• John Macon Gillespie

Fire Takes With JMake Heating Up

Throughout my childhood, I always loved sports, especially football.

I vividly remember muting my television while playing football video games and doing the sports commentary myself. I thought I could do a much better job than the journalists that came with the game.

That love of sports carried me through my high school days. I enjoyed being the public address announcer for Vardaman High School athletics and still hold that title for Vardaman football.

Sports commentary has always been near and dear to my heart. It was because of this that when my boss Webb Lewis approached me with another of his experimental ideas for SES Mississippi, I was hooked.

Webb told me and my coworkers that he planned to launch “SES Media” this summer, a “broadcast” version of the coverage we do at Southern Elite Sports. SES Media would include a variety of unique podcasts, the best part being that all of the SES staff had an opportunity to host or co-host one if they desired.

I jumped at the opportunity.

Then came the brainstorming process. For the next few months after Webb told us of his plan, we would bounce show ideas off of each other and learn more about what makes a successful podcast. During one of our four-hour trips to South Mississippi for a Fortius Project, John Luke McCord and I tried to think of our staff's strengths, weaknesses and interests that could be molded into their own show.

If you follow me on Twitter (@JMakeSES), you know that I like to dish out “fire takes” about a variety of subjects, especially football. Due to my opinionated nature and the coincidence of rhyming with my nickname, my show is titled “Fire Takes with JMake” and will feature mine and my guests' opinions on a variety of topics with a strong focus on high school and collegiate football. I look very forward to expressing my love of sports and sports journalism in this new medium and am very thankful for the opportunity.

I'm sure most of you know by now that SES Media is ready to officially launch in less than a week. If you haven't already, I strongly encourage you to check out the previews for some of the great shows we'll have to offer as the season approaches and follow the shows on Twitter. My coworkers and I love to get you, the fans, involved in what kind of content we publish, and this is no different. Your “fire takes” are more than welcome as we dive into the broadcast realm.

Be sure to tune in.


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