Coaster Talk Podcast

Coaster Talk Podcast

A weekly fun filled theme park and roller coaster podcast. With your host James Barber and Bob Mertz you'll never miss out on the latest news, construction updates, and speculation on new and up and coming attractions coming to the amusement park industry!

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October 19, 2021 72 min

Don't be afraid of the title this week. Despite the utter lack of news this week, there is still enough to work with to make a first half. Plus our second half is one you do not want to miss. We talk Knoebels, Halloween, and Dark Rides. 

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  • Another Arrow Bites the Dust :(
  • Commision does not need to give OK for Conneaut to demolish Blue Streak 
  • Todd Joseph appears to be acquiring other property in Conneaut 
  • Another pl...
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    James is back from the Vid, sadly meaning no Airtime Jimmy. Nonetheless Bob and he talk industry news spanning from Pennsylvania to California. Then, as if things weren't exciting enough, we get a call from Dan the Drunkman and Flatride Fred. The two end the show with talk of the best time of year, and whether or not it's Halloween. 

    SHOW NOTES:

  • LA County parks require vaccination or negative covid test... sometimes 
  • Oblig...
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    October 4, 2021 145 min

    The man, the myth, the legend Myke (also know by his alias Airtime Myke) joins Bob this week. James is out sick, but that doesn't mean the show is any less fun or fascinating this week. Join the guys as they talk fightn', rumors, protests, and more in the first half. Then tune in as the guys preform a Q&A in the second half of show, any questions asked by the audience the guys answer with sincerity and even some comedy....

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    September 28, 2021 118 min

    Bags, Bitcoin, and back to Florida. This episode is packed full of fun, wacky, and ~ghoulish~ news and stories. (And of course as always a few rants and tirades along the way).

    SHOW NOTES:

  • Zamperla’s New ride: BlendeZ
  • Tesla helped a Carousel go completely carbon neutral 
  • PortAventura World Becomes the First Theme Resort to Accept Bitcoin as Payment at the Hotels Next Season 
  • BGW banning bags, but only after 4pm - because that makes...
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    September 21, 2021 77 min

    The guys have a short and sweet news segment this week. Don't let it's length fool you, some very riveting stories occurred and are discussed. In the second half - Bob visited New England, James Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream. They critique and praise where necessary the parks and their experiences. Weekly poll this week: What color should Phantom’s Revenge be? Why?

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  • GCI gives us a further look a...
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    September 13, 2021 95 min

    That's right ladies and gentlemen, it's time again to talk about the "most sought-after awards in the Amusement Industry". Before getting to that blunder, the guys have a lot to discuss. Kennywood is doing something dumb, counteracted by something kinda cool (per usual). SeaWorld sucks as we're hopeful all aware of by now. Sadly, once again tragedy has struck in our industry. Following The Golden Ticket ridicule...

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    September 7, 2021 88 min

    What a bizarre week it has been for the guys. No matter! It is still time for some great amusement park discussion. Documentaries, grand openings, new rides, so much news to cover this week. The second half of our show is quite fun too. It brings us to Bob's Conneaut rant numero dos; with talk of Top Thrill Dragster's fate.

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  • How We Roll Documentary 
  • Universal Beijing Grand Opening on September 20th
  • Riddler Mind Be...
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    August 30, 2021 121 min

    Tune into this weeks episode of the show, where the Conneaut Lake catastrophe continues, a miracle has occurred, Do-Dodonpa is seriously injuring people, and more! 

    While the first half of the show is full of some great news content, the headlining segment of the show is easily the Photo Contest winner unveiling! We have our judges (Dan, Tim, and Racc) on to discuss the why between their decisions. Top Thrill Dragster has an update...

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    August 23, 2021 124 min

    James is back from California, with that comes a trip recap! While he  had a great past week, it's been quite an egregious week for the amusement park industry. 2021 has had some bad incidents, and this weeks news brings about two more. Bob and James cover these dire occurrences, along with the rest of the news of the week, in the first half of the show. 

    In the second half of the show a guest, Racc Hudson, joins the guys to ta...

