Podcast Review: The Rooster Teeth Podcast

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This is the end of the year. The last issue. The last podcast review I will write for The Quill. Since this is the last review, it seemed fitting to end by recommending the podcast that started it all. My first podcast love, The Rooster Teeth (RT) Podcast.

I began listening to this one way back when it was known by a different name, The Drunk Tank. After a few years of zero sponsorships they made the switch to The Rooster Teeth Podcast.

The very first episode came out on December 9th, 2008. However, it would be a few years before I began listening (around 2011). It was my incentive for cleaning my apartment. Nothing makes obnoxious chores more enjoyable than listening to a bunch of guys talk about life, everything, and the universe.

The RT Podcast typically features four employees from Rooster Teeth sitting around and talking about anything and everything. In the beginning (9 years ago) the podcast was the founders of Rooster Teeth, Burnie Burns, Geoff Ramsey, Gus Sorola, Joel Heyman, and Matt Hullum, in some combination or another. This was back when they were still a small company made up of this core group plus a few others. To put things in perspective, they have moved office around three times since beginning the podcast, and now have close to 300 employees.

At this point, with 424 episodes to their name, there is no possible way I can recommend any one episode as a starting point. If you are unsure of where to start, then I would say start at the beginning. This is a ton of fun. The RT Podcast serves as a time capsule for the company. As you listen you become a witness to the changes that have occurred in the company over the past 9 years. You will meet new employees as they are hired, say goodbye to old employees as they move on, and are privy to a whole lot of changes and accomplishments.

Since its humble start this podcast has undergone many transformations. The name change, the switch to a video podcast, to being live-streamed each week, as well as numerous set upgrades, and musical changes.

At one point, I had listened to every episode. However, I am sad to say over the past few years of university I have not kept up as diligently as I would have liked to. Now that I am about to graduate that may change.

New episodes are out on iTunes every Tuesday, or for Rooster Teeth First members it can be live streamed Monday afternoons.

Republished from The Quill print edition, Volume 107, Issue 29, April 11th, 2017.