The Podcast Rules, Late 2018 Version

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I haven’t talked about the podcasts I’ve been listening to for a while – so time to revisit that category.

The rules that I use as to who I subscribe to change fluently. In more recent days, I prefer listening to podcasts that aren’t time-sensitive. If I can listen to a podcast episode from February here in mid-October, that’s a good thing. Political and most sports-related podcasts would, therefore, be a no-go for me right now.

I like podcasts that have an episode length of 60-90 minutes. Anything beyond that is a bit too long for me, currently. For example, Joe Rogan is an outstanding podcaster, but most times I don’t have time in my life for his marathon conversations with some outstanding guests every day. I do have exceptions to that rule – but if I do, it’s with a podcast that provides episodes less than once a week. For those longer episodes, I usually listen to half or more one day, and the remainder on a second day.

Lastly, my goal is to listen to one podcast a day – so I have a rotation of seven podcasts I subscribe to. Should I run out of new material and need more, I subscribe to more. Some podcasts have fresh episodes weekly, some provide maybe one or two episodes a month, and some “go dark” for several months at a time. Plus, some have a good “library” of episodes worth revisiting or visiting for the first time.

Here’s my current rotation:

  • Dope Stories (I’m a big fan of Pauly McGuire’s blog and book works.)
  • Big Brother Gossip
  • The 6:05 Superpodcast (The mothership!)
  • The Voice Behind The Voice (Sportscasting)
  • The Bettor Life (Gambling News)
  • The Gabcast (UFO’s and the late Art Bell type of stuff)
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

If your rules are like mine, these are good starting points.

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The Podcast Rules, 2018 Version

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As I did last year, I thought I’d share the podcasts I’m listening to now a days.

My rules have changed a bit with time. For instance, I’m finding there are a lot more high quality podcasts dealing with the old days of professional wrestling that appeal to me. Maybe it’s the stories they tell, or the time I grew up here in Florida in the 1980’s, but I’m now listening to five podcasts (and a sixth on hiatus) just dealing with the “rasslin” business, and wondering how that happened that I find so many of these appealing.

Another first happened in the past year: I listened to a podcast that was discontinued because the host, Dick Enberg, passed away suddenly just before Christmas. I’ll mention his Sounds Of Success show here as an honorable mention. It had great guests in its short run, and not the sports personalities you’d ordinarily think of.

Other good podcasts I listened to during the course of the year but have now ended were Missing Richard Simmons and Heaven’s Gate.

So here’s the current list, with a few of these shows not currently on a schedule, or on hiatus because the show’s subject matter is not “in season” at this time.

  • 30 For 30 
  • 6:05 Superpodcast
  • Atlanta Monster
  • Austin Idol Live
  • Big Brother Gossip
  • Breaking Kayfabe
  • Dinner With The King
  • Ear Hustle
  • Inside The Dugout
  • Kentucky Fried Rasslin’
  • Slow Burn
  • The Butterfly Effect
  • Three Moves Ahead
  • What Happened When With Tony Schiavone
  • You Are Looking Live With Brent Musburger

This list fluctuates with time, so by the time I post it again in 2019, it’ll probably be significantly different, as 2017’s was as compared to today’s list.

Drinks With The Nature Boy

I was working at the Sun Radio Network in 1991 when talk show host Tom Donahue told me one day in May that wrestling champ Ric Flair would be a guest on the show by phone. This is back when SRN and local affiliate WEND were operated out of the same facility in Feather Sound off of Ulmerton Road in Clearwater. In fact, the boards themselves were in the same room, right next to each other.

That day, I was running the WEND board, unfortunately. The SRN board op was from the northeast, and didn’t know anything about wrestling, and is asking me who Ric was. I looked at him like he had worms coming out of his ears. He couldn’t imagine why someone would invest so much time into something watching so choreographed, I suppose.

I responded that yes, there’s a stagecraft involved in all of this, and that you really couldn’t not notice it. But I also pointed out that these guys do this on the road night in and night out, and they do get hurt and injured doing so, just like any other sport. Thus, I’ve always considered wrestling a sport, or better put, a hybrid of sports and entertainment.

Ric’s been in the news lately, getting out of a bar in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Last year on Brian Last’s 6:05 Superpodcast, frequent contributor Tom “TRShock” Robinson had an experience similar to the one that led to Flair’s ouster from one of Fort Wayne’s watering holes.

It’d be easy to say that Flair needs some sort of sobriety help. But, between the recent loss of one his sons, and the plane crash he endured in 1975, he’s been through a lot, too.

Old Lady Spencer

Nope, it’s not another political blog entry today. Thought I’d lighten up the mood a bit.

One of my favorite podcasts is called the “6:05 Superpodcast” which deals with classical professional wrestling. The host, Brian Last, played this clip a couple of weeks back.

The story goes like this: Northeast wrestling promoter Dennis Coralluzzo was trying to get a hold of fellow manager and promoter Jim Cornette. Instead of reaching Cornette, Dennis gets a hold of this Southern old lady, rather indignant about receiving these calls looking for a “Jim” that doesn’t live at that number.

Over time, things deteriorate, and Mrs. Spencer continues to get cranked by Dennis and his friends. Some of the language in here is most definitely NSFW, but it will definitely make you crack up hearing it.

This is better than listening to our candidates for another 15 minutes — believe me.