After 13 years, Stuck in the ’80s blog needs a new home

For 13 years, the award-winning Stuck in the 80s blog has been hosted and supported by the amazing group of journalists and managers at the Tampa Bay Times. That will change in a few weeks. The new home of the blog will be the same place that has hosted our podcast for the last six years – our website here at sit80s.com.

As we transition from our old home to new one, we hope to transform this website into a more dynamic and exciting destination. We plan to redesign the pages and find better ways to offer you the entertainment you’ve come to love over the last 13 years.

When I founded the podcast and blog back in 2005 – more of a mid-life crisis reaction to my 20th high school reunion – I never dreamed we’d survive more than a dozen episodes or posts. For the first seven years of the blog, I posted 365 days a year – breaking that streak only once, I believe, for the day my father passed away. It’s carried me places I’d never imagine – from ’80s-themed vacations all over the world to co-hosting podcasts in New Zealand, to interviewing my hero Steve Perry and more.

In a few short months, we’ll record our 500th episode of the show live on board The 80s Cruise featuring a special group of icons from the ’80s as our interview subjects.

When I left the Times in 2012, the newspaper asked to continue hosting the blog, and I was thrilled to say yes. The Times and I have celebrated milestones together, even though I now live 90 miles away. I wish my colleagues there all the best as they pursue a new direction for their own digital operations.

In the meantime, I will refocus my energies on giving Stuck in the ’80s a second life – maybe a third one, depending on how you score things. I won’t be alone. A group of close friends, co-hosts and ’80s family will be there all the way. Stuck in the ’80s would be nothing without you all. And so, as we embark on this future together, I invite you – as always – to share your thoughts, suggestions and encouragement.

Life does move pretty fast. We’ve taken 13 years to look around so far. Let’s take another few years to see where the journey takes us next.

Hopelessly stuck in the ’80s,
Spearsy….

Episode 484: Two More Great Albums Turning 30

Oh yes, 1988 seemed like the dark ages for some music fans in our beloved decade. The magic of the early ’80s was gone, and FM waves had been invaded by hair metal and teen pop queens. But there were some albums still worth discovering, including Tracy Chapman’s self-titled album and a really fun (if not also dark) disc by Siouxsie and the Banshees. This week we again honor the year 1988.

Stuck in the ’80s is a partner of Audible, which offers you 30 days to try Audible free, including your choice of any audiobook plus two Audible Originals. Visit audible.com/80s or text 80s to 500500.

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Episode 482: Interview with directors of ‘Time Trap’

Cast of Time Trap movie

Ben Foster and Mark Dennis are co-directors of a “Time Trap,” a new movie that takes inspiration from many of the time travel movies of our beloved ’80s. They join the show this week to talk about the latest work, Hollywood’s love affair with ’80s remakes and more.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by ForHims.com. Save $20 off your first month of the Hims anti-aging kit. Go to forhims.com/80scare.

We’re also proud to announce our latest partner: Robinhood, an investing app that lets you buy and sell stocks, ETFS, options, and cryptos – all commission-free. Robinhood is giving Stuck in the ’80s listeners a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help build your portfolio! Sign up at stuck.robinhood.com.


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Review: Phil Collins shakes Chicago with his wit and hits

Phil Collins and his band take a bow

Against all odds, Phil Collins is back on the road with a North American tour this year, and our longtime friend and Stuck in the ’80s correspondent “Bassnote” caught Phil’s show in Chicago. Here’s his review:

I have to start out by saying I had mixed feelings about going to this show. On one hand, it was my daughter’s first (and probably only) time to see him. On the other hand, having seen the spry Phil of the ’80s many times (with and without Genesis), I felt I was going to be let down by the fact that he would be sitting in a chair the entire show. It was true that Phil was not as active as he was in the past, but his ability to keep an audience entertained had not waned a bit.

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Episode 481: Our Halloween Tribute to Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice on couch

Just in time for halloween, we honor the ghost with the most, the after-world’s greatest bio-exorcist. Thirty years after we loved him in the cineplex, we finally are ready to celebrate Beetlejuice.

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We are also thrilled to be partner with Audible, the best source for audio books so you can spend your time more wisely. And we’re happy to announce that there’s a new program called Audible Originals, which are exclusive audio titles created by celebrated storytellers from worlds as diverse as theater, journalism, literature, and more. Get your first audiobook free and choose two titles from a curated list of Audible Originals when you try Audible for 30 days. Visit audible.com/80s or text 80s to 500500.


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