We failed, but we'll get up again

Originally, I figured that this post would be a little more depressing, but after a little pondering, I realize it’s actually the opposite. That's just it, I'm doing a lot of thinking. The last couple of months, I've been reliving the early days of Camcordertv, examining where we are, and the future of the site. Now, I have to be blunt, and I essentially need to go full on Tarantino and jump to the conclusion and work my way around as to how we got here. This is the end of Camcordertv; as of May 2018, it will cease to exist as a network.

The bombshell is dropped, now we get into the "why". When Corey and I started this company, we had a big dream. We dreamt that we would have a network, a place where there would be almost unlimited content; anything from web shows, films, podcasts, etc.  In hindsight, I think it was a great idea, truly. We were energetic, we had a lot of story ideas and material, and we were ready (at least we thought we were.) However, we made a fatal mistake; a mistake that I believe set us up for failure right out of the gate.

We tried to make all of our long term plans happen in the short run. I really think that we had too much going on all at once. Six months into Camcordertv's life, we had about three to five web shows and the weekly recap show. We wanted to give our audience variety, but I think we gave them too much in a lot of ways. Also, I have to be brutally honest, we had mediocre content.  So, after over a year of bombarding our fans with sub par content, we got burned out, and we weren't achieving a lot (if any) results. That's why you saw such a sharp decline in the amount of shows we had by 2015.



It was burn out, and it was also life; a lot of things were going on in both of our personal lives, and eventually we grew apart and simply could not work together anymore (though we are still friends!) I tried to keep it going, and over time I started to see results, albeit results that should've been seen years before.


I look at where we are at today. We have three shows, all podcasts: Count Drahoon's Feature of Fright, Album Cuts, and Tay: The Podcast. Going the podcast route was a good idea; we didn't have the resources to competently produce multiple web shows, but we could definitely make audio shows. I think Count Drahoon and Album Cuts are the best shows we had, and Tay would be right there with them if the show actually made sense. From a marketing perspective, Tay is a mess. If I had sat down and had a cohesive plan, it may be a different story.


I feel that the baggage of Camcordertv, the mistakes we made in the past are putting CDFF and Album Cuts in jeopardy.  Because we don't have the resources to make a full blown network function, Camcordertv has become an empty word that makes marketing these shows a confusing task. Now, I say all this to say that this website might be phasing out, but this is far from THE END. As a matter of fact, this is the beginning.

So, this is what we are going to do: Count Drahoon and Album Cuts will continue on as separate shows on separate web sites (You won't be affected if you are subscribed to our RSS Feed.) Our plan is to grow our respective shows, and over time (once Braidon and Zach develop their own shows, and/or we come in contact with other fantastic content creators) and we will form a new network, more organically. Of course, we are a long way off from that! Also, as for Tay, I wouldn't say we are ending it, but we will put it on hiatus, rebrand and reboot it at some point!

I think this move makes sense. Count Drahoon has been the most popular show we've had (grant it, Album Cuts has only been around for a few months!). For a while, it was only Drahoon content on the site! He's essentially been an anchor, and the he actually predates Camcordertv by a number of years.  Album Cuts is a great show, I think it has the potential to be one of the best analysis podcasts out there. Letting Album Cuts do its own thing will allow it to have more attention, and room to grow and flourish on its own, and not get bogged down by shows it has nothing to do with.


I know it's a lot to take in, and it may seem a bit gloomy, but fear not. Like I said, this is the beginning, a new beginning; a chance for us take the beautiful things that we have made and to make them greater, free from the shortcomings of the past. I want you to know that even though it seems like I'm beating myself up, I say the greatest accomplishment of this journey was entertaining you for all these years. Thank you for joining us on this journey, thank you for taking time to view and hear all we had to offer you. It may be awhile before you're able to talk to me directly, but we hope you still keep listening and following Count Drahoon's Feature of Fright and Album Cuts from here on out. We have big plans for each of our programs, and we appreciate you continuing with us in this new phase of our journeys!


Wake Me When September...is almost half way over

Hey folks!

Hope you're enjoying what we've got on the site so far! Just a few announcements real quick:

We're still working on some ideas to flesh out for the video portion for Tay and reworking the format for Common Ground with Collin and Braidon! The guys have very busy schedules and we are working out scheduling and content as we speak. As for Tay, I recently got my hands on some new equipment (a new Rode mic!), so I will be testing that out in a few days and seeing what we can come up with.  In the meantime, the Tay podcast is till chugging along! This month we're going to take a little break from our "Forbidden Three" theme to debut my interview with Brion McClanahan; historian, podcaster, and author of the soon to be released book How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America. Tentatively, I will have that out before the end of the month! 

Currently, we're in post for the next episode of Count Drahoon's Feature of Fright entitled "How We Fall", a contutation of this sci fi saga we have brewing on the show! I don't want to give too much away except that we've got our old friends Charles Shrodes and Yancy Pearson back behind the mic as well as two newcomers: John Mauldin, host of The Inexplicable Dumb Show podcast and Leanna Chamish, professional film and voice over actress who's body of work includes  Call Girl of Cthulhu, Malice, and so much more! (Also, there will be an old familiar voice towards the end of this one!)

So, that's your rundown for September! More news to come, so stay tuned!

August Rush (Not the dude, the state of rushing through the month)

Hey folks!

