VIVA LA CATS started in 2017 as a sideshow; a means of putting out extra content and giving a bit more of a deep-dive voice to the Barstool Cincinnati platform. The show covered everything from Bearcats to the Reds & Bengals, as well as the late nights out drinking in Clifton. The early days of the show featured a few different voices and occasional guests from in and around the Cincinnati landscape, all being presented live from the basement of CCM on the University of Cincinnati's campus. The show gained a strong following and had a pretty consistent release schedule during the spring & fall semesters of 2017-20 until the impact of COVID made in-person collaboration impossible.
After over a year away, people moving across the country, and a start to a remarkable season of football, Justin put the pedal to the metal getting the show back up and running after the start of the 2021 football season. Steve and Justin put their minds together to dial back in on the show and center the focus around strictly Bearcats content. Since then, Viva La Cats has remained a consistent staple for the casual and diehard Bearcats fans alike, offering a laidback environment with attention to detail and in-depth dives on stats, storylines, and opinions.
Justin (right) lives in Nashville, TN with his girlfriend and two good boy doggos, and Steve (left) lives in Phoenix, AZ with his fiance and sweet pup.
Now in 2023 with the Bearcats joining the Big12, Viva La Cats is proud to be presented by the Ten12 Network, which houses a podcast for each of the schools in the Big12.
S/O to the other former voices of the show including:
Donnie Smokes / Rob Hole / Joel Spencer / Josh Miller / Courtney Eckstien / Jimmy Nipp