This is Let There Be Pod in Association with Acast. In each issue of the magazine, our partner Acast – home of the UK’s BEST podcasters – sits down for a chat with one of its creators to hear what they love about making podcasts. In this interview from Issue #023 Acast spoke with VIBE with FIVE to discuss their journey into podcasting and what they’ve learnt along the way…
Acast: What was the original inspiration to start the VIBE With FIVE podcast?
VWF: FIVE was created by Rio Ferdinand in 2009 as a digital magazine and over the last few years, the channel has become a football channel and a media brand.
FIVE is the destination for football fans outside the 90 minutes and we want to bring fans closer to the beautiful game. It’s the blending of football fans, pundits & players. VIBE with FIVE is the perfect round up of the weekend, where Rio Ferdinand, Stephen Howson & Joel Beya discuss the biggest talking points.
The show is dedicated to those who want a player & fan perspective, with special guests throughout the season.
What do you find your listeners enjoy about being able to reach you through this medium?
The listeners enjoy that the VW5 team provide football conversations without barriers, where no subject is out of bounds and we take the fans behind the curtain of professional football.
Every Monday the VIBE with FIVE team covers all the big stories around football every week and it’s not just focused on one team. Also, when we have any special guests on the show, Rio can help the players open up and discuss any funny stories.
What do you think makes sports, and football podcasts more specifically so popular with listeners?
It’s the access to the players and being able to have the podcast available immediately from your phone or laptop anywhere in the world. What conversations are you able to discuss on the podcast that you wouldn’t usually on TV/Radio platforms? On the podcast the FIVE team have more freedom to discuss certain topics and can go into more depth as there isn’t as many limitations to the conversations. Plus, when we have special guests on the show we can talk about their playing career and any interesting stories in more detail.
What do you love about making a podcast?
Being able to have football conversations about key moments from the weekend with your mates every Monday and having fun while creating it. You can see the banter between Rio, Ste and Joel, particularly when Man United are doing well and Arsenal losing.
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