March 14, 2011
Photo Credit: Conrad Melendez
Photo Credit: Conrad Melendez
Greetings and welcome to knockoutradioshow.com!! Hopefully you are here because you have heard the show or possibly read one of my articles on bleacherreport.com. If you have then you may know a little about me and my background. If you are new to the site/show then let me get you caught up to speed.
My name is Anthony Hardin Sr and I host Knockout Radio Show. My show is dedicated to talking about the hottest topics from the Sports, MMA and Boxing worlds. I was born and raised in Northern California, so there will always be a Nor-Cal influence in covering the Bay Area and Sacramento sports teams. But I do follow sports on a national level and can mix it up and talk shop with the best of them. I am a self described Sports Nerd and can proudly say that I got my first subscription to Sports Illustrated when I was seven years old.
I am a proud father of three crazy kids, and have been blessed to steal the heart of the most amazing woman on the planet. My family has been patient and supportive as I chase this dream of becoming the host of the number one rated nationally syndicated sports talk show. I was not always sure of what exactly I wanted to do with myself. But once I did, I knew I wouldn’t stop until I achieved my goal.
I remember the day I realized “What I wanted to be when I grew up”. I was an automotive parts delivery driver and sat in my truck eating my lunch and listening to Jim Rome. Rome had made a comment about former University of Purdue Men’s Basketball coach Gene Keady. Needless to say, Rome’s statement was not correct and I began to dispute it. Can you imagine driving past some guy sitting in a parking lot, sandwich in hand and yelling at his radio? I said out loud that I knew more than Romie, and that I could do a better job than him. At that very moment it hit me, I knew why I was placed on this earth and I now had a career goal. I set out to become the next ‘Jim Rome”.
From there I called Sacramento’s only sports station and told the program director that I was going to be the “Next Big Thing”, but I needed to know where to start. I began my broadcasting career as an intern at Sports 1140 KHTK. I would park my truck in the station parking lot and sleep in it until it was time for me to go to class on Saturday mornings. I would finish class then head to the station and do whatever was asked of me. I answered phones, cut up sound and learned the inner workings of a radio station. I eventually earned a position as the weekend board operator. (I have the distinction of being hired and fired in the same day) Yes, I will be the first to admit, I sucked at running the board. But I was given another opportunity and I made the most of it.
I lived very far from the station so when I got off of work on Friday night I would sneak into the station and sleep in one of the back production rooms. I quickly learned how to properly operate the studio sound board and developed good relationships with all the talent I worked for. Soon my duties began to expand and I would schedule upcoming guests and began to slowly gain that much desired “Air Time”. I even gained the confidence of the program director and began to fill in as the morning, mid-day and drive time board operator.
After several years as a board operator/producer, I began to feel confident in my abilities and wanted the opportunity to become a talent and get some serious air time. I quickly realized that there would not be many opportunities for me at Sports 1140am. So I left KHTK and set out to find my own path.
And that brings me to where I am now. I needed to cut my teeth and not only develop my style, but also gain confidence. So I created Knockout Radio Show and began hosting weekly shows covering MMA, Boxing, the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NCAA Football, Basketball and Baseball. The goal is to develop a following and build my name as I work hard and deliver my thoughts and opinions and entertain you the listener and reader. Hopefully you will spread the word and tell any and every sports fan that you know about the show/site
So there you go. The mission has yet to be completed. If you want to know how this story ends, then I suggest you tune in to the show every week.