Podcast Reviews


April 2016


The AZ UFO Show is, according to the host Rich Giordano, “The Very 1st UFO Related Show created on Blogtalkradio”, in fact, have all of his words:

Since 2006 we have been morphing into the most original and most honest paranormal/UFO show and to this day actively creating and searching for a painfully truthful show. This is the show you listen to if you want real talk with real people. No sugarcoating here. If you want fluff then go somewhere else. The truth will set you free and hurt you in the process. Just give the show a chance. Who knows, it may be your guilty pleasure. Blah.

Host Rich Giordano


If “original” and “honest” means “pathetic” and “egotistical”, that first sentence is accurate as it is indeed a painful show. If there were a show I did not want to listen to for “real talk with real people”, it would be this one. There is nothing real about the host or guests aside from their utter ignorance. Even the callers, who all seem to have some sort of mental disability, are treated horribly by the sad excuse for a host Giordano is. “Blah” in his words, is probably the best reaction you can hope to get from listening to this show. As a cast member and producer of a podcast, I do consider this my guilty pleasure. I listen to an episode once a month, in its entirety, to remind me that the hours I put into my show aren’t wasted, and that no matter how bad I think it is when it goes out to the cloud it’s not the worst thing on iTunes. This review blog has a format, so let me get back to that before I spend too much time in freeform hate mode.

The audio quality of this show is shit. It’s horrible. There is no attempt at any time to improve upon the poorly recorded audio. I doubt Rich would know what a filter was unless you were talking about cigarettes. Production? We don’t need no stinking production! Skype call drop-outs, coughs, dead air, leave it all in! The only thing that would lower the score in this section is if the entire show was static, but that would most certainly raise the score for likeability.

Content and Originality… let’s see… rehashing the same paranormal info that’s been gone over a million times and adding absolutely nothing new to it? Well I suppose that gives him one point for Originality as no one else I’ve heard on the internet has been able to do hours upon hours worth of recording without contributing at least one coherent thought to the subject. Bravo Rich, you win the award for being the best at generating content with no actual content.

I’d liken the consistency of this show, both in terms of episode output and quality, to the greasy movements one has after a Chipotle burrito and tequila shots binge.

The Likeability of this show is close to the likeability of a sledgehammer to the groin whilst your feet are nailed to the floor and all of your hair is one fire, which is to say, not very high for any sane or mildly insane person.

If The AZ UFO Show does indeed have a 5’th element, that “it” factor has to be that the show is so damnably horrible that it makes me happy to spread it. Do not mistake this as me saying “It’s so bad it’s good”, it is not good in any way, I simply feel sadistic glee when I convince someone to listen to it. If you don’t know me you don’t know that I’m a ginger, and that sharing this show is a great way to murder the souls of those I expose to it so that I may feed upon them to sustain myself due to a lack thereof. I am, of course, joking about the souls thing. The rest I am being entirely serious. Please, go listen, and tweet at me when you do.

Audio Quality\Production: 1
Content\Originality:           1
Consistency:                     1
Likeability:                         1
5’th Element: Feeding my Sadism:         7

Final Score:                       2.2

You can find The AZ UFO Show on iTunes and host Rich Giordano on Twitter.


Those Conspiracy Guys

“JET FUEL CAN’T MELT STEEL BEAMS!” may or may not be uttered during an episode of Those Conspiracy Guys, but it’ll be in an Irish accent, which makes everything better.

In case you haven’t guessed yet, Those Conspiracy Guys (hosted by Gordon Rochford and Paul Kelly of Ireland) is a conspiracy theory podcast. With topics ranging from 9\11 to Kurt Cobain to the Mothman, TCG covers all the tinfoil hatter’s favorites and a few that you may not have heard of. The latest release as of this review is a six and a half hour omnibus on Grimoires including H.P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon.

The production value in the current season is comparable to many professional shows as far as audio quality goes, though this wasn’t the case early on. I’ve been listening to these folks go on about checking sources and allegedly alleging allegiance for a long time now, and I can happily say they have taken every step they could along the way to improve the show. From building a great website, to buying new microphones, to taking advice on how to improve the audio, TCG has spent every dime from their Patreon, and it seems every waking hour, either recording the show or improving the entire experience they provide.

If you know anything about conspiracy theories, you’ll probably be wondering why you should give TCG a chance. Fair enough, considering all the material out there already. What you get here is concise points with logic and laughs in between. It remains one of my greatest sources of both thought provoking theories and dick jokes in podcast form. If you have a sense of humor and intrigue, a love of mystery and masturbation goofs, this is for you.

The episode release schedule had been hit or miss during the first season, as many shows are, but after a few months off between season one and two TCG has been a reliable twice-a-month show. Season three, with its improved audio quality and longer episode lengths, seems to be the comfortable point for the show and I hope future seasons feel the same.

Some people may not like three to six hours of conspiracy talk at a time, and that’s fine. That’s what the pause button is for. For the rest of us, this long-form style of conversational inquisition is exactly what the internet has needed. Delving through all the meandering Youtube videos, blog posts, exposés, and docutainment so we don’t have to, TCG feels like the guys you meet at the pub and bullshit with for hours on end, yet never feel like you’ve wasted a minute.

The fifth element in TCG has got to be sincerity. The fact that Gordon and Paul, and any guests they have on, are honestly and truthfully discussing the topics without fear of reprisal or judgement leads to some great conversation. Sophomoric humor and outlandish theories aside, these guys are just great to listen to because they give true and honest thought to what they are saying, which is only made better by the fact that it’s sophomoric humor and outlandish theories. Whether you agree or disagree, you have to commend them on their sincere passion. Remember to check your sources, and get off the fence.

Audio Quality\Production: 8
Content\Originality:           8
Consistency:                     9
Likeability:                         7
5’th Element: Sincerity:         8

Final Score:                       8

You can find Those Conspiracy Guys on iTunes and their Website among other places.
If you love the show, consider supporting them via Patreon.

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