It’s a full decade this year since I first started to make available those rambling inarticulate post-match reports I provide from games I’ve attended. The format of these has stayed largely the same since then, though I’m probably less sweary in them now than I used to be one time, as I’ve kept to the original brief I adopted for them. This was – and is – to provide, as soon as possible after the final whistle has sounded, an unvarnished, in-the-moment audio piece on the match I’ve just witnessed.
With the passage of time, other things – notably my involvement in the Mayo News football podcast, which I really enjoy and greatly value – have moved centre-stage for me on match day. Over the last while too I’ve endeavoured, where feasible, to hammer out the written match report for the blog before leaving the venue. That all makes for a packed few hours at games but at least it does mean most of the work is done before I head away.
My own audio reports still, though, remain part of what I do on match days and my intention is that I’ll continue to provide them into the future. The only reason I’m posting about this now is to alert you to a small change, which relates to where they’re hosted.
Up until now I’ve used a platform called Audioboom (formerly Audioboo) and all the audio reports I’ve recorded since 2009 are still there. Their business model has, however, changed recently – in short, they’re looking for money – and it was this change that was the root cause of the malfunction last Saturday night, which prevented me from uploading my audio report from Croke Park to the platform.
So, it’s time for me and Audioboom to part company, which means that it’s now time to introduce you to the platform I’m switching to – Anchor.fm.
Over the last few days I’ve set myself up on Anchor and I’ve pulled across all the old audio reports – all 122 of them – from Audioboom so they’re all there in the one place, which is here. On Saturday evening at MacHale Park, once Maurice Deegan has blown the final whistle, I’ll record my first post-match audio directly on the new platform.
After it’s recorded, I’ll be distributing the audio report on Twitter the same way as normal. I’ll also continue to patch it into the match report on the blog – I’ve done already for all matches I’ve been to this year, which now point to the new platform.
In practical terms, then, the only difference you’ll see from this under-the-bonnet change is that the audio will be hosted on Anchor and not on Audioboom. All the umms and ahhs and look-its will still be coming from the same stumbling source.
If you don’t use the Audioboom app to listen to the reports then these changes won’t affect you. If you do you may as well download the Anchor app so that you’re ready for the change. It’s available on the App Store and Google Play.
By the way, if there’s anything that’s on your mind about these audio reports – things you think I should be doing in them but I’m not or things you believe I should not be doing but I am – let me know in the comments. Otherwise, stay tuned for Saturday evening and the next post-match audio assault.