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CatchMark SportsNet Podcast: NFL playoffs, sports writing, VanDyke with an ‘E’

Local sports writing colleague joins the pod for insider insight.

Co-host Scott DeCamp gets a blast from the past as two similar worlds collide on Episode 14 of the CatchMark SportsNet Podcast, brought to you by VanDyk Mortgage. The veteran sports writer encounters a former colleague who assumed his Muskegon-area coverage role for MLive.

MLive’s Josh VanDyke is welcomed by hosts DeCamp, Brent Raeth and Zach Zweigle to discuss some hot topics floating around the sports world.

VanDyke, a 2007 graduate of Muskegon Catholic Central and a Grand Valley State University, found his way back to the lakeshore to fill the void of DeCamp after he joined the CatchMark team.

The crew begins with some controversial conversation on cryptocurrency, but quickly falls back to the recurring discussion of the “blue checkmark” possessed by DeCamp. “A verified” conversation between the two experienced reporters takes place.

The shared complications of a sports writing career come to light. Raeth suggests that smarter and harder is the way to approach any workload.

VanDyke shares stories of some of his most challenging interviews throughout his time at MLive, including one featuring Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh.

The sheer chaos in the NFL playoffs sparks some interesting debate from the fellas. VanDyke expresses his shared heartbreak with the Green Bay Packers. In addition, quarterbacks Josh Allen (Buffalo) and Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City) are compared.

Lastly, Zweigle rattles off some fast-paced questions for VanDyke, including some regarding his personal passions outside of his professional realm.

Check out Episode 14 of the CatchMark SportsNet Podcast at the top of this story, where VanDyke, DeCamp, Raeth and Zweigle discuss several topics relating to sports journalism as well as a few others.

You can check out all of our other podcasts archived at the CatchMark SportsNet YouTube channel as well as Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Media Specialist for CatchMark Technologies and CatchMark SportsNet.

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