April 15th, 2014
This week we have our last part of the 3 part nostalgia fest that was the March gathering at the Casa De Mez. We chat with John Malloy, who is just SO adorable. Like, seriously, I would have loved to have worked with him. And of course, the beautiful and well opinionated Sue B joins us as well. We also have a half dozen other great people bouncing in and out of this episode...
So, I don't think we really *have* to say this any more, but this episode features a few stories that are too salacious for the wee ones. But, seriously, are there any kids who come across our podcast and actually think it's for them? (Although, frankly, I'd be happy to have the extra listeners...)
All is good in Jungle Crews land, and we'll see you guys in a few weeks!
April 2nd, 2014
Here's part 2 (of 3) of our sit down with the Skippers I got to meet in March. Skippers Jerry and Jim sat down with us to talk about their time in the Jungle in the early 80's to mid 90's. These guys were very warm and funny, and I really hope we get to chat with them in more detail as time goes on...
We're going to an bi-monthly schedule for the time being, so every other Tuesday until we can build up more episodes.
Thanks everyone, as always,
March 23rd, 2014
So, I'm going to address something that people have been asking about. Here's one of the Emails I received...
"Dear Skipper Kyle,
We've been listening to your podcast for the last year, and we love it. Lately we've noticed a trend that you are tending to have more serious topics and guests on the show. We were just wondering if that was on purpose, or just the guests you happened to have on. Oh, and we love Joey and Trevor's podcast too, and when they are on yours.
Irene and Lila" (Names changed to protect the innocent)
Well, honestly, yes I have been trying to "class up the joint" recently. We've had a lot of great guests that span a lot of experiences, but the first year or so we got fairly silly a times. I'm just trying to balance that out by focusing on stories that may have more of an emotional impact or more a more historical feel. I think this has happened naturally as I expanded the guests outside of my friends and co-workers, but it is something I do keep in mind as I am taping.
Send your questions or thoughts to JungleCrews@gmail.com. (I'm also going to start putting up more links, pictures, and things here on the site, in between all the Podcast episodes)
March 17th, 2014
Aaaaand, we're back, as promised.
We've got a few episodes in the bag now, and more tapings set, so we'll be back onto at least a bi-monthly schedule. Thanks, everyone, for hanging in there with us.
For St Patrick's Day Weekend, I was invited to another big Skipgather out near Topanga Canyon (where I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16...) with about 30 former cast members. Most were Jungle Cruise Skips at some time during their time at the park, and I had a great opportunity to listen to some fun stories, and to watch some of the great videos that were made at the time. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to come to events like this, and it's wonderful to see the enthusiasm and love that happens with Jungle Cruise Skips, even 30+ years after they worked at Disneyland.
Today's episode is the first of three. Skipper Ed Cunningham is a long time friend of the show, and someone we've tried to have on for over a year. It was nice to finally get the chance to chat on a microphone. Skipper Dave Champagne (and his pie) also joined the conversation, and we got to have some fun recalling the days of their Disney time. Both great guys, and a fantastic start to the day I got to spend among an amazing group of people. I was genuinely humbled, and that's not something that happens often with me.
See you all in 2 weeks for the next episode! -Kyle
March 6th, 2014
Don't despair. Really.
I know our update schedule has been iffy since October. But, we ran something like 30 weeks in a row last year with updates. It will happen again, just bear with us.
We have 3 major taping sessions set up for March. More Skips than you can shake a stick at, and I am so excited about some of them. It's going to be a great year.
It just might take a little while to get up and running.
So, don't despair. Just share us with your friends, help us grow, and the rewards will be coming soon.
Skipper Kyle, Esq
February 17th, 2014
We wrap up our second half of the interview with Skipper Jeff Rhoads today. More chatting about Tokyo Disneyland, and about Jeff's Facebook page, "Disney friends who have passed our way." (Click to visit)
Nothing up on tap for the next couple of weeks, interview wise, but we're still working on lining them up. Got a couple big tapings scheduled for March, so just keep checking back with us. Feedback, as always, is welcomed.
February 11th, 2014
Skippertainment! That's what we've got here.
Well, after 66 episodes, I finally ran into one I couldn't make a good pun for a title. Still, it's an utterly fascinating "serious" episode where we dig into the history of Disneyland with Skipper Jeff Rhoads, and we get into the late 70's and early 80's at Disneyland. This is like your very own time machine right here. This is a great 2 part episode, so we're stretching your Disneyland Dollars to bring you a really entertaining and magical episode times two.
Thanks for listening, everyone...
January 28th, 2014
Hey everyone! Welcome back to the show. As I am sure that many of you have noticed, we've been "off air" for a little bit. Well, the short answer is, I got married, did a Honeymoon, had Christmas, and am job hunting. On top of that, the Holidays are a rough time to get taping dates, as people apparently want to spend time with their family.
We don't have a deep catalog of episodes ready to come out, so it might be 2-3 weeks before we can get another new episode for you. We're hoping to get back onto a weekly schedule by March.
Today's episode, however, totally makes up for it. It's super exciting! Today we talk with the Mayor of West Hollywood, and a Jungle Cruise alum, Skipper John Duran. (Mayor John Duran. Skipper Mayor John Duran. Ok, whatever.) John tells fantastic stories about his time at Disneyland, the political culture of the resorts, and the cultural changes that were happening around the country during the early 80's. He's a charming, charismatic, and like-able person, and we need more people like him in our political process. (Ex-Skippers, I mean...)
We'll be back with a new episode as quickly as possible, but make sure to come visit us at Facebook.com/JungleCrews
to get all the latest info on what is happening with new episodes.
January 9th, 2014
Slowly but surely, we're cleaning up the audio on the Skype episodes that have right/left dialogue. Sorry it's taken so long.
If you haven't noticed it yet, we've got a new webpage! Cleaned up, and with clever organizational tools to make finding episodes easier. Let us know what you think.
Also, the Holidays were rough for us. After my wedding and Honeymoon, we were smack in the middle of the Holiday season, and I had a hard time locating Skips to sit down with. I've got a bunch of leads out, and I am sure we'll be back in the saddle soon with new episodes.
Finally, the best way to get more episodes is to share us with your friends. Most of our interviews have happened because of referrals from listeners, so please share us with people who might be interested. It's always a good way for us to grow.
Thanks again for a fantastic 2013, and we've got more Skippertainment on hand for 2014.
December 17th, 2013
For those of you keeping track, it is episode 8 of our ongoing radio serial, but it's a good place to start with our beloved Skipper Gary London and his Co-Pilot Skippy!
For everyone, thanks for another amazing year with the Jungle Crews! In 2014 we'll have more interviews with Skippers, and more adventures of Gary London, as well as some amazing surprises. Thanks for all the support. As always, we'd *LOVE* to hear what you thought about the podcast, particularly this year's XMas special. We think it's our best episode yet!
On Twitter: @SkipCast
Joey and Trevor did a great job with this episode, so please visit their new page at http://JoeyAndTrevor.com
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