In 2016, Interstate 70 Sports Media was founded by Jeremy Karp, then under the name Roundabout Sports. Jeremy created it based on the belief that any specific sport never truly ends, even when its season does. There’s always an offseason, training period, certain sports have their own draft, and free agency periods take place. This led to the site’s original tagline: “The Site that Never Sleeps”.
After a two-year hiatus, Jeremy revived Roundabout Sports, but giving it a new name: Interstate 70 Sports Media, or I-70 Sports for short.
Eventually, notable writers such as Andy Cockerill, Zack DeGrande and historian Parker Bena joined the fold, as well as Adam Frecks from Talking Dynasty.
Soon, sports insider and longtime umpire James Knox brought his talents to Interstate 70 Sports Media.
In 2021 alone, Interstate 70 Sports Media was viewed in over 80 countries worldwide, garnering an international audience.
Welcome, to where our passion is our profession.
Jeremy Karp – Founder, Managing Director, Editor, Writer, Podcast Host
For nearly a decade, Jeremy has been in sports journalism. And sports have been his life for pretty much his entire life. To say sports is a major part of Jeremy’s life is an understatement. Aside from being on many sports teams of varying degrees in his life, his devotion to statistics and history have translated well to his other passion… journalism. Aside from his long writing career, Jeremy has also hosted multiple podcasts, the current one being as one of the hosts of The WrestleTalk Podcast, which airs every Tuesday night on StreamYard and Blogtalk Radio, as well as being a lead commentator for DynamoPro Wrestling in St. Louis.
Jeremy has an Associate’s Degree specializing in Communication from St. Charles Community College.
Zach Breckle – Marketing Consultant, Occasional Contributor
As a seasoned armchair quarterback with two decades of experience wondering why coaches won’t just listen to what he’s yelling through the television, Zach is a passionate regional sports fan. When he’s not serving in healthcare on the front lines, he’s keeping up with his favorite St. Louis sports teams, and cheering them on till the end.
Zack DeGrande – Blues writer, Podcaster
One of the Blues writers for Interstate 70 Sports Media, Zack is a lifelong hockey enthusiast and amateur sports gambler. He played hockey growing up and has loved the Blues since before he could walk (his words). Zack’s a hot take machine, so when the Blues are bad you’ll know it in his voice. But don’t worry, the same goes for if they’re good. A multi-talented worker, Zack also is a podcast host, and has ventured into multiple podcasting gigs, especially in regards to hockey.
His “Three keys to Success”? clear eyes, a full heart and Blues hockey.
Andy Cockerill – Cardinals writer, Podcaster
An original team member of Interstate 70 Sports Media, Andy Cockerill is one of the top writers for everything Cardinals related you’ll find. He has been moonlighting about the 11-time World Champions as a writer for almost as long as his 7 year old son Gibson has been alive. And yes, he’s named after Mr. 1.12 ERA Bob Gibson. Andy, a 5th grade teacher, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University, and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Grand Canyon University. He enjoys sports, stouts, and stirring the proverbial pot.
Illene Holder – Social Media Manager, Contributor
Ilene, an original team member and Social Media Manager, is a born and raised “Do You Bleed Blue??” Blues fan. Whether she’s got a jersey on or just her wallet and lanyard, she is always sporting her love of the Blues. When spring time hits, you can catch her in her Cardinals gear as well. Originally from St. Charles, Missouri, Ilene now cheers from a far in Denver, Colorado. In her free time, she enjoys catching a game, baking, enjoying new places to eat, and exploring her new state. She is excited to be our Social Media Manager and help bring some excitement to the Interstate 70 social pages.
Parker Bena – Writer, Sports Historian
Born in Los Angeles, California on March 31, 1962, Parker served five years in the United States Navy (including service in Desert Storm). In 1990, re received a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College in Albany, NY. He became a Cardinals’ fan because his father was born in St. Louis. He is a baseball historian and has been published in several books about baseball, including The 1934 Cardinals: World Champion Gas House Gang, Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century, Sock it to ’em, Tigers: The Story of the 1968 Detroit Tigers and The Baseball Maniac’s Almanac by renowned sports historian Bert Randolph Sugar. A political consultant by trade, he lives in Jefferson City, Missouri with his wife Karen.
Derek Matthews – Chiefs, Royals, Jayhawks beat writer
Since he was seven years old, Derek has lived and breathed Kansas City sports. Chiefs, Royals, Jayhawks, you name it, he loves it! And he brings a lot of heart and knowledge to the Interstate 70 Sports Media team!