Nick Gelso is the Founding Partner and CEO of North Station Media, CLNS Radio. Gelso has been covering the NBA and Boston Celtics since 2008. He has locker room experience and is an accomplished NBA columnist and radio personality. Gelso has appeared on Boston radio, Las Vegas television, ESPNBoston, CBS Sports. He is co-host of CLNSRadio's flagship production, the Celtics Late Night Show and co-owner of CLNSRadio.
Additionally, Gelso is the co-host of Beats & Eats Podcast. Beats & Eats is an entertainment, foodie and pop-culture podcast network. Beats & Eats hosts podcasts from Hell's Kitchen Chefs' Barret Beyer & Anthony Rodriguez. Actors such as Lydia Cornell and Matt Fahey. Technology expert, and CLNS Columnist, Rich Conte. Hell's Kitchen Chef Dan Ryan hosts a reddit-based, pop-culture podcast. Chopped Chef, Rob Burmeister & Hell's Kitchen Chef, Clemenza host the culinary-comedy podcast, "Chewing the Fat with Big and Beefy."
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Rajon Rondo, 2008 NBA Championship trophy in-hand, predicts San Antonio Spurs in 7 games of the NBA Finals. See full video of Rondo's Good Morning America debut here!
Everyone knows that Kevin Love was touring Boston this past weekend. At the risk of posting a TMZ-like blog post, I cannot resist this photo of Kevin Love and Boston Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo. It's going to be an interesting summer for Celtics fans.
If Paul Pierce is a Dinosaur, he was the craziest prehistoric creature in Toronto Saturday and that's The Truth...
Boston Celtics Locker Room Reporter discusses being a sports journalist in the Twitter-Era
A Boston Celtics - LA Lakers basketball rivalry lives on in the "broadcast booth" at CLNS Radio...
Those of you that have been long-time CLNS Radio listeners know that Mike "The Scotsman" Munger and Calvin Chamberlain have been battling out over their beloved teams for nearly 6 years. I get asked at least once a week, how the hell did you find Calvin Chamberlain? Most Celtics fans know Mike "The Scotsman" Munger (Scotty) from his co-starring role in the Boston Celtics Championship DVD; Return to the Rafters. When hearing him on CLNS Radio, the mailbag entries start to flood my inbox asking, how'd you get that guy on your network?
Following Saturday night's Celtics Post Game Show, again my inbox flooded with questions asking how these two totally different dudes got stuck in a broadcast booth together on CLNS Radio. I figured today was a good day to tell the story...
In 2009, Lee Herman was my lead-blogger on the former Celtics fan blog, North Station Sports (NSS). Lee covered every-single Celtics game (recaps and previews) for 82 games and 14 post season games. NSS was the predecessor to this site and was a skeleton crew of upstart writers, and aspiring bloggers. A fun hobby for two Celtics fans, living outside of the Boston area. Most don't realize that Calvin Chamberlain (and Matt Rury from Gino's Jungle) are the only survivors of the original writing team that now make-up our large staff at CLNS. Jared Weiss, CLNS current Celtics Locker Room Reporter, soon joined the NSS staff as well.
After the regular season was ending, Lee and I had decided that we needed help in covering the long NBA season. Our pursuit of a columnist had begun.
After receiving a ton of writing samples from around the web, Lee and I had sat unimpressed. Lee had a harebrained scheme to have a fantastic writer of satire on many non-sports forums contact me. First, Lee referred me to some of his work. I read a long forum post on something about how boring his job can be and the aggravations that ensue when working with the public. The forum post had me literally laughing out loud. His style was exactly what I wanted for NSS, the kind of articles you'd find in playboy but sports-based. There was only one snag in the whole plan...
After I expressed my interest in bringing Calvin on-board, Lee informed me that he was a Los Angeles Lakers die-hard. This was before the whole point, counter-point segments you see on today's Celtics blogs. Most bloggers at that time were outraged at the thought of giving a LAKERS FAN a forum to write about his team and the Boston Celtics.
My perspective was, why not?
During the heart of the Celtics - Lakers rivalry rebirth (2008 thru 2010) , there was nothing more interesting to me than reading what Lakers' fans thought of us. After bring brought on to write, it didn't take Calvin long to inform Celtics-Nation what Lakers-Nation thought of us and, thus, the Celtics blog-o-shere was outraged - I loved it.
To date, my favorite article ever published on North Station Sports, Celtics Late Night Show OR CLNS Radio, remains Calvin's I hate the Celtics. Still posting on NSS back then, this column created an amazing
buzz outrage among Celtics fans and bloggers. The flood of comments on the column were quite amusing. Unfortunately, the comments on the original piece did not make the (two) migrations since is was composed. However, after reading the column, you can imagine how enraged the readers were.
I loved it, and at the moment, I knew Calvin was the right choice for our first addition to the NSS writing staff.
He's remained with me ever since and I am fortunate. Calvin has made the jump from North Station Sports to NBA Primetime to Celtics Late Night Show dot com, to his current home at CLNS. Additionally, Calvin is now working with me on a new project. This time, writing about pop-culture, film, music, TV, etc on Beats & Eats. He is now one of our most popular on-air personalities for the Celtics Post Game Show and actually very much respected by Celtics-Nation, an community that wanted him exiled back in 2009.
People often ask me, what does CLNS stand for? I usually respond, do you know what ESPN stands for?
