The Obligatory PSU Podcast

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Interviewing two podcasters: An award-winning Penn State freshman and an adventuring lifelong Nittany Lions fan.

Show Notes

Listen to guest Miriam Colvin's award-winning podcast:

With Spring football and the NFL Draft in the rearview, the guys turn their attention to exploring some of the interesting stories and people in and around the Nittany Valley. Penn State freshman Miriam Colvin had only tried producing a podcast once before, but when she decided to document an old family story that tied back to the great Muhammed Ali, the final product - "Competition with the Best" - ended up winning NPR's national Student Podcast Challenge. Miriam gives an account of her journey from Sunshine State to Happy Valley and achieving this cool recognition.

USMC vet Tom Gathman grew up around Penn State football and Joe Paterno - really - his dad produced Joe's famous Holsum Milano bread advertising campaign. Now "The Hiking Viking" backpacks all over the world, pitting himself against the elements in long treks far from civilization, but never so far that he misses a Nittany Lions kickoff during the Fall. Sought-after outdoor brand ambassador and die-hard PSU football fan, Tom also produces the weekly Blue & White Brothers Podcast during the season. He checks in with the guys ahead of his next adventure and is set to return for a full episode later this Summer.

The Real Hiking Viking's website:

Miriam on NPR's "All Things Considered":

HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani

GUESTS: Miriam Colvin, Tom Gathman (The Hiking Viking)

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What is The Obligatory PSU Podcast?

The Obligatory PSU Podcast features wide-ranging discussions of Penn State sports, Nittany Lions football in particular, and all things Penn State and Happy Valley from the cast of The Obligatory PSU Pregame Show: Former Penn State and NFL defensive lineman Brandon Noble (’92-97), campus icon Mike “the Mailman” Herr, Onward State managing editor emeritus Kevin Horne, and Nittany Valley Society president Chris Buchignani. Along with a rotating cast of characters from around State College and across Nittany Nation, the guys focus on the stories, issues, and personalities surrounding the Blue and White fan experience.

The Obligatory PSU Podcast delivers fun and insightful commentary on the teams, University, and place that are beloved by many thousands of students, alumni, and fans. There’s no pretense of objectivity or “journalistic” distance here; these guys are here because they care, and their Penn State knowledge and love shine through in every installment. The goal is to touch on a broad variety of topics relating to the Nittany Lions in conversations that are frequently funny and occasionally profound, all while enjoying a few (or more) adult beverages. If you’ve got Penn State in your blood, you’ll enjoy sharing the journey with us.