Summer 2024

NEW PODCAST: Rachel Baribeau, SiriusXM's ESPNU Radio Host

THIS IS EPISODE 41 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

As the south’s sweetheart of sports, Rachel Baribeau has been dubbed an “SEC-ologist” as she has covered the SEC, and college football, for over ten years. In fall of 2015, she was bestowed a Heisman vote by the Heisman Trust. These days can be heard on SiriusXM’s ESPNU Radio. She was the first female host on that platform. She can also be heard on MadDog Sports Radio, in the SiriusXM family of Networks.

Her heartfelt, and captivating storytelling is also featured on http://GridironNow.com.

Outside of her broadcast work, Baribeau may put down the microphone but chooses to pick up a megaphone and rally others for the causes in her community. In April of 2014, she organized a climb up Kilimanjaro for former NFL, and Alabama, fullback Kevin Turner, who suffers from ALS. The climb was later turned into a movie narrated by Mike Ditka. For more information on how to get involved in finding a cure for ALS, or to see the movie, visit KevinTurnerFoundation.org.

Rachel is also an avid speaker at many colleges and churches, sharing her story on “Changing the Narrative.”

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Rachel about her faith in Jesus, her passion for college football, why “changing the narrative” is so near and dear to her heart, and why mentoring young female broadcasters has become a passion of hers.

TIMELINE:

3:55 – Where the desire to serve originated from?

6:00 – Rededicating her life back to Jesus

7:55 – Her desire to go into broadcasting

10:15 – Why the SEC captivates college football fans.

12:10 – The best college football team of all-time

14:45 – The current landscape of women and broadcasting.

17:25 – Why mentoring young female sportscasters is important to her.

22:15 – Changing the Narrative

27:15 – Affecting the lives of others and why it is important to share our story.

32:30 – Why she decided to help bring awareness with ALS through a relationship she had with a former NFL fullback

37:50 – What it is like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

41:20 – What is God teaching her right now?

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FAVORITE QUOTES:

“I believe we are a direct reflection of Jesus Christ.”

“He was the greatest servant of all.”

“You weren’t born for you. You were born to serve others, to leave a legacy on this planet.”

“I am the richest person in the world and no currency could ever count that.”

“What is meant for me is meant for me. It was written in a book way before time. You can’t take away what was meant for me.”

“Every reaction we have is either done from fear or a place of love.”

“Life calls us to get involved when the world and our flesh says to look the other way.”

“He’s teaching me to be still and know that HE is God.”

“Rest. His yoke is easy. Get up underneath is wings and let Him guide me.”


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