Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Listening to podcasts...

As I enter my 8th straight week of telework, I have become bored by my music playlists, so I have started to listen to a few podcasts to provide some variety. The list includes a couple of my faves, The Rocketry Show, and its recent spin-off, The Model Rocket Show. Old or young, newbie or expert, if you are a rocketeer, you ought to listen to these podcasts - they are really nice!

The Rocketry Show (now in season 6) is hosted by Cornelius Gould (C.G.), Jim Seibyl (Gheem), and Daniel Petrie (the Rocket N00b), with Jesse Ulibarri recently joining the cast while Daniel is focusing on The Model Rocket Show podcast. The show varies from episode to episode - sometimes there is an interview with a well-known rocket expert or manufacturer, sometimes you have launch or event coverage, and sometimes there is interesting rocket chat focusing on a few topics and some viewer questions - "workshop talk." Up until the beginning of season 6, The Rocketry Show tried to cover all aspects of rocketry (and they achieved a pretty good balance, btw), but I think they wisely saw the difficulties in trying to cram all of rocketry in one podcast, and so Daniel spun off The Model Rocket Show to cover LPR/MPR, leaving The Rocketry Show to focus on HPR, advanced rocketry, and STEM. And so the last few episodes of The Rocketry Show have featured discussion of rocket avionics (C.G. is an electronics wizard), an interview with Jeff Skinner of Mach 1 Rocketry (can you believe BT-20 fiberglass kits?), High Power Rocket safety, and some of the new features in Rocksim 10. If you check out the show archives, you will find a pretty impressive list of topics covered in the past seasons.

Daniel is just getting The Model Rocket Show fired up, with 3 casts so far - a premier episode, followed by the story of how he got into rocketry (in a somewhat unconventional way) and a discussion of FlisKits and their products (includes interview bits with Jim Flis and the new owners). It's a great beginning and I look forward to the next episode. Daniel has a good style and a knack for picking relevant topics to us LPR/MPR folks - his blog is proof of that.

Since they are "sister shows", episodes of The Model Rocket Show and The Rocketry Show will be released in a staggered fashion to avoid conflict. Needless to say, I like this arrangement very much, because I now have two quality rocket podcasts to listen to.

Here are the links to the podcasts' webpages (they are also available on Spotify, TuneIn, Apple, etc.):

The Rocketry Show: https://www.therocketryshow.com
The Model Rocket Show: https://themodelrocketshow.com

Give them a try (do you have something better to do in the current pandemic?), and if you like them as much as I do, throw them a little support by donating thru Patreon. A few bucks can go a long way, especially if all the listeners contribute. The hobby needs podcasts like these, so let's help keep them going!


  1. Thanks a lot for the mentions, Bill! I'm working on editing the most recent Model Rocket Show episode - it's taking a few extra days, because I've been a little busy. But it's coming soon.

  2. Thanks for the write up! It made me smile today! :-)


  3. Thank you for the kind words!! The balancing act you mentioned between LP/MP and HP has always been a concern for us as we wanted to cover all aspects of the hobby without talking over/under to anyone. We are excited now that n00b is covering the model rocket part in our sister show because now we can all geek out out in our specific areas of interest, expertise, and silliness.....;). Thanks Again!! Gheem