Creepy Sleepy as an entity, began a LONG long time ago, in the earliest part of the
21st Century. What eventually became the legendary and award-winning
series of life lessons known as the Creepy Sleepy Show cut its teeth on
a 100-Watt college radio station in
the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. In its earliest incarnation,
Creepy Sleepy played indie rock from bands you probably only heard
about if you hung out with the cool kids.
In mid 2004, Dan Patterson, original proprietor of Creepy Sleepy,
brought in a person who would later be called “The Hardest Working Man
in Internet Broadcasting”, Doc Stodden. Dan and Doc rebuilt the show
from the ground up, retaining the show’s indie rock roots, but adding in
a healthy dose of politics. The format of the show was tight.
Production was cut to match the mode of the show, and the show launched
in September of 2004.
the fall, Doc and Dan covered the election and on election night,
called every state correctly but Iowa, usually well before the the
television networks did. And, because of the use of .xml aggregation
and internet streaming, the Creepy Sleepy Shows that were broadcast
during these times were among the first podcasts in the world, even
before the term was later made popular among tech-savvy internet folks.
They didn’t know it, but they were in the vanguard of an approaching
revolution in media.
2004, The Creepy Sleepy Show interviewed Senators Daschelle and
Johnson, as well was (eventual) Senator John Thune. Notable production
from this time includes the Dean Scream promos, as well as Bush can
read. A lot of the production dealt with the state of politics in
brought changes to Creepy Sleepy, both in terms of format and line-up.
During this time, the slogan “Our Victory is Imminent” was adopted.
Following the completion of the school year, Creepy Sleepy became an
internet-only program. Dan worked with Diamond Mine Media who hosted
the earliest shows, and the first official podcasts were published in
several pieces. After a successful spring and summer with the program,
Doc left to go to grad school, though he would continue to contribute
until the end of the run.
Before Doc left, some memorable production was composed. We’re
talking classics like the March of the Creepy, Creepy Fascists, Job the
Video Game, and many others. During the beginning of 2005, the show
interviewed God, a once in a millennium opportunity. As the pair left
the radio and moved to the internet, production became more involved and
it also provided extended hilarity. When Doc left, he launched the
spinoff podcast, “The Supernova Earth Show” from Missoula, which was
almost exclusively political discussion and was production heavy.
During this period of time, Chuck D was interviewed.
legends Josh Wolff, Josh Cooke and Hugh Tweedy came on board. The show
slowly became more discussion oriented, though top notch production
came out of this period.
early 2006 Creepy Sleepy signed a non-exclusive deal with Adam Curry’s
podcasting company Podshow. While Podshow eventually evolved in to
video network Mevio, the deal helped push Creepy Sleepy to the national
stage. During this period Creepy Sleepy independently covered the 2006
election and South Dakota abortion ban. Creepy Sleepy’s independent
journalism and rising national profile eventually led to a small deal
with Sirius Satellite Radio.
this time, the show incorporated “That’s Our” Curtis into the format
as well. Other regular contributors to the show were William Prentice,
Thom Gorder, Mike Salchert (when he was in town), Kas Brooke, and others who really improved both the quality and the content of the show.
Noteworthy production from this period includes the Abortion Bits
commercial (made in honor of South Dakota’s attempts to pass an
unconstitutional law) and the running series “That’s our Curtis”.
marked the year that Dan finally relocated to the Big Apple to begin
working Talk Radio news. He did however continue putting together the
Show, and involving various outspoken members of the now growing podcast
community. Interestingly enough, since 2005, many the Creepy Sleepy
show, which had always maintained the highest production values, were
actually recorded in one place while folks did anchor duties from around
the country (or the world). Using VOIP technology, cast members could
communicate instantly with one another, and assuming that production
levels were good, there was no way to tell that each speaker was in a
completely different time zone than another. At least one show involved
cast members from different countries.
2008 marked a very political turn for the Creepy Sleepy show. Shows
were coming less often as few people had an overwhelming amount of time
to put in on them. Dan visited the Sudan at the beginning of this year,
and then the show went on the campaign trail.
covered the conventions, and all the happenings around those two
events, and Doc assisted in production duties. Finally, the show
culminated with the 2008 election, where once more, Dan and Doc worked
together and called the election for Obama three days before it actually
occurred, and included a map where they actually predicted each and
every state correctly, except Indiana (who would have guessed that state
would go for a Democrat?)
The final show was recorded a half a year later, and featured Doc and
Dan, Kas Brooke, Cathy Brooks from Canada, David Goodchild in England,
Dan Berkowitz, and Quentin Lewis. The discussion revolved around the
rise of democracy in the digital environment through blogs and
podcasts. To some extent the show had become meta critics. The end of
the show, for those who stuck around to hear the secret tracks, held out
the potential for its resurrection.
Looks like we knew what we were talking about.
Welcome back to the legendary and award-wining series of life lessons, now known simply as Creepy Sleepy.
- W Doc Stodden