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The Podcast Has Returned: An Interview with John Walters

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We talked Cyclones.tv, Pete Taylor and what Iowa State football has to do to get to a bowl game

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Well, we have finally recovered from the basketball loss to Purdue. Just kidding, it hasn’t gotten any easier, but we figured it was time to stand up, dust off and start putting together some podcasts again. So, here we are.

Our goal this year is to continue to bring on interesting guests with connections to the Cyclones because quite frankly, they have better stories than we do.

In preparation for our return to the podcast arena, we reached out to several guests in an effort to explore a variety of topics within the realm of Iowa State athletics. Much to our surprise, a majority of them actually said yes, including the voice of the Cyclones, John Walters.

During our talk we talked about a variety of Iowa State topics and in our humble opinion our questions were better than the ones he has to listen to on the Cyclones.TV call-in show.

While many around the state are lamenting the change in law allowing amateurs to shoot off fireworks at all hours of the night (and morning), we discussed why Matt Campbell might bring more fireworks to Jack Trice Stadium.

With the ever changing landscape of television and how we, as fans, watch our favorite teams, we talked through the growth of Cyclones.tv, how it impacts the journalism program at Iowa State University and where it goes from here.

Walters took over the radio play-by-play duties for Iowa State when his friend and mentor Pete Taylor passed away. John reflected on his time working with Pete and what he meant to Iowa State University.

The common denominator for both Pete Taylor and John Walters is Eric Heft. Heft, who has served as the color analyst with both Taylor and Walters, is as colorful as they come. We discussed what kind of relationship he has with the Big 12 officials.

Finally, with fall around the corner, John gave us his insight into what we’ll see this season from Matt Campbell’s Cyclones. Is a bowl berth a fair expectation?

If you enjoy this podcast (and even if you don’t) subscribe on iTunes and continue to check back for future podcasts with our guests of honor. In the future weeks and months we plan to post our conversations with USA Today bracketologist Shelby Mast, former Cyclone football beat reporter Joseph Hoyt, and KCCI-TV sports director Andy Garman.

If there is someone out there you think we should bring on, let us know in the comments below. We’d love to have on some real celebrities who are notable Cyclone supporters.