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Where’s The FredCast?

Oct 30th, 2008 | By | Category: Announcements, News

The FredCast has been ‘off the air’ since Interbike without explanation. I can now finally tell you why, and assure you that the show will return very soon.

On the first day of Interbike’s Outdoor Demo, I took part in an all-hands conference call with the entire staff of the company for whom I work. We were told that the company would be drastically restructuring its operations and that as a result, we would be losing our jobs effective October 31. Happy Halloween, right?

Although I went about my usual activities at Interbike, I did so without the usual excitement, enthusiasm and joie-de-vivre that typically accompanies my visit to the show. Hopefully none of this affected the tone of my shows from Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, between my interviews, bike tests, press conferences, and TV appearances, I was constantly on the phone with potential future employers, trying desperately to find a new day job.

After Interbike, I devoted all of my time to the day-to-day responsibilities of my job and to my pressing need to find a new one. I knew that this meant that I would have to suspend production of The FredCast, but I was unable to communicate this to you in a podcast, via Twitter, in a newsletter or on Facebook because my wife and I didn’t want our children to find out about the loss of my job. I always felt confident that I would find something that would start either immediately after my current job ended, or certainly before the meager severance ran out.

I am pleased to tell you that today I accepted a new job with a new company. Once again, my job is outside of the bicycle industry but it is with an excellent company, great products and top-notch people. I finally told my kids last night that I lost one job, but gained another and I think they were glad that they hadn’t spent the last month-and-a-half wondering whether Daddy was going to have a job.

I am humbled and blessed by the fact that in this economy not only was I able to find a job so soon, but that I had multiple offers from which to choose. On Monday, I will settle into a new, exciting job. As soon as the dust clears I will have a FredCast on its way to your ears and continue doing so for many months and years to come.

In the meantime, the weather in most places is still fantastic, so go out and ride your bike. Thanks for understanding and riding with me.

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  1. Congrats on the new job, and, no, there was nothing I heard in the podcasts that hinted at all at the fact that you had received this news. I’m not surprised that you found something quickly. Its very evident that you are a industrious and dedicated individual! Hope your new job still lets you get out on the bike regularly and looking forward to the next podcast whenever you have the time.

  2. I’m de-lurking (I’ve been a loyal listener since the beginning) to let you know how happy I am that you’ve got a great new job. You helped me ride my first century, so I’m forever in your debt!

  3. Congratulations. Looking forward to new ‘casts.

  4. Congrats, David; I’m glad you’ve landed on your feet.

  5. NickM nails it!

    Congrats and here’s to more Fredcasts (I thought my iTunes was broken…)

  6. Congratulations on your new job from all of us in England. Your enthusiasm, dedication, professionalism and concern are qualities every employer would want to see in the employees. Have a great first day & i hope you are able to get home, hug the kids & say that this move has been the best move so far…. you deserve it.

  7. good luck with the new job! wondered what happened to the show, but looking forward to your return.

  8. Wow, that has to be tough. Plus you moved. Going back to the family business wasn’t an option?

  9. Congratulations on the new job. You must be fried with all that has been going on. Take a deep breath and get the fredcast out when you can, we will wait. Glad to hear you made the transition.

  10. Congrats on the new job! Been wondering what happened,
    but take a little time to settle in and especially for
    some fall rides before returning 🙂

  11. Wow, that must have been hard – as others have said, there was no hint of it in the tone of the podcasts at all.

    Glad you landed on your feet, in any case – best of luck with the new job.

  12. I have to admit that I’ve really missed the FredCast but I completely understand. That’s the kind of news that everyone fears. I’m glad to hear you found an exciting new job and I look forward to hearing from the FredCast in the future.

  13. Congrats on the new job, I am a new podcast subscriber. I have only been listening for a couple months. I too start a new gig on Monday so here’s luck to the both of us.

    Keep The Rubber side down,

  14. Ive been missin youm and wondering what happened now I know your shows were geat I couldnt tell you had so much on your mind
    good luck with the new job

  15. Congrats and blessings on the change of professional status!

    I look forward to your next podcast, and I know that there will be a spark there that wasn’t there before — to have such good fortune in such a short period of time can’t help but show!


  16. Good to gear that you found a job. I know that it has to be tough. I will be looking forward to future podcasts. Take care and good luck!

  17. no problem at all for being off the air…. congrats on the new job, and I look forward to more podcasts in the same way as you can look forward to a happier future with a new job.


  18. Congratulations on finding a new job, Dave! I know I speak for all of your listeners when I say WE MISSED YOU!!

  19. I’ve been wondering how you’re doing, and where my favorite podcast went.
    Glad it all is working out.

  20. David, you should be commended for being an excellent Dad. It takes a whole lot of courage and faith to cope and recover from news like that — all while not upsetting the kids and not being able to lean on the community you’ve built for support. We’re behind you. Take the time you need!

  21. Hi David, I agree with Greg about you being a great dad. Keeping that quiet must have been difficult but in the best interest of your family. We’re looking forward to more Fredcasts, but family first! Good luck on the new job!

  22. David, You are the best. Glad to hear you landed on your feet. Our best to you and your family.

  23. Sad news and good news…It’s regretable that you had to go thru a job loss considering the state of the economy! But glad to hear you were able to find another, and sounds like you might have made a step ‘up’…I hope so.
    Thanks for thinking of ‘us’…we’re faithful freds and we all look forward to your return on the ‘air’.
    Enjoy the ride, David…

  24. David – In this economy, sounds like you’re making out like a bandit. Maybe we should keep Bush for another four years. Or maybe not.

