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I'll give Talking Til Dawn a listen since I'm a Glaswegian!

I put on Astonishing Legends yesterday for the first time in ages and was amazed that it took them 13 minutes of waffling to even start talking about the subject (DB Cooper). And then there was and ad. And then another ad a few minutes later. Then another.
I completely support podcasts advertising - they should make money since they're entertaining us. But the amount of ads on Astonishing Legends is a bit of a joke.
 

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I'll give Talking Til Dawn a listen since I'm a Glaswegian!

I put on Astonishing Legends yesterday for the first time in ages and was amazed that it took them 13 minutes of waffling to even start talking about the subject (DB Cooper). And then there was and ad. And then another ad a few minutes later. Then another.
I completely support podcasts advertising - they should make money since they're entertaining us. But the amount of ads on Astonishing Legends is a bit of a joke.
The podcast has somewhat lost its way
 

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I'll give Talking Til Dawn a listen since I'm a Glaswegian!

I put on Astonishing Legends yesterday for the first time in ages and was amazed that it took them 13 minutes of waffling to even start talking about the subject (DB Cooper). And then there was and ad. And then another ad a few minutes later. Then another.
I completely support podcasts advertising - they should make money since they're entertaining us. But the amount of ads on Astonishing Legends is a bit of a joke.
Their ability to waffle is quite something.
 

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Most enthusiast podcasts are mainly waffle and in-jokes. I've mainly given up on them now.
 

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Most enthusiast podcasts are mainly waffle and in-jokes. I've mainly given up on them now.
Only unenthusiast podcasts for you!

Podcasts are a mixed beast, I agree that most podcasts I listen to have digressions, if not waffle and in jokes are a staple of all. They are a very mixed bag. I find the Astonishimg Legends guys at least mildly irritating but on the other hand there's a film podcast I listen to which often has 3 hour episodes full of digression and in jokes and they will spend a good chunk or three of most episodes on completely unrelated topics or discussing exactly which blu Rays they bought, where how much they cost and how they shelved them or ages nitpicking their complex and multi- tiered scoring system and I mostly enjoy that.
 

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In my experience any more than two presenters and the potential for too much ohblahrara becomes positively Malthusian.

That's not to say that two can't go wrong, but when you have decent presenters two gives enough scope for people to bounce ideas around and engage in the odd bit of banter, but generally not enough to get out of hand. Too many podcasts sound like a bunch of mates heading for a night out, shouting over each other in a bus queue.
 

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Too many podcasts sound like a bunch of mates heading for a night out, shouting over each other in a bus queue.
Yep, those ones go straight off, never to be listened to again. And it's even worse if they make bevvying a part of the "experience". I had one on the other day which was okay but they started banging on about what beer they had, where they'd got it and so on. I don't give a shit where you got your beer, just talk about the subject FFS.
 

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Anyone hear 'Wind Of Change?'

It's a 'deep dive' into a conspiracy theory/rumour heard by the creators from a FOAF CIA source, that the CIA wrote a famous rock song by the German band Scorpions as part of a soft propaganda campaign. The evidence they turn up over the course of eight episodes is disappointingly slim (actually, absolutely absent) but it's an intriguing idea. The furthest they get to proving it is various CIA officers and other people involved with the story saying 'that sounds like the kind of thing that could be true, but I hadn't heard of it before'.

Here's an article about it.
 

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I’ve recently started listening to the Fortean News Podcast. Not the most polished of podcasts but a single and serious presenter. I doubt it would float everyone’s boat but I am enjoying them.
 

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In my experience any more than two presenters and the potential for too much ohblahrara becomes positively Malthusian.

That's not to say that two can't go wrong, but when you have decent presenters two gives enough scope for people to bounce ideas around and engage in the odd bit of banter, but generally not enough to get out of hand. Too many podcasts sound like a bunch of mates heading for a night out, shouting over each other in a bus queue.
Too many people is definitely an issue, I do wonder if part of the problem with Astonishing Legends is that, only having two people, they feel they have to pad things out. That said, if there was one more waffley person on it, I'd go insane.
 

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Sounds like a good one.

