Thursday, December 27, 2012

All of My Podcast Appearances (so far)

This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while but kept putting off for reasons I can’t explain. And now I’ve put it off so much that it occurs to me it would actually be a really good year-end post. Well, maybe not “really good”, but sensible.

            My very first podcast was with Gnoll of MC4TR.com and it was a preview of WrestleMania. It went well and I had fun, but once it was done I really didn’t give it much more thought. Despite the fact that I had always wanted to work with my voice I didn’t dive into that world. I still didn’t really quite understand what it was or how many people might be reached. Honestly, my thought going into it was, “Well, nobody’s going to listen to this anyway.”

But I’m sure somebody has. That site had quite a following at one time. Here it is if you want to check it out. It’s fun and might bring back some wrestling memories from the time:


I’ve told the story of how I met Mike Faber and Mike Gordon and how they brought me into the Earth Station One Network. It’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me and I will always be grateful until I’m rich and can forget about them.

Just kidding.

The first ESO podcast I was on was about the Doctor Who story “The Keeper of Traken”, one of my favorites. Well, one of my most fondly remembered. I went out and bought a headset just for the show because I wanted to be sure I sounded good. One of the worst things in any kind of broadcasting is when a guest or commentator sounds like shit, and I didn’t want that to be me. So I went to Fry’s and spent eighty bucks on a Turtle Beach gaming headset. It was totally worth it because I sounded fucking awesome. Here – check it out:


I had an amazing time on the episode and really clicked with the guys. My biggest fear – other than sounding shitty – was of talking over somebody else. I think I might have a tendency to do that and I really hate it. I think I did alright. 
 
The very next day Director Faber contacted me and offered me a co-host spot on a new bi-weekly podcast they had planned. A podcast about Doctor Who. Holy shit. He said that he and Mike Gordon had both enjoyed working with me and that I obviously had a good knowledge of Doctor Who. I talked it over with Mrs. Troublemaker – after all, this was going to be a few hours of commitment every other week. Watching the story we were going to be reviewing, writing up notes, then actually recording. But she encouraged it. She kind of had to – she was the one that told me to go and talk to Bobby Nash in the first place and that’s what led to me meeting the Mikes.

So on March 20, 2012 we recorded the very first episode of Earth Station Who and it was great. And it continues to be great twenty-three episodes later. I look forward to the next episode from the second the current one wraps. Here’s the list so far:


(Absent are Episodes 13 & 24, which I was not on)
I’ve also returned to Earth Station One from time to time as a guest. There have been a few topics that I absolutely had to get in on, including Dragon*Con, Hammer Horror, and The Dark Knight Rises. Here’s those:




And then the unthinkable happened. I had a strong urge to do a specific sort of podcast. Naturally it was a Halloween podcast. I suggested the title “Earth Station Boo” to everybody after one of the recordings and they went for it. Then Director Faber – that dirty bastard – told me I was in charge. I was to corral the guests and set the topics and host. I was nervous, but in the end it went great:

 

And it also left me with the desire to do my own podcast. Like, totally my own. Not weekly. Not bi-weekly. Not even necessarily monthly. But I wanted to set something up where I could sit down and record if there was something important enough. Earth Station Who is fantastic, but I have a lot more to talk about than just Doctor Who. And I want my own format to do it.
And before Earth Station Boo there was my appearance on the excellent and fun RevCast from Revolutions SF.com talking about Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th movies. I had a blast with Deanna, Gary, and Joe and look forward to being on again. Here's the link to that one:
 

Another big part of my desire to do my own podcast is Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast. I have gotten absolutely addicted to it. I’ve liked Maron since the early 90’s when he started popping up on cable. Something about his wry, almost-suffering delivery always appealed to me. The WTF Podcast is one of my favorite things now. Maron interviews comics, celebrities, directors, and whoever he feels would make a good guest. But it’s not an interview, so much. It’s a conversation. Obviously this isn’t one of my podcasts, but if you want to know what WTF is like, this is a good one:


It’s the first one I listened to and it’s absolutely fascinating.

So there you go. That’s what’s been going on. Come back on New Year’s Day for the very first episode of the Needless Things Podcast where I talk to Beau Brown of the Sci-Fi Janitors about Masters of the Universe and the 2012 30th Anniversary of the property. It’s good. Also, we'll be recording the 25th episode of Earth Station Who this Sunday. We'll be talking about the Christmas special and it should post before next weekend.

-Phantom

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