A couple of years after Redleg Nation launched, I began toying with the idea of doing a podcast. Off and on for a number of years, we posted occasional episodes, often featuring interviews with players such as Tucker Barnhart (here, here, and here) and Devin Mesoraco (here, here, and here), plus chats with Reds Hall of Famers such as Jim Maloney and Tom Browning.
About three years ago, I decided to commit to publishing a new episode of the podcast every single week. The response from you guys has been overwhelming. Bill Lack, Jason Linden, and Doug Gray have been amazing co-hosts. We’re still doing cool interviews — like Barry Larkin and Dick Williams, plus Chris Welsh‘s yearly appearances — but I’ve been blown away by the engagement from the listeners. We’ve produced 250+ episodes at this point. More and more subscribers join us every single week, and it’s been a fun process.
If you haven’t subscribed yet, you should. It’s free! (Details at the bottom of this post.) And the podcast will always remain free, available every single Friday morning. But today I’m introducing a new way to support the podcast: we’ve launched a Patreon. Go here for all the details. If you are unfamiliar with Patreon, it’s a platform to support creators of content. Essentially, there are different tiers of support that come with some fun stuff, including getting your name mentioned on the podcast, getting a personally-signed copy of “The Big 50,” or actually being a guest on a segment of a future episode. Donation levels begin at $2 a month.
Over the last few months, I have been thinking about this community we’ve built here at the Nation, and around the podcast as well. It’s really the best community I’ve seen around a team sport website. That’s always been because of you. I hope you’ll join me over at Patreon. My goal is just to defray my expenses in producing a podcast every single week. If we get a lot of support, however, I have some fun things in mind for you guys.
(Keep this a secret, just among us friends, but plans are already in the works for a live podcast in Cincinnati sometime in 2019.)
Anyway, whether you join us as Patreon or not, I hope you’ll continue listening to the podcast and telling your friends about us. As always: if you like us, talk about us! If you don’t like us, kindly keep your mouth shut.