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Episode 44 – Blockbuster Trade Sends Davis to Lakers, Woodland Spoils Koepka's Threepeat Bid, & 18 Years Later: The Lasting Effects of 9/11 with First Responder Rob Serra


Mitch & J-Ham tee off today’s episode with reaction to the U.S. Open which featured a first-time major winner, a near-three peat, and some frowned-upon behavior by some of golf’s biggest names. With three down and one to go, the guys update you on the standings of the Mitch Unfiltered Majors Challenge. Guests include 9/11 first responder Rob Serra, ESPN NBA writer Kevin Pelton, & author Anya Kamenetz. Later, they dive into the Anthony Davis trade & how the Lakers fit into the list of contenders next season. Also, the guys pull out their crystal ball to predict how Golden State management will handle the contracts of their two injured stars. Finally, Jason D. makes an announcement that will shake things up on Mitch Unfiltered.


Rob Serra | 9/11 first responder & advocate for the Victim Compensation Fund

Kevin Pelton | Seattle-based NBA writer for ESPN 

Anya Kamenetz | Author of The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life


7:07 | How did Movie Mogul Max’s mitigation letter for “the rolling stop” turn out?

15:40 | Episode 44 – let’s name it!

18:28 | Gary Woodland keeps his composure down the stretch to fend off Brooks Koepka who played with what looked like a wad of tobacco in his mouth in the 119th U.S. Open. 

25:36 | Golfers behaving badly: Patrick Reed releases inner Bo Jackson after errant shot and Spieth lashes out at caddy.

31:45 | Update on the Mitch Unfiltered Majors Challenge.

36:26 | Jon Stewart blasts Congress for not extending the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

45:10 | 9/11 first responder Rob Serra shares his heroic story at Ground Zero and the lifechanging impact it has had nearly two decades later.

1:00:54 | ESPN’s Kevin Pelton weighs in on the trade sending Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Ball, Ingram, Hart, and the number four pick in the draft. Will it pay off for LA? 

1:14:49 | Author Anya Kamenetz discusses parenting strategies in the digital age outlined in her book The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life.

1:26:20 | The Unibrow & King James unite in Lala-land – are they instant title favorites next season?

1:30:25 | The Warriors front office has a major dilemma on their hands…what’s next for KD & Klay? 

1:32:28 | J-Ham makes an announcement that will impact Mitch Unfiltered moving forward.

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Episode 43 – Courtside Shenanigans in Golden State, Interviews with Local Baseball Stars Embarking on Big League Journey, & Last Call on Daniel's Broiler Dinner This Wednesday!


Mitch is joined by an old pal for Episode 43, former board operator “Hot Shot Scott” Scott Soden. The guys hash out how they originally met and the landscape around the studio when they first got started in radio. Then, they discuss the powerful interview in Episode 42 with Steven Elliott author of War Story and the challenges our American heroes face when returning from duty. The guys chat about the front row fiascos involving Beyoncé and Nicole Curran & Kyle Lowry & Mark Stevens during the NBA Finals. Then, Mitch is joined by Mariners draftee Austin Shenton, Phil Barber from The Press Democrat in the Bay Area, and MLB 1st rounder from Lakeside HS Corbin Carroll. Finally, Mitch makes his U.S. Open pick and the guys close out by recalling some of the notable (and mostly uncomfortable) moments during the early days of the radio show!


Austin Shenton | Mariners 5th round draft pick & Bellingham native

Phil Barber | Sports columnist for The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa)

Corbin Carroll | D’Backs 1st round pick from Lakeside High School


0:04 | Wait a sec, you’re not J-Ham, but you look very familiar sitting over there in the co-host chair for Episode 43!

14:35 | Reaction to the interview with Steven Elliott in Episode 42 which describes the battle many soldiers face when returning home from battle.

31:03 | Reminders to get in your picks for the Unfiltered Majors Challenge & to sign up for the Evening at Daniel’s Broiler this Wednesday at!

33:03 | An exchange with a polite (and funny!) older gentlemen at The Issaquah Café got Mitch thinking about the massive shift in the way people communicate in modern society.

37:34 | Naming of the show (whether you like it or not!)  

40:17 | Beyoncé dishes out a mean stink-eye to Warriors owner’s wife Nicole Curran and it was all caught on camera.

44:51 | Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens can’t keep his hands to himself when Kyle Lowry crashes into the first row and pays the piper for it.

54:14 | New Mariner Austin Shenton shares his inspiring story from humble roots in Bellingham to playing college ball in Florida then drafted by his favorite team as a kid.

