When It Was Cool Podcast

When It Was Cool Podcast is hosted by veteran podcaster Karl Stern. 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, Six Million Dollar Man, Mego, Transformers, classic rock music, and much more.
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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!

Feb 1, 2017

On today's show Karl talks about music memories and reads feedback to the show dealing with rock music.  Karl talks about listener memories on music and Joseph Perry's recent When It Was Cool article 17 Hard Rock Albums turning 40 years old in 2017.  Karl discusses Queen and the amazing Freddie Mercury, Rush and Farewell to Kings, KISS, Blue Oyster Cult, Styx, Aerosmith, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant, Stevie Nicks, and George Michael.  This episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast talks music memories!  Patreon supporters have an extended version in the Patreon feed at 

Jan 22, 2017

This week Karl from When It Was Cool talks about his love of the 1970s - 1980s Saturday morning cartoon series The Super Friends and it's various relaunches including Galactic Guardians and more!  Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Wendy and Marvin and Wonder Dog, Zan and Jayna and Gleek the Wonder Twins, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Green Lantern, The Atom, The Flash, Apache Chief, Samurai, El Dorado, Black Vulcan, the Legion of Doom, Darkseid, and so much more!  DC comics Justice League of America for the Saturday morning cartoon audience!

Jan 7, 2017

Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool looks back at all the celebrities who died in 2016 and how they impacted our fandom.  George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Chyna, Muhammad Ali, Gene Wilder, Glenn Frye, and others.  We also discuss the CNN Chicago documentary and talk about Peter Cetera.  Elton John discussed and much more from When It Was Cool on this weeks podcast.

Dec 28, 2016

When It Was Cool Podcast looks at what we got for Christmas now and in years past.  What gifts were cool and what did not live up to expectations in years past. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Spider-Man, Hulk, and much more. Plus dumb kid stories of the past and how times have changed since I was a dumb kid.

Dec 19, 2016

This is a spoiler filled review of the new Star Wars Rogue One movie.  This review will examine major plot points and characters.  Listen only if you have already seen Star Wars Rogue One or do not mind spoilers.  There is no extended cut version of this episode of When It Was Cool.

Dec 7, 2016

Saturday Morning Cartoon Memories! Remember when Saturday mornings meant no school and awesome cartoons? Let's jump in the When It Was Cool time machine and revisit The Superfriends, Thundarr the Barbarian, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, Shazam, Mr. T., The Smurfs, and many long forgotten Saturday morning favorites.  Grab the pipe wrench and get ready to turn the antenna because Saturday morning fun is on the way! 

Nov 28, 2016

When It Was Cool host Karl Stern takes a Patreon request for a show today to talk about his personal journey through music.  Growing up as a young kid on 1970's country music like George Jones, Kenny Rogers, and Don Williams and then discovering pop music of the early 1980s with The Police, Styx, Journey, Chicago, and top 40 before becoming exposed to early Hip Hop and heavy metal as a teenager and growing into a fan of Black Sabbath, Dio, Metallica, Rush, KISS, and more.  This When It Was Cool episode is all about music.  Patreon supporters be sure to get your extended cut on the Patreon page of 

Nov 21, 2016

Karl Stern is joined by Podcast of the Week winner Tony from Comic Conversations to discuss the current state of comic books and even Tony's background covering Lucha Libre! This is a bonus show and if a follow up to Karl's DragonKing Dark show on the Dark Matter Network.  A full length regular edition of When It Was Cool is coming later this week.

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