Interview - Chris Yandek

Interview: Chris Yandek, Wrestling and Sports Journalist & Broadcaster:
12th July 2004

Greg Tingle once again interview's Chris Yandek, acclaimed wrestling and sports journalist.

You have made so much progress in the media and entertainment world, especially in the past few years...what's you "secret"?

"I just do my research. There are so many different publications out there. The NFL media world is very friendly. Everything is a political, but you don't have to do a lot of thinking."

How did you secure the "Sports Interview" gigs?

"I work on my own with my own outlets and You know the newspapers, magazines, and big Internet outlets I have wrote for. I recently parted ways with with other big journalists Dave Scherer, Buck Woodward, Jess Magrath, and Mike Johnson. We all left for different reasons. The biggest website online today now is

What do you consider to be the highlights of your career?

"Interviewing Steve Austin, Classy Freddie Blassie's last interview, interviewing the various NFL personalities, which you can find at There are other interviews."

Who are your top 5 wrestling legend picks?

"Lou Thesz, Ric Flair, Classy Freddie Blassie, Ricky Steamboat, and Jake Roberts. Not all in that order."

How do you stay motivated?

"Knowing there is always a million stories to cover. I am very spiritual and loving as well. You always have to have something to look forward to."

How do you create your own breaks and opportunities?

"There out there for everyone. Just not enough motivated and appreciative people."

Describe a typical day for you?

"Wake up, get on the computer, check my emails for upcoming interviews, eat lunch, catch up on the latest news, make my daily phone calls, talk to my closest friends, and a lot of other things within my life."

What mainstream press coverage have you received?

We have touched this before. Interviews on various radio programs. I also did an interview for a girl for her school project. My interviews I have been featured on radio programs, in magazines, newspapers, and online all over the web of course."

How does the Internet continue to assist you?

"Gives me my true fan base and huge audience. It's been a wonderful thing."

Who would you like to interview, but haven't...yet?

"If I told you that than someone else might beat me to it."

What is the biggest misconception about you?

"That I am just a professional wrestling journalist. I haven't done much in the last 6 months or so besides my weekly radio program where I am doing interviews weekly."

Biggest misconception about professional wrestling?

"Most of those misconceptions are true. The business is in a down point right now. Not what it once was. That is why I have a new career in the NFL media world. The website to check out all that stuff is"

When do you know that you are making real progress?

"The feedback from people in the media world. An author who has written a few of the WWE books is a good friend of mine and just feels I am one of the best today. Every interview is making progress though.

What do you do to relax?

"Every day usually working at home (laughs). Miami, Florida is a beautiful place. I have more then enough time to relax."

What are some of the best perks of your career?

"A resume for a future job. I will be starting college this fall and going after my Journalism/Mass Communications degree."

What are a few of your current projects...or, at least a few hints?

"More NFL media interviews on Also possibly working on a wrestling legend and more interviews possibly from a notable name and friend of mine."

What is the best advise you ever received?

"More compliments then anything. I guess not to get discouraged by older people when I am so optimistic."

Who have been the most supportive of your career?

"Lots of support all around. No worries about support."

How do you promote yourself?

"I have a press release mailing list I send out to each outlet when I do an interview. Also my websites and do enough promoting."

What are the biggest challenges that you have overcome?

"There is always a challenge."

To you, what is success?

"Being a successful, influential, and role model in sports journalism. Dream would be to be a TV interviewer and of course have the love of your life."

What do you like about Australia and Australian sport?

"Australia is a nice country. Not much more I can say than that (laughs).


Editors note: Chris is moving ahead in leaps and bounds. He's going to the top of the business.


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Chris Yandek is a Writer for the St. Petersburg Times Online Wrestling Section at, and you can find his interviews in the monthly old school newsletter Wrestling Then & Now, and also writes for Koco Sports an all around Sports Publication check out their website at

Chris Yandek is the host of his own world wide radio show New Era of Wrestling on the Pal Talk Radio Network every Friday from 8:00pm to 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time. Check out for more information.

He has Interviewed Pro Wrestling Personalities Including: Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, The Hardy Boyz, Chris Jericho, Jake The Snake Roberts, Bruno Sammartino, Macho Man Randy Savage, Sid Vicious, Jimmy Snuka, Jim Harris better known as the man who played Kamala, (Host of the ABC Contact TV Special with Bret Hart) George Anderson , Roddy Piper, The American Dream Dusty Rhodes, Rey Mysterio Jr., Japan's Foreign Wrestling Legend Stan Hansen, Mean Gene Okerlund, The last surviving member of the Von Erich family Kevin Von Erich, WWE Superstars and Divas Trish Stratus, Molly Holly, and Jacqueline, as well as WWE Hall of Famers Classy Freddie Blassie and The Fabulous Moolah.

He has also interviewed sports personalities including 1998 Olympic Figure Skating Gold Medalist Tara Lipinski and various NFL Players, including Emmitt Smith. Check out his Sports Interview website at

He also represents The Stro formerly of WCW as his Publicist. Check out The Stro's official site at

He was also a segment producer for the discontinued Tampa Bay, FL's Pro Wrestling Weekly radio show with Shannon Rose and former WCW and WWF star Barry Horowitz. Check out the news web site of the radio show at

Check out his official site for all his Interviews, Audio and Transcript.