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Current 2 host format

No offense to any of the hosts, but I think the show flows a lot better with just two people. I think in general a two person discussion allows for greater synergy, especially without a 3rd person attempting to get remarks in whenever possible.

That being said, the show is more enjoyable now than ever!

(p.s. any possibility Molly and Veronica could be fused into one super-host when she gets back to keep the 2 host format?) Wink

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A duo is dandy, but the trio trumps all

In reply to: Current 2 host format

Quixote & Panza - Good
Aramis, Athos & D'Artagnan - Better
Simon & Garfunkle - Good
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Better
Wolfman & Dracula - Good
Tonto, Tarzan & Frankenstein - Better
Peanutbutter & Jelly - Good
Bacon Lettuce & Tomato - Better
Lenny & Carl - Good
Manny, Moe & Jack - Better
Laurel & Hardy - Good
Moe Larry & Curly - Better
I think I've made my point Wink
Anyway, with a trio, the balance of power can constantly shift as the 2 gang up against the one Happy
Rest up Molly, & take care of little baby Cy.

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I Miss Molly - The Professional Ranter

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Actually, I miss Molly's rants. And I'm not kidding. I love her anti-DRM rants and rants in general. Why? One, I'm a ranter, and two, I hate DRM!

Go Molly!

Besides, I like it when Molly and Veronica gang up on Tom. And sometimes Tom fights back. News AND tangents are the key to the show. Both Molly and Veronica go on tangents that keep the show fresh. But Tom's job is to keep the tangents form getting out of control.

I also like it when they hash out topics. And they get three points of view because sometimes one of them will bring up a point that the other two didn't think of. So, I like three hosts.

Get "well" Molly! Even though I disagree with some of what you say (anything Anti-Sony or Anti-Apple. Grrrrr!).

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Woahwoahwoah hold the phone.

In reply to: Current 2 host format offense to your opinion..but I think thats ridiculous. Interruptions and all, BOL is better than any other podcast I have ever listened to. Thats saying something. Even though there are interruptions by other hosts, thats okay. It feels more real and original, like when your with a group of your friends and you all want to talk about your day so you interrupt eachother everyonce in awhile..C'mon. When a host leaves for whatever reason, its like taking a piece of the pie out. I miss really molly! Tom and Veronica are doing well on their own..but really, all three make BOL what it is. If there was just two permenently..regardless of who was thrown out...I wouldnt listen to it. The BOL trio makes the podcast magic. PLEASE dont change it, I love BOL the way it has been since..forever.

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In reply to: Woahwoahwoah hold the phone.

hmmm, interesting.

While reading over your guy's responses, I came to the conclusion that my main problem is still the lack of "equal opportunity" (so to speak) amongst the hosts and how I believe that can degrade the overall flow and continuity of the show.

I suppose if you compare it to TWIT, for example, the same thing occurs: a few people take charge of the topic at hand with the rest (dare I say majority) sit silently and chime in when they can. But with 3 panelists, instead of TWIT's 6, BOL by nature seems to draw more (negative) attention to the non-active speaker.

Whether you believe its a flaw of the show format or not, I guess thats up and open to your own opinion.


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Quiet is not a bad thing...

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I heard that Veronica said that she is normally quiet on BOL (compared to TWIT). But it's best that way. For example, sometimes Molly and Tom will be going at it. And Veronica will interject and just put a whole new tone on what they were original taking about. I like that.

If I was on the show, I would let Tom talk the most (lead) because he's a good announcer. Similar to Brian Cooley. It doesn't mean that I couldn't do another show and take the lead. But it just depends on the DYNAMICS of the hosts involved. And IMO, TOM, Molly and Veronica just have good dynamics together. It doesn't matter if Veronica is the most quiet of the three.

If Veronica was to just "take over BOL" and talk more just for the sake of talking more. It wouldn't come across as natural. TWIT is a better environment for that. The hosts are different people. Thus, different dynamics.

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It's not as interesting with just 2

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It loses some of the pop and spark. They all work really well together and I think hearing from all 3 is critical to the success of the show. They are OK when it's just 2 but it's just not as good.

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Yikes no way!

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I love all three together.

They all add a little something to the show... 224 shows is a sign of success and that success is (mostly) with the three.

Never change a good thing... you can enjoy your preference for the two while Molly is off, but she'll be back!

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