Daily pop culture podcast â€˜Popspottingâ€™ launched
The new show is the latest outing from a Hawaii couple that has been making media since the early days of podcasting
HONOLULU, HI (June 7, 2011)Â â€” The Hawaii-based husband and wife duo behind one of the worldâ€™s most successful blogs and podcasts devoted to the TV show â€œLOSTâ€ has launched a new daily pop culture show.
Ryan and Jen Ozawa, hosts of â€œThe Transmission,â€ launched â€œPopspottingâ€ on May 23, exactly one year after â€œLOSTâ€ left the airwaves. But instead of devoting over an hour of conversation a week to a single show, â€œPopspottingâ€ serves up a bite-sized chat every weekday, and covers movies, television, music, books, and much more.
â€œPopspottingâ€ also adds guests into the mix, with regular trivia challenges and special interviews planned.
â€œIn a way weâ€™re going back to our roots, as our very first podcast as a couple back in 2005 was to show off Jenâ€™s pop culture prowess,â€ Ryan says. â€œAfter being so focused on one thing, weâ€™re enjoying the freedom to talk about everything.â€
Reaching over 20,000 weekly listeners at its peak, â€œThe Transmissionâ€ earned the couple a feature in the New York Times, and interviews and mentions from media as diverse as the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Nightline.
Yet Ryan and Jen infamously took a break from podcasting in 2006 when their show, which had climbed as high as #7 among all podcasts in iTunes, grew too big to handle. Wired magazine declared it a high-profile case of â€œpodfading.â€
â€œThat wonâ€™t happen again — the successful part, I mean,â€ Ryan jokes. â€œThankfully we made it back for the last two years of â€˜LOST,â€™ and with â€˜Popspotting,â€™ we are definitely going to be a little more loose and casual.â€
The shift to a daily show is a big one, as â€œThe Transmissionâ€ was known for its strictly structured, multi-segment weekly episodes that could sometimes run over 90 minutes long. And the current format — movies on Monday, TV on Tuesday, â€œWildcard Wednesday,â€ guests and trivia on Thursday and listener feedback on Friday — is still described as an experiment.
â€œWe are still getting a feel for what fits, as some listeners want more, while others want less,â€ Ryan says. â€œBut as a podcast listener, I find I prefer short daily shows that I can mix and match, and am finding I sometimes never get through two-hour talkfests.â€
Recent â€œPopspottingâ€ shows have covered â€œX-Men: First Class,â€ the CBS reboot of â€œHawaii Five-0,â€ new releases from the Foo Fighters and Lady Gaga, and bestselling books from Chelsea Handler, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Suzanne Collins. In its first week, â€œPopspottingâ€ climbed as high as #5 among â€œTV & Filmâ€ audio podcasts in iTunes.
“Ryan and Jen make an outstanding podcasting duo,â€ writes Stephen Lewis in a five-star iTunes review. â€œIf you enjoy listening to an adorable couple adroitly review pop culture and help you navigate he murky seas of entertainment, then Popspotting is for you.”
To subscribe to â€œPopspotting,â€ look for the show on iTunes, or visit Popspotting.net (http://popspotting.net). The show is also on Facebook (http://facebook.com/popspotting) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/popspotting).
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