Kevin Cooney and Mike Kern used to go on road trips together. Mike, a food guy, had the go-to restaurant for almost every state or random town the two visited, even in the most obscure states Kevin knew Mike would hook them up with the best food around. Mike, now in his 60s, and Kevin, now in his 40s, have over 65 years combined in sports journalism in the Philadelphia area. Both from Northeast Philadelphia, Kevin is a graduate of Father Judge High School, and Mike a graduate of Lincoln High School. Kevin went on to graduate from Drexel University, and Mike went on to graduate from Temple University. Both from the same city, same area, and same business it’s almost like they were destined to end up working together talking about Philadelphia sports. Although a couple of decades apart, Mike and Kevin combined to start ‘Working the Beat’, a podcast on The Last Out Media network, which brings you insight and thoughts weekly on Philly sports and more.

Kevin Cooney in the dugout with returning Jimmy Rollins

Mike, now retired, and Kevin, back at Drexel to get his masters, were looking for their next chapter. Mike spent over 40 years at the Daily News covering college basketball, college football, and Golf. Kevin worked over 20 years at Doylestown Intelligencer and the Bucks County Courier Times as a reporter and columnist. Kevin is also a recipient of two Associated Press Sports Editors Awards and four Keystone Press Awards for Division II Best Sports Columnist in Pennsylvania. With uncertainty in press media, Mike retired and Kevin was part of staffing cutbacks in 2017, the two needed their next outlet, and Working The Beat was created.

Mike Kern with Coach Herb Magee at the Philadelphia Sports Writers’ Association Banquet

Recorded from Kevin’s mancave in Northeast Philadelphia, the two have over 50 episodes under their belts, and are now back exclusively with Last Out Media. The pod has seen great guests in the business such as Larry Bowa, Al Morgani, Ross Tucker, and Jason Myrtetus just to name a few. Kevin and Mike continuously bring you great sports talk weekly. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they were forced to branch out past sports to include more topics, including some politics, which given the times has seemed unavoidable. They have been able, via zoom calls, to bring on names like Jim Gardner, and Robert Costa to discuss the impact of politics in sports during these pressing times.

Working The Beat touches everything, and Kevin and Mike’s ability to adapt to new technology and changing times combined with incredible guests makes it a must-listen for any Philadelphia sports fan, whether casual or die-hard. With over a half-century of experience, Kevin and Mike have the knowledge and cover almost every topic imaginable.

You can follow the pod on twitter @workingthebeat, Kevin @kevincooney, and Mike @mikekerndn. Also subscribe and listen on Apple, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify. The show can also be heard every Friday night from 7pm to 8pm on the nationally syndicated radio stream at

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