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"Behind the Bulldogs" podcast wins top college sportscast at student broadcasting awards

Starting in 2019, Ferris State sports coverage entered the airwaves courtesy of two freshman sports communication students. Formerly under the name, “The MVSP,” the show was led by Brandon Wirth and Joe Nagy as just a Spotify podcast.

Five years later, the show has expanded onto 11 different platforms, officially partnered with Ferris State University and the Big Rapids Radio Network, and now has two statewide honors for their show.

“What’s crazy about the whole thing is that it started with a text from Brandon asking if I wanted to do a sports podcast,” Nagy said. “I had some free time in my schedule so I thought, why not, this could be fun. Fast forward four years, 250 episodes, and a lot of hard work, we’re receiving these honors for the show.”

Wirth and Nagy applied for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Student Awards in December of 2023. Following the submission review period, the duo received word that both of their show submissions were selected as finalists. They would also be invited to the Awards Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Lansing on Mar. 18. 

At the reception, the two waited to hear their names called alongside a group from Michigan State University representing the “Green and White Report.” Wirth and Nagy had submitted eligible entries from both the original show format as “The MVSP” and the newly branded version of “Behind the Bulldogs.”

“While we were standing at the staging area, I was thinking about how far we had come,” Wirth said. “Once we heard the Michigan State group announced as the honorable mention, Joe and I immediately looked at each other with a smile and a fist bump. It was a surreal moment that wouldn’t happen without the support of our great fans sticking with us and helping us grow.”

The show currently has over 550 social media followers as well as hundreds of weekly listeners through podcast platforms. “Behind the Bulldogs” also airs every Saturday at 3 P.M. on NewsRadio WBRN via 96.5 FM, 107.7 FM,1460 AM, WBRN.com, and the WBRN mobile app.

For more on the show, visit https://linktr.ee/Behind_Bulldogs.