Today’s the day.
Do me a favor?
Jesse Thorn and I are the same age. For the entirety of his adult life, Thorn has been committed to producing creative programming, while I spent much of the past decade replacing toner cartridges, blogging about cupcakes, mastering PowerPoint animations and teaching old white men about Twitter. Thorn’s unwavering dedication to [making your thing] is just one of the many reasons I admire him.
January 2012 marks the rebranding of his flagship program, The Sound of Young America, to Bullseye with Jesse Thorn. To celebrate the conclusion of TSOYA after 11 years, Thorn has released every episode – approximately 500 – in one monster torrent. If you’re not familiar with the show, I hope you’ll take some time to explore it and then subscribe to the new Bullseye feed in iTunes.
I first heard TSOYA on WNYC years ago, before iPods and Hulu, when the weekend programming on AM 820 was my fix of arts and culture for the week. It would be impossible to list my favorite episodes of TSOYA, but here are some great ones from the past year. (Torrent includes an index; all episodes are available to stream at maximumfun.org)
Working in marketing, I understand that rebranding can be difficult. No doubt the cult of fans Thorn has cultivated around his podcasting empire will follow the new venture, but I’m also hoping that this great interview program will continue to find a wider audience. Tell your friends, et al. Here’s wishing Jesse, Theresa, Nick, Julia and the entire MaxFun syndicate an awesome 2012. Thank you for the many years of great content.