In 2007 and 2008, during the emergence of social media, I covered the presidential campaign for the Talk Radio News Service. Tomorrow I depart for a few weeks on the road covering the 2012 campaign ... Some of my time - particularly early in the primary process – will be spent creating content independently for the KoPoint Wire. I’ll also do some fun stuff alongside SoundCloud, Talk Radio News, and a few smaller organizations. Twitter and Google+ will be my primary status platforms, I’ll push audio reports and tour thoughts to mySoundCloud account, use Tumblr to curate campaign related social news, post photos and snapshots to Instagram, and summarize social campaign content with Storify ...The majority of my time will be spent on a bus tour with Americans Elect. Americans Elect is a non-partisan organization that aims to place an independent candidate on the ballot in all 50 states in the 2012 General Election.
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A Brief History of Creepy Sleepy
Creepy Sleepy, as an entity, began a LONG long time ago, in the earliest part of the 21st Century. What eventually became the legendary and award-winning series of life lessons known as the Creepy Sleepy Show cut its teeth on a 100-Watt college radio station in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. In its earliest incarnation, Creepy Sleepy played indie rock from bands you probably only heard about if you hung out with the cool kids.
In mid 2004, Dan Patterson, original proprietor of Creepy Sleepy, brought in a person who would later be called “The Hardest Working Man in Internet Broadcasting”, Doc Stodden. Dan and Doc rebuilt the show from the ground up, retaining the show’s indie rock roots, but adding in a healthy dose of politics. The format of the show was tight. Production was cut to match the mode of the show, and the show launched in September of 2004.
Throughout the fall, Doc and Dan covered the election and on election night, called every state correctly but Iowa, usually well before the the television networks did. And, because of the use of .xml aggregation and internet streaming, the Creepy Sleepy Shows that were broadcast during these times were among the first podcasts in the world, even before the term was later made popular among tech-savvy internet folks. They didn’t know it, but they were in the vanguard of an approaching revolution in media.
During 2004, The Creepy Sleepy Show interviewed Senators Daschelle and Johnson, as well was (eventual) Senator John Thune. Notable production from this time includes the Dean Scream promos, as well as Bush can read. A lot of the production dealt with the state of politics in America.
2005 brought changes to Creepy Sleepy, both in terms of format and line-up. During this time, the slogan “Our Victory is Imminent” was adopted. Following the completion of the school year, Creepy Sleepy became an internet-only program. Dan worked with Diamond Mine Media who hosted the earliest shows, and the first official podcasts were published in several pieces. After a successful spring and summer with the program, Doc left to go to grad school, though he would continue to contribute until the end of the run.
Before Doc left, some memorable production was composed. We’re talking classics like the March of the Creepy, Creepy Fascists, Job the Video Game, and many others. During the beginning of 2005, the show interviewed God, a once in a millennium opportunity. As the pair left the radio and moved to the internet, production became more involved and longer.
Consequently, it also provided extended hilarity. When Doc left, he launched the spinoff podcast, “The Supernova Earth Show” from Missoula, which was almost exclusively political discussion and was production heavy. During this period of time two significant events occurred: Dan commissioned the first official Creepy Sleepy logo from photographer friend-of-the-show Lonny Palmlund; Chuck D was interviewed and it was amazing. Chuck, Doc, and Dan talked about politics and robots for three hours as Chuck drove down the eastern seaboard.
Meanwhile, legends Josh Wolff, Josh Cooke and Hugh Tweedy came on board. The show slowly became more discussion oriented, though top notch production came out of this period.
In early 2006 Creepy Sleepy signed a non-exclusive deal with Adam Curry’s podcasting company Podshow. While Podshow eventually evolved in to video network Mevio, the deal helped push Creepy Sleepy to the national stage. During this period Creepy Sleepy independently covered the 2006 election and South Dakota abortion ban. Creepy Sleepy’s independent journalism and rising national profile eventually led to a small deal with Sirius Satellite Radio.
During this time, the show incorporated “That’s Our” Curtis into the format as well. Other regular contributors to the show were William Prentice, Thom Gorder, Mike Salchert (when he was in town), Kas Brooke, and others who really improved both the quality and the content of the show.
Noteworthy production from this period includes the Abortion Bits commercial (made in honor of South Dakota’s attempts to pass an unconstitutional law) and the running series “That’s our Curtis”.
2007 marked the year that Dan finally relocated to the Big Apple to begin working Talk Radio news. He did however continue putting together the Show, and involving various outspoken members of the now growing podcast community. Interestingly enough, since 2005, many the Creepy Sleepy show, which had always maintained the highest production values, were actually recorded in one place while folks did anchor duties from around the country (or the world). Using VOIP technology, cast members could communicate instantly with one another, and assuming that production levels were good, there was no way to tell that each speaker was in a completely different time zone than another. At least one show involved cast members from different countries.
2008 marked a very political turn for the Creepy Sleepy show. Shows were coming less often as few people had an overwhelming amount of time to put in on them. Dan visited the Sudan at the beginning of this year, and then the show went on the campaign trail.
Dan covered the conventions, and all the happenings around those two events, and Doc assisted in production duties. Finally, the show culminated with the 2008 election, where once more, Dan and Doc worked together and called the election for Obama three days before it actually occurred, and included a map where they actually predicted each and every state correctly, except Indiana (who would have guessed that state would go for a Democrat?)
The final show was recorded a half a year later, and featured Doc and Dan, Kas Brooke, Cathy Brooks from Canada, David Goodchild in England, Dan Berkowitz, and Quentin Lewis. The discussion revolved around the rise of democracy in the digital environment through blogs and podcasts. To some extent the show had become meta critics. The end of the show, for those who stuck around to hear the secret tracks, held out the potential for its resurrection.
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Welcome back to the legendary and award-winning series of life lessons, now known simply as Creepy Sleepy.
- W Doc Stodden