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When It Was Cool Podcast

Author: Karl Stern

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When It Was Cool reviews, remembers, and celebrates the toys, music, action figures, television, movies, and popular culture of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, Comic Books, Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, My Little Pony, Alice in Wonderland, books, Six Million Dollar Man, Godzilla, video games, and all things retro.
155 Episodes
In "TVC15" Joseph and Mike turn the tables and start the show with a brief discussion of two new TV shows; Shudder's "Creepshow" and "American Horror Story: 1984". From there it's off to the Mix-Tape Challenge where Joe spells out his list of mix-tape of songs about sports and then it's time for the main event as the guys chat about old horror TV shows from the 70s and 80s like "Circle of Fear" and "Tales From the Darkside". It's the perfect episode to get you in the mood for the upcoming Halloween holiday!
The flagship podcast of the When It Was Cool Network is back and Karl and Tonya gather together this eclectic list of music for your Halloween enjoyment! The songs we suggest range from the fun and lighthearted to the occult and horrific. There are bound to be several you never even thought of and you might even find a new favorite! Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Rush, Pink Floyd, Dio, Disturbed, and even Charlie Daniels Band! Get ready to put together the definitive Halloween horror playlist! 
MST3K Live, martial arts films, the Mix-Tape Challenge and books, books and more books! From the old newsprint Scholastic catalogs to book fairs, used book stores and everything in-between, Joseph and Mike talk Tarzan novels, The Hardy Boys, Doc Savage, The Destroyer, Choose Your Own Adventure, Big Little Books and many more. If you choose to listen online, go to page 73. If you decide to download and listen later, turn to page 88.
On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast from Karl and Tonya discuss Ma (the movie), upcoming haunted attractions including Netherworld, Disney Plus streaming service, Ozzy Osbourne in a new song, our new re-sell buy and trade group, and much more! A fun filled edition of the flagship podcast!
Things start out a little somber as Mike and Joseph lament the passing of classic rock legend, Eddie Money. Things don't stay blue for too long, though, as they talk about judging films for the Filmquest film festival, run down the latest "Mix Tape Challenge" and then set their sights on memories from elementary school. Wacky Packages, pencil fighting, and... going on strike? Don't know about you, but I "Wanna Go Back"!
It's time once again for the biggest show Karl Stern does every year- a detailed look and discussion of the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame ballot. Karl has been a HOF voter for many years this year's ballot is interesting due to several names being put back on and a few being dropped off. Among names discussed in this massive show are CM Punk, Edge, Sgt. Slaughter, Junkyard Dog, Kerry Von Erich, Bearcat Wright, Dr. Wagner Jr, Jim Crockett, Big Daddy, and many others. This years show is free in order to raise awareness of When It Was Cool so pass it around and let others hear it too, post it to social media, whatever. Thank you!
It's the flagship podcast of and on this episode Karl and Tonya review four recent movies with retro pop culture ties. First, Godzilla King of the Monsters, then Rocketman a tremendous movie about Elton John, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark based on a popular book series from the 1980s, and finally It Chapter 2 based on the Stephen King novel. A fun movie packed edition of When It Was Cool Podcast!
Episode #61 - Grab some ice cream and fixins' because it's time for some Banana Splits! Mike and Joseph dive deep into the 60s/70s kids show The Banana Splits and all of the accompanying shorts that they'd show, and then follow up with a look at the recent horror movie featuring Fleegle, Drooper, Bingo and Snorky. All that and the monthly mix-tap challenge! Uh oh, Chongo - it's the Sour Grapes Bunch!
On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from hosts Karl and Tonya discuss some of their favorite classic Disney animated movies, the history of Walt Disney, and more. Among the movies discussed are Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, Robin Hood, Fox and the Hound, Beauty and the Beast, and Alice in Wonderland including, how Alice in Wonderland really is responsible for launching Disney in the first place. Join us for a family friendly discussion of Disney movie classics!
It's time to dive into the last episode of Summer. Joe responds to the Monthly Mix-Tape Challenge and Mike talks about his trip to Hollywood and his visits to different movie studios. It may not sound like much, but there's plenty here to digest.
Comments (5)

Tracy Murray

It has only been one episode, but I am already loving it, keep up the good work, guys.

Jun 17th

Brooke Allen

Tried to get into this... just a man reminiscing about days gone by.

Apr 7th

Joshua Bradford

can't image a better name for a podcast for man children living in the past.

Jun 14th

Mina Tochumy


May 23rd


seems promising 👺

May 11th
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