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1st show: Keith Bulluck, Ryan D., Hunter Hillenmeyer

2nd show: Kaliesha West

3rd show: Tim Grover

4th show: Stephane Matteau and Traevon Jackson

5th show: Allen Iverson, Jim Calhoun, David Aldridge, Theo Ratliff, Ekrem Negra and Devon Givens

6th show: D. K. Wilson

7th show: Ben Shapiro and D. K. Wilson

8th show: D. K. Wilson

9th show: Matt Whitener and D. K. Wilson

10th show: Bob Ryan, Cedric the Entertainer and J. J. Williamson

11th show: The second part of Bob Ryan’s interview

12th show: Grant Hill, Dennis Scott, Marlon Williams and D. K. Wilson

13th show: Jemele Hill and D. K. Wilson

14th show: Conclusion of Jemele Hill’s interview and D. K. Wilson

15th show: Leigh Steinberg

16th show: Conclusion of Leigh Steinberg interview, Seth Davis (Wooden: A Coach’s Life) and TSF EIC Ron Glover 

17th show: Part 1 of Bomani Jones and D. K. Wilson convo on sports journalism with respect to race. Tillery speaks with Jim Brown as well

18th show: Part 2 of Bomani Jones and D. K. Wilson convo. Super Bowl 48 is the topic as well as Andrew Bynum’s signing with the Indiana Pacers

19th show: Detroit News Pistons beat writer Vinnie Goodwill talking NBA and Ryan D the Giants fan talking Super Bowl, Eagles and Giants 

20th show: GQ and writer and NBA TV commentator Lang Whitaker talks NBA All-Star Weekend, LeBron, Durant and David Stern

21st show: Former 5-time NBA All-Star and current TNT NBA analyst Chris Webber breaks news of his upcoming documentary 

22nd show: The man who challenged the NBA regarding its underclassmen rule and won comes on to talk NBA/ABA and much much more…Spencer Haywood 

23rd show: Carla Aikens and I talk women’s issues in sports and media, the effect of twitter and her most unique choices for an NBA all-time 3 on 3

24th show: Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson Jr. 

25th show: Former NFL DE/LB Hugh Douglas

26th show: Hugh Douglas and Michael Tillery discuss DeSean Jackson’s release from the Philadelphia Eagles

27th show: One of the original members of TSF, Dax Devlon-Ross comes on to talk about the site, labor and college athletics, the Final Four, advanced stats etc.

28th show: Recently inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Nolan Richardson talks about his career, influences, players and conviction

29th show: Chris Webber, Dennis Scott and Reggie Miller talk LeBron James in a Michael Jordan context; My daughter Taylor talks redemption

30th show: Erik Williams, Nate Newton, Michael Irvin, Hugh Douglas and Mike Quick speak on their careers pretty much everything else and Erik’s foundation event

31st show: Chuck D stops by and talks Donald Sterling, athletes and making political statements, LeBron James, education, etc.

32nd show: Part 2 of Chuck D

33rd show: Part 3 of Chuck D and The Last Poet, Kobie Colemon

34th show: Reggie Miller and Greg Anthony; Hugh Douglas co-hosts

35th show: Country singer Imaj talks about her career and self-titled CD 

36th show: Former AAU coach Myron Piggie discusses his side of a scandal that rocked college basketball

37th show: Writer Wendy Parker talks Title IX, the World Cup in Brazil, coaching women’s sports and gender as well as NBA Finals reaction

38th show: NBA Draft analyst Matthew Maurer recaps the draft and comments on Philadelphia 76ers picks  Part II we discuss LeBron James here on TSF

39th show: Matt Law (formerly DJ Phsh) talks Philly Sound Konnoisseurs; The Baseball Girl throws shade on the New York Yankees 

40th show: Legendary DJ Cash Money talks the craft; Cleveland Plain Dealer writer/reporter Branson Wright talks the city return of LeBron James

41st show (Part 1): ESPN analyst/writer/reporter Howard Bryant talks sports journalism, Yankees/Redsox, writing outside of your passion, etc. 

