Blue Wire News
Purple Insider, the latest addition to Blue Wire’s podcast network, is making waves in the sports podcasting space as it soars up the Apple Podcast charts. The Minnesota Vikings podcast, which debuted on Memorial Day, made it into Apple’s Top 200 list before releasing a full episode and has now risen to No. 14 in the sports category. As you can see in the picture below, Purple Insider is in some elite company.
The show is hosted by Matt Coller and discusses every aspect of Minnesota Vikings football. Matt comes to Blue Wire from 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where he covered the Vikings day-to-day beat and co-hosted a radio show about the team called Purple Daily. Matt remains a credentialed media member with the Vikings at Blue Wire, so his access to the team will not change.
“Matt is leading the charge of reporters who are monetizing independently of legacy media,” said Blue Wire CEO Kevin Jones. “His Vikings coverage is fantastic and his fans are following him away from SKOR for written and audio content. We’re excited to help support his podcast and his evolution as an NFL content creator.”
In the first episode of Purple Insider, Matt broke down the Minnesota Vikings schedule game-by-game with his former co-host Courtney Cronin. In the second episode, he and PFF’s Eric Eager did an in-depth analysis of the QB matchups for the first half of the Vikings season. The show will continue to release episodes every week.
We at Blue Wire could not be prouder of this start. Despite launching the podcast in the offseason and despite facing the challenges of the pandemic, Matt has persevered. Purple Insider’s early success is a testament to his talent. We can’t thank him and his fans enough for making the transition to podcasting, and we can’t wait to see what more he has in store for us. Welcome to the team, Matt.
The Timeline and Rotoviz Overtime, two podcasts on the Blue Wire network, recorded their 100th episode in the past week, marking an important milestone in their growth and development. Hosted by Mike Vigil and Sam Cooper, The Timeline dives into the ins and outs of the Phoenix Suns. When Mike and Sam aren’t defending Devin Booker against the national media, they are talking to the most influential writers in the Phoenix area about their favorite team. If you are a Suns fan, it is a must listen. Rotoviz Overtime is a fantasy football podcast that gives players an edge by looking at the game through an in-depth analytical lens. Colm Kelly, Shawn Siegele, and and the rest of the team at Rotoviz give you everything you need to win your annual draft, DFS challenge, or dynasty league. Check out everything Rotoviz has to offer here.
For their 100th episode, The Timeline celebrated with a zoom-cast that included longtime listeners, guests, and friends. They talked about their favorite games, reacted to their listeners hottest Suns takes, and reminisced about the best moments so far in the podcast’s almost two-year history. It was certainly a little chaotic with as many as 22 people on the call, but it was also a great way to celebrate the success of the podcast and all the people that helped get to the point it’s at today.
Rotoviz Overtime took slightly a different approach, recording a normal episode with a twist. Colm and Shawn don’t usually have guests on the podcast, but for their 100th episode, they welcomed on five different guests to give five different bold predictions about the 2020 NFL rookie class. These guests were also influential figures in getting the podcast off the ground and developing Rotoviz, so their appearance was also meant to recognize them for their contributions.
Congratulations to both podcasts, and keep up the great work!
Eight players from Snapback Sports’ NFL Draft Series were taken in the 2020 NFL draft and another five were signed as undrafted free agents. The series involved 14 interviews with NFL prospects over the course of several weeks leading up to the draft about their college football experience, pre-draft process and life off the field. Hosts Jack Settleman and Abe Granoff heard inspirational stories, reminisced about each player’s college career, and even tested the athletes with their dreaded Snapback Wonderlic test.
Three players from the series were taken in the 2nd round, one in the 3rd round, two in the 4th round, and three in the 5th round. The highest players selected were former Alabama CB Trevon Diggs (No. 51, Cowboys), former Boise State OL Ezra Cleveland (No. 58, Vikings), and former Baylor WR Denzel Mims (No. 60, Cowboys).
Jack and Abe record their podcast several times a week through Blue Wire, discussing the latest stories in the NBA, NFL and Premier League. Snapback Sports has reached as high as No. 1 on the Apple Podcasts Top Charts, and Jack has over one million followers on Snapchat. If you’d like to listen to these interviews or more Snapback Sports content, click on the link below. Great work guys!
Really big week at Blue Wire. We have on-boarded a wave of three new hires and each brings a unique skill set to our team.
Harry Swartout comes to us from Sports Illustrated and will be focused on creating sports documentary content. We at Blue Wire think that this is an underdeveloped area in our industry and can’t wait to see what Harry does.
