Our podcast is an entertaining and informative discussion of Professor Tolkien’s legendarium. Each week, we walk our listeners through Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium a few pages at a time, but in a unique style filled with self-effacing humor, hilarious pop culture references, and the occasional awful pun. We even provide hilarious outtakes and gag reels for our listeners to enjoy, and we do video events via Facebook Live on occasions important to Tolkien fans worldwide. Finally, we've also dedicated several episodes to interviews with noted Tolkien scholars, including Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger, John Garth, Corey Olsen and more.
Speaking of growth, we’ve seen steady and continued growth month after month, and our old episodes are truly 'evergreen', still receiving a large number of downloads more than three years after release. We have a very connected and engaged audience that is active in our social media space (especially Facebook), and they feel very connected to us as individuals because of our involvement in the Tolkien community. We have over 300 patrons who are committed to contributing to the show -- this is a podcast that creates dedicated listeners!
We have been invited as special guests to multiple Tolkien gatherings (Mythmoot V, Texmoot, and Tolkien 2019) and have recorded multiple live episodes at these events.
About the Host
Host Name: Alan Sisto & Shawn Marchese
Alan and Shawn are both knowledgeable, well-read guys with a self-effacing sense of humor, a bag full of pop culture references (especially the 80s), and a penchant for puns. Their chemistry on the show has really developed over the nearly four years the show has been running and they are genuinely likable guys.
Average Episode Length
Over 1.5 Hours
Weekly on Sun
Our audience is a 'nerd' or 'geek' audience -- and in the best way possible. They are educated, passionate about their interests and willing to spend time (and money) pursuing those interests. These are people who spend money to travel to conferences and gatherings around the world.
Besides Tolkien, their other interests include: literature (specifically fantasy), movies/TV, languages and culture, travel, technology, comedy and more. Many of our listeners are devoted followers of other fandoms and franchises: Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Marvel Universe, and so on.
Social Media Reach
Description of Reach
The Prancing Pony Podcast distributes on all the major podcast platforms: iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, TuneIn, Spotify. We also convert our episodes to 'video' and post to YouTube where we have another 500+ subscribers. With every ad you place, we'll promote you on our social media channels as well -- specifically, each week you have an ad with us, we'll post once to our FB page (2600 followers) and once to Twitter (900).