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4 month anniversary, what I’ve learned about KSR

I have KSR business cards. I have a KSR office. I even purchased a KSR visor from Kentucky Branded. After all that, I still feel like a dopey rookie. For four months now I’ve been posting UK Football stuff. I hope it hasn’t stunk. Here are 5 things I’ve learned throughout my short journey:
KSR is a monster. I don’t mean that in a bad way. There’s no denying the popularity of the KSR Empire. I knew that coming in. But, I had no idea of the depth and scope of the KSR brand. There’s obviously the radio show, the website, show tours, golf tournaments, merchandise, and more stuff that I haven’t even heard of yet. Seems like every day I’m reading another new name associated with KSR. I’ve not met many, but man, there seems to be a bunch of them.

Matt Jones is the busiest dude in the business. The man is everywhere. As a casual observer, I didn’t understand the extent of Matt’s responsibilities. His occupation looks fun. But it takes sustained dedication to regale all things UK on a daily basis all while juggling the other 8,000 KSR responsibilities listed above. Matt’s work ethic is undeniable. He’s built the brand from scratch. There’s tremendous pride in that. There’s also a great deal of work involved. Just imagine how many texts, direct messages, emails, and phone calls he has to return on a daily basis. I had no idea. Respect.

Tyler and Drew are boundless editors and wicked smart. I was a KSR reader before I joined the team. Like most, I thought Drew was hilarious and Tyler was the glue that held it all together. What I didn’t know was that the pair manages the KSR website around the clock. As a blogging novice, I write posts then email to Tyler and Drew. They then add pictures or graphics and edit my material for the overabundance of grammatical errors. I greatly appreciate their support. Trust me on this, I’m a technological idiot. Telescope is beyond my reach. Computers are not my friend. Tyler Thompson and Drew Franklin must think I’m either a complete moron or a dinosaur. I will never, ever publish our group text messages. But I can say some are comical.

Hitting send for the first time was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. No crap. I must have read my first post at least 183 times before emailing it to Drew and Tyler. I was scared to death. I’ve done a ton of radio and television, so I’m used to that process. Speak your piece, get up and go home. But when the information is posted, especially on a website that is as heavily read as KSR, my babblings are eternally on the internets. Terrifying. An early fear was that the KSR fanatics wouldn’t approve of the new addition. Other concerns were my own self-doubts. I worried that I couldn’t possibly write anything that would remotely be of interest. Truth is, I still get nervous before I submit a post. I hope that never goes away.

KSR is dedicated to bringing you football coverage. There is a significant difference in radio and website material. Matt, Ryan, and Shannon crush the radio waves on a daily basis. UK Basketball and other off-the wall topics are what a significant portion of listeners want to hear. On the site, I’d argue that KSR has covered more football than any other Kentucky related media outlet. Tyler crushed Media Days, Women’s Clinic and her Korem post was gold just to name a few. Drew constantly posts recruiting updates, player profiles, and stadium construction apprises. Truth is, and I agree with Matt, there’s not a great deal of football topics to talk about during the summer months. That was until the four days of Yahtzee which was discussed in length. No offseason news is good news. Typical summer football discussions include arrests, transfers, or suspensions. When practice and games start, interest will peak.

I often get asked how I became a KSR football contributor. Simple answer really. Matt asked. I said yes. Best move in my fledgling, part-time media career. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity.

So there you have it. A rookie’s take on KSR. I’m having the time of my life. And remember, for UK Football coverage brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible, click on often. Then refresh. We are going to have fun this fall.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

28 Comments for 4 month anniversary, what I’ve learned about KSR

  1. BenHur
    9:15 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    I enjoy your stuff. Keep it up.

  2. Realme
    9:25 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie, you’ve been a great addition. You never seem to run out of topics to write about even when nothing’s going on. Your ability to teach football to those of us who don’t know a lot is extraordinary. And yes, we are going to have fun this Fall.

    • Leuther
      10:21 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

      Agree! Well stated!!

    • Leuther
      11:52 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

      12 and Oh, baby!