Here's an update for August. I can confidently say to you all that this has been the best month Camcordertv has had to date! We've seen tremendous growth in our audience in the last couple of months, and my personal expectations have been exceeded time and time again. I have to thank God, and I have to thank all of you! Whether you've been with us since the beginning, or if you are joining us fairly recently, we appreciate you tuning in week after week to enjoy what we have to help you escape reality!

So we're growing, which is great, but now is not the time to rest on our laurels! No, we aim to raise the bar even more, starting with the video portion of TAY. I am currently working on returning the show back to its roots, back to sketch comedy. Grant it, the vlog format is fine, but I think the show's true strength is in sketch comedy; which I believe is practically non existent nowadays. Learning from my mistakes in the past, we'll be starting  out small, then working our way into the bigger stuff. We will start rolling this out by next month; I'm currently in pre-production and will start shooting something next week.

As for Common Ground With Collin and Braidon, we are currently in the process of tweaking the format a little. Reception for the show was good, but we understand that we want to break the mold and do something that is not done by anyone else, and we feel the direction we are going in   is the best way to accomplish this. We will plan to get back on schedule by the end of the month or early September.

Midnight Gore is still under construction. Mark and I are working on a new angle for the show, making it more performance based and less of a "talking head" show, for lack of a better term. More news on this as it develops.

As for Count Drahoon's Feature of Fright, stay tuned in for a new episode this Friday! It's an old familiar tale with a new twist at the end! For those that have been following the show for a while, I know you will recognize it, but you're going to want to listen to it for a very special new ending.

There it is, the rundown for August, and all good news! Let's ride this momentum into September! Stay tuned, and once again, thanks!


Updates on Common Ground, Midnight Gore, and the King Falls AM interview on CDFF

Hello one and all!

So, in case you couldn't already tell, we've got some BIG THINGS going on behind the scenes! For instance, Count Drahoon's will present his interview with the creative team behind the popular audio drama podcast King Falls AM! We are so excited about this, as you can tell by the Count's recent interruption of last week's episode of "TAY"! King Falls AM is a fantastic show, and just this month they hit four million download mark! Woo hoo! That episode will premiere August 10th, so spread the word around and tell your friends. This interview is a big deal for the Count; we were told by Kyle and Eric (the creators) that the King Falls audience is craving some behind-the-scenes content, and the Count is one of the few (possibly the only) providing it for now!

Also, we teased a new podcast called "Midnight Gore", hosted by our good friend Mark Wright. Aside from the one teaser we put out a few months ago, we haven't really given you all any updates. Well, here you go: we have decided to delay the premiere and rework the format, Initially, the show was going to be a horror themed talk show focussing on topics mirroring Mark's Twitter page. Tentatively, we have decided to make the show more performance based, and we will give you more updates when we have a general outline nailed down.

We are having some slight difficulties with "Common Ground With Collin and Braidon". iTunes has taken down our feed, and we aren't really sure why. While we are solving this conundrum, we will start putting the show on Youtube until we solve this problem. Of course, you can still check it out on the site!

Hope you're having a great summer! As always, more news and more content to come! 

Stay tuned,


Dead Air?

I feel like we haven't talked in forever folks. I know we've been a little light on content this month, but I assure it's not because we are ignoring you. We've actually been working on some really big things for the web site. I'll be honest with you, some of these things haven't worked out (we pitched the Count Drahoon show to Minnesota Public Radio), and somethings are up in the air (working on some big potential interviews set up for Tay and CDFF, as well as the launch of Common Ground and Midnight Gore over the summer).  Also, things in the personal life have been chaotic, and have taken more of my time than I would like. I know I owe you all so much. You are a wonderful audience and I can not thank you enough for joining me on this crazy ride. Right now, we are working on putting out the final episode of CDFF for the month. All I will say about it is that it will be another edition of "Tales of Drahoon" and it will star the incomparable actor/filmmaker Joshua Kennedy! I really think you're going to dig this one: it's got great laughs, it's an homage to some classic horror films, and Josh does a pretty great Vincent Price impression too! What more could you ask for in a podcast?! Josh is a great guy, he's absolutely fantastic to work with, and you shouldn't just take my word for it. Go check out the Count's interview with him on the "Count Drahoon's Feature of Fright" page on the podcast tab now! For "Tay", there's a chance I may've found a new home for the video portion (finger's crossed). If not, there's a possibility that the show may have to be reformatted (again!), which may mean that the show will be shot in my living room. As for the podcast portion, I really hope you've been enjoying our little round table discussions. I know they've been really silly and off the cuff, but we had a lot of fun doing them, and we would like to do more if you all enjoy them as much as we do! For real this time, I'm also going to start integrating some performance pieces on the show as well, getting back to the roots of the show so to speak. I've got an idea formulating, I'm going to start writing it and that will be the episode for June! Last but not least, stay tuned in for Common Ground with Collin and Braidon, which is coming very soon! If all goes well, we will be recording the first episode this evening, and hopefully we will have it out by the end of the month. Fair warning, this is going to be a very controversial show. This is going to be an extremely political show, and trust me, I know how touchy politics can get in this day and age. However, if you've got a thick skin and  you're very intellectually curious, I think you're going to love this show! So, stay tuned for more developments! Let's make this the best year ever! Thanks!