With Monte Williams

A sports podcast with its head on a swivel: interviews with all-stars, minor leaguers, coaches, broadcasters, agents, researchers, anyone and everyone who can help us understand sports in new and unexpected ways.

First and foremost, Monte Williams is a compelling storyteller–in Hollywood, in Texas politics, and in the world of sports. Williams was born in Quincy, Illinois, graduated from DePauw University and did graduate work in economics at Washington University in St. Louis, where he fell in love with radio while listening non-stop to the legendary KMOX. Subsequently, Williams landed a radio job at the Peabody Award-winning radio station KNOW in Austin, where he covered state and local politics, the Austin music scene, and local & national sports.

After serving as a press secretary for such Texas heavyweights as Bob Bullock, Jake Pickle and Ann Richards, Williams co-authored a TV pilot which was the inspiration for the sitcom Spin City. He was then hired by Steven Spielberg as an executive story editor. Williams has also written TV pilots for NBC, CBS, and USA networks. He is a member of the Writers’ Guild of America.

Locally, Williams has produced podcasts for Central Health and Texas Monthly, and is a frequent guest host for 104.9 FM The Horn, the flagship station of the University of Texas Longhorns. Williams was also named as one of the “25 Funniest People in Austin” by the Austin American Statesman. Not that it matters.


Episode 8: Remembering Frank Denius

This podcast is being released on August 7, the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Mortain.  Frank Denius, who died on July 29th at the age of 93, was there.  I knew Frank since the mid-1980s, but working with him on a documentary about Mortain and WW II was an eye-opening experience, to say the least.  I learned about valor and cowardice, and regionalism and prejudice, and I came to realize why Frank Denius was–and is–so beloved by so many people, whether they’re 90 or 19.

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