We are sometimes sent ASOIAF/GOT items and objects to review on our podcast. These have included A Feast of Ice and Fire, Beyond the Wall, the Game of Thrones RPG and the magazine Game of Thrones: Special Collectors Edition. If we are sent an item to review, we will review it on our podcast, as well as give the author/creator/representative a chance to be interviewed by our podcast. If you are interested in sending us review copies, send an email to staff AT podcastoficeandfire DOT com with Review Request included in the subject title.
There are two ways we have guest hosts on our podcast. On one side, sometimes we actively select and contact potential hosts and ask them to come on the show. This is rare but happens, mainly when we invite hosts that run major ASOIAF book series websites, produce licensed ASOIAF/GOT products (e.g. FFG), or run major GOT websites. If you fall under this category and are interested in being interviewed by the podcast, email us at staff AT podcastoficeandfire DOT com, with Interview Request included in the subject title. If you are a podcast interested in inviting one of us to guest host or be interviewed by your podcast cast, email us at the same email, but with Interview Invitation in the subject.
The following are our past interview episodes:
Fantasy Flight Games (Jason Walden): Episode 92
Westeros.org (Elio and Linda): Episode 88, Episode 37
Winter is Coming (Phil): Episode 32
Tower of the Hand (Alex): Episode 45
Winter is Coming (Susan, Marko, FaBio): Episode 97, Episode 43, Episode 40
Atlus – Game of Thrones RPG (Aram & Scott): Episode 70
Inn at the Crossroads (Chelsea & Sariann): Episode 79, Episode 58
Beyond the Wall authors (Alyssa Rosenberg, Brent Hartinger, Susan Vaught): Episode 83, Episode 84, Episode 86
The majority of our guest hosts actually come from our listeners and fans, who send in a request to guest host with us following the process below:
We are quite open to and eager to podcast with our listeners, particularly as part of our chapter reread. We find that is the best place to have listener guest hosts as it brings in new perspectives on the books. Guest hosts can shine here by preparing really well for the chapter reread, finding things to comment and chat about in the 2 chapters at hand.
Over the past
four five years of podcasting, the sheer volume of listener guest requests has increased dramatically. What used to be one request a month has turned into several requests a week. We try to get as many listener guest hosts as possible, but honestly we cannot include every request and even when we do get someone on the show, the wait can be weeks or months at a time. This is due to scheduling constraints, as in total episodes we record as well as time zone restraints, since we are all not in the same time zone, making it hard to schedule our own records let alone adding in someone from a difficult time zone. That being said, we have had an incredible amount of guest hosts so far (76 total people have been on the podcast over the first 95 episodes), which was noted in the podcast statistics thread: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1045. Excerpts and graphs from these statistics and comments from Podcast Historian Brynden are also listed at the end of this page, below.
You can help us with this sorting and scheduling process by sending a single email request to staff AT podcastoficeandfire DOT com, with the words Guest Request somewhere in the subject title. When you request to guest host, include an audio clip of approximately 30 seconds – 2 minutes, explaining how and when you got into the books and the podcast and why you want to guest host. Yes, we do read every single email that goes there and listen to every clip, even if you don’t get a response back. Include your time zone and general availability schedule in the email, forum name if you have one, and your skype username (we use skype to record).
Sending multiple emails, or additionally contacting us about guest hosting in private messages, forum posts or other mediums will not help (and can only harm your request) as it will only slow the overall process of sorting through guest hosts requests.
The audio file included in your request is important as it shows us your commitment and helps us gauge the chemistry you might have with the podcast. Any other audio comments and voicemails you send us are good in general as we will play them on the show. It is a good way to comment on the show and affect future podcasts. If you send an audio clip over 3mb, please upload it on mega or some other web service and send us a link to download, so our mail inbox does not get full. If you are sending a short audio comment (under a minute) you can use our voicemail (1-909-276-4239) if that is necessary, though that is better used for just sending questions or comments to the podcast.
Podcast Statistics (The following was written by Brynden):
A Podcast of Ice and Fire” is the longest running fan podcast including chats, theories, informal banter and official interviews about GRRM’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books. Due to the open approach of the hosts, who always invited their listeners to take part in their discussions on air, and various interesting interview partners from the aSoIaF-fandom and some aSoIaF-franchises quite a number of different people appeared on the podcast over the last years. Induced by the hosts wondering on which of them might be the one with the most recorded episodes, podcast listener and fan Brynden started to find out the answer to this question. Today the once as fun-project started collection of statistical data became part of the official history-collection of “A Podcast of Ice and Fire” in a way that the hosts ask Brynden when they, for example, need a compilation of all episode titles and lengths.
Following the short summary of the most astonishing facts about “aPoIaF”:
- Number of released episodes: 96 (official number is 95 but episode 3 was released in 2 parts)
- Number of different people appearing on the show: 76
- Maximum number of hosts without call-ins: 9
- Maximum number of people in one show (with call-ins): 18 (Ep. 80 – The Blackwater) including 5 regular hosts and 13 call-ins (that is also the episode with the most call-ins)
- Minimum number of people in one show: 2 (Ep. 51) [editor's note: There is now another episode with just 2 hosts - Episode 96: The Queen and Her Hand]
- Official hosts with most appearances:
1) Amin – 78 / 81%
2) Mimi - 72 / 75%
3) Ashley – 60 / 62%
4) Kyle – 50 / 52%
5) Nancy – 34 / 35%
- Official host with least appearances: Ben with 3 appearances
- Guest host(s) with most appearances: Elio Garcia (8), Apocalypse Dan (6), Christina (6)
- The longest released episode was 03 hours 25 minutes (Ep. 80 – Blackwater), the shortest only 23 minutes (Ep. 11).
- On average, an episode is 01:34 min long.
- All episodes together would be at the moment (after 96 episodes) 8977 min or 6.23 days long.
- The longest hiatus was 266 days (between ep. 32/33) – the shortest zero days (between quite a few episodes), on average the podcast realeases a new episode every 18 days.
- Most episodes released on one day: 3 on 2012-12-20 (episodes 93, 94, 95)