Changing of the Guard?

May 27, 2015
Hosted by Jeff Reed

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Having Ryan Lochte, the face of international swimming, on my show was quite the honor. I had the pleasure of watching many swimmers compete (including Lochte and Phelps) just days ago in Charlotte, North Carolina. These athletes are "hardcore competing" at all levels. When I'm poolside, it is for the tan or relaxation. Today, after a brief advertisement and interaction from a close friend explaining her charity event "Recycling Metal to Recycle Lives," I am honored to flip the gender and have two female swimmers that have been so successful at such young ages. Cammile Adams and Kathleen Baker, also of Team Elite, visit Barely Controlled Radio. I couldn't even figure out how to construct their bios because of all of the honors and successes. Listeners will get a chance to become more educated in swimming and also find out which of my guests is still in high school and which of my guests loves Justin Bieber (amongst other things). Swimmers deserve credit. That. Starts. Now!

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Jeff Reed

Jeff Reed

Jeff Reed, two-time Super Bowl champion and former placekicker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, grew his roots and found his love for sports in Charlotte, North Carolina. By the age of five, he was already playing soccer, which became the center of his attention for the next 13 years. In his junior year of high school, while being the captain of the varsity soccer team, the head football coach at East Mecklenburg High School saw his football potential and gave him a brochure for a kicking camp. Since switching into football, he broke his high school’s record for longest field with a 54-yarder, later joining the University of North Carolina Tar Heels as a walk-on. Despite only getting playing time for his last two years of five in college, he was their team captain.

Reed first entered the National Football League in 2002 as a part of the New Orleans Saints. In that same year, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he was active for the next nine years. In that time, he had a career field goal percentage of 82.2%, and he’s second in all-time points scored by a Steeler. He played in Super Bowl XL in Detroit and Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, both of which the Steelers walked away from with a world championship ring. Since becoming a free agent in 2011 after Reed was released by the Seattle Seahawks, he has started a successful sports, life, and random-topic show called ‘Barely Controlled Radio,’ is a motivational speaker, and a radio personality on WFNZ-AM in Charlotte.

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Big E (Langston)


Ettore Ewen was born March 1, 1986, in Tampa, Florida, to Afro-Caribbean immigrants Eltore and Margaret Ewen. He, also known by his former ring name Big E Langston and currently performing as Big E, is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he is one third of the current WWE Tag Team Champions along with New Day teammates Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. He is a one-time WWE Intercontinental Champion and was also a former NXT Champion while at WWE's developmental territory, NXT. He is also a national powerlifting champion who has set multiple national and state records in the raw division. View Guest page

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Cammile Adams


Natalie Cammile Adams (born September 11, 1991) is an American competition swimmer who specializes in butterfly events. Adams has ALREADY accomplished the following: won Gold in the 200m fly at 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships...qualified for 2014 Pan Pacs with a win in the 200m fly at Phillips 66 Nationals...qualified for the 2013 FINA World Championships with a win in the 200m fly at Phillips 66 Nationals...finished fifth in the 200m fly at the 2012 Olympic Games in London...qualified for the 2012 Olympic Team by finishing first in the 200m fly at Trials...finished third in the 400m IM at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships...placed fourth in the 200m fly at the 2009 National Championships...won gold in the 200m fly at the 2009 Junior Pan Pacific Championships...placed eighth in the 1500m free at the 2009 U.S. Open. Adams is on pace to be a decorated Olympian. View Guest page

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Tiffany Ashton



Tiffany Ashton, the blonde 17 year old from NC, energetically performs her original country songs tinged with just the right amount of pop for this southern sweetheart. Just off her 2014 Southeast Florida Summer Tour, she's gracing stages across North Carolina this fall. Southern Sweetheart, with six original songs, will release the first of December with her first single "Southern Sweetheart" already premiering through release of Tiffany's first official music video.

