DJ Shott listened to a lot of talk radio, and had recently found out about podcasts – which were fairly new at the time. He thought he could do the “morning radio” thing on his own, and set out to create a talk show.
The Green Light Show started as a terrible idea called “The Podsters”. There were way too many (6) people, one microphone, and garbage content. On one of those very few episodes, the guys made reference to the fact that “everything’s a go”, to communicate that anything could be said on The Podsters; nothing was off topic . DJ Shott made the analogy, “It’s like getting the green light!” and Brandon Bozeman jokingly re-titled The Podsters, The Green Light Radio Show. After recording that episode, DJ liked the name and decided to officially re-brand the podcast.
The Green Light Radio Show went on for two years, still with 5-6 people, one cheap microphone, and a desktop computer that traveled with DJ to wherever they decided to record each episode. After finally figuring out how to post each episode online, the show was starting to pick up some fans. Emails came in from England, Canada, Mexico, and from across the US. People really seemed to like the show.
The Green Light Radio seemed to have plateaued, they weren’t seeing any new fans for quite some time. Webstats were at a standstill, and the guys were getting a bit tired of doing the show for the same 200 people every week. It eventually lead to the disinterest of most of the cast, leaving only DJ and Brandon to keep things alive. Meanwhile, DJ decided the “radio” in their title was bit ridiculous – they weren’t on the radio at all, and only needed to go by “The Green Light Show”.
A new name, trimmed down cast, and steady location for recording, what’s now known as “The Green Light Show” was born.
DJ and Brandon stopped doing episodes so frequently and things started to fall apart with the show. Brandon was starting a new job, DJ’s company at the time, had to downsize due to the bad economy, leaving him with no job, and no money. They both decided to quit the show altogether. DJ shut down the website, even deleted most old episodes to free up room on his hard drive.
A year went by, DJ and Brandon went from hanging out almost every day, to going months at a time without talking. Until one day, DJ called Brandon to ask him if he’d like to the give the show another chance. Brandon was excited, and agreed to doing weekly episodes. The Green Light Show’s re-birth came with all new recording equipment, two microphones, a brand new excitement and a fresh start. They did, however, regret not staying in contact with their old fans. The people who used to listen had no idea the show was back on.
In April of 2011, Alex Edwards joined GLS, bringing a new perspective to the show. Since then, The Green Light Show has been steadily increasing in popularity, while getting better and better.