Meet the Team 👋


Emir Bankston

Emir is a hip hop head if you've ever seen one. If you ever have a question about rap, you should probably be in touch.

He was born and raised in Detroit, before spending the rest of his time in New Baltimore.

On the side, Emir games, also catches some WWE action, and is an RA at Central Michigan University. So, see him in action disciplining some college freshmen.


McKenzie Carpenter

Memes. Laughter. Reality TV. Kenzie is a force to be reckoned with. She knows pop culture like no other and will spit some rhymes or Vines on you at a moment's notice.

She loves to watch Survivor, Big Brother, The Bachelor, and tons more. She also listens to several podcasts and would love to talk with you about them!


Tom Delor

Quite possibly the chillest dude, Tom is an easygoing, but detailed person. He listens to music constantly, researches vast and deep conspiracy theories (not because he believes them), and is politically active.

He grew up in Allegan, MI, and has an amazing collection of button-up shirts from Goodwill.


Maddie Hren

The moment you meet Maddie, you know she's one of a kind. Her smile is contagious and you'll instantly laugh around her.

When she's not talking about books and coffee with Charli, she pursues a journalism major and certificate in creative writing. She also professionally naps, loves vegetarian chicken nuggets, and is the self-proclaimed queen of popcorn.


Dane Morgan

Dane is one cool boi. He runs the news down at a TV news station in Flint, MI, but in his free time he dives headfirst into the world of anime and manga.

A resident from Davison, Michigan, Dane also runs his own let's play channel and streams! When he's not busy with games and manga, catch him giving one of his cats a really good pet, or having a coffee with his wonderful girlfriend Hannah!


Grant Polmanteer

Hi, I'm Grant and I’m writing these bios.

I had the cliche "idea-popped-into-my-head-while-laying-in-bed" moment for this whole operation, and I'm so happy I did.

I love podcasting and the intimacy of the entire platform. I'm at my happiest producing amazing podcasts with people I love who are passionate about the topics they love.


Chadd Pringle

Chadd might just be your new best friend. His infectious laughs and ability to talk about anything are one-of-a-kind.

He spends his time watching every minute of Survivor, Big Brother, and rasslin' (he's a big fan of New Japan).


Hannah Stark

Hannah radiates coolness. She loves pop punk and poetry.

Originally from Allegan, MI, Hannah resides at Central Michigan University. If you want to talk the Front should talk to Hannah.


Austin Szumowicz

Austin sings, dances, raps, and hosts a podcast. He's a WWE nerd, a lover of Ed Sheeran and JT, and an astute observer of pop culture.

From Davison, MI, Austin grew up loving WWE and now puts all of his passion for the game into Pinned! Catch him and Chadd watching the latest pay-per-view near you.


Sydney Szumowicz

Sydney is the manager behind the scenes of Pinned. She makes sure the podcast gets as much exposure as it can, and also makes the typical appearance to give her perspective on the ring.

From Davison, MI, and attending Michigan State University, Sydney likes to read, nap, and play with her many animals (3 cats and 2 dogs). Oh, and she loves wrestling.


Charli Valencia

Charli stays up until the wee hours of the morning writing, and harbors a caffeinated beverage throughout.

When she's not writing and sipping on a cold brew though, you can find her working on the set of the CMU TV series, Seven Deadly, or listening to the latest and greatest true crime shows.

Chances are, Charli will talk to you about anything with the kindest smile in HISTORY, so give it a shot!


And you.

Want to talk about what you love? You have a place here. Get in touch with us, we’d love to chat about it all. Email us at, or slide into our DM’s!