I recorded a longer-than-usual, 2-hour Inside the Magic podcast, discussing Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-O-Scream, and Aulani’s grand opening as well as talking about Avatar coming to Walt Disney World until I was blue in the face. *rimshot* Sigh…Tweet
I recorded my post-D23 Expo podcast Tuesday night, after spending several hours gathering my thoughts. The resulting show was nearly 3 hours long and I still left out a lot of details. It’s amazing what can happen during a 3-day event. I’ve read a lot of people’s complaints online about what was “wrong” with the 2011 D23 Expo and I agree with some of it, but overall I enjoyed the event. Yes, having a press pass helped GREATLY, but then again, if I wasn’t covering the event, I would have had a lot of spare time to wait in the lines and would likely have gotten into all the same presentations that I did. That’s the reason they give press passes. It allowed me to spend that time I’d be waiting in line in a much more productive manner, editing video, writing articles, and the like. I think the real issue is that people expected there to be short lines. Every convention has lines and when there are more people than there are seats, some people are simply going to have to find something else to do. That’s just how it goes.Tweet
I have been producing Inside the Magic, my independent podcast about all things Disney, for over four years now. In that time, thousands of other podcasts have come and go, discussing every nearly topic imaginable. Likewise, I have subscribed (and unsubscribed) to a variety of shows over the past few years, with only a handful sticking around today. So I thought I’d share the few that remain on my list of…
Podcasts I Still Listen To
The Daily GizWiz can be found on Leo Laporte’s TWiT Netcast Network and is just the right mix of crazy humor, gadget information, and complete nonsense. Leo Laporte has a long history of broadcasting, so he is able to make the show sound professional, even if it’s really just two guys goofing off for 15-20 minutes every week day. The other goof-off is Dick DeBartolo, who is one of MAD Magazine‘s most prominent writers. It’s a fun show that I can turn to during any car ride to keep me entertained.
I have tried many other TWiT network podcasts over the past couple of years but ultimately ditched them all. This Week in Tech (where TWiT gets its name) was one of the shows that inspired me to start Inside the Magic, but has lately become too long-winded with guests who are simply obnoxious to listen to. Likewise, MacBreak Weekly was formerly a great place to hear intelligent discussions about the latest Apple/Mac news but has since turned into the Andy Ihnatko turn-your-brain-into-mush-with-endless-ramblings hour.
I am a certified home theater nut and listening to the HDTV and Home Theater Podcast from the HT Guys lets me know that I am not alone. This show comes out twice a week and covers all of the latest home theater gadget news in a two-guys-in-a-basement recording style. There’s nothing flashy about the show but it works well and gets the job done. The hosts, Ara and Braden, answer a lot of questions from their listeners that go well beyond the basic “how do I set up my equipment properly” inquiries. Both hosts are quite knowledgeable in not only home theater technology but also computers in general, so they’re able to branch out and review products intelligently.
The only Disney-related podcast that I still listen to is my friend Paul Barrie’s Window to the Magic. I don’t listen to any other Disney podcast that covers Disney news as I already get enough of that while hosting Inside the Magic. It would be like the local ABC news anchor going home and watching the CBS news broadcast after work. Paul takes his show in a completely different direction, focusing on the sounds of the Disney theme parks, which is something I can always enjoy. His show has been around almost as long as mine and my only complaint is that I don’t always have time to listen to everything it has to offer. But when I do, I enjoy it.
Yes, I only listen to three other podcasts. There’s simply not enough time each week for me to subscribe to any more. In fact, I’m already several weeks behind on these three with no hope of ever catching up. The fact that there are so many podcasts in existence is both wonderful and problematic. It’s impossible to enjoy them all, so I’ve had to pick my favorite three and stick with them for now.
So what are your favorite podcasts? Comment!Tweet
Inside the Magic - Show 201
Jim Henson’s Fantastic World Exhibit and Interviews, Vintage Mickey Mouse Vinyl Recording, Spaceship Earth from the Past, and Much More.
February 8, 2009 – Show Length: 01:34:53
On the Forum: Notes, Links, Music Listing, Discussion
We visit the Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit in Orlando, including a conversation with Jim Henson’s daughter, Heather Henson, the exhibit’s curator, Karen Falk, and others. Skipper Ben is here sharing a fun old vinyl Mickey Mouse recording. I also fulfill a special listener request with audio from Epcot’s past.
Disney Design-A-Tee, Fantasmic Story, That Anonymous Guy, Walt Disney World Marathon, and More
January 11, 2009 – Show Length: 01:17:32
This week we head to Downtown Disney for the opening of the Disney Design-A-Tee store. Skipper Ben is here with a great story from Fantasmic. That Anonymous Guy bring us a hilarious look at Disney in 2009. Listener Ed checks in after finishing the Walt Disney World Marathon and we have a bunch of great listener feedback.