The Skinscast Podcast launched just prior to Redskins Training Camp, in 2006. Skinscast wasn’t the first Redskins-related podcast, but we quickly became the most listened-to Redskins-related podcast anywhere on earth. During our peak years in the late-2000s, Skinscast enjoyed per-episode listenership 10-15,000 per episode. Sometimes even higher.
Skinscast was built on the notion that a couple of fans talking about their team could be compelling. This wasn’t necessarily unique or novel; other fan-shows in the Washington area had seen success, even beyond that of Skinscast.
But Skinscast was unique in that we were fans who covered the team regularly as media. We had the passion of fans with the access of press. And we used that access to give our fellow-fans an inside view of their team.
Given our success, it was no surprise others would throw their hat in the ring and soon, the landscape featured an array of Redskins’ podcasts. Despite the competition, Skinscast maintained an impressive presence among Redskins’ fans.
A decade later however, things have changed. We have each enjoyed success in our careers and some experienced changes with our families – both of which demand greater time and attention.
As a result, and with much regret; we are suspending regular production of the show.
We would like to thank our loyal fans for 10-years of support. We have some of the most knowledgeable fans on earth. It has been a thrill to produce this show for you, and we will really miss it.
Though we will not produce a weekly show, it is possible we may produce the occasional episode or special content. We certainly are not abandoning ownership of our name or content.
I would be remiss without thanking the greatest partner ever; Brian Reffkin. And thanks also to our other founding member, JC. To this day he will not want his name used and to this day I will honor that request. All JC did was name the show and suggest the opening theme song.
Thanks to the other regular members; Brian Murphy (Homer McFanBoy), Brad Baker, Jack Anderson, and Daniel Shiferaw.
Thanks too to the writers. ESPN’s John Keim and Washington Post Express’ Rick Snider were regulars for a while. David Elfin appeared, as did Grant Paulsen who now hosts a show on 106.7, The Fan.
Pretty darn good collection of talent for a little ol’ podcast.
Most of all; thanks to the listeners. Thank you for your support. We love our fans and will miss you all.
John Pappas, Skinscast Founder & Producer