I'm about halfway through and I made some notes.
Volume is a little better, i wouldn't spend any more time tweaking this episode but maybe be mindful for the future.
Liked the interviews the best, especially with CJFL and CIS officials.
I thought Sperling’s questions sounded a little forced and unnatural, like he was reading them word for word off a page. It was more noticable toward the beginning, seemed to get better as the clip went on.
Both hosts need to ask follow-up questions. Really listen to what the guest is saying and draw out the key insights that they can provide. Sperling, I thought in particular, would wait until the end of an answer and say “hmm, interesting…? and then move to the next question.
I would have liked the hosts to ask CIS and CJFL officials more specific insider questions. Rather than saying “how’s everything going?? or “is there anything else going on in this conference??, ask about the return of Carleton’s football program, it’s association with John Ruddy and the CFL ownership group in Ottawa, etc. There’s also the Manitoba Bisons partnering with the Bombers for a stadium. Ask the OFC officials about the launch of their varsity and JV programs. Push the guests to comment on things we can’t hear anywhere else.
In Ontario, there’s an excellent story at the Varsity level. Three leagues: OFC, OVFL, and OMFL are all competing for players and legitimacy as the premier league. The umbrella organization, the OFA, is trying to mediate an accommodation. Very interesting to see how the rules, philosophies, and egos will clash in the years ahead.
But I'm really enjoying it and am seeing a lot of effort put in. I'm looking forward to becoming a regular listener.
If you're looking for inspiration, there's actually a pretty good Canadian soccer podcast out there called "It's Called Football" (I know, obnoxious title) that has a pretty good thing going. The audio can be found here: http://itscalledfootball.podhoster.com/rss/2540/ and there's also video clips: http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/blog/post/137067.
Looking forward to the next episode.