Why would LeBron leave the Cavaliers now? While We’re Waiting

Podcasting with Harv…

Above there’s a link to a YouTube video of the latest WFNY Podcast. I finally caught up with one of our best friends, Harv, to discuss the Cavaliers, Warriors, Browns and more. Please check out the podcast and share it with a friend if you would be so kind.

Now… While We’re Waiting…

Why would LeBron leave the Cavaliers now?

One common theme of the behind the scenes conversation at WFNY regarding LeBron’s future is that nobody knows anything about what LeBron will do. After years of chatter around media markets – most notably New York City – LeBron and his cohorts shocked the world by going to Pat Riley’s Miami Heat. After four successful years and two championships, LeBron shocked the world again by coming back to Cleveland. I won’t pretend to know what LeBron will do next any more than I will pretend to know whether the Browns will win more than a game this season.

There are so many variables in play. LeBron is one of the biggest celebrities on the planet. He made a lot of really smart basketball decisions even if he made one very large P.R. gaffe with The Decision. As far as basketball decisions go, there’s not much that makes more sense than playing in the East with Kyrie Irving.

In Kyrie, LeBron has a young player who is presumably still improving and helped key the first Cleveland championship in my lifetime. Kyrie is 25-years-old and still very firmly in the beginning of his prime. Additionally, the Cavaliers showed just how capable they are of handling the Eastern Conference in their current form. The balance of power can change every off-season, but the fact is that the Cavs went 12-1 on their way to the NBA Finals. That’s a lot of catching up for the rest of the conference. It’s not likely to happen in the first couple years with a draft pick leading the way.

None of this is to say that LeBron won’t leave. Dan Gilbert could do something stupid, most notably with David Griffin. Gilbert might tire of paying the tax and fail to re-sign someone giving the perception that he’s rethinking spending. LeBron might sense his NBA mortality and try and group up with his buddies one last time in a city that can afford to bring them all in at once should the timing and financials line up.

Those things at least would make some sense even if they’re nearly impossible to predict. That’s what makes this round of rumor so infuriating. It’s all made up and is being presented as something else.

High profile podcasts should sound much better…

With the return of Malcolm Gladwell’s revisionist history podcast in its perfectly edited form, I think it’s time to throw some virtual internet darts at the biggest podcasts in the world. I’m not here to say I’m perfect or that my podcast is better than the best podcasts in the world. I’m very well aware of my own niche and limitations as a broadcaster with narrow appeal. I’m simply saying that there’s no excuse that Bill Simmons podcast sounds like crap. That’s where we’re going to start.

Simmons got Kevin Durant after the Finals and with a booking like that, how do you screw up the audio? I was riding the volume knob in my car like crazy as Bill consistently overloaded the mic and Kevin Durant was so soft I could barely hear him. I never blame a guest for having bad mic discipline. It happens. What doesn’t need to happen is a finished product that lacks even the basics of audio editing to smooth out the levels. Bring up those sections. Mix in a compressor at the end to even out the volumes.

Simmons isn’t the only one as I can barely handle the audio in an otherwise really funny podcast, Barstool’s Pardon My Take. The fact that they named it with a word that starts with the letter “P” is ironic because they apparently have never heard of a pop filter or windscreen before. One of the most downloaded sports podcasts in America can’t by a $0.50 foam piece to fit over a microphone to keep the popping of that letter from smashing listeners over the head with imperfect audio.

Again, I’m far from perfect. I almost screwed up the Ken Carman podcast irreparably. I’ve had guests on with rough Skype and phone connections before. Even when that happens I do a lot of editing in post to try and make it sound as good as it possibly can. I do this without the benefits of, you know, REVENUE. Other than the lovely Patreon supporters we don’t have any advertising on our podcast. Meanwhile, I know that Simmons and Barstool are making small country GDP-levels of money every year from their podcasts.

Fix it. Or hire me to help you. You need some help badly. I know podcasting is this rebel version of radio, but that doesn’t mean it has to sound like crap. These people have the personalities and the guests. The audio quality needs to match.

That’s it from me this week. I couldn’t think of a good song or anything this week. Have a great weekend.