did a guest stint on ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption," and he takes another step back toward sports as the host of "Gamebreaker with Keith Olbermann," an Audible Original podcast series that offers a look at offbeat sports topics.

Initial episodes include stories on former boxing champion Christy Salters, once known as Christy Martin, and her struggle to separate herself from an abusive relationship; hockey enforcer and fan favorite John Scott, a former Aeros player; Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Anthony Ervin; ultramarathoner Jenn Shelton and cyclist Phil Gaimon.

The series also examines the revival of the old ground-oriented double wing offense and the continued fallout of the 2012 rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, that involved members of the local high school football team. The series will be housed at audible.com/gamebreaker.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports ... 738433.php

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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Re: 'Gamebreaker w/Keith Olbermann' podcast coming 3/9/2018

Postby Marie » Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:13 am

Here's Keith doing a trailer for the series, explaining what it's all about:
SOUNDCLOUD TRAILER: https://soundcloud.com/audible/gamebrea ... io-trailer

Here's an NPR broadcast on the series, in which you can hear some of Keith's narration. So glad he's back storytelling again as I love the way his voice sounds when he does this kind of thing.

BROADCAST CLIP: https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wiaa/audio/2018/ ... eb_ftr.mp3

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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Re: 'Gamebreaker w/Keith Olbermann' podcast coming 3/9/2018

Postby Marie » Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:31 am

EPISODE 1: The Enforcer
(cost you $2.99)
https://www.audible.com/pd/Radio-TV/Ep- ... B07B8VD2MM

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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TGKO

Postby Marie » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:20 am

It's been a while since I saw the phrase by which Keith was most often identified when I first researched his career on the www:
https://twitter.com/Home_Maui/status/973316314289721344

Nice to see it again! :-)

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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Re: 'Gamebreaker w/Keith Olbermann' podcast coming 3/9/2018

Postby Marie » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:13 pm

Links to ALL EPISODES, here --

https://www.audible.com/search?searchPr ... P029RX731&

-Marie-
You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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