Broadwaves is Coming

Hey everyone, we have an announcement to make. We’ve started work on our new podcast, Broadwaves, so we’d like to tell you about it, and to tell you a little about the schedule, and also to ask for your help.

Though Broadwaves is based on the segment of the same name from the Signal, we’ve expanded the concept a bit, so what we are planning now promises to be much more than that. The basic idea behind Broadwaves is that we are a recommendation podcast. We will bring to your attention shows that you might have missed, that are obscure or difficult to come by; shows that you might have to go looking for rather than shows that are more mainstream. But, shows that are good, shows that we think are worth recommending.

And by “show”, we don’t always mean TV show. Our scope is essentially unlimited. Any kind of media content is fair game, just so long as we think it’s good enough to recommend.

We’ve decided on a format for the podcast (though obviously that will evolve over time as we learn from our mistakes). We believe there will be, on average, one podcast episode every two weeks. There will be two podcast episodes for every show we review. The first of these, (Part A), will be major-spoiler-free – that is, as spoiler-free as Broadwaves was on the Signal. (It can’t be completely spoiler-free because obviously we have to tell you about it in order to recommend it). The follow-up episode, (part B), will be no-holes-barred spoilerful, which makes it easy for you to skip if you don’t want to be spoilered (or save it until later, which obviously we’d prefer). Between the airing of part A and the airing of part B, we hope you will send us feedback about part A, which we will air in part B. But more than that – perhaps some of you might even marathon the review-show between part A and part B, and that would be the best we could hope for.

We haven’t fully worked out how this will go, but it seems likely we’ll put six weeks between parts A and B to give you a decent chance to watch the show, so our podcast airing order might go something like: 1A (gap) 2A 1B 3A 2B 4A 3B …

Our crew

Our crew consists of, in alphabetical order: Andy King, Craig Kurumada, Jutta Jordans, Jill Arroway, Kevin Bachelder, Miranda Thomas, Nick Edwards, Paul Korswagen.

So, lots of good names from the Signal, there including many folk who had actually left the Signal a while back. You won’t hear every voice on every show though, because we’re dividing our time based on our interests (and real life). Alas, notably absent are Les and Kari, so we might end up having different hosts on each podcast episode.

Our first show: Sense8

Our first episode will review season one of the Netflix original show, Sense8. We are making our podcast episodes now, and we expect to launch our podcast with “Broadwaves E1: Sense8” at the start of October.

One difference between Broadwaves on the Signal, and Broadwaves-the-podcast, is that in the Signal-segment, only one of us might have watched the review-show. In the standalone podcast, we are going to some effort to ensure that many of us have watched it. and so are able to have an unscripted conversation about it.

We need your input on Sense8

Those of you who have already seen Sense8 can help us out. If you’ve already enjoyed this show, please send us some feedback, and we will air it on the podast.

We don’t have a website yet, nor an active Twitter feed, nor a Facebook page, but all these things are on their way. Please be patient.

But we do have an email address – Yay! Our email address is: feedback (at) broadwaves (dot) org. (Sorry for the anti-spam obfuscation there, but we know you’re smart enough to put the pieces together).

You can record something and send it there, or you can just send text. We don’t mind either way; we’ll take both. Please do send us that input. We’d love to use your material, and the more we get, the richer a show we’ll have.

Our second show: ?

There’s another way you can help us out. I’m looking for a volunteer to take part in our second podcast episode. I’m not going to tell you what show we’ll be reviewing. In fact, that’s kinda the point. Think of it as a sort of “lucky dip”. If you become our volunteer, we’ll give you the show to watch. It will be a show you’ve not seen before, so you’ll be watching it for the first time and have that virgin experience. And then we’ll expect you to join in with our crew in the unscripted chat about this show.

Depending on how this goes, we might make this “lucky dip” idea a regular thing. We’ll see.

That’s all the news for now.



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13 Responses to Broadwaves is Coming

  1. I would love to e part of your lucky dip feature. I ran my own podcast for a while based on ‘Chuck’ [now defunct] and have been on and/or moderated discussion panels in the UK and the USA. I can bring a British perspective [where that may be helpful].

  2. Helen Eaton

    Brilliant! Really looking forward to hearing this. I’ve just about about caught up with all the recommendations I’d gathered from The Signal, so I need some new ones! (I’m currently watching Fringe, which shows how behind I am…) Good luck and thanks for all the hard work going into this! 🙂

  3. Mike Sausaman

    Great idea. There are so many great, but obscure, shows out there. It will be so good to hear all those familiar voices from the Signal again.

  4. Trish Bartley

    This is wonderful news! I came into the Firefly fandom late and therefore listened to the recordings of The Signal after it was ended. I’m looking forward to Broadwaves!

  5. TallCard

    Great news !! Really looking forward to the new podcast.

  6. Frank Harr

    That’s awesome! This will be great!

  7. Phillipa, you got the job. Please would you email us at the Broadwaves email address and we’ll take this private.

  8. It would be truly shiny to hear Signal folks again on a Broadwaves podcast. I always enjoyed the Broadwaves reviews. Heck, I enjoyed the whole podcast, who am I kidding? 🙂

    Did I miss the link for the podcast, or is it “coming real soon now” ?

    I hope Les and Kari are doing fine. It’d be nice to hear from all the Signal Browncoats again. I know sometimes people need to move on, but it’s good to know people are doing OK, still loving Firefly and SF&F.

    Speaking of, it would be wonderful if there were another Signal (or Son of / Daughter of) podcast of some kind. I miss having a Firefly forum. (Don’t miss the problems y’all had with it, of course; I understand that.)

    Folks, I’ve done voice acting for fan audio, amateur, and would be happy to audition for Browncoat fandom audio like the skits that were on the Signal or the few wonderful stories. I’m a native Texan with a big-city-boy neutral accent, but I can relax that into a more country version if need be, and I can do other accents besides. Samples are available at:

    I’d try about anything, fan-based or original stories.

    • Hi BlueCatShip,

      We plan to have E1 out in October, and links such as RSS feeds, websites, etc., will happen as these things come into existence. They’re not here yet, so there are no links yet.

      It’s also very early days regarding the new podcast. We don’t have any audio dramas planned. That’s not to say we won’t ever, but there are no plans for any at the moment. Right now, we’re just trying to get the thing moving.

  9. Theiron

    Are you going to have the RSS links in the blog when “BROADWAVES” is ready?

    Will BROADWAVES still use the same website as what the SIGNAL used? Or will it grow a new website?

    Are you taking suggestions for shows to review?

    • Well, there’s two answers to that: there’s “eventually” and there’s “for now”. Eventually, Broadwaves will have its own everything and be completely independent. But for now, we will continue to use this blog. We’ll put the RSS links everywhere it makes sense to put them, including here.

      We don’t have a policy regarding suggestions, but the premise of our podcast will be that we recommend rather than review. I mean – yes, there will obviously be a review aspect, but unless at least one of us believes a show is worth recommending, it won’t make the cut. But of course you may feel free to suggest away. We love your feedback, and want to hear from you, and if you have great passion about some show that we may have missed, then yes, that’s exactly the sort of thing we want to hear about,

  10. What a great idea! I’ll tune in!

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