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Owen Butler, the "Captain of the Shit Ship" at Oh No Radio Show, is a seasoned veteran of the Orlando podcast scene. A lifelong talk radio fan, Butler decided to start his own show in 2009 and bring the morning radio format to podcast listeners at night. His ear for radio and hosting skills are apparent the moment he turns on his mic, and his banter with co-hosts Tyler Whicher, Zack Mills and Tom Barile feels fresh and natural. They enjoy starting "pod wars" with other shows, and don't mind their reputation as the troublemakers of the Orlando podcast community. Their show is unique in its high levels of production and formatting, with segments involving YouTube clips, weird memes and other oddities that fans can follow along with on their website. Butler may call his crew the "Forgettable Foursome," but the culture they've worked so hard to create around their show is more than memorable.
How did you guys get started?
Owen Butler: 2009 was the very first podcast we did. I'd been listening to podcasts since 2004. We were not doing it consistently at that point. It was whenever you could get anybody together. We weren't necessarily live. It grew over a couple years before we settled down and said, "OK, we're doing this on a Thursday night." Part of getting more successful is seeing that consistency and seeing those same people popping into your Facebook group and engaging. I'd rather have a smaller listener base that is engaged than a larger listener group that is passive. I want REAL listeners, not numbers.
What's the focus of your show?
OB: With our show, it's a little more like a traditional 104.1 radio show. There's definitely not a real niche to what we do, and that's been something that's been great for us and also hurt us because you get these podcasts that have a niche and gain a following. Because we don't have that specific niche, it can be a bit more of a challenge to get listeners because you never really know what you're going to get with our show. But we like that about our show.
Where did your name come from?
OB: The origin of the name comes from a talking pothole on a commercial. It was a Geico commercial, and the car hits the pothole and starts talking. And it had this voice that was like "Ooooh nooo! Your tire just broke and junk! What are you gonna do?!" And we kept using that voice and saying "Oooh nooo!" So it just kind of fell into place as "Oh No Radio Show."
Episode to start with: Episode 268: "The Futon Experience"