The Official Waiting For Next Year Podcast
Hosted by Craig Lyndall, the Waiting For Next Year podcast is about Cleveland sports mostly. Other topics include the media, culture and anything else we feel like talking about.

Dan Labbe of and now NEOMG joined me to discuss everything related to Cleveland sports. He usually is the host of these things, and I turned the tables on him and made him a guest for once! 

  • At what point did it occur to you that had no longer become the supplement to the newspaper?
  • The development of the media
  • Dealing with the feedback and comments and Twitter
  • Britt McHenry and the ESPN suspension
  • Predatory businesses like towing companies
  • ESPN and standing behind their employees
  • Does the Indians playoff game count?
  • Did you ever take playoffs for granted?
  • Reliving the Orlando series
  • Stan Van Gundy as a coach
  • The NFL draft and the fact that the Browns won seven games
  • Johnny Manziel makes a statement out of rehab
  • How do the Browns factor Manziel into their plans?
  • Trying to understand what we do and don't know with regard to the Browns
  • Getting to "show me" mode with the Browns
  • Did you ever try to talk yourself into Pat Shurmur?

Direct download: WFNY_Podcast_-_2015-04-17.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:36 PM

Dave Sterling and I discussed the Browns jersey unveiling before and after. We also discussed superfans, Michelle Schwab, and a figure four leg lock.

  • Leave Michelle Schwab alone
  • Dave is completely anti-Cheetah Pit
  • Punishments fitting crimes
  • A real live figure four leg lock and the aftermath
  • Browns fans creating no-win situations
  • Cleveland fans eating their own
  • The non mutual exclusivity of Cleveland sports success
  • Whether the Browns should do due diligence
  • Being overwhelmed by the negativity
  • Really liking the orange uniforms
  • Turning on the idea of superfans
  • The players on the team loving the jerseys

Direct download: WFNY_Podcast_-_2015-04-14.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:33 AM

This episode of the WFNY podcast is a little bit different. We talked a lot about culture and technology and a little bit about sports and video games. I can't recall every single thing that Dave Sterling and I discussed, but the major thing that sticks out is wondering, as the video game generations get older, will there be LAN parties in retirement homes someday?

Will everyone load up their favorite Call of Duty version and a mouse and keyboard and blast away week after week, day after day of retirement? It's a funny question, but it's also a good one.

That, and more...

Direct download: WFNY_Podcast_-_2015-04-10.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:08 PM

Andre Knott of the A to Z podcast was kind enough to join me to discuss his career, among other topics. It was a really great chat with lots of cool stories. Here are some of the highlights.

  • Talking about Terry Pluto, Joe Tait and getting into the business of sports
  • Developing talent in sports media and getting reps
  • Casey Coleman's sage advice about sports talk radio callers
  • The Cleveland Indians job and the work / life balance
  • Doing a job versus putting your own stamp on it
  • Sports talk radio versus podcasts and how they should feed each other

Direct download: WFNY_Podcast_-_2015-04-08.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:59 PM

Scott from WFNY joined the WFNY podcast to talk about Blogs and media and HBO among other topics.

  • Hating the word blog or how it's being used
  • Jason Lloyd's notes at the end of the night
  • ESPN redesign getting everyone to talk about blogs
  • The front page of media properties have never been less meaningful
  • For the Win and its presence since starting
  • Black Sports Online saying the Golden Age of Blogging is dead
  • WFNY posting box scores
  • Being afraid of your own archives
  • Craig's half-drunk Browns recaps
  • John Oliver and HBO's decision to post on Youtube

Direct download: WFNY_Podcast_-_2015-04-06.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:25 AM

The much-anticipated second part of the WFNY podcast with @sportsyelling and @BrutalStephanie is here. For the record, this was recorded before Corey Kluber signed an extension with the team. We talk about the Cleveland Indians and their upcoming season in-depth.

