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Jerimiah Spicer; Persistence & Drive

Truly a treat to have Jerimiah Spicer in studio at the Dash Radio HQ’s on April 30th.

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Incredible to share this inspiring young man’s story filled with sheer inspiration and hope, one whom against all odds, continues to push through whatever life throws at him.

From homeless on skid row as a child to numerous foster and  group homes, eight high schools despite it all he managed to get to college and play football.  Throughout the foster and group homes he struggled with many trying scenarios such as, no food after practice as the kitchen was closed. With continued drive and a never giving up mentality in 2018 he earned a spot with the Cape Fear Heroes of the American Arena League.

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With more persistence he received invitations to a few NFL Pro Days, but one really resonated for him, specifically with Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn and after pursuing him on LinkedIn , Lynn replied.  His support and word have meant the world to Jerimiah.

I met Jerimiah at the Chargers Local Pro Day at the Hoag Performance Center, but realized after we started speaking that he had been following me on Instagram and we had exchanged DMs.  Also, Denzel Perryman shared much support on the same day, pictured above.

He possesses a tenacity and persistence with a never give up, his story will continue.No surprise Jerimiah in Hebrew means May God Uplift.

Enjoy the inspiration that this amazing human brings.

Jermiah’s sister Miracle also came in studio and shares some of her own incredible miraculous story as well as their separation and reuniting.

Also on the episode a quick hits and a recap of LA Chargers Draft 2019 as he came in studio a few days after.

The Desiree Show broadcasts at Dash Radio in Hollywood and airs on Wednesday’s 4-5 PM PST and Friday’s 7-8 AM PST.

Best is to follow her on Instagram @Desiree_Astorga and @TheDesireeSHOW for BTS, upcoming guest, Chargers practices, locker and media room, plus all kinds of events.

 

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Brandon Mebane shares heartbreak at Chargers

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Heartbreaking news today at Chargers HQ’s as Brandon Mebane disclosed the loss of their daughter. No words seem to be appropriate or enough to give to someone who has lost a child.

As a journalist or reporter it is my job to report what’s going on however as a person who loves people and honors their privacy during difficult times it’s a challenging one to navigate, as it was today at the Chargers.

In the presser Coach Lynn was asked about the status of Mebane for Sunday vs. Patriots, he said he’s working today and expecting him to play, unless something happens.

I saw Brandon in the locker room I stopped to shake his hand, believing that it was a good sign to see him, and say that my prayers are still with him and his family. I had no idea that his daughter had passed last Thursday, no one did at this point.

As things proceeded in the locker room, as they do with different media interviewing different players, Brandon’s locker became swamped with five times the amount of media for practice than normal, he was surrounded, too many to try and get close. This is when he disclosed the heartbreaking news that his 7-week old daughter Makenna, died Thursday.

“I’m still thankful, and I thank God every day,” Mebane said. “I still pray. We’re taking it one day at a time.”

I had honored his privacy today, I just welcomed him back and shared my continued prayers being a very sensitive and personal manner with his family, and what they have endured the last 7 weeks with his infant daughter in the hospital, but he did share his heartbreak.

 

I wanted to kick myself in some regards and in another regards I’m grateful I didn’t ask more, however would that have been better for him, to hear, that I wanted to ask how his daughter was doing?

My prayers, thoughts and healing love continue to be with Brandon, his wife Amena, and their two children, Mahailey and Makai during this heartbreaking and devastating time.

Eric D Williams broke the story and has had a long friendship with Brandon since his time in Seattle, so I will share his link here.

ITL: Wildcard Sunday Chargers head to Ravens

ICYMI January 3, 2019 episode ( LAC vs BAL week)

Inside The Locker Room with Desiree always raw and unedited with ambient noise.

Wildcard week, Chargers head to Baltimore to face the Ravens for the second time in 3 weeks. I spoke with Mike Williams and Russell Okung on the match up, the advantages and the similarities with other championship teams these two have been apart of.

After Eric D Williams, ESPN beat writer for the Chargers and I spoke on the match up, again more advantages vs a team twice especially on a quick turn around and Eric even tossed in his predictions.

