Listen Up! The 2023 Richmond Podcaster List

by | Mar 20, 2023 | COMEDY, COMMUNITY NEWS, FILM & TV, MAGAZINES & BOOKS, MUSIC, PODCASTS, SMALL BUSINESS, SOCIAL JUSTICE

Not everyone knows this but Richmond, Virginia is home to a thriving podcast community and this article seeks to celebrate some of the most notable and interesting podcasters in the area. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the podcasts produced in Richmond, and the list will continue to evolve as new podcasts emerge. If you are a podcaster in the Richmond area, or you know of one that you think should be included in this list, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the editor at hello@rvamag.com to be considered for future updates.

Whether you’re a fan of pop culture, music, horror movies, or true crime, you’re sure to find a podcast that interests you on this list. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of the best and most engaging podcasts produced in Richmond, VA.

ed. note: Many of the podcasts included in this list can be found on The RVA Community of Podcasters group on Facebook, which is dedicated to supporting and promoting podcasts in Richmond and the surrounding areas. This group is an excellent resource for podcasters looking to connect with others in the area, share insights, plan collaborations, ask for advice, sell recording equipment, and get involved in the local podcasting scene.

Don’t miss out on THE HUSTLE SEASON PODCAST, available on all major streaming platforms, including Patreon. This unique podcast/band combo, formed in late 2017, offers a hilarious take on music and pop culture. With over 200 episodes recorded, The Hustle Season has become a chart-topping hit on iTunes with over 27,000 downloads, and has even spawned four spinoffs, including The SOS Podcast with Great Britt & Gabe, TRASH TECH with James & Reggie, The Pacecast with Reggie Pace, and The Charisma Meter with Kelli Strawbridge. Hosted by musicians Kelli Strawbridge, Reggie Pace, and James Seretis, The Hustle Season is a must-listen for anyone seeking a fresh, irreverent perspective on pop culture and music.

“Hub Honcho” Jay Smack, a prominent radio and podcast personality in the city, hosts multiple captivating podcasts, showcasing his passion for engaging conversations and community involvement. THE GOOD EYE PODCAST features insightful discussions on wellness, mindfulness, health, exercise, nutrition, creativity, responsible business, and more, all with a focus on positivity. STUDIO B RVA highlights local and regional artists, offering interviews and live performances from the vibrant Richmond, VA music scene.

After an incredible journey spanning over 30 years in the world of video production, film and theatre reviews, and even educational content, Jerry Williams, also known as TVJerry, expanded his online presence with a weekly podcast. With more than 2,500 reviews under his belt, TVJerry’s SIFTER now includes interviews, news, and reviews of film, TV, and streaming content with a local focus. Every Wednesday, a new episode of this entertaining podcast is posted, and you can also catch the show on WRIR-FM (97.3) every Friday at 11:30 am.

Dive into the fascinating world of linguistics with ORIGIN OF SPEAKCIES / THE SPEAKCIES SHOW, where we delve into the rich history and captivating stories that surround the words we read, write, and speak every day. Unravel the origins, evolution, and anecdotes linked to the language we use, bringing a new appreciation for the power of words. To add a twist, we also explore the unexpected association between Kale and The Devil, revealing a side of this leafy green that you never knew existed.

The EVOLVED PODCAST is a space for open discussions on personal growth and fostering a positive mindset, brought to you by host Joe Fitzpatrick. He delves into a variety of topics, such as personal experiences, health and wellness best practices, gratitude cultivation, endurance sports competition, nutrition and supplementation, spirituality, personal development, creativity, and more! Designed for those eager to improve themselves and learn from others on a similar journey, this podcast aims to establish a community of motivated and disciplined individuals.

Join the rotating panel of spirited geeks on GEEKS UNDER THE INFLUENCE PODCAST as they debate and discuss a variety of geeky topics, including booze, movie and TV show reviews, celebrity interviews, and plenty of smack talk. With a rotating panel of nerds ready to dive into your favorite obsessions over some drinks, this podcast offers a unique perspective on the world of geekery.

Looking for a short open-format podcast that covers all things geeky, including tangents and unexplored topics from the previous Geeks Under the Influence Podcast episode? Check out GUI NIGHTS. Hosted by the Geeks Under the Influence team, this podcast offers a unique perspective on the world of geekery and provides a space to discuss topics that were skipped in the main episode.

Join Mike “Hobbit” Bickett on POPCULTIST, the latest addition to the Geeks Under the Influence Network. This geeky comedy show celebrates underappreciated fandoms, projects, and passions while challenging toxic fandom culture. Hobbit acts as a consultant, putting the “cult” in pop culture, as he unapologetically explores all things geeky. Tune in to Popcultist to celebrate your love for geek culture and to join a community that embraces all its unique facets. 

If you’re a film freak or a cinephile looking for a podcast that explores the forgotten fringe of schlock and B-movies from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, then BEAUTIFUL DISASTERS PODCAST is for you. This periodic podcast offers a unique perspective on the world of cinema, delving into movies that are often overlooked or forgotten.

