Back in January, the Assembly of Geeks podcast transformed from a show to a geek podcast network. The new flagship program was now called The Geek Directive, and it joined Comic Book Noob and The Gamer's Dominion as part of the new network. However, Creative Director/Lead Producer Scott Murray thought a geek network should offer more than just three shows. This Saturday, a new Star Wars podcast called Skytalkers: This Galactic Life will become the fourth podcast in the AoG family.
After several weeks of searching and brainstorming on the best path to add new shows, Murray believes everything turned out in a best case scenario. Ironically, when he first reached out to Skytalker hosts Catlin Plesher and Charlotte Errity, the conversation was never about Assembly of Geeks at all. It was simply about one podcaster helping another.
"I found their show, and I already liked what they were doing," Murray said. "I could also tell this podcast meant a lot to them and that they really wanted people to listen and love the show. So, I wanted to help them in any way I could."
As a consultant and the creator of Assembly of Geeks, Murray is laser-focused on very specific qualities in a podcast, including format, audio quality, host chemistry and the running time of an episode. In his first meeting with the Skytalkers hosts, he was pleasantly surprised to hear that they were equally passionate about those same podcast qualities. So, the next call he made was to ask them if they would be interested in joining the network.
A day later...Plesher, Errity and their podcast were officially part of the Assembly of Geeks Podcast Network
Along with an emphasis on running time and format, Plesher and Errity wanted to bring a little more depth to Star Wars talk. On this week's Geek Directive Podcast (posting Tuesday), the hosts talk about their approach to every discussion.
"Charlotte and I, of course, have been talking about Star Wars for a long time, but we've also been listening to people talk about Star Wars for a long time too," Plesher said. "And after we listen to certain podcasts together, we'll call each other and talk about all the things that we don't think they went over in-depth enough, or things we wished they talked about more or things they didn't cover at all."
So, their plan is to cover those details via discussions on the arc of characters, George Lucas' vision of Star Wars, the importance of story and the future of the franchise.
Murray has been working closely with the hosts on an effective presentation and format that is consistent with the Assembly of Geeks brand and helps them optimize their goals. He pitched an idea that was inspired by his first venture into audio production.
"I used to work for the North Texas NPR affiliate," he said. "I was responsible for fundraising programs and content...and This American Life was always a strong program to pitch around."
Murray thought Ira Glass' three-part story format could be an ideal template for a comprehensive Star Wars discussion. Plesher and Errity loved the concept, and their show had found its new format. This new developement just added to their excitement for the show. Geek Directive Co-Host, Jeff McGee suggested that Skytalkers add a subtitle that gave an appropriate nod to the format inspiration. Now, This Galactic Life does just that while also creatively describing the life of a huge Star Wars fan.
"We're so excited about the format situation too, because a lot of podcasts are long and don't get to the point," Errity said. "But with this format, by dividing it into three parts, we're going to be really able to get deep into things and talk in an organized way."
Skytalkers: This Galactic Life debuts its new format on the Assembly of Geeks Network on Saturday, March 4th. Be sure to catch more with the hosts of Skytalkers on this week's Geek Directive.
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