“In the podcasting world, sports broadcasters may seem like a dime a dozen. On The Cheap Seats, it’s more like a dime a half-dozen (ish), since the show has six hosts! Max Wolpoff hosts alongside Keith Hoehne of Coffee with Keith & Katie, and you can hear from him every Wednesday!
A hockey-addicted college student, Max is in his final year at Boston University studying – you guessed it – sports broadcasting. He began calling sports games his freshman year at Boston U, and has been hooked ever since! His first-ever sporting event that he called live play-by-play for was a big-time hockey match between Boston and Cornell at none other than Madison Square Garden in New York City. What an environment to be thrown into! Wolploff was a last-minute pick for the job, due to the original broadcaster being unable to make the game, and he spent the 5 hours leading up to the event reading every bio and stat he could find on both teams’ starters down to their 3rd-string players. After successfully calling an event like that with such little notice, Max could probably call anything (and he has called a little bit of everything!), but his favorite remains hockey.
Max got into podcasting through his connection with Baxter (CEO of Public House Media) when Baxter ran the Facebook Live sports network Brew Sports. Since then, Wolploff has hosted a college radio show called Scarlet & White for Boston U with a friend of his. When Baxter asked Max to co-host for The Cheap Seats, Max was all-in from the start, knowing that Baxter is a lot of fun to work with.
The Cheap Seats began recording this past February, and a new episode comes out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In Max’s favorite episode he recorded, titled “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” Max shared his love and support of his favorite hockey team, the Washington Capitals. The episode came out mid-April when the team was getting a lot of backlash for their history in the playoffs for the Stanley Cup. Many hockey fans thought the Capitals couldn’t make it to the championship. Max, a die-hard Capitals fan for better or for worse, stood up for his team in his episode, and he said, “ever since my episode came out [the Capitals] started playing well!” We all know what happened in the end – the Capitals pulled through and won the Stanley Cup, a prize they’d been eyeing for 43 years!
If you’re looking for a good sports broadcaster autobiography, Max recommends “You Can’t Make This Up,” by Al Michaels, saying, “anyone who wants an inside account of the rise of televised sports will not find a more detailed and candid account than Michaels offers.” He doesn’t watch too much TV, unless it’s sports, because scripted television has lost its appeal. He’s too busy calling sports events during prime time anyway to actually catch the popular shows as it is. Max admits that sports win out over TV shows any day.
As a sports broadcaster for 3 years and now also a podcaster, Wolpoff realizes that anything can happen in sports. He loves its unscripted nature because there’s no way to predict what will happen next. About broadcasting, he says, “It’s meant to be fun – sports podcasting and broadcasting is meant to be entertaining! If I can make someone smile or laugh then I’ve done my job and had a good day.” His role model is his father, whom he takes after in many ways. Max strives to emulate his dad, who has encouraged Max in everything he does. He admires his dad’s patience and works at refining that every day.