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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.

Laurence W. Holmes


    • Jul 11, 2020 LATEST EPISODE
    • infrequent NEW EPISODES
    • 55m AVG DURATION
    • 294 EPISODES


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    Episode 118: Jonathan Hood

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2020 85:22

    One of the most dynamic radio personalities I've ever been around. We talked about his move from The Score to the ESPN family, our days hosting "Wrestlemaniacs" together and what it takes to do this job at the highest level. 

    Episode 117: The Rocky Roundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2020 76:04

    I got together with my boys: Camron Smith, Dave Ross and Tyler Jacobs to talk about our shared and misplaced love for the Rocky movie franchise. It's as ridiculous as it sounds and a lot of fun. 

    Episode 116: Cortney Hall

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2020 68:29

    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. 

    Episode 115: Sarah Kustok

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2020 57:02

    Not many people, love basketball the way Sarah does. Watching her turn that into an incredible career in broadcasting is pretty sweet. We talked about her blazing a trail as the Brooklyn Nets color analyst and why she loves the game so much.  

    Episode 114: Meet My Dad, Warren W. Holmes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2020 67:20

    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. 

    Episode 113: Cisco Cotto

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2020 65:32

    WBBM NewsRadio's fascinating newsman stop by the podcast to talk about working in the age of a pandemic, what he hates about newstalk and starting a church. One of the most interesting interviews this podcast has ever done. 

    Episode 112: The Equality of Brutality

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2020 41:50

    It's been a week filled with hard truths on life in our Republic. Here's where I'm at on things... The art work for this episode is that of Astrid Fuller from a mural under the 57th Street viaduct in Hyde Park.

    Episode 111: Matt Abbatacola

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2020 103:37


    The former Score producer, update anchor and host, talks about his time with the radio station. We discuss why he jumped out of the radio business and whether he really does hate Dan Bernstein. 


    Episode 110: Erica Nicole Clark

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2020 87:32

    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.

    Episode 109: The Mystery of Effa Manley

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2020 40:07

    The most decorated woman in Baseball in history is a mystery to most people. In a follow up from Episode 75, Shakeia Taylor did some digging and what she found out was amazing! 

    Episode 108: Craig Hodges

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2020 81:14

    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. 

    Episode 107: Sarah Jindra

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2020 37:19

    WGN's traffic supernova has taken her creativity to a new level during the pandemic. We talked about the challenges of working from home, her origin story and her connection to George Halas. 

    Episode 106: Spice Adams

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2020 56:01

    It's weird that someone gets more popular AFTER they're done playing in the NFL, but Anthony "Spice" Adams has become an internet sensation. It wasn't luck...

    Episode 105: Peggy Kusinski

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2020 80:08

    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" 

    Episode 104: Lance Briggs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2020 49:17

    I got to talk football with Lance, but before we even got to that we discussed why his son wants to play for the Blackhawks, how Jim Miller helped him be a better analyst and why villains make sports better. 

    Episode 103: Arturas Karnisovas

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2020 36:58

    Rick Camp is back. This time breaking down the Bulls hiring of their presumptive, new VP of Basketball Operations, Arturas Karnisovas. How will this work? Who should he hire? What happens to the folks already here?

    Episode 102: Basketball Camp: Bulls Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2020 37:39

    Rick Camp has some Bulls thoughts that need to get out. So I thought I'd help him in that regard. He's starting a new podcast and I'm happy to produce his Episode 0. If you're an Bulls fan, you need to listen up.  

    Episode 101: Stephen Bardo

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2020 55:11


    Author. Motivational Speaker. Illini Legend. We talked about all of that and more in this episode.


    Episode 100: Afua Owusu

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2020 110:34

    Afua is the Executive Producer of The Jam on WCIU. She also has to be my best friend and the inspiration for the "Black Like Me" episode (ep 69). We talk about producing content during a "Stay at Home" decree and why USMNT cost me brunch for life. 

    Episode 99: Patrick Mooney

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2020 62:40

    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?

    Episode 98: Robert "Scoop" Jackson

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2020 81:42


    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. 


    Episode 97: Doug Bruno

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2020 46:37

    On the verge of an 18th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Doug Bruno & I talk about the evolution of strategy in basketball and the history of Chicago Hoops. 

    Episode 96: Nina Hajian

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2020 37:50

    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."

    Episode 95: Paula Faris

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2020 51:44


    "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. 