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    August 16, 2021 84 min

    Intamins and COOs - they're all out of here. Listen in as James and Bob talk Wicked Twister's removal and SeaWorld's issue with sustaining those within the corporate positions at their company. Of course there is tons more news this week - the guys take a jab at those stories as well, giving there insight and thoughts. 

    'Defiance' at Glenwood Caverns is revisited this week during the weekly poll recap. We get to...

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    August 9, 2021 107 min

    Timmy is back; many of you won't be surprised at the lack of quarrels. However, James and Tim cover a vast amount of notable news stories first (making for a great first part of the show). 

    The second half is a bit unorthodox, as the guys explore an area of amusement parks James and Bob typically don't stray towards. Halloween is the subject of the second part of the show, with the dudes talking Halloween Horror Nights and ...

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    August 3, 2021 73 min

    Two news stories this week actual surround individuals walking up lift hills, although in two completely different contexts. James and Bob break down these news stories as well as the others of the week (new rides, policy updates, etc.) all on the first part of the show this week. 

    Later on it's time to finally discuss an upcoming trip for James, an update on the Photo Contest, and discuss the frequented weekly poll: this weeks...

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    July 26, 2021 102 min

    Three news stories to kick of this week's show leave the guys in aw. Man, 2021 is really shaping up to be a strange year for the industry. Listen in as James and Bob try their *best* to relay these strange yet riveting stories to the audience. 

    While nothing quite tops the abnormal exposés from the first half of the show, there is fun to be found in the second half. Bob has revisited The Point - hear him discuss thoughts, opini...

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    Yet another incident at an amusement park is one of the many news stories brought up on this weeks show. The guys start of the show discussing a girl who suffered a broken ankle from Full Throttle at Magic Mountain. 2021 is seemingly cursed. 

    While the news segment is full of fascinating content, the second part of the show is where things get heated. Top 40's are revealed this week and have changed for both James and Bob sinc...

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    July 12, 2021 118 min

    Adventureland, Charles Dinn, Big Bad Wolf, and more are all what's in store for this weeks episode...listen in as the guys commentate on amusement industry news as well as explore recent trips they made to parks - Kennywood and Six Flags America. 

    Also canvassed in this episode is James's and Bob's favorite drop tower rides: find out their favorites as well as other audience members' in the second half of the show!

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    It's time...this week James and Bob finally have the SeaWorld debate! The long anticipated conflict ensues in the second half of the show. 

    The guys also talk news and there's a lot of...well let's say "interesting" subject matter this week to cover, from the derailment of a popular ride to fireworks during the day it's quite an episode this week. 

    SHOW NOTES:

  • Kings Dominion...fireworks? Where? I can't...
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    June 28, 2021 179 min

    You read the title right, James and Bob both went out and conquered the new for 2021 Intamin and RMC. And you don't want to miss the review of the rides theme selves and the parks their located as well as the rest of the parks the two went to this past week. 

    Of course, it's not an episode of Coaster Talk without news, and boy was there some to catch up on this week. Especially a story* that left Bob...well let's just s...

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    This has been quite the week in the amusement industry. News this week has been of a substantial amount of issues with rides running properly (or at all, as one was on fire) at what feels like an unprecedented level. James and Bob are here to keep you up to date with that and so much more in the first half.

    In the second half the guys talk upcoming trips as well as a much delayed weekly poll. 

     

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  • High Anxiety At Mounta...
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    You're probably used to it by now, but it's that time of year again. Holiwood Nights recap initiating in 3...2...1...

    Show Notes:

  • Project Gemini at WCUSA
  • Arson at Silverwood
  • Jersey Devil Coaster opened today and The Drunk Riders think it's awesome
  • Storm Runner Opening June 11th
  • Links For Dawn: Fox 8 Article | GoFundMe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    James and Bob are at Holiwood Nights, but that doesn't stop then from recording the show! Tune in as they cover some news stories, interview a guest, and elaborate on the event they are attending!

    Kris's website: coasterposters.com

     

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