What is Starbase 66?
It’s a podcast, an audio show delivered via the Internet. Listeners download the show at their leisure and listen to it on their iPods or other MP3 players, or via their computers, or burn it to CD and listen to it on their stereos, car or otherwise.
Okay, but what kind of podcast is it?
Starbase 66 is a weekly discussion of science fiction and how it fits into the modern world.
Is it a lot of stupid Star Trek fanboy talk?
No. This is not a love-in. The hosts have taken heat over the years for not being as gushy as some people would like. This is analysis and study by people with decades of fandom under their belts; when something is bad, they will say so.
Oh, it’s like smart university-level gobbledygook.
No. It’s also very silly and sometimes even funny. Or maybe the other way around.
Who are the hosts?
The show originated with Rick, also known as Admiral Marius or the Admiral. He lives in Florida and teaches theatre. When he launched the show, he drafted Karen, also known as Ro Karen, who lives near Washington D.C. and is not allowed to discuss the work she does for an agency that shall remain nameless. And then came Kennedy, also known as Weathereye, who lives northeast of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he’s a multimedia journalist for a daily newspaper.
How do they do a weekly show if they live so far apart?
Technology, baby, technology. They use Skype to connect. The three of them have never been in the same room at the same time.
When did the show start?
Things started to take shape in the late summer 0f 2008. The first show hit the airwaves in December of that year, after a couple of months of experimentation.
What is Simply Syndicated?
Simply Syndicated is a global podcasting network. Launched in 2005, it features some of the top-rated podcasts in the world, including Movies You Should See, Make It So, The Definitive Word, Crimes Against Food, Hooked, For Those About To Rock, Richard and Allison’s Super Happy Fun Time and … Or Do You Think That’s Just Bo11*#ks.
And the hosts of Starbase 66 were fans of those shows, and started corresponding on the Simply Syndicated forums, and built a bond, because these things happen.
So why is Starbase 66 on the Simply Syndicated network?
In February 2009, Simply Syndicated approached the Admiral and suggested the show join the fleet. This happened later that year, along with other solid shows like Nerd Hurdles, Here Goes Nothing and Masters of None.
I want to listen to those old shows, but I can’t.
Episodes 1 through 15 are available only through special order, which means if you want to order them, the Admiral thinks you’re special.
What are the forums?
The Simply Syndicated forums are an oasis of intelligent, non-LOL ROFL LMAO OMG discussion and observation, found at Simply Syndicated.