A Postscript on JSC Radio Ep. 80


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — When I first started doing JSC Radio nearly 2½ years ago, I often pictured the podcast — which was, essentially, an extension of this blog — to be a sounding board for not just me, but for interesting and compelling people. In the 90+ shows I’ve done, counting the “Best of” shows and special episodes, I have had a number of great conversations. Ranging from the early episodes where I interviewed Jenee Darden, Lara Witt, and Adrienne Lawrence to the two appearances by Jazmine Duke (including Ep. 61.5, where she and her dad made a tandem appearance) to my interview with the dynamic Renee Washington. This show has been a slow burn and a slow build but every episode is worth it.

That brings me to Episode 80. The 80th Episode of JSC Radio morphed from being a milestone episode (every 5 shows is a damn milestone) to being my favorite overall episode of this show since I started doing it in 2016. I’m a competitive dude. I’m constantly trying to improve upon things and get better, and I felt a lot of that played a role in how well this turned out. But that podcast was nothing without those two dynamic women.

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JSC Radio Ep. 63: Birds of a Feather


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — And I thought last week’s show was tough…

So, for the sake of clarification: This show was recorded on Wednesday night. It was a few hours after Larry Nassar was sentenced,  about 36 hours after Joel Ferguson’s horrendous interview on WVFN in Lansing, and it was recorded as Lou Anna Simon resigned as MSU’s President.

It was recorded before this thing went straight up nuclear the last 18 hours with the “retirement” of Athletic Director Mark Hollis and before the release of this monstrous piece from ESPN’s venerable Outside The Lines on how MSU’s lax response to sexual violence spans decades and stretches into the basketball and football programs, including details that show that both of MSU’s legendary coaches — Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio — allowed this crap to happen knowingly on their watch. In no uncertain terms, this is a f–king disaster on all levels. An unmitigated debacle. As recently as this morning, you had a high profile donor saying on record that if people are wary about sending their kids to MSU that they can “go to another school” because there are “kids on a waiting list” dying to get in. Oy.

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Joel Ferguson. The face of the MSU response to Larry Nassar. That’s not a good thing.

For so many years, I have seen people at other schools such as Penn State, Baylor, Ohio State, and others say asinine to downright offensive things in the midst of a scandal, but rarely have I see a more idiotic and tone deaf collective response to a major crisis than what I have seen at Michigan State the last two weeks. They couldn’t have handled this any worse than they have if they tried. It makes it all the more astonishing since MSU has one of the premier Public Relations programs in the country and has top notch PR firms associated with them.

So keep that in mind as you listen to this show because so much has gone down in just 24 hours that it makes your head spin. I attempted to lighten the mood and talk about the Super Bowl too. So, there’s that.

MattieLarsonStatementMuch like last week, this show will be graphic. There will be strong language and it features the victim statement from Mattie Larson, the former US Olympian who was assaulted multiple times by Nassar. She was giving this statement as Ferguson was making a fool of himself on the radio. 

Here’s Episode 63.

 

JSC Radio Ep. 63 Blog BannerComing up on Episode No. 63 of JSC Radio:

  • Larry Nassar gets sent to Hell
  • The response by MSU to this travesty has been nothing short of a disaster.
  • You hear the real time reaction to the resignation of Lou Anna Simon.
  • Mattie Larson’s gut-wrenching victim statement sent shockwaves through us all.
  • Joel Ferguson’s horrendously offensive interview may have been the “inadvertent” tipping point in all of this.
  • Where does Michigan State University go from here?
  • Plus: A breakdown of the NFC & AFC Title games, the greatness of Merrill Reese, and how it feels to finally have a Super Bowl team in my literal backyard.

iLLingsworthShouts out to Doc Illingsworth for dropping a ton of beats on me. Support him and buy his merch at His Website and get all his music on Bandcamp.

