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SModcast Turns 10: What’s in a Name?

We thought about calling it Yet Another Podcast.

The first episode of SModcast was published on February 5, 2007. In the inaugural episode, host Kevin Smith described the podcast as a place where, “I, and my good friend and producer Scott Mosier, sit around and add to a detritus of a waste land of podcasts that are out there.” Little did Smith realize that ten years, and more than 350 episodes later, SModcast would still stand as one of the top podcasts in an even more saturated field of the medium.

But where did the term SModcast even come from?

In playing off of Smith’s description of an already stocked world of podcasts (by 2007’s terms anyway) he said, “We thought about calling it Yet Another Podcast.”

It was his cohort in audio (and visual) crime Scott Mosier who came up with the title.

“It’s really clever,” Mosier explained sarcastically to Smith in the inaugural episode. “Your last name is Smith, and my last name is Mosier. I took the first letter off of our last names, and then put them together.”

It’s cute. It’s a fun word to say.

Taking the “P” out of “podcast” and the SModcast name was born.

“It’s cute. It’s a fun word to say,” mused Smith. “It’s like Zamboni.”

SModcast would go one to birth many other portmanteaus like SModCastle, SMornings, and ultimately SModCo.

Have a Week!

“I hope you enjoyed,” Smith said at the closing of the first episode. “I think we put a lot of people to sleep. Not a lot of high energy – none of that wacky morning zoo stuff going on here.”

Listeners have enjoyed, for a decade. It was in that inaugural episode in February of 2007 that Smith coined the sign off that has ended more than 350 episodes of SModcast: Have a week!


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