Apparently there is no kiddie pool for podcasting.
Here at PinalCentral, we are offering a brand new sports podcast called Retro Rewind. I am the show’s host, and my co-host is our Eloy reporter Maria Vasquez, who also covers sports.
Media, just like the rest of the world, is perpetually changing and evolving. There are new ways to reach audiences, to deliver messages and to tell stories.
Podcasts are a great platform for those who seek information. And it’s a wonderful medium from which to tell stories.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, everything has changed. We live in a new world. And while I was waiting for news about if and when high school sports would return in Arizona, we at PinalCentral started discussing other ways we could bring content to our readers.
Since Maria and I had already been producing a weekly video broadcast, we decided to step into the podcast world.
This all came together very quickly. Luckily, we have Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa in our newsroom. She has been producing and hosting a politics podcast — PinalCast — all through election season.
As the in-house podcast expert, she gave Maria and me a crash course. But we didn’t really have much time to put on arm floaties and gently wade into the deep end.
Nah, just toss ’em in and see if they can swim. Fortunately, we can swim.
This podcast will differ from PinalCentral’s politics podcast, not just in content, but in how we promote it, and how you consume it.
Whereas the politics podcast was only available to PinalCentral subscribers behind a paywall, the sports podcast will be available to everyone.
With the first episode dropping Wednesday, you can find it on our Casa Grande Dispatch Facebook page and also at pinalcentral.com. We are working toward making it available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other popular podcast platforms shortly.
Why is the show called Retro Rewind? With no high school sports being played right now — although it looks like that will change soon — we decided to delve into subjects and stories from the past.
That doesn’t mean we’re always going to go back decades. We will talk about some stories that go back 30 years. But we will also discuss recent history.
Retro Rewind will take an in-depth look at former Pinal County athletes and memorable moments in local sports history. Each episode will last approximately 30 minutes.
Our first two episodes feature a pair of former Casa Grande Union athletes — both quarterbacks and good friends — who went on to play college football and ultimately made it big in prestigious legal careers.
Those two friends are Denis Fitzgibbons and Kevin White, two men who are well-known throughout Pinal County.
Fitzgibbons is an attorney at Fitzgibbons Law Offices in Casa Grande and was recently elected as president of the State Bar of Arizona. White has been a Pinal County Superior Court judge since 2002.
Both of these men have tremendous stories to tell, and honestly, 30 minutes only covers some of those stories. But I guarantee you will learn things about them you did not know.
You’ll find out what made Fitzgibbons choose Columbia over attending the United States Military Academy at West Point.
You’ll hear how a scrawny White, who wasn’t on anyone’s recruiting radar coming out of high school, ended up going to West Virginia and engineering some of biggest wins in the college’s history.
I hope you’ll give those episodes a listen. They are just the beginning. We hope to bring you impactful stories from all kinds of people, including prominent Pinal County athletes who just graduated in the last few years.
If there are people you want to hear on the Retro Rewind podcast, drop us a line and tell us why their story should be told.
I’m excited to bring this new show to our readers. I know many of you will enjoy hearing stories of Pinal County athletes and sports figures from multiple generations.
Whether you are a podcast junkie or approaching them for the first time; whether you listen at your laptop, in the car or on a walk; join us as we dive deep into sports talk. It’s story time.