My Early Exposure
This was one of my first podcasts, as I turned to the BBC for all my sporting needs. I knew it gave me the best coverage of my three primary sports, including 5 live Football Daily. I sometimes use my iPlayer to listen to their coverage live, but having the podcast gives me the freedom to listen when I can, not just live.
This show cycles through a handful of hosts, so the episode I’m listening to right now his hosted by Kelly Cates, the next will be Kevin Kilbane. Off the top of my head, I think the last was hosted by Caroline Barker. You get used to the same voices and their styles, but you don’t have the same voice every day, and you get different guests relative to what’s being discussed. Current and former players, managers, journalists, etc. I like when Charlie Adam comes on, or the occasional Jack Butland chat. I get to hear extended discussions with my favorite players and managers, and people I don’t normally hear from because they aren’t top league managers or players from teams I follow. It’s a well-formed cast of hosts, and they all do their job very well, but the banter essentially has a reset button every day, which has its pluses and minuses.
Football Daily covers British (mainly English) football, top to bottom. Mainly, it’s the England team and Premier League, but as stories demand you get lower leagues down to Non-League, other UK national teams, and related stories. It’s more focused than some of the other podcasts I listen to, but this allows it to cover very thoroughly – if somewhat repetitively.
As the name states, this is a daily podcast, which means subscribers get one update (at least) every day, more if there’s some kind of emergency update. This doesn’t guarantee how much time a day you’ll spend listening, however. For example, the Thursday episode I’ll listen to next is 22 minutes. The Wednesday episode I’m on is an hour and a half. Monday’s episode was seven minutes. You get one or two episodes a week of the hour and a half variety, and then the rest are usually half an hour or less. Because different days serve different purposes, this makes sense, but it does lack a daily consistency. It does give weekly consistency, as each day of the week as a theme, like the Friday Football Social (where listeners call in for a longer show).
As part of the BBC superstructure, there are only adverts for other BBC listening – in this one, just a reminder at the beginning and end to check out other 5 live podcasts. Otherwise, advert free. It’s paid for by the British people, and other funding BBC receives for its productions. Actually, I feel occasionally guilty that I don’t pay in, as I listen to so much BBC, in podcasts and radio, for free. They probably get money off me somehow, but I haven’t a clue how.
Are you a 5 live Football Daily listener? Anything I missed you want to add? Anything you disagree with?
Also, if you have a podcast you want me to review, go ahead and let me know in the comments! I might be on my list (I’ll bump it forward), or I may not have listened yet, but I’m always looking for more football podcasts to try.