‘How to Become the Center of Influence Through Podcasting About Whatever Happens Next’ with Ben Mandelker of the Watch What Crappens

Tracy Hazzard
Authority Magazine
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9 min readJun 4, 2019

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Ben Mandelker & Ronnie Karam — Co-Hosts of the Watch What Crappens Podcast

As part of my series of interviews about “How to Become the Center of Influence Through Podcasting”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ben Mandelker is a co-host of Watch What Crappens, a comedy podcast that focuses on Bravo TV. Launching in 2012, Watch What Crappens airs five episodes a week and garners over 2.3 million listens per month. Mandelker and his co-host Ronnie Karam now tour North America, having brought their live show to various major cities and festivals such as SXSW and Just For Laughs.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us the “backstory” about why or how you got started as a podcaster?

I moved to LA to be a writer in 2001, and along the way, while earning my stripes as an assistant, a friend and I started a TV blog. It was the right place at the right time, and our site took off. In 2004, we wound up selling it to Bunim-Murray and taking on more writers, including Ronnie Karam. Fast forward in the early 2010s — long after I had left the blog: I was hired to host a web series called “Housewife Hoedown,” which was a weekly show that covered all the latest “Real Housewives” updates. One of my responsibilities was to find guests every week, and so I often asked…

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Tracy Hazzard
Authority Magazine

Podcasting Expert Strategist; Host of 7 top podcasts: The Binge Factor; New Trust Economy; Feed Your Brand; Product Launch Hazzards; WTFFF?! Podetize Co-Founder