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An agenda is written every week prior to the recording of the Salut! Sunderland podcast, writes Stephen Goldsmith. It’s not a rigid structure, just something to keep the podcast on track and make it sound like it has some sort of direction to it.
There have been a few problems in acquiring the desired guests since the podcast’s launch around five weeks ago.
Considering the infancy of the project, having former players, football journalists and fanzine editors get involved makes it all feel worthwhile. We set the standards high in that aspect and are happy with the early results; next season could see things elevated even further given the chance.
I certainly didn’t think I would be an (almost) trained broadcast journalist this time last year, so why not aim high and think positive? We have witnessed gremlins in the studio in most broadcasts and even lost our Swindon fan Adam Johnson mid-conversation in this week’s offering.
The writer, editor and author Andy Dawson would have made a fine guest also but when real work came knocking, we were never likely to compete with just an offer of a post-podcast pint as payment. The fact he follows the account on Twitter and shows genuine interest in the whole thing is flattery indeed.
Regardless, Gareth Barker and I have subjects worthy of SAFC debate lodged in our brains to such an extent that we can sit and chat in the studio at ease and subsequently be prepared to offer that to anyone who’s interested in hearing it.
Not too many at present, but we’ll get there. That’s kind of where we were this week. I decided to rip up the agenda and improvise with the only possible topic available. Paulo, of course. A third guest would have helped with the fluency, as it did so well with Richard Mason and Tom Lynn in the weeks they kindly got involved. We even lost Adam mid-conversation as mentioned previously. Meh.
Politics and football mix. Or do they? It’s our business to know our new manager’s ideologies though. Or is it? He’s been shockingly misquoted anyway. Or has he? We get on to football eventually.