An apology and a squelched rumor
First, we owe all the loyal fans of The Armadillo Podcast an apology. We haven't been posting much of late and no, it's not because we're on the verge of selling out to a large media conglomerate. We were momentarily distracted, though, and we hope you'll forgive us.
To squelch any rumors that have been flying around, we want to set the record straight. We did talk with them. They saw. They came. They made an offer.
But we turned it down.
While we were very, very flattered by the attention, The Armadillo Podcast will not be going in that direction any time soon.
Right now our audience is growing.
Our first fan letter came from a woman in Tampa who was planning to move to Austin this spring. Unlike Galia, she's very excited about moving here and she wanted to download all our previous episodes so she could soak in everything she could about her new home. Following her email, we started receiving more and more fan mail. And with every message, every new sign up for the newsletter, we began to feel a growing responsibility to our audience. (Even Galia called last week wondering why I hadn't called to record the latest episode.)
So to Brandy in Tampa, the Aussie in England who used to work for the Austin Ice Bats and for everyone else who is kind enough to give us a little bit of their day, we promise to redouble our devotion to The Armadillo Podcast.
So on with the show...
In our last episode, we interviewed Michael Barnes, arts and entertainment critic for the Austin American Statesman. Michael talked to us about how Austin has always been a destination on the cultural highway. Some artists come through here on their way to New York and LA. Some come here to stay. And Austin benefits from both type of troubadour.
Dave Steakley is one those who chose to stay, though New York would love to have him. Over the last 15 years he's helmed over 200 productions from the Laramie Project, to Hair to Angels in America. His current production, Urinetown, like all of his work, is a runaway hit.
We recently interviewed Dave because Galia seemed to take an interest in hearing about the Austin arts scene. Will Dave convince Galia to move to Austin?
Check back soon and hear Dave thoughts on Austin theater (and of course, Galia's reaction.)