The New YorkHer Podcast
LISTEN | The New YorkHER Podcast: Ep. 17 with MJ Acosta-Ruiz
Host Olivia Landis welcomes the host of NFL Network's NFL Total Access, MJ Acosta-Ruiz to the New YorkHER podcast. Landis and Acosta-Ruiz discuss how her father's professional basketball career in the Dominican Republic influenced her love for sports. Acosta-Ruiz talks about spending time as child in the Dominican Republic, New York and Miami and how each place played a role in her life. She talks about her goals of owning her own dance studio and her love for dance growing up. Acosta-Ruiz describes her experience working as a full-time television reporter while being a Miami Dolphins cheerleader. Finally, Landis and Acosta-Ruiz discuss advice and guiding principles for success in the sports industry.
A Conversation with Jets Director of Mental Performance Dr. Anne Shadle (S3E7)
Host Caroline Hendershot is joined by Jets Director of Mental Performance, Dr. Anne Shadle. The two discuss Dr. Shadle's background and accolades and how they led to her current role (0:04). Dr. Shadle also gives insight on the mental challenges of going through the Olympic trials and how she identifies the challenges now (4:52). Caroline and Dr. Shadle also talk about retiring from sports and the changes that athletes experience in those transitions (9:13). Dr. Shadle also shares how she got into researching mental health and her time at the Olympic training center with Paralympic athletes as well as her time working and studying with the US Air Force (14:12). Dr. Shadle also walks through her day-to-day work with the Jets and the adjustment of working with the NFL schedule (16:01). Dr. Shadle explains the struggles players may experience in transitioning to the NFL as well as the complexity of dealing with injuries (21:24). Lastly, Dr. Shadle highlights her favorite parts of working with the Jets and how much her work with the team means to her (23:07).
A Conversation with Emma Lovewell (S3E6)
Host Caroline Hendershot is joined by Peloton instructor and author Emma Lovewell. Lovewell tells her story of growing up on Martha's Vineyard and the big jump of moving to New York City (0:22). She also gives a sneak peak into her new book, Live Learn Love Well: Lessons from a Life of Progress Not Perfection, as she tells the story of how a $50 Craigslist job posting eventually led her to Peloton (2:13). Hendershot and Lovewell then discuss how resisting fear and being persistent leads to growth (5:51). Loverwell gives more insight on how she felt when she first started instructing Peloton classes and how she has grown along the way (10:02). The two also dive into how the Peloton experience is shaped for all groups of people and how the company has built a strong sense of community and teamwork for people all over the world (13:06). Lastly, Hendershot shares on the New York Jets and the fan experience as Lovewell prepares to attend her first NFL game (19:40).
A Conversation with NFL Executive Dawn Aponte (S3E5)
Host Caroline Hendershot is joined by NFL Chief Football Administrative Officer Dawn Aponte. They kick off the podcast talking about Aponte's current position in the League office (0:22) and how it changes in season and off season (2:26). Aponte also talks about beginning her career with the Jets and the evolution of her roles (3:31), especially her role as a salary cap assistant (4:52). Aponte discusses the impact of the mentors she has had along the way including Mike Tannenbaum, Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells (7:10). The two then talk about working and succeeding in a male-dominated environment (9:29). Aponte highlights the pivotal moments in her career (10:33). Hendershot also asks Aponte about the challenges and surprises of the job (18:16). Lastly, the two discuss the excitement surrounding the Jets and the NFL as a whole this season (20:00).
A Conversation with Good Morning Football Host Jamie Erdahl (S3E4)
Host Caroline Hendershot is joined by "Good Morning Football" host Jamie Erdahl. They kick off the podcast talking about Erdahl's journey into the sports broadcasting world (00:49) and how her sports production background and experience as an athlete helps her excel in her role (3:45). Erdahl highlights her jump from working at NESN to becoming a reporter at CBS (5:50) and the sports world's reaction to her recent addition to the "Good Morning Football" cast (10:30). They also delve into the transition Erdahl made from sideline reporter to morning show personality (12:44) and adjusting to the chemistry of the group on "Good Morning Football" (17:00). Erdahl also discusses the challenges of sideline reporting and her current shift of now studying games from afar (19:20). The two then talk about her love for this year's New York Jets and the various turning points for the team throughout this season (20:41). Lastly, they share on their love for Taylor Swift and talk about Erdahl's impressive game of song bingo on "Good Morning Football" (25:15).
A Conversation with TikTok Star Kate Norkeliunas (S3E2)
Host Caroline Hendershot is joined in studio by social media influencer and TikTok star Kate Norkeliunas. They kick things off by talking about Norkeliunas' identity as an influencer and her journey to TikTok (0:17). She highlights how food culture and connection has been a strong influence in her content (3:41). The two also discuss the evolution of social media and what it means to be a role model in today's society (5:53), as well as the passion and fun of connecting with the public (8:18). Hendershot and Norkeliunas explore the pressures of social media (10:52), but also the balance that Norkeliunas tries to have in keeping her content true to herself; as well as follower attraction to real and relatable content (12:04). She also recalls taking the jump to quit her job in the fashion industry and pursue content creation full-time (18:05) and how the New York State of Mind is motivational to her brand (20:30). Lastly, they talk about the loyalty, excitement, and passion of being a Jets fan (22:30) and the fun of football being for everyone (24:12).
A Conversation with CBS Sports Reporter Tracy Wolfson (S3E1)
Host Caroline Hendershot kicks off a new season of The New YorkHER podcast featuring a conversation with CBS Lead NFL Reporter Tracy Wolfson. Hendershot shares how she and Wolfson met and started their mentorship through a CBS immersion experience (0:46). They both reflect on their experiences at their alma mater Michigan and breaking into the business (6:31). Wolfson also explains her journey and obstacles from a journalism student to the lead CBS reporter (8:01). Then, they discuss the self-perseverance necessary to succeed (12:32) and they also discuss the path of women in sports (13:45). Wolfson shares a story about a big lesson she learned early in her career while reporting at the US Open (18:33). Wolfson then talks about her CBS broadcast team featuring Tony Romo and Jim Nantz, and they also recall Romo's amusing pre-show tradition of singing (25:09). Lastly, Hendershot asks Wolfson about her opinion on this year's Jets, from a reporter's perspective, and as a fan herself – Wolfson believes they're on the rise (28:18).
The New YorkHER Podcast: Ep. 21 with NBA TV & TNT's Kristen Ledlow
Host Olivia Landis welcomes NBA TV and TNT host and sideline reporter Kristen Ledlow to the New YorkHER podcast to discuss her career in broadcasting. Ledlow talks with Landis about her podcast, current roles on NBA TV's "Game Time" and TNT's "Inside the NBA". Ledlow discusses how her role has grown from hosting "Inside Stuff" with Grant Hill beginning in 2013 into a variety of avenues during eight-year career with Turner Sports. Ledlow also talks about how she got into sports and offers some advice for listeners.
The New YorkHER Podcast: Ep. 20 with ESPN's Allie Stoneberg
Host Olivia Landis welcomes ESPN's NFL Communications Co-Lead Allie Stoneberg to the New YorkHER Podcast to discuss her role with the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Stoneberg talks with Landis about her responsibilities as a storyteller, her career and some advice for those interested in the profession. Listen to learn about a very important behind-the-scenes job within ESPN's campus.