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Today we are interviewing Brian Seigla and Curtis Wilson from the Boundary Corner podcast.
Boundary Corner Podcast
Hey Brian and Curtis. What is your podcast all about?
Our podcast covers Virginia Tech football and related sports stories year round. We cover recruiting, break down game tape, preview opponents, recap games, and provide interviews with relevant guests.
What’s the story behind your podcast?
Brian: My good friend Curtis and I began our podcast in early 2020 just before the start of the pandemic. We’ve known each other since middle school and have been close friends and occasional coworkers for the last 25 years.
We’ve also been diehard Virginia Tech Hokies fans for just as long and any Saturday we weren’t watching games together we were texting and calling each other with critiques, questions, and general commentary on the game.
We felt we brought some unique ideas to the table and thought starting a podcast to share our unique fan perspective with Hokie Nation was a great idea. Then kids happened and I moved to Raleigh and we punted on the idea.
Four years later we finally circled back and started the Boundary Corner Podcast. Our listenership has grown consistently over the last year and a half and we now have a steady audience and a cult following on the Virginia Tech Football podcasting scene.
How do you plan or prepare each episode?
Truly a collaborative effort. During the off season we sit down and map out a month’s worth of episodes at a time from discussion topics to guest opportunities. Then we build a loose rundown of how we want the episode to flow from start to finish, with some open areas to add newsworthy items later. We divvy up research/info gathering responsibilities and share our information to make sure we both have a grasp of the content. I (Brian) primarily take on the role of contacting and arranging for any guest appearances.
During the regular season we are mostly recording Recap and Preview episodes for each game week. I usually watch game film and provide a subjective analysis while my partner Curtis compiles and analyzes stats to pull out any significant data points that might be useful in our discussion. While these episodes are easier from a planning perspective the preparation is definitely more intensive.
Can you share some podcast stats with us?
Our podcast episodes average about 250 downloads over 30 days, our livestreams get upwards of 600 views across 3 platforms, and our listener retention rate is pretty high.
It wasn’t always that way. Our first few episodes from March 2020 are still under 100 downloads all time and only touched about 50 or so in the first 60 days. But we kept at it and as we got better at what we were doing more people started taking notice.
We didn’t start the podcast with a large following in our space on social media so gaining traction there was the most difficult initial step of increasing visibility of our content. The initial hurdle you have to clear is making sure enough people know you exist and what new angles or ideas you bring to the table, especially in a somewhat crowded space like sports podcasting.
Do you have any tips for fellow podcasters?
1. Be passionate but authentic. Audiences like seeing and listening to people that are enjoying what they do.
2. Preparation is key. If you feel prepared then the pressure of the mic and the cameras goes away and you can just enjoy the process.
3. Find your niche. You’re likely entering a space where others are doing something similar. Find what makes your voice unique in this space and use that to connect with and grow your audience.
What podcasting tools are you using?
1. We use Discord for episode production meetings and planning along with Google Docs for episode rundown and interview collaboration. Also use Adobe Spark and PlaceIt.net for graphic creation and animated video segments
2. Streamyard Studio for livestreaming/recording all audio/video for podcast. We use Da Vinci Resolve for video editing and Audacity to edit audio
3. We both use Blue Yeti Nano mics
4. We use podcastpage.io for our website platform. While I know HTML well enough it was easier to get something up and running fast that is targeted to podcast audiences
Where can we follow you?
- Website – https://boundarycornervt.com/
- Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/0CqcXJKrvAxfo2J5bBmIRF
- Twitter – @boundarycorner
- Facebook – @BounderyCornerPodcast
- YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJkFGi5JM3RV9uelsGKgT9g
- Instagram – @boundarycornervt
Thanks Brian and Curtis for sharing your story and tips with us.
That’s all for this Podcast Showcase edition. If you’re interested in participating in future editions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly.