In the Dugout with Dennis & Andy

Dennis Quinn and I have been talking sports on the air waves of Corpus Christi together for twenty years.  We named our show Dennis & Andy’s Q & A Session because we not only wanted to bring the public great interviews but we are storytellers by nature and we enjoy educating our listeners about the history of the game.  Therefore, when you listen to us you’re in the Session.  We have also been blessed to have met so many of our heroes from the past, so we find it important to honor them when they leave us.  You will recognize the opening music of our shows as the “William Tell Overture” or the theme music from the Lone Ranger, one of our favorite television shows growing up.  And we always close with the music from the Jackie Gleason Show as one of us will say, “How Sweet It Is!”

I would like to thank ESPN 1440 KEYS and SportsRadioCC 1230 KSIX as we split our time between these two stations this past year.  I would also like to thank Henry Hernandez, Marty Robinson, and Dotson Lewis who sat in for either Dennis or me, as we traveled to acquire interviews.  We have had a blast while taking our listeners up front and center with some of the finest athletes and greatest coaches and broadcasters in the world of sports.  This year alone we have had 44 one-on-one interviews in the span of 52 weeks.  The list is long and varied but ties closely to our first love, baseball.  Having the Corpus Christi Hooks in town and a long-standing relationship with the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers has made our jobs easier.

The year 2015 started off fast with a Hall-of-Fame announcer who joined us at least four times a year on air, the Houston Astros’ lead announcer for many years, Milo Hamilton.  He truly loved Corpus and being on our show.  Sad to say we lostMiloin September.  He will be missed.  Juan Castillo, offensive coach with the Baltimore Ravens and Jeff Lantz, the fellow in charge of Communications for Minor League Baseball, rounded out the month of January.  February would bring our yearly interview with former Buffalo Bills linebacker, Shane Nelson, about the Super Bowl.  The Astros’ Caravan would provide us interviews with former pitcher, Larry Dierker, and superstar, George Springer.  We also paid tribute to Ernie Banks and aired an older interview from 2004.  The South Texas Winter Banquet provided us time with legend Nolan Ryan, Astros’ General Manager Reid Ryan, retired local sportscaster, Dan McReynolds, and Orioles’ Minor League pitcher, Mark Blackmar, son of professional golfer Phil Blackmar.  We also finished up the month of March with interviews with former NFL official, Mike Pereira, of FOX Sports and Los Angeles Dodgers’ star outfielders, Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson.

With three trips toHoustonduring the year, my partner Dennis Quinn led the league in Astros information.  They say April showers bring May flowers and along with the rain came interviews with Astros shortstop, Carlos Correa and Zvee Geffen, a representative of the TOPPS Sports Card Company.  Craig Biggio, the first member of the Astros to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, also joined us.  In May, we spoke with local long-distance runner, Gabe Lucido, who also ran in this year’s Boston Marathon.  Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and George Springer joined us again as the Astros looked to be “for real” this year.  The month of June got even better as Orioles’ third baseman Manny Machado, and centerfielder, Adam Jones, joined Dennis and me on tape.  We also spoke to Nolan Ryan again, as the Hooks and TOPPS Baseball Card Company signed a national contest winner to a contract to become a “Hook-For-the-Day.”  Both Jose Altuve and George Springer made their second appearance on the show.

In July, Dennis traveled toHoustonfor the second time, and I had a chance to have Basketball Coach Ronnie Arrow and former All-Star pitcher and now Hooks’ President, Ken Schrom, join us.  I also met and interviewed localSolomonColesHigh Schoolplayers, Billy Sayles and Dee Hardeman, who played for the first team fromCorpus Christi,Texas, to win a state championship in baseball.  Texas A&M Islanders baseball Head Coach, Scott Malone and former Astros’ pitcher, J. R. Richards, joined us on air.  In August, Dennis brought back interviews with Red Sox stars, Dustin Pedroia and David “Big Papi” Ortiz, along with follow-up interviews with Jose Altuve, George Springer, Dallas Keuchel and Carlos Correa.  We couldn’t keep George Springer away.  He loved being on the show.  Keuchel was elected starting pitcher for the American League, for the July All-Star Game.  In September, we spoke with Mike Trout, Jose Altuve for the third time, and VP of Communication and Education for theBaseballHall-of-FameMuseum, Brad Horn.  It was quite a month.

Rookie-of-the-Year candidate, Carlos Correa of the Astros, joined us in October.  Correa would win the award.  It was his fourth time on Dennis & Andy’s Q & A Session.  Both Craig Biggio and Reid Ryan joined us again to speak about the passing of our dear friend, Milo Hamilton.

November would find us slowing down as the World Series ended with the Kansas City Royals on top, while football and basketball became front and center on the sports radar.  We managed to snag a great interview with hometown kid, Cliff Pennington, who had participated in the MLB playoffs with the Toronto Blue Jays.  Cliff became to first-ever position player to pitch in relief during a post-season game.  We finished strong in December with our NASCAR expert, Bob Doty.  At the end of each year we are always amazed at how many great folks that have joined us on the radio and we wonder how it can get any better.  The good news is, it always does.   You can always find our show dates and times in the radio section of the Caller Times sports page.  We are usually on Thursday nights from 6-7 PM, but occasionally moved to Tuesdays, same time.  The number to call if we hit a nerve is 361-884-1230.  If you missed our shows and would like to listen, please visit www.purvisbooks.com and press podcasts in the menu section.  There are nearly 150 hours of radio interviews that we have done since 2004.  Just choose an interview by name or date. Thanks for listening.

 

Andy Purvis