Rooster Teeth Podcast

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Rooster Teeth Podcast
File:Rooster Teeth Podcast logo.png
Logo used since September 2016
Presentation
Hosted by Gus Sorola
Genre Comedy
Format Video and audio
Directed by Patrick Salazar
Language English
Length 90–105 minutes
Production
Production Rooster Teeth
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 451
Publication
Original release December 9, 2008; 9 years ago (2008-12-09) – present
Website roosterteeth.com/show/rt-podcast

The Rooster Teeth Podcast, formerly known as the Drunk Tank, is a weekly podcast produced by Rooster Teeth. It is hosted by Gus Sorola and features various members of Rooster Teeth's staff each week. It is sometimes advertised as simply The RT Podcast. It was named Best Gaming Podcast by the Podcast Awards in 2012 and 2013.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

A live presentation of the podcast at RTX 2013, featuring Gavin Free, Gus Sorola, Burnie Burns, and Joel Heyman.

On December 9, 2008, after temporarily reviving a feature on their website from their previous website, 'drunkgamers.com,' Rooster Teeth released their first audio podcast, The Drunk Tank, available for download through iTunes, Zune Marketplace, and their website. It soon became one of the most popular features of the site, at one point becoming the #1 most downloaded podcast on iTunes, as well as a featured podcast in the iTunes Store.[citation needed] New episodes have regularly been released every Wednesday since April 10, 2009, with occasional special episodes or multiple releases in one week. In 2009 they began uploading podcast themed "let's play" style videos on Rooster Teeth's YouTube channel. They later moved these videos to their own Let's Play channel in 2013. On June 23, 2010, the podcast changed to a .m4a "enhanced" format which allows listeners to use an interactive "link dump" to be able to view more information on the topics of the week's podcast.

On September 28, 2011, Sorola announced The Drunk Tank was to be re-christened The Rooster Teeth Podcast to create a more unified public image for the company.[2] On August 18, 2010, the podcast was officially implemented into the Rooster Teeth website. To celebrate their 100th episode on February 9, 2011, they released their first ever video podcast which featured Gus Sorola, Geoff Ramsey, Burnie Burns, and Griffon Ramsey.[3] On January 18, 2012, the podcast gained its first sponsor, Audible.com.[4] On September 26, 2016, Sorola unveiled the new set along with the new logo, replacing the one that had been in use since 2011.[5]

A weekly series called Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures features short stories told from the podcast in the form of animation.[6]

Format[edit | edit source]

The second podcast set on display at RTX 2015.

Since its inception, the podcast has usually featured three or four of the Rooster Teeth staff members as well as the occasional guest such as Zachary Levi or friends or family of the staff members. The main staff members of the podcast are Gus Sorola, Burnie Burns, Barbara Dunkelman, and Gavin Free, with other staff members filling in when any of the main four are absent. Geoff Ramsey and Griffon Ramsey were regulars early on before Griffon Ramsey departed from the company and Geoff Ramsey switched his focus onto Achievement Hunter projects. The podcast is largely a comedic commentary on the popular culture of the week, including video games, recent news, website features, sports and upcoming projects as well as occasionally highlighting fan-made projects.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Podcast Award Winners 2005-2014". PodCastAwards.com. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  2. "Rooster Teeth Podcast 133 Post". Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  3. "Big Thanks, Drunk Tank 100th Episode Blog Post". Retrieved 10 April 2011. [dead link]
  4. "Surprise Podcast!". Retrieved 20 January 2012. [dead link]
  5. http://roosterteeth.com/episode/rt-podcast-2016-395
  6. Rigney, Ryan (May 25, 2012). "How Rooster Teeth Won The Internet With Red vs. Blue". Wired. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 

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