The Shop Report Team

James Smith Aka Barbershop Jay

Host And Closet Cowboy Fan

James Smith a.k.a. Barbershop Jay, first discovered his love for sports talk and sports in general at the age of five, when his grandfather taught him how to read boxscores and stats in the sports section of the local newspaper, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, in addition to watching games on TV. His love of sports continued on through college at Ohio University where he was the the starting SG on the school’s Intramural squad, in addition to majoring in Journalism and Communication. From there he became the resident sports talk personality for “Today’s Cut & Style, a barbershop located in Cleveland, Ohio where various sports talk personalities such as Chris Broussard, and former NFL players Herman Arvie and NBA legend Charles Oakley were among its patrons. He also was a member of the “More sports with Les Levine’s” sports talk panel, and co-host of the internet sports talk show, “Head to Head”, having interviewed such sports personalities as former NFL FILMS Steve Sabol And Bill Romanowski. After “Head to Head” was cancelled, he went on to create his own internet sports talk show based on the barbershop and The Shop Report came to life.

Richard Stefanski Aka Brotha Rich

Co Host And West Coast Insider

Richard hails from New York where he spent time on the courts of Rucker Park but these days resides in Los Angeles. He is the shows insider for all things west coast ranging from the Rams, Dodgers to LAFC

Joey (Alva) James Aka Double J

Co-Host And Analyst

Joey’s love for sports came at a young age excelling in soccer playing alongside current MLS player Justin Meram, while attending high school with Super Bowl winner Devin Thomas and Stanley Cup winner Tyler Seguin. Through his relationships he provides unique insight to both the business side of sports and the human side from athletes. He is a Purdue graduate, while on campus with future NFL athletes such as Kawann Short, Ricardo Allen and Albert Evans he earned his degree in Business Management. He spent time with NFL athletes in both Detroit & Chicago alongside hall of famers such as Matt Forte, Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. He most notably orchestrated a contract for his long time friend which was then officially completed by super agent Drew Rosenhaus. He has learned the delicate process of contract negotiations from Agents such as Blake Baratz, Rob London and Drew Rosenhaus while learning broadcasting, entertainment from Tiki Barber, Anthony “Spice” Adams and Jason McKie.

Darnell Gulley Aka D Gulley from the C-O-LUM-Bus

Co-Host And Audio Engineer

Gulley is the shows silent assassin working behind the scenes to ensure everything is crisp and clear. You will however hear his voice on the program bringing his expertise on sports topics in the city that Buckeyes call home.