The Toy Department

The Toy Department features radio professionals Matt Kolsky and Derek Madden discussing, debating and dissecting all things sports, entertainment and pop culture. It's a free-wheeling, unfiltered chat about the lighter side of the modern world.



      The Toy Department – Episode 126

      In Episode 126, please excuse any audio issues AGAIN on the part of Matt Kolsky, as he joins Derek Madden live (to tape) from a DIFFERENT road trip, specifically on the road to Lake Tahoe, CA where he is scheduled to see the band Phish… The discussions cover: Kolsky’s questionable … Continue reading →



      The Toy Department – Episode 125

      In Episode 125, please excuse any audio issues on the part of Matt Kolsky, as he joins Derek Madden live (to tape) from a road trip, specifically from the side of the road near Needles, CA after a car breakdown, so they can discuss: Kolsky’s absurd roadside predicament and dodgy … Continue reading →



      The Toy Department – Episode 124

      In Episode 124, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky talk a little Fourth of July before they dive into: The wild weekend of NBA free agency (4:50) including LeBron James going to the Lakers and Boogie Cousins heading to the Golden State Warriors… The 2018 FIFA World Cup (19:45) and just … Continue reading →



      The Toy Department – Episode 123

      In Episode 123, Derek Madden tells Matt Kolsky about his bad mood and warns everyone that he’s been drinking Haterade before they get into: Showtime’s The Affair (2:25), which Kolsky jumped in on at the start of Season 4, and how well the central gimmick of the show functions… Marvel’s … Continue reading →



      The Toy Department – Episode 122

      In Episode 122, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky dispense with the pleasantries as they get into a shortened episode (due to time constraints) wherein they discuss: Netflix’s show Lost in Space (1:15) and how it’s probably “B” television but both guys still enjoyed it… Kolsky’s reaction to his first experience … Continue reading →


       2018-06-19  40m

      The Toy Department – Episode 121

      In Episode 121, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky whine about their jobs briefly before discussing more interesting fodder, including: The conclusion of the NBA Finals (3:25) including thoughts on LeBron’s hand injury and a look ahead to the offseason and beyond… The new film Ocean’s 8 (16:40) and why it … Continue reading →


       2018-06-12  1h2m

      The Toy Department – Episode 120

      In Episode 120, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky return after a week off to break down: A few thoughts on Kanye West’s new album (3:20) and whether it’s really worth getting into… Some closing thoughts on Killing Eve’s first season (11:30) and where the show might be headed for its … Continue reading →


       2018-06-05  1h8m

      The Toy Department – Episode 119

      In Episode 119, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky actually managed a semi-shortened episode, despite the topic list growing far beyond its original purview to include: Some on-air pre-production (0:55) re: next week’s plans for a Killing Eve pop-in… A brief discussion about the best shows on TV right now (2:30) … Continue reading →


       2018-05-22  42m

      The Toy Department – Episode 118

      In Episode 118, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky share their plans for the evening before focusing in on: Some thoughts on FX’s Atlanta (2:35) after the finalé of its second season, with an aside on Donald Glover’s upcoming appearance in Solo… The season finalé of Barry on HBO (10:55) and … Continue reading →


       2018-05-15  1h15m

      The Toy Department – Episode 117

      In Episode 117, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky do a bit of housekeeping from last week’s show (figurative housekeeping, not literal) before addressing: The second season of Dear White People (4:40) on Netflix, and how it manages to be a lot of fun while still speaking to relevant social issues… … Continue reading →


       2018-05-08  1h21m