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As the fall approaches and Syracuse Football's scheduled training camp inches closer, we explore the new faces of the 2020 recruiting class. Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman are joined by Stephen Bailey talking guys that can have immediate impact as well as some others that could be big names a few years down the road.


The college experience provides groundwork for the future, but this week on Talkback, a return to Syracuse means creating that future. Host Cooper Boardman talks with two SU professors, Matt Park and Rich Cimini, who work in the industry and return to teach and mentor students.


Talkback: Ep 11- Anchor

Jun 17, 2020

Times of crisis require voices people trust, both in the community and nationally. On this week's episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman talks to WAER alumni who have spent the past months covering their communities. 


Ever since sports vanished overnight, the question remains when they will return. As the complex answers trickle in, more questions emerge. On this week’s episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman looks across the sports landscape at the road ahead.

The UFC has already made its grand reentrance. WAER’s Gill Gross joins the pod to discuss his conversation with MMA reporter Ariel Helwani about why and how UFC started back up.

Talkback: Ep 06- Family

May 13, 2020

Family comes first. On this week's episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman talks with three WAER alumni about the impact of family on their life and how they created one in Syracuse.


The sports world came crashing down on March 11. It was only a sign of what was to come. On the first episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman talks to three WAER alumni about the day that everything changed. TNT/CBS broadcaster Ian Eagle talks about what was lost with the cancellation of March Madness, ACC Network's Jay Alter discusses how he handled seasons coming to an end while he was on the air, and former WAER Sports Director Jack McMullen walks through the emotions of the final college basketball game played. 


Talkback is a Syracuse University podcast from WAER Syracuse Public Media studios. The podcast features conversations with sports media members about the void of athletics, the moments we love, where sports fit in to our society as a whole and more.

Talkback is for the Syracuse and general sports fan, who—just like every person on this podcast—is looking for an answer in place of the games and stories they love. It is executive produced by Karl Moeglein and hosted by Cooper Boardman, and a new episode is available weekly.


The basketball regular season has come to end. With Syracuse beginning the ACC tournament tonight, hosts Brendan Mortensen, Owen Valentine, and Ben Shulman preview SU's matchup with North Carolina. Also, Ben talks to ACC play-by-play broadcaster Wes Durham about the tournament as a whole.


With basketball's regular season nearing an end, what better time to dive into a fresh, new season in Syracuse Men's Lacrosse? Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman are joined by Cooper Boardman to take a look into the early success of the  nation's third ranked Syracuse Orange. 


Stop us if you've heard this one before: this is Syracuse's most important game of the season. After falling in four of its last five games, Syracuse takes a trip down to Louisville for its last chance to knock off a ranked opponent in the regular season. Hosts Brendan Mortensen, Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman take a look into the number 11 Cardinals and any chance the Orange have. Syracuse has been on the verge of snagging a big win, can they get it done tonight?


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