An Internet podcast featuring former Penn State football players, The Goon Show, was started in February and focuses on Penn State athletics.
Penn State student John Bridgens, along with alumni Tim Sweeney and Keith “Goon” Conlin host the show.
Sweeney was part of the 1986 National Championship Penn State football team, and Conlin played on the 1994 Rose Bowl team.
Conlin said The Goon Show was created to “give people hope” and send a “positive message” to Penn State fans.
“The show provides a pro-Penn State, feet-on-the-ground sort of view [on different subjects including sports],” Conlin said.
Sweeney said he wanted the podcast to be different from the typical “Thursday preview show where they ask the same questions.”
Many different guests have appeared on the podcast, where they have discussed topics ranging from college to professional football.
“Bill O’ Brien, [Director of Strength and Conditioning] Craig Fitzgerald and former Penn State football players Derek Moye and Chaz Powell have appeared [on The Goon Show],” Conlin said.
The podcast takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Bar Bleu, but those under 21 can enjoy the show by listening to a live stream online at goonshowpsu.com. Listeners can also download the podcast on iTunes the day after the show for free.
The atmosphere at Bar Bleu during the podcast is very fun and convivial, with listeners giving their opinions on the subject matter. Conlin says he and Sweeney are like “brothers,” both antagonizing each other.
Bridgens, an intern for The Goon Show, said he is “lucky to host the show and dictate some of the content.”
“[It has been] unbelievable and a dream come true to meet some of the different coaches,” Bridgens (junior-telecommunications) said.
Sweeney and Conlin organized July’s Rise and Rally as “a way to celebrate Penn State,” Conlin said.
The Goon Show is also very supportive of many different local charities, including Operation Small Steps and others.