"We're small, but we're growing" - Sam

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The world of media has changed significantly over the last ten years. Many classic series are experiencing reboots, spin-offs, or continuations. It happened on television with Will and Grace, American Idol and Better Call Saul. In movies, entire studios are built around sequels and spin-offs. Radio, with the mandolin player who replaced Garrison Keilor. 

This renewal phenomenon has yet to occur in the podcast world. Most shows have not been around long enough to be retired and then revived. 

When my dad and I began podcasting, a brand new term at the time, we were part of a niche community that was discovering another use for the Internet with a capital "I". In 2005 the internet was not what we know it as today. We started before Youtube blew up, two years before Netflix began its streaming service, and three years before future podcast behemoths Stitcher and Spotify launched.

We started The SG Show in June of 2005 with the blog heading “7-year-old Sam and his dad, Steve, talk about books, fun things for families to do together, and, well, life... really.” It was a month before Harry Potter book #6 came out and I was thrilled to talk about it.

I say “we" because both of us were essential to making the show what it was. My father is the reason the show came to be, with his equipment, dutiful editing, and general producing, and my voice is why people kept listening. Our slow speaking style was the reason we had many international listeners who used the show to learn English. Our family-friendly material is what got us played on a Christian radio station somewhere in Tennessee (not to our knowledge). Our moderate listenership is what attracted independent artists to send us their music. Our pioneering in this medium got us an interview on local news, a mention on the BBC and a blurb in Rob Walch’s first book on Podcasting, not to mention a guest spot for myself as Tiny Tim in the 2005 Podcast All Star rendition of A Christmas Carol

In the years we’ve been off the airwaves, or rather, not uploading content to a server, I finished high school, graduated cum laude from film school, worked at two radio stations and now work at a podcast advertising company. My dad is still doing something I don’t understand so some things never change. I’m living in Los Angeles and my dad is still in the Bay Area. Sarah, who made her debut on episode six is a sophomore in high school. 

Why are we coming back? Great question. 

Simply put, we’re both stuck in the house and have the ability and time to record again. I really tried to think of what new slant this show could take 15 years after its launch. Should we talk about movies? Aren’t there enough podcasts about movies? What about true crime? Wellness? Technology? None of these categories reflect what we set out to make. We agreed that in these uncertain times, it’s nice to have something warm and familiar to return to. So I think we'll update that blog heading. "22-year-old Sam and his dad, Steve, talk about life… really.”

We’ll have the first new episode of The SG Show up soon.

Monday, November 07, 2011

The SG Show #56 - An Eventful Year

As promised, we've recorded yet ANOTHER show this year.  Will this mean a return to the weekly schedule we had when Sam was 7 years old?  Will Sarah make more appearances?  Will Sophie show up on the mic as much as old Annie did?   Time will tell.

In this show, Sam talks about what it's like in high school, some Podcasts he's listening to and more.

Note to parents:  This show includes a discussion of Sam's hospital visit.  He's fine and we don't talk about the seriousness of the issue, but be aware that we do talk about it.

Also, there's another blooper clip at the end.  People seemed to like it last time.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

The SG Show #55 - Here, But Not Forgotten

Well, it's 2011 and ...

wait! It's 2011?? And we did our last show in April of 2009. Hm, this isn't much of a weekly show, is it?

We're joined by another S on The SG Show this episode.

And, we made a New Year's resolution. We will do more shows!

Thanks to everyone who wrote to us, letting us know we still have friends out there around the world who look forward to The SG Show.

(Be sure to listen all the way to the end for a special SG Show blooper clip.)

Sunday, April 05, 2009

The SG Show #54 - Four Years Later: Checking in with Steve and Sam

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Looking at the Podcast rig collecting dust in the upstairs closet, Sam commented that it's been a looooong time since we've visited with our Podcast friends. So we cleared some time on the spring calendar this past Saturday, and fired up the microphones again.

On this episode of The SG Show, we talk about what Sam's been up to over the past year, including a discussion of Sam's favorite time of year -- summer vacation.

Here are some links to things we talk about on this week's show:

More about the great writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe.

More information about Michael Jackson, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee.

L. Frank Baum was the author of the 15 different Wizard of Oz series of books. The book Wicked was written by Gregory Maguire.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The SG Show #53 - An update from Sam and Steve

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Thanks to all of you who have called and written, wondering what's going on in our lives over the past six months. Before our hiatus extends itself indefinitely, we thought we'd check in with a brief update. Our New Year's resolution: to do more shows!
Keep in touch and let us know what you're up to, too!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

The SG Show #52 - The Father's Day Show

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This show is destined to be a classic. We interview the dads (and their kids) in the family about father's day at our annual picnic. The quiz is back from vacation, and we read listener mail!

And Sam gets a big, big surprise.

What are your memories of your dad? Answer in the comments ...


Friday, June 08, 2007

The SG Show #51 - Two Years and Still Here

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The secret word for this show is "hiatus." The quiz is on hiatus this episode.

Someone (hint: our engineer) pushed the wrong button on our email and erased a bunch of messages we were meaning to get to. If you sent us something, please send it again. And sorry!

The Children of the Lamp series is what Sam is reading now. The book he talked about on the show is The Akhenaten Adventure. Check it out at your local library!

Together, we're also reading Les Miserables, after Sam became interested in the story behind the score of the Broadway musical. We're on page 127 now! Only 1328 pages to go!

Lastly, Sam serenades us at the end of the show with a song on his violin. He's just started learning, and he's practicing regularly now. One day when he's playing Carnegie Hall you can say you heard him way back when.

Monday, March 26, 2007

The SG Show #50 - Not a Podfader, We

Did you think we were gone for good?

Not a chance!

Although this show has gone from being published weekly to being posted, well, weakly, we're determined to bring you the latest developments from SG Central. We're still actively developing new shows. Expect to see one a bit more frequently than once per quarter.

In this show, Sam discusses some great movies he's seen, a few new books, and .. we've got a new quiz for you guys!

Thanks for all your comments! We've read every one and we miss you too!


Monday, December 18, 2006

The SG Show #45 - Hello Mary

It's the mistake show. Can you catch all the mistakes?

(Hint: This isn't show 50)

Our holiday Podcast! Something to warm you up during the cold nights of winter. Or cool you off if you're in the Southern Hemisphere. We say hello to some of our listeners from around the world, and share some stories about what's been happening in our lives. Also, another S sits down in front of the microphone and sings us all her favorite song.

And ... what's the worst mistake YOU have made? Post them in the comments section, below.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The SG Show #49 - One Past 39

It's time for Halloween, and by the way, it's Steve's birthday.

A big one, this year. Sam and Steve reflect on what it's like to reach a certain age. Sam discusses the latest Series of Unfortunate Events book.

Here are a few links to things we discuss in this episode:

How far is it from the Earth to the Moon?

How fast does your hair grow?

And, if Superman and a Jedi Knight were to fight, who would win?