Jason Barrett, Founder & Broadcaster, No Holds
Barred Wrestling - 6th June 2003
What's your background and that of No Holds Barred
have worked for over 7 years in the radio broadcasting
business and have followed the wrestling business
for over 25 years. My partner George on the other
hand has been working in the media for a little over
a year and following pro wrestling for about 20-25
years. Together as the hosts of NHB, we strive to
bring attention to the men and women who perform in
the ring and make the sport exciting for those who
watch it. We also attempt week in and week out to
get to the bottom of the top stories that unfold behind
the scenes in the wrestling business.
are your aims and objectives?
goal is to eventually land a syndication deal for
the program so that wrestling fans all over the world
can hear the show. While so many in the wrestling
business try to keep things hidden and quiet, we believe
that the business benefits by having more people talk
about it and learn about it on an every day basis.
and why was your website established?
created the www.noholdsbarredwrestling.com website
4 years ago and the reason for it was to attract interest
from fans throughout the world. We knew we had a lot
of news and interviews that would appeal to many wrestling
fans and the only way to get people to learn about
the information we had was to go on to the web.
do you get your news stories?
develop our stories each week in many different fashions.
As someone who has developed relationships in the
business, we have been fortunate to receive information
from those who work in the business behind the scenes
as well as in the ring. We also follow the internet
closely as their are some sites who do a great job
of breaking detailed news stories. We also develop
our content by following the weekly television programs
of many different wrestling companies as well as by
watching old footage and researching many different
storylines and superstars.
many website visitors do you have?
attracts over 40,000 visitors per month on a consistent
basis plus another 30,000 listen to our interviews
on our partner site www.audiowrestling.com
other wrestling related websites do you deal with?
of course, plus 1wrestling.com, pwtorch.com, prowrestlingdaily.com,
411mania.com, lordsofpain.net and countless others.
If I left anyone off the list it's because the list
is so long and I can't recall the other 100 or so
that work with us. We do however appreciate anyone
and everyone who uses our information on their website
as we feel it just helps draw more focus on to the
individual who takes the time to talk about different
key issues on our weekly radio program.
media coverage have your received over the years?
next month, NHB interviews will be featured monthly
in Total Wrestling, the
magazine. We have also been covered by the Poughkeepsie
Journal newspaper in our area, Pro
Wrestling Illustrated, hundreds of online websites
and we assisted HBO with
some connections for the story they are working on
regarding deaths in the wrestling business.
products and services do you sell?
currently have our own NHB Calendar
which features the 12 beautiful women of the No
Holds Barred radio show. The cost is only $10
and is a lot cooler then your typical calendar. We
also have our own Video/DVD coming out in late June
which will give wrestling fans a look at what goes
on behind the scenes of our radio show, what it's
like when we go out in public for events as well as
an in depth close up look at the NHB girls during
their calendar shoot. The DVD is $14.99 and the Video
We also sell many other things such as books, videos,
toys, and anything wrestling related you can think
is the biggest news story you have broke?
biggest story we broke was probably when Shawn
Stasiak revealed to us that 24 WCW superstars
would be at WrestleMania 17. It was huge because at
that time WWE were not giving any details regarding
WCW and we had it before anyone else. Consideration
should also be given to Goldberg
telling us he was in talks with the WWE, Sting
filling us in on his conversations with the WWE last
year to be at WrestleMania 18 plus Chris
Jericho giving us the inside scoop on what
happened with Goldberg behind the curtain.
many contributors do you have?
I wish I could say we have tons, it really is more
of George and I then anything else. Our producer Special
K also contributes as well as some of our website's
reporters and columnists but generally George and
I do all the digging.
does a typical day involve for you?
