My Personal History as John Madden’s Recording Engineer

KSFO Radio/King Productions San Francisco studio where John Madden & Fred Greene worked together. John was sitting on a stool, Fred’s not that tall! 1985 ©GreeneCreative
John Madden with Fred’s 3 month old son in the KSFO Radio/King Productions San Francisco studio. After photos and their recording session, Coach Madden took Fred, his wife, and son out for a congratulatory lunch at Enrico’s on Broadway in SF.
1983 ©GreeneCreative






826: With the passing of John Madden at the end of 2021, host Fred Greene digs into his personal archives to share stories, recordings, and his history with Coach Madden. From 1982-1986, Fred was Madden’s recording engineer for a nationally syndicated program that Madden provided to the RKO Radio Network. Even though they only recorded for about 15-25 minutes multiple times each week, they would spend hours talking, laughing, and brainstorming business ideas. In this episode you’ll hear recordings from Fred’s private library of personalized outgoing voice mail messages which Fred collected from John Madden, Mickey Mantle, and the 5th Dimension singing group. You’ll also hear John’s testimonial for Radio Baseball Cards, Fred’s nationally syndicated radio show that returned as a podcast in 2017.
Our guest for the conversation is TV personality, radio host, and New England sports junkie, Matty Blake.

WIN a box Golf Smarter golf balls and be part of the podcast! When you record our episode intro from your phone, you’ll be eligible to win a box of golf balls with the Golf Smarter logo! Write to [email protected] and tell us that you want to play. We’ll assign you an episode number and a script to record for the intro of the show. Every ten listeners who participate will be entered into a drawing for a box of balls with the Golf Smarter logo!

Golf Smarter is your podcast forecaddie! We are an entertainment service that is focused on enhancing every round for you. Just like caddies, we accept tips for services rendered. Please click on the DONATE button at to show your support so that we can continue to provide weekly, helpful, and entertaining content. Your donation can be as much, or as little as you’d like. It can be a one time offering or your can even do it recurring. Thank you very much.