We're going seasonal

Hello dear listener,

Whether you've been with the show from the very beginning, found it somewhere in the middle or have only recently subscribed over the World Cup period, you've known By Association as a monthly instalment. But today, that changes. 

I initially chose monthly because it was the maximum output I could consistently meet. And aside from only a couple of months outstanding, I'm pretty proud to have kept the show going. I haven't done it alone though, as you the listener have been a huge support along the way. The past two and a half years have seen some great milestones too; two Australian Podcast Awards, a Webby Award Nomination, a feature on NPR, some wonderful media coverage and of course, some brilliant football stories. 

I don't want to lose that momentum or throw away everything I've built with this show. But I also don't want the quality of the podcast to suffer, as it becomes harder and harder to meet that monthly deadline. So I'm shifting focus and transitioning By Association to a seasonal show.

This is nothing new in the podcast world. Like your favourite TV shows, many podcasts take this direction which allows more time for planning, research and production, with a set release schedule to follow. And as a one person team, that flexibility is certainly something I need right now.

So here's what you need to know. By Association isn't going away, but I'll be taking the remainder of the year to produce a batch of new episodes, with the aim of launching Season 2 in early 2019. Every episode from January 2016 up to now will be known as 'Season 1', or 'legacy' episodes - the new season won't quite be 26 episodes long but I hope you'll continue to support what I do. And if you'd like to stay up to date during the hiatus, sign up to the newsletter.



By Association wins 2018 Australian Podcast Award

Last night the 2nd annual Australian Podcast Awards were held in Melbourne. By Association was awarded Best Sports Podcast for the second consecutive year, and host/producer James Parkinson was in attendance to accept the award. Other Finalists in the Sports category included podcasts from Fox Sports, PodcastOne and Newscorp.

By Association was also nominated in the Documentary category which was won by the excellent Trace podcast from ABC Radio National.

By Association nominated for Webby Award and Australian Podcast Award

BY ASSOCIATION nominated For Best Sports Podcast in the 22nd Annual Webby Awards and named a Finalist in the Sports category and Documentary category for the 2nd annual Australian Podcast Awards.

By Association has been nominated for Best Sports Podcast in the 22nd Annual Webby Awards . Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honour” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organisation honouring excellence on the Internet.

IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of Internet industry experts, including Jimmy Kimmel, Lyft CEO Logan Green, Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani, Gimlet Media CEO Alex Blumberg, Instagram’s Eva Chen, social entrepreneur Van Jones, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, Playmatics CEO Margaret Wallace, Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian, and Black Lives Matter’s Opal Tometi.

As a nominee, By Association is also eligible to win a Webby People’s Voice Award, which is voted online by fans across the globe. From now until April 20th, listeners can cast their votes at Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 , and honoured at a star-studded ceremony on Monday, May 14, 2018 , at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York City.

By Association has also been named as a Finalist in the Sports category and Documentary category for this years Australian Podcast Awards. By Association is aiming for consecutive awards, having won Best Sports Podcast in the inaugural Australian Podcast Awards in 2017 . The winners will be announced at the Awards Night which will take place in Melbourne on the 5th of May, 2018.

By Association on NPR

By Association features on the latest edition of Only A Game, the weekly sports program from NPR's member station, WBUR. It's an adapted version of Tour of Duty, originally published as Episode 22 of By Association. 

The story will air on WBUR and syndicated to other NPR stations on February 24. You can hear the segment here, the full program here or subscribe to the Only A Game podcast.


By Association on FNR digital radio

Football Nation Radio is a new 24/7 football-only digital station in Australia. They cover every aspect of the game, both locally and abroad, including the Australian national team (of course). James Parkinson joined Carlos Alberto Diego on their 'Club Socceroos' program to debut the latest episode of By Association and talk Socceroos history.

Tour of Duty tells the incredible story of the 1967 team, when they were sent to Saigon during the Vietnam War to play in a "Friendship Tournament". James gave some insight into the production of the podcast and how the episode came together, before former Socceroo, Stan Ackerley joined in the discussion during the one hour radio program. 

Hear an edited version of the program below.