Friday, July 4, 2014


A funny thing happened on the way to the podcast ...

I've had chronic computer problems this year. Ever seen POLTERGEIST? It's been a little like that, only with haunted computers instead of TV sets. And 100% less Zelda Rubinstein.

And HOO BOY was my interview with Alan Flanagan ever plagued by ghosts. First, a weird buzzing sound found its way into the original interview recording. I did what I could to mix this noise out, but it had a way of lingering, regardless of how it was mixed. Flanagan is the writer of CARRIAGE OF THE DAMNED, a DARK SHADOWS audiodrama that reunites James Storm, Lisa Richards, Katheleen Cody and Denise Nickerson. The story involves a train, which inspired me to temporarily revive our old podcast format and add a few train-themed songs into the recording.

And then I changed my mind and opted to hold the episode for a week to edit out the music. My computer had other ideas and self-destructed in protest, taking with it the various recordings used in the podcast. Flanagan was a cool guy and was fun to speak with, and I began looking for alternate ways to get the interview to the website. Long story short, it didn't work out.

Late last week, I decided to fire up the old, dead computer to see if it might cooperate. Much to my surprise, its resurrection lasted just long enough for me to rescue the final podcast mix from its memory banks ... complete with songs and subtle white noise. I've been battling this podcast mix for so long that I've lost the ability to properly evaluate it. Listening to it this morning, I think my concerns about the production values were mostly unfounded. The songs kinda work in context and are just goofy enough to be fun, while the noise isn't much of a problem. It's unlikely that many people would have even noticed it.

I'm going to shut up now.

(NOTE: I won't spoil the song titles here. If you recognize them, feel free to share them in the comments section below. Some of our audience might not recognize all of the tracks.)

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