About 19 months ago, I re-started the Mets360 podcast. After some initial experimentation, it settled into a weekly show on Wednesdays at 11 p.m. Eastern. Now, the time was less than ideal but my hosting company, BlogTalkRadio (BTR), restricted free accounts from recording during prime time hours and that was the best time slot that was available to me.
The podcast had a tremendous collection of guests, ranging from writers at the site, to people in the Mets blogosphere to nationally known figures. Perhaps the most exciting guest was when official MLB historian John Thorn dropped by. Other noteworthy guests included Peter Golenbock, John Sickels and Mike Vaccaro.
Recently, I was thrown a curve when I started to host an episode when BTR announced I was no longer eligible for their free account. That was my plan for years and certainly it was not a surprise that this day came. What was a surprise is when they asked me for $39 per month for what I had previously received for free.
Long story short, I’m no longer with BTR. The Mets360 podcast is now recorded and hosted with Cast, for about one-fourth of what BTR was asking. On top of that, there are no longer any time or length restrictions. This should enable me to bring in guests who previously were not available, so that’s exciting.
The downfall with Cast is that it’s done through the Chrome browser and the cloud, rather than the phone lines like with BTR. You need to have a headphones with a microphone in order for it to sound good. The second podcast in the new format, one with show favorite Tim McLeod, was recorded with the microphone from his computer and the sound was, well, horrible.
Last night Matt Netter joined me and we had a good conversation about the team. I posted the links to the right sidebar earlier today but those of you who view on the mobile site may have missed it. You can download the episode with Matt at http://cast.rocks/hosting/13288/Matt-Netter.mp3 and you can subscribe to the podcast at https://tinyurl.com/ybrrwjo7. Additionally, if you’re an iTunes user, you can find us there, too. Just search for Mets360. There will be multiple ones to choose from, with the current podcast feed being the one with a full header image from the site, instead of just the 360 favicon.
For those of you who view the site on mobile, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on “View Full Site,” which takes you to a format much more like what it looks like on a desktop/laptop. The information on the right sidebar is now viewable, although it comes at the bottom of the page. There will be a link to download the latest podcast, as well as one to subscribe.
The first podcast with Cast was with David Groveman, where we discuss the team’s prospects. You can download that one at http://cast.rocks/hosting/13288/David-Groveman-6-13-18.mp3 as well as find it in the list of shows available on iTunes.
The podcasts are fun to do but more importantly I think they are an informative listen for the audience. If you have already listened in the past – thank you. And if you haven’t, this is a great time to check it out and hear for yourself.