Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Check it out: The Adam Carolla Podcast

A lot of you may know Adam Carolla from Loveline, The Man Show and various movies, but these days the guy is (or should I say "was") best known for his morning radio talk show aired out of L.A., syndicated all over the country and streamed online all over the world.

Despite fantastic ratings, the Ace-Man and his partners in crime Bald Bryan and Teresa Strasser were let go in favor of a new top-forty radio approach. That means, instead of intellectual conversation, interesting interviews and some of the best angry rants you can imagine, CBS decided it would be a better use of their time and dollars to give traffic updates and spin the latest hits from Jessica Simpson and the like...Yeah. Moving on.

Anyway, while Carolla stays busy with a million other projects, CBS will be paying the guy through the rest of his contract ending in December of this year. What that means is, in essence, his lifelong goal of being paid to do nothing is finally coming true.

Even though he's up to far from "nothing," Carolla still feels the need to have his voice heard on a regular basis and, honestly, I couldn't be happier. Thus, the Adam Carola Podcast was born. Without missing a beat, following the end of his much-loved show Friday morning, Carolla was recording in his home Sunday night to create about 40 minutes of good old-fashioned Carolla entertainment.

In the first show, Ace sounded scared, sad and even a bit intimidated. But by Tuesday's cast (thanks to the help of guest Dr. Drew), it was just like old times.

With a goal of recording every day and bringing in more guests and production, there's no place to go but up for the Carolla Podcast. And if the 200,000-plus listeners from the first show have anything to say about it, it looks like Carolla's audience is willing to follow him into this new and exciting territory.

Why am I posting this?

Because I genuinely like the guy. His show brightened my mornings and it was a serious blow when I found out it would be coming to an end. Though the casts are only 40 minutes compared to the usual five hours, somehow the transition feels fitting. It's enough to make me smile without demanding too much of my time. And with no commercials or restraint, the show has more potential than radio could have ever offered.

I encourage everyone to get on board with this as I honestly believe the Carolla podcast will help usher in a new era in Internet listening while more and more radio stations move to strictly music. This is the first podcast I've ever felt inclined to download regularly and, so far, it's been a great experience.

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