The year is 2015. In a brutal 63 degree San Antonio November, where leaving the house without a hoodie would cause mild discomfort, an underemployed millennial launched a website and podcast to cover the newest professional soccer team. Pitch Black News was born.
Soon after, Aaron Marvel joined me to help carry the podcast through 2016 and most of 2017. In these early years, which started with Skype conversations hosted from the passengers seat of my car, we developed a voice and reputation of being the most consistent place to get San Antonio FC news and insight.
Late 2017 saw the show’s first rebrand, as Pitch Black morphed into Texas Soccer Radio. Larry Leathers joined the show and brought with him the ability to produce a quality live-stream of our podcast recordings.
TSR began with the goal of covering San Antonio FC in depth, along with Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas, Austin FC, Austin Bold FC, RGV Toros FC, El Paso Locomotive FC, and any other Texas teams we could find.
Anyone who listens knows that isn’t what the show is today.
So in late 2018, Larry and I discussed what we wanted the show to be going forward. At the top of the list, San Antonio FC coverage. Nothing has changed there.
But we have realized we also want to talk about what people in our communities, both digitally and geographically, are talking about. We want to cover football, both NFL and local squad San Antonio Commanders. We want to talk about Spurs basketball and all the drama the NBA brings. We still want to cover Austin FC, though that club is still a few years from kickoff. And the biggest change, we want to talk about whatever is going on in the world.
The site slogan for Called Offside is “Sports. Pop culture. Texas.” and that seems to embody what we want TSR to become.
So with that, we present what we hope to be our final form.
Play of the Game with Larry Leathers and Kyle Mahnke will take the place of Texas Soccer Radio in 2019. POG will be very similar to TSR in the San Antonio FC coverage, but we hope to also become a way to get your fix of Commanders, Spurs, NFL, Austin FC, international soccer, and pop culture discussion.
The expanded topic list will also enable us to look at multiple episodes each week. A schedule will be released soon. Our twitter account will switch from TXSoccerRadio to @POGpod soon, if it hasn’t already.
So here we go. Play of the Game. It’s gonna be fun.