What do you get when you take two media guys, put them in a room together with a bunch of computer and technical equipment, supply them with copious amounts of alcohol, and then let them talk for an hour or more? If you're lucky (which we in Spokane ARE), you get the usually hilarious, often insightful, mostly NSFW (not safe for work), reasonably intelligent, and always interesting Spokast Podcast.
A podcast - for all you technological noobs out there - is like a radio talk show, only it is recorded instead of live and it is listened to over/through the computer instead of on the stereo. Some podcasts have a theme, such as movies for the SchmoesKnow or history for Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, and some are done by comedians or celebrities like the Joe Rogan Experience or the Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick. With the technology to record audio so accessible and the internet so vast and welcoming, you can basically find a podcast about anything you might be interested in. Some of them are awesome, some of them are awful, and some just float along in between.
Spokast, in case you were wondering (and why wouldn't you be), falls into the 'awesome' category. It was created by two local Spokane guys with a background in television and movie production who really, REALLY, like to talk. And they will talk about ANYTHING. Politics, reptiles, guns, YouTube videos, recent news stories, movies, food, booze, books, local media - you name it, it has probably come up at some point in an episode. Fans of the show have likened it to "two guys sitting on the porch shooting the breeze," or "one of those great bar conversations you'll hear when you go out." They sound so comfortable on the air and so relatable while conversing that you tend to forget you AREN'T sitting right there with them and can't join in on the chat.
The podcast started back in October of 2012 and they've already had a long and varied list of guests on the show. The most famous is probably local ex-weatherman George Maupin, who has guested twice now and has proven that he quite possibly is the Most Interesting Man in the World. Other guests have included TV directors, audio engineers, chemists, children's authors, history teachers, gamer chicks, mechanical engineers, Grandmas, sisters, cousins and more. For a homegrown podcast less than a year old, Spokast hasn't had any trouble booking interesting people to come on the show and talk themselves up.
They even managed to pull in a big name sponsor - the Elk Public House - through the cunning method of talking up the business whenever they could. As a Spoko-local program, the guys like to give credit to local businesses they feel truly deserve it. Of course they'll make a point of criticizing those businesses they think deserve that as well. They aren't shy about revealing their experiences working in the Spokane television market or dealing with different groups around town, so if you're easily offended or unable to listen to their point of view on things you might want to be wary before pressing Play on an episode.
The audience for Spokast is growing on a weekly basis, but that doesn't seem to be the most important thing for the guys behind the mics. Even if they only had one listener an episode they would probably STILL keep doing it, because it is love of the project that keeps them going. Just listening to them for a few minutes makes it obvious that they are having the time of their lives gabbing over the internet and they'd probably do it everyday if they could. Luckily for fans (which includes well over one person listening a week) this means they won't be giving up the idea any time soon. They'll continue to drink, talk, record, and entertain us for episodes to come.
Spokast can be enjoyed a number of ways. Head over to their website and listen to a Shortcast (15 to 20 minutes) or a long episode (one to one and a half hours) and see for yourself what they're all about:
Spokast on Podbean
iTunes (just search Spokast under Podcasts and you should find them - and you can download eps for free!)
Spokast on Facebook
Spokast on Twitter
*Check back on Fridays for more installments of my "Get to Know People in Spokane" blog series. Have a person or group you think should be featured? Leave me a note in the comments or on Twitter at @MyFoxSpokane. I've got a few more people/groups lined up in the upcoming weeks but I'm always excited at the idea of finding more.
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