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 have grown 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.

We want to help others relive and/or rediscover those films. Hopefully we will also 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, The Producers, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Frisco Kid 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 untured. 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.

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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 – Ryan Rebalkin

Ryan Rebalkin

In this episode we get to chat with Ryan Rebalkin, a member of the Canadian Navy as well as being a podcaster and a rising YouTube first-reaction host. We start by asking what drew Ryan to join the military. We also chat about his career, his specialty and what he is currently doing. Then we jump to his first step into the world of podcast, choosing the Rocky franchise as his subject. Over time, two other Stallone-related shows came along and now all three work together under a single banner. Ryan also hosts another show called, Worst of the Best. Additionally, he has a couple of YouTube channels where he records his “first reactions” to various entertainment offerings.


Walt recommends catching up on the show, Brockmire, streaming on Hulu. He is also enjoying the reality show, Moonshiners Master Distiller, also on Hulu. Finally, both he and Alan cannot speak highly enough of The Manadolorian. Each episode seems to find a way to surpass the prior. Ryan suggests the Netflix show, The Crown. He also likes Kingdom (the MMA inspired one) on Netflix. Alan said, with the holidays, they always watch at least two flicks: Love Actually and Die Hard. After that, he said he just caught the live-action, Mulan, on Disney+ and thoroughly enjoyed it.


Walt is still reading the book, “Texas Ranger: The Epic Life of Frank Hammer.” He said he plans to finish it and the other couple of books he’s mentioned over the break. Ryan is reading, “Proof of Heaven.” Alan is reading the autobiography, “One Hell of a Ride: The Investigative Life of a DEA Agent,” written by Pierre “Pete” Charette. Pete was interviewed by Alan on his radio show and Alan was blown away by this real-life hero battling the drug lords here and overseas.


Walt has two podcasts he wants to recommend: Good Ol’ Grateful Dead Cast and The Dirty Harry Minute. Ryan, who is a member of a collection of shows, also had several to suggest: The No Redeeming Qualities PodcastState Your TakeCult 45Ramblings with RobYour New Best Friends1 Big ToiletThe Week-Ended TakeThe Worst of the Best and Who Are These Podcasts? Since we are still in the holidays, Alan recommended the SiriusXM station, “Holly,” (channel 105) for it’s mix of new, upbeat and traditional songs. As to podcasts, his shout-outs this week include: The Worst of the BestThe Sly CastGoing the DistanceThe Rocky Minute60MW PodcastThe Golden Rage of TV (on YouTube), The Real Queens of QueensBK on the Air Escape Pod PodcastGeek to Me RadioIndiana Jones Minute and Radio Labyrinth.

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