Basketball comes back this week inside the bubbles in the NBA and WNBA. On this week’s episode of Talkback, Orlando and Bradenton take center stage. Minnesota Timberwolves play-by-play radio voice Alan Horton walks through the challenges ahead for the NBA’s Disney World reopening, and 2018 WAER Syracuse alum Sean Salisbury details calling the WNBA season from a studio.

With Major League Baseball’s return marking the end of this sports drought, host Cooper Boardman dives into the challenges ahead and what the return to baseball means with ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Boston Red Sox TV announcer Dave O’Brien and Houston Astros radio announcer Rob Ford.













The fifteenth episode of Talkback comes less than three weeks before the National Hockey League restarts its season. Two NHL voices—Jim Jackson of the Philadelphia Flyers and Steve Goldstein of the Florida Panthers—join the podcast to break down the sport's return in Canadian bubble cities. 

The NBA was one of the first dominoes to fall on March 11, when Rudy Gobert's positive test halted the league's season, and ultimately, sports. Now, it plans its return in a Disney World bubble. This week on Talkback, Adam Schein, John Jastremski and Noah Eagle explain what that return looks like and what it means to those inside and outside the basketball world. 

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.

This week, Talkback hosts a reunion for the class of 2018. Host Cooper Boardman chats with three recent Syracuse and WAER alums about their last few years and what it's like to be two years out of school in the middle of a pandemic.

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. 

Talkback: Ep 10- Campus

Jun 10, 2020

College sports connect fans throughout the country, and college memories connect those who came through Syracuse. On this week’s episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman takes a cross country trip to learn more about Orange alums who have become college voices. 

With two months before the start of the preseason, Talkback examines the National Football League's unique advantage—time. Host Cooper Boardman talks with three NFL play-by-play broadcasters about the state of the league's return, what they miss most about the game and how they have helped 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.