Our podcast is reviewed in Wisden! And favourably at that.
Peter Oborne and Richard Heller have been delivering their cricket podast for a year now. They started with Wisden 2020 and have just reviewed Wisden 2021.
Wisden has noticed. Imagine their thrill when they opened this year’s cricketing bible to find that the podcast reviewer James Gingell regarded our podcast as a ‘welcome’ addition to the genre.
‘It’s outwardly fusty, inwardly modern, social and political as much as sporting.’
(I say ‘our’ podcast. The Chiswick Calendar produces it. Success has many fathers!) The reviewer was pretty rude about some of the others. Here’s what he wrote:
Wisden’s Almanack 2021 podcast review
Cricket Podcasts in 2020 by James Gingell
Hobby Horses and hang-ups
In early spring, Covid-19 seemed to have inverted economic doctrine, with US oil prices going negative and a Conservative Chancellor paying people not to work. Podcasters seemed gripped by market madness too: while listeners dropped by as much as a fifth – probably caused by a drastic reduction in commuting – the number of new podcasts shot up.
It made for much surplus. Mark Nicholas named his show Rain Delay, presumably to steel his audience for the hours of aimlessness and frustration. It doesn’t take long to forget that Nicholas is an excellent sports broadcaster, or to recall that Alan Partridge began life in a similar vocation…. Still, Geoffrey Boycott’s Corridor of Certainty, three and a half hours of the same old hobby horses and hang-ups, was somehow worse.
Others were welcome. Peter Oborne and Richard Heller’s On Cricket evokes the plum and dust of parliamentary tearooms – never more than when Lord Jeffrey Archer of Weston-super-Mare claims that Ian Botham was Victoria Cross material – only with far more open-minded hosts. Tim Wigmore persuades them Twenty20 does have nuance, Mihir Bose that cricket is the only world sport run by non-white people. It’s outwardly fusty, inwardly modern, social and political as much as sporting: in some ways it was the Almanack to the Wisden Cricket Podcast’s monthly magazine.
James Gingell is a civil servant whose only partiality is to Somerset CCC.
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