Way back in January 2014, Outsports co-founders Cyd Zeigler and Jim Buzinski launched a weekly podcast series. And although the guys took a break from podcasting in August 2017, the Outsports brand has never stopped growing and expanding.
That’s why this week, with help from our partners at SB Nation and Vox Media, the world leader in LGBTQ sports coverage is launching a new series of podcasts covering an even wider spectrum of interest.
Every Tuesday, Randy Boose presents Level Playing Field, in which he sits down with an athlete or sports personality who also happens to be a part of the LGBTQ community. They’ll discuss growing up around sports, coming out and their life in sports. They’ll also find time to talk about what matters to them right now. Each guest represents someone in the LGBTQ community from around the world. Randy has been hosting the Level Playing Field podcast since March 2019 and is excited to be joining us on the new Outsports platform.
For his first Level Playing Field podcast in partnership with Outsports, Randy chats with Anya Packer about women’s hockey and the National Women’s Hockey League.
Click here for the link to Apple’s Podcast page to listen to Level Playing Field, and you can also find the archive for all of Cyd and Jim’s podcasts dating back to January 2014 through August 2017. You can also find Outsports podcasts on Spotify, Spreaker, Castbox and Player FM.
Other podcasts in the pipeline for this week and beyond are:
Every other Wednesday, check out Same Team from Outsports contributor Daniel Trainor.
As he describes it, it’s a podcast featuring influential LGBTQ athletes, journalists and personalities discussing the complexities of their respective journeys and the importance of their missions.
The show covers a wide range of LGBTQ topics and areas of interest, with a keen eye on the future and the work that is left to be done. For Daniel’s debut on Outsports, he talks with Renegade professional wrestler EFFY about how he grew up in the South, how addiction drove him to the sport, the ways in which being openly LGBTQ has impacted his career, the viral promo he gave earlier this year and why he would never sign a contract with WWE.
You can hear Daniel Trainor’s earlier podcasts by clicking here. You can also find Outsports podcasts on Spotify, Spreaker, Castbox and Player FM.
Wednesdays are Daniel Days: Daniel Trainor’s Same Team podcast will appear every other Wednesday, rotating with our Daniel Villarreal’s Outsports Extra Points podcast.
Our deputy managing editor describes Outsports Extra Points as a dive into books, films, TV shows, historical moments and socio-cultural oddities associated with queer athletics, with occasional guests.
You’ll find the link here, every Wednesday. You can also find Outsports podcasts on Spotify, Spreaker, Castbox and Player FM.
On Thursdays, join Outsports contributor Brian Bell for LGBT in the Ring. You can also find Outsports podcasts on Spotify, Spreaker, Castbox and Player FM.
Brian says his focus is on interviews with LGBTQ figures within and around the wrestling industry, with analysis of major events and periodic discussion with his trans non-binary genderfluid partner.
Brian confesses he is slowly indoctrinating them in his 20+ year obsession of wrestling.
That’s Thursdays, on the Apple Podcasts page.
Come Friday, Outsports contributor Karleigh Webb and I, managing editor Dawn Ennis, are launching a new podcast following our success with the Before The War Podcast.
We’re going to mix sports, issues surrounding transgender athletes and our love of Star Trek and all things Sci-Fi when we beam down to The Trans Sporter Room.
We’re now booking guests, so if you’re interested in talking with us, or any of the podcast hosts, drop us a line in the comments below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s every Friday on our Apple iPod page. You can also find Outsports podcasts on Spotify, Spreaker, Castbox and Player FM.
And every Monday, join Outsports contributor and comedian Ken Schwartz for 3 Strikes, You’re Out!
He’ll be talking about baseball and anything else that comes up in the world of LGBTQ sports with fascinating and funny guests.
And we’re sure there will be comedy aplenty to keep you listening from week to week.
But that’s not all!
Coming soon, Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler will be launching Five Rings to Rule Them All.
Cyd is hosting a podcast combining his expertise in covering the Olympics with his incredible list of contacts including famous Olympians with his adoration of the J.R.R. Tolkien series of books based in Middle Earth.
Cyd is chatting with Olympic athletes including Adam Rippon and others right now. We’ll let you know when his podcast debuts!
Remember to bookmark this link to find all of the Outsports podcasts plus the archive of Cyd and Jim’s original podcasts dating back to 2014! You can also find Outsports podcasts on Spotify, Spreaker, Castbox and Player FM.
EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of Randy Boose’s guest, Anya Packer. We regret the error.