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Since it began in 2009, the almost-weekly podcast The Net Live has become an integral part of volleyball in America. Co-hosts Kevin Barnett and Jeremy “DJ” Roueche (Roo-shay) cover a wide range of subjects, sometimes even including volleyball, and have a blast doing so. Their guests include a Who’s Who of volleyball, from beach pros to Olympians to top coaches, and their weekly segment analyzing NCAA women’s indoor in the fall and NCAA men’s indoor in the spring is a must-listen to those in the college game. Pop culture, travel problems and social issues are also a staple of the show. The Net Live was founded by Barnett, a two-time USA men’s indoor Olympian, and Reid Priddy, a 2008 USA men’s indoor Olympic gold-medalist. In the winter of 2009, Kevin and Reid created the world’s first all-volleyball internet radio podcast. Roueche joined the team in 2011, bringing his remarkable musical talents and dry comments to the show. The Net Live is available for free on demand, through iTunes and uploaded to other streaming and podcasting services, The Net Live offers nearly 300 shows in its archives and now has available for download individual segments of top interviews called TNL People.
The NET LIVE Team
Kevin left Illinois to play junior-college volleyball before transferring and graduating from Pepperdine. During Kevin’s nine years on the U.S. National Team he earned MVP honors twice and was selected to the 2000 and 2004 Olympic rosters.
Although he didn’t begin playing volleyball until the age of 18, Kevin was fortunate to learn the game from a couple of Hall of Fame coaches, Pepperdine’s Marv Dunphy and the USA’s Doug Beal.
After retiring in 2006, Kevin transitioned into the broadcast booth, beginning with the 2007 World League. NBC hired him as an analyst for all Indoor volleyball during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he kept the same role for the 2012 London Olympics and is on the broadcast team for the 2016 Rio Games.
He and partner Paul Sunderland have called every match for the men’s and women’s Olympic teams over the past eight years, including all four USA gold-medal finals in 2008 and 2012.
Kevin is one of the few athletes who does play-by-play, calling both volleyball, basketball and a variety of racing for the Pac-12 Network, Fox Networks and other national networks.
He lives in Redondo Beach with his wife Arian, sons Rees and Max. And now Kevin has recently added “club parent” to his resume.
DJ Roueche has been controlling dance floors for over 20 years with his seamless genre-blending style. He’s as comfortable rocking a Vegas pool party as he is hyping the crowd at Staple Center for sporting events.
He is the official DJ for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, in-arena for the Los Angeles Lakers, a DJ for UCLA men’s & women’s basketball, and part of the music production team known as The Suicide Doors.
What’s more, he is the lifeblood of the AVP tour and kept the music going at the Rio Olympics.
An avid beach player, Roueche has DJ’ed the official after-parties for the SAG and People’s Choice Awards, celebrity events for Dr. Dre, the Pussycat Dolls, and Gwen Stefani. He has spun at Grammy parties for Beats by Dre, Interscope Records, and Hot Records West and toured the country as a featured DJ with T-Mobile.
Brought in to play music and add a cool factor to The Net Live, Roueche still isn’t sure how he ended up as the full-time co-host. His wry wit and love the of game make him an entertaining and informed voice in the volleyball community. He is also the President of VALA Entertainment.
DJ Roueche received the AVP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and is a voting member of the USAV All Time Great Beach Volleyball Player Committee.