  • The "Dolanz are Cheapz" narrative
  • Has the "Dolans are cheap" narrative been killed off?
  • Trying to understand just how big trades have been in building the Indians
  • Trying not to underestimate the Brandon Moss acquisition
  • Looking back at the trades that brought Corey Kluber, Mike Aviles and Carlos Santana
  • Being sad about Victor Martinez
  • Appreciating Casey Blake
  • Talking about improvements to Jacob's Field / Progressive Field
  • Much much more...

Direct download: WFNY_Podcast_-_2015-04-05-1.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:27 PM

I had occasion to sit down and get to know @sportsyelling and @BrutalStephanie in person. What resulted was a long podcast about friends and Twitter and sports and any number of other topics. I don't even know how to put it in a bullet point list because it was so very much a meandering conversation.

In the end, I think it was a good way to get to know two of the most fun follows in the Cleveland sports Twitter universe.

Direct download: WFNY_Podcast_-_2015-04-05.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:08 PM

Welcome to all the new listeners! It's been seven weeks since Joe Lull has been off of 92.3 the Fan in Cleveland. There's been some talk, rumor and speculation as to what happened and why Lull hasn't resurfaced. Joe joins the WFNY Podcast to tell his story and put rumors to rest regarding his exit from 92.3 the Fan and Cleveland sports talk radio in general.

  • Joe Lull and the relief of being gone
  • The sports talk radio obsession
  • People in the way of career advancement
  • What happened on Wednesday February 11th?
  • Adam the Bull's national show on Saturday mornings in Cleveland replaced Joe
  • The Ombudsman schtick and trying to keep it up
  • Why hasn't Joe Lull searched for another job?
  • The class of hosts who make tons of money and those that don't
  • The overall Cavs coverage since LeBron James came to Cleveland
  • The difficulties of finding ways to cover a winning team
  • Why do they scrub all existence of a host from the website after they leave?
  • How would Joe Lull change 92.3 the Fan
  • Kissing Anthony Lima's butt for far too long
  • Shortening shifts would increase the quality immensely
  • Fantasy sports talk radio

Direct download: WFNY_Podcast_-_2015-04-03-Lull.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:34 PM

Josh Flagner from More than a Fan came on the podcast to talk about all things sports media. We discussed blogs and podcasts and newspapers and how the coverage has developed around the Browns and Cavaliers this year.

  • Two hours a week podcasting down from five
  • The formulas for podcasting and how long to go on
  • More than a Fan and where it is compared to what he wants to do
  • Dave Sterling helping fill out the podcast "inventory"
  • Are podcasts replacing sports talk radio, or is it just a supplement?
  • The big media companies taking over podcasts
  • Do the big companies want to compete in podcasts?
  • Intentionally titillating people with yelling and controversy
  • Blogs and traffic and getting viraled into new traffic
  • Millionaire matchmaker and making money
  • Brian Windhorst talks and nothing but negative things get picked out
  • Media organizations vertically integrated into blogs
  • The skew negative in the reaction
  • The Cavaliers and what's really going on or not going on
  • The Browns and the hope meter
  • Are the Browns a complete mess or do they have a chance?
  • Sports owners and whether their skills translate
  • Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner and him being implanted in Cleveland
  • What Cleveland sports moment would you change in your lifetime?

Direct download: WFNY_Podcast_-_2015-04-03.mp3
Category:Cavs -- posted at: 1:13 AM

Dave hosted a first time guest tonight, Craig Lyndall (@wfnycraig). He was a bit nervous as his first time on the podcast, but he warmed up quite a bit as we went along. We discussed the following.

  • Craig loves Justin Beiber and Martha Stewart.
  • Young persons sports alliances
  • When did you learn about football?
  • High school playing surfaces.
  • Mike Holmgren's underclothes
  • Browns fans are just like every other fan base.
  • New Music Tuesday
  • Music and Technology
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • It smelled like spring today.
  • National Liars Day.
  • The cavs waning regular season.
  • Picking against Cleveland is usually a good bet.
  • Excited for the Tribe
  • Upcoming Guests on the Podcast

Direct download: WFNY_Podcast_-_2015-04-01.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:38 AM