Swingin’ Report Show #62: Console Wars with Tom Kalinske – SEGA of America’s President (’90-’96)

This is it! Our third Console Wars focused episode of the Swingin’ Report Show in which we speak with the man himself, SEGA of America’s former President Tom Kalinske! Tom has an amazing history with the toy and game industry. Before his years with SEGA, Tom served as President and CEO of Mattel, reviving the Barbie brand and creating the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe line. During his time at SEGA, Tom reinvigorated the SEGA Genesis brand, helped in the creation of Sonic the Hedgehog, and led the launch of many famous pieces of SEGA hardware including the Game Gear, Pico, 32X, Nomad, and Saturn.

Tom Kalinske’s career is chronicled in the book “Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation” by Blake J. Harris, and if you haven’t purchased a copy yet, do so today. If you’ve read the book, are reading the book, are awaiting delivery of the book, or are simply a fan of SEGA during the 90’s, our latest show is a must listen!

Also, make sure to check out our other Console Wars interviews including our discussion of SEGA’s marketing efforts with SEGA’s former Director of Marketing Al Nilsen and our interview with the author of Console Wars, Blake J. Harris.

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5 responses to “Swingin’ Report Show #62: Console Wars with Tom Kalinske – SEGA of America’s President (’90-’96)

  1. Barry, I’ve been meaning to say your speaking voice sounds just like Alice Cooper.

    Anyway, great episode. You and Sega Nerds seem to be interviewing the same people at the same time, and even asking the same questions.

    • cube_b3 says:

      I did notice some overlap, especially since the subject is the same: To promote the book.

      I am enjoying this Podcast George focusing on his pre-Sega days was pretty cool.

    • cube_b3 says:

      19 Minutes in to the podcast, Kalinske dropped a bomb shell after leaving SEGA. Isao Okawa made Kalinske work directly for CSK.

      For those out of the loop CSK was like what Sammy is to SEGA today.

  2. matty says:

    54:36 haha noooice!

  3. Whatever says:

    Wow kalinsky? Holy sh.. segabits well done

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