Reality Steve

Reader Emails

“Reader Emails,” & The Stitcher Show That YOU Can Possibly Help Us Name

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Gotten a few emails yesterday regarding the new podcast starting next month that I’m co-hosting with Sharleen. Even though I thought I stated pretty clearly it wouldn’t replace Thursday’s podcast, and it was just an added podcast, some people still thought that was the case. No, it’s not. Your Thursday podcast will appear the same as it always does. The podcast with Sharleen begins in June and can only be heard on Stitcher Premium. Once I give you a code, you get one month free and then it’s $4.99/month or $29.99/year for a subscription. Our podcast will only be once a month, most likely towards the end of the month. We’ll spend all month recording segments talking to callers, put it all together, then post it. Already have a couple callers lined up, but if you want to be a part of the first show, email either myself or Sharleen, give us a little background on your dating/marriage/sex/relationship question, let us know your availability on when you can record over Skype Audio, and we’ll arrange a time to record it. Wanted to do something different with this podcast, and what better person to co-host with me than someone who gives great dating advice like Sharleen, who writes for “Flare” magazine.

Besides that, get your “Dr. Reality Steve” emails in for tomorrow. Very low right now and we need more. Like 5 more. Or 10. Or 15. Whatever the case, just because I’m starting up this show next month with Sharleen that’s based around relationships, doesn’t mean we can slack on the Dr. Reality Steve emails now. Those will still be coming every week, so get yours in today to be posted tomorrow. The show with Sharleen isn’t going to debut until mid-late June, so there’s plenty of “Dr. Reality Steve” questions you have you can get in before then. But, if you’d rather talk about it with us rather than send an email, by all means, we can accommodate that. And if you want to protect your identity, you can give us a different name to use while you’re on the show. That’s fine as well.

My friend and local Dallas TV personality Amy Vanderoef had me on for our bi-annual interview previewing the new “Bachelorette” season. You can watch that interview at And no, we didn’t call each other in the morning to make sure we wore matching colored shirts either. Talk about random.

Looks like Chris Harrison is done writing a column for Yahoo TV recapping the episodes every week. Shouldn’t be too surprising considering if you followed it last year, he basically mailed it in every week and gave us nothing. But Rachel’s first blog is up at, and she’s 100x better than anything Chris would’ve given us.

I just thought of something real quick. Sharleen and I are kinda having trouble coming up with a name for our show. It doesn’t have to be relationship centric, nor does it have to be overly creative, but considering my podcast is called the “Reality Steve Podcast,” you can see I’m not great at picking out titles. We’d love to take any reader suggestions for it. Who knows? Maybe we’ll end up using yours. We have one in mind, but are definitely open to suggestions. So if you have any ideas, feel free to email me with them.

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  1. rob22

    May 24, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    It is kind of amazing that it took until 2017 to get a Black lead. I don’t know how many people remember this, but back in the day when MTV was getting started with their music video format, the founder of MTV (forget his name) actually said to David Bowie during an interview that he didn’t have black music acts on MTV because he didn’t want to offend middle America. David Bowie gave a very sarcastic “oh, that’s very interesting” comment with a furrowed brow, not at all hiding his disgust with that answer. This was during the 80s. So, it seems like we should be farther along with racial acceptance, except that over and over our country proves that it’s not. I’m not saying it’s not a lot better, it certainly is a lot better. But even little things like not having a black lead on The Bachelor are really just hard to fathom in the context of it being 2017, not 1965 or even 1985.

  2. shenanigans

    May 24, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    It’s easy to understand if you consider the Bachelor “formula.” To be the lead, you need to place in the top four during the previous season. Well, it’s hard for a person of color to do that when they only cast two or three non-Caucasians each season. Further, many leads prefer to date within their own race, which makes it difficult for the few minority contestants to place well.

    I’m not saying that any of this is “right” – just that the current formula has made it difficult for minority contestants to stick around and build a following.

  3. kimmyfromdablock

    May 24, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Every now and then when I’m feeling a little desperate for small talk, I may say to someone I don’t know…..”so, are you watching the Bachelor(ette)? 9 out of 10 times they say “no” and look at me like I’m a desperate loser.

    So, to actually pay $5 a month to listen to Steve and Sharleen wax on about all things Bachelor. My life would sink to an all time low if I did that. So I shan’t.

  4. rob22

    May 25, 2017 at 7:09 AM

    It will be interesting to see if this gig with Sharleen branches off fully away from The Bachelor, since he mentioned that they will talk about other things. Regardless of whether the recent ratings declines are a harbinger of the end, or just a blip on the screen, this franchise will end some day. The Bachelor is a longer running franchise than a lot of iconic TV shows. One has to think that the end isn’t too far off. It will be interesting to see what RS ends up doing in the next phase of his life. Maybe this podcast is an effort to start moving into other things. Certainly his picking and running with The Bachelor franchise has repeatedly come up all 7s. But if you play long enough, you’re going to crap out eventually. I certainly wish him luck. I do think he’s started to build a well known national brand that will be useful in the entertainment media. He also has a solid social media following. These days, especially, that’s huge. We’ll see what happens.

  5. michellem

    May 25, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    The new podcast is a relationship advice podcast having nothing to do with The Bachelor. They will not be talking about all things bachelor or anything bachelor for that matter. They both just happen to be affiliated with The Bachelor. More importantly they are both very good at giving out relationship advice and they take it seriously. I think it’s a great pairing. I found my reaction to the announcement to be pleasantly surprised. Although I won’t be purchasing a subscription (to a site that offers many listening choices included for the money), I wish them both the best on their new endeavor.

  6. shenanigans

    May 25, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Sadly, it’s tough to get people to pay for an online subscription service when there is so much free content out there. I wish Steve well, but I suspect that many people will be reluctant to pay.

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