Jun 13, 2007
I know the Internet is changing rapidly and is going more and more toward the interaction of audio and video. Heck I wouldn’t be surprised if one day over 50% of our content was supplied via video and/or audio.
You would think I would be all over this, since I’ve always been ahead of the curve when it comes to all things online, and since I majored in Communications (Radio/TV/Film in college). I was actually “Online” in 1989, on Prodigy, when you connected via a 5 1/2 inch floppy disk. I did broadcasting way back in High School, as mine was the first in N.J. to produce a daily newscast, which was broadcast to the whole school. That was like 1985, for God’s sake. I don’t think I’m a particularly good broadcaster, but I’m solid enough, and certainly have more skills than a lot people doing it right now in the fantasy industry.
The point is, I’m long overdue in terms of getting some video stuff and a Podcast on the site – and I intend to do both this year. My problem, as always, is time. I simply don’t have enough of it. But hopefully things are going to be getting better. We’re definitely going to be adding another full-timer to the staff this year; it’s just a question of who that person is at this point. That will definitely help save me some time (and make the site a lot better) and give me more of it to devote to these interactive endeavors.
In some ways, it’s ironic that I haven’t done any audio or video, since I’m one of the more active people in the industry in terms of appearing on TV and Radio. I suppose since I do a weekly TV and Radio show (Comcast Sportsnet and Sirius Radio respectively) I haven’t felt a strong enough need to get my face and voice out there.Well that’s changed this year, and I definitely feel a pressing need to do some audio and video. First on the audio, I’m going to be working these next few weeks on doing a Podcast with Adam Caplan of footballinjuries.com, who I co-host the Sirius show with. I’m thinking it will be short, since we’re going to put it up for free and we don’t want to “give away the farm.” It’ll probably be about 20-30 minutes and maybe just once a week, but that’s a start. Hopefully I’ll have details on that sometime in early July.
Since it seems to be more complicated, I’m starting with the video first. In just two days of working on this, I’ve been able to come up with something that is at least presentable. Since I have no time, I actually enlisted the help of my 14-year old son, whose not doing much else this summer other than playing baseball.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t do anything, other than the actual broadcast. I came up with the simple idea of calling my video spots “The Fantasy Guru Minute.” I like the quick-hitting stuff, and if this little thing takes off, then I can envision myself doing a lot of these with the help of my son, as long as I don’t have to ground him and banish him to his room. My plan is to cover one topic each day, and to periodically answer viewer mail on the thing.
Like I said, I’m still trying to figure out the best way to put this stuff on our actual site, and I certainly don’t want to put something up there that’s going to fry our servers, so I have to be careful. But the good news is for now, that I can put these on YouTube and simply supply a link to the video each day. That’s certainly good enough for now, but I definitely want to have this stuff actually on our site.
But at least we have the ability to produce this thing, and that’s again thanks to my new intern, my kid. He does the camera, the video editing, he created the graphics, and he even came up with and performed the little jam in the opening (he did the guitar and drums). There is no need to pay any royalties; that is original music. He did all this in about 4 hours, and I was impressed. I gotta say this is a pretty decent first attempt, considering the time and money invested (minimal).
You can be the judge, by checking out the video here: