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Announcing the MuppetCast

Discussion in 'On the Web' started by stephenjlizard, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. stephenjlizard

    stephenjlizard Well-Known Member

    Hi-ho everyone!

    I would like to warmly welcome everyone to my new podcast, The MuppetCast! The website is http://www.muppetcast.com. This podcast is dedicated to the work of Jim Henson and the Muppets, both past and present projects.

    What's a podcast?

    A podcast is basically just an mp3 file. The audio in the mp3 is a fully-produced show, in my case, containing my show about the Muppets. It's 100% free, and will always remain free. You don't need an iPod either! You can even click a link called "Play Now" and the show will just play right there in your web browser. Pretty cool, huh?

    One last thing, if you are a bit more tech-savvy and would like to add my feed to your podcast aggregator, please use:

    You can email me@muppetcast.com with any reactions, comments, or questions. Thanks everyone! I really hope you like the show!

  2. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Well, welcome!
  3. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    I'm listening to it right now, and I'm really enjoying it. Would you ever consider having other fans partake in future episodes? Not that I personally would want to. I'm microphone shy. But it would be fun to hear differing views on the show. Again, good job!
  4. stephenjlizard

    stephenjlizard Well-Known Member

    I would LOVE that!!! That's half the reason I started the show. You really should get on the mic, it's easy! If not that, send me an email with something I can read on the show!
  5. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    You know it's funny, my husband is really into podcasts, he likes to listen to them when he's driving because he says it keeps him awake more than music. Anyway, I was like, is there any podcasts on the Muppets? And he never found any. I'm so excited that there is one now! Thanks for sharing this with us!
  6. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    I'd love to send you something to be read! I'll try to think of something.
  7. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    Just in case you haven't already heard it... Steve has release a new episode (episode #2) of the MuppetCast. You can get it at http://www.muppetcast.com and I really suggest you listen to it 'cause it is great.
  8. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I'm downloading it right now. I loved the first one and i can't wait to listen to Show #2.
  9. stephenjlizard

    stephenjlizard Well-Known Member

    Aw, shucks. Thanks, guys! And remember, the super-secret new segment debuts next week in show #3!

    As of today, plans are in the works for The MuppetCast to appear as part of Mousefest 2007. What's Mousefest? Only the coolest thing ever!

    Everybody goes to Mousefest, it's the coolest!

    (If goin' to Mousefest is cool, consider me Miles Davis.)
  10. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    Loved the second episode even more. Keep 'em coming!
  11. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I would have to agree with you, Speed Tracer. It was the coolest one. Can't wait for the next one!
  12. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member

    Great podcasts stephenjlizard :D

    Can't wait for the next one :zany:
  13. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I think these are fantastic. It'd be good if maybe people could send in questions on the voicemail and perhaps they could try and get the Muppet Studios or Henson to answer them, or even do mini-interviews with people like Jim Lewis. You could even get a Muppet impression contest running or something. That'd make for some good audio. I think with this podcast and the Muppet newscast it makes a good all round source for getting the latest Muppet news all the time, wherever you are. The only other suggestion i'd make is to just pick up the pace a little bit, have things a bit more short and zippy.
  14. stephenjlizard

    stephenjlizard Well-Known Member

    These are all good ideas, thanks! Yes, listening back to the show yesterday, I thought the news segment ran a little long. I'm in the process right now of getting solid segments together, and starting some contests. I'm also setting up a forum page to correspond with the show.

  15. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    Late last night, after listening to the second episode (for a second time - it holds up very well!), I made a list of possible ideas for future episodes of the show. I accidentally deleted the document (argh!) but I still remember several things I wrote. My favorite was one that Luke suggested, which was a Muppet impressions contest! That idea stemmed from reading the summary of MuppetFest by Tom Holste here on Muppet Central. It was supposedly going to happen at MuppetFest, but did not. This would be a great way to revive Tom's great idea.

    I really think it could work. People who wanted to participate could send in their impressions through the MuppetCast voicemail, and you could run them all in an episode (although you'd probably have to find a way to narrow down the number of impressions in that episode), and then we, the people, could vote on our favorites through the voicemail service. It's genius, I tell ya! Also, the winners could receive something special. Like candies.
  16. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Yeah i think its just a case of keeping each item quite tight so it gives you time to fit in everything you wanted, and kinda mixing that with enough of the audio clips and music you've been including to give it a bit of variety with all the spoken stuff. As with the Muppet impressions (which could even be people doing jingles for the show) you'd have a bit of fun content, and once you start getting interviews with Henson people or even fan questions or reviews, it will all mix together very nicely. I think this has the makings of something really big like the wiki or the newsflash.
  17. stephenjlizard

    stephenjlizard Well-Known Member

    I like this idea. A lot. A whole lot, in fact. I'm thinking if people wanted to record these to an mp3 file and email them to the show, that would work well. I should be able to gin up a web page where you guys can listen to the impressions and vote. Maybe have a couple different categories, where in one category you're judging, say, the best Kermit or Elmo impression, and another category of best overall impression. Yeah, I like that. I'll see about maybe opening this up in the near future.

  18. stephenjlizard

    stephenjlizard Well-Known Member

    Thanks Luke, I hope so too! There's another podcast that used to do a segment called the Muppet Minute. That podcast is called MouseGuest Weekly, and is found at mouseguest.com. There's another podcast called Inside the Magic, found at distantcreations.com/insidethemagic. It's a fantastic podcast, and one of the co-hosts, "Skipper Ben", actually worked for a while at MuppetVision 3D. He has related some great stories on that show, and maybe he'll enlighten us on The MuppetCast as well. He has a section for his own correspondence on the Inside the Magic forums.
  19. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    I just heard the newest episode. Loved it. It's a few minutes longer than the first two, but it actually feels shorter. Kudos!

    And you, sir, have a wonderful singing voice.
  20. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Hey there, Steve. I'm very impressed by the professionalism and research you put into the podcasts. I'll certainly be listening to every episode, and hope to contribute one day.

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