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A while back, I dropped a hint of something to come that I was pretty excited about.
I am a podcast junky. I listen constantly, and have a lot of favorites. High production ones, like Radiolab, interview shows, like The Nerdist, and comedy stuff, like The Dead Author's Podcast. Since I mostly walk to work, and work early in the morning, it's how I get from home to the workplace while keeping myself entertained.
About a year ago, I looked on iTunes to see if there were any rocketry-related podcasts. At the time, there were none that related to the kind of rocketry I do - amateur, hobby, DIY rocketry. I did find the Space Rocket History podcast, which I've listened to from the beginning, and which is fascinating - it's a history of space exploration, done by a guy in North Carolina. As of this writing, he's working his way through the Apollo program.
I've always wanted to start a podcast, to put something out there. In Bloomington, Indiana, there is a large comedy scene, and I knew a lot of people with their own podcasts*. But what would it be about? I couldn't think of any subject I'd talk about, so I let it go.
Once I got started in rocketry, I briefly considered starting a rocketry podcast. But I'm just one person. Nobody else I knew was that into it. Chad and I would go out launching from time to time, but I had nobody to talk shop with, and the idea of one person talking, alone, without anybody to bounce ideas off of sounded like a boring podcast indeed. So I started this blog.
Months later, I discovered The Rocketry Show, with two guys calling themselves CG and Gheem.
It was only about three episodes in when I found it, and I subscribed and started listening to it whenever a new episode came out.
A while back, I got a message on my Facebook page from CG - asking if I'd be interested in being on the podcast. I gotta admit, I had actually thought about this before! For me, it was like the rocketry version of imagining yourself as an actor or comedian on Letterman or Conan. I thought, "Man, it would be great to get really good at this, and write a cool blog, and maybe I'd get to talk to the Rocketry Show guys some time!"
I jumped at the chance.
Then, after it was over, I thought, I don't know if anything I said was usable! I've done radio before, but rambled a lot, couldn't hear myself over my own headphones... And besides, a lot of people listening to the Rocketry Show are advanced rocketeers! I write a blog that's essentially for n00bs... Will they get anything out of hearing me on the show? I wondered.
And then I didn't think about it for a while - just concentrated on moving to Boston and then back to writing the blog.
Today, I was listening to the latest episode - Part 2 of the LDRS34 coverage. (For n00bs, LDRS is one of the largest rocketry events of the year, focusing largely - but not exclusively - on high power launches. It stands for Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships. It happened in Potter, NY, just a few days before I was set to pass that way, and man, I wish I could have been there!)
Guys, I think I'm gonna be on The Rocketry Show next week! CG and Gheem did a little teaser about it, and they said some really nice things about my blog on the show.
Anyway, I hope I can bring some stuff for n00bs to the show without boring the more experienced guys. I'll let you know when the show is up. And thanks for reading - I hope you've found it valuable. Writing this blog has helped me a lot.
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