A podcast where we typically discuss and celebrate the films of Gene Wilder, one minute at a time. Season one was dedicated to Young Frankenstein. Season two we looked at Blazing Saddles. With Season three, we moved in a new direction, taking on more of a talk-show format with guests.
Welcome to Season 5
After a 6 month hiatus, one that we had not planned to last that long, we are back and ready to bring you season 5. It's going to be a little different due to the changes in our lives, but we will be giving you content through the rest of the year.
Today we spend time catching up, revisiting the movies and shows we've been watching, chat about Father's Day and give you a sneak peek at what is going to drop next month in time for Independence Day!
So, kick back, relax and get ready for the return of The WIlder Ride Listeners Lounge.
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TWR Listeners Lounge - Welcome to Season Four
Welcome to season four! We open the episode with Alan and Walt recapping their holidays and activities since their hiatus. For a moment, the two go on a rabbit trail about snow and prior snowfalls in NW Georgia. This leads Alan to mention a documentary he stumbled across on YouTube about the making of the remastered Star Trek: The Original Series. For some reason, this triggers Walt to discuss their first air fryer.
After nearly 30 minutes of nonsense. the hosts decide to weigh-in on their plans for season four. The Listeners Lounge will continue as a secondary cast along with a show about a Gene Wilder film. They do not discuss their selection, but they do drop a few hints.
If you have missed Alan and Walt, even though they have been a break from this show, they have been very busy elsewhere. Alan and Walt opened the season four collaboration project for the Movies-by-Minutes group called, The Best Minutes Podcast. They are part of a group of 15 other shows all collaborating on the film, The Best Years of Our Lives. Alan and Walt can be heard discussing the first 10 minutes of the film. Walt and Alan were also asked to each read an individual piece of original fan-fiction for The Dirty Harry Minute podcast. Alan guest hosted five minutes of Office Space Minute and This Means Something Minute (a Close Encounters of the Third Kind podcast). He also guest hosted on three minutes of the upcoming Time Bandits Minute. Walt also did five minutes of guest hosting on This Means Something, American Graffiti Minute, The Room Minute and Seinfeld Minute. He also just recently did a live-cast with the Dirty Harry Minutes team.
During the break, Walt and Alan did watch some shows. Walt suggests Homefront, Hard Kill, Goodfellas, Nightstalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer and Llamageddon. Alan highly recommends The Queens Gambit, Souls, Coco and WandaVision.
Walt has been listening to the new Foo Fighters channel on SiriusXM. He also said he will be changing the, "Bring out your dead," segment to instead review a terrible movie of the week. He suggested he will put out a weekly poll in our Listeners Group so the audience can help select the film he reviews. Alan cannot get enough of the SiriusXM app channel, "Classic Rock Party." It's channel 715 on the app and has a great rotation of rock songs from the 60's through the 90's. He also started a new podcast with his wife called, "The Marriage Fit Podcast." It's a completely different kind of show and he hopes the audience will give it a try.
The Tell-Tale Heart
For many years, one of the traditions Alan brings to his radio show each Halloween, is a dramatic reading of Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. The story is very short and simple. It is only a few pages long. In it, an unnamed narrator is recounting his tale to some unknown audience. He opens asking why would anyone think he is mad? In the narrator's mind, because he can vividly remember the details of his activity and his crime, it should make him sane. He goes so far as to say his senses were all acute, especially his hearing.
As the tale unwinds, we learn about an old man with a blue film over one eye. It's that eye which makes the narrator eventually decide the old man must die. What follows is a painstaking telling of how long it would take to creep into the old man's room, night after night. Then, one night, the opportunity is right and the deed unfolds. However, after hiding the body and the evidence of the crime, police knock on the door.
All appears well since the man believes he has been too clever to be caught. But, at such a late hour and after all of the night's activity, he finds himself suddenly hearing the sound made by a watch, enveloped in cotton. He realizes the old man's heart is still beating and nothing he can do can make the sound stop. It grows louder and louder until finally the narrator, plagued by his own guilt, confesses the crime to the officers.
Alan started the tradition of doing a simple live read. Then, after a few years, added some basic sound effects to supplement the tale. This rendition is the most complex to-date, combining ambient music, sound effects and a new reading of the story. The hope was to make it feel like a piece of radio theatre, where the listener can sit back, listening, as the story plays out to the imagination.
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TWR Listeners Lounge - Bryon Lockhart
In this episode, hosts Alan and Walt welcome Bryon Lockhart, a former Marine and one of the hosts of The Marine Corps Movie Minute. Alan and Walt open with a discussion on weather. Both are looking forward to spring. Walt mentions he's on a first name basis with most of the ambulances in his neck of the woods. Even the local orthopedic surgeon seems to know Walt. Then the guys welcome guest Bryon Lockhart to the stage. Alan and Bryon recounted boot camp stories. Bryon also talked about growing up in upstate New York in Rochester, home of the Garbage Plate. From talk of the Marine Corps and A School, the discussion moved to podcasting. Bryon started listening to movies-by-minutes and after awhile decided to do one too. Not wanting to get stuck in a franchise, he and his partner decided to look at films based around the Marine Corps. Their first season looked at the Clint Eastwood film, "Heartbreak Ridge." They even had one of the actors, Peter Koch, join them on a handful of episodes. Up next for the podcast, Full Metal Jacket.
Walt is watching Letterkenny on Hulu and has started to re-binge NCIS. Alan is loving WandaVision on Disney+. Watching it led him to rewatch Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. He said Age of Ultron works much better now after seeing WandaVision. Bryon also is enjoying WandaVision along with CobraKai and binging episodes of the Lethal Weapon TV series.
