Friday, November 21, 2014

Giant Cuckoo Clocks

Our pals at Travel Portland (with help from Wieden+Kennedy) decided to build a giant cuckoo clock to tell the residents of Seattle and Vancouver (BC) how awesome our city is. But before they schlepped that clock up to Seattle, they hired The Pedal Powered Talk Show to make a series of teasers to let everyone know that they were taking this timepiece on a road trip. You can check out those teasers below:

Pretty cool, huh? They'll be installing pieces of the clock at different Portland landmarks so keep an eye out for it!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Epic Tricycle Race of 2014

A few weeks back, The Pedal Powered Talk Show was invited to appear on "Who's the Ross," a local late-night talk show that's performed in front of a live audience at Dante's each week. In addition to an in-depth interview we were challenged to  a high-stakes tricycle race. We put on onesies and red wigs (that you might recognize) for the occasion and headed outside to pedal down Burnside. Some people say the race was rigged. Others say someone cheated. I don't want to comment on either of those accusations but here's the video so that you may judge for yourself:

We've already been challenged to a rematch but I don't know if we should accept. What do you think?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Epic & Illustrated Guide to Our Portlandia Quest

Over one year ago we started our quest to get The Pedal Powered Talk Show onto an episode of Portlandia. Despite the lack of any official word from Portlandia, we haven't given up. It's been an emotionally confusing and frustrating year. To to make it simpler to understand, we've created a recap of our entire Portlandia quest complete with illustrations by the illustrious Brooke Barker.

It all started on September 18th 2013, when we published an open letter to Portlandia right here on our blog. Apparently, Portlandia never saw our letter despite our frequent tweets, facebook posts and videos. So a few months later we printed out a giant version of it and had all our friends sign it at our 3rd season launch party.

When we interviewed frequent Portlandia guest star, Ed Begley Jr., he heartily agreed with our demands to Portlandia and said that he would let Fred and Carrie know his feelings on the matter.

We even took our giant letter on KGW's Live@7 and had host Stephanie Stricklen sign it live on the show. Steph was nothing but encouraging of the cause and even suggested taking some extreme measure.

After the entire piece of foam core was covered in signatures, I sneakily found the address of the Portlandia production office and personally delivered it. Though confused, the Portlandia staff people in the office accepted the letter and allowed me to take a photo as I handed it off to a crew member named Moses. Despite our many attempts to get their attention, this seemed to be the first they had ever heard of our plight.

Though they didn't respond with any official comment, I did hear from a few sources that confirmed that they had kept the giant petition around the Portlandia production office. It still felt like they could use another reminder and a nudge so I took the photo of the petition hand-off and had it framed.

I then took the framed letter and biked to the Portlandia production offices once again. This time the office staff were racing around preparing to pack up for the day and they were not as willing to pose for a photograph of this most recent "hand-off." A staff worker who introduced herself as Natalie did accept the framed photograph.

And then... nothing. So rather than making another delivery to the office, I decided I'd try a new tactic. I signed up online to be an extra on the show. A few weeks later I received an email from Cam, the extras coordinator, with an invitation to participate in a day-long shoot. I quickly agreed and a few mornings later I showed up in SE Portland with a bagful of clothing options. When Cam checked me in, he looked me over once and asked, "Aren't you the Pedal Powered Talk Show guy?"

"Yes," I answered eagerly waiting for him to make all my pedal powered dreams come true.

"Yeah, I saw that big letter you wrote. It's still up in the office." But that was it. He didn't have the authority to invite the Pedal Powered Talk Show to be on a future episode. And he didn't have any recommendations on who to talk to either. Instead, he handed me a cold veggie burger and directed me to stand a few feet from Fred and Carrie as they started filming the next scene.

During a break in shooting, I was finally able to greet Fred and Carrie but just as I was about to bring up the Pedal Powered Talk Show they took away my veggie burger and repositioned me to the "deeper background." They probably could sense I had something on my mind.

And that's where it stands now. Portlandia's shooting their fifth season for a couple more weeks before they wrap for the year and now they definitely know about us. But they've chosen to do nothing. And all we can do is publish a blog post with adorable illustrations in hopes that it might lead to an increasingly unlikely happy ending. So if you feel compelled to do something, please do. Share this with your friends, tweet your influencers and tell Fred or Carrie about our quest if you happen to be standing in line with them at Fred Meyer. This is in your hands and the time to act is now.

Thank you.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Season Four is Now Filming!

Just a few short weeks after we concluded our 3rd season, we've started filming our 4th season. This past weekend we headed down to Southern Oregon and we shot the first five episodes of season four in under 48 hours. It was a whirlwind weekend complete with cheetahs, tiny trains and white water rapids!

We won't be premiering those episodes until early 2015, but I can offer you a sneak peek in the form of this news story produced by Kassi Nelson, our new(s) pal at KOBI 5 News in Medford, OR:

Stay tuned for more photos/videos coming soon!

And thanks to all the folks in Southern Oregon who made this trip possible including Brad Niva, Bob Russell, Bruce Kelly, Dan Marca and Tammi Ellison.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Remember That Time We Were on OPB?

Thanks to everyone who tuned into OPB to watch us last week. We were honored to start off the hour of Oregon Lens! And thanks to all the people who sent us kind tweets/notes afterward!

Also, OPB published a nice interview with me on the blog that talks a bit about the origins of the show and some of our favorite moments. You can read that here.

And though this marks the end of our 3rd season, our quest to get on Portlandia is still going strong. Watch this blog for an update very soon.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

We're Heading to OPB for a Night!

You can watch The Pedal Powered Talk Show whenever you want right here on the internet but for one night you'll also be able to watch an episode on OPB! They're airing our interview with flute maker Roger McGee as part of their Oregon Lens series which features a bunch of great programing made by local media makers.

Our episode will be airing as part of the Oregon Lens episode that airs on Thursday, August 28th at 10PM (or 11PM for those of you watching on Southern Oregon Public Television). I think we'll be up first so make sure to tune in at 10PM sharp!

Thanks to Steve Amen, Nora Fisher-Campbell and all the kind folks at OPB for including us!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Engine of the Bike/Desk Talks!

Our own Phillip Ross, co-creator and engine of The Pedal Powered Talk Show, was interviewed on a recent episode of The New Disruptors podcast. Though Phil might not say a lot on our show, he's got a lot of interesting stuff to say about biking, starting a company and making our show.

You can listen by clicking here.

Go Phil!