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De Krodkast
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Presentation
Hosted by
Genre
  • Variety
  • novelty
  • talk
  • absurdism
Created byJ.A. Brown
LanguageDutch
UpdatesWeekly
Production
ProductionJ.A. Brown
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes15
Publication
Original release1 September 2022
ProviderAcast
Related
Websiteshows.acast.com/krodkast

De Krodkast is a podcast hosted by Dutch entrepreneur and media personality J.A. Brown with the help of his assistant Annemieke Duijvesteijn. Its first episode appeared on 1 September 2022. The podcast is available in the Google Podcasts directory, enabling it to be received in most podcast software, as well as from the Acast website and Brown’s own website. De Krodkast is recorded at Brown’s home studio in in Nijmegen, and was formerly recorded at the StartUp Nijmegen podcast studio. It deals with a variety of subjects, usually involving Brown’s interests, his work, and events taking place in the lives of Brown and Duijvesteijn. Seldom, current news events or developments are also discussed. The podcast occasionally features guests who are invited by Brown from his personal network to talk about their work, life philosophy, or a topic of their interest.

History

The podcast began in September 2022 when StartUp Nijmegen, an “accelerator” for startups in Nijmegen, opened its own podcast studio, allowing connected startup owners to record a podcast. Brown, who had become an entrepreneur in 2019 when he founded his eponymous sole proprietorship, had joined StartUp in late 2021 and saw the ability to release a podcast as an opportunity to spread his ideas and products. He asked his girlfriend Annemieke Duijvesteijn, who had recently began to be involved in his enterprise as an administrative and communications assistant, to join him as a sidekick, which she accepted.

The idea of a podcast was not new to Brown, as he saw it as a good way to broadcast his ideas, having previously done something similar as a radio deejay on FMFM 133.7 FM. However, he had lacked a suitable studio or equipment up until this point. After Brown had met Duijvesteijn, the idea arose of having her join him as a sidekick on the podcast, and the two discussed ideas during a holiday in the summer of 2022.

On 27 October 2022, Brown digitally released a song titled “HET GROTE KRODKASTONDERSTEUNINGSLIED a.k.a. HET OORPIJNLIED” (approx. “THE BIG KRODKAST SUPPORT SONG a.k.a. THE EAR PAIN SONG”), an upbeat cover of Palito Ortega’s “La felicidad” (using a version played on the Hammond organ by Klaus Wunderlich that had previously appeared as background music on the Belgian absurdist cartoon show Kabouter Wesley), with lyrics encouraging the listener to support the podcast financially. The incipit goes: Wilt u de Krodkast steunen met geld? (‘Do you want to support the Krodkast with money?’)[1]. Financial support has increased since[2], although it is not known whether or not this has been a consequence of the song’s release.

In early 2023, Brown left StartUp Nijmegen and purchased his own audio equipment to set up a home studio. From the second season onwards, the podcast has been recorded there. As mentioned in the third episode of the second season, Brown moved house in late 2023, taking his home studio with him.

Format

Episodes are generally around 40 minutes in length, with some (particularly earlier) episodes being around 30 minutes in length, as well as some episodes crossing the 1-hour mark.

The tone and focus of the podcast has evolved over time. Whereas earlier episodes generally mainly discuss topics related to Brown’s activity in a more or less straightforward manner, the tone has gradually become more light-hearted, and discussion has spread out across a wider variety of topics. The podcast is characterized (particularly since the middle of the first season) by frequent use of jingles and sound effects, in a style that harks back to Brown’s earlier FMFM 133.7 FM radio broadcasts. Notably, Brown also often interrupts Duijvesteijn while she is talking.

The podcast also features a number of recurring items:

  • De week die was (‘The Week That Was’): Brown discusses events from the past week with Duijvesteijn, as well as with any guests. The item’s title is a reference to British comedy show That Was the Week That Was.
  • Ik ondervind hier hinder van (approx. ‘I am experiencing a hindrance as a result of this’): Brown discusses something that annoys him (sometimes Duijvesteijn or a guest also does this).
  • Annemieks dierenfeiten (‘Annemiek’s Animal Facts’): Duijvesteijn lists some obscure facts about a species of animal.
  • Luisteraar van de maand (‘Listener of the month’): an unspecified distinction that is supposedly awarded to a different listener each month; however, in reality, it is always awarded to Jesse Bos from Beekbergen (a real-life friend and former colleague of Brown’s). One time, Duijvesteijn tried to award the distinction to her mother, but she was cut off by Brown.
  • En tot die tijd… een spannend muziekje (‘and until then… an exciting piece of music’): This is simply the music at the end of each episode. It is a reference to an expression often used by Dutch radio deejay Gerard Ekdom.

Recurring topics of discussion include privacy, especially as it relates to technology companies and products (which Brown frequently criticizes in general), as well as the company culture at Brown’s former employer Kodision and Brown’s (ultimately unsuccessful) attempt to buy it. References are also regularly made to a golden ham, a mysterious unspecified entity, that are never explained.

Episodes

A total of 15 episodes have been released over two seasons.

Season 1

No. Title Sidekick Guest Length Released on
1 Waarin J.A. Brown vertelt over zijn bedrijfsactiviteiten none none 30:00 1 September 2022
2 Waarin J.A. Brown vertelt over zijn activiteiten in het verleden none none 27:29 7 September 2022
3 Waarin we kennismaken met Annemieke Duijvesteijn Annemieke Duijvesteijn none 25:00 14 September 2022
4 FAALHAZERIJ, kent u die uitdrukking? Annemieke Duijvesteijn none 30:00 21 September 2022
5 Waarom iedereen veelweter moet worden, of: Creatief met Crypto Annemieke Duijvesteijn Nico H. Tari 01:00:00 28 September 2022
6 Iraanse Man Arnhem vertelt over fitness en comedy Annemieke Duijvesteijn Nico H. Tari 01:17:29 5 October 2022
7 Welkom bij de kugsus “Hoe word ik een productieve en gemotiveerde student ZONDER dronken uitspattingen”, ik ben uw kugsusleider Annemieke Duijvesteijn Annemieke Duijvesteijn none 40:00 12 October 2022
8 De Krodkast over de Krodkast, of: Het maken van een Krodkast Annemieke Duijvesteijn none 27:30 19 October 2022
9 Studenten stevenen af op RAMPKOERS! Annemieke Duijvesteijn Ruben Kleijn 30:00 26 October 2022
10 Wij zetten die rwina vol op RAM(P)KOERS Annemieke Duijvesteijn Ruben Kleijn 44:59 3 November 2022
11 Lof der zotheid Annemieke Duijvesteijn none 37:21 11 November 2022

Season 2

No. Title Sidekick Guest Length Released on
12 NIEUW: Oud nieuws Annemieke Duijvesteijn none 47:00 19 December 2023
13 MOORD! BRAND! en meer van die dingen Annemieke Duijvesteijn none 30:16 2 January 2024
14 Waarin Annemieke Duijvesteijn schittert door afwezigheid none none 19:59 16 January 2024
15 Met succes terug van weggeweest: de terugkeer van Iraanse Man Arnhem uit Spijkenisse, of zoiets Annemieke Duijvesteijn Nico H. Tari 01:05:00 30 January 2024

Reception

The podcast has managed to attract a small but dedicated niche audience, mostly in the Netherlands. Public reactions to the podcast have been sparse, reactions usually coming in the form of informal comments from listeners who directly know Brown. Some episodes have been criticized for featuring discussions of unsavoury topics such as menstruation. This has itself been ridiculed with references to a fictional country called Menstruatië (‘Menstruatia’)[3].

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