1:16:20 | Longtime columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat Phil Barber weighs in on the push by Mark Stevens on Kyle Lowry. Was the punishment dealt by the league appropriate?

1:39:44 | MLB 1st round pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks from Lakeside High School Corbin Carroll talks about his baseball journey thus far and what lies ahead in his quest to the big leagues.

1:55:48 | Who does Mitch select to win the U.S. Open which begins this Thursday at Pebble Beach? 

1:57:33 | Mitch tells a classic story back in the early radio days about the angriest he ever saw Mike Gastineau.

2:04:13 | Hot Shot Scott just had to bring up the “Sean McDonough” incident which ranks high on the all-time awkward list.

2:10:58 | The guys recall an interview many years ago with Robert Shapiro that had a lasting impact and made Mitch’s Father proud.

2:13:14 | Scott shares a story about the horrendous interview he had with Leigh Steinberg which clearly demonstrated the agent’s lack of broadcasting acumen.

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Episode 42 – Tub of Goo Wins Heavyweight Crown, McDowell Vents Spleen on Twitter, & an American Hero Steps Out of Darkness


Episode “Jackie Robinson” begins with J-Ham explaining how his weekend plans were derailed. Mitch had quite an eventful Saturday of his own involving a former Sonics star. The guys react to game two of the NBA Finals including President Obama’s sleek outfit of choice in the arena. Then, they revisit the continued Malik McDowell lawsuit and his recent Twitter tirade. The guys get a hearty laugh about the stunning heavyweight boxing victory by Andy Ruiz who probably can’t even put on the championship belt. Later, Mitch is joined by Steven Elliott who talks about his heroic and tragic autobiographical account War Story. Gerald McCoy’s prospects of landing in Seattle have dissolved, is this a big miss by the Hawks front office? The lowly Mariners made a trade over the weekend and it doesn’t move anyone’s needle although two baseball statistics may raise your eyebrows.


Steven Elliott – Former Army Ranger & author of War Story which chronicles the friendly fire which killed Pat Tillman he claims responsibility for.


6:52 Mitch’s round of golf with a Sonics legend takes a nosedive down the stretch.

21:10 | Warriors take game 2 in Toronto in front of a leather-jacket clad Barack Obama.

23:00 Malik McDowell lashes out on Twitter as the lawsuit by the Hawks to recoup his bonus drags on. 

26:42 Hank Haney’s crass prediction came to fruition at the LPGA U.S. Open.

29:30 | Mitch unveils his nominees for Athletes of the Week – UCLA’s ace, a sneaky wide receiver, and a tubby boxer.

41:24 | Retired Army Ranger Steven Elliott known for the source of friendly fire that took the life of Pat Tillman discusses his latest book War Story that describes the repercussions of his life-changing incident.

1:17:23 | Reminder that the Mitch Unfiltered Evening at Daniel’s Broiler is coming up and details about golfing with Mitch to raise funds for the YMCA…a win-win!

1:20:55 | The Seahawks are no longer in the Gerald McCoy sweepstakes, big deal or not?

1:23:32 | Why is ESPN so fixated on adding Peyton to the Monday Night Football booth?

1:26:17 Jay Bruce heading to Philly and nobody gives a damn.

1:28:56 Mitch spills the beans about how his round of golf with Jack Sikma ended on Saturday.


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Episode 41 – Remembering Pat Tillman, Gerald McCoy in Free Agent Limbo, & Can Kawhi Conquer?


The guys celebrate National Hamburger Day (yes, it exists. Google it!) with story time relating to both “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” following their recent revival episode. Then, they discuss the continued delay of Gerald McCoy’s next NFL landing spot and if the Hawks are still in the mix. Later, they launch into some hoops talk to preview the NBA Finals matchup and the potential outcomes that could take place depending on who wins. The coveted “athlete of the week” award is handed out and it’s a real slap in the face to Tom Gillis who is the honorable mention. Mitch & Jason close the show with some additional points on the Jaden McDaniels commitment to UW last week and the shocking decision made by a top national recruit in RJ Hampton.


Steve Phillips – Former Mets GM and current MLB analyst

Darren Urban – Longtime reporter for the Arizona Cardinals

Greg Auman – Tampa Bay Bucs writer for The Athletic 


0:12 Happy National Hamburger Day!

11:35 The lowdown on the new Mitch merch – see what’s new at!