Up now on Itunes and Soundcloud.

Enjoy Wildcard Weekend!

And as always thank you to the Chargers PR for the opportunity and to you all for your support.

The Desiree SHOW airs on Wednedsay’s 4-5 PM PST on Dash Radio, this is a special episode during the Playoffs.

Make Sure to follow both @desiree_Astorga @TheDesireeSHOW on IG for upcoming guest along with not missing the BTS IG stories at the Chargers.

Damion Square, Donnie Jones and Justin Jackson Inside the Locker Room with Desiree




This week was big, an AFC West showdown on prime time in Kansas City for Thursday Night Football vs. The Chiefs.  On the ITL 12-11-18, Inside the Locker Room at the Chargers HQ’s, a special on The Desiree Show. I spoke with Damion Square, Donnie Jones and Justin Jackson.

There is truly something special I have seen in this locker room this season and on the field, this team has a phenomenal unity. It’s tight, there is mutual respect, a fight together and a special something one can’t quite put a figure on, the ingredients of a championship team.

Donnie Jones, Damion Square and Justin Jackson.

I asked Donnie Jones about the specialness of this team, the Super Bowl and BCS Champ told me ” Probably the best locker room I’ve been apart of”

On the similarities of championship teams he has been apart of  three time  BCS Champion, Damion Square simply stated,
“Respect! We respect each other”

Also, some cool background on Justin Jackson’s current and past jerseys.

The ITL is a regular special on the show.

ICYMI on Dash Radio which aired 12-12-18 on the Desiree SHOW for your convenience its up on ITunes and SoundCloud.

The Desiree SHOW airs on Wednesdays on Dash Radio 4- 5 PM PST
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Marc Johnson on The Desiree Show

I welcomed the extraordinary MARC JOHNSON November 13, 2018 to the show or perhaps the Most Interesting Man in the World as I played to introduce him.

Seriously one of the most interesting humans I’ve had the opportunity to get to know!!

From North Carolina to Virginia, back and forth to hopping in a Honda Accord at the age of 16 with 80 dollars in his pocket and heading west to Nor Cal, SF, Santa Cruz onward south to San Diego. Although he left prior to graduating high school, he did home school and received his high school diploma.  He also went on to take classes in college and had hopes to even get a masters in math at Berkley had it not been for the explosion of travel for his skateboarding career.

He comes with a list of accolades ( too many to list) but including

Thrasher Skater of the Year 2007 (SOTY), over 34 video parts, he’s a company owner and all around creative minded authentic individual. One of the most technical and phenomenal skaters ever,

“He’s one of the best skateboarders ever”, Giovanni Reda.

We skimmed or hit on many points including MySpace perils, his first skateboard with a story never heard, where his SOTY award resides and ironically on National Pickle Day ( who knew), which is the key ingredient to his infamous breakfast sandwich.

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Heads up also for Business and Company board release with an ETA of February 2019.

Also, stay tuned to Marc’s return as so much we couldn’t even address, (talks of a mini series on the forecast).

Warm thanks to Jai Tanju, Giovanni Reda, Michael Burnett and Ben Colen for their quotes and time. 

And obviously BIG THANKS to Marc!  Look forward to having him back in studio.

ICYMI its up on the Desiree SHOW Itunes

The Desiree SHOW airs on Dash Radio’s Dash Talk on Wednesdays 4-5 PM PST.

Stay up to date and follow @Desiree_Astorga & @TheDesireeSHOW on coming guests, Chargers ITL Special, Beat the Outsiders (the seasonal weekly NFL pick’em show by skaters) and to watch the stories for BTS from the show.

Bolts & Dawgs

Chargers head to Cleveland to face America’s new favorite sweethearts the stars of HBO’s Hard Knocks, but the Bolts don’t see them as darlings.

