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.
When I think about Cortney Hall, the word "dynamic" comes to mind. When you hear what she has to say about balancing working in hard news with also being the host of timeout & halftime activity at Bulls games you'll understand. The host of Chicago Today sat down with me and we discussed how she's able to toggle between being taken seriously and being fun. She also offered me a teaching tip that I plan on using.
With the culmination of Juneteenth & Father's Day, I thought it might be a good time to interview my father. Besides being the Notorious D.A.D, he taught in CPS for 37 years, wrote a book on DuSable (The Warrior's Belt) and spent 6 years in the army. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
She's one of Chicago's treasures on the local comedy scene. Beyond talking about career high notes, like opening for Dave Chappelle & Hannibal Buress last year, we also talked about her famous dad, Mr. T. Some of the stories she tells about growing up around that are amazing. This is a mature conversation...play this one when the kids aren't around.
There's so much about The Last Dance that's been left out about the 91-92 team's trip to the White House. Hodge is one of the most interesting athletes I've ever talked to. His love for Chicago Heights, basketball, and equality are all things to aspire towards.
One of the guests that I've been dying to get on the podcast and it was worth the wait. We talked about the struggles of sometimes being the only woman in a locker room. We spent a lot of time talking about those press conferences with Lovie Smith. We discussed her new venture...her podcast with her son: "The Sportscaster & Her Son"
What's it like to be in the middle of the Golden Age of Cubs baseball? I explored that with Patrick, including his outsider perspective on the Northsiders winning the World Series. What's his approach to talking with some of the smartest baseball people in the game?
I think it's fair to say that Scoop has played a significant role in changing media throughout his career. I know he has for me. His new book, "The Game Is Not A Game" is out this week on Amazon and HaymarketBooks.org. We talked about the new book, his role at ESPN and why his work at SLAM Magazine is still revered.
Nina's route into radio was a tad unorthodox, but regardless, she's here now with one of the most popular shows in Chicago. We talk about what it takes physically & mentally to host the morning show at B-96 (it's a lot), her relationship with her on-air partner, Gabe (Episode 60) and her crazy pants podcast: "Guilty Pleasures & Growing Pains with Nina."
"Powerful" is a good way to describe this episode. Paula opens up about why even being at the top of the industry isn't enough. We talk about why she left NBC 5 in Chicago, the famous actor she's related to, and her podcast: "Journeys of Fatih with Paula Faris" which has been getting some political heavyweights on to talk about difficult subjects.
Valpo's finest is one of the best play-by-play talents in the country. We talked about how he's matured into the job and what it takes to do it right. Plus, for a kid who grew up in the Chicagoland area, calling Bulls games...a dream come true. Adam's family has a powerful immigrant story. I'm glad he shared it.
"LB" is the host of 49ers coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area. It's kinda cool that we have the same job, considering we worked together on a national morning show for 2 years. She's a good friend and excellent on-air partner. We got together Super Bowl Week to discuss what it's like to start over in a new city. Something she did while raising a toddler and having twins. She's a super-hero.
Luke is one of the most prominent names in MMA media. His new venture with Showtime & YouTube is called "Morning Kombat" and can be heard every Monday at Noon ET. We go back a ways, so I loved picking his brain about what it's like to cover Dana White & the UFC.
Phil is an incredible: actor, writer, and director. He has a great moving coming out called: "High & Outside." If you like good drama mixed with baseball movies, you're gonna love it. Phil is a Chicagoan and a huge White Sox fan. So doing this movie was a treat. He also tells a killer Nicholas Cage story.
Michelle McMahon is a dynamic personality. It comes through in her work on Big Ten Network and her podcast: The Michelle McMahon Show (this is important for later). Along with her origin story, we talked about the downside of the business and how it can lead to paranoia and insecurity. We then flipped the episode over and she did the interviewing. It's the first House of L collaboration.
Josina is one of premier news breakers in NFL reporting. Her phone stays hot, as you'll find out in the episode. She has a very interesting back story and thrives in an area where you don't see many women of color. What's that like? How do you cultivate sources? We discuss that and more...
The most dangerous journalist in sports media in Chicago, sat down with me to talk about his philosophy on covering teams, his scraps with other media members & beating Cancer, TWICE! Joe is simultaneously everything you think and nothing like you expect. That's a hard trick.
How badly did Kenzie want a job in radio? So badly that she slept in her car to make her dreams come true. B-96's midday host has an incredible story to tell and I'm glad she was on the podcast. She's one of my favorite people in the building. Listen & you'll see why.
I really like the way Sahadev covers baseball. He's making us smarter fans with the way he breaks down the game. This episode, is all about how it almost didn't happen for him. He was working outside of sports before he decided to succeed or fail at what he's passionate about. Don't worry, there's a ton of baseball geeking out in here too.
Cubs games will no longer be shown on free tv. I wanted to talk about that drastic change AND give you some perspective on how things are going to be different along with discussing the bigger picture items of cord-cutting, bundling, and what happened to the Dodgers with their own network.
Lauren has lived many lives. I sat down with the Channel 9 anchor to talk about her career, hobbies, and her new outdoors show that's debuting August 31st: "Destination: Outdoors with Lauren Magiera." It also doesn't hurt that she has a tremendous voice too...
Tom Dreesen has LIVED! We talked about touring with Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr. We discussed his love for the Cubs and the city of Harvey. And we talked about his role in the strike that got comedians paid at the Comedy Store in the 80s. This is an all-time interview from a great American.