PodcastOne founder and executive chairman Norm Pattiz is a well-known fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, holding courtside seats for more than three decades. So it’s a fitting partnership for the team to return for a third season for The Official Lakers Podcast on PodcastOne. This year the weekly show will publish each Monday, beginning today (Oct. 21).
The Official Lakers Podcast will also get a new host this season. PodcastOne has signed Lakers’ television play-by-play sideline reporter Mike Trudell to join as host of the podcast, alongside long-time show co-host Aaron Larsuel. Trudell succeeds Suzy Shuster.
Tim Harris, President of Business Operations for the Lakers, calls the changes a “refresh” of the podcast. “Adding Mike Trudell, with his access and analysis, is going to enhance the fan experience more than ever before,” he said in a statement.
Pattiz lead the Lakers into the podcasting world in 2017 when he recruited comedian and radio and podcast host Jay Mohr to host the team’s first podcast project, which was then known as America’s Lakers Podcast. “More people know me as a Laker fan than for anything else I’ve done,” said Pattiz in the announcement. “This is going to be one hell of a year with LeBron, AD and a great supporting cast. Mike and Aaron will cover all of it. There’ll be news and push notifications all week long, and coverage of special events and Laker breaking news. And we’ll sell products for our advertisers and make a buck or two. What could be better?”
PodcastOne is also celebrating the news that it has received 51 nominations in the Digital Hollywood Awards, more than any other podcast network. Among the shows receiving honors are The Adam Carolla Show, The Big Podcast with Shaq and expediTIously with Tip “T.I.” Harris. The inaugural awards will be handed out Nov. 14 in Hollywood.
“From the day PodcastOne was founded, we were committed to providing advertisers and listeners programming in all genres. Our showing at the Digital Hollywood Awards, with 51 nominations, shows that we accomplished that goal,” Pattiz said.