    I can relate. I lost my job 5 years ago and it was probably the best thing that happened to me. I got a new job where I was able to spend more time with the family, more pay, and get out and ride A LOT MORE!!

    So – When ever you post a new show, I’ll be listening. I won a prize for the 100th show and fully expect to win again for the 200th.

  25. david – You da man!

    I am glad things worked out for you, i have only just stumbled across your podcasts and am slowly making my way through your “back issues”

    You seem like a first class guy and someone that i would love to spend a day in the saddle with.

    You deserve all the good fortune that you have received.

    God Bless

    From a UK rider

  26. Wow, David. I was wondering too what had happened, but all is well!

    As they say, when one door closes, another one opens up, but some people can’t seem to find that new open door due to their frustration and fear. You, on the other hand, are the type of person to create that new door! Good for you.

    Actually, the break allowed my own interview with you at Interbike to stay at the top of the podcasts!! 😉 But I’m looking forward to more podcasts soon. Take the time you need to adjust to the changes in your life, and we’ll be here when you’re ready.



  27. Congratulations.. though sometimes thing seems pretty tough.. good things always happen to good people… and of course it always works out in the end.

    Looking ( or is that hearing) forward to future podcasts.


  28. David, from here in Australia I wish you well and am glad that everything has worked out alright. The comment by NickM pretty much sums up my feelings as well.

    I have only recently started listening but had already started to miss the show. Good luck with the new job and look forward to the new episodes.


  29. Congrats David, I’m pleased to hear you are OK. After you get the family adjusted and settled into the new job, we will patiently wait for the show. Good luck and “Hammer-on.”

  30. David, my heart goes out to you. I’ve been in the same boat since the end of June, and just started a new job 2 weeks ago. Being out of work really takes the life out of you, especially when you’re trying to put a brave face on for everyone around you and particularly for your family.

    Good luck with the new job, I look forward to more great podcasts, and thanks for all you do!

  31. Congrats on the new Job Dave. I’m glad to see that you landed on your feet in such hard times.

  32. David,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your job woes…. But, very glad to see that you were able to sort something out of the mess. Spend time sorting the important stuff out. 🙂

    Have fun!
    Hope to hear from you soon.


  33. That’s such a touching story. Bonne chance, mais I don’t think you’re gonna need it.

  34. David,

    Glad to hear that everything worked out for you and your family. With this tough economy, no doubt having your primary income stream had to be your top priority and with the new job, we also get the benefit by having the FredCast back on the web.

    Best of luck, Korndawg, “Get the Floyd picture off the website”

  35. David, no doubt being a cyclist helped you approach your job change with a clear head and a sense of determination. You have climbed the mountain(finding a new job)and now get to enjoy the the breathtaking descent! You are a champion in our eyes. Enjoy the ride.

  36. Awesome to hear that you are back on your feet. Me and the misses enjoy the show so much we kept on reloading itunes every day to see if a new one was out. Will wait for the new one from you.

  37. To quote Bart Simpson, “long time listener, first time caller” – I too thought that my iTunes subscription had broken – I deleted and reloaded! Thanks for the update – you constantly amaze me with your dedication – fantastic – I would listen to your podcast when I ride, but unfortunately it’s illegal!! Nonetheles, I have been listening for a few years and enjoy every episode – one last request – where are the socks????

  38. David,

    I’m glad to hear that you were able to find a job so soon. I am new to the FredCast and the whole podcast world. It seems that every time I find a podcast that is to my liking it stops broadcasting. There are few cycling podcast let alone podcast that I enjoy and I thought that once again I had caused a podcast to stop broadcasting. I’m glad to know that it’s not me. Keep up the great work both here as a Fred and in your new employment.

    Best of wishes,

  39. David, Wow I have been so busy at work that I have not had a chance to listen to my favorite podcast. I finally got caught up with all the episodes that were on my iPod and when I went to download all the new ones I discovered that there were not any. A few mouse clicks later and I discover that you are off to a new job. Congrats on being able to find one so quickly and also nice job in putting your kids first and not worrying them. What a great pod-caster, father and husband you must be….oh, and a great cyclist too. Can wait for you to get back on the air. I need my fred cast fix!!

    Best wishes,


  40. David

    Having listened since your 5th episode you seem to be a good human. Karma is something that I beleive in. You deserve some good luck and I wish you all the best for a more secure future. Enjoy each day and thank you for your podcasts (Fred & Spokesman) they make my rides that much more enjoyable.

    All the best from the ‘Land Down Under’!


  41. Dave,

    I have been listening to you from my home in Tokyo for the past 6 months. Looking forward to more great episodes once you get back into the groove. In the meantime I am replaying the old ones.

    Best wishes!


  42. Good to see things worked out. Looking forward to your next posdcast.

  43. Sorry about the job thing but as far as the fredcast…give it up!

  44. Congratulations on the new job. Geeze…didn’t you move to Utah because of the one they cut? . Take as much time as you need before you get the podcast up and running again…we miss it, but we can wait until you’re ready.

  45. David,

    Thanks for letting us in on what’s going on. I think we all miss the podcast, but can understand its absence. Congrats on finding a new job and I wish you great holidays and success at the new company!

  46. David,

    The energy and dedication you bring to the podcast and your hobby is inspiring. I honestly don’t know how you do it. I find working a full-time job while being a husband and father quite a challenge. Thank you for bringing the podcast back. We all missed you!

  47. Fantastic. Best of luck to you and hope to listen soon.