If you have football Tourette’s as I do you also watched it, and if your the kind of person or sucker I am you wished they could just get a win, learn or relearn how to. Just like how life sometimes is hard with multiple adversities hit you, you start to expect the shoe to drop, on a personal note I know I have had to shift my thinking to get thru similar hard times.  Human interest or the common rooting for the perpetual underdog, is obsolete in this scenario, the Browns first win this season was the first in 635 days when they beat the Chargers on Christmas Eve 2016.

It’s not a trap game, not for LA.  Although many variables have changed in those days (635) the exclamation point of loosing to the win-less Browns on Christmas Eve is not forgotten and will not be overlooked.

Chargers played their most complete game this season vs. the Raiders last Sunday and are 3-2.  Rank in top offense with yards, both rushing & passing. Phillip Rivers showcasing something special with this team as epitomized Sunday with the celebration TD photo! Quite a rarity! Something cool is brewing with this offense or gelling.

 

Chargers have experience and success with new quarterback’s ( Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and C.J Beathard)  whom also come with little film, they’ve been able to contain, disrupt and pressure them successfully. And vs the run last week the defense contained Marshawn Lynch  to 31 yards, Sunday they will face Carlos Hyde.

The special teams woes addressed with the reuniting of former Eagles teammates, the addition of  Donnie Jones last week however Caleb Sturgis may be out on Sunday and Michael Badgley is on stand by.

The kicking game is one aspect that these two teams have had in common one that both teams have had issues with this season.

The Browns who started the season not with a loss but a tie are at 2-2-1. They have a new king at the helm number one draft pick Baker Mayfield coming in with 3 TDs and 3 INTs whom made his debut in their first win.  Sunday will be his third start, although the hype has been on him, Browns defense led by DC Greg Williams are first in the NFL in takeaways with 15.

The Browns are 2nd in rushing  and their defense 12th allowing 22.9 points a game (reminder they contained Drew Brees and the Saints to 21 points in the 3-point loss). They handed the Ravens their 2nd loss and the Steelers a tie in OT. This team has some grit and probably the most loyal fan base in the NFL, ones whom no matter what the record or the temperatures are at FirstEnergy Stadium. They have a new mascot as well whom showed up at their first win vs. the Jets, a possum, another showed in their win vs. the Ravens.

A few connections

Adrian Phillips played against Baker Mayfield when he was at Texas Tech and Chargers are familiar with Todd Hailey (KC HC 2009-11 and OC Steelers 2012-2017).

 

IMO prediction: Chargers win, no way they go back into Cleveland with this group and not come out with win.

 

 

Michael Gehlken & Alex Corporan on The Desiree SHOW

I welcomed two amazing men on October 2, 2018 for The Desiree Show, which broadcasts on Tuesdays and airs on Wednesdays 4-5 PM PST on Dash Radio.

Michael Gehlken beat reporter for the Raiders for The  Las Vegas Review Journal  and former beat reporter for the San Diego Chargers, a great perspective especially with the LA Chargers hosting the Raiders Sunday.  No better person with a more unique perspective  having covered both teams than Michael.

Also, on the show via New York, the Godfather of skateboarding, the tour guide, a mayor, and the list goes on…… the one and only Alex Corporan. Former pro skateboarder whom helped brand Supreme as we know it today, Skate Night in NY, El Senor among a slew of other brands he has had his hands on. One whom is always giving back to the community and impacting all the lives he touches.  Alex also has a board dropping in December on Raised Fist Propaganda.

 

The King of Lower Manhattan! Part city historian, part black Anthony bordain, full time tour/party/spot guide, full time tastemaker, full time rad dad, full blown NYC skate legend, and all the way New York.

Every out of town skater who’s ever visited New York has learned the ropes from Alex…Thank you Bro!

Chris Pastas

 

You can follow Michael on Twitter also on The Las Vegas Review Journal and Alex on Instagram, Twitter or his Facebook page.

The Desiree SHOW Broadcasts on Wednesday 4-5 PM PST on Dash Radio, Dash Talk.

Make sure to follow her IG & TW @Desiree_Astorga @TheDesireeSHOW on IG and Twitter @TheDesiree_Show

 

ICYMI live on Dash radio, it is up on The Desiree SHOW Itunes and up on SoundCloud.