Written content isn’t going anywhere and we’re actually planning on having more of it. FanGraphs Audio will for the moment be a once a week podcast where our writers can expound on much of their written content. It’s scheduled for every Monday.
Here’s a revenue-generating opportunity for you: how about a Kindle digest of stories sent every day? You could charge 50 cents a day, or ten bucks a month for the subscription, and you’d probably get thousands of subscribers. At these prices, with one thousand subscribers, you could clear well over $100,000 a year, not including single day downloads. I would do this because I don’t always have time to read your stories online, so I would read it on the train to and from work. Plus, this would help subsidize the website and keep it free to use.
Nice job. I like this addition to the site. Sometimes I have work that can been done listening to this kind of material. And ever since Alan Schawrz left ESPN for NYTimes, the baseball today podcast has sucked.
My only suggestion: email the panel the questions before hand so they know what’s coming and assign questions in advance.
You might also consider a break for the longer podcasts, like they do on radio.
Also, you might consider staying away from the hard stats. Regression, deviation, things like that. Concise explanations of statistics are a real strong point of the site and are a reason I would listen to a FanGraphs podcast but not a Hardball Times podcast.
You guys need some cool jazz lightly playing in the background.
Comment by Willie T. Lovesack — February 9, 2010 @ 8:18 pm
This was one of the better podcast hosting jobs I’ve heard of late, Carson. Very very nice job, and I was surprised by how well you flowed with your train of thought as well as your banter back and forth with the others.
Not bad for a first try and I’m glad you guys are doing a show. If I can make some suggestions I would say, a little less fawning over Dave by Carson, and you might want to invite someone that will change the mix a little — otherwise you’re going to have a lot of shows where everyone is agreeing how great Jack Z is, how Kenny Williams doesn’t know what he’s doing, how smart the Red Sox were for signing good defenders etc.
The best baseball podcast going right now is The Fantasy Roundtable on BlogTalk radio. The host is solid, some of the guests are constant but others interchange, they’re very opinionated, and they employ a number of clever features on the show that gets them communicating in different ways.
I totally missed this when it was first posted. Great addition to the site – thanks guys.
I’d find it helpful (assuming there will be a similar weekly post on the site linking to each podcast) if there was some kind of Table of Contents to help guide you through each episode. That way, I could skip to the pieces I’m really interested in if I can’t commit to the whole thing. Something like the following:
3:00-10:00 Discussion of Topic X
10:00-20:00 Discussion of Topic Y
20:00-30:00 Discussion of Topic Z
30:00 Wrap-Up and Final Division Predictions
Comment by Kent Bonham — February 13, 2010 @ 10:31 pm
Is there a separate RSS feed for the podcast? I’d like to subscribe to it, especially via iTunes.
I love the content, but you guys need someone to do the podcast side of it. Get the iTunes going, feeds available, and most of all mix the audio. Even the slightest background sounds and the ability to recall thematic sounds would enhance so much. (“Put it on the board”, previously stated sound bites, opening and closing music, etc)
Very cool idea, I look forward to hearing my favorite writers talk baseball intelligently. I think it would be cool to have quests come on the show as well, maybe the people from hardball or someone like Tom Tango. Also, If something like this can be added to the IPhone App.
Comment by Diehdcubsfan23 — February 14, 2010 @ 6:41 pm
I think the best idea for the reasoning behind the Kevin Gregg signing floated out there was that the 2.5m isn’t going to really hurt the Jays in a rebuilding year and if he performs halfway decent they might be able to flip him for something. It doesn’t really kill them to give him a chance to pitch and it also gives them some more bullpen depth to deal from to continue to restock the farm system if people have interest in Downs or Frasor. To be honest, as a Jays fan, I don’t completely hate the move. It seems to have neutral EV in a down year and it could turn into a piece that could contribute in the future. The only downside is it could potentially take money away from the draft. If that is a possibility then I hate the signing.