BTS: #GraphQLRadio

Abhi Aiyer
3 min readApr 20, 2017

I am extremely excited to announce that today we are publicly releasing our new podcast, GraphQL Radio!

It’s been a great experience ideating the direction of this show, so I just want to give you all a little behind the scenes look at how we got here!

Before we begin…

What is GraphQL Radio?

GraphQL Radio aims to fill a gap in the GraphQL community by providing really informational content from notable library authors, companies, and core contributors. Our main goal was to help give valuable information from the most novice GraphQL user to the most seasoned vets.

Having experience with podcasts, and listening to so many, we knew that we wanted the format of the show to be simple: a technical conversation. We wanted to keep things casual, with room to grow into more of a technical presentation. You can imagine conversations can lead to code samples, which ultimately provides an amazing content experience for everyone watching!

Who are we?

It all started with this tweet:

Immediately Johannes Schickling, the CEO of Graphcool, reached out to me and had told me that Graphcool was interested in making a podcast as well. I had heard about Graphcool from all the different community projects they had released AND not to mention their management of several GraphQL social media resources. Partnering with Johannes and Graphcool seemed like the perfect idea to get this ball rolling.

The Checklist

Starting a podcast is tough, especially when you have your own lives. So it really comes down to a checklist. Let me break it down everything we had to do to even launch the podcast.

Record a Pilot

We wanted to record a proof of concept right away, and after talking with Jon Wong in the Apollo Slack Channel, I found out we both went to the same college in the same year AND I found out at that Coursera was integrating GraphQL into its large codebase. This was the perfect topic to prove our concept, especially since my company was just starting this same journey as well.

Ask for Feedback

Spread this recording everywhere, and get feedback. Correct it for the next show.

Digestable Content

Lastly we wanted to provide a website for people to come view the show and all its available formats:

You can view all our episodes here:

What’s up next?

Well first, I encourage you to checkout our episode with Danielle Man. It was such an amazing conversation with a fellow engineer, I’m really happy with how it turned out.

You can view that episode here.

This next week we have a really nice treat for everyone, and something surely will make this show even more exciting. We are going to be having Lee Byron, Joe Savona, Jonas Helfer, Sashko Stubailo on the show to discuss the similarities and differences between Relay and Apollo.

I hope you guys enjoy the coming episodes, as always thank you so much for all the support! Excited to see where this goes!