While SIUE Athletics may seem to be brought to a standstill with COVID-19 regulations, SIUE’s Media relations and Broadcasting Specialist Joe Pott has found a different way to make sure SIUE fans get some fresh content.
Pott has created a podcast that he dubbed “Isolation Conversation,” where he sits down with various SIUE coaches and people from the sports department to talk about everything from sports to family.
According to Pott, he didn't expect it to become so well received. He said he was simply looking for a way to get sports information out to those who love sports.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘We should get on Skype and get some coaches or the athletic director and let's just talk about the reactions and everything that is going on,” Pott said. “It was early in the process so we didn't know how it was going to turn out. We certainly didn't know it was going to be months long.”
According to Pott, he wants each episode to be like a conversation, and less of an interview. Some of the questions he asks are not only about sports and the teams, but also how the other is doing and how their family is.
“It starts with ‘How are you dealing with [COVID-19]?’ ‘How did you hear about it?’ And then from there, ‘What are you doing now?’ and ‘How are you communicating with your athletes?,’” Pott said. “Then we get into ‘How does it change for your family?’ and ‘How has it changed your personal life?’
Pott said that he is close with many of the coaches and people in the athletic department. He is also the voice of cougar sports. Anytime SIUE plays a game, Pott is there commentating. This allows him to see and talk with the players and coaches before the games. Two of the coaches he had on his show are the head coach of the SIUE baseball team, Sean Lyons and the head coach of the wrestling team, Jeremy Spates.
“It was a very comfortable interview. I talk to Joe all the time. It was like two friends discussing what had happened,” Lyons said.
Lyons said the “Isolation Conversation” podcast is a great way to get a different view of the different coaches at SIUE and he enjoyed his time on the show.
“I thought it was a great idea and I think Joe has done a tremendous job,” Lyons said. “Just to get a perspective of [sports] that isn’t about X’s and O’s and about individual players and winning or losing.”
Spates said Pott doesn't work with the wrestling team as much as the other sports, but he was excited to be a part of Pott’s show.
“He sent me an email and I thought it was a good idea,” Spates said. “Usually [the Athletic Department] would be broadcasting softball, baseball, track and other offseason sports. It gives our fans and athletes and other coaches some content. I know I have enjoyed listening to the other conversations.”
Pott has recorded and uploaded nine different “Isolation Conversation” episodes as of April 19. Pott said he is planning on uploading a new video every Tuesday and Friday on the SIUE Athletics website as well as the SIUE Cougars Youtube channel.