Marty Keegan’s The Halo Effect Is a Podcast Home Run

A compelling name and some equally compelling audio content. That’s the FishbowlLA boxscore for the first two innings of The Halo Effect, a brand new Los Angels Angels-focused podcast hosted by SoCal native Marty Keegan.

It starts with Keegan’s voice, a regal rasp that is one part Crispin Glover and many parts hubby of Rebecca, film writer for the Los Angeles Times. Then there’s Keegan’s wry sense of humor, fed by his experience as a stand-up comedian and one-time host of pop culture talk show Hollywood Babble-On.

In this week’s The halo Effect episode, Keegan continues his conversation with former Angels pitching great Jim Abbott, author of the new book Imperfect. Among the topics covered are Abbott’s memories of late Angels owner Gene Autry:

“Mr. Autry was a sweet man, completely different from some of the other owners I’ve played for… He’d come down into the clubhouse and he’d look around. And no matter if we’d won or lost, he was always immaculately dressed in a western cowboy suit and hat, and a fresh pair of cowboy boots that were monogrammed with a G.A. Every single one of them. He always had a kind word and loved his ballplayers.”

The Halo Effect is a must-bookmark for anyone following what promises to be – despite the Pujols stutter-start – a great Angels season. In his inaugural website reply to a reader comment, the host also hinted at who’s presently in the podcast on-deck circle: ‘You are officially our first commenter. They say you never forget your first one. Even as I get older and forget who I am, I will remember you. We expect to have Tim Salmon on for Episode Three.’

Keegan separately tells FishbowlLA he is getting ready to direct Gone to Pot, a feature film comedy he wrote about a pair of debt-ridden hustlers who inherit a medical marijuana dispensary. “I’m the least pot-smoking guy you’ll meet, and I’ve got a pot comedy,” notes Keegan, “and I’m the least technology-oriented person and I’ve got a podcast. There’s some irony there.”