August 7, 2013, 12:45p.m. CDT. Mark, via the ODB Twitter account, sends me a direct message, “How much do you know about the more technical aspects of digital audio capture and the like?”
My heart jumped in my chest. I knew exactly where he was going.
I’d been an avid podcast listener for years. Podcasts sustained me on long drives throughout my tenure at Baylor Law School, and I’d long dreamed of hosting a podcast about Baylor football and probably badgered Mark about it more than once. I immediately responded, “Thinking podcast?” He confirmed, and I quickly volunteered to host and produce it. Mark was going a mile a second on the blog and I was eager to take on a larger role to help share the load.
Conversations continued, equipment purchased, test runs ensued, details finalized... and on August 15, 2013, Episode #1 of OurDailyPodcast went live with Mark, Prashanth, and myself. Mark and Prashanth brought deep knowledge of football, quickly showing me that I knew very little about the actual game of football. At the same time, I realized how little I knew about the world of podcasting. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time learning in the early days.
Fast forward six years, and here we are, at episode 200. What a wild ride. Mark and Prashanth both moved on as life happened. Great co-hosts replaced by great co-hosts in David and Elliot, who continue to show me just how little I know about the actual game of football. I’m still amazed that both decided to stick around, given that they joined as regulars during the darkest days of 2016/2017. Then our new Fearless Leader Kendall Kaut and David Hornbeak decided to take the reins for basketball (thank goodness!) and do an incredible job. Throw in the Sour Grapes Podcast with Amy and Etta, and I can say that the brightest days for the podcast are ahead of us.
This is supposed to be show notes, and we spend very little time actually talking about all of this, but I wanted to stop down and say thank you to all of you for listening. Your encouragement and constructive feedback has meant the world to us. My thought behind the podcast was to always be a conversation, where you, dear listener, are the “silent, fourth participant” in the conversation.
For Mark, Prashanth, Fank, and Coffey, as well as Kendall, David, Amy and Etta, thank you. Thank you for listening and for your support. We couldn’t do it without you.
Now... Let’s go beat Texas.