A very fun TV conversation today with the creator of RealityBlurred.com, Andy Dehnart. I’ve read Andy’s stuff for years, you’ve seen me link to his writings numerous times on Twitter, so I wanted to have him on to talk about media/TV in general. Andy also teaches media classes at Stetson University which is something we dive into right away since I wanted to know what media classes nowadays are like versus when Andy and I were both in college in the last 90’s. We also talk about the bane of our existence in running a website, and that’s advertising. For those that complain about internet ads, I hope you take the time to listen to the discussion we have on it. We then get into TV/ratings talk, mostly surrounding ABC reality shows, which I felt we could’ve talked about for another hour. One thing to point out that I explain in the beginning of the podcast, is there are intermittent audio glitches in the podcast. Andy’s level was low, but I didn’t realize it until it was done recording and we weren’t going to re-record the whole thing. So I had to go back and change his volume level on all his answers. I got most of them, but there are some short answers he had that you’ll be able to tell are much lower sounding. Just giving you a heads up. As always, if you’d like to respond to the interview, please use Andy’s Twitter handle (@realityblurred) in your replies. Loved talking TV with Andy and we’ll definitely have him on again in the future. I hope you enjoy it.
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(SPOILERS) Andy joins me to talk about teaching media classes to college students, because media has changed so much has his message also changed (6:20), how the landscape of jobs in media after college has changed (7:59), how people consume news now and long form writing (12:27), his site RealityBlurred.com and how it came to be (15:20), how ads on websites are the bane of both our existences (20:09), are pay sites the new way to go (24:05), American Idol’s new look (33:04), DWTS going to a shorter season & ABC’s program shuffling (43:25), and we end with Survivor talk and the criticism we both receive when we are critical about shows we write on (54:36).
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Today at 1pm EST, Chris Harrison will be doing a live Facebook reveal of Becca’s guys, which I’m assuming means the bios and head shots will be released today as well. I will retweet when ABC posts those so stay tuned for that. Also, that means the first episode will be released to the media soon, if not today, so I will have your recap/spoilers of episode 1 as soon as I get to watch it. If they release it today, I will have the recap up tomorrow. We
For those who might’ve missed it since I tweeted this past midnight EST last night, I want to explain this as best I can:
Just recorded NEXT week's podcast. My jaw is on the floor. Speechless. I honestly don't know what to say or how to respond. You will hear some major truth bombs next week. I will let you know who it is as we get closer bc I have a feeling this is going to be news.
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) May 17, 2018
All I can say is this is not hyperbole. I’m still somewhat reeling from what was told to me in this interview. So much so that I might’ve been premature in sending that tweet. I honestly don’t know if I can run the interview next week, it’s that serious. This has nothing to do with Becca’s season, but it is a “Bachelor/ette” interview. I think I should be good to run it, but by all means, I’m going to spend the next week making sure this interview with a former contestant can be posted. Since I made that tweet, I realized that it might not be as easy as I thought it was to just post it and have people react. It’s good, it’s revealing, and it’s disturbing all at the same time. I do not want to say who it is with until I can confirm that I’m good to go. So I apologize in advance if this is unable to get out and I teased with that tweet. Trust me, I want this interview out there. But I guess sometimes, it’s not that easy. I’ve never come across anything like this in the year and a half I’ve been doing podcasts. I hope you’ll be able to hear this next week. I will keep everyone updated. Stay tuned.
And I’m still waiting on confirmation to the ending of Becca’s season. It’s been a week since filming ended, I’ve heard rumblings, but just want to make sure I have correct info before releasing it. I will keep you updated.
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May 17, 2018 at 2:22 PM
If it doesn’t get posted, you will have A LOT of pissed off readers.
May 17, 2018 at 4:14 PM
Totally agree, why mention it, if RS can’t or won’t post it.
May 18, 2018 at 6:48 AM
I agree too! That’s my biggest beef with Steve. He loves to tease things that he cannot share. Why even open your mouth if you’re not sure you’ll ever be able to post the juicy details??
May 18, 2018 at 6:30 PM
To be fair, Steve did comment that he probably shouldn’t have posted that tweet until he cleared everything.