The Totally Rad Show

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The Totally Rad Show
Hosted by Alex Albrecht
Jeff Cannata
Dan Trachtenberg
Genre Video podcast
Language English
Updates Ended
Length 10-15 minutes
Camera Mike Gaines
Production Mike Gaines
Video format QuickTime, Flash, WMV, Xvid
Audio format MP3
Debut March 27, 2007
End date November 26, 2012
Provider Revision3

The Totally Rad Show was a weekly, later turned daily, video podcast produced by Team Awesome, LLC and distributed by Revision3. TRS consisted primarily of reviews and commentary on pop-culture phenomena such as movies, video games, television programs, and comic books. Debuted on March 27, 2007, The Totally Rad Show was hosted by Alex Albrecht, Jeff Cannata, and Dan Trachtenberg. On November 19, 2012 The Totally Rad Show released an episode titled "A Look Back - Episode 1 (Part 1)" where they announced that the Totally Rad Show would be coming to an end as of November 26, 2012.

Episodes #1-103 were filmed and edited (#105 was filmed but not edited) by Steve Koncelik. As of episode #104, Steve departed the show, and Mike Gaines took on the filming and editing. In 2008, the show received a People's Voice Webby Award[1] and the "Best Produced" Podcast Award.[2]

Weekly Episodes (2007- 2010)[edit]


Original (Episodes 1-104)[edit]

Dan, Alex, Steve, and Jeff working on the intro for Episode 9.

Each of the first 104 episodes of The Totally Rad Show opened with a re-enactment or re-interpretation of a scene from a popular movie or iconic pop-culture moment. For example, the opening scene of the very first podcast was a parody of Raiders of the Lost Ark featuring props such as a can of whipped cream and an American Idol DVD.

Missions: Interlude (Episodes 105-130)[edit]

From episode 105 through 130, the show opened with Alex, Jeff, and Dan having a brief discussion about a topic (usually pop culture or otherwise "geek" related), then being interrupted by someone either fan or production-related giving the hosts a "mission" to complete during the episode. The missions became the list of show topics for that week.

Lyrics (Episodes 131-182)[edit]

Starting with episode 131, the lyrics to the show's theme tune change from week to week, generally reflecting a popular video game or film.

Show Format[edit]

A dialogue introduced the subjects discussed on the show, followed by various segments that begin with brief interstitial video shorts, sometimes produced and submitted by fans of the show. The segments varied from episode to episode, usually including reviews, discussions, and current news about the movie, television, video game, and comic book industries.

Daily Episodes (September 2010-November 2012)[edit]

During their panel at PAX 2010, TRS announced the switch from a weekly to daily format.[3] The daily version of TRS premiered on September 20, 2010, with a review of the Ben Affleck movie, The Town.[4]

Daily Format[edit]

Each week, episodes usually consist of movie and video game reviews, with the other segments rotating in and out depending on current interests and events. Other recurring segments include Television, Comics, Growing Up Rad (some sort of nostalgia-based discussion or activity), Game With a Name (the hosts play a game with a guest star), and the humorous Dan Becomes A Man, during which Alex or Jeff show Dan, the youngest member of the trio, how to do something he has never done before such as smoke a cigar or drive a car with a manual transmission. A newer addition the daily format allows for is recurring game segments where the hosts compete each other on pop culture related games like Versus, Tagline Takedown, Media Mashup, and Charades.

Occasionally, TRS produces special segments based on the hosts' coverage of trade shows, holiday celebrations, or group gaming sessions.

Usually the show wraps up with promotions of sponsors and the hosts answering a Twitter question (formerly This Day in Rad, where they looked at a pop culture or historic event that happened on said day). Friday episodes usually substitute clips of bloopers from that week's filming instead of a Twitter question.


With the exception of on-location segments and show-opening parodies, the Totally Rad Show is filmed in front of a green screen in Alex's garage. This allows the use of Chroma key to superimpose segment-specific backgrounds, gaming sessions, trailers and cut-scenes, as well as images of packaging or covers of the media referenced during the discussion. Although cameraman/editor Mike Gaines (formerly Steve) does not appear onscreen, his voice is sometimes heard, and his presence is felt through creative, artistic or informative contributions to the recorded video.


The show was released daily. It is available to download in High Definition QuickTime as well as large and small QuickTime, WMV and XVID. An audio only version is also available in .mp3 format.

Episode list[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Webby Nominees". 
  2. ^ Podcast Awards
  3. ^ "TRS is going DAILY!!!". Retrieved 20 September 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Episode 183 – 09/19/2010 Monday, Sept 20th - The Town". Retrieved 20 September 2010.  External link in |work= (help)

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