I produce a morning radio show which ties me up from
4:30am-12:30pm. During that time I'm likely to do
a little bit of updating for the NHB website or edit
some video clips for the upcoming week's show. After
that there's a 1 hour commute home. I then hop right
on the computer and spend about 3-4 hours between
working on audio material for the show, typing up
press releases, e-mailing and calling superstars about
different situations and in the middle of all of that
I also try to take in a meal. I function on about
5 hours sleep per night unless of course RAW,
Smackdown or TNA is on then it's closer to
3 or 4 hours sleep. Also, if a show is coming to our
area (within an hour or so) George and I also try
to get there regardless of whether it's WWE or Independent
because you're always guaranteed to get a few interviews
and some additional information.
you ever received hate mail from a wrestler (or worse)?
once claimed we didn't talk to him for a scoop and
instead we dealt with an imposter so he hasn't been
one of our favorites in recent times. I've also had
a few talents who I will keep nameless call me to
talk about information they gave us on the air and
later wanted it changed because it was causing them
heat. Our philosophy has always been to be fair and
honest with everyone we deal with. We don't try to
sandbag any of our guests and while we do ask tough
questions, we are also respectful of those who don't
wish to discuss certain issues. More times then not
talents will be honest with us and while it may cause
them some initial heat, I'd also like to think it
makes those they are talking about take a look in
the mirror to see if what was said about them is in
are your current projects?
now we are gearing up for this week's show which features
one of the men I have never interviewed but always
wanted to have on as a guest, Jim
Ross. JR knows more about the ins and outs
of the business then most people and I'm really excited
about picking his brain. We are also in the process
of giving bands a chance to have their music become
our radio show's opening theme music and the contest
is down to the final 3 bands. Audio samples are available
on our website www.noholdsbarredwrestling.com
and we encourage everyone to vote because we want
our audience to have the final say it what they want
to hear kick off the show. Other then that we will
do a show on Bad Blood next week plus we will hook
up a lucky listener with the chance to meet WWE superstars
backstage at a show coming to our area in late June
and the following week we will be doing a lot of work
on the NWA TNA 1 year
motivation is simple...I want to be the best I can
possibly be in anything I do. Whether it's doing the
radio show, working on the website, creating a contest
idea or playing a video game, I am very passionate
about what I do. There may be others in the business
with more knowledge or deeper inside contacts but
there are few who can combine the serious side of
the business with a strong presentation of on-air
entertainment while making a caller or guest feel
relaxed enough to want to be part of the show again
in the future. I'd like to believe that anyone who
has heard our broadcast, enjoys listening because
of the chemistry George and I have in addition to
our willingness to work with a listener or two that
don't understand why certain things happen in the
business. We get many people to listen to our show
who don't even like wrestling and to me there is no
higher compliment than that.
other important information should our audience know
about you and your website?
the NHB website is very fan friendly and we encourage
everyone's participation. It is not created for us
to bore you with our facts and opinions, instead we
combine our own personal feelings on things along
with poll questions for fans to vote on, fantasy warfare
tournament's for fans to vote on, weekly web contests
for fans to get involved with and win prizes and interviews
for everyone to listen to and enjoy.
happen to have a good understanding about what we're
doing and luckily it's been a success and many have
enjoyed what we do. We don't however take that for
granted because as great as wrestling is, unfortunately
there aren't many radio companies who look to add
wrestling shows to their airwaves. Every ratings period
is important for us because as great as things can
be when the ratings are up, they can be equally as
bad when the numbers go down. We are trying to make
our show available throughout the world for everyone
to listen to and if you want to hear the program in
your area all we ask is that you fill out the petition
listed on our website's main page and e-mail it back
to us at NHBfeedback@yahoo.com
The only way to show radio companies world wide that
shows like ours have mass appeal is to get those who
love the product showing their support.
wrestlers, on-air personalities and behind the scenes
individuals pay attention to our work, listen to our
work, read our work and react to our work. While we
certainly appreciate that our show is followed by
those who we cover on a consistent basis, we also
try to be as fair and straight forward as we can with
callers, listeners, talents and anyone else we interact
with. If you have a chance, visit www.noholdsbarredwrestling.com,
listen to an interview and then e-mail us and tell
us what you think. All feedback is appreciated.
for your time mate. Thanks for your interest and I
look forward top doing this again with you in the
near future. Best of luck!
Holds Barred Wrestling
Multimedia (Greg Tingle's)