With no football matches to talk about the Mayo News football podcast has remained in dry dock so far this year. Now that we have a clear view of when the action is set to resume, however, we’re ready to get the podcast revved up and motoring once again.
James Horan remarked recently that it’ll be a “shotgun start” to the season this year and it’ll be the same on the podcast. The first round of National League matches are on in a month’s time and we’re aiming to hit the ground running ahead of then.
The first podcast episode of 2021 will appear at some point soon, either later this week or early next week. From then on there’ll be new episodes more or less every week, right through the condensed League campaign in May and early June and the knockout Championship that follows hot on its heels afterwards. Then, once the inter-county action is over, we’ll be turning our focus in the autumn towards the club Championships.
Given the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions on attending matches, we’ll be going largely with the same episode formats as we used last year. This will mean a mix of episodes recorded at the venues on match days and studio-type review/preview shows. Billy Joe Padden is also going to be doing more of the long-form one-on-one interview episodes that proved so popular last year.
In case you’re wondering what we learned from the survey we undertook a few weeks back – thanks, by the way, to the hundreds of you who took the time to respond to it – the answer is we learned a lot. While we can see that most of you value the free-to-air content we’ve been producing and want to see this output continue, we’ve also observed that there’s an audience out there for additional premium content.
We’re still working on our plans for the future of the podcast, which we aim to grow and develop over the coming years. That’ll require plenty of commitment and, for the podcast to reach the potential we see for it, it’ll require investment too. We’re confident that we can bring these plans to fruition over the medium-term.
For the year that’s about to start on the podcast, however, things will remain as they are. With supporters confined to barracks for a second year of inter-county matches, our aim on the podcast will be to give you a flavour of what it’s like at the games, as well as providing you with all the opinion and analysis you’ve become so used to down the years.
It’ll soon be time to strap yourselves in for another year following the Mayo footballers. The podcast will, once again, be your companion on that journey. If past experience is anything to go by, the road ahead will be far from dull. We’re looking forward with anticipation to the football action that lies ahead and we know you are too.