As Pod Save America comes to Miami, here’s some info on a local doing his own show

The mega-popular podcast Pod Save America is coming down to Miami tonight. When the folks from Crooked Media were looking to spread the word on the tour’s Miami stop they reached out to Matt Mawhinney, founder of Action Cast Media.

Matt produces the Florida Action Cast and Drinks with Politicians podcasts.

Both shows focus on news and political issues of the day, whether that’s gun control or development in Miami, and politicians like City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell and State Rep. Shevrin Jones have made appearances.

We talked to Matt, who doesn’t shy away from his position as a progressive Democrat, about how he got into all this.

So what inspired you to get into podcasting?
Post election I felt like I was going to a different march or rally every weekend and I was thinking of how to translate that energy into something productive. I’ve always been interested in podcasts and I thought, “Is there a way I can kind of get the voice of the people into something more accessible?

Did you have podcasting experience before?
No. I watched a lot of videos online and realized the biggest thing is the equipment. Once you can capture a good recording, that’s the key. Then the next step is, “What website can I put it on?” Things like that.

How’d you connect with Pod Save America?
Someone on their staff was just kind’ve looking for people in the political media space in South Florida and they found my Facebook page. One of the representatives from Crooked Media reached out to me and said, “We were hoping you’d be able to get the word out to politically-engaged people like yourself and that you have in your network.”

What do you think made Miami attractive?
I think there’s a recognition that Miami is a center of progressive energy in a sea-change state. I think it fits the model of some of the other cities they’ve picked.

So, any other local podcasts folks should check out?
I like the Bird Road podcast. It’s co-hosted by a former Miami Herald reporter, David Quinones. Another good one is The Rotunda. It focuses more on statewide issues and politics. Another one is Strange Days. It’s hosted by Fernand Amandi who used to have a show on WIOD.

Is there a dream guest you’d love to have on your pod?
I think it’d be pretty cool to sit down with Bernie Sanders. Stephen Colbert would be pretty cool to sit down with, too.

This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length.

Head here for more info on Matt’s podcast, and if you’re interested in Friday’s Pod Tours America show here’s where you can snag tickets.