When It Was Cool Podcast

When It Was Cool Podcast is hosted by veteran podcaster Karl Stern and his wife Tonya. When It Was Cool Podcast features reviews, conversation, and nostalgia about pop culture from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990's including comics, television, toys, music, movies, and more. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Alice in Wonderland, Six Million Dollar Man, Mego, My Little Pony, Transformers, Care Bears, classic rock music, and much more.
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Nov 16, 2017

On this week's When It Was Cool Podcast from, Karl & Tonya discuss the recent Guns N Roses concert from Nashville, TN and discuss some of their favorite concert moments of recent years. Is Axl Rose fat and terrible? Can Slash still tear it up? Plus, we discuss our Star Wars project where we are watching all the Star Wars movies in story order leading up to December's Star Wars - The Last Jedi Movie. Then we discuss some listener emails on a variety of topics. Get your podcast blast of retro fun right here on the When It Was Cool Podcast!

Nov 10, 2017

When It Was Cool Karl & Tonya present a special show about a subject they are passionate about because they live with the effects of it - mental health and mental illness.  Many people struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and many other mental illnesses.  Today we talk about the stigma attached to mental health disorders, life with a mental illness, the health care system, and what you can do if you or a loved one suffers from diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issues.  We are not licensed doctors, psychiatrists, or psychologists, please seek professional health for treatment.  If you are in crisis please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at - 1-800-273-8255

Nov 8, 2017

Some spoiler free thoughts about Thor - Ragnarok, Small Town Monsters, and Joseph is going to see Judas Priest in concert, and more.  Then the main event topic for this show Mike & Joseph discuss that their "Desert Island Picks" are for music!  What music would they have to have if stranded on a desert island!  Listen in today for a great nostalgic trip down music lane talking records, cassettes, and must have music greatness including - The Smiths, Cheap Trick, Leonard Cohen, Van Halen, Eddie Money, Prince, XTC, Blue Oyster Cult, The Eagles, Queen, and much more!

Nov 2, 2017

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast Karl dives into the mailbag and gets some great new ideas. Tonya runs the second half of the show with a "Pop Culture Things You Didn't Know" list which, obviously, we knew most of them but it created some pretty fun talking points including classic rock music, 1980s movies, and more. Plus, we ain't wearing your fancy underwear, Han shot first, Guns 'N Roses, and MILLENNIALS!

Oct 26, 2017

(10-26-2017) Joseph Perry & Mike Imboden are back with the bi-weekly Uphill Both Ways podcast. On this edition the duo discuss Joseph's recent trip to Japan and the toy stores he explored, next year's Expo-Lucha in Las Vegas a huge celebration of Lucha Libre, and then the main event for the show in honor of #MonsterMonth the duo discuss- MONSTERS!  Universal Monsters, Curse of the Werewolf, Jesse James meets Frankenstein's Daughter, alien monsters, and so much more!

Oct 19, 2017

On this edition of the When It Was Cool podcast, hosts Karl & Tonya discuss Halloween memories, what movies scared them as kids, scary tales from Grandma's House, the hole to hell, the black racer snake, and Tonya has some fun with Halloween themed music and classic rock songs suitable for the Halloween season. Join us on our flagship podcast - When It Was Cool!

Oct 12, 2017

The When It Was Cool podcast with Karl and Tonya will appear on this feed every other Thursday.  On the Thursdays the flagship WIWC show doesn't appear we will be posting another of our retro themed shows - Uphill Both Ways!  Uphill Both Ways is hosted by writers Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry.  On this episode they talk retro Halloween memories.  Joseph's Halloween memories article is one of the all time most popular articles on the website.

