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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

    ‘The Buffer’

    Tony Tone
    Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

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    It’s nice finding ways to be able to scratch my creative itch. I spent over 11 years of my professional life working in the radio business. That job allowed (and often times required) me to be as creative as possible on a daily basis, especially during the five-and-a-half years on B100 in the Quad Cities, which is a rated market. That means that we competed with all other radio stations for market shares (amount of listeners) and one of the ways to achieve that was by being creative and thinking outside the box.

    I believe it was in 2018 that my good friend Joel Kraushaar and I started “The One Seat Buffer” podcast. Joel and I were both working outside of radio but still wanted to find a way to be creative. Our concept was simple–we were already attending movie premieres at The Palms 10 Theatre here in Muscatine. We decided we would set up in the party room and discuss the movies we had just finished viewing. Then, life got in the way and the podcast was put on the back burner up until about a month ago.

    Joel and I decided that we both wanted to create content and could do so on a weekly basis in the evening after our kids had gone to sleep. So, we re-branded the show to “The Buffer” and each Friday a new episode is released featuring “The Buffer Battle.” Joel and I pick movies, TV shows, and streaming content and make the case as to why it should advance to the next round.

    The show also features “The Buffer Confession” during which we come clean about movies and TV shows we haven’t seen. For instance, I have never seen the movie “Beverly Hills Cop.” Go ahead, make fun of me, and I will do my best to try and watch it! The podcast also includes “The Buffer Guilty Pleasures” where we admit to watching shows or movies that would maybe be surprising.

    We end each “The Buffer” podcast with a segment called “Dress Socks & Crocs” highlighting funny moments from our everyday lives. If you’re my Facebook friend, you’ll know that I frequently wear Crocs with my dress socks after work while doing things around the house.

    You can listen to “The Buffer” podcast via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor.fm, or wherever else you get podcasts. We’re not doing the show to get rich, nor do either of us have the time to do more than one episode per week (typically recorded Thursday evenings at 9:00 p.m.). Rather, our hope is to have fun talking about the things we would have already been watching and communicating with each other via text messages. So, give it a listen and let me know what you think! The good news for Joel and me is that there is a lot of content to watch so, we’ll have plenty to discuss.

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