EPL Talk Interview
EPL Talk was nominated for the Best Football Podcast award. We asked them to talk about the awards, how 2010 had turned out for EPL Talk, future plans and of course, who he would vote for in the awards. Here’s the interview:
1) You’ve been nominated for Best Football Podcast, chosen by both fans and industry experts, how does it feel?
It’s an honour to be nominated. Hat’s off go to the team that hosts the EPL Talk Podcast: Host Richard Farley and co-hosts Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer. They’ve taken the show, tightened it up and created what I believe is one of the must-listen soccer shows of the week that rivals The Guardian’s Football Weekly, but goes far deeper into the topics.
2) What kind of year has 2010 been for EPL Talk?
It’s been our best year ever. In November we celebrated our five year anniversary. And during the World Cup tournament, we broke our record for the most traffic in one month, more than 500,000 unique visitors and more than 258,000 podcast downloads. Throughout the rest of the year, we broke several stories which were picked up by major media outlets around the world. To be honest, 2010 couldn’t have been better.
3) What do you think has been the key factor in your success?
I wouldn’t say it’s one key factor. It’s many. It’s been a combination of hard work by the EPL Talk Podcast team, great feedback from the listeners and providing analysis that very few, if any, soccer podcasts provide.
4) If you were casting a vote for your any of your fellow nominees, who would it be?
From the podcast category, it would have to be our closest rival, which is The Guardian’s Football Weekly. As for soccer blogs, I would recommend adding a category specifically for soccer blogs. I would then include write-in votes for the best-of-the-best that were overlooked including Du Nord Futbol, FootySphere, Soccer By Ives, A More Splendid Life and Les Rosbifs, just to name a few.
5) What’s next for EPL Talk?
We’re getting ready to launch an Android version of the EPL Talk Podcast app in early 2011. On the heels of that, we will be making a major announcement which will be the most exciting launch we’ve ever had.
6) Have you seen the Castrol Football Rankings? What do you think about them, and who do you think is the best footballer in the world at the moment?
I’ve been a big fan of the Castrol rankings since Euro 2008 which they covered head to toe. The data they provide is really intriguing. As for the best footballer in the world, most people will probably say Lionel Messi. But being Welsh and a former winger myself, I have to vote for Tottenham wunderkind Gareth Bale.
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