Walt is working his way through, "Texas Ranger: The Life of Frank Hamer." Bryon is using his Marvel Unlimited app to go back and read the Avengers, "Operations Galactic Storm" storyline.
Walt just got the latest Foo Fighters album, "Medicine at Midnight." He has been listening to the podcast, Conan Needs a Friend. Alan just caught episode 341 on the 60MW Podcast. It was a show where the guest was an expert in the rise of MTV and music video from the 80s and 90s. Alan also continues to spread the word of the SiriusXM app's Classic Rock Channel as a fantastic station. For those with the app it is channel 715. Bryon is listening to The Karate Kid Minute podcast and The History of the Marine Corps podcast.
TWR Listeners Lounge - Veronica Harrell
In this episode, hosts Alan Sanders and Walt Murray interview radio personality, Veronica Harrell. Veronica actually started her college career with a desire to be a movie director. As fate would have it, she got a job in radio on a small conservative talk station in Jackson, Michigan. That role led to another role back in Detroit. Before she knew it, her husband was transferred to Atlanta and she found another radio job in that market. That role led to some fill-in news and supplemental roles on stations in the Atlanta metro. This got the attention of some of the leadership with WSB and Veronica Harrell was brought in to be a part-time news person. That's when Doug Turnbull of the WSB traffic center asked if she wanted to learn traffic reporting. She made the move and is currently heard six days a week giving traffic reports to the Atlanta listening audience. Veronica also likes using social media to put out messages of positivity. She likes being upbeat, not just for herself, but also for her daughter in college.
Walt does not recommend watching any of The Walking Dead episodes since Rick left the show. He does, however, highly recommend, Dirty John on Netflix. Alan is binging the television show, The Good Place with Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. Alan also watched the film Peppermint with Jennifer Garner and really enjoyed the movie for what it was. Veronica suggests The Nightstalker, Hotel Cecil and The Equalizer with Queen Latifah.
Walt is reading, "The 50 Year Mission - The First 25 Years," by Edward Gross and Mark Altman. Alan suggested the audio book, "Control Your Mind and Master Your Feelings." Veronica loves crimes novels and is currently reading, "The Woman in the Window," by A.J. Finn.
Walt started to listen to The History of the Marine Corps podcast and is really liking it. He also wants to plug The Pod Clubhouse and Geek to Me Radio. Alan said that when he wants something mellow and quiet to have on in the background, to give the New Age group 2002 a try.
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TWR Listeners Lounge - Autumn Fischer
In this episode, hosts Alan Sanders and Walt Murray are joined by voice-acting talent and radio personality, Autumn Fischer. We open learning Autumn fell into the radio business somewhat by accident. Catching the ear and mind of radio host Eric von Haessler got her on when he was with The Regular Guys show. After that show fell apart, Eric began to reinvent himself. He invited trusted talents to join him for a daily podcast show from his home. Years of plugging away led to a return gig on WSB Radio in Atlanta. Autumn, on the cusp of a degree and an IT career, took the leap of faith to be part of it. Years later, they are the number one rated morning show in Atlanta from 9AM-12PM. Along with her history, Alan, Walt and Autumn talk about the very real danger of cancel culture. It's a serious discussion, handled in a humorous way. Autumn Fischer sticks around though the rest of the show as we move into our terrible movie review. We follow that with four ridiculous news items. The show ends with an entertainment discussion over what each are watching, reading and listening to.
Walt is finally starting to watch WandaVision and has enjoyed the first few episodes. Walt also re-watched Coming to America in preparation to watch the new sequel, Coming2America. Alan jumped on that, saying he and his wife just watched both of those films back-to-back. Alan liked the nostalgia and the hommage to the first film. Alan is also midway through season one of Star Trek: The Original Serieis (remastered). Autumn highly recommends the YouTube channel, Red Letter Media. She also likes OSS117, The Real Housewives of NJ and NY and the British series, Peep Show.
Walt just ordered a copy of "Running with the Devil," a history of Van Halen. Alan and Autumn decided to plead the fifth.
Walt started the podcast, Dark Arenas, and was immediately hooked to this twist on the crime podcast genre. Alan did a shameless plug for The Marriage Fit Podcast, a show recently started by him and his wife. He also started to listen to the History of the Marine Corps, a show suggested by prior guest, Bryon Lockhart. Autumn listens to several podcasts. Recent ones include: Where My Mom's At; 2 Bears, 1 Cave; Your Mom's House, Saving Sex in the City 3 and Watch What Crappens. She also did a shameless plug for her own podcast, One Topic.
Wild and Wonderful
I just discovered this podcast through a friend and I absolutely love it. The insights are fun and I enjoy the humor of the hosts. I have a lot of catching up to do and am looking forward to the wild ride.
This is a fantastic show. Alan and Walt are easy to listen too and keep me in stitches. I've learned a plethora about Gene Wilder and his films while being completely entertained. Their guests add variety and tears of laughter. The Listeners' Lounge features interesting guests and feels like I'm relaxing and chatting with friends.
Perfect for winding down
Need a break from stress? Just want to relax & maybe add a little silly humor after a long day? This is a good podcast for you. Alan & Walt discuss entertainment (movies, TV, etc), with a humorous slant. They frequently feature relevant guests who not only add to the topic in question, but add to the humor as well. Take a break from the crazy, all-too-serious world in which we live. Maybe even have some beer or wine & let these guys provide some goofiness to remind you that it’s okay to take a break from the real world every so often.