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Dale Radio Behind the Scenes: Birth of an Icon


Folks! This week we take a look behind the teal fabric to reveal what goes into making another sizzling season of Dale Radio. Most of you know that every summer we commission a talented artist to create a new graphic identity for the podcast. This icon becomes the internet signature of the show, and makes it easy to find the program on iTunes, Stitcher, and wherever fine podcasts are listed. We also use this icon for Dale’s social media sites, so you always have a visual reference for your man in the Gowanus. You can view all the past icons – including the first few designed by Dale himself – over on our Past Seasons page.

For Season 7, we reached out to Brooklyn-based artist, Louie Chin. For more on Louie, visit his website and you’ll see why he caught our eye.

So what goes into making the icon? Below we present a number of revisions that Louie sent to Dale, as the artist worked to achieve the perfect Seever look. To start things going, Louie offered two directions. The first featured Dale sitting amidst the detritus of the Gowanus, which also looked a little like he lived in an alley. (Not so far off, but still…)

The other seemed like it would read better when reduced and with a logo. Also this reminded Dale of Edward R. Murrow, with whom he shares a passion for looking stoic and reading stuff off of loosely held lined papers.2DRLogo

So Louie worked from there and sent in this more refined take complete with logo:

The only problem was that Dale thought Louie had made him look a little to handsome!

Yet, Dale still felt that the hair was not yet as dynamic as it is in real life, so he asked for one last revision:

Dale loved it, and he loves it even more in color:

Look for Dale’s hot new podcast icon everywhere! And if you happen to find it on iTunes – why not leave a rating or a review. Every star counts!! Then remember that Season 7 returns with a big live show on September 24th at 8pm in The PIT’s Underground space in NYC. Enjoy those whiskey snowcones, folks!

Dale’s Tubing Again!

Lots of things to look at!

Lots of things to look at!

Hey there, gang! Dale just got back from a whirlwind couple of shows on the road. He visited a duck palace in Memphis, begged for moonpies in St. Louis, and got the usual fun crowds for his impromptu performances outside Au Bon Pain at LaGuardia International Airport.

Now that he’s back, he’s been busy retooling the Official Dale Radio YouTube page. You can find that here: In addition to the first season of his webseries, Spending Time With, you can now subscribe and be alerted whenever he adds a new video excerpt from the live shows, or the additional exclusive video content he’s cooking up this summer.

Thanks to Bill Scurry, Jason Beasley, and Steve O’Reilly, and everyone else who’s been helping with these video nuggets! Hope you’ll watch, share, and enjoy. It’s like an audio podcast with pictures!!

Dale’s producer James Bewley is also getting in on the performing act, so be sure and check out his website for details on upcoming shows this summer.

Here’s Dale’s chat with the fantastic Jessica Delfino which features a special song from her new album:

Farewell To A Spectacular Sixth Season!

A final toast to the season. Photo by Jena Cumbo.

A final toast to the season. Photo by Jena Cumbo.

Folks. We want to thank everyone involved in making our sixth season of Dale Radio such a success. We performed in multiple new venues, made guest appearances on stellar talk shows, commissioned a dazzling new special-occasion cape, took the show on the road to San Francisco, met Steve Buscemi, named a new ice cream flavor, participated in three outstanding festivals, and talked to an amazing lineup of talented individuals. Our audience has grown and grown over this time, with record numbers tuning in to the podcast and turning up for the live shows. To all who came out and to all who listened from afar, you are truly the best.

A special note of gratitude to our fine guests this season. This list is so fantastic, we can hardly believe it: Seaton Smith, Molly Pope, Jibz Cameron, Andrew Bancroft, Katie Mullins, Joy Yoon, Miriam Katz, Cammi Climaco, Dan Wilbur, Ophira Eisenberg, Leah Bonnema, Sarah Pappalardo & Beth Newell, Jon Friedman, Melanie Hamlett, Ada Calhoun, Becky Yamamoto, Carmen Lynch, John Howell Harris, Erik Tanouye, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Marcie Hume, Jarell Perry, Catie Lazarus, Halle Kiefer, XNY, Adam Conover, Claudia Cogan, Chris Lamberth, Awkwafina, Lane Moore, Adira Amram, Keisha Zollar, Drew Grant, Allen Katz, Asie Mohtarez, Mary Van Note, Angus MacLane, DUCKWRTH, Paul Charney & Marc Vogl, Eliot Glazer, Brooke Van Poppelen, Scott Rogowsky, Sue Smith, Sharon Spell, Doogie Horner, Alison Leiby & Alyssa Wolff, Lauren Maul, Phoebe Robinson, Livia Scott, Maris Kreizman, Cocoon Central Dance Team, Mindy Tucker, Anna Drezen, Rob Michael Hugel, Megan Neuringer, Dave Hill, Giulia Rozzi, Laura Prangley, DJ Rekha, Rachel Rosenthal, Jess Eddy & Crista Freeman, Katharine Heller, Nikki Glaser, Jean Grae, Streeter Seidell, and Jessica Delfino.

All of these folks are enormous talents with great projects out there that you should be checking out. We cultivate the show to highlight people who are at the forefront of culture, pushing things forward, and definitely the group you’ll be hearing more from as the years go on. So please, visit their sites, purchase their books and albums and films, and go see them live. We support a vibrant creative community over here on Dale Radio! To hear Dale engage with any of his guests from this season – just click on over to the Listen by Episode feature on our Past Seasons page.

Thanks also to another great talent, the fella who weaves the shows together with his music and insightful questions, our Musical Director, Steve O’Reilly. He makes the stage less lonely, he does.

