Stuck in the ’80s is an award-winning weekly podcast devoted to the movies, music and pop culture of the 1980s. We tackle new topics on every show and always feature the infamous “Seggies,” where listeners can win swag by answering music and movie-related challenges. Stuck in the 80’s recently celebrated its 500th episode with a special podcast recorded on board the 2019 80s Cruise.
Launched in 2005 as a 10-minute podcast with an accompanying blog shortly thereafter, Stuck in the 80s has been recognized with many of journalism’s top accolades including: Best Online Commentary from the Online News Association, an Eppy Award for Best Media-Affiliated Entertainment Blog and the FSNE award for Innovation in Driving a Digital Audience.
Their show has drawn a global audience of fans across North America and in such far-away outposts as Australia, Russia, Turkey, China and even the South Pole. Podcast advertisers have included marquee national brands such as HelloFresh, BarkBox, FanDuel and more.
Stuck in the 80s was created by award-winning writer and editor Steve Spears, then a web editor for the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s largest daily newspaper. In addition to 17 years in various editorial roles at the Times, Steve worked as Digital Content Director for Bonnier Corporation, a leading travel and lifestyle media publisher.
A variety of co-hosts and correspondents have contributed regularly to Stuck in the ’80s. Co-host Brad Williams, aka “Brad in LA,” joined the podcast in 2012. Brad’s extensive experience in broadcast and digital media engineering and project management includes positions at Walt Disney Television and National TeleConsultants. Brad and Steve have co-hosted the wildly popular Big 80s Trivia sessions on The 80s Cruise every year since its inaugural sailing in 2016.
Over the years, production of the podcast has evolved. It began back in 2005 with just a digital recorder and two microphones. The hosts eventually moved into a soundproof audio studio on the fourth floor of the Tampa Bay Times in downtown St. Petersburg. These days, they record via Ringr and edit the show using Audacity.