Yeah, to many of you, this comes as absolutely no surprise.
After long, careful consideration, I’m going to officially end The Firecast Podcast after being dormant for a year and a half. That doesn’t mean that at some point I won’t sit down in front of a microphone again to record anything in the future. But the current run of episodes is officially ending.
If you’re a current subscriber to The Firecast’s feed, I may still post up other interviews I have done through other media sources, so the feed itself may not be completely dead.
I could easily fill half of an encyclopedia on why I’m closing shop when it comes to this foodie podcast. Time, other interests (many of which are discussed over at my new blog), and…honestly, I feel that the overall camaraderie in the fiery foods world, the chile pepper community, and the hot sauce blogging community have deteriorated and made a turn for the worse. The sense of “family” is not there anymore, and many friendships I once enjoyed have shriveled up, much to my dismay. It’s tough. It’s hard to put your heart into something when this happens.
Anyway, you can read more of what has been going on in my life right here.
I’d like to thank all the past sponsors, including:
- Heat Hot Sauce Shop
- American West Beef Company
- Dr. BBQ’s Low & Slow BBQ at Home Online Barbecue Class
- Chilehead Tees
I’d like to thank all my past guests, many of them heroes and mentors from the worlds of barbecue and hot sauce.
I want to thank my co-host for the Ken’s Fiery World segment, Ken Alexander, for the great conversation, tips, knowledge and perspective that he’s provided. Ken is easy one of the nicest, most genuine guys around, is a true brother and a fiery foods fanatic, and his website can be found at http://www.fieryworld.com.
I’d like to thank Michael Greening of Mike and Diane’s Gourmet Kitchen, makers of Ring of Fire Hot Sauces, for the handful of appearances on The Firecast. Mike has provided outstanding information on the food business. If you haven’t heard some of his appearances, I urge you to go back in The Firecast archives and take a listen, especially if you’re an up-and-coming hot sauce or BBQ sauce maker.
I’ve got to tip my hat to my old comrade at 2GuysTalking, Mike Wilkerson. Although we had many (what is said in the industry) “creative differences,” Mike was a stellar help and resource early on in our pairing up.
I also want to give a shout-out to Greg Rempe of the BBQ Central Show, for advice and guidance that he’s provided. I’m still a regular guest on his excellent show as the official BBQ sauce and rub reviewer, so you can still tune into that if you’re just dying to hear me every once in a while.
And lastly…I want to THANK YOU, the listening audience! Without your YouTube viewership, your support of the audio podcast, and your love and dedication over the years, none of this could have been possible. You guys rock!
So, this is The Firecast Podcast signing off. Thank you, everyone. God bless you, Jesus saves, and until next time, KEEP IT BURNIN’!!!