Patrick Robinson
The Marty Riemer show, a fixture on Seattle radio for years, lives on as a 30 minute podcast produced from Riemer's basement production studio with his long time co-host Jodi Brothers. It is streamed live as an audio show and is also available as a webcast through MartyRiemer.com. Available every weekday at 9:30 AM the podcast is full of fun, entertainment and a surprising mix of musical guests. Coming this September it will be the official podcast for Bumbershoot and will be produced live from the festival at the Seattle Center.

Marty Riemer is alive and well podcasting from his West Seattle basement

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When West Seattle's Marty Riemer went to work one day at 103.7 FM KMTT last September he thought something might be brewing. "They hadn't been talking to me, even though my contract was nearly up," he said, but he never thought that after 12 years with the station he would be "escorted out of the station by a guard." He loved working at 'The Mountain' even though in the last year it had gotten tougher. But given all the commitments he had, it never occurred to him they would remove him so suddenly. "The industry has learned that no one is doing that anymore."

He and his on air co-host Jodi Brothers were both let go the same day. But in many ways it has proven to be a positive change. He had previously gone to a seminar on the future of media where he heard, "radio will be dead in 5 to 10 years". That same seminar predicted the future would lie in providing content where and when the audience wants it. For Riemer, that meant moving to the internet to his own podcast. That podcast is available every weekday at 9:30 via his website MartyRiemer.com where you can also watch the video version of the show once it has been prepped for the web. The audio version is also available through Jack-FM's site.

Immediately after being let go he took some time to let the dust settle, "I had to decompress" he said, but that seminar was a reminder that it was time to take his life and career in a new direction. So, since he had a reputation for humor through the popular :20 Funny feature on his show and the festival it spawned, he and Brothers produced a show at the Paramount called "The Marty Riemer Funny Festival".

He had already created his own company, Twisted Scholar which produces acclaimed educational videos and built a well equipped production facility in his home. So after hearing the predictions for the demise of commercial broadcasting he told himself "It wouldn't take that much to upgrade and make it a podcast studio. We don't need the middle man anymore. We don't need the FCC license holder. We can create that material from our basement."

It took some convincing for Brothers to join him there, "As much as I didn't want to do it in the beginning because coming into Marty's basement, is not like an office, after the first day it was a done deal. We've been having so much fun. I feel like I was definitely wrong in thinking that a podcast was not as good as a radio station, it's much better, other than the fact that we're not getting paid. We're getting paid in fun!," she said. So on April 1 they started the 30 minute show. "When I first started to conceive what the podcast should be like my first requirement on the list was honesty. That if we're screwing up, we're honest about it... The only thing that we can really sell is that we are who we are," Riemer said.

The show is a mix of news, interviews, musical performances from a surprising array of talent, and general silliness. Both Riemer and Brothers love the freedom the format gives them. "Coming from a broadcasting background we were used to very rigid structures" so now when they do work in broadcast (they sometimes sub on KIRO FM and do comedy for 96.5 JACK-FM) it can be "somewhat painful for us to go back and even do fill in work on radio because we always have this to compare it to, and this is nirvana," Riemer said.

So far, the podcast has not made any money, despite its growing popularity. It attracts several hundred listeners live daily and thousands more who download the show or watch the webcast version, and it's growing fast. The show is done almost entirely by Riemer and Brothers (who does all the guest booking) but they do have an intern, Yasuharo Muraki, or "Yaz" who looks after many of the technical details a podcast entails.

Riemer has become so adept at this new format and the show is so well recieved that it is now the Official Podcast for Bumbershoot coming up Labor Day Weekend Sept 4-6. The show will be produced live from the Seattle Center with minor and major musical acts coming before the microphones for interviews and conversation. "We pitched the idea to them, and they loved it," Riemer said.

An important difference between broadcasting and podcasting is the sheer range the program now has. Listeners now stream it live from all around the nation, sometimes calling in to talk with the affable Riemer.

Next on the agenda is something true to his whole history, his "Listener-Appreciation Backyard BBQ" that will happen later this summer with some of the show's more familiar local musical guests. It's typical of how he feels about his place in the world. What persists for Riemer is how much fun he's having and the amazing connection he feels with his listeners.

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Glad I found you again!

I missed you guys so much. I shall now officially quit listening to the mountain (I had previously just dropped it in the morning). Jerks! Anyway, keep it up, you two! I think your vision of the future of radio is correct - so keep right on being your crazy, hilarious selves!
Jodi Carr (new admirer of the podcast - also a relative of Nolan Garrett, which is how I found you again!)

Ryan and Jonathan

Marty and Jodi, your show Friday was a highlight of a long list of highlit shows! Great musical guests - best yet in my opinion - and a fantastic repartee as per usual. I try never to miss a live podcast, but I know that I can see or hear you guys at any time by logging on. You ROCK!

Thank God for Podcasts!

Great work on your webcast! I love the fact that technology allows you to continue independently. No question that this is the future of radio.

A new day

I had no idea how much I connected with you two on the Mountain until you departed. I turned off my car radio that day and haven't turned it back on since. Love the fact you saw the silver lining and took that positive energy into developing a new outlet. My guess is you inspired many loyal listeners who faced a similar life change. Keep up the great energy and output!

The PODcast--WEBcast are GREAT!

Finding you in the new format has returned fun and balance to my mornings. Missed you both so much during the intervening months between the bonehead move the radio station WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED let you go and the time you got this up and running.
I'm loving it and you're introducing me to so much new music that I love.
Now I only worry that since it's not making money for you...how will you make your house payments and feed the kiddies? Wish you all the luck in the world.

Marty/Jodi on Pod Cast

Hello Marty and Jodi:
Although the "Radio as we know it will be dead in 5 to 10 years," I sure do miss the Marty/Jodi show on the Radio. So...PLEEEEEEEEEEEEASE get a full time gig on the radio again, and let us all know when we can listen to your show when you get signed back on full time. The other guys might try hard, but they are lame. Again, PLEEEEEEEEEEEase get back on FULL time somewhere, ANYWHERE. I would even listen to Al Jazeera if that is all you can get to rehire ya. THanks! Sincerely, Eric B.