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Welcome to Frye Island: While We’re Waiting

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For some reason, I’ve always been hot and cold with podcasts. Either I’m listening to them nonstop, or I’m not listening to them whatsoever. Occasionally something grabs my interest and I can’t get enough…until I find it easy to walk away.1

Like a lot of people, the first season of Serial is what brought me to podcasts in the first place. To say I was hooked would be an understatement—I listened to 11 episodes in a week. I just pretend the second season didn’t happen.

Since then, I’ve dabbled in a handful of podcasts off and on. Garbage Time with Katie Nolan is a sometimes-regular favorite, hosted by my favorite girl on Earth. Bachelor Party, on Bill Simmons’ Channel 33 network, is exactly what you think it is (a week-by-week recap of each episode of The Bachelor), so I can only listen to that one when the weekly “reality” show is “in season.”

It was the latest round of Bachelor Party pods that got me back into listening in general. After a few days of binging to get caught up on the dating escapades of Nick Viall, I was looking for a new podcast to enjoy. On the recommendation of a friend, an unexpected little gem called Road Trippin’ turned out to be exactly what I needed.

Featuring Cleveland Cavaliers Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye, Road Trippin’ is literally recorded while the team is on the road. Whether they’re in a swanky hotel, a visitor’s training room, or 40,000 feet in the air, the duo sits down with FOX Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton to discuss everything from fast food and throwback music to Snapchat, SoulCycle and the Super Bowl. With various teammates guest-starring on each episode, the podcast gives an almost unreal peak behind the Cavs’ curtain—and an in-depth look into each athlete’s life, personality and sense of humor.

WFNY’s Andrew Schnitkey touched on it last week, and completely nailed it when he said Road Trippin’ is “The most unguarded, down to earth, and casual conversation I have ever heard when it comes to NBA players. It feels less like listening to a podcast and more like sitting at the table with the players as they have dinner together. It’s an invitation into their real lives in a way we so rarely get as sports fans.”

I couldn’t agree with that sentiment more. And for me, one of the most enjoyable parts of the transparency of Road Trippin’ has been getting to know so much random, and sometimes hilarious stuff, about RJ and Channing. Some of my favorite discoveries:

The History Between RJ and Channing. The chemistry between Frye and Jefferson is undeniable, and it makes even more sense when the pair discusses their history together. Turns out, when Channing visited the University of Arizona as a high school senior, RJ was his host… and took money out of Channing’s forgotten wallet.

The Invention of Frye Island. I don’t want to give away too much, because it’s funnier to let Channing explain. Just know that when he edited his own Wikipedia page at the end of last year, it was for good reason.

Channing is an Emotional Eater. When I have a bad day, I usually run straight for the tacos. Turns out Channing and I have more in common than I would have thought. Shout out to Rally’s.

Their Favorite Road Trip Snacks. As well as an affinity for Rax fries.

Shop Cleveland Cavaliers Gear at Fanatics.comTheir Professional Wrestling Personas. It’s a topic that comes up a lot, especially with their Cavs teammates, and it had me laughing out loud while driving up 77 North. Just know that there is at least one banana hammock involved.

RJ Likes to Work Out. Kind of a lot. While it’s not really a surprise considering he’s a professional athlete, it’s still crazy to hear what the 36-year-old Jefferson considers to be one day’s worth of exercise.

Kyrie Thinks the Earth is Flat. Maybe. To say it was widely covered would be an understatement, but on Episode 7, Cavs PG Kyrie Irving delves into his favorite conspiracy theories—including the notion that the round shape of the Earth isn’t proven. “There is no concrete information except for the information that they’re giving us,” Kyrie said on the podcast. Oh… OK.

Believe me when I say this is just a tiny sampling of what you’ll hear in the nine episodes of Road Trippin’ currently available. It’s a can’t-miss for Cleveland sports fans. Whether you listen while driving, working or working out, you’ll feel as though you are literally along for the ride with Jefferson and Frye—belly laughs, technical glitches and topic tangents included.

Go download those episodes. You won’t be disappointed.

  1. Except, of course, WFNY’s podcast, as well as the Friday Fumble, which are regularly on rotation during my daily commute. []