Part 2 of the Howard Bryant interview airs here on TSF

42nd show: Cole Wiley talks to The Starting Five Live about his movie, After the Storm

Part 2 of Cole Wiley interview airs here on TSF

43rd show: James Carr talks The Jig Is Up

44th show: reporter Zuri Berry talks Patriots, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Rob Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork and NABJ Boston

45th show: Final Call assistant editor/investigative reporter Ashahed Muhammad talks Mike Brown, Chicago, Gaza strip in Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of Ashahed Muhammad

46th show: Will Strickland and I talk Mike Brown and the militarization of Ferguson, Missouri

47th show: Naj Grant and I talk NFL football in the NFC; Jerry Jones and Adrian Peterson; Kenny Hill and Kevin Sumlin; USC, Steve Sarkesian, Anthony Brown and Josh Shaw; LeBron James, Andrew Wiggins and Kevin Love; Manny Pacquiao and Metta World Peace

48th show: Nigel Broadnax talks his young path in journalism and TSF EIC Ron Glover and I predict the 1st week of the NFL season 

49th show: Elisabeth Epps talks Roger Goodell, the NFL, Chauncey Billup’s retirment and Ray Rice/Ron Glover talks NFL Week 2

50th show: Birmingham Southern College Associate Art Professor Jim Neel talks the 51st anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing from Birmingham/Ron Glover talks NFL Week 3

51st show: Birmingham Southern College Art Professor Steve Cole talks his project, The Hate Project from Birmingham/Ron Glover talks NFL Week 4

1 year anniversary show: Advertising writer/Culture and Art Editor Linda Day talks journalism/ Ron Glover Week 5 in the NFL

53rd show: TSF EIC Ron Glover and I talk Jameis Winston, Todd Gurley, Ferguson, college athletes and compensation and pick NFL Week 6

54th show: Anthony Gilbert and I talk our experiences covering sports in and out of the locker room. We go into Philly basketball on the high school and college level as well as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant and the access we’re afforded as reporters

In Part 2 of my interview with Anthony Gilbert, he drops exclusive news on a commercial airing during every game of the World Series directed by Spike Lee and starring Philly pitching wunderkind Mo’ne Davis. Ron Glover and I finish up picking Week 7 in the NFL as well as touching on Jameis Winston and Percy Harvin. That segment will air immediately following the RAPstation segment that will air at 8:30 pm ET in the above link

55th show: 97.5 The Fanatic sports talk host Kwame Fisher-Jones talks Eagles and Sixers; TNT analysts Reggie Miller, Grant Hill and Greg Anthony talk LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and the down turn of traditionally elite NBA franchises, Celtics, Lakers and Sixers; TSF EIC Ron Glover and I pick NFL Week 8

56th show: Former Boston Globe reporter/columnist Bob Ryan discusses his new book SCRIBE; Ron Glover and I pick NFL Week 9

57th show: Legendary vibraphonist Roy Ayers talks his career; Hip Hop sampling his work, working with the late Guru, etc.; TSF EIC and I finish up talking NFL Week 10 (Part 2 airs on TSF Monday morning)

Roy Ayers and I Part 2 

58th show: ANIMAL New York contributing editor, Amy K. Nelson, talks her transition from sports, reporting from Ferguson Missouri and a funny story she did last year on the Fear of a Black Santa; two way high school senior lineman Tre Collins talks his last game and what he has in store as a collegiate athlete; Ron Glover and I pick NFL Week 11

59th show: Comedian J. J. Williamson talks with me about everything from LeBron James to Ferguson, Missouri; TSF EIC Ron Glover NFL Week 12

60th show: Author Len Joy discusses his novel American Past Time; legal analyst Elisabeth Epps talks no indicment in the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson; TSF EIC Ron Glover and I pick NFL Week 13

61st show: Poet/producer/publisher/performance artist jessica Care moore talks her career, her iconic win at the Apollo, what’s next for her in music and the current wave of police shootings of unarmed Black men; Ron Glover and I pick NFL Week 14

