The impulse to start a podcast connected to ToffeeWeb began, unsurprisingly, a year ago when the world went into lockdown and we were all confined to our four walls as the pandemic took hold. It’s not something I ever followed through on despite having the equipment, mostly because I knew it would need regulars in order to thrive and was aware of the fact that many of the best Everton writers and content creators unaffiliated to this site were already doing their own things elsewhere.
I was grateful that a regular ToffeeWeb contributor contacted me recently wondering if a podcast was something I had considered and volunteered to help get one off the ground. Radio-style audio content seems to very popular and we believe that we could leverage the depth of the TW community to create something that people could really get a lot out of.
To that end, neither the intent nor the desire would be to compete with what the other Everton podcasts are doing as we Blues are blessed with some great pods. I’ve been fortunate to be regularly involved at times with The Blue Room with whom we have a loose partnership; Paul The Esk, another writer whose work I regularly feature on the site, is involved with three podcasts — his own, Everton Business Matters and Talking the Blues with Andy and George Costigan; Mick Kemp and team have established the excellent View From The Bullens, a pod that now boasts ex-players like Michael Ball and Kevin Ratcliffe; and Rodger Armstrong’s series of interviews with Evertonians of all stripes is, rightly, very popular as well.
Most of those are regular podcasts, with The Blue Room crew especially churning out an impressive diet of daily content, but I envisage any ToffeeWeb Podcast to be intermittent rather than adhering to any set schedule. Most of the above-named titles carry pre- and post-match analysis. The TW pod might be driven by reader suggestions and the news of the week instead; I’m just in the exploratory phase right now.
As well as guest content from outside, one idea that cropped up a few times in the user surveys I have run on the site in the past was to run a series of interviews with regular contributors and more high-profile members of the site. At the risk of perpetuating what some readers have complained as The Clique, I’m interested to know if people feel there is mileage in that. And, if so, who you might like to hear from.
Beyond that, the floor is open a) for feedback on whether a ToffeeWeb podcast would be of interest in the first place and b) for any content suggestions. Post below or email me. In the meantime, this mystery TW contributor who shall remain a mystery for now, will get things ready to start recording something!
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1 Posted 23/04/2021 at 18:23:56
I'd like to listen to a podcast that talks about the things we all talk about when travelling to an Everton game. I think many others are well able to chronicle the actual game.
2 Posted 26/04/2021 at 21:25:13
It would be great to put faces to names as it would strenghen the links between us.
3 Posted 26/04/2021 at 21:31:28
4 Posted 26/04/2021 at 21:33:13
I think this would be a great idea. And as mentioned above, it would be great to put faces to names.
So in response: a - yes. b - I will email Lyndon.
5 Posted 26/04/2021 at 21:41:09
6 Posted 26/04/2021 at 21:47:31
7 Posted 26/04/2021 at 22:01:12
Interviews of "regular" TWs on a weekly or bi-weekly basis about the recent games, state of the Club, etc. would be fantastic.
I have zero experience in communications. I just think it's a wonderful idea.
I'd pay money to interview Tony Marsh. I'd drink a six pack with Paul Ferry.
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