With all of the traveling I’ve been doing and will continue to do over the next couple of weeks, listening to podcasts is the easiest way to pass the time on the road or in the air. Over the last year or so, I’ve narrowed down my podcast listening to the following shows. Consider this my official endorsement and I encourage you to check them out.
- 1951 Down Place: Once a month, Derek, Casey and Scott take a look at one of the many Hammer classics (and sometimes not-so-classic). Slick production values and a lively conversation make this a monthly must. Typically 60-90 minutes.
- B Movie Cast: I’ve been a fan of this show since day one. Vince Rotolo, his wife Mary, Nic Brown and a rotating cast of supporting characters (myself included from time to time), discuss the movies we all grew up watching. He also loves to pick a movie we’ve never heard of, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. A weekly highlight for me. Typically 2 ½ hours.
- Doctor Who Tin Dog Podcast: I love Doctor Who but hate the shows that get overly critical. I’ve eliminated several in recent years and this one is the last man standing. It’s short and sweet with a good balance of fandom and honest review. Typically 10-15 minutes.
- Dread Media: Desmond Reddick, Devil Dinosaur Jr. and all the rest provide a fun weekly show that typically runs about 75 minutes. A lot of horror mixed in with comic book highlights and occasional genre flicks make for a personal favorite. 300 episodes and going strong.
- Horror Etc.: Another show that’s hit the 300 mark. Admittedly, there have been some bumps in the format with Anthony D.P. Mann’s burgeoning film career leaving him absent more often than there as of late. However, Kingstown Ted and Doug are keeping things on track. I don’t always agree with these guys but it’s still an enjoyable conversation. Been there since the beginning. Shows vary from 90 minutes to 2 hours.
- Martian Drive-In Podcast/Paleo Cinema: Terry Frost offers up two unique podcasts about film. He often veers away from the mainstream, which is why I love these shows. A man, a mike and his random thoughts on film and music make these a refreshing break from the norm. Typically an hour.
- Monster Kid Radio: Derek Koch aka Brother D put a bullet in the head of Mail Order Zombie but he’s not taking a rest. He’s going back to his roots for this new show. Based on Derek’s track record with MOZ, this one is a must. And you just might hear me on the show in the near future. Just started but is expected to be an hour on average.
- Kaijucast (all about Godzilla and friends) and Naschycast (all about Paul Naschy) are two honorable mentions. I don’t have the time to listen to these shows every week but from what I’ve heard, I definitely enjoy them.