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TALKING BAY 94 is the first Star Wars podcast solely devoted to interviews with the cast, crew and creators from a galaxy far, far away.

Join host Brandon Wainerdi (huge DVD special feature dork), for a weekly deep dive into some never-before-heard stories from the set and Skywalker Ranch. From background aliens to some of the biggest stars in the universe, TB94 will be trying to talk to them all, every Wednesday.

(And if someone has George Lucas’ cell phone number, please pass it along.)

Aug 5, 2021

Hey everyone, it’s Brandon. It was announced yesterday that the incredible Jonathan Rinzler (J.W. Rinzler) had passed away late last month.

It is no secret that him and his books were a direct inspiration for this show … and he was actually one of the first people I ever reached out to, asking to appear on it. He was incredibly gracious with his time and came onto a podcast that did not even have a published episode yet.

I wanted to put this interview, our 6th episode ever, back into the feed, unedited, complete with the sounds of doing dishes and cats in the background, and me being vocally very nervous and very new at this interviewing thing, and just everything else, because I just so thankful I got the chance to talk with him and thank him, even for just these 40 minutes.

If you haven’t already, pick up some of his non-Star Wars pieces, including his Making of Planet of the Apes, Making of Alien, and his book about the space race, All-Up. His biography of Star Wars producer Howard Kazanjian comes out this fall, and has been my most anticipated book of the year. He will be  missed.

Rest in peace, thank you for everything, and may the Force be with you.