If you’ve listened to the CrapMonkey Podcast for any length of time you’ve probably heard me mention the Talking Metal Podcast. In the podcast, Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy cover rock and metal from many different angles. Not only do they have impressive back stage access to metal legends; they are also well suited for spotting and exposing new talent on the horizon.
On February 22nd, the Fuse network will premiere the first Talking Metal television episode that “will feature exclusive interviews and field packages in the podcast’s signature style.” The show will air at midnight Eastern (9pm Pacific) and I already have my DVR locked and loaded and hope you’ll do the same.
As a podcaster, a metal head and a media consumer, I’m proud of these guys for a few reasons. From a Podcaster perspective, they took their passion for metal and ran with it. It was and is a labor of love. The fact that others have taken notice validates everything Podcasting stands for: broadcasting your passion and finding your audience. As a metal head, I’m impressed that they marched ahead, even as pop-culture was turning their nose up at metal. As such, the Internet proved to be a great medium for pulling together the metal audience from disperse geographies. Likewise, over the couple of years in which they’ve been podcasting, the tides have shifted some, and the new television show is evidence that Metal is making its way back toward the mainstream. Perhaps Talking Metal played some role in that shift, but regardless, Mark and John held fast and did their thing until the world took notice ( first iTunes and now the airwaves). Finally, as a media consumer who pays over $100 a month for cable, I’m excited that their will be a new show in town that was not slapped together by some douche bag producers following a formula for capturing an advertising demographic. The Podcast is testament to the fact that this is a real show with a real soul that is simply being ported to television.
So again, be sure to catch the premiere on February 22nd. Congratulations Mark and John, and if you ever find yourself in Seattle, allow me to give you a tour of some of the incredible breweries we have out here 🙂 – Rock on!