Former LSU students taking the local podcasting scene by storm
Venting about one’s favorite team is as integral to sports fandom as watching the actual game itself. The classic debates of which play should the coach have run late in the fourth quarter or whether the backup quarterback deserved more snaps have reverberated off the walls of bar rooms across Baton Rouge for years, especially when the home team is upset by the lowly Troy Trojans.
After years of dissecting the Tigers in dorms, bars and man caves, one trio of LSU fans created Pod of Geauxld, an LSU football podcast, to share their insight and brutally honest opinions with the rest of the purple and gold faithful.
Michael Dragna, Brett Wynn and Michael “Schnyd” Snyder launched Pod of Geauxld prior to the start of last season as a way to stay connected with each other while discussing LSU football.
“We all have professional jobs, and none of it has to do with media,” Dragna said. “But all three of us have the same interests. Every time we’d come over or go out or do anything, LSU football is what we end up talking about.”
Broadcasting from Wynn’s converted garage studio in Covington, the trio blends expert knowledge and a lifetime of passion to deliver an entertaining, yet relaxed LSU-centric podcast.
“Our podcast is supposed to be natural,” Dragna said. “It’s about some dudes getting some drinks at the end of the day and talking smack.”
Originally from the Northshore, Wynn and Dragna have known one another since preschool. All three of the guys attended Mandeville High, but Wynn and Dragna truly began hitting it off with Schnyd while attending LSU a decade ago.
“We’ve been doing prep for this podcast for 10 years,” Wynn said. “We just now started talking about it.”
Wynn, who worked as an equipment manager for the LSU football team as an undergrad, realized he wanted to talk about LSU football on air after the infamous 2009 Alabama game. LSU’s upset bid was thwarted after a late fourth quarter interception by Tiger cornerback Patrick Peterson was overturned.
“[Former LSU Sports Radio Network host Charles] Hanagriff just talked bad about Alabama for an hour and half on my drive home,” said Wynn.
Nearly a decade later, the guys’ closed-door rants have become material for weekly podcasts on LSU football throughout the year. After throwing around numerous possible titles for the podcast Dragna came up with Pod of Geauxld, and it grew on them.
The inaugural podcast consisted of the guys sitting on the floor around a coffee table in Wynn’s house, passing one microphone back and forth.
“Hearing ourselves for the first time, that was a big moment,” Dragna said. “It didn’t sound terrible. It actually sounded good.”
They uploaded the first podcast hoping for a few downloads from friends and family. Instead, they got over 200. Dragna admits in the beginning the show was too structured, but evolved into the free-flowing dialogue listeners hear today.
“I initially would talk a majority of the time, and Brett would chime in on something funny and go off,” Dragna said. “But then Schnyd would be left with maybe a quick recruiting segment. When we scrapped all that, we all found our niche naturally in the show.”
Pod of Geauxld quickly developed a following last fall, garnering thousands of listeners, with Tiger fans as far as Germany and China downloading the podcast each week. The guys witnessed a spike in downloads after LSU’s devastating upset loss to Troy last fall.
“We were pissed,” Dragna admits. “And people knew we’d be honest about the game.”
Even when football season ended, the crew continued to churn out weekly episodes on football recruiting, offseason football news and other LSU sports.
“We live in the LSU football environment all the time,” Schnyd said. “We’re constantly reading articles and news, and it’s already incorporated in our day-to-day lives.”
As they embark on year two of podcasting and continue to grow Pod of Geauxld’s audience, the crew points to the overwhelming positive reaction and encouragement from fellow LSU football fans as the major highlight of their first year.
“These people are somehow connected to us in a way where they don’t know us, but they feel like they’re friends with us,” Wynn said. “If you want to come hang out and listen in on our conversation and feel like you’re yelling back at your radio, that’s awesome.”
Listeners can download Pod of Geauxld on iTunes and many other podcast providers.
Photos by Sean Gasser
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