Singing since she was three and performing publicly since age six, Tiffany combined her love of writing with her love of music after receiving her first guitar at age 12. Tiffany began writing children's chapter books at the age of seven, and once she picked up skills with a guitar she became passionate about writing melodies to the words and lyrics that came to her. Releasing her first original CD in 2012, the bubbly songwriter set out to rock stages and captivate audiences with her soulful, deep-rocking country beats, attention-grabbing hooks, and upbeat country pop melodies. She plans to be playing across the nation soon. View Guest page

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Kathleen Baker


Kathleen Baker is the youngest member of Team Elite. She is a high school senior from Winston Salem, NC, who has committed to swim at the University of California, Berkeley next year. She's already competed on the international stage several times and is on the World Championship team competing in Kazan, Russia, this summer. Baker, at 18 years of age, has accomplished the following: silver medalist in the 200m free relay and was sixth in the 100m back at 2014 FINA Short Course Worlds in Doha, Qatar...qualified for 2014 Pan Pacs with a runner-up finish in the 200m back at Phillips 66 Nationals...finished fourth in the 200y IM at 2013 AT&T Winter Nationals...won four medals at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships---silver in the 100m and 200m back, and bronze in both the 400m medley relay and the mixed 400m medley relay...won bronze in the 400m IM at 2013 Speedo Junior Nationals and bronze in the 200m IM at the 2013 U.S. Open. Swimmers start young, but Baker is a special talent. View Guest page

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Charlie Batch


Charlie Batch is an NFL quarterback, community advocate, author, media personality, entrepreneur, and professional speaker who takes his “Expect Your Best” message to audiences across the country at Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, universities and more. Charlie motivates and inspires with his personal stories of loss, perseverance and victories on and off the field, and audiences leave his sessions excited about their own potential as he shares with them his 10 proven ways to start winning today. Charlie’s NFL career spanned 15 years, 60 touchdowns, and more than 11,000 passing yards. He was drafted in the second round as a starting quarterback by the Detroit Lions in 1998 from Eastern Michigan University, where he had set numerous school and MAC conference records. In 2002, he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as the back-up quarterback and was instrumental in critical wins that led the team to Super Bowl XL and XLIII. Batch is a huge influence in the community. View Guest page

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Nicholas and Wendy Batley


Wendy Batley is the loving mother of Nicholas Batley, from Mooresville, NC. Nicholas was Dream On 3’s first Dream Kid, or as he likes to call himself, “The Pioneer.” Nicholas, who was 14 at the time of his experience, lives with a medical condition known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s is a higher functioning form of Autism, but still significantly impacts many areas of his life. On May 26, 2013, during the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR Race, Nicholas’s dreams came true. He was able to meet and spend time with his sports hero, Darrell Waltrip, where he enjoyed a private meet-and-greet, received signed memorabilia, and had an opportunity to show off his best “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity” impression. When Nicholas grows up, his desire is to become a sports commentator like Waltrip. His mother says this experience was life changing & gave him the confidence to continue working towards this life goal! View Guest page

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Ryan Lochte



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Ryan’s accomplishments in the pool along with his committed fan base (1 million+ Twitter followers and almost 300k Facebook fans) have helped him gain pop culture status outside the pool. He has recently made cameos on episodes of 30 Rock and Beverly Hills 90210, as well as appearing on People’s 2012 ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ list. Ryan has a blue chip roster of corporate partnerships as he has become the face of international swimming. He is currently in the midst of extreme training for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. View Guest page

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Albert Marrero, Jr.



Except for a memorable turn as Tiny Tim in an elementary school production of A Christmas Carol, the fall of 1998 began Albert’s life-changing journey into the world of Creative Arts. Taking an acting class for the first time, he quickly fell in love with the craft and realized that it was his gift to move the human spirit with genuine, truthful storytelling. Graduating with a BA in Dramatic Art, he honed his stage skills with performances in Man Who Came to Dinner, Our Town, HOT L Baltimore, and most recently Crazy is Love. He also dove into several student films and productions while studying and moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduation. Since then, he has amassed a variety of work from commercials to independent features to television work. His most recent work includes roles in Modern Family, Hot In Cleveland, and Marvel’s Agents of Shield. View Guest page

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Jeremy McComb



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Alphonzo “Fonz” McDonald


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LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey


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Brian Scott



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Shaun Suisham


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Chase Thomas


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Hines Ward


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