Also, wanna shout out theavatars-000323029456-7tpb8w-t500x500 homie Ossim Jones, recommended by the Good Doctor himself. Be sure to hit up his page on Soundcloud to check out what he’s bringing.

If you’re a hungry, grinding ass hip-hop artists and you want to get your music on on JSC Radio, e-mail me directly at: jason@jayscottsmith.com. To support the show and the website, check out our Patreon Page for Exclusive JSC Stuff for Patrons Only. This interview has been on Patreon for a few days and you could’ve heard it first if you were a Patron.

I want to thank those of you who continue to support JSC Radio and continue to help this show grow day by day. Feel free to support this show by subscribing, sharing links, giving me a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and/or Stitcher and telling others as I continue to build this thing.

Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Friday, January 26, 2018.

Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and G.O.M.A.B. Σ

JSC Radio Ep. 62: This Ain’t Sparta


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — This was one of the toughest shows I’ve done.

As anyone who even halfway knows me understands, there aren’t too many things I love more than Michigan State University. I have done a multitude of shows and segments on my Alma Mater, including Episode 40 last spring (where I first talked about Nassar), and moving into Episode 55 this past Fall. I have zero qualms about taking the school to task just like have no issue taking a sledgehammer to the City of Detroit — you want the best for those you love and have no problem getting on their ass to make them get that point. But this Larry Nassar situation is an entirely different animal.

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MSU President Lou Anna Simon needs to resign since the Board of Trustees is too clueless to fire her

Regardless of what the MSU Board of Trustees or a few moronic so-called Spartans will tell you, this is every bit the disgusting scandal that was Jerry Sandusky at Penn State or the institutional failure that was Baylor University covering up and enabling years of physical and sexual violence against women by members of the Football program. In many ways, it’s worse because Michigan State University saw the shit storms that engulfed Waco and State College, but they seem intent on simply beating their heads against the same damn wall even as Larry Nassar plead guilty. 

The basis for most of this week’s show is this stellar piece by Kim Kozlowski in last Thursday’s Detroit News where it outlined how more than a dozen people — 14 to be exact — were told of Nassar’s deviant behavior and how the reactions ranged from repeatedly dismissing it as “medial treatment” to total ignorance by police and the administration to intimidation by gymnastics coach Kathie Klages.

This was emotional for me because I listened to the countless victim statements that graphically lay out what Nassar did, how he managed to manipulate parents and coaches and doctors into believing what he was doing was “medical treatment” and how he got assists due the aforementioned negligence of MSU and the enabling by coaches like Klages that let him prey on these girls for nearly 25 years. Michigan State University needs to own this travesty.

This show will be graphic. There will be strong language. I will be angry. And if you have a problem with me coming after a University that I still financially support as a 15-year Alumnus…you can sit and spin. 

Here’s Episode 62. It dropped on Friday. I finally have the words today.

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Coming up on Episode No. 62 of JSC Radio:

  • Lou Anna Simon must pay the price for this happening on her watch.
  • How was Nassar able to get so many people to go along with his deviant behavior
  • Why this is no different — in fact, possibly worse — than Penn State and Baylor.
  • Kathie Klages is as much of a scourge as Nassar.
  • The MSU Board of Trustees also get the buckle for their continued support of Simon.
  • How could 14 people (at least) not do something
  • Where does Michigan State University go from here?

 

iLLingsworthShouts out to Doc Illingsworth for dropping a ton of beats on me. Support him and buy his merch at His Website and get all his music on Bandcamp.

Also, wanna shout out theavatars-000323029456-7tpb8w-t500x500 homie Ossim Jones, recommended by the Good Doctor himself. Be sure to hit up his page on Soundcloud to check out what he’s bringing.

If you’re a hungry, grinding ass hip-hop artists and you want to get your music on on JSC Radio, e-mail me directly at: jason@jayscottsmith.com. To support the show and the website, check out our Patreon Page for Exclusive JSC Stuff for Patrons Only. This interview has been on Patreon for a few days and you could’ve heard it first if you were a Patron.

