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The Skinny on Sports
GENRE: Sports & Recreation | Downloads (19384) | Comments (20) | Get Podcast | Visit Site

The 6.5 Questions
1. How long have you been podcasting?
Andy: Our first show was on November 21st. By some people's standards, that may mean we got into the game late - podcasting started in October afterall!

Matt: We just started Podcasting this year. Andy came up with the idea of doing a sports show and I was excited about the possibilities. With iPods and MP3 players becoming so much a part of popular culture, podcasting should become a terrific way to get intelligent and accurate information, and something that is different than music.

2. How many shows have you done?
Each show we do is 10 minutes in length - The Fastest 10 Minutes on your iPod, The Sports Stories that Matter! We just finished our 7th show on January 2nd. We aim to put out a new show on a weekly basis and we've stuck to that schedule for the most part.

3. How has your quality/performance changed since your first show?
Andy: We are both more comfortable doing the podcasts now - probably because we know that people are actually listening. We also had some popping problems in a couple of the early shows that was corrected by replacing that headset. We are still recording the show using only cheap Labtec headsets. We hope to change that one day, but for now, it's effective.

Hopefully, our next show (which may already be posted by the time this interview is posted) will feature a new sound for the intro/outro/background since we wanted to move into open-source sounds from Brad Sucks (www.bradsucks.net) and support a fellow Canadian that makes great music. We've also become more creative with the segment ideas since we know that quick catchy segments will appeal to a wider audience.

Matt: I think every show gets better. We are becoming more comfortable with the idea, and in the form that we want the show to take. I think it can still get better, but for an informative sports show, I think we do a good job.

4. What podcasts do you listen to and which are your favorites?
Andy: My favourites would have to be Tracks Up the Tree, Daily Source Code, Dawn and Drew, and Evil Genius Chronicles. When I have time, I like to get a bit more geeky with Engadget and Leo Laporte's two shows. There are lots of others though that I also check out from time to time.

Matt: I actually don't listen to many podcasts because I don't actually own an iPod or MP3 player. Hopefully if we get some sponsorships setup soon, that will change! :-) When I do listen on my computer though, gotta go with Adam Curry.

5. Tell us about your show and who should be listening to it?
Andy: When we first started, we didn't see any other general sports commentary podcasts listed over at the ipodder.org directory. We saw that as an area we could fill. Our first instinct was that only sports fans would listen to the show, however, Adam Curry floored us when he played us on the Daily Source Code and suggested that people listen to the show since it was a nice short podcast that even he as a non-sports fan would enjoy. On top of that, he's even added us to the Podsquad which again came as a complete shock! We've been getting lots of feedback lately from non-sports fans or occasional sports fans saying they really like the show as a way to get caught up on what's going on in the world of sports.

Matt: The Skinny on Sports is a sports based talk show. We give you the sports stories that matter, and we give it to you in a ten minute block so its not going to take up a whole lot of your time. We get to the point, we cover the issues that people want to hear about, and we cover them in a way that doesn't just regurgitate the facts. We argue sides, give our personal spin, and cover the stories that we like.

Anyone who loves sports, loves shows like OTR on TSN, Pardon the Interuption on ESPN, or Rome on Fire on FSN should listen to our show. We give a different, and opinionated interpretation of the major sports issues.

6. What is your background (especially if relevant to your podcast)?
Andy: First off, we're not 100% sure, but we think we may have been the first brothers to start podcasting together. We've always talked about sports and the feedback from people that know us say that the show reminds them of us sitting around the table talking.

I'm currently at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) finishing off my PhD in medical science and I will start medical school this August. On the side, I design websites through my other website called the Hoyd News Network (www.hoydnewsnetwork.com). I've always been a sports fan and podcasting seems like the perfect way to combine that with my obsession of staying on the leading edge of technology.

Matt: I am currently a Masters Student in Sports Psychology, as well as an assistant coach for the University of Calgary Men's Basketball team. I played 5 years of University basketball, and in general I am a huge sports fan, especially the NBA, College Basketball, and the NFL.

6.5 Is there anything else your listeners should know about you, your show, etc?
Andy: Even if you're not a sports fan, give us a try. It's only 10 minutes each week and you'll be able to impress your friends with all the new sports knowledge you'll pick up.

Matt: You should listen to the show if you like sports, if you like our ideas, and even if you do not like our take on things. If you don't like what we are saying, that makes it better since you can let us know and we'll tell you on upcoming shows why we agree or disagree with your perspective. Its a great way to get some information in a short amount of time, and if you like sports and this genre of talk, we are the best thing for your ipod!


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