FAQ

Where does the name “Catholic Revolver” come from?

It essentially means that the show itself revolves around The Catholic Church. It has nothing to do with guns like many people think. Although, a revolver gun is partially featured on the show logo, and the sound of a revolver is part of a short sound clip that is played on some episodes. I decided to make the connection due to my fondness of old western shows and movies.

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When and where did the podcast get it’s start?

The Catholic Revolver began in March of 2010 on blogtalkradio.com. It was originally based out of San Diego, California, and is now located in San Antonio, Texas.

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Where is The Catholic Revolver based out of?

It originated in San Diego, California in 2010, and then relocated along with me of course to San Antonio, Texas in 2013 where it has remained ever since.

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Are interviews done live or are they pre-recorded?

They are currently pre-recorded. They used to be done live when the show was on blogtalkradio, but the pre-recorded format that I currently have allows me to put together a better quality show I feel.  There may be times in the future where a live show might be done as a special treat however.

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Why did you leave blogtalkradio?

I didn’t see a long term future there, and once they cut live shows from one hour to half an hour for free subscribers I felt that was a sign that it’s time to move on. It served it’s purpose as a start for the show, and I’m grateful for that, there is also a lot of good quality programming on blogtalkradio to this day, so it’s not a lost cause by any means. If this show was to grow and have an identity of it’s own however, I felt that moving it to a dedicated website was absolutely necessary.

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Do you search for guests or do they find you?

Both! There is never a lack of guests due to the large amount of connections I’ve made thanks to the wonderful resources of the internet. It’s been a blessing to meet many catholics as well as people of other denominations who have a passion for something, a ministry they are part of, an amazing story to share, etc.

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The show is sometimes seen as controversial, why is that?

Personally, I don’t see the show as controversial. If anyone does however, my guess would be because it’s often different and misunderstood from the majority of other catholic podcasts. Sometimes I branch out to different topics, and I will often express my views which are not always those shared by listeners. The show can be considered an anomaly at times rather than a highly structured and formatted podcast. All in all The Catholic Revolver is a different kind of catholic podcast, but at the same time it succeeds at the ultimate goal of what most other Catholic shows strive for.

 

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Why are there seldom any new shows in recent years?

Unfortunately life gets in the way. I have a regular job that keeps me busy on a full-time basis, add to that a daily commute to and from work and several hours of the day are quickly lost. I go through trials and personal ordeals like anyone else, and with that it often keeps me away from producing shows more than I’d like. I had the advantage or one could say disadvantage of being out of work when I originally created the show. This allowed me to host several shows per month at the time which despite unfortunate circumstances was great! Times have changed for me though, and there are other priorities that come before the show. Still, it’s an important part of my spiritual journey and I hope to increase the amount of shows I do in the future.

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Where does The Catholic Revolver stand politically?

It stands with The Catholic Church, not with a political party. One of the best sayings I’ve ever read was that as catholics we should be “Equal Opportunity Annoyers”, meaning we are going to agree and disagree with both liberals and conservatives on a variety of issues. We are catholics before we are anything else, and far to many catholics today try to align a political party or agenda with the church rather than the other way around. Remember, without God there would have never been an America to begin with!

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How come the sound quality is sometimes less than satisfactory?

I would say the sound quality has improved a tremendous amount in recent shows versus the early days, however I would agree that there is still a great need for improvement in this area. The podcast started on a low budget, and to this day it still operates on a low budget unfortunately, so lack of quality equipment to produce the show is one reason for struggling sound quality at times.  Also, I have been producing the show through trial and error, meaning I was never a professional d.j., nor did I ever go to college to study radio broadcasting. I’ve been teaching myself as well as researching other podcasts seeing what techniques they use that help produce a high quality sounding show. There is no doubt in my mind though, that the day will come when the show sounds as crystal clear as possible from beginning to end. Just remain patient!  🙂

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What happened to all the contributors?

People move on to bigger and better things, it happens. Creative differences have also played a role with some. It’s part of the business so to speak, I still have a great amount of respect for all who have contributed to this show in the past, and value their innovative works. It’s been in the best interest of myself and the show in recent years to keep it a solo effort anyway, that’s not to say there wouldn’t be any future contributors however.

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Would you ever consider taking your show to the airwaves?

I’ve learned to never say never, but with that said my current feelings on this is no. Having a podcast leaves me with more freedom to do with the show what God wants, it’s in his hands rather than the hands of a station director, etc. Don’t misunderstand me, there is some quality Catholic programming going on out there on the traditional airwaves and satellite radio, I enjoy listening to my local Catholic Radio stations for example. There is a calling and a place for both Catholic podcasts and Catholic radio on the dial.  I think it would be a disservice to not have access to both as Catholics.

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I was a previous guest on your show, and now I’d like my interview removed. Is this possible?

All shows become property of The Catholic Revolver once they are recorded. Under rare circumstances I might consider removing an episode, but for the most part once they are uploaded they are here to stay permanently. If you were a previous guest and are wanting your show removed for some reason, contact me with your request and the reason(s) why, there is no guarantee that I can accommodate your request however. It’s always best to be sure that you are wanting your interview to be found on the internet on a permanent basis if you are to be a guest on any podcast.

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Whats Jerry’s favorite music group?

I have to go with The Carpenters, I never tire of hearing Karen’s haunting voice or Richard’s stunning arrangements. It amazes me how underrated and unappreciated they have been, especially by radio stations even to this day! 

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