  3. RandyB
    9:35 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie, you’re GREAT, whether talking football or writing about it.
    Thank for joining KSR. You’re a wonderful addition.

  4. BGF
    10:00 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve been a long time follower of the site, and I’m glad to see UK football getting a bit more publicity! Looking forward to the upcoming season!

  5. longsnapper
    10:03 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    I definitely hit the site more often now knowing I have some legitimate fball coverage to look forward to. Thanks Freddie!

  6. Freddie, you’re a great addition to the site, and I am so pumped about UK football right now. I told myself once that I would not get sucked in again and was ready to throw in the towel, but I couldn’t resist with the recruiting Stoops, Marrow and company are doing.

    Hey, I would like to see you interview/ profile some guys that played on Jerry Claiborne’s better teams about the struggles of trying to win at UK. Maybe members of Brooks’ best team too.

    GO CATS!!!

  7. Darrell hadley
    10:45 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    I think you do a great job, keep it up,really enjoy all your stuff.

  8. b-dub Paducah
    11:01 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    You’re doing great, Freddie! Keep up the good work!

  9. LeitchfieldAlex
    11:42 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    Yes I have to agree with what you stated about the folks at KSR. Also I enjoy your take on football. Right now at this time in UK football I’m very excited about the team and where it’s headed. I know it will take a few more yrs. because the SEC is always so good. With that said I’m aboard all the way no matter what happens. Go Big Blue!!!!

  10. Carter
    12:32 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Great work! Enjoy the ride.

  11. Edward
    6:20 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie, you are greatly appreciated as are your contributions to the Kentucky football program and to KSR. I always look for your informative articles first. GO BIG BLUE! “til the Battle is Won”

  12. Daniel
    7:53 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Great article!!! I hope Tyler and Drew didn’t have to edit this one too much!!!

  13. calipeari
    8:18 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Always look forward to your articles, you’ve been a great addition to the site and football season hasn’t even started yet! Can’t wait for your analysis during the season!

  14. DACats86
    9:15 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Great vision by Matt to bring you aboard, and you, Tyler and Drew are showing that even during the “off-peak” season(s), there is plenty of football news, if you are interested enough to look.

  15. J-Dub421
    9:22 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Keep up the good work Freddie!

  16. Jimbob Bautista
    9:36 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie, you’re the best…keep up the great work!

  17. BlueCamo
    9:42 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Keep it up Mr. Maggard! I enjoy every post and I am excited about football season!

  18. jimmiephil
    9:59 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Drive on, Freddie. Your insights are phenomenal.

  19. UKChillfan
    10:42 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie, being an uneducated football fan, I have watched it for years but have no technical knowledge, your posts have been very informative. Please keep that part up. While I’m at it, explain the Kobe Smith positions, 1-tech or whatever they are!

  20. theWilkman
    11:01 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    I’ll keep with the trend and give you some praise – love your articles! Thanks for your insight.

  21. Mark
    11:27 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    I enjoy your posts and insite.

  22. UKBlue1!
    12:53 pm July 31, 2015 Permalink

    KSR has improved due to Freddie Maggard’s coverage of football. Keep up the great work. Go Cats!

  23. 8&Counting
    1:00 pm July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Been very impressed with your knowledge of all things football. You have been a great addition to the site, especially the way you share football knowledge and insights and the way you break it down to us less knowledgable football fans. Keep up the great work and hopefully this fall will see UK win 6+ games… Go Cats!!!

  24. Post
    2:02 pm July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Lets be honest, anyone but BTI and Jonathan Miller posting on this site is going to help bring up the average quality. Your football knowledge is just a bonus.

  25. Ian
    9:06 pm July 31, 2015 Permalink

    I specifically look for your articles to read. Always well thought out and intelligent. I learn a lot and get great perspective. I never played football so there are a lot of subtleties that I miss. Keep up the great work!

  26. Jess We Can
    9:45 am August 2, 2015 Permalink

    Any respite from the site’s continually tedious coverage of basketball recruiting, AAU line scores and teenagers’ tweets is a welcome addition. Thanks for providing it.