Brittany Machado’s prior roles at Warner Brothers and Sundance will come in handy as she leads production relationships with athletes, influencers, pro teams and brands. Her connections and expertise are going to take Blue Wire to the next level.
Jackie Westfall’s knowledge of podcast marketing, sales, promotions and experience at Wondery will push our download growth and advertising inventory to new heights. We believe in our podcasters, and Jackie is going to help us get the most out of our outstanding team.
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. It has been a long time since we saw something on TV that resembled live sports, but finally, we got a little taste with the NFL Draft and now reliving (or maybe seeing for the first time) Michael Jordan’s legacy with The Last Dance Documentary. Hopefully, we see some of our favorite athletes return to the field/court/ice soon — it feels like there could be a glimmer of hope on the horizon — but even if they don’t return soon, and these TV events end, we’re more determined than ever to deliver high-quality sports content. We’ve talked about how Blue Wire would continue to add content and start our journey into the narrative podcast space, and well, we’ve done just that. Over the past month, we’ve added five new podcasts to the family and produced/launched our first narrative podcast series alongside our great Cavalier’s show, The Chase Down.
Below is a rundown of the new shows on the Blue Wire network that cover the NFL, NBA, NHL, Boxing, and eSports. We’re very excited to welcome these talented creators into the Blue Wire family!
The Boxing Rant joined the network with a bang. Kenny Keith and Vince Cummings bring some heat on this podcast, covering boxing with an intense level of passion that comes from their true love of the sport. They provide the most in-depth fight previews and deliver the most complete analysis of any podcast in the industry. The Boxing Rant has already made some big waves in the boxing community, and we are very excited to have them as part of the Blue Wire Network.
Dunks and Discourse join the network as our second NBA national podcast. Josh Eberley and Jabari Davis take a broad look at the NBA while talking about the latest news and trends across social media and the entertainment world. These guys are going in-depth on topics like The Last Dance, KD’s beef with Steph Curry fans, and the Basketball Hall of Fame. They may not always agree, but that’s a good thing. 😏
Talking Hockey continues our expansion into covering the NHL. These guys have built a highly-engaged Instagram account, amassing over 10K followers on their page. Now, they’re bringing that community to their new podcast where they talk all things hockey, all the time. They join Dropping The Gloves, Puck Bunnies, and the Forever Mighty Podcast to form Blue Wire’s expanding hockey coverage.
Fin It To Win It is re-launching their NFL podcast covering the Miami Dolphins. Reilly Bradshaw and Mason Engelhardt bring you the latest news, rumors, and storylines for one of the most exciting young teams in the league. They’ll talk about everything you need to know around the Dolphins offseason, including the guy some think could be the Dolphin’s savior, Tua Tagovailoa. Great to have these guys on board!
Of course, the one sport that has been going strong — in fact, growing — during the pandemic is eSports. Blue Wire is excited to welcome CODCAST, an eSports podcast about Call of Duty. CODCAST will join forces with Blue Wire’s other eSports partner, Preediction, to build on their expansive coverage of the industry. They will also live on Preediction’s feed so listeners can have a great one-stop-shop for all eSports information.
In addition to our new podcasts, Blue Wire made its first foray into the narrative sports podcast space. The Chase Down, a podcast covering the Cleveland Cavaliers, launched a seven-part series on the 2016 NBA Finals called “A City Of Champions.”
These seven podcasts went through the legendary 2016 matchup with game-by-game coverage and commentary from host’s Carter and Justin, alongside high profile guests like ESPN’s Bomani Jones, The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss, and current Cavaliers player Larry Nance Jr. They talked through every momentum-changing play, each storyline, and the legacy impact of the series. The series was recognized in the Cleveland Scene and in Tom Ziller’s Good Morning, It’s Basketball newsletter. Hosts of The Chase Down, Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez devoted a tremendous amount of time and effort for this series to come to life, and we could not be more proud of our first narrative podcast endeavor.
As we move forward, Blue Wire plans to continue our expansion into narrative content, so be on the lookout for more podcast series’ like “City of Champions.” We certainly miss sports like everyone else, so we’ve taken this strange time in history and viewed it as an opportunity to think more creatively, expand our limits, and push the audio coverage to new places so we can grow what Blue Wire can do for our listeners.
Baseball savants Holden Kushner and Ryan Spaeder are rebooting their national baseball podcast on Blue Wire under a new name. “The Walk Off” will record two episodes a week featuring a combination of baseball talk from the guys and interviews with some of the most influential figures in the sport. The podcast, formerly known as “The Best Baseball Podcast,” re-launches in March and will have you covered all season long.
