Radio has changed in a vast way over the last 10 years. Many radio formats have changed to may stations having a basic talk and music format that sometimes doesn’t expand the listeners range. In many cases traditional radio has become more “safe”. This is post isn’t one for trashing radio because I understand that those advertising dollars aren’t coming into radio like they used to and understand they have to feed programing for the general masses. But, the beauty of the time we live in is that you can find programming and shows that interest you because of *gasp* the internet. Some people have me if they start to get into listening to podcasts which ones should they check out. I listen to a lot of great podcasts but here some that I really enjoy that you may want to check out.
The Black Guy Who Tips
The Black Gut Who Tips (TBGWT) is a show that comes out three times a week that is hosted by Rod and his wife Karen. You may think that this podcast is a romance comedy that has a couple discussing relationship issues. This is nothing farther from the truth! Rod and Karen discuss different topics and news stories with intellectual “ratchet” flair. TBGWT is a refreshing show that makes you think and laugh because as they say “Nothing is off-limits if it is funny.”
Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler
Girl on Guy sounds like it would be something describing a porno scene but it is actually a great comedic interview with comedian Aisha Tyler (of Talk Soup fame). Aisha has had some great interviews with a diverse array of people such as Talib Kweli, Dana White, Jean Grae, Jay Mohr, Wayne Brady, and Questlove of the Roots. Girl on Guy is a great interview show that dives into the psyche of many of the movers and shakers that you see every day but don’t get into their inner thoughts.
The Evening Jones with Bomani Jones
The Evening Jones is a sports podcast hosted by ESPN’s Around the Horn member and Sports Nation writer Bomani Jones. Bomani used to have a great sports show on Sirius radio before the station he was on“The Score” closed its doors. Bomani took his direct and hard-hitting hosting style to a weekly podcast where he has callers call via video chat to ask him questions. If you want sports from logical and unhomogenized view-point the Evening Jones is it.
Haterazzi Radio show is hosted by the Dark Hater aka Mr. Gates and it is one of the best overall produced podcasts that I listen to. He infuses comedy, sound effects, music and great segmentation while he hates on everything in pop culture and society. Mr. Gates got into a big tizzy over the internet recently with his podcast proclaiming “Die, Hood Rat”. Haterazzi is a show that tackles many social and political issues with a cynical and comedic twist.
The Combat Jack Show
The Combat jack show is hosted by former Source Magazine editor and entertainment lawyer Combat Jack, producer Just Blaze, the innovative Dallas Penn, the show connoisseur Premium Pete, Matt Razz, and music provided by DJ Benhameen. The show is probably my favorite podcast to listen to because it gives me a great feel for the culture that I love so much Hip Hop. The Combat Jack show is one of the few shows that dives deep into their interviews with their guests. Combat Jack does a great job taking questioning the guests in such a way that you understand their journey. They have had guests such as the RZA, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Big K.R.I.T., Sean Price, Memphis Bleek, Bun B, DJ Premier, and a host of others. If you love hip hop I do and love discussions with people who push the culture forward this is a podcast you have to listen to.
The Mack Lessons Radio Show
The Mack Lessons Radio Show is hosted by author Tariq Nasheed and it is a men’s lifestyle show that talks about men having more confidence in their life in terms of dating, career, and society. Tariq’s podcast is probably one of the first podcasts that I ever listened to and he has put it down for over 5 years kicking knowledge on his show about everything from having knowledge of self to dating etiquette in the new landscape of society.
Mr. Moody’s Neighborhood
Mr. Moody’s Neighborhood is a podcast hosted by Mr. Moody, Cuzzin Ed, and DJ NATural that gives you the feel of friends sitting around a BBQ discussing various topics that make you think about how they correlate to your life. Mr. Moody does the majority of the talking (which he knows he can do) but the show gives a great and even harsh perspective on many topics from manhood to the view of black women in society. Mr. Moody and the crew bring unabridged honest like no one else.
This Week in Blackness
One of the most informative podcasts out This Week in Blackness (TWIB) hosted by comedian Elon James White, political strategist L. Joy Williams, and Aaron Freeman. This has its own energy like The Colbert Report or The Daily Show but they have their own vibe and brand of comedy when discussing political issues. From the Polticial party conferences to political situations such as New York’s “Stop and Frisk” TWIB covers it all. They are a great podcast that breakdowns the political landscape from the black experience and perspective. They cover everything from The show comes on 4 days a week and you can actually catch it live every mid day and call in.
Straight Outta Lo Cash
Last but not least I had to talk about my damn podcast which I think is one of the best hidden gems on the web…Straight Outta LoCash. Straight Outta Locash (SOLC is what many morning shows in many cities used to be. We infuse music, comedy, great guests, and weekly topics that will give you something to think about every week. Hosted by comedian Jovan Bibbs, Ted Simpson IV, myself(Darryl Frierson), and DJ Reminse spinning the best of music weekly it is something everyone can enjoy. We have had guests such as Murphy Lee of the St. Lunatics, Hot 104.1 personality Staci Static, the legendary DJ Charli Chan, comedian Arvin Mitchell, Vandalyzm, Source Unsigned Hype Winner Tef Poe, and many other great guests.