Slice of SciFi #298: VoiceMail Show

This is the show where our loyal, adoring, and inquisitive fans and listeners get to hear us comment on their comments about our stories and comments… it’s the Circle of Entertainment Life!

Pay no attention to how much Mike grumbles about them — you know, that guy sitting in the dark corner with all of the blinky lights, the knobs and the Scotch.

This week, Mike, Brian, Sam and Tim respond to your questions and comments, and remember, there could be SPOILERS at any moment!

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  1. Greg M - Bay Area says

    Hi Slice of Scifi,

    I wanted to compliment you on this week’s Voicemail show. I’ve been a listener for a maybe a year and a half and this was one of the best Voicemail shows you’ve done, mainly because of the question of how you got into Slice of Scifi. I’m not really keen on calling in (I prefer writing in email but I’m not sure if you guys have an Email line so I figured I’d just do my message in the comments) but I appreciated this episode in that it talked about the origins of Slice of Scifi and how popular it’s gotten. What I got into it, it was in the Middle of the whole Fox Leader thing and personally, I thought it was a bit lame because no one explained it for those who were new and you really had to just catch on over time. With this episode, I almost feel like I can introduce this episode to anyone who is new, and then for good measure have them listen to the main show. It was almost like an introduction show and to start the year, that’s a good idea.

    Anyway, since I’m writing, I might as well answer the question. I got into Slice of Scifi due to some recommendations on a forum I go to. I decided to give it a listen and it was pretty good and the more weeks past, the more I started liking the show. Now it’s something I look forward to each week and you all do a great job. Looking forward to a great year on Slice and the cool interviews you’ll be getting. Speaking of which, the last several interviews you guys did the end 2010 (Like the Meteorite Men, the Zombie guy, the Science guys talking about the news of Nasa that week) were some of your best. Keep it up in 2011.

  2. says

    Greg – Thanks for the compliments and continuing our “how you found us” bit! We do have emails and you can always find them on the “contact us” portion of the site.

    Thanks for listening and here’s to many more shows!

  3. says

    I first became involved with Slice of SciFi in March 2005. I was part of the original Save the Enterprise campaign spearheaded by Tim Brazeal and did a lot of his news concerning the show as part of the beginnings of that campaign. Tim asked for my help due to the radio work I had done for several years back in Pennsylvania.

    I received a call from Mike and Evo in late Feb 2005 after Tim recommended me to continue the news for Enterprise for a new idea in podcasting — using this new media at the time to try and save a beloved television program. While we were able to save the show for one more season ( a total of 4), we ultimately failed in getting it a full 7 like 3 of its predecessors, but 1 more than TOS.

    However, out of that effort a new phenomena was born “Slice of SciFi” — and a different “enterprise” was born, a company called Farpoint Media Productions; and here we are 6 years later, 300 shows in the pipe and a worldwide audience through the web, iTunes and XM/Sirius Satellite Radio. The success of the franchise is mainly due to our loyal fans, a basically unpaid staff and crew headed by a true visionary Mike Mennenga, and all remain so dedicated to his dream and vision.

    After 4 years my cardiac health forced me to step down as the show and company’s news director. Michael Hickerson, a journalist in his own right, stepped in and has done a fantastic job. I remained on as a consultant on a limited basis and look forward to seeing the show and all of Farpoint Media continue to soar the heights of online entertainment, news and information.

    Lift the glass and here’s to the next 300!

  4. says

    I came to Slice of SciFi by way of Firefly.

    Namely, the whole spoiler deal when a certain person let it slip that a beloved character gets skewered in the movie (serenity).

    Not when it happened, but rather when I was catching up to back episodes of The Signal and Firefly Talk. They played a clip of the offending podcast, and I decided to start listening so I could properly hate the perpetrators (as everyone knows, to really hate someone, you have to know them very well). As with other podcasts, my anal retentiveness had me start from the beginning and play catch-up.

    Despite my best efforts, it turned out I liked Slice of SciFi and the crew. Did not care much for the precurser to The Voicemail Show, and only listened for a few of those until The Voicemail proper came into being. Now both Slice of SciFi and The Voicemail Show are equally entertaining, and are the first podcasts I listen to every week (unfortunately because of personal matters I am a couple of shows behind, but will remedy that this week).

    Further, as I explored the site, I noticed a call for journalists, and I applied. To my surprise, I got accepted, and now I contribute when I think I can offer up something that is not too far outside the aim and purpose of the Slice of SciFi mission.

    I tell everyone I know about the wonders of this show, and all the others shows offered, and hope they will continue each week to brighten my commutes to and from work.

  5. Greg M - Bay Area says

    Sam and Brian,

    Thanks for the info. It’s funny, because Slice is getting towards the 300th show, I listened to Episode 0 and Episode 1 over the weekend. Man the show has changed significantly over the years. I mean from just the interview and mostly Star Trek oriented to now talking to guys who work for NASA or close to NASA or Aims Research and amazing how much the show has grown.

    I was wondering something, and I mentioned this on the forum but then it got deleted. Have you guys ever thought about utilizing Facebook in terms of promoting the show, or even just Farpoint Media? You guys were looking for suggestions on how to reach out to the new viewers over the weekend (I know you guys record on Thursday but I think of Slice as a weekend show) and one way to do it is through social media, like Facebook and Twitter. I know for another podcast I listen to, they’ve created a fan page and promote it quite well and it’s getting a ton of activity. I’m not saying it’s something you guys can do, but it might be worth something in the future. Also, It allows the dialog to continue onward in writing form, which is what I actually prefer over calling in. It’s just a thought but you guys can do whatever.

    It’s interesting, on episode 0, and on another Podcast I listen to (The BS Report with Bill Simmons), they were both talking about Podcasting and how Terrestrial radio is afraid of it. I think it’s still in it’s infancy but the thing I love about Podcasts in general is it targets a niche community. You have a podcast for everything, whatever subject interests you and I am glad Slice of Scifi has been able to grow. It’s a community based show, and I think it’s a cool thing. Also, to connect it to a point you guys have been making about streaming, it seems the more things change, the more they stay the same. Isn’t the same thing happening with Netflix and the networks now, and has been happening to music for the last few years. The model is changing and I think Slice of Scifi is one of many leading the way.

    Thanks for everything you guys do, and hopefully I can further contribute (If I had money, I would donate) in the future.

  6. says

    Hmmm . . . i guess I was not the only one coming to Slice of SciFi by way of the Wash affair.

    Perhaps it was good marketing, as opposed to it being a slip of the tongue?