If you were twirling the radio dials this past Saturday night you may have stumbled upon the latest offering from Radio America: The Best of Ricochet, hosted by James Lileks. We hope this will serve as an introduction to our site and to our wide selection of podcasts to a whole new audience. Then, starting next Sunday the most current episode will be available for streaming and download. Think of it as the Reader’s Digest of Podcasting. Hope you’ll tag along with us!

Broadcasting on multiple platforms (terrestrial and internet) throughout the United States, Radio America now serves over 500 stations, the American Forces Radio Network and Sirlus/XM Satellite Radio.

Since their inception in 1985, Radio America has received numerous awards, such as the New York International Radio Festivals Gold and Silver medals, the ABA Silver Gavel, the Gabriel Award, and awards from
Ohio State and the Freedom Foundation.

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  1. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noDJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The best of Ricochet?!?! It’s got to include the time VDH dropped an f-bomb on the flagship podcast.

    (Oh, it’s the best of the week, not of all time.)

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    • September 21, 2020, at 1:36 PM PDT
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  2. Fourth The Sixth Listener

    Does this mean no more Friday release of the Lads and their comedic exchanges?

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    • September 21, 2020, at 1:41 PM PDT
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  3. EHerring Coolidge

    Fourth The Sixth (View Comment):

    Does this mean no more Friday release of the Lads and their comedic exchanges?

    Seems to be more of a way to attract membership from a like-minded audience.

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    • September 21, 2020, at 1:51 PM PDT
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  4. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    EHerring (View Comment):

    Fourth The Sixth (View Comment):

    Does this mean no more Friday release of the Lads and their comedic exchanges?

    Seems to be more of a way to attract membership from a like-minded audience.

    I was guessing it’s more to build up some of the podcasts that get no love

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    • September 21, 2020, at 1:57 PM PDT
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  5. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron MillerJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    This is a great addition. Thanks.

    Few have time or interest to listen to every podcast. These snippets could help people choose which podcasts to listen to fully. It’s also a great way to introduce new listeners to Ricochet podcasts.

    And Lileks is always a joy to hear riff. 

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    • September 21, 2020, at 2:04 PM PDT
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  6. Jim Wright Coolidge

    As one of the few whose OCD spurs me to actually try to listen to EVERY PODCAST, who daily curses the Ricochet firehose, and who prays fervently and to increasingly dark gods for some overhaul in programming that lets me breathe enough to slow down the playback to under 3.x…the only thing that makes this worth listening to is Lileks. Otherwise, it’s just a rehash.

    But if some find it a gateway drug to more subscriptions…go for it.

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    • September 21, 2020, at 3:22 PM PDT
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  7. Blue Yeti Admin

    This podcast/show is not really meant for you guys — we are posting here mostly as a courtesy to let you know what we are doing. This show is aimed at people who have not heard of us (hard to believe, but there are a few). In other words, get more listeners and yes, sell some more memberships. 

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    • September 21, 2020, at 5:46 PM PDT
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  8. Samuel Block Support

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    This podcast/show is not really meant for you guys — we are posting here mostly as a courtesy to let you know what we are doing. This show is aimed at people who have not heard of us (hard to believe, but there are a few). In other words, get more listeners and yes, sell some more memberships.

    To heck with that! Brag about us, we like it.

    Join Ricochet, folks: James Lileks (who I didn’t even know was a cartoon-man) will maybe read something you write, and if you’re really lucky, he’ll stop by to disagree with you in a way that makes you feel like one of the select few on all of the vast inter web who’s worth conversing with.

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    • September 21, 2020, at 6:11 PM PDT
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  9. RufusRJones Member

    I’m sure James has this figured out, but this would fit in really well on two or three of the Salem channels in Minneapolis. 

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    • September 22, 2020, at 4:14 AM PDT
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  10. mildlyo Member
    mildlyoJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I like the idea of not missing the occasional useful quip from nevertrumpers.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 8:33 AM PDT
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  11. Quinnie Member

    Great job by Mr. Lileks. One suggestion, I don’t need to hear a snippet of the segments that you will be introducing. Redundant.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 9:38 AM PDT
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  12. EHerring Coolidge

    Listened. Will share with friends to entice them to join.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 9:45 AM PDT
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  13. Blue Yeti Admin

    Fourth The Sixth (View Comment):

    Does this mean no more Friday release of the Lads and their comedic exchanges?

    Not sure about that yet. Certainly not in the near term as we have guests booked on the next few Fridays. But possible down the road. 

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    • September 22, 2020, at 2:44 PM PDT
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  14. Blue Yeti Admin

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):

    EHerring (View Comment):

    Fourth The Sixth (View Comment):

    Does this mean no more Friday release of the Lads and their comedic exchanges?

    Seems to be more of a way to attract membership from a like-minded audience.

    I was guessing it’s more to build up some of the podcasts that get no love

    Partly this, but mostly it’s to expose what we do what we say to people who are not familiar with us. 

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    • September 22, 2020, at 2:46 PM PDT
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  15. Blue Yeti Admin

    Jim Wright (View Comment):

    As one of the few whose OCD spurs me to actually try to listen to EVERY PODCAST, who daily curses the Ricochet firehose, and who prays fervently and to increasingly dark gods for some overhaul in programming that lets me breathe enough to slow down the playback to under 3.x…the only thing that makes this worth listening to is Lileks. Otherwise, it’s just a rehash.

    But if some find it a gateway drug to more subscriptions…go for it.

    You sir, are a Great American. 

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    • September 22, 2020, at 2:47 PM PDT
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  16. Blue Yeti Admin

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    I’m sure James has this figured out, but this would fit in really well on two or three of the Salem channels in Minneapolis.

    Different radio network. And this idea was discussed with Salem a while back and they passed on it. 

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    • September 22, 2020, at 2:49 PM PDT
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  17. James Lileks Contributor

    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    To heck with that! Brag about us, we like it.

    Join Ricochet, folks: James Lileks (who I didn’t even know was a cartoon-man) will maybe read something you write, and if you’re really lucky, he’ll stop by to disagree with you in a way that makes you feel like one of the select few on all of the vast inter web who’s worth conversing with.

    Aw, heck! I will not disagree with this. If you are a Ricochet member, you’re automatically worth conversing with! Except for that one guy. He’s the worst.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 9:27 PM PDT
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  18. James Lileks Contributor

    BTW, this was the first offering; we’re still figuring out the workflow. It’ll only get better. Kudos to EJ and Yeti and Max for doing all the heavy lifting; I’m basically the guy who comes in after the work’s been done and has an argument with the producer about the proper emphasis for the phrase “In July” for a pea commercial. 

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    • September 22, 2020, at 9:34 PM PDT
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  19. RufusRJones Member

    This would fit really well on CRN Digital Talk.

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    • September 23, 2020, at 7:11 AM PDT
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  20. Blue Yeti Admin

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    BTW, this was the first offering; we’re still figuring out the workflow. It’ll only get better. Kudos to EJ and Yeti and Max for doing all the heavy lifting; I’m basically the guy who comes in after the work’s been done and has an argument with the producer about the proper emphasis for the phrase “In July” for a pea commercial.

    The old “I’m basically Orson Wells” humblebrag. 

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    • September 23, 2020, at 12:04 PM PDT
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