University of Bedfordshire alumnus Joe Flemons has added to an already impressive list of post-university achievements by being nominated for a prestigious podcast award.
'All Out Attack' - a fantasy football podcast co-created and hosted by Joe and partner Nathan Aspell - has been nominated for Best Fantasy Football podcast in the Football Content Awards 2020, which celebrates the best podcasts, influencers, vloggers and channels in the football world.
Joe studied Broadcast Journalism at Bedfordshire, graduating in 2016, and has gone on to host network shows broadcast on one of the UK’s leading radio stations, Capital FM, where the idea for a podcast was born.
Joe said: “Nathan and I always discussed at length our fantasy football teams on a Friday afternoon in the office and kept saying ‘we should make a podcast’. It went on like that for 18 months and one day we decided to pitch it to Global (Capital’s parent company) who were branching out into podcasts – we knocked up a pilot episode and it’s been going every week for 18 months now.”
All Out Attack combines helpful tips for the ever-growing fantasy football audience with entertaining insights and analysis about the good, the bad and the ugly of players and teams in the Premier League.
The winners of the Football Content Awards 2020 will be announced at a ceremony due to be held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London as part of an in-person event in the near future.
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Speaking about his nomination, Joe said: “It’s hugely flattering to be nominated for this award because of the sheer amount of top class football content out there. We love doing the podcast and it’s nice to know there are other people enjoying it too. We have exciting plans for next year as well but I’ll keep those close my chest for now!”
While studying Broadcast Journalism on at the University’s Luton campus, Joe was also student manager of the award-winning community radio station Radio LaB, mentoring aspiring DJs and assisting with the day-to-day running of the station.
Terry Lee, Radio LaB coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Radio & Audio, said: “Everyone at Radio LaB is so proud of Joe’s nomination. It is no surprise that a podcast series which combines his excellent presentation skills with his passion for football is what he has been recognised for – as a Broadcast Journalism student Joe was always keen to incorporate football into the audio he created for the radio station.”
As someone who also hosts his own successful podcast series, A Fantastic Noise and Primrose & Terry In The Shed, he continued: “Being a podcaster myself, I understand how gratified Joe must feel in creating and producing a product for a specific audience that has gained traction, acclaim and downloads.”
Podcasting has seen a huge growth in the past number of years, and Joe believes students should give creating podcasts a try while they are still learning.
Joe said: “Now more than ever I would encourage students to give podcasting a try. If you have a passion but aren’t sure if someone else would listen, ask yourself, ‘would I listen to this?’ If you would, that’s reason enough to give it a go.”
Terry Lee agrees that the influence of podcasting is increasing:
Podcasting is a growing and distinct movement, one that we are increasingly incorporating as part of our Radio & Audio teaching at the University of Bedfordshire. Indeed, ‘Sports Podcasting’ is even a new unit for students who join our new ‘Sports TV & Radio BA’ course this September – so in the near future we hope to showcase even more award-nominated podcasters and graduates like Joe.
Joe’s successes have not been limited to the world of audio. He now also presents Match Day Live on the 5th Stand App, an in-studio football show covering matches of his boyhood team, Chelsea.
Joe said: “I dreamed of captaining Chelsea in an FA Cup final at Wembley but anchoring the Match Day Live show comes pretty close. I’ve also learned so much working alongside some of the biggest names in the business at Capital FM.
"It’s been a real challenge to balance everything going on this year but I’m in a very fortunate situation and I really appreciate how lucky I am. I’ve felt truly lucky being able to speak to people on a weekly basis and give them a bit of a distraction from the real world the last few months. I’m finding more and more ways to test myself as a broadcaster and I’ll keep doing that until people get bored of me!"
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