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.

The Podcast Rules

Back before Thanksgiving, I had mentioned the podcasts I was listening to at that given time. Since then, I’ve developed a few rules about the podcasts I listen to in order to make sure I’m getting a wider field of knowledge, and thus making sure I’m not listening to the same topics or bands.

My rules are:

  • Only one podcast to a topic.
  • Only one podcast from any one company. (For example, only one podcast from NPR.)
  • I try to listen to at one show with a topic or host I disagree with.
  • I don’t try to listen to podcasts with a very open political bias that’s a strong point of the show.
  • If I have no podcasts with current episodes to listen to, I allow myself to add a new one.
  • But, I’m also allowed to waive any of those rules…you guessed it…one time.

Notice how the number “one” keeps coming up? Hmmm.

And so, my current list looks like this:

  • 6:05 Superpodcast (comes out every 10 days or so, but the host, Brian Last, puts out exceptional work, so worth the added wait)
  • The Jim Cornette Experience (yep, used my “waiver” on classic wrestling, a lot more fun then than it is now…)
  • The Big Listen (NPR’s podcast about other podcasts with the fun and snarky Lauren Ober)
  • Lionel Nation
  • Dead Fantasy (The Johnny Cash podcast stopped putting out new episodes sometime in July)
  • Five Hundy By Midnight
  • Three Moves Ahead
  • Common Sense With Dan Carlin
  • Freakonomics Radio
  • Gambler’s Book Club (sporadically does podcasts, but puts out good stuff when they’re on)
  • Penn’s Sunday School
  • Brain Samich
  • Flash Forward
  • This Week In Tech (I still think Leo Laporte is an ass, but you gotta keep up with current technology somehow)
  • The Minimalist

This list will get refined over time with my tastes, but it’s a good starting point as 2017 dawns.

Podcast Hunting

I’m always shuffling my podcast interests, and my recent “jam” (pun intended) is finding podcasts based on music. I stumbled upon a couple of winners (or so I think) yesterday: The Johnny Cash Radio Hour and Dead Fantasy.

The latter of the two is nothing but Grateful Dead music, about two and a hours worth a podcast. I’m 85% of the way through the first episode I’ve listened to as of this writing, and I haven’t heard any commercials. It’s just music, music, and more music.

The Johnny Cash podcast was also pretty interesting. The most recent hour-long episode that I heard dealt with nothing but all of the songs related to trains that “The Man In Black” sang in his career that spanned six decades. I thought I knew a considerable amount about Johnny, but it paled to comparison to the knowledge of the host of the program, Bill Miller.

For instance, I didn’t know that there was a 1975 version of his classic song “Hey Porter” out there, which was Johnny’s first single in 1954 with the Tennessee Two.

Lots of podcasts out there, certainly enough for everyone’s tastes.



The Podcasts On My IPhone

I’m getting more and more interested in the world of podcasting. I’ve read a few Kindle books on the subject, enough to realize I have the equipment on hand to do one, and the small amount of finances needed to start it up, which would require a website with the WordPress plugin, and a place to host the podcasts, most likely Libsyn.

Were I to do one, it would be 30 minutes long or so (which I would do solo ala Vin Scully most occasions), and the working title would be The Weekly Pauly. If anyone can think of a better title, I’m all ears, and I’ll give you a credit on the to-be website as a content advisor.

So here’s who I listen to:

  • The 6:05 Superpodcast
  • The Jim Cornette Experience
  • The Nerdist
  • Big Brother Gossip
  • The Gambler’s Bookstore
  • Lionel Nation
  • Inside The Dugout
  • Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me
  • TED Radio Hour
  • Five Hundy By Mindnight
  • The School Of Podcasting
  • Three Moves Ahead


And with that, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Stay safe in your travels, and eat as much turkey as you want. Be back on Black Friday weekend with a new Flashback and a brand new Aircheck.