Cheap Seats podcast: the Grand Final special edition

Ryan O’Connell and I made a surprise return to the studio this month, for the Grand Final Special edition of the Cheap Seats podcast.

All the Grand Final hot takes are ready, interlaced with #AskTheCheapSeats questions, as the boys work their way through both the AFL and NRL Grand Finals this weekend.

Topics covered include:

  • Swans supporters v the rest of Australia
  • The very different roads Sydney and the Western Bulldogs took to reach the GF
  • How the Bulldogs saved GF Week – and especially the parade
  • My anguish tip, and why I’m not sure if I should feel dirty
  • Why Ryan hates Cronulla
  • Why everyone else hates Melbourne
  • The very different roads the Storm and Sharks took to reach the GF
  • A couple of much less-anguished tips
  • A token mention of the Wallabies and the NRC, and
  • An even more token mention of a cricket series that may or may not be about to begin in South Africa.

As always, you can get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app. And stay cheap – you never know when we’ll be back!

Cheap Seats podcast: the Footy Finals special edition

Ryan O’Connell and I have conveniently missed the Bledisloe Cup build-up, and have now climbed aboard the September bandwagon for the Footy Finals Special edition of the Cheap Seats podcast.

All the footy finals hot takes are ready, interlaced with #AskTheCheapSeats questions from the regulars, who perhaps sent questions in out of curiosity to see if the new episode rumours were true.

Topics covered include Wayne Bennett’s whinging, the Canberra Raiders as competition darlings, the Wests Tigers/Robbie Farah debacle, the Jack Wighton/Michael Ennis shoulder charge debacle, the Cowboys timing their run, Penrith’s home game on the other side of the world, Thursday night AFL finals, the Geelong-Hawthorn blockbuster, the AFL’s seminal Sydney moment, things to get ugly in Adelaide, the Wallabies ongoing woes, and the worst Australian bowling line-up every set to South Africa, comprising three blokes whose names we can’t actually remember.

As always, you can get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app. And stay cheap – you never know when we’ll be back!

So here’s a little something I’ve been working on…

In the 666 studio, hosting Canberra Grandstand last weekend. A really enjoyable experience after plenty of nerves and training stuff-ups along the way.

In the 666 studio, hosting Canberra Grandstand last weekend. A really enjoyable experience after plenty of nerves and training stuff-ups along the way.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been cramming and practising and buggering up and re-learning how to be a radio presenter, for 666 ABC Canberra.

Culminating in me hosting Canberra Grandstand in the sizable radio shoes of Tim Gavel on Saturday 16 and 23 of January, it was an unbelievable experience that I’m thrilled to have a). jumped at in the first place, and b). pulled off in a somewhat professional manner!

I do hope to have a clip or clips in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I must express my sincere thanks to Chris Coleman for his patience and expert button-pressing tutelage along the way, and to 666 Station Manager Andrea Ho for her encouragement and support. It was nerve-wracking as hell to begin with, but amazingly satisfying once I’d done it..