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What’s the story with “What’s the Story?”

WTSpod kicked off in June 2015 after 3 friends got together and decided that they would try and break into the world of having opinions on everything and sharing stories along the way. 

Originally a blogger, Danny had been tracking his training and weight loss with a less than frequent blog,  but thought the podcast medium would be a better idea. He approached his trainer, Lindsey Doyle with the idea and she was on board.  Believing he was on to something good, Danny knew he needed a person who could ground him, humble Lindsey and appeal to masses, step wheel forward Graham "Mero" Merrigan. 

In the early days the idea was to track the 3 hosts of WTSpod and their story, an elite athlete in Lindsey, a para-athlete in Graham and a wannabe athlete in Danny. After bashing out ideas for a couple of weeks they decided this could be one part of the puzzle but getting people in with their stories would be the hook, and from this What's the Story? was born. 

In the first two months the lads had some great guests like Paul Howard, Tony McGregor and Johnny Fulham - this has continued and thankfully the quality of guests hasn't dipped with footballing hero Pat Flynn, rising star Cian Cowley and Rio 2016 Olympian Saskia Tidey all joining the ranks and sharing their own stories along the way.  

Despite being in its infancy, WTSpod was longlisted in the "Best Entertainment" category for the Blog Awards Ireland 2015. While they missed out on a shortlisting, the initial nod of recognition combined with topping the New & Noteworthy charts in iTunes and over 300,000 downloads has convinced Danny, Mero & Lindsey that they may just be on to something. 

As the months rolled by the guests kept coming, UFC legend Chael Sonnen, Comedian Tony Hinchcliffe, Everest Climber Ian Taylor, Senator David Norris and the lads even managed to pick up an award for Best Irish Podcast of 2015 from Geek Ireland. This followed up by being longlisted for the second year running in the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards for two categories, best entertainment and best post. 

Lindsey had to step back for a little bit while she concentrates on her own story but Danny & Mero have kept going and found a new home in the amazing Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel. WTSpod has found quite the following in its first year and have some big plans ahead of 2017... you'll just have to stay tuned to see what happens!