Having stepped away from the audio editing booth and allowed the dust to finally settle from a whirl-wind season, I can now look back with clarity on the first season of GAAP Chats. As we prepare for the second season and for the storm to regain its chaos, it got me thinking about the birth of this podcast and why it exists at all. This story actually begins before I even worked at GAAP Dynamics. A fellow DMLS member, Patrice, had pitched the idea of a podcast to Mike Walworth, our CEO (and now co-host) a year or so before, but with so much other development going on, the idea drifted into the “later” pile only to be dug up unknowingly again by yours truly.
With a second person finally pushing for it, we sat down to discuss what it could be and why create one at all. As for me, I think the overall mission for this podcast was always in alignment with the main mission of who we are as GAAP Dynamics: trying to make your everyday accounting training a little more bearable. We have always strived to change the way accounting and auditing training is done, and this was simply a new and exciting avenue for that training to take place. We wanted this to be a podcast that talked about, not only the relevant accounting news of the day, but also broke down financial news and any new, murky accounting language for the “average joe”.
Since we had finally gotten Mike on board, the next step was to find his podcast sparring partner. Of all the parts to the creation process, this was one of the easier ones. Mike has always known the “John C. Reilly” to his “Will Ferrell”: our CFO, Chris Brundrett. Fast-forward a couple of weeks and after a lot of head scratching, debating on names, styles, episode length, topics, and everything else you can think of, GAAP Chats was born! We had a whole day filled with a photo shoot and initial recordings for the launch of the podcast, and if there was ever any concern over the comedy element of this podcast being lost, that was immediately quelled by the key image for season one: a Step Brothers themed poster.
We introduced our brand new podcast at the AICPA Conference in December of 2022, having no idea what to expect, and with each week we have trekked through the valleys and peaks of creating this new branch of the company’s voice. There were weeks where the topic was determined in the final hours by breaking news and others where the material was a long-standing policy broken down, and no matter which way the material came in, there was never a dull moment in the editor’s chair. Since its creation, we have amassed listeners from every corner of the globe, and seen first-hand responses from CPAs and non-accounting folk alike, praising its light-hearted nature and educational grounding.
Though we still have a long way to go, I believe we have achieved our initial goal of creating a podcast ready to take on the cacophony of financial and accounting news and funneling it into material that anyone can sink their teeth into. From a Pirates of the Caribbean monologue, to breaking down the fall of Credit Suisse, we have struck our perfect balance of crazy and informative; all we need now is your help fueling that fire for season two!
Like I said, some news writes itself, but it’s not everyday that a global bank collapses or a crypto exchange fails, so whether you are a CPA looking for a deeper discussion on a new accounting policy or just trying to understand how the latest in accounting policy will affect you or your business, this is the place to learn! All you need to do to ensure that we answer your question is to ask us yourself! We will be sure to answer your questions either as a segment or as its own podcast if it needs it.
All you need to do is click the link below, fill out the form, and listen to season two as we break it all down in our Ferrellian fashion.
We can’t wait to Shake and Bake with you in Season Two!
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