There’s many other folks who help out with the show – Christine & Kevin & everyone at our new home the PIT; Jena Cumbo and Leah Rae Zimmerman for their photography; Bill Scurry for his video prowess; Julie Miller for encouraging g-chats; Andrea Simmons for her PR work; the gang at Union Hall for their hospitality during our run there; Lecy Goranson for connecting me to a new venue; Katie Mullins for her theme song; Sunil Manchikanti for his great season icon; Daniel Spenser for making such a great logo that I will use over and over again, and to the many family and friends who come out month after month to see the live show, or who provide such great reviews on itunes…you are in our hearts forever.

For those of you who missed the last show – we’ll be doling it out in bits over the month – along with some new video content – but here’s Dale’s monologue to close out the season. Thanks to Bill for putting this together:

Dale Radio Season 6 Live Season Finale: Dale’s Monologue from Dale Seever on Vimeo.

Have a wonderful summer, everyone! And remember to stock up on your Dale Radio for your summer getaways! He goes great with pie and sunsets!

Dale Radio Season 6: Nikki Glaser, Jean Grae, Streeter Seidell, and Jessica Delfino

The gang's all here! Photo by Jena Cumbo.

The gang’s all here! Photo by Jena Cumbo.

Dale sends off another sensational year of the podcast in this special season finale episode recorded live June 25th, 2014 at The PIT in NYC. Dale welcomes comedian Nikki Glaser, hip-hop star Jean Grae, comedian Streeter Seidell, and NY Funny Song Fest creator Jessica Delfino for a laugh-filled conversation that touches on shameful secrets, veterans of Maine, Garfield’s pals, hand goatees, and the beauty of saying yes to everything. As a bonus, Jessica shares a hilarious song off her new album Songs to Make War To and Steve O’Reilly provides music throughout.

All of these guests are amazing and have tons of great things going on. Please be sure and check out Jessica’s album, which you can download via this link. Get into Jean Grae’s fantastic sitcom, Life with Jeannie at Nikki can be seen in many places, but maybe not Florida anytime soon, her website is And Streeter’s podcast Talk of Shame is up here. Follow them all on twitter and you will not be disappointed.

Thanks to everyone who made this such a great season!! Be sure and give us a rating and review on itunes. Enjoy the summer! We’re back with a new season at The PIT on Weds, September 24th at 8pm. See you then!

Dale Radio Season 6: Katharine Heller

Katharine Heller and Dale enjoy some time together!

Katharine Heller and Dale enjoy some time together!

Dale provides a generous pour of personal information in this conversation with talented comedian and actor Katharine Heller, host of the storytelling podcast Tell The Bartender. The two saddled up to Katharine’s kitchen table/bar and talked about Dale’s royal ties to London, riding in sidecars, the hassle of muddling, and breakdancing in the Bronx.

Be sure to check out and subscribe to Katharine’s podcast, Tell the Bartender. And see one of her live shows when they come around!

Dale is live Weds, June 25th at 8pm at the PIT with a terrific season finale show. For tickets and information, follow this link.

Dale Radio Season 6: Crista Freeman & Jess Eddy of Phin & Phebes

Jess and Crista like ice cream almost as much as Dale!

Jess and Crista like ice cream almost as much as Dale!

Dale melts into an inspiring conversation with Crista Freeman & Jess Eddy, founders of Phin & Phebes ice cream. The trio talk about starting the company, the artistry of inventing new flavors, fond memories of Ice Cream University, and exploring the romantic possibilities of mouthfeel. Need a way to cool down this summer? Grab a pint (or two) of Phin & Phebes and enjoy!

Dale thanks Crista & Jess for having him to their lovely HQ and for the delicious treats bestowed upon him. You too can enjoy a cool time with Dale at the next Dale Radio Live on Weds June 25th! This amazing season winds to a close in New York City’s PIT Underground at 8pm. Take the 6 train or a cab to 123 E. 24th Street, and we’ll be down under the bar. Tickets are still available online or at the door. Dale’s guests will be Nikki Glaser, Jean Grae, Streeter Seidell, and Jessica Delfino – music by Steve O’Reilly. Come celebrate another fantastic year of Dale Radio! OH MY GOODNESS!!

Pre-Show Warm Up: Get To Know Dale’s 6/25 Guests!

So many greats!!

So many greats!!

On Wednesday, June 25th the sixth sensational season of Dale Radio will close out in epic style with a terrific live show. Come on out to The PIT for an evening of great guests, giveaways, and a surprise announcement! Joining Dale will be comedian and talk show host Nikki Glaser (Nikki & Sara Live, You Had to Be There, @midnight); hip hop superstar Jean Grae (Life with Jeannie, Gotham Down); comedian Streeter Seidell (College Humor, Talk of Shame, White Whine); and award-winning comedian and founder of the NY Funny Songs Fest, Jessica Delfino! Everything has been building to this one, folks!

The show also features live music by the one and only, Steve O’Reilly!

Here’s some info on all of guests below – but be sure and get tickets early to save a little scratch. It’s $8 in advance/$10 at the door. Ticket link is here.

Nikki Glaser’s recent stand up set on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

The first episode of Jean Grae’s sitcom, Life With Jeannie. Watch em all, kids!

Here’s Streeter Seidell’s words turned into adorable pictures on the Questionable Drawing web program.

A tale of romance under the clovers, it’s Jessica Delfino performing on the Skits & Tits show a few years back.

See you there! Need to catch up on Season 6? Every episode is available right here on our past seasons page.