Feedback Wanted

by Ryan

One of the things we’ve really enjoyed doing lately is RoostCast, our little podcast experiment. So far we’ve recorded and published four installments, and we have two more on the way that are being plagued by internet connections and malaria in the state of Florida.

One of the problems, however, is that we have no idea who is listening to these things, and what they think of them. We want to get a good grasp of what you like and don’t like, and what we could do better. What Feel free to offer additional feedback, good or bad, in the comments or via email ( If you have something to say, we want to hear it.

Have you ever listened to one? If not, what’s keeping you from doing so? If you have, what do you think of the content? Should we talk about hockey more? Should we talk to other people? Should we never do one again? Let us know, we’re interested in some feedback.


  1. ScottyMCSSProSportsDaily

    I listened to one of the installments, and was pleased by the depth and detail covered within. When I listen to WGR, or to Ed Kilgore on TV, I only get a layman’s summary of Sabres/Bills news.

    For example, Kilgore announced the signing of Luke Adam, but never went on to mention what skill set he has – goals, faceoffs; he never mentioned that he came through the same draft class as the two Tylers.

    I am not saying that I want minutia, but detail like this is what keeps people interested. You’ve got that in print and in your casts.

    From there, I would suggest a “program” of sorts. I get bored with baseball and hoops very quickly, so to know when the hockey or football segments are coming up would be great. The lack of the convenience of skipping over the crap you don’t like is something that keeps me away from Sportscenter.

    Keep on posting and casting. Don’t leave the fans of WNY to the Buffalo News and local TV “sports” anchors.


    PS – noticed the Beard-a-thon is on at I’ll be tasting beer in my chin whiskers for many many weeks. I hope.

  2. Brian S.

    I listened to about 10 minutes of one of your podcasts before turning it off. I am not big into talk radio, which is part of the reason, but it also reminded me a lot of the DJs on my college’s radio station, who weren’t too good (too many stutters, ummms, etc). I think you are talented writers and think your points are made better in that medium than through the podcast.

  3. I agree with Scotty about pretty much everything. I posted it before, but I’ll copy and paste it here in case no one saw it. Take everything with a grain of salt though, because I’m not a big podcast fan in the first place.

    “I have an idea about the podcast that probably sounds a little selfish but might not be a bad idea. I don’t care at all about basketball, so when you guys talked about it, I generally skipped ahead to the next section. The musical interludes are great for that, but even better would be if you posted the times when each topic started along with the topic.

    You know, to help people skip half of what you worked so hard on. But you get the idea.

    With that said, I do like the college basketball segments a little bit because you can tell you guys are really passionate and knowledgeable about it (or really good at faking it).”

    But yeah, more hockey is always a good thing.

  4. I’ll be honest, I haven’t listened to much, and it’s mostly because whenever I click on the link and I see that the podcasts are an entire hour long, I feel overwhelmed. But that might just be my personal preference/short attention span. In my dream world, podcasts are all only ten minutes long. Very succinct and snappy.

  5. ScottyMCSSProSportsDaily

    The “umms” are a problem.

    Jim Rome is a master of silence. He baits his listeners with caustic statements, and then, he goes silent. He repeats the statements, and goes silent again.

    Instead of saying “umm,” use silence. Let your audience think along with you; let the audience feel provoked a bit to be reactionary to agree or disagree.

    And by all means, give them a forum, a voice, to make their opinions known.

    That being said, Rome is an angry, angry man, and I can’t stand his broadcast. Keep it simple – based on facts – throw in a dash of your expert analysis, but let your audience be a part of the conversation.

    That’s what keeps sports radio alive; that’s what holds internet-casts back.

    Participation. No stumbles. Intermittent pauses, to let the audience catch up and love or hate what you say. Passion will follow – if you let them speak it.

    And being able to skip the crappy basketball. 🙂

  6. I’m not going to lie… I think that Rich is secretly Seth Rogen.