Cancelled!

by Lou on April 29, 2011

Canceled!  That’s right.  I’ve been canceled.  But it wasn’t just me; it was the entire radio station.  For some time now I’ve had a weekly online radio show called Keep Flopping Aces that could be heard on www.roundersradio.com.  The show aired aired every Thursday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Time (6 p.m. Pacific) and co-host Shari Geller and I talked poker strategy, interviewed poker players, poker writers, people involved in the politics of poker … you name it; we covered it.

Two nights ago we got the word. The station suffered a big financial hit on Black Friday.  And with that hit, they could no longer afford to produce live shows. Keep Flopping Aces and all the other shows on the station became a victim of the Department of Justice’s blood lust over online poker.

April 28 marks our last live broadcast, and by the time you read this, our show is likely to be history.  In its place, Rounders Radio will essentially become a podcast library and repository.  Their new web site says, “We are here to bring to the best directory of poker podcasts from around the net! Please have a look around and enjoy all the great poker content. You will find poker shows that cover the news, teach poker, pro interviews and everything else.”

We’ll try to keep the concept alive by creating poker podcasts, but that’s just not live radio.  Our interaction with listeners is gone, and along with it, the fun of doing a live show and all that came with the territory: bloopers, silly comments, questions and insightful comments from our regular listeners around the globe.

Some of our audience may not even recognize any difference at all because more people downloaded our show as a podcasts than listened live, real time.

But it won’t be the same.  And until things change, you can add Keep Flopping Aces to the list of casualties resulting from Black Friday’s misguided, overreaching, and silly efforts. ::sigh::

{ 5 comments }

Max Oblivious April 29, 2011 at 7:47 am

Lou, I’ve been listening to your show for some time and I would miss it if you folded it. You have experience and maturity that most people in poker media simply don’t have. I hope, if you have the choice, that you will stick around.

Lou April 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Thanks for your kind words. Shari Geller and I plan to stick around and do podcasts along the same format as the live show. But we’ll miss the interaction with listeners…

midas001 April 30, 2011 at 4:54 am

I am shocked Lou. Been listening live (30%) when I could but mostly podcasts (70%). This is kind of quick but the revenue stream is stopping for everybody. I will keep checking back here to look for your podcasts. I will try not repeat what Max said because he said it very well. I will say the information you provide truly is second to none and has been why I am so informed. Now I wish I had saved the podcast where I called in!

In my personal situation I can no longer play on line nor can I play in Tunica because of the flooding. The nine casinos are shutting down one-by-one until Monday when they all will close for a week to four weeks.

I am getting the poker DT’s!!

teratical May 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Hey Lou, I enjoy the show and listen every week. I was never able to listen live, as I am always busy (often playing live poker) on Thursday nights.

I just finished the 4-28-11 episode and you mentioned the loss of the ability to chat and get feedback from listeners while recording the show. You could consider using Ustream.

The CPL Poker Podcast (http://www.cplpokerpodcast.com) is a midwestern – based in Minnesota – podcast that I also listen to every week. Although they only put out a download-only podcast each week, they record their show live (video and audio) each week via UStream (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cplpokerpodcast-s-show). Those who want to log into Ustream can watch and listen to them record and give feedback via chat, just as you do now. Then they do post-production and put out the download-only podcast. Best of both worlds!

Check it out, that might fulfill your need and make Rounders Radio happy cost-wise.

I’m glad to see Black Friday hasn’t ended your show completely. I look forward to continuing to listen to you each week!

Short-Stacked Shamus May 5, 2011 at 1:30 am

Great fun — and an honor — to have been on the last live one, Lou! As we talked about at show’s end, you can count me among the many who’ll be regularly downloading the podcast going forward.

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