[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n The Beginning (well, January 16, 2006 anyway) a man that went by the name of VooDooStevie began a podcast and it was totally shitty (in retrospect). But, not too many shows from this time period of podcasting were great to begin with so cut me some slack!
And thus on this day he saw what he had began and said, “Holy shit! What have I done?”
Here is a brief history of what has transpired for the show since that day.
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This version of the show is basically the first incarnation where we were finding our niche for a show. Considerably the crappier of the shows and no real structure was set except, talk, play music, repeat. There was double endings and the theme music was not quite what Steve wanted.
In the first few shows there was mostly music. The show avereaged about 45 minutes in length sometimes going over if Steve felt people were jipped because he missed out on a week. And he also did “Quickies” which were just to fill the listeners in on what was going on with the show.
Basically, the show was built on playing what was called “podsafe” music originally. After pouring hours into finding music on the Podsafe Music Network (now called Music Alley and owned by Mevio), the show represented the independent artists that were creating music and wanting to share it with the world and were giving permission to podcasters to play it as long as the linked back to their website.
After seeing there were more independent artists out there, Steve scoured MySpace (yeah it was big back then so shut up) and other sources to find some real good music. If they weren’t on The Podsafe Music Network, then he would contact them to ask permission to use their music. They were happy to oblige and this lead to free samples and free albums and a few unreleased items depending on the artist contacted.
Steve’s passion for music as a listener and promoter was highly prevalent during this time, however something was missing from the show, so he brought about the interviews. You can read all about the interviews here.
During the first year there was quite a few shows. Pretty average for a weekly podcast. It was starting to find its niche until later in the year Steve thought there should be more. So he made the show have some themed based shows which carried into the second year.
Here are some examples of the themed based shows that were brought about:
- Ladies Night – All artists fronted by a female singer
- Christmas Shows
- Halloween Shows
- Raptastically Nerdcore – All Nerdcore artists
- The The Show – All Artists with the word “The” in the beginning of their name
- All Covers
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Steve felt that the show needed an actual theme song that really gave the show some oomph. He had one made by Jay from Libertas and he remixed it multiple times in the beginning and then made his own creepy sounding theme song but it still wasn’t what he really wanted.
Then he got the permission to use American Head Charge’s song, “Dirty” which he removed the center channel to remove the vocals on. It was apparently heard by a representative for the band and they gave him an all instrumental version of the song which Steve transformed into the music we heard on the show after that.
The show also started taking some more turns in the second incarnation. We began doing live shows.
The show had a few live shows for a while over the years. We broadcasted on Stickam, uStream and Live Stream (formerly Mogulous). After a while the show went back to pre-recorded because there was much more that could be done in a pre-recorded enviroment. Such as multiple characters giving the illusion of more than one host.
We may return to live shows if the possibility comes around. It may not be video based, but streaming audio and chat room only.
During this phase we continued with theme based shows and started doing some bits and fake commercials. Check out the bits in the Bits section of the site.
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The third Incarnation of the show was something that we began after doing live shows. Steve was feeling bored with just talking so he created more characters in the show to act as virtual co-hosts.
Some of the characters were just put in as bit characters at first, but we went back to them as full fledged characters on the show to try combining the original show with a theater of the mind motiff. This of course was his way of pushing the production envelope because of the heavy editting that was required to do the shows. The list of characters during this incarnation are as follows:
- Leroy the Jungle Bunny – First brought about with the racist cereal commercial called “Nigga Pops” which was an idea brought about from ITRadio. He became a recurring character after a while.
- HinduStevie – Now known as Achmed Ayhavyajob. He was introduced in a self made promo for Fresh Media Works. People loved the voice so he was brought back for a side story to Road Trip to Oblivion’s episode where they went after Adam “Crack Rock” Curry in an epic battle. He has come back many times into the show.
- EmoStevie – Now known as Travis Drip. Was Brought in to basically just make fun of Emo Kids. Always crying. He was also put into the side story later on.
- HomoStevie – Now known as Peter Holdsteady. This character was brought about to add a gay character to the mix. He basically was to make the rest of the crew feel uneasy with homophobia.
- SpecialStevie – Now known as George. He was the mentally challenged character of the group. Sometimes was used as comic relief. Ok a lot of times. But it is Steve doing the voice so it makes you wonder about what persona of his this actually is portraying.
- The Dark Lord – This character was brought around after we did the Oblivion side story. He originally was brought about as the reason why the show actually started, but eventually became just a pain in the ass that did nothing but try to take over the show after VooDooStevie lost his way with the show.
After a while the characters were actually co-hosts and appeared all together as cohosts for the show. We had fun with these guys, but it may have come time to retire them for the next iteration.
All of this This covers the last few episodes of the show. It began waning after a combination of lack of time and family obligations took more away from doing the show as well as a lack of inspiration and what to talk about.
The show went into an indefinite hibernation mode since February 2011…