From the archives: The prison where murderers play for Manchester United – podcast
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We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors.
This week, from 2015: Luzira was once the most notorious prison in Uganda. Now it’s home to what is surely the world’s most elaborate prison football league – and a model for the transformative power of the beautiful game. By David Goldblatt

https://www.theguardian.com/news/au...-murderers-play-for-manchester-united-podcast
 

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I'll give Talking Til Dawn a listen since I'm a Glaswegian!

I put on Astonishing Legends yesterday for the first time in ages and was amazed that it took them 13 minutes of waffling to even start talking about the subject (DB Cooper). And then there was and ad. And then another ad a few minutes later. Then another.
I completely support podcasts advertising - they should make money since they're entertaining us. But the amount of ads on Astonishing Legends is a bit of a joke.
I agree, and another issue I have with 'astonishing legends' is the runtime. Who has seven hours to listen to a multipart episode on a subject? Editing is super important.
 

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Anyone hear 'Wind Of Change?'

It's a 'deep dive' into a conspiracy theory/rumour heard by the creators from a FOAF CIA source, that the CIA wrote a famous rock song by the German band Scorpions as part of a soft propaganda campaign. The evidence they turn up over the course of eight episodes is disappointingly slim (actually, absolutely absent) but it's an intriguing idea. The furthest they get to proving it is various CIA officers and other people involved with the story saying 'that sounds like the kind of thing that could be true, but I hadn't heard of it before'.

Here's an article about it.
That song brings back a mix of emotions and memories from the 90’s when construction wasn’t doing very well here in the U.K. and I left the family to work in Russia for three years. My first two years were in Moscow and our office was at Park Kultury Metro station, just around the corner from Gorky Park.
 

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I agree, and another issue I have with 'astonishing legends' is the runtime. Who has seven hours to listen to a multipart episode on a subject? Editing is super important.
If it was 7 hours of interesting content, fair enough. But the latest Ouija "series" consisted of a first section that was just some guy droning on about all the automatic writing sets he'd bought. I listened for about an hour then got sick of it and put on part 2 which was "stories". That just sounded to me like fictional accounts of things that had happened to listeners so I turned that off as well.
I have some hours to listen to podcasts, but not when they're as poorly put together as that.
 

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If it was 7 hours of interesting content, fair enough. But the latest Ouija "series" consisted of a first section that was just some guy droning on about all the automatic writing sets he'd bought. I listened for about an hour then got sick of it and put on part 2 which was "stories". That just sounded to me like fictional accounts of things that had happened to listeners so I turned that off as well.
I have some hours to listen to podcasts, but not when they're as poorly put together as that.
That'd be great to fall asleep to though.
 

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You could fall asleep to ghost stories?! Not me, I'm too much of a scaredy-cat.
As I've dredged up mentioned many times, I was once drifting comfortable off to MR James' Casting Runes and had reached the bit where Karswell makes a multitude of centipedes and disgusting slimy creatures appear to climb out of the magic lantern screen, just as the cat decided to nuzzle my face... :eek:
 

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He is very good and very well produced (he actually records in a recording studio). He is a ghost tour guide in Charleston so his storytelling is well practiced.
Thank you! :cool:
 

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I fall asleep to "The Ghost Story Guys". I love their podcast. Both narrators have soothing, easy to listen to voices. I often have to listen to their episodes twice because I've fallen asleep.
 

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The guys at the awesome Talking Till Dawn have a new episode available which, for some reason, is not up on the website I linked to back at post #178.

Numbers Stations, Mystery Broadcasts & Broadcast Signal Intrusions is however available via other routes (e.g. Google Podcasts.)

Very much looking forward to giving this a good listening to tonight.
 

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The guys at the awesome Talking Till Dawn have a new episode available which, for some reason, is not up on the website I linked to back at post #178.

Numbers Stations, Mystery Broadcasts & Broadcast Signal Intrusions is however available via other routes (e.g. Google Podcasts.)

Very much looking forward to giving this a good listening to tonight.
I listened to their one about BEKs - it was pretty good. Also good to hear some Scottish people who sound like me, rather than Groundskeeper Willie or Scotty from Star Trek.
 

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I’m a little disappointed that our own contributor, Fitz, from the KOFY podcast didn’t win the recognition deserved in last nights Higgy Pop awards https://www.higgypop.com/news/paranormal-entertainment-award-winners-2020/
I know it is all subjective, but I have listened to all the competitors in last nights awards and KOFY is the only one that I have subscribed to.
Better luck next year Lil and Fitz.
 
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