Best of the Batch
June 3, 2015
Hosted by Jeff Reed
The list of guests and celebrities continues when Charlie Batch visits the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel and joins Barely Controlled Radio. I’ve known Batch for nearly 12 years, and I learned so much more about him in this 60-minute interaction. Have you ever wondered what motivated him to start up his “Best of the Batch” Foundation? How did he avoid being in the media in a negative light while in the spotlight for 15 years as an NFL quarterback? What chore does Batch absolutely hate doing? What’s on his “bucket list”? These are all answered as I get up close and personal with the man, the myth, and the legend…Charlie Batch.
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This is an opinion-based hour with topics that range from relationships to sports to pets to current issues/events. There is no topic too controversial. However, we do tend to avoid race, religion, and politics unless it is discussed on a very broad basis. Being a former NFL football player, and one that still has most of his brain cells, I have experienced the highest of highs in winning two Super Bowl titles after mastering a degree in journalism, as well as attacking some low lows head-on. My show exemplifies what it is like to take a stand on any issue, but there is plenty of self-deprecation. I have no problem siding with someone or completely putting him/her in his/her place by believing in what I truly believe in. I never said I'm always right, but I sure have no problem stating what I BELIEVE is right and why.
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.