Petros & Money
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The USC football star was fresh off the field when he got his start in broadcasting by doing television analysis for Fox Sports Net and the Trojan flagship radio station.
Papadakis broadened his TV duties over the next few years, adding roles as sideline reporter and magazine show host. In 2003, Petros began hosting a Monday through Friday mid-morning radio show.
The Petros Papadakis Show started in January 2004. Every afternoon Petros touched on all aspects of sports, entertainment, and life in general. His passionate, rapid-fire delivery, and ability to zoom past politically correct boundaries have made him a controversial figure and a lightning rod for attention. Petros was named L.A.'s number one sports radio host in 2006 by the Daily News.
Petros debuted as FSN’s lead college football analyst in September 2004 working in the booth with Barry Tompkins. Petros has become one of America’s leading authorities on college football, and now works on other FSN programming like the Best Damn Sports Show, the BCS Ratings Show and Totally Football.
Petros has guest starred on several television programs, including the CBS hit series CSI:New York, Outside the Lines and Cold Pizza plus I Love the 90’s on VH-1.
Papadakis hosted the Spike-TV’s Pro’s vs Joe’s for three seasons. He has also appeared on E!, the Game Show Network, and the KTLA morning news.
Petros, his father, John, and his brother, Taso, all played football at USC. Petros played tailback for the Trojans and in 2000 was the captain of the only last place team in USC history. He scored 16 touchdowns for the Trojans and was voted Most Inspirational Player during the 2000 season.
The Papadakis family owns and operates the Papadakis Taverna in San Pedro, one of America’s top Greek restaurants. Petros still waits tables at the Taverna, except during football season.
Petros and Matt "Money" Smith are in there 3rd year of the PMS show on AM570 KLAC and now Fox Sports Radio and 1620 the Zone and it couldn't be going any better.
He was born in East Chicago Indiana in 1973, grew up in and around Chicago before moving to California in 1991 to attend Pepperdine University, and has been in So Cal ever since.
He started working at the age of 9, seriously 9, had a paper route, the Hammond Times, and it was a time when you took pride in delivering the paper, put it on my subscribers doorstep. None of this tossing it on the driveway BS, He's talking service, and he had to collect payment from every home he had as a client, and essentially worked for tips.
At 11, his old man insisted he work for my allowance, which meant he dropped him off at one of the places of business where he was a janitor and for the most part had him clean the damn place by myself.
A list of other service related jobs he held by the timehe turned 16, Valet, Dishwasher, Landscaper, Caddy, and Construction Site Laborer. He was also a telemarketer for 3 months, sold Tru Green Supreme leads, and it was the worst experience of his entire life.
While in High School he worked construction, and even had a stint driving a roach coach and selling burritos from Chicken Ole parked outside the Chicago Board of Trade.
He got 2 degrees at Pepperdine, Poli Sci and Speech Com, and even studied in Florence, Italy for a semester. It was a great experience with one exception, his having been taken to court for fraud and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
While in College he was a valet at the Chart House, worked in the admissions office, at KMBU (Pep’s campus station) and started working at Los Angeles radio station KROQ, the “world famous k-rock”. He was part of the morning show crew that included Kevin and Bean, Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla.
Upon graduation he got into the record business, and made it his job to make kids into rock stars. Started with Polygram (Folk Implosion, DJ Shadow, Imperial Teen, the 6ths, U.N.K.L.E.) and was hired by DreamWorks a couple years later (Elliott Smith, Nelly Furtado, Jimmy Eat World, Papa Roach, Lifehouse, Eels) but found his way back to KROQ not only as the morning show sports guy, but as Music Director. He had a good run with music when KLAC came calling to do Lakers Radio and host a show in the afternoon.
He has already done the Pac 10 basketball tournament for a couple years, filled in for Spero Dedes on Lakers Radio and in 2009 start with Compass Media’s national coverage of College Football, with play by play duties in 9 games and acted as their studio host for the NCAA and NFL when he's not on the call.
He put in work at NFL Network, voicing their “NFL Replay” program, and in the summers voices the top 10 shows for NFL films. If you’re wondering what he looks like, he's weak and wispy, and can be seen sporadically on Jim Rome is burning, rocking a beard and wearing a sensitive sweater.
In the personal life, he's happily married, has been for a decade now. His wife and he have 3 wonderful daughters and he enjoys the small things in life, like crescent wrenches, Miller High Life and non-fiction books.