Inside Celebration Anaheim’s Podcast Stage

Celebration lead Mary Franklin and Star Wars podcasters discuss their Anaheim experience!

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim saw the premiere of the Celebration Podcast Stage, and with it, fans got to experience some of their favorite podcasts live! Located in room 208A of the Anaheim Convention Center, the Podcast Stage allowed for fans to enjoy many different types of Star Wars podcasts in person, as well as the opportunity to interact with listeners, both old and new. Before the show took place, I asked Mary Franklin of ReedPop (formerly of Lucasfilm) how the Podcast Stage came to be.

Star Wars.com: This will be the first Podcast Stage at Celebration. How did the idea come about?

Mary Franklin: We’ve had a lot of requests from podcasters over the years to broadcast from Celebration, but we just didn’t have a place that random podcasting fit very well. I was thinking about it, and all the really good Star Wars podcasts that are out there, and thought “Why don’t we try a dedicated Podcast Stage?”

Star Wars.com: What has the response been like, both from podcasters and from fans?

Mary Franklin: The response from the podcasters has been outstanding, and I think we have a really good group represented at the show. We had to turn good ones away because we just didn’t have the time to fit them all in. I look forward to sticking my head in the Podcast Stage often to see how it’s going. I look forward to hearing the subjects the podcasters choose to report on at Celebration, too!

Podcast Stage

My podcast, Coffee With Kenobi, was the first ever podcast to record on the Celebration Podcast Stage, and I asked my co-host, Cory Clubb, to describe the event:

Cory Clubb (Coffee With Kenobi): Being part of the first ever Podcast Stage at Celebration was a thrill! The room was full of people there to support the saga and our show. We were blessed to have John “Dak” Morton on our panel, but meeting him in person and listening to him speak, he was just like us, a fan through and through. We were also fortunate to giveaway some gifts from Norse Legion, as well as one of a kind coffee mugs to say thank you to our community. The best part was providing an open mic for others to join us on stage and let their voices be heard on all things Star Wars. Celebration was an event I will never forget and thanks to Disney and Lucasfilm for supporting fan driven projects such as ours by giving us a chance to show our love of Star Wars.

Dak with Coffee With Kenobi

L to R: John “Dak” Morton, Dan Zehr, Cory Clubb.

Full of Sith went on Saturday, and had an impressive guest list. Mike Pilot, co-host of Full of Sith, explained his experiences:

Mike Pilot (Full of Sith): Having attended several of the podcast stage shows and doing one myself, I had a very positive response from many of the listeners/attendees. To talk Star Wars in front of fans and see their reactions immediately was very cool. Instead of a typical show with the usual hosts (myself, Bryan Young, and Amy Ratcliffe) we asked a former host of the show to join us (Consetta Parker), along with pasts guests who are well known throughout fandom (Darren Hayes, Tim Stanton, Kevin Liell, and Chris Taylor). We also had some of my brothers from the Empire City Garrison of the 501st stand guard over us doing the show. The audience seemed to enjoy that, as well as the trivia giveaways.

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Top L to R: Consetta Parker, Amy Ratcliffe, Mike Pilot, Bryan Young Bottom L to R: Tim Stanton, Darren Hayes, Chris Hamilton, Mike Pilot, Bryan Young.

Corey Van Dyke of The Wolfpack Podcast had a great time on the stage, and offered some great exclusives as well:

Correy Van Dyke (The WolfPack Podcast): It was a blast! To be able to do a podcast live at Celebration with friends was mind blowing. The audience could not have been nicer. Great experience and I hope the Podcast Stage continues. We designed custom action figure packaging and figures as well as more custom items that we gave out during a quick trivia contest. I’m glad we got the opportunity to give them out to weekly viewers of our show.
Wolfpack Podcast Stage

L to R: Stephen Scott, Chris Krause, Corey Van Dyke, Marco Cuzzolini, John Lester.

Richard and Sarah Woloski of Skywalking Through Neverland offered an interactive show for their listeners:

Richard and Sarah Woloski (Skywalking Through Neverland): It was amazing and quite an honor to be in the first line-up of podcasts at a Star Wars Celebration convention. We worked for months in preparing our “Skywalking Through Neverland: An Interactive Fandom Adventure.” Star Wars artists Randy Martinez and Denise Vasquez were our show guests. Our entire audience played Draw Wars (Star Wars Pictionary) with them! We also had several other games, prizes, and a raffle with help from R2-D2, who picked a special prize.
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Mark Newbold of Radio 1138 enjoyed his time on the Podcast Stage, and was joined by Steve Sansweet and others!

Mark Newbold (Radio 1138): It was an absolute blast! We’ve been doing RebelForceRadio’s Radio 1138 since October 2013 and it’s been a long time coming for me, almost 10 years since I used to co-host Setnin Radio on my previous site Lightsabre. But I’d never done a live show before, so that was a lot of fun and having listened back to it, I think it held together pretty well and the crowd were great. Myself and James Burns are from the UK so we bring a different perspective and vibe to the show, plus we’re both in our mid-40s, so there’s a lifelong investment in Star Wars. That being said, the idea is always to have fun with it, so I hope we managed that. We were joined by Tim Stanton, Steve Sansweet, and John Morton, three very different guests. Still buzzing about it, and I can’t wait to do it all again at Celebration Europe in London next July!

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L to R: Steve Sansweet, James Burns, Mark Newbold.

Check out the StarWars.com live stream to see interviews with some of the podcasters, and be sure to check out the many Star Wars podcasts available!
Dan Zehr is a high school English teacher with an MS in Teaching and Learning, and is a member of the Rogues (as Blue Leader), a network of teachers that incorporate Star Wars in the Classroom.  He also runs Coffee With Kenobi (with co-host Cory Clubb), a Star Wars podcast that analyzes the saga through critical thinking, analysis, interviews, and discussion.

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