I want to thank those of you who continue to support JSC Radio and continue to help this show grow day by day. Feel free to support this show by subscribing, sharing links, giving me a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and/or Stitcher and telling others as I continue to build this thing.

Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Monday, January 22, 2018.

Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and G.O.M.A.B. Σ

JSC Radio Ep. 57: Renee Washington


DETROIT (JSC) —  What Up Doe, people! It’s Thanksgiving week and the People’s Podcast is coming to y’all with some rare Tuesday goodness from the home base: Detroit, MI. But the big wheel keeps on turning and this week the show welcomes a new guest.

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In 4 years at LaSalle, Renee established herself as one of the best players in the program’s history.

Her name is Renee Washington. At 25, she’s already lived a life that most of us couldn’t have dreamed of. She’s a three-time former All-American Soccer player at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Coming from an athletic family — her father and two older sisters were basketball players — Renee set scoring records at LaSalle, as she currently second all-time in goals scored (40), third all-time in points (101), and seventh in assists (21). She helped lead the team to three NCAA Tournaments. After graduating from LaSalle, she briefly played professionally before coaching at Lehigh University.

Now, she has made the transition into broadcasting, working as a reporter, anchor, and color commentator for the Ivy League Network. She is the epitome of hustle, and she joins us this week to talk about the transition over to broadcast as well as her life in soccer and why, in the end, it wasn’t for her.

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JSC Words of Wisdom #12: I’ll Be Good To You…


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — Good Friday morning, Everyone! It’s time, once again, for the JSC Words of Wisdom, a.k.a. #JSCWOW. As always, this will drop every Friday morning. Feel free to share this on your favorite social media outlet with the hashtag — #JSCWOW.

This will be a quickie this week but in these trying times in this country, this one is definitely needed. Point blank: People these days are assholes. Between social media, our work places, our political discourse, and just general interaction on the streets, people are the literal worst right now. The sad thing is that it really doesn’t have to be that way. In the very first edition of #JSCWOW, I talked about the value of Paying it Forward. At its base, simply treating people well plays a big role in doing that. Continue reading JSC Words of Wisdom #12: I’ll Be Good To You…

JSC Words of Wisdom #11: The Importance of Taking Time Off…


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — Good Friday morning, Everyone! It’s time, once again, for the JSC Words of Wisdom, a.k.a. #JSCWOW. As always, this will drop every Friday morning (except last Friday), more often than not, at 6:00 am Eastern Time. Feel free to share this on your favorite social media outlet with the hashtag — #JSCWOW.

If you haven’t already noticed, I didn’t post at all last week. No JSC Radio. No #JSCWOW. That’s because I did something that I haven’t done in ages: I was on vacation. I have spent the previous 10 posts using this blog as a method of motivation, reflection, and a little bit of self-care. But of all the things I talk about on here, the one thing I’ve been guilty of doing is not taking the time to rest and look out for myself. That’s what last week was for me and this week, I suggest that you find ways to do the same. This will be a lengthy post this week so pack a lunch.
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JSC Words of Wisdom #8: Who Hurt You?


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — Good Friday morning, Everyone! It’s time, once again, for the JSC Words of Wisdom, a.k.a. #JSCWOW. As always, this will drop every Friday morning, more often than not, at 6:00 am Eastern Time. Feel free to share this on your favorite social media outlet with the hashtag — #JSCWOW.

For this week’s Edition: I go from the highs of talking about awards to the root of why so many of us do the things we do in the first place. We attack life for a multitude of reasons and often the things we do are driven by something. What has become glaringly clear over the last few years is that a lot of us — myself included — have been driven by pain, rejection, and failure. In short: We’ve been Hurt. And as the above quote says, that can cause more problems than what it’s worth and you likely don’t realize why you’re doing it. Let’s get a little deep on this Friday. Continue reading JSC Words of Wisdom #8: Who Hurt You?