14:11 All in the Family/The Jefferson’s had a revival show which spurs two childhood memories Mitch had pertaining to actors from both shows. Jason is in disbelief!

23:01 Gerald McCoy is still available…yay or nay for the Hawks?

25:40 NBA Finals are set and the guys make their picks.

31:07 Mitch hands out his “athlete of the week” and honorable mention awards.

37:57 Steve Phillips shares his thoughts on Bill Buckner’s life and legacy and weighs in on the worst nightmare of NL pitchers so far this season: Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich.

Darren Urban who has covered the Cardinals for two decades reflects on the heroism of Pat Tillman and provides some inspiring anecdotes prior to his tragic death.

| Tampa Bay Bucs writer Greg Auman stops by to give the latest on Gerald McCoy and where he may ultimately land.

1:19:45 The repercussions of Jaden McDaniels staying home and where the UW basketball program is headed are promising.

1:27:50 Top recruit RJ Hampton is skipping college hoops to play “down under”. Is this a one-off or a message about the outlook of the modern young basketball player?

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Episode 40 – Reign Man Rejected, Movie Mogul Max, Bravo Brooks & Mitch Does Marv For Marv

Mitch & Jason are all over the map in Episode 40. From Brooks Koepka to Jockey-less horses. From Dairy Queen in Munday Texas to Lil Penny in Memphis. From Gale Sayers and Shawn Kemp to Marv Albert and Lady Gaga.  

Table of Contents

0:0:00  Mitch’s picks absolutely suck

0:03:35  Mitch’s family runs into Brooks Koepka

00:08:10  Ben Wright is a late scratch because…

00:12:38  Mitch cold calls DAIRY QUEEN in Munday, Texas                                   (LJ Colllier’s tiny hometown)

00:19:20  Gale Sayers or Shawn Kemp #40

00:26:10  J-Ham thinks Patron Shows are better

00:28:00  Mitch is MYSTIFIED about Brooks Koepka’s PGA Tour record

00:35:20  Mitch’s Athlete of the Weeks is jockey-less Bodexpress

00:37:24  Golden State better without KD???

00:41:40  Patrick Peterson (suspended) should get his money back

00:46:50  GUEST: Kent Somers (Columnist Arizona Republic) on suspension of all-pro Patrick Peterson

00:56:15  GUEST: Mark Gionnotto (Columnist Memphis Commercial Appeal) on the Penny Hardaway’s phenomenal recruiting

1:12:00  GUEST: Movie Mogul Max reviews 2 new films, the NBA Draft Lottery and awkwardly watches R rated movie with his mom

1:32:10  Why doesn’t Mitch talk more about the Mariners?

1:37:30  Mitch confesses that he loves Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper song & J-Ham and listeners follow suit

1:45:20  J-Ham asks his wife if Josh Groban song is cheesy

1:50:15  Mitch tells story of doing Marv Albert impression for Marv Albert himself

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Episode 39 – Pete Plucks a Pair of Pass Rushers, C.J. and Kawhi Shine in Game 7, & Make Your Pick to Win the PGA Championship in the Mitch Unfiltered Majors Challenge


Today’s show leads off with a tribute to Mom on this Mother’s Day. The guys then try to make sense of some recurring Mitch Unfiltered technical issues to the best of their ability. Mitch & J-Ham name the show and address the big news from the VMAC this week – is the door fully closed on Baldwin’s football career? Interview focal points include Seahawks recent defensive line acquisitions and potential impact rookies. Also, an NBA conference finals sneak peek and draft overview. Later, they look into their crystal ball to predict the likely next stage of Jaylen Nowell & Matisse Thybulle’s hoops careers and they can’t end the show without mentioning the high school sprinter sensation from Texas all over Twitter.


  • Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press
    • Will Ansah be healthy by the start of the season?
    • Expectations of Ziggy at this stage of his career
  • Brady Henderson – ESPN Seahawks Reporter
    • Player profile of new acquisition Al Woods
    • Chances of Baldwin returning to the league 
    • Schneider & Carroll are capable of going on a shopping spree given the current cap situation – will they?
    • Mini-camp wrap up – rookies that turned heads
  • Kevin Pelton – ESPN NBA Writer
    • Conference Finals preview
    • Top free agents in the offseason – who are they and where are they likely to go?
    • NBA Draft overview including projections for local prospects Thybulle & Nowell
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Episode 38 – NFL Round-Up with Peter King, Life in the Mysterious Transfer Portal, & Blazers Win Marathon Game 3

The guys are back and they run the gamut of topics in Episode 38 including a silly story about a well-known number thirty-eight around these parts. J-Ham relives his tale in the transfer portal with the topic fresh in everyone’s minds about the UW quarterbacks who entered earlier in the week, they take care of some Mitch Unfiltered “bitness”, and the episode is named. Also, Mitch recaps his weekend in Portland where he and his sons attended the quadruple overtime thriller in Moda Center, they weigh in on the controversial finish at The Kentucky Derby, and some initial thoughts about the opening days of Seahawks rookie mini camp.

