It is now two months since the fall of the eYada empire. Many people have asked me where I will be going to spread that no-holds-barred news.
Well,I have only a partial answer for them, since my full-time return has not yet been accomplished. Many already know that I have been writing for a number of web sites as well as writing a monthly column for Grappling magazine. I do have some new developments to report, which are based on some old wisdom: sometimes your best friends are your old friends.
As of this week, I will be returning to WBAI radio’s “Lightshow” in New York on 99.5 FM. I will be contributing interviews with top figures from boxing, the mixed martial arts, and real wrestling. Most of these interviews will be prerecorded because of the late hour of this weekly program, which airs late Friday night/early Saturday morning, 3-5 AM Eastern Time.
The first of these interviews broadcast will be with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts icon Renzo Gracie. It will air late Friday, September 7/early Saturday, September 8, between 4:30 AM and 5.
WBAI is a 50,000 watt, non-commercial station. “Lightshow” is an entertainment show whose main host and producer is Fred Geobold. I was a co-producer on this show from 1993 to 1998, and it was on “Lightshow” that I began coverage of mixed martial arts with interviews of Royce Gracie and Manny Yarbrough prior to UFC III in 1994.
WBAI can also be heard live on the Internet. There are two sites that stream the signal: http://www.wbai.org/ and http://www.2600.com/wbai. At this time broadcasts of “Lightshow” are not archived, but we are working on getting these audio interviews posted somewhere.
In addition, I will also be returning to do reporting and features for Wrestling International Newsmagazine (WIN). I wrote for WIN between 1996 and 1999, covering both mixed martial arts and wrestling, and reporting on events including the 1996 Olympics, the 1998 Goodwill Games, and countless mixed martial arts shows.
My return to WIN will commence with the World Championships of Wrestling, which will be held September 26-29 at Madison Square Garden. I will also be covering that event for Grappling magazine.
It is heartening to hook up again with old friends like these. But my return will likely not be complete until I make some more new ones, so stay tuned for more information.
Intense Combat has published Eddie’s post to inform those who want to keep tabs of this pioneer of Mixed Martial Arts News. We wish Eddie all the luck and hope that he continues reporting to us about the combat arts. He is a refreshingly honest voice in this sport. Large or small, Eddie will stand toe to toe against those that would defile our sport.