Off of my lawn, Junior Birdmen!

Radio Free Dogpatch first "aired" in November 2005, then promptly swirled down the Loo of History. It's back now, God help us all.

Radio Free Dogpatch first “aired” in November 2005, then promptly swirled down the Loo of History. It’s back now, God help us all.

One of the nice parts about the season winding down is that I generally find a minute or two for playtime.

Well, nice for me. Maybe not so nice for other people. You, for example.

See, I got this idea that maybe I should play around with audio a little more. Mike Creed and I were talking about podcasting the other day — he has a fine one going on — and Mike was surprised to learn that I’d been fiddling with the medium back in 2005.

• The Radio Free Dogpatch archives

I explained that I always felt slightly ridiculous talking into a microphone (though I don’t seem to have any problems holding extended conversations with the voices in my head) and just sort of wandered away from audio, thinking maybe it wasn’t for me.

But shucks. I have all this stuff lying idle around the joint — microphones, headphones, computers, software — and it seems silly to let it go to waste. Having done a few video reviews for the Adventure Cycling people, I feel a little less self-conscious about addressing an invisible audience. And sometimes it’s just fun to do something different.

For me, anyway.

So here we go — it’s a brand-new edition of Radio Free Dogpatch, back from the grave for no defensible reason.

And just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Innertubez, too.

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20 Responses to “Off of my lawn, Junior Birdmen!”

  1. Craig Says:

    Good stuff, Patrick. I like your video reviews for Adventure Cycling and and enjoy your Radio Free Dogpatch episodes as well. Keep ’em coming!

    By the way, how can we support your efforts here in a monetary manner? By buying the magazines you write for?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, Craig. The audio/video stuff is strictly amateur hour, but I’m having fun doing it. I was snickering to myself today as I was shooting some video for my Bootleg Hobo review (it’s too early to write anything about the bike, but it’s a ton easier to shoot when you’re not up to your zoom lens in snow or mud).

      I appreciate the offer of support, too. I find myself in kind of an odd position in that regard — Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is a trade-only publication, while Adventure Cyclist is a member-only publication.

      But both have websites, and if anyone ever feels like popping by one of them to give me an attaboy via comments or letter to the editor, why, I won’t complain.

  2. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    I think you should audition for “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” You, Charlie, and Paula could do some great riffing on each other. When will you be on the local NPR station in Bibleburg?

  3. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Geez, when I first heard the voice I thought it was our local NPR guy…which I guess is good?
    Funny story about the flyboys and their cranky neighbors. Reminds me of a story we used to hear back when I lived in SoCal. Some poor schlub looks at a ritzy home on a weekday and decides to buy it. The first Saturday morning after moving in he’s jolted out of bed by what sounds like an aerial invasion – of Cessnas and Piper Cubs!!! The clever real estate agent never mentioned what went on during the weekends above this neighborhood right on the east end of the (very busy on weekends) local civilian airport…the same end the planes flew over to land 90% of the time.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Haw. Never give a sucker an even break.

      I spent five years near the flight line on Randolph AFB as a kid, listening to T-38s, B-52s, B-58s and whatnot coming and going at all hours. Got to the point where I couldn’t get to sleep without them.

      Once released from the family unit, I spent several years living next to the railroad tracks in various places. Samey same. No choo-choos, no snooze-snooze.

      In my dotage here in Bibleburg, I have it all. Coal trains, Flight for Life, the copters from Fort Cartoon, and some big ol’ multiengine boys from Peterson AFB.

      And of course, we get to enjoy the AFA flights too. I like to pause during a ride through the Academy to watch the glider flights and parachute drops. You couldn’t get me to do either of those things at gunpoint.

  4. Sharon Says:

    Love it. Next stop NPR or Onion audio. You would be great!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, Sharon. Imagine the trauma I could cause with professional equipment and expert help at the board. The FCC would have to hire additional staff, sequester be damned. Good for the economy, no?

  5. Dale Says:


    You seem to have a natural talent for audio commentary. I for one am looking forward to more.

  6. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    We used to have tank tables (tank artillery and machine gun ranges) on the western end of Ft. Huachuca. They built some nice houses in a gated subdivision right on the post boundary fence. When the Army NG tanks used to fire their cannons it would rattle their windows and hanging pictures. But before the bitching got too loud, that tank unit disbanded. Only ranges there now are small arms. Watching the tanks fire from our back patio, a few blocks west of the fancy subdivision, was cheap entertainment, especially at night.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Patrick, we can hear the artillery at Fort Cartoon all the way up here, just north of downtown. Thump! Thump! Barrrrooooooooom! I always did like fireworks, the bigger the better.

  7. Libby Says:

    You are a natural for audiobooks, PBS, NPR and more.

  8. khal spencer Says:

    Patrick, you could make money (just a little) as an NPR talking head. is it worth it?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      K, I considered radio as a sprout — loved The Firesign Theatre, had a friend who deejayed at a local station, even took a radio production class in college.

      Then I found out what radio folks got paid. Holy Mary, Mother of God, they get boned worser than us print types. And that’s saying something.

      Still, it might be fun to try to get a volunteer gig at Radio Colorado College. They already have a Gaelic show, but don’t have a Filth Hour yet.

  9. Boz Says:

    Just do it. We all will enjoy hearing instead of just reading.

  10. Herb Clevenger Says:

    Leave the music out so we can hear you without thinking you’re watching tv while recording. No need for any background distraction when POG is delivering a sermon or keen observation!

  11. Dale Says:

    I think that music could be a effective element, inserted in the right places, and as a fade-away at the end. Just my $0.02.

  12. Dale Says:

    Sorry about the “a element”. Typing skills, not grammar skills.

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