We were delighted to be compared by blogger and Feast of Fun power fan Rick Aiello as “the Oprah of gay podcasting” in Rex W. Huppke’s story on us and how Feast of Fun is one of the web’s top gay-themed talk shows.
Gay couple take podcast medium, go large
70,000 people a week listen to ‘Feast of Fun,’ recorded from their apartment’s breakfast nook
By Rex W. Huppke, Tribune reporter | April 25, 2010
Fausto Fernos and Marc Felion spend hours each day in the breakfast nook of their North Side apartment, chatting behind microphones, laughing and crafting a daily, hourlong podcast that goes out to tens of thousands of listeners across the country and around the world.
“Feast of Fun,” which the couple launched in rudimentary form in 2005, has grown into one of the Web’s most popular gay-themed talk shows. It has also provided Fernos and Felion with full-time jobs and a certain acclaim for helping pioneer the now-booming field of Internet broadcasting.
“They were very early into this,” said Todd Cochrane, the founder and CEO of RawVoice, a Hawaii-based new media company that helps podcasters distribute and monetize their work. “What’s unique with them is they kind of helped lead the way into the (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) space. Their show has really evolved, and they now have a huge and very loyal fan base.”
Podcasting in general has exploded in popularity — a 2009 study by Edison Research found the number of Americans who have listened to podcasts has doubled to 22 percent since 2006. But for people in minority communities who don’t always see a reflection of themselves in mainstream media programs, this new medium has become particularly attractive.