Hopefully, many of you reading this know by now that Sean Williams, along with Allen Ulrich co-host a weekly New Orleans Saints podcast every Tuesday night called Under The Dome. I took to Sean to ask him the origins of the podcast.
Tyler: Could you tell me about your podcast, the origin, the inspiration to start it in the first place, as well as what you’ve gained from it?
Sean: I first started covering the Saints for Pro Football Spot in 2014, and I immediately wanted to get into the whole Podcast thing. There was a situation back then where pod-casting was pretty much in its infancy, and anybody that wanted to more or less sponsor what you had in mind they were wanting to dictate, they were wanting to tell you what they wanted you to do to put on a show.
I had my ideas, and I’ve spent the better part of my time looking until I found someone that was willing initially take the time to hear what my ideas were, to ask me the questions, “What are your goals for this program,” “What is it you want to accomplish from 6 months from now, from a year from now.” And there’s been stumbles and bumps along the way. My initial first selection that I made to co-host the show with two weeks before the air date of the debut show, he decided to withdraw, and fortunately that was the biggest blessing that I ever got because that allowed me the opportunity to approach Allen and I can’t say enough about how much Allen Ulrich has contributed to the success of this program.
Like I’ve told people before, I used to think that I was reasonably sharp on the New Orleans Saints. I thought I had a pretty good beat on things. And then I talked to Allen and I realized just exactly how dumb I was.
I know what the key to success is, the key to success in this adventure. You gotta surround yourself with people that are smarter than you, and pick your spots. I have so so done that with Allen. Allen is a fantastic guy, he listens to my ideas. We basically have the same vision for what we are trying to do, and we work very well together. We’re in agreement on just about everything but when it comes to a point where we don’t agree on something we have a respect for one another that we take the time to hear what the other person has to say. In all likelihood neither one of us are going to budge on what we feel things most of the time. But we respect one another to allow that we have the rights to our own opinions.