Even though the show is being rebooted, VooDooRadio does have a history. A majority of the shows are locked up in the vault and may spring up in the new releases, but here is a run down of where the show came from.
VooDooRadio officially started as a podcast on January 16, 2006.
Hosted by Steve "VooDooStevie" Bridges, the show began as more of an audio blog with music from artists that were supplied by the Podsafe Music Network (yeah, I know Adam Curry's gig).
It branched out to other music sources and over the course of time the show featured over 250 artists. Some were well known, others were not known by the masses, but felt that they were worth exposing to the show's audience. Of course being a music podcast you would think we would have some interviews... Well we did...
There was only 3 interviews in the show's initial history they were: Libertas, Voltaire, and Noise626 .
The Voltaire one felt to be the worst one, but it was not the Artist's fault at all. I blame wine and nerves for it being horrible. I kind of dove into the interview without knowing what to ask.
The Libertas and Noise626 interviews were a little more solid. Being friends with Libertas helped soothe the nerves and a friend of a friend helps too, which I feel was the reason the Noise626 interview went so well.
There was supposed to be more but scheduling conflicts and communication breakdowns do happen. In my case it was a lot.
The show had special guests on the show fill in as a co-host position, but we never had a full-time co-host over the course of the original show. Call it a combination of being an introvert and a control freak if you will, but I could never get someone to do the show on a regular basis.
So what does someone do when the show needs a co-host and you can't get anyone to be reliable enough to do the show with you? Why you create your own!
Cast of Characters
To make the co-hosting gig be reliable, I created characters that would fill in the position. The first characters were from bits I did:
- VooDooRoboto - This was a character that I really didn't voice, but it was a character that did appear in the VERY first episode. He announced the episodes and coined the phrase "All your iPods belong to us" which was synonymous with the show in the early shows.
- Achmed "Hindu-Stevie" Jahamadad - Achmed first appeared in a bit I did for when the show was sponsoring Fresh Media Works. He was the voice of the tech support agent telling me that my podcast was certified fresh (their catchphrase).
- Leroy The Jungle Bunny - Leroy appeared in a bit for a cereal that was the ultimate racist cereal called "Nigga-Pops"
- The Dark Lord - This guy showed up after I put out a side-story to the podcast known as "Roadtrip to Oblivion" did back in the day where Jason added me as a character involved with the take-down of Podsafe Network Headquarters. I apparently made a deal with him and he was not happy that I was changing the show with more character voices.
- Peter "Homo-Stevie" Holdsteady - No relation to Gary Holdsteady of the Podcast known as "The Independent Stream" he was brought on board when we did the side story as well.
- Travis "Emo-Stevie" Felcher - Another character brought about during the side story.
- George "Special-Stevie" Poopmapahnts - George was brought about later as a gag to add to the "Multi-Stevies" I know it's not nice to make fun of mentally disabled, but the whole point was that each of the characters were a little part of me just broken into different characters (and yes we are all a little gay,racist, emo and retarded inside).
These characters all made appearances individually and then as an ensemble in quite a few shows. The last major production with the characters was a Christmas show that had some awesome production quality but content wise sucked ass because I didn't write it out and basically just winged it.
The End Of an Era
They say all good things come to an end. The show officially had 128 full shows (with Quickies and Videos peppered in). And was put to sleep after February 2011. I am calling the first initial period of the show our Triassic Period, and soon we will be entering the next phase of the show's evolution.
VooDooRadio returned to the feeds officially on February 8th, 2015.