Hello! I'm Karl Stern from the When It Was Cool website and probably half a dozen podcasts you may or may not listen to on a regular basis. I'm just a normal guy with a normal family probably just like you. In fact, this picture is my wife (Tonya from When It Was Cool) and I just hanging out in a giant chair at Jerry Lawler's restaurant on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.
Years (and years, and years) ago, I began writing a small little pro wrestling newsletter. Eventually it grew into a larger pro wrestling newsletter called the DragonKing Press Newsletter all about wrestling history. During that time I had a pretty good size pro wrestling website dealing with wrestling history and interviewing the stars we all grew up with. Later, I merged all of that into Bryan Alvarez's fantastic F4WOnline.com website which later merged with Dave Meltzer's incredible Wrestling Observer, creating the best pro wrestling news and information site on the internet.
If you listen to virtually any podcast you have heard the plugs over and over again - "Please use our links to buy through Amazon!" For several years, way before we launched When It Was Cool, back when I was only doing the DragonKingKarl blog, I used Amazon ads. I have never made significant money off of them. I recently reviewed my Amazon payments for the last few years and found that, despite buying all my own products via my links, that I had earned virtually no money from their affiliate programs.
I decided today to, once and for all, kill the ads. Aside from a few that will remain in the archives on individual article pages, I removed all of the them from the main page and will not be including them in future articles. Why?
They were a waste of time for our website.
Perhaps you might do well with them but they have never performed for us. While they are easy to insert and easy to code but my time is better spent providing content for Patreon than wasting my time se…
Tonya and I were discussing the When It Was Cool Podcast recently and both came to an agreement that it has evolved into something different that what we originally had in mind. We also conversed about various upgrades we want to bring to the show and suggestions other listeners have brought to the table as well.
We have decided to relaunch the podcast next week (July 2017). There is no need to do anything differently, all your current iTunes links and podcast app subscriptions will remain unchanged. We are simply re-branding it as a Season 2 or Podcast 2.0 type situation.
The show will feature new music and production values far more in line with what we originally envisioned. Also, the show will be much more focused content wise. Each show will feature four to five consistent topics including music, toys, comics, etc and those topics will be touched on during every show. The show will be reigned in to about 40 minutes and will come out more frequently.