Barrie, Ontario, October 30, 2013— The 9th Annual Podcast Awards nominations have been announced and the “Dear Mr. Fantasy” baseball podcast has been named a finalist for a 2013 Podcast Award in the Sports category. Other nominees in the category include podcasts produced by ESPN and CBS Sports.
The “Dear Mr. Fantasy” podcast began in January 2012 by Barrie, Ontario resident Chris McBrien discussing fantasy baseball statistics, player analysis, projections and general advice on the topic. Joined each week by his sidekick, “The Fantasy Doctor”, McBrien’s podcast has featured industry experts such as USA Today Sports Editor Steve Gardner and baseball writer Tim Heaney among the weekly guest spots.
Podcasts have been growing in popularity in recent years. Apple recently announced that the iTunes store eclipsed 1 billion podcast subscriptions spread across 250,000 unique podcasts in more than 100 different languages.
“It’s an honor to be nominated and that’s not just a cliché”, states McBrien. “When you consider the sheer volume of podcasts being produced today as well as the caliber of competition in the category, it’s an achievement just to be recognized alongside such big names”.
The Podcast Awards were founded in 2005 by Todd Cochrane, a universally-known podcaster, new media expert and author. The Awards recognize the best podcasters in the world by allowing the people to nominate, and then vote for their favorite podcasts across several diverse categories.
With fantasy sports growing in popularity annually, there has been an increasing need for more information on the topic. Fantasy sports now account for approximately $4 billion in annual economic impact across the sports industry.
“In addition to providing information on our topic, the key for us is to keep things fun and always involve our audience”, states McBrien. “Baseball doesn’t have to be all stats and numbers. It can be a chance to get together with friends and have fun and a lot of laughs. The content on our show relies heavily on listener feedback, questions and comments. Podcasting can be a highly interactive medium and a chance to connect with listeners. That’s what we strive to achieve with our show”.
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I have had the privilege of being a guest on “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and when you listen to the podcast, it sounds like a couple of guys having a good time. But Chris and the good Doctor are very professional and prepared unlike just about any podcast I have ever been associated with and they highly deserve this honor. I will keep you informed on when the voting begins and would appreciate you voting for my good friends, not because they are good friends, but because they deserve this award.