Welcome to the Listeners Lounge

The Wilder Ride is a podcast celebrating and exploring the films of Gene Wilder, using the ​movies by minutes format. We also have a companion show, or side cast, where we interview interesting guests and have a lot of fun in a throwback to the Johnny Carson style of talk show.

We grew up seeing Gene Wilder play everything from a scientist, to a gunslinger, to a man infatuated by a woman in red, to Mr. Willy Wonka himself. But always, at the heart, there is a depth and a warmth of a real human being bringing those roles to life. And Gene did it in such a way as to leave an indelible impression in our hearts and minds. And as fascinated as we are about Gene, we wanted to dive into the lives of those people we’ve met or discovered along life’s journey.

Hopefully we will turn a younger generation onto one of the most gifted performers, gracing the silver screen. Movies like Young Frankenstein, The Woman in Red, Silver Streak, Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Haunted Honeymoon represent such a wide range of characters and story lines. In each of these, Gene Wilder took on the role and made it his own. Doing deep dives into these films, only looking at one minute of the movie at a time, is rewarding just on its own merits. But, along the way, we invite a wide variety of guests to join us on our Wilder Ride. The result is both informative and hysterical, leaving no stone unturned. Or, so we hope!

We appreciate you taking time to visit our site and to learn a little more about us, our guests and our efforts to bring this podcast to life. It takes a lot of work, energy and time to produce each episode. But, as they say in theatre, it is all for naught if no one is in the audience. So, we thank you again for being out there and for listening.

Help us out on this Wilder Ride

If you want to help us, there are several ways you can. The most important one is to help spread the word! Talk us up. Tell your family and friends about us. Be ready to help show people how to access our podcast — The Wilder Ride. You can also click on the links on the side panel to visit our show on a number of different outlets, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, YouTube, TuneIn Radio, HimalayaiHeart Radio and more.

Photo by Steve Wood

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The Wilder Ride on Patreon

For those who are willing, we have a Patreon page where you can sign up to be a patron of our show. We have several tiers, each with its own reward for showing us your support. Even supporting us with a $1 a month helps to keep these shows coming your way. Beyond our time and effort, there are always monthly costs for hosting and delivering our content. To thank you for becoming a patron, we provide options to receive even more from The Wilder Ride. Lower tiers get public recognition, while higher ones can earn access to bonus material and more. The beauty of Patreon is you can control, month-by-month, the amount of your support. You can move up and down the tiers each month if you want. Or, you can exit at any time. Whatever you are able to do, we appreciate it more than you can know.

Thank you!

We feel like we cannot say it enough, so we will say it one more time — THANK YOU! Our aim is to do justice to the films and the memory of Gene Wilder and have a lot of fun and even more laughs along the way. We really hope, it will be a wild ride that gets “Wilder” by the minute! And we hope to see you there along the way.

TWR Listeners Lounge – Our Patriotism Show

Our Patriotism Show

Today, Walt and Alan welcome guest, Barry King from B.K. on the Air, to join them in a discussion about being patriotic for our patriotism show. They open with thoughts on celebrating Independence Day in America and what it means to them. After a brief discussion, they get into the heart of the discussion.

To prepare for our patriotism show, they each came up with a topic and those would be used to create a TOP 5 list. The topics were: Patriotic Music, Patriotic Figures (real) and Patriotic Films.

Top 5 Patriotic Songs


1. America the Beautiful by Ray Charles

2. Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash

3. American Soldier by Toby Keith

4. God Bless America by Kate Smith

5. America by Neil Diamond

Honorable Mentions: In America by Charlie Daniels Band and Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue by Toby Keith


1. The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

2. Back in the USA by Chuck Berry

3. America the Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates / Samuel A. Ward

4. This is My Country by Don Ray and Al Jacobs

5. America by Neil Diamond

Honorable Mentions: Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key, God Bless America by Kate Smith and Livin’ in America by James Brown


1. America by Neil Diamond

2. Proud to be an American by Lee Greenwood

3. Pink Houses by John Mellencamp

4. Ballad of the Green Beret by SSGT. Barry Sadler

5. Battle of New Orleans by Johnny Horton

Honorable Mentions: America the Beautiful by Ray Charles, Take me Home, Country Roads by John Denver, and This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

Top 5 Patriotic Figures


1. George Washington

2. Chuck Yeager

3. Paul Revere

4. General Douglas MacArthur

5. Normal Rockwell

Honorable Mentions: Audie Murphy, Neil Armstrong, Bob Hope, Gary Sinise


1. Abraham Lincoln

2. George Washington

3. Thomas Jefferson

4. Ronald Reagan

5. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honorable Mentions: George S. Patton, James Madison, Jackie Robinson


1. George Washington

2. General George S. Patton

3. Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain

4. Henry Ford

5. Daniel Boone

Honorable Mentions: General Jimmy Doolittle, General Douglas MacArthur, Paul Revere, Ronald Reagan, Ed DiGilio

Top 5 Patriotic Movies


1. Patton

2. Saving Private Ryan

3. The Patriot

4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

5. Apollo 13

Honorable Mentions: Miracle, Captain America: The First Avenger, 13 Hours


1. The Longest Day

2. Patton

3. Miracle

4. Top Gun (1986)

5. Flags of Our Fathers

Honorable Mentions: Midway (1976), Midway (2019), Sergeant York and Saving Private Ryan


1. The Patriot

2. The Right Stuff

3. Sergeant York

4. Yankee Doodle Dandy

5. Captain America: The First Avenger

Honorable Mentions: Patton, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, MacArthur, The Longest Day and Red Dawn (1984)

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Make sure you have subscribed to The Wilder Ride on your pod-catcher of choice so you will not miss a single episode! If you have not already done so, please come join our Listener’s Group on Facebook. Just visit our public page and click on the button to join the group. There is always something being shared or discussed, all of it related to film and television.