“Podcasting is a great outlet to just have conversations and meet people ... I want to have a revolving door of guests. The show isn’t built around me; it’s built around my guests.” CHRIS PLATTE
The voice of “Strictly Hoop Talk” and “Strictly Hip-Hop” podcasts.
I was in second grade when the 2004 Pistons won the championship, and I remember the first game I watched with Chauncey Billups… it’s considered one of the greatest basketball playoffs of all time, and I was addicted from that point on.” Platte’s passion for hip-hop developed later than his love for basketball, but the two don’t rival each other. “In high school, I started to listen to hip-hop deeply,” Platte said. “I found Tupac, I found all of these rappers and just kind of branched out and really got into it … Hiphop taught me that you have to work hard for your respect … Even more than that, hip-hop taught me worldviews that my parents could never teach me. My parents grew up in middle-class America, [so] they could never teach me about the struggles of inner city communities, the things that I can live through when I listen to “Good Kid: M.A.A.D City” by Kendrick Lamar.” A huge part of podcasting for Platte is forming connections, both between his listeners and the guests he welcomes onto his show. “Podcasting is a great outlet to just have conversations and meet people. I’ve gotten connected with so many people through podcasting,” he said. “I’m pretty ambitious when it comes to reaching out to people. I want to have a revolving door of guests. The show isn’t built around me; it’s built around my guests. When I want to work with a person, I reach out to them, and we just kind of brainstorm together. It’s a collaborative effort.” Upcoming podcasts will feature people like Duncan Smith, who writes for “Piston Powered,” one of the top opinion and news sites of the Detroit Pistons. “Strictly Hoop Talk” and “Strictly Hip-Hop” are posted without a schedule; Platte’s focus is on delivering quality content to his listeners on a regular basis. “It’s very fluid and organic, and I think that’s what makes it the best,” he said. “To me, it’s very natural. Podcasts themselves are conversations.” The more classes he takes in MSU’s journalism program, the easier podcasting becomes. “As far as the education, I’ve never been a talented journalist,” Platte said. “I’m learning about journalism 18
OTHER NOTABLE MSU PODCASTS The Liberal Arts Endeavor Comics Podcast Tea With BVP The Undercurrent City Pulse on the Air Victory Lane The Green & White Report and how to apply journalism ethics to the world of broadcasting. Broadcasters are journalists because we have to do research; we have to dig through stories. All those things are essential tools, and they’re things I’m learning at MSU. Also, the MSU brand is very powerful, and something that’s great to connect with and meet people.” Platte’s future plans for the podcasts aren’t set in stone, except he knows he’ll continue to make them, even if they become a side project. “I think that ‘Strictly Hip-Hop’ and ‘Strictly Hoop Talk’ is something I will do ‘til I die,” he said. “It will evolve, I’m sure, because everything has to evolve to stay relevant. I plan on always doing it because podcasting is a thing that you can make a career out of. I want to build my own platform because I want to have my own voice, and quite frankly, I like being my own boss.” If you’re interested in following Chris Platte and the future of his podcasts, check him out on Twitter at @realchrisplatte, and find “Strictly Hoop Talk” and “Strictly Hip-Hop” on iTunes and Podbean. Danielle Schwartz is a senior studying English and professional writing. When she’s not writing or taking pictures of her dog, you can usually find her eating a veggie burger or drinking Irish breakfast tea. Check out her dog pics on Instagram at @danielleeilleen.