Sunday, July 31, 2005 3:43 AM
I know, I know, it was brought up before. But I'm listening to it right now for the first time. Man, if all the episodes are like this, I won't listen to many more. Some random things so far in the episode (haven't gotten to the Robb Alvey part yet, at least he knows what he's talking about):

They were talking about 'The Voyage', some guy says "Where is Holiday World?". Wow, talk about researching.

Then, talking about 'The Voyage', "yeah it has 5 90* turns".

Oh, and European Parks are all older than American Parks, or something.

Perhaps I'm expecting enthusiasts, when I'm really just getting Media Types that like coasters? I dunno.

Oh, and wooden coasters cost more than steel coasters, in case ya didn't know.

Sunday, July 31, 2005 3:53 AM
I've listened to 1.5 of their shows. They're media guys who ride coasters occasionally.

The show's produced pretty well, but the content is... meh.

Sunday, July 31, 2005 3:58 AM
Yes, aside from some of the research. It sounds very Talk Radio (which = Good), but, yeah, content is meh. And that isn't just because I'm an enthusiast and probably know more than they about many coaster/park related stuff just because I have no life and sit at work and get paid to read up on the subject.

They could still discuss stuff and get it right. One of these days, I will have my show on Travel Channel, and it WILL be thoroughly researched before I start spouting stats off.

Sunday, July 31, 2005 4:23 AM
Never listened.

Based on Tekno's description, at least it sounds a little different that the 'news' audio and video shows that seem to be popping up left and right.

I just don't get the concept of someone reading me the same news stories/info I can find and scour through in a few moments.

*** Edited 7/31/2005 8:23:23 AM UTC by Lord Gonchar***

Sunday, July 31, 2005 4:29 AM
Yeah, don't get me wrong, it has potential. I was just expecting Professionals that were Coaster Geeks, instead, I got Professionals that are closer to GP with an interest on coasters.

At least that is how it came off to me.

Sunday, July 31, 2005 8:11 AM
The Robb Alvey stuff on their was good. He is by all means an enthusiast who knows his stuff, (which is all that saved that episode!). The hosts definently have no clue, and as Tekno said, their facts need some serious research. It's as if they skimmed the articles 5 minutes before air time, and winged the show.

Production is great, and I'll check back to listen to shows with industry experts and "enthusiasts", but outside of that, I'll wait for more Robb & Elissa visits, at least the show has a personality then.

Sunday, July 31, 2005 9:51 AM
Yeah, Alvey is exactly who you want to associate yourself. Not.

TeknoScorpion said:
They were talking about 'The Voyage', some guy says "Where is Holiday World?".
Wow. That screams credibility now, doesn't it?

It used to be we just had freaks with blogs on the Net, now we have freaks with microphones. Asphinctersayswhat?

It saddens me that the broadcast profession has degenerated since I left it. I mean, amateurs doing their thing is great, but these idiots should know better.

Sunday, July 31, 2005 9:58 AM
As I said in a previous thread that came up about these guys... it's not a real "podcast." A podcast is something an amateur does to let his/her voice be heard.

It's not a bunch of guys sitting around in a recording studio with high-end media equipment blabbing about stuff they don't know anything about.

It's a well-produced (read: it sounds pretty) show, but the guys are posers.

Sunday, July 31, 2005 11:44 AM

Michael Darling said:
As I said in a previous thread that came up about these guys... it's not a real "podcast." A podcast is something an amateur does to let his/her voice be heard.

That's a pretty narrow interpretation of what a podcast is. You mean, professionals can't do podcasts? I'm sure that Apple would disagree. With iTunes 4.9, they added a podcast directory. It is full of professional and amateur podcasts.

In other words, it's all good. The beauty of podcasting is that anyone can do one. Being a professional does not prevent you from being allowed to make one. Try listening to "Grape Radio" or "Reel Reviews". Michael Geoghegan produces both (and stars in Reel Reviews). Very professional but great podcasts.

Anyway, just my 2 cents.

Sunday, July 31, 2005 11:47 AM
I listened to the first few and they were fairly bad and boring. I would enjoy any interviews with industry people though.
Sunday, July 31, 2005 10:08 PM
I listen to This Week In Tech, produced by a bunch of Tech TV alumni. Is that not a podcast because it's done by broadcasters? iTunes seems to have a whole lot of stuff from mainstream media they're calling podcasts. If I do a podcast, is it not a real podcast because I'm a former broadcaster?

(And make no mistake... I have pro gear, audio and video. You never really leave the biz, you just find later on that the toys keep getting cheaper!)

Sunday, July 31, 2005 10:31 PM
I prefer In The Loop, by, they get right to the point, nothing but coaster and amusement park news.


Sunday, July 31, 2005 11:39 PM
Eh, at least In The Loop kinda knows what they're talking about. CoasterRadio has the broadcast talent (well, with the exception of no research, and not knowing what they're talking about), and In The Loop has a better Idea (but an enthusiast inverviewing someone in the industry does not a good show make, IMVHO).

No offense to Robb or Elissa or TPR, but I can read the TRs they post online, having it read to me just doesn't appeal to me. If they were interviewing B&M, Stengel, or park people, then maybe (as long as they know where Holiday World is, I'm sure Will or Paula will let them know when they interview them as they said they were going to do).

Monday, August 1, 2005 12:29 AM
The only way I'd do a podcast is if there was a significant volume of news and I could get sponsorship.
Monday, August 1, 2005 12:37 AM
They seem to have sponsorship. Aside from the site plugs that they don't get any money from, there were commercials for other things when I listened.

Now, signifigant volume of news, OTOH, I doubt it. Some days it seems coaster/park/industry news is sloooow.

Monday, August 1, 2005 2:59 AM
Not to Hijack this thread but....

There is actually still a couple Alvey fans left here at Coasterbuzz? I thought every one of us had been offended by now... (in one way or another)

*** Edited 8/1/2005 7:00:15 AM UTC by James K***

Monday, August 1, 2005 9:27 AM
I'm not a fan of anybody. Friends of some, yes. Great friends of a few? Hell yes. Do I mark out for anyone? Hell no.

Much respect,

Brian, who thinks the villification of ANYONE on a public coaster message board is low-brow.

Monday, August 1, 2005 12:32 PM
Attention whoring and blatant disregard and disrespect for the people that feed our hobby is really low-brow too.
Monday, August 1, 2005 12:37 PM
I must be out of the loop. What is podcasting?
Monday, August 1, 2005 3:46 PM
It's an audio recording generally encoded as an MP3. Software generally allows you to subscribe to it so that you download it regularly, and then listen to it whenever you want either on your computer or music player.

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