Ted Kilvington is appropriately up first.
First time caller, long time listener. Based on all your podcasting experience, what tips do you have for a podcast n00bie?
My extensive podcasting experience (over a month now) would suggest this: Utilize the same principles as regular broadcasting. Think of the listener first. What would HE find interesting? What added value can you provide to HIS life? Choose topics he can relate to and/or will entertain him.
And then there’s YOU. Whatever your subject matter, there are probably dozens if not hundreds of other podcasts touching on the same territory. So the difference is YOU – your personality, your insight, your communication skills.
For my podcast, the only thing really unique I have to offer is ME – my take, my approach, my sense of humor. And I have to be true to that. The podcast will either be a success or not, but I’m not going to change my personality or style to chase listeners. I live by the words of the greatest existential philosopher of them all – Popeye the sailor man – who so brilliantly said, “I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam.”
Good luck with your podcast. Hopefully, you and everybody reading this will subscribe to mine. Just click on the button right underneath the masthead.
From Matt, Westwood CA about one of my favorite all-time writers.
I've always been a big fan of David Lloyd, one of the all-time great sitcom writers. When people talk about so much writing talent influenced by THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, I've always noticed the continuity of writing talent that spawned from MTM to TAXI to CHEERS and FRASIER. For writing and directing, the one common thread is David Lloyd and James Burrows are the only ones to write and direct episodes of all 4 series. Since you worked with and knew David Lloyd, I'd love to know your personal favorite of his scripts from each show. I know you attended the famous Chuckles episode filming, if that is your favorite MTM, please note second favorite as he wrote so many great mtm's.
There are so many it’s hard to choose. For THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW I would say an episode called “The Critic.” The acerbic reviews from the newly hired WJM movie critic were vintage David Lloyd.
For CHEERS it would be “Diane’s Perfect Date” from season one – the episode that introduced us to Andy Andy (although I was the one who named him).
“Jim Joins the Network” is my favorite David Lloyd TAXI episode. Reverend Jim becomes a TV network executive. It’s a wonderful satire on the industry.
Finally, for FRASIER I would pick “the Innkeeper.” Frasier and Niles buy a restaurant. Disaster after disaster hilariously occurs on opening night highlighted by a car crashing through the place. (Jim Burrows directed and the car stunt was done live before the studio audience.)
I recommend you watch all of those episodes. Hey, I should watch them all again myself.
According to your podcast, your name is Levine, rhymes with wine. I've know several Levines who pronounced their name to rhyme with bean.
Obviously both are correct. Any insight for us goyim?
You say tomato…
There is no rhyme nor reason for it. I like to tell people that west of the Mississippi it’s pronounced “Le-Vine” and east of the Mighty Mississip it’s “Le-Veen.” But that of course is nonsense. It’s just fun to see who believes me.
And finally, Harrison from Albany wonders:
The Cheers episodes that feature Harry the Hat are among my favorites, and "Pick a Con... Any Con" is my all-time favorite. Did all of the many cons originate with the writers, or did they solicit Harry Anderson for anything he thought would work well, given his extensive background in magic (and television). I'm thinking of the smaller cons he'd pull, not the ones that plots were built on.
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