    Episode 94: Adam Amin

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2020 69:46

    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. 

    Episode 93: Kerry Sayers

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2020 65:28

    Kerry Sayers is an athlete, who wanted to work in sports...then POOF, she leaves sports and finds another great use for her talents. The Decades TV anchor/producer and I sat down to talk about the things that drive her. 

    Episode 92: Laura Britt

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2020 32:34

    "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. 

    Episode 91: House of L Presents PTBNL

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2020 68:34

    Gordon Wittenmyer and Steve Greenberg liked House of L and now they want to do their own podcast. So I lent them mine. This is great Chicago sports conversation with incredible stories. Enjoy the Podcast To Be Named Later. 

    Episode 90: Luke Thomas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2020 36:27

    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. 

    Episode 89: Gordon Wittenmyer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2020 74:19

    Gordon doesn't suffer fools and he never pulls punches. We talked about how to get it right when covering sports and he offers great advice for young journos. We also discuss our shared affection for the Negro Leagues. 

    Episode 88: Phil Donlon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2020 81:42

    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. 

    Episode 87: Michelle McMahon

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2019 56:17

    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.  

    Episode 86: Tim Hardaway Sr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2019 54:37


    Just two point guards from the South Side talking buckets. I didn't know he was that close to Ben Wilson. Also, he shares great Michael Jordan stories. 


    Episode 85: Siafa Lewis

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2019 117:54

    He's had a long road to get to the anchor desk at NBC 5. The amount of obstacles that Siafa has overcome is pretty amazing. You'll hear about his perseverance and understand why I say he's the best dressed man in Chicago television. 

    Episode 84: Josina Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2019 59:51

    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...

    Episode 83: Chris Rongey

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2019 107:16

    He's simply one of the best broadcasters I've ever worked with. Rongey has a charm about him that is undeniable. We talked about why he left The Score and his infamous White Sox postgame show. And so much more...

    Episode 82: Joe Cowley

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2019 99:46

    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. 

    Episode 81: Kenzie K

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2019 84:26

    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. 

    Episode 80: Marcus Leshock

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2019 61:33

    Marcus does a little bit of everything for Channel 9: features, trending topics, movies, geek stuff, and even sports. He's a great example of how media members have to adapt & evolve. He's also a lot of fun to talk to. 

    Episode 79: Evan F. Moore

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2019 74:23

    This guy is one of my absolute favorites. He's moved up through the media business, the hard way. From Bouncer to sitting on the desk of the Chicago Sun-Times, Evan Moore has an incredible story. 

    Episode 78: Sahadev Sharma

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2019 82:34

    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. 

    Episode 77: Gary Gulman

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2019 34:28

    One of my favorite comedians was on the podcast. We talked about his HBO Special "The Great Depresh" and his role in Joker. It's an important conversation about mental health. 

    Episode 76: Cubs Marquee Network

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2019 50:32

    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. 

    Episode 75: Shakeia Taylor

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2019 80:09

    She's one of the best baseball writers in the business. I loved this episode, we got to talk about the thread of stories that connects baseball's past, present, and future. On top of that, we discussed our shared love of Chicago. 

    Episode 74: Lauren Magiera

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2019 58:08

    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...

    Episode 73: Tom Dreesen

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2019 76:06

    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.

    Episode 72: Elliott Serrano

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2019 94:26

    I thought I was gonna geek out with Elliott, but we hit on some deep topics like religion and family dynamics. We also then geeked out. Elliott is one of the most talented people I know. He's also pretty thoughtful as you will hear. 

    Episode 71: Camron Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2019 70:18

    Camron is making big moves in the broadcasting industry. He's also juggling a lot of different jobs at a bunch of different entities. We talk about that and his transition from high school basketball star to media member. 

    Episode 70: Pat McGann

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2019 53:57

    I loved this conversation. Pat is an OG on the Chicago comedy scene. We talked about some of his biggest and best moments doing comedy, Tom & Jerry cartoons, and his beloved White Sox. 

    Episode 69: Black Like Me

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2019 35:43

    No guest this week. I had an experience this weekend that made me introspective. So I took the time to talk about race & cultural identity: my own in relationship to the Black community at large. The rest you have to listen to...

    Episode 68: Alex Brown (That Boy 9-6)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2019 118:22


    Alex Brown has made the transition from player to analyst pretty flawlessly. We discussed his career on & off the field AND what it's like to sit back and watch his children succeed in athletics. 


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