House of L podcast

By Laurence W. Holmes

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The House of L podcast is an intimate look at media in all forms and how it works. Let Laurence Holmes take you behind the curtain with your favorite media personalities.

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Episode 12: Lin Brehmer

This week, I sat down with one of radio's best DJs, Lin Brehmer. We talked about the art of DJing, vinyl vs cd vs digital and why WXRT just sounds so good. Oh, and it wouldn't be a conversation with Lin without talking Cubs. That's in here too. 

Aug 13, 2018
Episode 11: Canton, OH

This week, I wanted to share some observations from my trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was a really cool thing to see Urlacher inducted. I also interviewed the President of the Hall of Fame, David Baker. He's a fascinating figure who stands 6'9 & 400lbs. Be he shared with me what it was like to knock on the door and share the news with Urlacher that he was in. Plus, I answer your questions about the podcast.

Aug 07, 2018
Episode 10: Ben Bradley

I thought that this would just be two friends who have known each other for 30 years shooting the breeze, but it turned into a very serious conversation about the state of news. If you know Ben, you know that he's a fun and most times silly guy, but he takes storytelling VERY seriously. The WGN Anchorman & I discussed the news industry as a whole. 

Jul 31, 2018
Episode 9: Dan Zampillo (Me & Z Show)

Dan Zampillo is my old on-air partner. Back in the late 90s early 00s, we had a ridiculous weekend, late-night show on The Score. I thought we had a chance to be big as a duo, but it wasn't meant to be. Z went into management. He's now the Operations Manager for ESPN Radio-LA. He offers some great advice for broadcasters, we talk about how the industry has changed since we started and why he broke up a good thing. 

Jul 24, 2018
Episode 8: Mike Hall

Mike Hall was the winner of ESPN's Dream Job, but he's gone on to do so much more than that. He's now one of the main faces of the Big Ten Network and his show "Sports Lite" teaches us not to take sports so seriously. Mike and I talked about navigating being a contest winner at ESPN (not everyone was nice to him) and what it's like to launch a network. We also giggled...

Jul 17, 2018
Episode 7: Justin Roman

One of the more surprising sitdowns that I've had so far. Justin Roman has had many lives. He was star high school athlete, in a boy band, a successful singer/song writer, and for the last 16 years, he's been 1/2 of the Stylz & Roman show. Once on pop station B-96, now having success doing country at US99. 

Jul 10, 2018
Episode 6: Kyle Higgins

This week I sat down with one of my favorite comic book writers. Kyle Higgins is a writer and director who's written Batman for DC, Captain America for Marvel & C.O.W.L. for Image. We talk about what it's like to create at that level. It may not be all it's cracked up to be. Great conversation with an intelligent and passionate subject. 

Jul 03, 2018
Episode 5: U of C Sports History

The University of Chicago is known for its academic reputation, but it has one of the most fascinating Athletic histories. I had an incredible conversation with Dave Revsine about Amos Alonzo Stagg's rule of the university when it began, but a friend at U of C, told me another crazy sports story from Hyde Park, so I wanted to share it with you.  

Jun 29, 2018
Episode 4: Mark Schanowski

NBC Sports Chicago's, Mark Schanowski and I sit down for a really quick, but dense conversation about the broadcasting business. How does a 30-year veteran adapt? Mark tells great stories about covering Michael Jordan, Jordan vs LeBron, advice for his daughter who's in the business now and his one career regret.

Jun 26, 2018
Episode 3: Cheryl Scott

This week, I sat down with ABC 7 Chicago Meteorologist, Cheryl Scott. We talked about how she went from track star at an Ivy League school to media star. It's two old friends catching up, but we did talk about some serious issues too, like: Body image, people thinking she's mean cause she's shy and the dark side of fame. Oh...and her Eagles winning the Super Bowl.

Jun 19, 2018
Episode 2 Jason Goff Part 2

In this episode, Jason and I talk about how his career at the Score ended and why it hurts so much. We talked about the merits of discussing issues of race on sports radio. Finally, Jason explains his next move. 

Jun 12, 2018
Episode 2: Jason Goff

This week, I sat down with Jason Goff. Jason came by the house to discuss his life in radio. In Part 1, we talked about developing sound, how fear fuels him, and how he went from producing an afternoon drive show, to hosting it. The conversation was real and emotional. 

Jun 09, 2018
Episode 1: Jason Benetti

This week, we travel to White Sox Park, to find out what it takes to be a Play-By-Play broadcaster. I sit down with Jason Benetti in his broadcast booth to ask him how he got to where he is and what goes into to doing the job well. You'll hear the hustle and bustle that goes on before a game and some fun interruptions from Tom (Wimpy) Paciorek, who didn't know we were recording. Jason's journey is an inspiring one, for a lot of reasons.

May 30, 2018