Oct 5, 2017

The latest edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast takes a look at the music of the late Tom Petty the classic rock icon. Karl also remembers his favorite pro wrestling announcer, Lance Russell, who also just passed away. Karl and Tonya discuss the first Haunted Attraction of the season from an old abandoned school in Courtland, Alabama. Then Tonya reads some eerie stories that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. It's the new When It Was Cool Podcast from !  When It Was Cool is a Patreon funded podcast -

Sep 21, 2017

On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast Karl and Tonya discuss the recent deaths of pro wrestling manager Bobby Heenan and country music legend Don Williams. Halloween is coming. G.I. Joe is dead.  Then Tonya discusses memories of her hometown including old downtown theaters, drive-in movies, historic places, and the rich history of the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama.  Join WIWC for a trip down retro lane.  WIWC is completely Patreon funded- please help us continue and get many downloadable specials as well at

Sep 7, 2017

On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast, host Karl Stern talks about the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi action figures that Tonya recently picked up for him. Also discussed is the big Top 100 Greatest Songs of Rush article and a bit of discussion about Rush the band.  Then there is a great email from a listener about random action figures that both he and us have collected over the years beyond the big ones like Star Wars, G.I. Joe, and more including M.A.S.H., Star Trek, Welcome Back Kotter, S.W.A.T., Battlestar Galactica, Mego, and more!

Aug 15, 2017

On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast, Karl and Tonya discuss the death of 1970s Country Music star Glen Campbell, the upcoming Roger Waters of Pink Floyd concert, our new hobby of collecting Masters of the Universe action figures, and then we discuss old timey and country sayings and wisdom we heard from our Grandparents and old folks.  Check out this free podcast and we hope you will support us on our Patreon for When It Was Cool -

Jul 31, 2017

On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast from hosts Karl and Tonya take a look at four retro topics and discuss them.  On this episode Karl asks the question, "Is Hasbro and IDW Comics legitimately trying to destroy the G.I. Joe brand?" and gives a brief history of the G.I. Joe property.  Tonya reviews a 1965 Mattel talking doll named Say N See.  Karl talks about Kong: Skull Island and the King Kong franchise, and they discuss their first concert experiences Tonya's is like a redneck nirvana of a show.  Let's take this outside, y'all.

Jul 21, 2017

On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast from hosts Karl and Tonya take a look a four retro topics and discuss them.  On this episode Karl starts out with his newfound love of John Mellencamp.  Karl and Tonya both discover that they like a lot of John Mellencamp songs and think they might need to seek out more of his music, Tonya shares with us the horrible back stories to several children's nursery rhymes which might explain a lot about how messed up the world is today.  Karl has found several Masters of the Universe action figures at a recent flea market expedition.  Finally, Tonya shares her memories of the 1980's movie The Outsiders.  Stay gold Pony Boy.

Jul 11, 2017

On this week's When It Was Cool podcast, hosts Karl and Tonya from discuss four retro themed topics.  This show we discuss one hit wonders in music history, Marvel Comics 1991 comic book limited series which is about to become the basis of a new Marvel Movie- The Infinity Gauntlet, toys which were banned or recalled, and the joys of the Andy Griffith Show and Tonya might be the only person on Earth who didn't like the show while Karl loves it.  It's another fun filled retro adventure from When It Was Cool a Patreon funded show!

Jul 3, 2017

Episode 26 of the When It Was Cool Podcast features our new and improved format!  Four segments: Music, TV and Movies, Comics and Books, and Toys!  On this episode Karl tackles music talking Bruce Springsteen love and the problems threatening to split up Journey, Tonya takes on movies with an old classic Where the Red Fern Grows, Karl talks toys with a look at the 1983 G.I. Joe Dragonfly helicopter, and Tonya talks books with the great Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  New music, new production, but all great retro material! Welcome and spread the word about the new and improved When It Was Cool Podcast!

Jun 17, 2017

The 100 Greatest Artists in Rock and Roll and Pop Music History list hit the When It Was Cool website on June 16, 2017 and has quickly became our most read article in the history of the website.  Now you can hear When It Was Cool hosts Karl and Tonya discuss the lists, who made it and why.  What surprises were there?  How was the list put together and why we believe it is the most non-subjective, scientific list ever compiled on the subject! Where are Elvis, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, ACDC, Prince, Rush, Journey, Bob Dylan, and YOUR favorite artists ranked?