For geeky parents who want to explore the exciting world of raising children with geeky interests, check out GEEKFATHERS. This podcast provides a window into the world of geek parenting and all its unique challenges and rewards.

Looking for a podcast that delves into the exciting world of movie and TV reboots, remakes, and adaptations? Check out SMACK MY PITCH UP!, a podcast hosted by Mike “Hobbit” Bickett and Thandi Woodard. On this show, the hosts pitch and cast their unique ideas for reimagining your favorite films and shows, including sequels, side-quels, and mash-ups.

Join hosts Amy Bogarde and Mike “Hobbit” Bickett on DEEPLY UPSETTING as they share bizarre and outlandish news from around the world. Their podcast not only offers news but also tackles some of the most upsetting hypothetical quandaries from the internet. Amy and Mike, using their expertise and humor, aim to extinguish the fires from these quandaries. Tune in to Deeply Upsetting to explore weird news and intriguing hypotheticals.

The ADGRODCAST is a unique musical podcast created by Adam, Graham, and Rodney, three infernal souls trapped in separate circles of Hell. Their task is to capture the dreams, nightmares, desires, and restraints of the mortal world through story and song. Only the perfect mix of rhythm and lyrical lore will release them from their torment and return them to their respective nether regions. To speed up their efforts, the trio created the Adgrodcast, a hardly-weekly podcast that depends on recommendations sent by listeners to feed ADGROD its necessary songs. Join them on their quest and aid their journey to find the tune and tale that will open the portals back to their home.

THYME 4 TEA with Mikita is a unique podcast designed to inspire and motivate listeners to overcome fears and embrace their purpose. Hosted by the engaging Mikita, the show redefines self-care and offers hope and courage to those in need. Mikita’s relatable nature and empathetic approach foster a sense of community and empower listeners to take action. Covering topics such as self-care tips, work-life balance, and inspiring stories, the podcast features guests ranging from entrepreneurs to artists. Join Mikita for powerful conversations, valuable insights, and practical tools to navigate life’s challenges with grace, compassion, and a touch of humor.

Listen in on OF THE ELDER GODS as two childhood friends reread the Percy Jackson series and explore the world of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology. We may not be experts, but we’re doing our best to honor the gods and question if Rick Riordan is truly our godly parent. Come along for the ride and let your adult imagination soar with us.

If you’re a horror aficionado seeking a deep dive into the genre, look no further than FROM THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS. This podcast, hosted by Lowdown, Hunter, and a rotating cast of guests, covers everything from the classics to the latest gore-filled releases, including discussions of favorite writers, directors, and special effects.

In August of 2016, three political activists, Francesca Leigh-Davis, Jessee Perry, and Melissa Vaughn, founded RVA DIRT. Their shared Twitter account, @RVADirt, quickly became a trusted source for clever, irreverent, and reliable coverage of City Council and School Board Meetings, candidate interviews, and city events. In 2017, they expanded their reach with the launch of Municipal Mania on WRIR 97.3 Richmond Independent Radio, gaining a new audience. Today, RVA Dirt comprises of four active women who make time to dig into Richmond politics.

RATED G is a podcast that features candid conversations with artists and creators about various topics related to art, creativity, and life.

QUID PRO ROLL is a podcast that features six professional game masters and improv performers who try to bring dragons back to the world through a combination of bad puns, cooking exhibitions, crit-failing forward, high fashion, and the one true sport: professional wrestling.

Join Ward Games and friends on the journey of a lifetime: learning how to make games for a living! Listen in as we invite folks across the gaming landscape — from development to media to everywhere in-between — to discuss game development, gaming news, and more on WARDCAST. Whether you’re a fan of games or looking to pursue a career in game development, our conversations with game dev folks from around the world will give you insight into the industry.

RACE CAPITOL is an award-winning podcast and radio show that uncovers racial narratives in Richmond, VA, co-hosted by Chelsea Higgs Wise, Naomi Isaac, and Kalia Harris. The show was born out of the need for the people’s narratives to be shared after the unjust killing of Marcus-David Peters in 2018. It centers the voices and narratives of those engaged in the struggle for Black liberation. Broadcasting from WRIR LP 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio, Race Capitol is produced and powered by Black feminists.

RVA RAMBLERZ is a podcast that covers various topics including current events, psychedelics, work ethic, medieval weaponry, bromance, small business, and everything related to RVA. Hosted by Nathan and produced by Jesse.

LINER NOTES is a captivating video-podcast series that features interviews with Richmond-based musicians and culture contributors who are playing a crucial role in shaping the city’s unique soundtrack. The podcast combines thought-provoking conversations with short animations created by local visual artists, providing an insightful and fresh perspective on the creative scene in Richmond, VA. Liner Notes helps listeners understand and appreciate the diverse music and culture that the city has to offer by adding context to everything that comes from Richmond.

