From left: Syracuse native and Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch, Damien Rhodes, Mike Bristol and Eric Devondorf recording an episode of the NAPA Syracuse Legends Show.
After co-hosting the show for the first time on Sept. 20, Southerland, a recent signee with the Charlotte Bobcats, said he would like to do it again.
“The NAPA SU legends show is great. Mike keeps it real and the guys respect him. I enjoyed being on the radio show, talking about future Syracuse legends. It's definitely something I could see myself doing in the future. I'll be co-hosting again right after the season,” he said.
The Friday time-slot has been a good fit for the show, Bristol said. In addition to gathering a loyal group of listeners at that time, it also allows for many of the former SU basketball players to stop by when they are in town for the weekend.
“It’s a good way to lighten the mood and kick off the weekend,” said co-host and former SU running back Damien Rhodes.
Rhodes, who can’t do the show during the fall because he coaches the Fayetteville-Manlius football team, said he enjoys doing the show because he can relate to the young athletes.
“I’ve been through what they’re going through now when I was a player, so I can be like a big brother to them,” he said.
For Bristol, sports have been his passion for most of his life – and he has turned it into a career in Central New York. He went to Marcellus High School where he played soccer, basketball and baseball. He then went to SUNY Brockport where he majored in broadcast journalism and played point guard for the basketball team. As a freshman, Bristol helped the Golden Eagles win the division III national championship. After college he got into sports marketing, today he does marketing for the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation and former SU guard Carmelo Anthony.
Bristol also has been a local radio personality for about 15 years. In addition to Syracuse Legends, he hosts Inside High School Sports on Saturdays at 10 a.m. during the school year.
While sports talk radio still has a niche in Central New York, using social media platforms and multimedia to reach more people has also become a priority.
With that in mind, the show has recently launched a YouTube channel that will feature exclusive video interviews and segments filmed by local videographer Otto Media.
For those that can’t catch the show on Fridays, the interviews are also available anytime on the show’s website, syracuselegends.com.