Guests included in this episode:

  • Peter King | NFL writer for NBC Sports 
  • Corey Brock | Seattle-based MLB writer for The Athletic
  • Lauren Kirschman | Washington Huskies beat writer for The News Tribune



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Episode 37 – NFL Draft is in the Books, Doug Might Be Hanging it Up, & NBA Conference Semis Have Arrived

The guys kick off NFL Draft heavy episode Shaun Alexander with some hot pop-socket talk. Then, they remind the listeners about The Unfiltered U.S. Open Evening at Daniel’s Broiler event in Bellevue on June 12th. Later, Mitch and Jason discuss the rumors of Doug Baldwin’s potential retirement and if the new crop of Hawk wideouts can provide sufficient targets for the offense. Finally, they get you caught up on the NBA postseason.

Episode 37 Guests Include:

Andy Benoit | Sports Illustrated for an NFL Draft Review

Drew Davison | Fort Worth Star-Telegram on LJ Collier

Kurt Kragthorpe | The Salt Lake Tribune on Marquise Blair & Cody Barton

Nathanael Gabler | The Oxford Eagle on D.K. Metcalf

Michael Shawn-Dugar | The Athletic on the Seahawks draft class


16:10 – Name the Episode

20:37 – Doug Baldwin’s Career May Be Over

27:45 – First blush of the 2019 Seahawks draft class

38:15 – The 2019 NFL Draft in a nutshell

57:15 – Can Collier Pick up the Slack of Clarks Departure?

1:06:03 – A pair of Utes are headed to Seattle

1:16:40 – Why did D.K. Metcalf fall so far in the draft?

1:23:35 – Who from the Hawks draft class can make an immediate impact?

1:44:22 – Update on the NBA playoffs



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Episode 36 – NFL Draft Week is Here, Burr-Kirven & Gaskin Drop By, & Russell Gets Paid

Mitch kicks off the show by recounting the quirky stories behind some items he found in his attic recently to J-Ham’s amusement. Then, they look into their crystal ball to surmise what the Hawks will do in the draft this week. In the final segment, the guys answer your tweets.

Guests include:

  • Brady Henderson – Seahawks reporter for ESPN
  • Dane Brugler – NFL Draft writer for The Athletic
  • Ben Burr-Kirven – former UW linebacker
  • Myles Gaskin – former UW running back

8:45 – The “Sean Chabot” Story

11:10 – Jason reads the letter Mitch’s father wrote when Mitch participated in the Marv Albert impersonation contest

18:25 – Name the episode

38:45 – Has Frank Clark played his last game in Seattle?

46:04 – Biggest position group needs for the Hawks in the draft

56:23 – Top storylines heading into the NFL Draft

1:15:23 – Ben Burr-Kirven reacts to the post-combine critics

1:29:45 – Myles Gaskin shares his favorite run from his prolific career at Montlake

1:34:35 – Did Schneider make the right choice by extending Russell’s contract?

1:39:25 – The current Jeopardy champ is unbelievable

1:46:43 – Mitch & J-Ham answer listener tweets

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Episode 35 – Tiger Prevails at Augusta, Virginia Cuts Down the Nets, & Russell's Deadline Has Arrived

Mitch and J-Ham are back for Episode 35 and have lots to catch up on including Tiger’s stunning Master’s victory which Ben Wright also weighs in on later in the show. Also, they recap the storybook finish for Tony Bennett and Virginia capping of a NCAA tourney win following their dramatic loss a year ago. Finally, Russell’s contract deadline he voiced to the Hawks has arrived and a deal has not been done.

Also on the show

-Contest updates for “Unfiltered Madness” & “The Mitch Unfiltered Major Challenge”

-Of the possible 35s to name the show after, there is a clear favorite who happens to have Seattle ties…

-The great Ben Wright puts into perspective how high Tiger’s win at Augusta ranks in the all-time greatest moments in PGA history.

-Recently announced inductee to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Sonics legend Jack Sikma talks about the honor and also shares the story of the first time he met Mitch.