Today we’d like to introduce you to Ethan Haas and Clark Fahrenthold.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
From the Backseat has been a story that has been getting built since the third grade. Clark (my cohost) and I both grew up in Coronado and have been native San Diegans our whole lives. We met in Ms. Cooley’s class and immediately bonded over our love for sports. I know, you have never heard the story of starting a podcast before.
Still to this day, I bleed for the Chargers while Clark was the weird kid in the class who was not rocking the LT jersey.
Clark was and still is a Bengals fan because he liked the tiger stripes on the helmet (which I have to admit I am also fond of). Today, I am a middle school History Teacher in LA where he is a local sports journalist for the Coronado Eagle where he covers high school sports full-time. The podcast began in May of last year when I approached him with the idea of taking our love to the next level.
The show would be called From the Backseat and would feature us diving into the more fun stories of sports that big media companies don’t really talk about. While ESPN is debating who the best QB in the league is, we are talking about our Mt. Rushmore of Stadium Food or just celebrating the Padres making the NLCS. Growing up in a city that has never seen a championship gives us an interesting view of winning. Whenever someone listens to our show, we do not want them to expect hard-hitting analysis. We want them to feel like they are back in High School talking about Jimmy G hitting on Erin Andrews. Our show is based on having fun and embracing the reality show part of sports. From the Backseat gets its name from the idea that we are backseat drivers. We have no control over the ride but we are going to play a lot of road trip games on the way.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The biggest obstacle I see is a balance between content creation and our personal lives. I am a teacher who still has to manage a classroom during the day whereas Clark is writing hard-hitting articles about the High School we went to.
Every day we are faced with the reality that breaking news is occurring and we can’t put our lives on hold to cover it.
We have gained a lot of traction on Tiktok because we took time and created short funny videos that we knew would get a laugh. That can be difficult to manage when we can’t always be the first ones to make a joke. Covering sports is a lot of fun but you have to early so that your joke does not feel overplayed or outdated. Tiktok provides some of its own challenges as the algorithm is always shifting so a page that hasn’t quite gained a huge following that can really affect the numbers.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
From the Backseat is a sports podcast that specializes in the fun side of sports. Any funny tweets you see, we will probably cover on Tiktok. For any sports moment that sticks out, as usual, we will probably fund a trending sound and make a joke of it. Clark and I are both natural sports fans who love to watch sports like we are still in high school. We love the side of sports that does not take itself too seriously. We are known for our “She’s a 10 but” series where we take a sports moment and ask something like “she’s a 10 but she’s a Dodgers fan?”
We still are very much San Diego fans and we are not afraid to hide our love for the Padres. We were at every home game in the NLDS and were able to see the Padres close out the Dodgers. In fact, we posted a video of the sights and sounds of San Diego. We are mainly Tiktokers who create short-form content to go along with our hour-long podcasts.
How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
The best way to work with us is to contact us through our email: firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to us through one of our socials. We are always looking for guests for the show or to go onto other shows.
If you want to support us you can contact us through our email or use our website: https://withkoji.com/@fromthebackseat. That has a link to all of our socials.
- Website: https://withkoji.com/@fromthebackseat
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/backseat_pod/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/backseatpod
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/backseat_pod
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKhxh9WE0TrrfhK8g_L0CEg
- Other: https://www.tiktok.com/@fromthebackseat