Kushner comes to Blue Wire as an already established media member with an impressive resumé. For the last 13 years, he has worked in radio/TV at Sirius-XM and 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. Prior to that, he hosted radio shows in Las Vegas, Kansas City and Des Moines. He even worked with Blue Wire CEO Kevin Jones at WUSA-TV back in the day.
Spaeder has a slightly different background. He may be a Data Specialist for the United States Department of Defense by day, but don’t let that fool you. Spaeder is an accomplished baseball author and Hall of Fame critic. His book, Incredible Baseball Stats: The Coolest, Strangest Stats and Facts in Baseball History, Version II, made it all the way to No. 2 on Amazon’s Best Seller list for baseball, and he now runs his own website covering MLB.
The Walk Off joins the Bronx Pinstripes Crew as part of Blue Wire’s expansion into baseball podcasting. It also gives Blue Wire a national podcast for every major American sport. Welcome to the team.
What’s up guys, CEO Kevin Jones here. We are in unprecedented times and I first and foremost hope everyone is staying safe. This pandemic has been a shock to the system and extends far beyond the games that we all love. However long this all lasts, we are committed to bringing you your favorite pods.
In our 18 months as a company, we’ve built a community of podcasters who all work and record remotely. So other than the whole “all sports aren’t being played right now” thing, we’re fully operational.
After recently raising some capital, we now have five full-timers and an incredible group of part-timers who are making humungous contributions to deliver you pods. And our podcasters are some of the most creative people I’ve ever had the chance to work with. Along side them, we are going to continue to add new content every week.
As we continue to build our network with more traditional talk-shows, you’ll see a stronger push from us into a new direction: the narrative podcast space. Our feeling is that the sports audio documentary category is vastly underdeveloped, and we’re using resources to fill this need in the marketplace. We’ve been building out this studio concept before the pandemic and are now prioritizing efforts to deliver evergreen, binge-able content to our fans.
I wanted to highlight twelve of our newcomers that cover the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA Tour and wrestling.
Dropping The Gloves, an NHL podcast hosted by former all-star and ten-year veteran John Scott and Tim Wirzburger, is the latest example of our dedication to build audio channels with former college and professional athletes. John and Tim bring a huge audience and ton of hockey expertise to the network with this podcast that takes a look at the NHL from every angle. John joins a growing list of former athletes including Donte Whitner, Tajh Boyd, James Jones, Joshua Perry and Eric Crocker on Blue Wire.
The Walk Off, hosted by Ryan Spaeder and Holden Kushner, will look at the MLB from a national perspective and feature guest interviews from players, managers and retired legends. Spaeder is an accomplished author and Baseball Hall of Fame critic, and Kushner comes to Blue Wire with several years of radio experience at SiriusXM and 106.7 The Fan in DC.
The Bronx Pinstripes Crew is adding a third podcast for Yankees (and MLB) fans with The Boys of 161 Street! Welcome Luke Rella and Damin Romeo! These guys (and a collection of their buddies) make up The Boys of 161 St, offering a younger slant to Yanks coverage. Luke and Damin started podcasting late last year and have already built a strong social media following as they spit hot takes from their apartment on the upper east side of Manhattan. Very excited to see these guys grow with the Blue Wire team and their expanded presence on Bronx Pinstripes.
A rising star in the Cleveland Browns media landscape, Jake Burns, is adding a second show to his audio content. The Orange and Brown Report will record multiple times a week, pairing snackable podcast content to Jake’s written coverage of the Cleveland Browns for 247 Sports. Jake was one of the first people to ever believe in me as a startup founder and I’m pumped Blue Wire can help aid his growth.
Our NBA coverage has been our fastest growing channel and we’ve added three team-specific podcasts that fit what we build at Blue Wire. Nicole Yang and Tom Westerholm bring their experience covering the Celtics for The Boston Globe and MassLive respectively to Blue Wire with their new podcast Gino Time. We’ve had some great success building with other writers at the Sacramento Bee and Philly Voice Magazine. Clip & Roll and Kings Pulse both provide detailed, game-by-game analysis all season long.
Fore! We’re now officially in the PGA Tour content game with Fantasy Golf Degenerates. The lively duo of Tyler Tamboline and Kenny Kim bring a highly engaged audience with them to the network and give you topnotch fantasy advice and DFS golf coverage every week — with a little extra flare.