62nd show: EIC/Co-owner Jessie Karangu talks his rising journalism career, college protests and Pulsefeedz; Ron Glover and I pick NFL Week 15

63rd show: TNT NBA Analysts Chris Webber and Greg Anthony talk athletes and making statements; Branson Wright and Delvis Valentine talk Andrew Hawkins’ most eloquent statement regarding police brutality in recent killings, and Christmas food, grub and songs; Ron Glover and I talk NFL Week 16

64th show: On the last show of 2014, legal analysts Carla Aikens and Elisabeth Epps speak on police brutality protests gripping the nation before the world and the legacy of Kobe Bryant; TSF EIC Ron Glover and I pick NFL Week 17

65th show: On the first edition of 2015, music producer House Shoes (@houseshoes) stops by to talk J Dilla, Hip Hop in the now, producing tracks, spinning records around the globe, and the police brutality rocking our culture today. Head over to and check what he has available in the new year regarding his label Street Corner Music. Next, Ron Glover (@RonGloverII) and I pick and predict what will go down on NFL Wild Card Weekend

66th show: Natalie Crue (@NatalieCrue) and Nora Rahimian (@norarahimian) stop by #TSFLive to talk about Culture Fix (CultureFix_). Natalie and Nora are impressive in how consciously aware they both are in these very critical social times across the globe. They just don’t do it from an American perspective and that worldly balance will help shift the conversation from an emotional to a common sense context. Next, Ron Glover (@RonGloverII) and I (@michaeltillery) pick and predict the NFL’s Divisional Playoff round as well as the College Football Championship Monday night

67th show: On the 67th show, I talk with and NBA TV analyst Sekou Smith (@SekouSmithNBA). He and I rap about the amazing season to date of the Atlanta Hawks, LeBron James, NBA expansion abroad, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and who Sekou would pick in an ultimate 3on3 hoops tournament. Next, the EIC of The Starting Five (.net), Ron Glover (@RonGloverII) and I pick NFL Championship Sunday. Follow me on twitter at @michaeltillery

68th show: On the 68th edition of The Starting Five Live, I talk with Zuri Berry (@zuriberry) of to talk Deflate Gate. Zuri, formerly the beat writer for the New England Patriots, and I make sense of one of the more polarizing stories leading up to the Super Bowl since the ridiculousness story lines developing with Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman just last year prior to Super Bowl 48.

68the show continued: Check my two part story on Marshawn that ran on The Shadow League, and also one on Richard Sherman. We’ll see if those stories become even more relevant given how both interact with the media Tuesday on Super Bowl Media Day. Ron Glover returns next week (Check our Super Bowl analysis via audio here on The Starting Five). We’ll get our previously scheduled guest for this week, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on when his schedule allows. I start the show with a tribute to Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame shortstop, Ernie Banks. We lost a Titan and please research the sum of his most stellar baseball career — from starring with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues, to becoming the prototype short stop in the Major Leagues.

RIP Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks…

69th show: I talk with former Pro Bowl linebacker Keith Bulluck (@kbull53) about Super Bowl 49, Deflate Gate, Tom Brady vs. Russell Wilson, and how athletes should interact with media. We finish up with Ron Glover (@RonGloverII) and I talking the Super Bowl and predicting the outcome as well

70th show: Tonight on the 70th edition of The Starting Five Live, I talk with sports writer Dave Zirin (@edgeofsports) about the aftermath of Super Bowl 49 and specicially a piece he penned for The Nation regarding a rather dubious last play that will go down in not only Super Bowl history, but sports history.Next is DJ Mark Da Spot (@DJMARKDASPOT) to speak about his new business association with Sol Republic as well as how he rocks clubs across the good music land.This is Dilla Day. Dilla tracks make up the music on tonight’s show. Thank you Jay Dee

71st show: That Michigan Fab Fiver do-it-all swingman Jimmy King stops by to rap a little bit deeper of those iconic years in Ann Arbor when the B1G, as well as the rest of the nation, had experienced talent all over the floor. It was a time athletes stayed four years for the most part, and the youth of Michigan created a future wave where age, yes, is simply just a number.You know how I do with Go Blue, so to serve this up for time, Jimmy (@jimmyking24) and I go definitive

Part 2 of Jimmy King’s interview will air here on TSF coming soon.

