After a 14-month hiatus, PDGA Radio returns with new energy, exciting guests on the way, and a lot to talk about. New hosts Grant Zellner and Jennifer Allen anchor the show.
Grant joined the PDGA staff in the summer of 2021 as brand manager. With a background as an ad agency creative and a radio show host, he's already been on-camera and behind the mic with coverage and commentary of several PDGA Majors, DGPT events and other tournaments.
After more than 2.5 years and 125 episodes, Steve and Sara are signing off from PDGA Radio. The hosts recap an exciting Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship weekend that included signature wins from Hailey King and Kevin Jones, as well as some heartbreaking moments. They close out their run of the show with their own take on the Lightning Round.
Chris Dickerson joins the show on the heels of his first career PDGA Major victory. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
Newly crowned United States Disc Golf Champion Chris Dickerson stops by the show to talk about the mental grind of a wet and wild final round, his takes on chicken fingers, and his on-course fashion sense (26:00). Steve and Sara preview the Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship and make the last picks in their season-long competition (1:01:45).
A big disc golf week means a big episode of PDGA Radio! Steve and Sara discuss the purpose and impact of the #respecthergame campaign (18:30) before welcoming Throw Pink founder Sara Nicholson to the show for a chat (32:00). The hosts break down the PDGA Majors ahead this week, the USDGC and Women’s National Championship, including their thoughts on the Winthrop Arena course and their picks (59:30).
Things might look different this weekend as the Jonesboro Open enjoys an autumnal appearance on the calendar. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
Steve and Sara chat about the latest news, including the Disc Golf Pro Tour’s hop across the pond and Disc Golf Hall of Famer Elaine King joining the DiscGolfer Magazine staff (3:55). The hosts then dive into a discussion on race and diversity as it relates to a few current events in the sport (7:10). After the break, it’s a preview this weekend’s Jonesboro Open, including some love for the tournament staff and picks (32:35).
Disc Golf Hall of Famer Jay "Yeti" Reading joins this week's podcast. Photo: Troy Herman | Innova Discs
On this week’s episode of PDGA Radio, Steve and Sara chat about the recently announced USDGC/WNC media plans. Disc Golf Hall of Famer Jay “Yeti” Reading talks by to talk about teaching disc golf during the COVID era and the Chains For Charity fundraiser running in conjunction with the USDGC and WNC (17:45). Later, the hosts analyze the 2021 tour schedule.
Steve and Sara look back at the MVP Open on this week’s episode of PDGA Radio. First, it’s a chat about some of Maple Hill’s quirks and how Steve sees the positive in some rules snafus at the last couple big tournaments (2:30). Later, the hosts tackle the issue of sexism on disc golf social media and how the community can be more welcoming for women (31:00).
Hailey King joins PDGA Radio on the heels of her runner-up finish at the Green Mountain Championship. Photo: Dan Ney
It's time to talk GMC and MVP on PDGA Radio. Steve and Sara break down the Paige Pierce/Hailey King battle in FPO and give love to Kevin Jones: Woods Player. King joins the show to talk about her breakout performance, when her first big win is coming, and to take on the lightning round (26:00). Later, it's a preview and picks for the MVP Open at Maple Hill.
Disc Golf Pro Tour Director and CEO Jeff Spring joins this week's show. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
Steve and Sara chat Brodie Smith’s first career win (4:35) and the CBS Sports airing of the Dynamic Discs Open (8:40) on this week’s episode of PDGA Radio. Disc Golf Pro Tour CEO and Director Jeff Spring joins to discuss the challenges the tour has faced this season, this weekend’s Green Mountain Championship, and the future of the pro circuit (16:15). The hosts preview the GMC and make their picks before taking on string cheese in Run It or Lay Up.
Catrina Allen joins PDGA Radio on the heels of her victory at the Ledgestone Insurance Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
Steve and Sara chat PDGA awards (2:00) before Catrina Allen joins the podcast to talk about a “new swagger,” her impact on women coming up in the sport, and where she sees the next phase of her career (9:40).
Ricky Wysocki joins the show after his win at the Ledgestone Insurance Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen | DGPT
Steve goes solo this week to break down the Ledgestone Insurance Open, including wild OB stats and chatter on the future of the FPO field. Ricky Wysocki opens up about his battle with Lyme disease, his mindset when tackling Ledgestone, and his friendship with Chicago Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen (19:20). Later, Steve rants about baseball’s unwritten rules and asks listeners to share their unwritten rules in disc golf.
Ellen Widboom joins the podcast for the first time this week. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
Ellen Widboom stops by PDGA Radio this week to chat about how she is adjusting to life back on the road, fake bacon, and if she misses her former career in the military (15:00). Later, Steve and Sara preview Discraft’s Great Lakes Open (54:45) before taking on peanut butter and pests in Run It or Lay Up (1:06:40).
We tracked down 15 of the 17 PDGA Board of Directors candidates for three special episodes of PDGA Radio. Steve Hill chats with each of the contenders about their vision for the organization’s next five years, how they can differentiate themselves from the other candidates on the table, and much, much more.
PDGA Board of Directors President Justin Menickelli joins the show to chat about getting back on the course for responsible, recreational play and to share insights about what changes he thinks are coming to tournaments. Later, Sara shares the wisdom of her “disc golf moms” in honor of Mother’s Day.
2010 PDGA World Champion Eric McCabe joins this week's podcast. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
2010 PDGA World Champion Eric McCabe joins this week’s episode of PDGA Radio! The Emporia, Kansas, native chats about managing pro players on the Dynamic Discs/Latitude 64/Westside squad during the coronavirus pandemic (8:25), reminisces on the 10-year anniversary of his world title (28:00), takes on the lightning round (Glass Blown Open hole 16 vs. USDGC hole 17?) (33:00), and more.