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 Waters

Ryan Waters

In this episode we are joined by Ryan Waters, an international, worldwide mountain climber, pole skier and owner of Mountain Professionals. Ryan’s company is the only boutique guide service that leads expeditions to all Seven Summits as well as the North and South Poles. We open with how he first got into climbing and how it led him to abandon his career in geology to become a full-time guide and climber. Ryan Waters has climbed all of the Seven Summits, which includes Everest, multiple times. He also skied to both the North and South Poles. He filmed a documentary called, “Melting: The Last Race to the Pole,” and is in the midst of writing a book. His book should be released sometime in the summer of 2021.


Walt is working his way through Halt and Catch Fire on Netflix. He also caught the classic WWII flick, A Bridge Too Far, also on Netflix. Ryan, when not leading adventures around the globe, likes to binge The OfficeSelling Sunset and The West Wing. Alan is continuing his journey through season 6 of Star Trek: The Next Generation along with season 3 of Longmire.


Walt is working his way through, “Is This Something?” by Jerry Seinfeld. (Yes! He finally got it.) Ryan recommended a book called, “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” by Yuval Noah Harari. Both Walt and Alan were fascinated at the subject and plan to add it to their own reading lists. Alan is knee-deep in reading news, news and more news.


Walt is going back and picking up episode of The Rocky Minute podcast. He is also enjoying the new show, ABCD:TOS with former guest, Tom Taylor, as one of the hosts. Walt also did a plug for the upcoming radio broadcast coming on Halloween night, our 6th Annual Halloween Spooktacular. Ryan loves loading up on podcasts and binges them while on his climbing and skiing adventures. Some he recommends are, Radio LabTed InterviewsJoe Rogan and National Geographic: Overheard. Alan gives a shoutout to several podcasts he listens to. This week’s list includes The Marine Corps Movie MinuteGeek to Me RadioGolden Rage of TV60MW PodcastThe Real Queens of QueensThe Bad Cop Bad Cop ShowBK on the Air Escape Pod PodcastIndiana Jones Minute and Radio Labyrinth.

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