Truth is, the casual CLNS reader/listener has no clue that CLNS is an acronym for 'Celtics Late Night Show'. The podcast that started it all was the Celtics Late Night Show, a broadcast that originally aired on Sunday night's at 11 pm, EST-- thus the 'Late' was placed in the name of the podcast. Just 8 episodes into the new, struggling podcast, we had featured such notable blogger as Howard the Duck, John Karalis of Red's Army, Jon Duke of Celtics Stuff Live and Jeff Clark of CelticsBlog. Our callers and chat-room attendees were the most ravenous of Celtics fans, such as KWAPT, Mike Robbo, Nate from Australia, Sana Beans and Thirsty Boots. What was to occur in our 8th episode, a post-game show for a Celtics - Hawks game, would forever change the Celtics Late Night Show and CLNS Radio.
Scotty's first-ever appearance on the Celtics Late Night Show
As you can hear from Scotty's call, when he told us who he was, a brief silence over-took the air-waves. My former co-hosts, Brandon Paul (B-Paul) and Travis Hilden were clicking away at the key-board in the host chat-room. We couldn't believe that the star of Return to the Rafters was on our show! Scotty quickly took over the show for the first of many rants on CLNS. His inaugural rant during this post game show lasted around 15 minutes and was epic.
We realized then that Scotty had the potential to be a major part of our new show, however, being brand new to podcasting, Brandon, Travis nor myself knew how to control the guy, how to reel him in. What did we do? We made him part of the team.
Offering Scotty a 5 minute, pre-recorded segment on every Celtics Late Night Show, the Scottish Torture Chamber* was born and Munger became a regular contributor.
That's the story of how both of these guys, from polar opposites of the NBA fan world, became "co-workers" on CLNS Radio. Over the years, the heated battles continued, got more heated (and funny) and yet, the two guys have gained a respect for one-another.
The 2013-14 Boston Celtics season has been full of frustrations, losing and a split fanbase, Our listeners (and hosts) have found themselves bored of losing and relegated to the same debates night in and night out. I think Celtics-Nation has had their fill of Jeff Green debates, Rajon Rondo trade rumors, Brad Stevens grading and the whole 'tank' strategy is completely worn out.
Matt Rury, Producer of the Celtics Post Game Show, had a brilliant idea to shake things up on Saturday night. He purposely scheduled Munger and Chamberlain to host one of the final post game shows of the season. The show was actually better than the Celtics - Pistons game - no shock there. The call-lines were ablaze with familiar callers and new callers, giving their opinion on either side of the many arguments that took place during the 90-minute, must-listen, broadcast.
If you missed Saturday's show, here it is again. Enjoy the ranting - it's well worth the listen.
* To see/hear the Scottish Torture Chamber, you must text "CLNSFans" to 22828 and we'll email you the private YouTube video - it's worth it!
Monday night's Boston Celtics game was amazing. Yes, you read that correctly, I said the loss was amazing. Before you accuse me of being an advocate of tanking, let me explain why losing to the Chicago Bulls (80-94) for the 2nd straight night qualifies as "amazing."
That simple. Rondo treated Celtics Nation to a much needed respite from frustration, agony, draft-speculation, Jeff Green bashing, tank-talking, Avery Bradley's contract and Coach Brad Stevens' performance review. Not to mention, Celtics' fans had a very rare glimpse into the mind of the perplexing Rajon Rondo.
In a much anticipated broadcasting debut (and a brilliant marketing ploy by CSNNE), Rajon Rondo sat along side the legendary Mike Gorman for not 1, but 2 full quarters! It was debatable whether Rondo would ever relinquish his mic to Cedric Maxwell for the remainder of the broadcast.
In the meantime, Twitter was ablaze with reactions, criticisms and high-praise for the captain's work, filling in for Tom Heinsohn. Here are some reactions from Boston bloggers, media, beat reporters, locker room crews and over-all great basketball minds. In addition to checking out the reactions to Rondo around Twitter, consider below a list of "must-follows" in Celtics-Nation. By clicking on their Tweets below, you will be linked to their websites (where applicable) and/or their Twitter feeds. As a bit of public service, I've also compiled a list below that will provide direct links to everyone's Twitter handles; like I said, these people are a must-follow!
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Mike Gorman - Celtics TV Voice
Sean Grande - Celtics Radio Voice
Jared Weiss - CLNS Radio Locker Room Reporter | Host - Garden Report
Igor Mitic - Celtics Talk Radio
Christopher Vincent - Celtics Super Fan
Brian Robb - Celtics Hub Editor
CSNNE - CSN Official twitter Handle
Jimmy Toscano - CSNNE | Co-Host Garden Report
John Karalis - Red's Army
Chuck M. - Red's Army
KWAPT - Red's Army
Jay King - Mass Live
Hardwood Houdini - Fansided Celtics' Blog
Causeway Street - Celtics Blog
Nesha - Celtics Super Fan
Gary Dzen - Boston Globe
Evans Clinchey - CelticsBlog Locker Room Reporter | Co-Host Garden Report
Gethin Coolbaugh - Editor Boston Sports Today
CelticsLife - Celtics Blog
Adam Lowenstein - CLNS Celtics Post Game Show | Celtics-Nation | Celtics Hub
Nick Gelso - Founder | Co-Owner CLNS Radio
This is in no-way to be considered a definitive list of Celtics fans, bloggers or media. If you'd like to be included in posts similar to this, follow CLNS Radio on Twitter.