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While trying to push myself back into blogging, I’ve sometimes thought about whether or not I should start a podcast instead. A growing number of people seem more interested in listening to something than reading. (I might be leaning that way, as well.)
I don’t feel as confident in production and so forth to do with audio what I think I can do with words. But maybe I’ll get there someday if I put some work into it.
In the meantime, my buddy Chris Cox have talked about doing a podcast off and on for a couple years now. Chris and I used to talk every week on the radio in Louisiana. Presumably, we were supposed to talk baseball, but often veered into pop culture by the end of the segment.
After Chris left radio, I was surprised and flattered when he mentioned wanting to do a podcast someday. Of all the people he worked with and spoke to on the radio, I’m the one he wanted to chat with? But we always had fun and could riff on a variety of topics.
Naturally, life got in the way and circumstances kept us from following through. I wasn’t sure we’d ever do a podcast (and I’m guessing Chris thought the same thing). Maybe this was the 2018 equivalent of “We should start a band, man!”
But as I’ve been thinking more about finding (or reviving) a more personal outlet and looked at podcasting as a possibility, it felt like time to take the plunge when Chris brought it up again recently. Let’s do this!
Thanks to Chris, The Amusement Park Podcast all came together faster than I anticipated. (Although coming up with a name was tough. I joked that we should devote 45 minutes of our first show to all of the names we considered.) We already had most of what we needed, equipment-wise. And a lot of the other infrastructure will take form as we go.
There’s also much more of an ecosystem for podcasts in place than when I was co-hosting or appearing on shows eight to 12 (!) years ago. Matt Sommer was way ahead of his time with his Office podcast, That’s What She Said. (Friends and co-workers who love The Office can’t believe I was on a podcast during Season 2.) As was Mike McClary with The Detroit Tigers Podcast.
The plan is to cover the pop culture we love: movies, TV, comic books (along with superhero movies and TV), and since we both have backgrounds in sports media, maybe a sprinkling of sports too. Above all, we want to be fun. That was Chris’s No. 1 rule. We want to be an escape from current events and the cultural discourse that’s increasingly angry and combative.
On the first episode of APP, we talk about our relationships with MoviePass (I canceled my subscription weeks ago; Chris is sticking with it), how many streaming services are too many, and what we enjoyed from the past week. You can listen here!
We’re also on iTunes (https://apple.co/2L4w9C2), and will hopefully be on every platform where podcasts are available soon enough. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and will probably have a site for the show in the very near future.