2017 Student Projects: starting a sports podcast
Reynolds School student, Johnathan Macaluso, hopes to land a job in sports broadcasting, so he started his own sports podcast last year. The podcast is recorded weekly at the Reynolds School, where he can explore his future career goals in student-accessible recording rooms. Get to know a little bit more about Sportscast Weekly from this Q&A we did with Macaluso.
Q: What was your inspiration for doing this podcast?
A: Two or three years ago, I started working for a video game website that had a weekly podcast. I was constantly on the podcast and eventually became the host. I really enjoyed being on the podcast! After parting ways with the website, I decided to begin working on a sports podcast. A few short months later Sportscast Weekly was born.
Q:Who encouraged you or helped you get this off the ground? How did they do that?
A: I think the main person who really helped me get the Sportscast going was Nico Colombant (Reynolds School Professor). When I first met Nico, I already had three or four episodes published, but he really helped make the podcast better. The following semester, I took an independent study course under Nico. He taught me a ton about social media promotion, niches, and potential topics, amongst other things.
Q: How is this podcast you’re doing going to help your future career path?
A: I am an aspiring sports broadcaster, so the podcast really helps me practice talking about and analyzing sports. In addition, I have a ton of experience editing and promoting the show, so I am sure that that will help in the future as well!
Q: What piece of advice would you give to anyone who might want to do a podcast?
A: Just do it. My best advice to others is to go out and bring your ideas to life. Your first episode or three might be a little rough, but everything will eventually fall into place! Bonus advice would definitely be to talk to Nico.
Q: What’s the most rewarding part about this experience?
A: The most rewarding part of the Sportscast is the completed product. It is a really cool feeling after finishing a great episode or segment and publishing it. Promoting it on social media is icing on the cake, because that’s when I really share it with everyone. It’s just a really rewarding feeling.
Words by Adrianna Owens, Reynolds School students writer.