Which media outlet has the highest amount of social impressions covering the 49ers? Hard to argue it’s not Blue Wire. The 49ers Rush Podcast (John Chapman), 4th & Gold Podcast (Matt Barr, Javi Vega) will bolster Blue Wire’s unprecedented coverage of the reigning NFC champs. 49ers Rush uses a film-based approach to cover Kyle Shanahan and the team while 4th & Gold wears the super-fan hat. These podcasts join Striking Gold and Candlestick Chronicles giving Blue Wire the broadest audio coverage of the 49ers in the market.
The 10ish Podcast, hosted by Nick Emel and Brandon Coffman, expands Blue Wire’s audience to the comedy side as well. The duo brings listeners a weekly Top-10 list from a variety of topic, along with trivia, fun facts and conspiracy theories. From the best films, to their favorite Halloween candy, to even their most famous Chinese songs, Brandon and Nick have a list for everything.
Top Rope Nation (Ryan Droste, Kyle Ross, Justin Joynt) will add to Blue Wire’s wrestling coverage with its weekly show on the WWE, AEW and WWE NXT. It ups our wrestling content to three pods, joining The Chris Van Vliet Show and Two Jabronis with a Wrestling Podcast.
We know people’s lives are going to change. But throughout it, we’re going to keep working to give more people opportunities to create, produce and listen to content.
San Francisco, CA – Blue Wire has struck a podcasting content partnership agreement with ClutchPoints, a sports content startup based in Los Angeles. Blue Wire will assist with two ClutchPoints podcasts, Establish the Pass and Battle for LA.
Battle for LA, launched last year and is a Los Angeles based NBA podcast hosted by Tomer Azarly and Ryan Ward as they discuss two of the best teams in the NBA, who also happen to play in the same arena. They discuss the Lakers and Clippers twice a week and bring content ranging from game analysis to match up previews for both teams.
Establish the Pass was built at the beginning of the 2019 NFL season and is a league-wide show hosted by Blake Lovell and Dillon Reagan. They cover everything, from fantasy advice to the game’s biggest trends as well as emergency episodes for breaking news.
Blue Wire is excited to partner with ClutchPoints with a common goal of bringing together sports fans with unique content from the next generation of sports commentators.
New York, NY – Podcast Ad Reps (PAR) and Simplecast are pleased to announce a sales representation and distribution agreement with Blue Wire, a sports podcasting network of over 85 original podcasts.
Founded in October 2018, Blue Wire has emerged as a home for younger content creators who have built highly engaged audiences on Twitter, Snap and YouTube. Blue Wire’s roster is comprised of beat-reporters, bloggers, super fans, athletes, independent journalists, broadcasters, comedians and internet personalities. The eclectic team has 40 different podcasters on the network who are women or of color.
“We’re solving a creator and listener problem in the marketplace,” said CEO Kevin Jones. “Podcasts are changing how fans consume sports. New voices are emerging. Listeners are pivoting away from traditional media outlets and instead finding their favorite topical influencer. Blue Wire exists to help our podcasters and fans build these stronger relationships.”
“Our team was excited to accept the challenges Kevin and his team presented to us,” states PAR President Rick Selah, “and the shows are a perfect complement to expand our existing sports catalog of powerhouse shows like No Laying Up and The Sports Reporters.”
Some of Blue Wire’s notable podcasts include Laker Film Room, Bronx Pinstripes, Light Years, The Chris Van Vliet Show, Snapback Sports and The Tajh Boyd Podcast. The network covers the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Premier League, College Football, College Basketball, Fantasy, Gambling and is starting to dip into pop culture.
“We are now capable of offering coverage year-round to our agency partners seeking sports fans,” observes PAR CRO Anthony Savelli. “If a brand wants to reach Hoops fans from March Madness thru the NBA Playoffs, we have 25 shows to offer. Same with Football. And if brands want to reach Soccer fans, NHL fans, Baseball, Gambling, or even Boxing fans, we can bring a loyal audience.”
“The model Blue Wire has created to support emerging talent find an audience in podcasting is innovative and noteworthy,” says Dane Cardiel, Simplecast’s Director of Sales and Partnerships. “We’re beyond excited to partner with Blue Wire and PAR to bring them a truly enterprise suite for podcasting: content management, distribution, dynamic content delivery — all built upon the most comprehensive audience analytics offering in the industry. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish next.”
Blue Wire plans to continue growth throughout 2020 with forays into original storytelling and building an academy for college podcasters.