Rhode Island’s Best Podcasters
Six local personalities entertain our ears with serialized audio programs.
A podcast is a serialized audio program distributed on the internet to listeners. It’s an on-demand radio show, sort of like a Netflix for the ears. From true crime to a revitalization of audio drama, no matter what you are looking for, there is probably a podcast about it. Here are some intrepid local podcasters to listen for:
Podcasts: “Wicked Rhody,” “ParentCast,” “Outlander Cast” and “The Living Reminders.”
Focus: Rhode Island arts and culture, parenting tips and advice, and commentary on the two television series, “Outlander” and “The Leftovers.”
According to the host: “ ‘Wicked Rhody’ is a wicked good podcast about Rhode Island events and life,” which Mary hosts with Ben DeCastro. Mary also co-hosts three other podcasts with her husband, Blake: “ParentCast”, a parenting podcast, “Outlander Cast,” a fan discussion of the Starz show “Outlander,” and “The Living Reminders,” another fan show about HBO’s “The Leftovers.”
Bio: A former co-host of “The Rhode Show” and a local mom blogger, Mary and Blake started “ParentCast” to offer tips to new parents, then launched the TV show-focused ones after becoming fans of both series. “Wicked Rhody” came about with her co-host Ben in order to meet what they saw as a need for a weekly roundup of Rhode Island arts and culture.
Podcasts: “That Newport Show,” “Stable Scoop Radio Show.”
Focus: “That Newport Show”
focuses on events and happenings in Newport. Helena is also an equestrian, so the “Stable Scoop” show focuses on horses.
According to the host: “ ‘That Newport Show’ is a weekly podcast about life, love, adventure and discovering happiness — no matter where you live.” “Stable Scoop Radio Show” has fun weekly discussions about all things horse-related.
Bio: Helena and her husband, Buck Harris, started the show because they love Newport. They wanted to share all the fun and unique adventures they enjoy in their city with the world.
Chuck Staton and Brad Rohrer
Podcasts: “Agreeing to Disagree, the Chuck and Brad Podcast.”
Focus: Pop culture and music, focused on a Rhode Island audience, with some non-RI content, including a podcast when Hulu sent the duo to the Tribeca Film Festival to interview Jeff Tremaine, the director of the Jackass movies.
According to the host: “We focus on music, movies, books, games and pop culture — but generally the podcast is about our journey as artists, and features a lot of interviews with Rhode Island artists/musicians/entrepreneurs.”
Bio: Chuck Staton is the guitarist and lead singer of the punk band Senior Discount. He and his co-host Brad Rohrer started “Agreeing to Disagree” in 2009 and it is the first independently produced podcast in Rhode Island.
Podcasts: “#RockThePodcast,” “The Podcast Producers.”
Focus: The podcasting industry and advice for entrepreneurs who want to be a guest on podcasts and host an interview-based show.
According to the host: “ ‘#RockThePodcast’ teaches entrepreneurs and small business owners how to rock the podcast from both sides of the mic. We talk about how to get booked as a guest on podcasts, how to host a great interview-based show and leverage podcast interviews to grow your business. ‘The Podcast Producers’ is a show that discusses the business of podcasting with co-host Corey Coats, with each season focusing on a single theme.”
Bio: Jessica Rhodes is an entrepreneur riding the wave of podcasting. She runs a business booking entrepreneurs for podcast interviews, and her shows are about helping podcasters maximize their success. She’s essentially a podcaster’s podcaster.
Wicked Rhody • ParentCast • Outlander Cast • The Living Reminders • Agreeing to Disagree, the Chuck and Brad Podcast • That Newport Show • Stable Scoop Radio Show • #RockThePodcast • The Podcast Producers
Mary Larsen, Photograph by Brad Smith Photography. Provided by Chuck Stanton. Provided By Helena Harris. Provided by Jessica Rhodes.