Wednesday, September 21, 2016

FF80F Podcast: Episode 6 - Ryan Leslie Joins Darren Haynes for a Wrap-up From Penticton

The good news is the casual sit-down was great and insightful as Ryan Leslie, host of Flames TV, stopped by the palatial Flames at 80 Decibels on-location studio in Penticton, B.C..

We discussed the Young Stars Classic weekend -- not so much the play-by-play of the games -- but looking bigger picture, who stood out, the background and personality of some of these guys (Ryan with some great anecdotes about Matthew Tkachuk). We also touch on a few that disappointed.

The bad news is I experienced some regression on my technical execution of the podcast.

Unfortunately, it was not until after we were done that I discovered that the audio was being captured by the laptop microphone a ways away and not by my new Blue Yeti microphone set up between us. Damn it! I do know what went wrong though so consider this a blip only.

It's not terrible and because the content was great, I am traipsing on nonetheless and I did the best I could to clean it up in post-production. But I'll get the audio back to normal again in the next podcast, which will be coming soon. So apologies to the hardcore audiophiles out there but you'll survive and thanks for the understanding.

Topics Broached
  • Penticton and what's great about the location
  • Tkachuk, his attributes on the ice, what makes him tick off the ice
  • Others than impressed including Mark Jankowski, Tyler Parsons, Dillon Dube and more.
  • Who were a handful of prospects that left us wanting more
  • Q&A - Prospect questions submitted by readers

Options to Download/Listen

You will be able to download Flames at 80 Decibels from all your favourite websites soon as well as through your regular podcast player or app. Here are a few of the more popular links to where you can download the latest episode:

Catching up On What You've Missed

The good news about summer podcasts is for the most part, they're all still very much relevant. After all, there hasn't been much Flames news lately. So if you haven't heard them all yet, check them out:
  • Episode 5 - On August 28, PostMedia sportswriter and longtime Flames beat reporter Scott Cruickshank stopped by to look ahead to the season as well as reminisce about the 2004 Stanley Cup run and what it was like to cover that series both home and away. 
  • Episode 4 - On August 14, Ryan Leslie from Flames TV stopped by and provided a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes with the Flames -- on the charter, etc. Other topics included who will play RW on the top line, who will benefit the most from the new coach.
  • Episode 3 - On August 5, I connected with Mr. Kerr again, this time to dig into a variety of other off-season topics like the Gaudreau/Monahan contract 'stalemate', Troy Brouwer and expansion.
  • Episode 2 - In the more technically-sound second episode (thanks to Rob Kerr's audio equipment) on July 19, Rob joined me as co-host and we debated the Flames season-opening roster. 
  • Episode 1 - In the July 11 impromptu pilot, featuring zero technology, I recapped development camp. This was was a solo effort with sub-part technology but fresh on the heels of the prospects being in town, lots of good stuff discussed.

Look for another podcast soon as training camp gets going. Thanks for listening.

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    1. These podcasts have been just excellent, thanks for being such a passionate content creator!

      1. Thanks for listening. They're not proving to be as popular as I thought and I think the content has been great so it is a bit of a conundrum for me, but the plan is to keep at it and see what happens come the regular season. Thanks for the feedback though. Truly.