Tony Kornheiser Discusses Format, Style Of New Podcast Set To Roll Out Next Month
Tony Kornheiser's new podcast launches Sept. 6 as a daily show that will closely mirror his radio program of the past two decades. Kornheiser said the podcast, dubbed "The Tony Kornheiser Show," generally will cover the same sports, entertainment and political topics as his radio show, with the same guests, including "PTI" co-host Michael Wilbon, "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd and ESPN’s Ron Jaworski. DGital Media will produce the podcast, which will be available Monday-Friday at 11:00am ET via iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn. IMG will co-promote the podcast. THE DAILY spoke with Kornheiser about the podcast. Here is an edited Q&A:
Q: What will the podcast sound like?
Kornheiser: When people ask me about this, I say, 'It’s the same show. We’re changing the delivery method.' That’s all. I don't want to change the show. I thought the show was good. I think the digital media people thought the show was good, or they wouldn't want to get involved in it. We’re going to still try to format. We’re still going to do an open. We’re still going to have some news. We’re still going to have a guest. We’re still going to have 'Old Guy Radio.' We're still going to have songs and stuff like that. My sense always was that people liked this show -- that it was almost the radio version of "PTI" in the sense that they knew it wouldn't go forever on one topic and that everybody wanted to chime in.
Q: Why do a podcast?
Kornheiser: The radio show was being podcast through ESPN and iTunes, and we had an enormous out-of-market following that was listening to us as a podcast. I’m confident that the people who listened before will in vast numbers listen again because that’s how they received it to begin with. I’m hoping that through the better use of social media, we’re going to get boatloads of new listeners out there.
Q: How long will it be?
Kornheiser: We did a two-hour radio show, which is probably 80 minutes of content. What the digital media people say is that you want to go between 55-65 minutes. That seems to be the tolerance for podcasts. That’s fine with me.
Q: Will you edit the show?
Kornheiser: I’m sure that at some point, small fixes are going to have to be made. That seems reasonable to me. But it’s not going to be giant re-dos. If we had somebody on who was really awful, we’d dump it. We’d do something else. I think we all have a collective sense of what’s pretty good and what’s really awful. Unless it’s really funny awful. We’ve had guests like that -- funny awful that we’ve played over and over and over because they were that bad. In that sense, it’s going to be like it was.
Q: What’s your goal for this podcast?
Kornheiser: I have the same aspirations that anybody has who goes into newspapers, radio, television, theater, painting. The one thing you want is you’d like to reach the largest possible audience. You'd like to think that enough people liked your work that your audience would grow. That’s what I would like. Do I have designs on it? No, not particularly. At my age, no. I’m happy if anybody listens.