Ryan Ferris, an economics student at Michigan State University, recently launched his own sports podcast Ferris Takes, marking another entrant into the rapidly expanding medium.
The show plans to focus on all the hot topics going on in the world of sports in the spirit of other popular sports shows such as ESPN’s First Take Show.
The first episode, which Ferris released to SoundCloud on March 25, Ferris covers everything from problems in the NBA, potential trades that might occur in the NFL this month and his boredom with the MLB. The podcast will cover a variety of topics.
“Before I put the first episode out I was pretty nervous,” Ferris said. “The response was way better than I expected from my friends and family.”
Ferris admitted that boredom led him to finally start the project.
“I’ve always loved sports and have had my friends tell me that I’m sort out of a nut job with information and statistics,” Ferris said. “I’ve always been drawn to radio and personalities and one day when I should have been studying for an exam I just went out and bought a microphone.”
“Bringing up sports in front of Ryan is like setting off a bomb,” Ryan’s friend Peter Butkovich said. “He has a ton of enthusiasm when he talks about sports to people and you can see that in the first episode. I think it’s great what he’s doing”
A 2016 study by Edison Research found podcast listening grew 23 percent between 2015 and 2016.
“Everyone’s saying podcasts are the next thing. There’s a lot of growth to be had in the industry,” said Ferris. “I think it’s fair to say it’s going to be the next radio. It’s like what happened with Netflix and live tv. People don’t want to listen to the commercials and they want to listen when they can listen.”
Many point to accessibility, but also the wide variety of topics podcast touch on for the massive surge of success the medium has been receiving.
“If you want to hear the latest sports or news opinions it’s easy and accessible on the go,” said Stephen Olschanski, co-host of the State News’s podcast. “There seems to be a podcast for every interest and niche now so I think it’s a way to connect people further to their hobby or interest.”
Ferris plans to continue growing the show as much as possible over the next week. Improvements he already has in the works include graphics and original music to go along with the program. Ferris is also attempting to make guests a common part of the show and is attempting to get a current MSU athlete on the program.