A few weeks ago, a clear split emerged in the ol’ VOSD office.
A reporter who shall go unnamed received a press release for an event featuring pop singer Jason Derulo. “Does the name Jason Derulo mean anything to anyone?” this person asked. Some of us were shocked, as Jason Derulo is, of course, a very famous singer whose music is ubiquitous and who can not wear a shirt like nobody’s business. But a good number of reporters said something along the lines of “Never heard of him.”
I realized, though, that there’s a tradeoff to knowing who Jason Derulo is, and it’s one I’m reminded of constantly in this office. It’s that I’m the one who gives a blank, unknowing stare when my coworkers bring up their favorite podcasts. When I work out, I listen to music. When I drive, I listen to music. I simply haven’t figured out when or where I can work podcasts into my routine. Now, that’s about to change, in a way.
“Local Woman Hates Podcasts, Has Her Own” — that’s the fake headline Andy Keatts wrote to describe where I’m at right now.
Next week, I’m kicking off a new podcast, along with Ry Rivard, called San Diego Decides, where we’ll talk about all things elections. The business of governing the city is our site’s bread and butter, and something Andrew Keatts and Scott Lewis cover extensively in our flagship VOSD podcast. But elections, man, they’re their own animals. So Ry and I plan to break down some of the individual races and ballot measures San Diegans will weigh in on this year, as well as some bigger issues — the mechanics of voting and how that’s changing, who’s pumping money into these races and more.
So stay tuned, and here’s hoping you’ve figured out a way to carve out some time for podcasts. (If so, please, TEACH ME YOUR WAYS!)