High School Sports

The Ruden Report Live From The Library Debuts Tomorrow With High School Football Show

In July, as part of the Westport Library’s summer Camp Explore series, I hosted an interview with Warren Harding graduate and former NBA star Charles Smith. Afterward, Bill Harmer, the library’s executive director, and I agreed the seeds were sown for a future relationship.

Last week we agreed to collaborate on a new series, The Ruden Report Live From The Library. The facility is so much more than a library — I am looking forward to taking advantage of a state-of-the-art podcast studio — and the fact that Westport is my hometown makes this extra special.

I am hoping to tap into my contacts to lead some thoughtful discussions about professional, college and high school sports.

We have a special lineup for our debut show, which was originally supposed to be a high school football preview in two weeks. In light of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s announcement on Friday to cancel the fall season, we have pushed the first show up to tomorrow night at 7 from the library’s Trefz Forum to discuss that decision.

I will be joined by four FCIAC coaches — New Canaan’s Lou Marinelli, Ridgefield’s Kevin Callahan, Danbury’s Augustine Tieri and Fairfield Ludlowe’s Mitch Ross — and four FCIAC players — St. Joseph’s Jack Wallace, Wilton’s Matt Gulbin, Staples’ Sam Milberg and Brien McMahon’s Christian Renie.

Also joining us will be Jeff Jacobs, the sports columnist at GameTime CT and Hearst Media CT. 

Here is the link to view the show: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/the-ruden-report-live-at

I am really excited about this new project and want to thank Bill Harmer, Nancy Klein and Alex Giannini from the library for making this happen.

Here is the press release the library sent out today:


Westport, CT – The Westport Library and Dave Ruden, the owner and editor of The Ruden Report, a Fairfield County-wide sports website, are excited to announce a new collaborative effort, The Ruden Report Live at the Library


The debut show will stream live on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00pm https://www.crowdcast.io/e/the-ruden-report-live-at

from the Library’s Trefz Forum and will feature a discussion on the recent decision by the state’s governing board to cancel the high school football season. 

In the coming weeks, The Ruden Report will be recorded at the Westport Library’s Media Studios, with the occasional live show emanating from the Trefz Forum.  

Ruden, who grew up in Westport, has been a sportswriter in the area for over 35 years. He started The Ruden Report, which primarily covers high school sports in Fairfield County, seven years ago. Ruden’s work has appeared in the New York Times and he has worked at ESPN and CBS Sports. 

Ruden will also be taking advantage of the Westport Library’s state-of-the-art Media Studios to record his weekly podcast. 

For Thursday night’s debut show, guests will include New Canaan’s Lou Marinelli, who holds the state record for career wins, St. Joseph’s Jack Wallace, the reigning Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year, and Jeff Jacobs, sports columnist at GameTime CT and Hearst Media CT. 

The views expressed on The Ruden Report by the host and any guests do not reflect the opinion of the Library.

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