SUPER SCARY is a thrilling film and TV review podcast hosted by Josh, where he covers everything from the supernatural to the superpowered. The podcast explores a wide range of genres, including horror, sci-fi, and superheroes. If you love movies and TV shows that keep you on the edge of your seat, Super Scary is the perfect podcast for you. New episodes of Super Scary are released every Monday, so you can start your week off with some spine-tingling entertainment.

THE RESTRICTED SECTION is a hilarious and unabashedly pro-trans rights Harry Potter book club podcast that takes a raunchy and silly approach to discussing the beloved series. It’s perfect for those who cherished Harry Potter as a child and continue to love it as adults, but now grapple with more complex issues. The podcast seeks to gain new perspectives on the most popular book series of all time and understand the responsibility that comes with great power. Join the hosts for a fun and irreverent journey through the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Jonathan Blade, an internet citizen, hosts a podcast called MY HANDLE IS JONATHAN BLADE, where he shares his interests in pop culture, philosophy, his endeavors, and the individuals around him.

MY CABBAGES! is an entertaining podcast that focuses on Avatar: The Last Airbender. The podcast was launched by two endearing nerds during the global pandemic as a way to fend off their inevitable existential crisis.

If you’re a horror fan looking for a comprehensive exploration of the genre, TERROR INPODNITO is the podcast for you. Hosted by Palmer, Alex, and Sam, this weekly show delves into the depths of horror pop-culture with a new theme each month, covering everything from classic tropes to iconic figures and behind-the-scenes insights.

With CONTENT AND CAPABLE we join Samuel on his journey to explore how people find contentment and fulfillment in their lives, while also feeling like capable adults in society. In his weekly podcast, Samuel delves into people’s passions, asking them how they discovered and fell in love with their interests, how they incorporate it into their daily routines, and how it enriches their lives. Through candid and engaging conversations, the podcast promises to be a journey full of laughs, some tears, and a lot of new insights into the world around us.

Tune in to GOOD MORNING, RVA, a podcast delivering news updates on various topics such as politics, health, education, business, and more in Richmond, VA.

RVATECH/TALKS is a podcast that showcases interviews with prominent figures in RVA’s tech industry, such as start-up founders, corporate executives, and world-class engineers.

OPEN SOURCE RVA is a weekly audio news digest produced by WRIR and hosted by award-winning journalist Don Harrison. The podcast brings together newsmakers, political figures, and community leaders to discuss local issues, current events, and upcoming happenings in-depth. Open Source RVA airs every Friday from 12 noon to 1 PM on WRIR.

AFTER THE PLOT is a unique comedy investigative podcast that delves into the untold stories that lie beyond the plot of your favorite movies and TV shows. Hosted on the Final Plank network, this podcast aims to uncover the truth behind what happens after the story ends. Tune in to discover the hidden tales and surprising details that you never knew you didn’t know.

NERDCROPOLIS is the perfect podcast for horror enthusiasts and fans. Whether you’re a horror nerd or just someone who loves the genre, this show is for you. A nerd is defined as an intelligent individual who is singularly focused on a non-social hobby, while a necropolis is a cemetery, especially a large one in an ancient city. Tune in to Nerdcropolis to explore the depths of horror and all its intricacies.

TANTRIC CONVERSATION is an unscripted and unedited improvisational show featuring Richmond area personalities from all walks of life engaging in open and honest interactions. One guru relates to another as they engage in free-flowing conversations that delve into various topics. Although the last episode aired in 2020, you can still explore the archives of this thought-provoking podcast by following HERE!

THIS ROOM SOUNDS GREAT is a podcast that features interviews with the musicians who perform on Shockoe Sessions Live, which is streamed from In Your Ear Studios in Richmond, VA.

THE TGIF PODCAST: TWO GUYS INTO FRIDAY is a podcast that offers a recap of TGIF from 30 years ago.

If you’re tired of the constant focus on sports and politics in the media, and you’re looking for a podcast that tackles the never-ending fight to solve our first-world problems, then look no further than INSIDE THE PALLET HOUSE. This podcast provides a unique look into the lives of the hosts and guests who stop by to rate beers, share their experiences, and conquer the problems that face us all. Recorded every week in Richmond, VA, and listened to around the world, Inside The Pallet House is a must-listen for anyone seeking a laid-back, humorous take on daily life.

Whew. So if you’re looking for a podcast about anything from horror to pop culture and everything in between, you’ll find it in the RVA podcast scene.

We will end it with a plug for our “podcast” RADIO RVA, which is a collection of dope DJ sets from Richmond folk. Listen up!

R. Anthony Harris

R. Anthony Harris

I created Richmond, Virginia’s culture publication RVA Magazine and brought the first Richmond Mural Project to town. Designed the first brand for the Richmond’s First Fridays Artwalk and promoted the citywide “RVA” brand before the city adopted it as the official moniker. I threw a bunch of parties. Printed a lot of magazines. Met so many fantastic people in the process. Professional work: www.majormajor.me




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