Vinny should be perma-host.
I think Jeff podcasts would be better appreciated if they were only once in a while. They're kind of all over the place but great things sometimes emerge (numbers station bit).
Vinny brings real hosting skills that keep the show rolling, much like the great Ryan Davis. Jeff is better suited jumping in and out telling stories etc.
I see it this way: When Ryan hosted, I always looked forward to a Jeffcast because it was a rare thing and I always found his use of the old music/not give a fuck-ness pretty funny. Now that Jeff is the host, I can look forward to Vinnycasts for their use of silly music and that awesome Bombcast theme masshup.
So, I think having Vinny be the backup host is fine. It's like a nice gift when he gets a chance to host.
The real question is "Do we want Brad Muir to be the 5th regular on the Bombcast?", and the answer is yes.
No. It's a bit like saying, "Should I have ice cream for breakfast every day?"
In paper it sounds great! Who doesn't love ice cream? Until one day, after your ice cream breakfast, you throw it all up. Then every time you smell and see ice cream, you think of the time you threw up. Then you want nothing to do with ice cream.
And I actually would like to see Brad take a crack at it some time.
Break music every 20 minutes!!! \o/
Here's maybe a more salient poll: Jeff Earlycast every week, or Latenite Vinnycast? How much does the community value production and musical interludes over instant gratification?
I just finished this weeks podcasts and god damn, all of that music and overall editing was great. I'm not sure he could keep it up every week- or should he, because he SEEMS like the busiest guy at Giant Bomb. I'm happy if this is a rare treat. He even seems to have his own theme music.
I love Jeff's cool laid-backness on live streams but the podcast in my opinion benefits from the energy that Vinny brings as a host.
You nailed it. We all love the off-topic conversations, but to paraphrase a former co-worker of mine, "it's fun and exciting if a show bounces off the guard-rails, but you don't want the fucking thing driving off the road." This was related to radio and listener requests, but i think it applies here.
Ryan was pretty adept at steering the show (only very occasionally too forcefully). Jeff on the other hand just lets the shit spin out of control. Vinny feels like a middle ground, and I think it would be refreshing to have Vinny focus on that a bit since it already seems like he's taken a step back from live video production. I think it might also be a relief to Jeff and actually help him bring a bit more energy to the show. I think he's an incredibly compelling personality (Jeff) but can at times be a bit too jaded to be a guy running things. It's why he was such a perfect combination with Ryan actually, but it doesn't work great as a solo act.
Did I just hallucinate last night's podcast? Vinny's editing is fantastic. I'd prefer it stay a special treat, it probably took a bunch of work and I don't want to give up the dumb grin I get on my face when the Bombcast music plays and it's Vinny's special remix.
No. Otherwise, they will simply become usual, they will lose their "specialness". His hosting is on par with Jeff's or Ryan's.
His production on the other hand, is simply stellar. But you know, that is his job after all.
Also, I wouldn't want him overworked. I'd rather have him use some of that time for other things, only doing the podcast perhaps once a month.
I don't listen so much nowadays, but I've always thought they should mix it up. Not so much to improve the hosting but just so that everybody gets to be 'not host' more often than not.
Has Brad ever hosted one?
I bet that'd be a good way to keep him from falling asleep on the casts.
I think I share the sentiment that the Vincasts are super awesome, and for that reason I want them to stay a special, occasional thing.
At the same time, while both are outstanding at it, I think hosting is more Vinny's strength than it is Jeff's. That is to say, I think Vinny really shines as a moderator who's steering and managing the conversation, while Jeff is at his best when he's not trying to check himself.
Maybe the Radiolab sensibilities don't need to be weekly, but I'd argue that perhaps Host Vinny should...!
Vinny should host every now and then because I don't need music during conversations every week. Last time he did that it was funny, this time it just artificially lengthened some conversations (the one with Patrick) and just made the podcast longer than it actually was.