Jun 10, 2017

The When It Was Cool family recently took a vacation to Washington D.C. and in this episode we talk about our experience there and the many cool historic landmarks such as Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, the Smithsonian museum, the National Cathedral, a flea market, Uber, and much more!  A fun discussion about some really cool history - when it was cool!

May 24, 2017

On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast, Karl and Tonya talk about some of the recent articles on the website including a conversation about how their music tastes have changed over the years.  The conversation begins with the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and Karl talks about the evolution of heavy metal to glam rock to grunge then taking a liking to hardcore rap.  Tonya, on the other hand, had other music tastes. Speaking of taste, Tonya talks about Tonya's Diner for a few minutes. We discuss an email about Universal Monsters then Karl talks about recent DC Comics including The Button.

May 2, 2017

When It Was Cool Podcast episode 22 - On this episode Karl and Tonya take a topic from a Patreon supporter and discuss video games and arcades of their youth.  Karl remembers arcades and rants on Tokens, Defender, Space Invaders, and Centipede.  Tonya liked Frogger and was a master of Mario Brothers.  Karl shows Joust to a disbelieving Tonya then tries to explain Football 2 to her.  Seedy arcades and roller skating rinks.  Then the show wraps up with a discussion of fictional spokespeople we remember like the Where's the Beef Lady, Ronald McDonald, Hankerin' For a Hunk of Cheese thing, Santa Clause being a shill for Coca Cola, and HERB!

Apr 29, 2017

One of the new shows on the When It Was Cool Podcast Network is the Uphill Both Ways Podcast with Joseph Perry and Mike Imboden.  The Uphill Both Ways Podcast is a lot like the When It Was Cool podcast but from a different perspective.  Joseph and Mike are a little older than Karl and Tonya so it's a really cool alternate perspective to retro topics!  In this episode Joseph and Mike discuss their tastes in music, movies, TV, and popular culture back, ya know, When It Was Cool.  We are proud to have them exclusively at our website When It Was Cool.

Apr 21, 2017

On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast, Karl and Tonya discuss things that scared them as children.  Adult conversations you weren't supposed to overhear.  A possible Bigfoot sighting in the neighborhood.  The storm cellar of doom.  Tracking a tornado by white static.  Plus some music talk as usual and much more!

Apr 15, 2017

Karl is a lifelong comic book reader and Tonya from When It Was Cool has never read comic books.  Together they are reading the Marvel 616 Universe in order starting with the Fantastic 4 issue 1 from 1961.  This series is exclusive for Patreon supporters of When It Was Cool at the five dollar and higher level but episode one is free for everyone!

Mar 27, 2017

On this episode of the When It Was Cool podcast, host Karl Stern is joined by Tonya from When It Was Cool to discuss her recipe section of the website Tonya's Diner, Karl discusses an email about the 1960's Batman TV show, then Karl and Tonya have a laughter filled discussion about childhood in the 1970s and 1980s in contrast to today.  On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast - food, superheroes, fun, and more!

Mar 15, 2017

It's episode 19 of the flagship When It Was Cool Podcast now with new intro and audio upgrades! On this episode host Karl Stern talks about the comic book characters Moon Knight, Red Tornado, and Captain Marvel (Shazam), plus the When It Was Cool family trip to the birthplace of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley and the music history of this area. We read an email talking about the Six Million Dollar Man Maskatron action figure and much more!  A fun time- When It Was Cool.

Mar 1, 2017

When It Was Cool Tonya and Karl talk about their trip over the weekend to the giant Nashville, TN Flea Market and what they saw and bought.  There are photos on the website.  Then the conversation switches to Tonya's new hobby of collecting Funko Pops! We discuss what they are, what we have, and what we want!  Patreon supporters have an extended edition in the Patreon feed so be sure to check that out too!

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