On the 72nd show, Yahoo Sports’ Mark Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) talks the most active trade deadline in NBA history. Next is sports writer (his versatile talent really has no label) Sandy Dover (@San_Dova) to have a convo about the legacy of Los Angeles Lakers icon, Kobe Bryant. Sunday on The Starting Five (.net) webiste, Baller Mind Frame (Shouts to Dennis Velasco) Mavs beat writer TJ Macias (@NefariousSiren) talks covering the Mavs, her not so common path to the NBA writer realm and what’s next for her outside of sports. She’s a beast

On the 73rd show, my son, Gaston Tillery, is next up on The Starting Five Live mic. We begin talking about the unfortunate injuries besetting the Bull Wonder, Derrick Rose, and have a convo about the NBA in general, music (yeah he spits a few talented bars. RIP Anthony Mason) and also talk about his path in college to eventually become an elementary school teacher

On the 74th show, my guest is pioneering interviewer Ann Liguori. Ann has a classic archive of interviews with legends in and out of sports and is posting these great convos, from Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving, to Mickey Mantle and Evel Knievel, for free on the site. She’s an honest interviewer and puts her subjects at ease — which gives us a compelling view through genuine conversations

On the 75th edition of The Starting Five Live, my guests are Nelson George and Terri Long. Nelson authored a great book just out entitled The Lost Treasures of R&B: A D Hunter Mystery, and published by Akashic Books. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment in the series. It’s an easy read and you will be entertained. Major props to Nelson George for all he’s done throughout the years documenting Black entertainment the way we most certainly need for it to be passed through time. This via the Akashic Books website: Professional bodyguard D Hunter takes a gig protecting rapper Asya Roc at an underground fight club in poverty-stricken Brownsville, Brooklyn. Unknown to D, the rapper has arranged to purchase illegal guns at the event. An acquaintance of D from the streets (and from the novel The Plot Against Hip Hop) named Ice turns out to be the courier.During the exchange a robbery is attempted. Ice is wounded. D gets Asya Roc to safety but is then chased by two gunmen because he has the bag containing the guns. This lethal chase ends under the elevated subway where D and the two gunmen run into a corrupt detective named Rivera. A bloody shootout ensues. D, who has just moved back to Brooklyn after decades in Manhattan, finds himself involved in multiple mysteries. Who were the gunmen? Why were they after the guns? Who was being set up—Asya Roc or Ice? Meanwhile, he gets a much-needed paying assignment to track down the rarest soul music single ever recorded. With gentrifying Brooklyn as the backdrop, D works to unravel various mysteries—both criminal and musical—while coming to terms with the failure of his security company and the ghosts of his childhood in “old Brooklyn.” Like its predecessors The Accidental Hunter and The Plot Against Hip Hop, The Lost Treasures of R&B uses pop music as the backdrop for a noir-flavored big-city tale. Terri Long comes on to talk the crazy NFL free agency signing period where the Philadelphia Eagles gave fans an off-season charge by making transactions that will be heavily scrutinized for years in Philly

On the 76th show, my guest is conscious lyricist Mack Warbuckz (@THE_IMHOTEP). He just dropped a mix-tape, In Search of Huey P. Newton: Volume 1, that you can download for free over at I dig dude. He’s grounded in the right kind of consciousness in a time where a true soul for life is infinitely needed. Please support this good brotha in his artistic endeavors. Hip Hop needs him and those on the level like him

On the 77th show, my guests are two of the most influential icons of sports and conscious entertainment in recent times. Chuck D and Julius Erving stop by TSF Live to have a dope convo about the past, present and future. I listened and only interjected when I had to, and felt like a kid tugging on the most gifted supernova pants legs…trust. The rest will also air on RAPstation. Time and date to be determined.