The Geek Speak Show has a long and quite interesting history. The story of what would become Geek Speak begins in Green Bay, Wisconsin, of all places. Henry was the Master Control Manager at a Talk radio network in Green Bay and one night, while preparing for an international live broadcast the next day, he started thinking about a new type of Talk show that wouldn't be about politics or sports or life advice or religion. It would be about entertainment, but not gossip. At that time, Star Wars Episode III was in theaters, we were in the middle of the Harry Potter films, and we were about to experience an explosion of Geek Culture a few short years later with the first Iron Man movie. That's what Henry wanted to talk about. Geek Culture. Not Pop Culture, not celebrity gossip or who's dating who. He knew there was an audience out there that radio was not reaching. It was those of us who regularly attended San Diego Comic Con, picked up our comics every Wednesday, and would be there at midnight when the latest Harry Potter or other genre film would open. Unfortunately, also in that time period, smart phones were still a very Star Trek idea, as not all of us owned one yet. Podcasts were not a thing like today, either. So Henry knew he wanted to talk about Geek Culture, but the platform wasn't available to him...yet.
Fast forward a couple of years and Henry is now in San Francisco back at the legendary KGO NewsTalk 810. He had been there from 1999 to 2005. Every day, he observed and helped put together shows for some of the best talk show hosts ever. Gene Burns, Pete Wilson, Ronn Owens, John Rothmann, as well as the syndicated giants: Art Bell, George Noory, Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, Michael Savage, and even Howard Stern for a short time. Henry had also made a return to music radio in that year by joining the staff at San Francisco's heritage R & B station, 102.9 KBLX. It was at KBLX, ironically, and not at KGO, where The Geek Speak Show was actually born. At KBLX, Henry met and trained a young man who showed a passion for radio that was as great as Henry's. That young man would go on to become Geek Speak's original producer, Damien. Also at KBLX, Henry befriended another (at the time) recent college graduate who wanted to be a radio personality. He did love Geek Culture and excitedly talked to Henry every day about comics and LOST and FRINGE and other shows and movies. He would also join Henry a year later as his Geek Speak co-host, Romo. Even though there weren't any Geek Culture shows anywhere on radio nor on podcasts (Chris Hardwick's Nerdist podcast launched one week before The Geek Speak Show did), Henry knew that what would make Geek Speak stand out from other shows is if he had a genuine geeky girl on the air. Not a girl who would just giggle at everything Henry & Romo said, or would only chime in every now and then. No, Henry wanted a girl who could hold her own and host Geek Speak on her own if she had to. After quite a few girls tried and failed to become part of the show, the perfect geek girl was discovered quite by accident one night when Damien told Henry about a classmate of his who loved radio and was looking for an internship, hopefully at KBLX. That was Angel Nevarez and as all the regular Geek Speak listeners know, the rest is now part of Geek Speak history.
Henry, Angel, Romo, and Producer Damien launched The Geek Speak Radio Show on August 9, 2010. The show launched and was heard live five days a week on TalkZone.com. Our very first guest was Comic Con International's David Glanzer, who has remained a close friend to this day. The second episode featured Rod Roddenberry (who also remains a good friend today) and the show's first serious topic as we discussed the very real issue of video game addiction. That first season featured some very big names in Geek Culture. Chloe Grace Moretz. Jeph Loeb. Bob Gale. Nicholas Meyer. Paul Dini. JJ Abrams. That year we also had our first ever Halloween episode, which has become THE most downloaded episode every year since.
The following year, Henry made the decision to turn the live Geek Speak show into a weekly podcast. Romo and Producer Damien remained on the team, but we had lost Angel as we were finishing our run on Talkzone the year before. That year, while covering WonderCon Anaheim, Henry met a girl who loved Star Wars as much as Henry did. Her name was Rachel Rossilli and even better, even though they met in Anaheim, Rachel lived in San Francisco! She became the second female co-host shortly after that and remains, after Angel, the one who has been part of The Geek Speak Show the longest. The Geek Speak Show continued to grow for the next eight years, in audience size and who and what we spoke about on the shows.
Currently in the middle of our tenth season, The Geek Speak Show is undergoing one of its biggest changes: relocating to a new city. There are also now two other podcasts besides Geek Speak: The Week in Geek and Paranormal Perception. Our new podcast network, The Audio Geekdom, continues to grow and add new podcasts. Scripted audio podcasts will soon be introduced to the roster. Henry now also has a multimedia production company, 22 Creations Multimedia, LLC. New voices have replaced the original hosts, and other voices replaced those voices, but the constant remains Henry and his passion for everything Geek Culture.
Henry San Miguel
For over three decades, Henry has been playing music and talking issues of the day on some very well-known radio stations. KSOL and later WILD 94-9 in San Francisco. POWER 106 in Los Angeles and also Y-100 in Philadelphia, as well as other stations in between his extended stays at the stations mentioned above. He made the switch to Talk Radio in mid-1998 and has been very lucky to have worked at KGO in San Francisco as well as KFI in Los Angeles. Helping program channels for Sirius Satellite Radio in its initial launch period told him that there are alternatives to terrestrial radio. Thirteen years ago, he made the switch from radio to online, although he still contributes regularly to several radio stations around the country in both on-air and behind the scenes positions. Henry took his talents online mainly because that was where he could freely talk about his love of Star Wars and Star Trek, Marvel Comics, and the paranormal. The Geek Speak Show has a legion of loyal and passionate listeners who may not always see geeky content the way Henry does, but both Henry and the Geek Speak listeners have learned to respect and have intelligent conversations about what we love (or not) both on the show and at conventions.
In early 2016, Henry launched 22 Creations Multimedia, LLC. It's a multimedia production company providing top-quality audio production & imaging services for podcasters and radio stations, motion graphics and other online marketing, and is now producing two paranormal TV shows as well as fully producing movies for the major streaming services.
Even though Henry's expanding into completely different parts of entertainment, his love has and always will be talking on a microphone. It's his kingdom and a microphone has always been in his life through ups and downs and will always be there in some capacity..........
Madison Rae Mientus
Host / Event Correspondent
Host / Executive Producer
Madison Rae Mientus is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she studied Film and Fiction Writing. She is ecstatic to remain in the Los Angeles area, where she is continuing to pursue a career in the film industry. In her time at Columbia, Madison worked on several graduate thesis films, as well as a handful of independent projects outside of school. Although Madison primarily worked as an assistant director and screenwriter, she did write and direct two independent short films in her free time that she is immensely proud of.
Before making the transition to film, and now to podcasts, Madison had a strong background in Musical Theater where she tackled several demanding lead roles such as, Juliet in the classic Romeo and Juliet and Penelope in Margaret Atwood’sThe Penelopiad. Besides working in theater, Madison has also been fortunate enough to have several editorials and short stories published in VintEDGE Magazine, and continues to write short fiction, novels, and screenplays in her spare time. She is thrilled to be making the leap to podcasts, and can’t wait to talk about all of her geeky favorites on The Geek Speak Show, as well as work on some incredible projects with 22 Creations Multimedia, LLC.