January 31, 2020
10News anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, welcome a bevy of guests to their booth on Radio Row in Miami. NFL Network and former wide receiver Andrew Hawkins joins the pod to chat about his love of Tampa (6:25) and learning the Patriot Way. Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick stops by to chat about his time with the Buccaneers, stealing DeSean Jackson's outfit and taking in his first Gasparilla (17:36). Former FSU star and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes visited with Ryan to explain what makes Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston special and why he's scared of the pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium (23:28). Tampa Bay Sports Commission COO Claire Lessinger (29:30) and LaKendria Robinson, the Director of Business Connect and Community Outreach for the Super Bowl 55 Host Committee, also give their unique perspectives on the work being done leading up to 2021.
January 30, 2020
10News anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee discuss their viral moment from Radio Row in Miami (1:50). NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks joins the podcast to discuss his experience in Miami so far and why he was touched by John Lynch's Super Bowl invitation (10:45). XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck also stops by to give his thoughts on why Tampa is one of the best host cities in the nation (27:00) and Visit Tampa Bay CEO Santiago Corrada joins the guys to explain how far Tampa Bay has come since the last Super Bowl in 2009 (30:00). Rob and Ryan also highlight the Super Bowl security effort, as Assistant Chief of Police for the Tampa Police Department Reuben Delgado (38:00) and former Chief of Police and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor (43:30) join the podcast to give their insight into safety measures for the Big Game.
January 29, 2020
10News anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee continue their coverage from Radio Row in Miami. Rob mocks Ryan's dance moves (0:40), Tampa Bay Times/NFL writer Rick Stroud joins the podcast to reflect on his favorite Super Bowl memories (2:30). Ryan and Rob also recap the scene at media party (10:30) and Rob gives his review of the broadcast set ups on South Beach (13:00). WWE Superstar Big Show also joined the guys to look ahead to Wrestlemania 2020 in Tampa in April (19:50) and explain his connection to The Special Olympics. Rob explains the importance of brand activation nationally and locally, as Mel Bower from Shriners Hospitals for Children stops by to explain their involvement with Super Bowl LV (31:50).
January 28, 2020
10News anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee host from Radio Row in Miami, the site of Super Bowl 54! Ryan and Rob open up with their thoughts on Kobe Bryant's passing and the legacy he leaves behind (5:30). Former Buccaneer great John Lynch joins the podcast (15:10) to tell a fun story about Derrick Brooks and offer up his perspective of what it would be like to lead the San Francisco 49ers to next year's Super Bowl in Tampa. The guys also give their takeaways from Opening Night at Marlins Park (17:35) and are joined by Kansas City Chiefs players Austin Reiter (USF) and Byron Pringle (Robinson High) to talk about their Tampa Bay ties (24:00). Matt Shapiro, the NFL VP of Event Strategy and Integration (31:00) and Jason Gibson, Dir. of Event Services at Amalie Arena (40:00), also join the podcast to discuss their roles in bringing the Super Bowl to Tampa Bay in 2021!
January 24, 2020
10News anchor Ryan Bass and Rob Higgins, president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, detail how Super Bowl 55 landed in Tampa on such short notice (6:00), explain the unique bid process and Rob’s “pants off” pitch for an event in 2008 (13:00) and welcome Hall of Famer and host committee co-chair Derrick Brooks (20:00) as well as Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer (32:00) to the podcast to give their perspectives on the big game coming to town! Ryan and Rob also give a preview of what’s to come in Miami, as the podcast heads to radio row for Super Bowl 54.
January 18, 2020
Super Bowl LV is coming to Tampa Bay in 2021! That may seem like the distant future, but the prep is already underway. Long before the teams score at Raymond James Stadium, thousands of hours of work goes into the making of the big game and the amazing spectacle that accompanies it! Tampa Bay 55, a new podcast, is YOUR exclusive all-access pass, behind-the-scenes with the deal makers, hand shakers, celebrities and athletes.
Listeners will go inside the planning meetings and hear firsthand from the people responsible for ensuring every detail is perfect. Our microphones will record the 55 weeks leading up to Super Bowl 55. They’ll be capturing not only what's being done for NFL fans -- but how organizers are giving back and making sure the spirit of Tampa Bay is showcased on the global stage. You’ll learn about that and other exclusive details right here on Tampa Bay 55!
The podcast is hosted by Ryan Bass, anchor at 10News WTSP -- the CBS affiliated television station in the Tampa Bay area and Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and president/CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee. They will be joined by special guests weekly as we countdown to the main event in the heart of Florida’s gorgeous west coast!
New episodes will be released weekly. Super Bowl LV will be broadcast nationally on CBS.