This past summer, two Millersville University professors decided to turn their love of movies and pop culture into a podcast. The inspiration for Dr. Lowery Woodall and James Machado’s podcast are the films that brought back memories of going to their local video rental store and searching for a movie to watch. The first episode of the J&L podcasts was released in fall 2021.
The J&L Video podcast is named after the seemingly universal fact that mom and pop video rental stores of the 1980s and 1990s were named after the initials of the owners. Machado, a New York City kid, and Woodall, a Mississippi native, are from very different backgrounds, but this era of movies and TV represents the beginning of their love of cinema and popcorn. Machado and Woodall co-host the podcast and both participate in the recording, writing and editing process.
“I knew I would be teaching a podcasting course at Millersville and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to blend what I learned from my own podcasting experiences into the course,” says Woodall.
The podcast is set up to be released in seasons. They record four episodes that fit into a particular theme, then take a short break of two to three weeks before coming out with another themed set of episodes. Each season is released on a weekly basis.
“I’m betting (hoping) that there are a lot of folks just like James and myself who fondly remember rummaging through a Blockbuster or a local video store to find the perfect film,” says Woodall.
If you want to take stroll down memory lane and re-live some cinematic moments, you can check out the J&L video podcast here J&L Video podcast here.