Podcast Picks: Radio Rental
Hosted By: Rainn Wilson as Terry Carnation and Payne Lindsey // tenderfoot.tv
Okay, you may feel like you're experiencing déjà vu… yes, we did review the Radio Rental podcast in fall of 2020 — in the very first round of podcast write-ups we published. But 2021 was a weird year (to say the least) and new episodes released in the fall drew us back in instantly, making it my personal pick of the year. To recap, Rainn Wilson hosts as character Terry Carnation from his fictional video rental store in this semi-scripted podcast series, sharing stories that are stranger than fiction. Told by those who experienced them, the stories range from bizarre and unusual to downright creepy.
The concept itself draws a listener in immediately — who isn't interested in real stories about strange coincidences or bizarre happenings? But creator Payne Lindsey takes the concept to a new level in interviewing those who experience the strange and unusual, weaving together mesmerizing stories told in the words of those who know the tales best. Add in Rain Wilson's comedic relief as the in-character host Terry Carnation and you have the perfect recipe for success.
In a year that made many of us feel like we've gone crazy — or radio rental, as the Brits say — these stories help to make us feel a bit less alone in this strange and unusual world. — Ally Kutz