Computer radio is for the birds.
Oh to be the world’s greatest surfer and handsome. Loved from sea to shining sea. Extremely popular. And these are but a few of the burdens Kelly Slater must bear, alongside his 11 Championship Tour trophies, and he has every right to complain which he recently did on The Howie Games, Australia’s number 1 sporting podcast.
Apparently, it has been host Mark Howard’s longtime dream to have Kelly Slater on the show, telling industry publication Mediaweek, “From day one of The Howie Games, over four years ago, one of the aims of the show was to have Kelly Slater on as a guest. He is an iconic athlete and an 11-time world champion who has been at the top of his sport for 20 years.”
Extremely fine and, four years on, there Slater was, thrilling Howard who said, “Finally, we were able to sort out a specific time when Kelly had some down time in Hawaii. I was pumped to say the least when he popped up on Zoom.”
Was Slater pumped too?
He said, “I don’t love doing a lot of these things. I don’t have to by my contracts.”
A damning sentiment likely to ding podcasting’s overall popularity.
And, quickly, what do you think Slater’s responsibilities are according to his “contracts?” Doesn’t he own all the brands he now surfs for?
A harsh taskmaster penciling himself in for all sorts of tough business save podcasting?
Much to ponder.