The Atheist Experience Scrapbook
The Roy Blevens & Joe Zamecki Days
When The Atheist Experience began its run on Time Warner Cable (back then it was Austin Access), it was hosted by some of ACA's founding members, Ray Blevins (the Raytheist) and Joe Zamecki. Joe left after a time and moved up east, where he now works with American Atheists. Ray continued as host of the show, with Jeff Dee as co-host, leaving in late 1999. Here's a glimpse into ACA's primordial media efforts.
(Left) The early crew. Joe, Ray, and then-stage manager Keith Berka are kneeling in front. Arlo Pignotti, who's back and still occasionally involved with the show, is standing to the far right. (Right) Vic Farrow, co-host of ACA's The Non-Prophets, is standing on the left. Vic became the TV show's producer, and even its co-host for a short while under Jeff Dee at the beginning of 2000, before Martin replaced him. He preferred working in the control room much more.
Winter 2002 Crew
Winter 2002 Crew
Winter 2003 Crew
Martin's Goodbye as Host
February 29, 2004: Martin's 4th anniversary...and final show.
Spring 2004 Crew
Some 2007 Behind-the-scenes Shots
We haven't updated our scrapbook in a while, but we had these behind-the-scenes shots to give people an idea of what it's like setting up and running the show.
Thanks to Frank for the pictures.
Matt praying for a good show.
Joe playing Oz in the mini-studio control booth.
Shelley and Frank fussing with the lights.
John mans the camera with a smile.
The Internet YearsFrom 2007-2010, we gained a dedicated International audience due to a number of Internet innovations. We have been able to stream our shows live over the Internet changing our caller demographic to being more atheist and largely from outside Austin (and the US). Fans of the show have made clips of our videos and re-posted them on YouTube. Our Atheist Experience blog has a large following.
Best of Austin 2010The Austin Chronicle's "Best of Austin 2010 Awards" recognized The Atheist Experience as the Best Public Access TV Show, in the readers choice category. The award was given in September 2010. This is the first year for the Atheist Experience to win the award.
The award is due, in part, to the fact that the Atheist Experience in recent years has gained a loyal international audience via streaming and the Internet. The readers choice category is something of a popularity contest and the award effectively recognizes the show's large audience. We sincerely thank our loyal fans.
Joe and Shelley show off the Best of Austin award banner.
Best of Austin 2011The Austin Chronicle's "Best of Austin 2011 Awards" recognized The Atheist Experience as the Best Public Access TV Show, in the readers choice category. The award was given in October 2011. This is the the second year for the Atheist Experience to win the award.
Once again, we very much appreciate our loyal fans.
Pilgrimage to the Atheist ExperienceFor some strange reason, people from all over the world came to Austin to see our March 18, 2012 show. Our audience numbered in the 50s. We think it was some sort of divinely inspired global pilgrimage. No matter the cause, it made the show feel like more than a scrappy local effort!
View of the studio audience, March 18, 2012.