Slate does an incredibly long and detailed profile on Joe Rogan and his extremely successful podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. In case you didn’t know, Rogan has been podcasting since 2009. What you also may not know is that he started out just like you.
He’s quoted in the article saying his success at podcasting was an accident. “I just stuck with it. Stumbled upon it. And kept going. I’m good at that.”
Of course we all know that being a Television star helps when you decide you want to be a podcaster. Rogan started in stand-up comedy back in the 80’s, and starred in the NBC sitcom NewsRadio in the 90’s before his UFC gig came along.
The Joe Rogan Experience now has over 1,300 episodes where Rogan interviews the likes of Elon Musk, Alex Jones and New York Times opinion editor and writer Bari Weiss. Some of his shows can last three hours.
As Justin Peters points out in his Slate review of the show the first episode of The Joe Rogan Experience began the way most of our podcasts do: “with the host trying to figure out how to work his equipment. The Dec. 24, 2009, debut features long stretches of dead air alongside distracted commentary by Rogan and his producer, Brian Redban.”
From that episode, as quoted in the Peters piece: “We just started this. It’s not very good. I apologize.”
It’s now one of the most popular podcasts in the world and consistently at the top of the Apple chart. Kanye West just mentioning that he spoke to Rogan and would soon be on his show was a social media phenomenon.
Here’s Peters’ conclusion about why Rogan is a star podcaster. “I have listened to a lot of Rogan episodes over the past few months in order to try to understand why the show is so popular. It is a bizarro Fresh Air, a rambling, profane interview program in which the host is often high, loves to talk about cage fighting and never lets his guests go home. Listening to the show is sort of like crashing an intense, intimate dinner party in which the only courses are whiskey and weed.”
Check out the article HERE.