May 28 2024

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The Trek Files Podcast

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A new podcast making its debut on Tuesday, January 23 will be of interest to Star Trek fans.

The new podcast, hosted by Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek, is called The Trek Files.

The Trek Files is “a weekly “look” deep into the mostly unseen archives of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Weekly episodes will be fifteen minutes long and in each episode, “Nemecek will be joined by a guest to examine a specially selected ‘document of the week,’ recalling its original context as well as its relevance for today’s Trek and the world at large.”

“Even with all the Star Trek ‘archiving’ going on now, there are so many papers and memos in my dad’s archives that still have not seen the light of day,” said Eugene ‘Rod’ Roddenberry, The Trek Files executive producer. “I’m so excited to get into these plans, notes, and letters from him and those he worked with — and share them now for all to see. And who better to lead this look at these people and their times in the right context than ‘Dr. Trek,’ Larry Nemecek?”

“When Rod approached me with this concept — to boldly go into Gene’s mind where no archivist had gone before! — I was honored, yes, but really just downright thrilled,” said Nemecek. “We’re only just now going through some of these folders and finding things that no one has been privy to. To be getting into the nitty-gritty of not just the 1960s papers, but bringing a sharp focus to what we’ve only known as fuzzy facts: Reactions, and paths not taken, and even ‘creative differences’ — from the would-be ‘first movie’ ideas of the 70s, the path through the 1980s movies and then the TV revival with The Next Generation.

“I’ve enjoyed appearing on lots of quality Trek, geek and media geek podcasts, and still will, since I decided years ago never to host my own only to just pile on more of the ‘same-o, same-o’ out there. That’s what I love about doing The Trek Files: we certainly add something unique and fresh to the Trek conversation, and to Gene’s colorful and even controversial legacy.”

Early guests will include:

  • John Champion, series co-producer and co-host of the network’s flagship Mission Log podcast
  • Dave Rossi, associate producer on Enterprise and the original Star Trek Remastered project, and a longtime assistant to former Trek EP Rick Berman
  • Dorothy ‘D.C.’ Fontana, legendary story editor for the original series, story editor/associate producer for The Animated Series, TNG associate producer and writer of its pilot episode — and creator of so much original Spock/Vulcan backgroundIn addition to being able to download the episodes, fans will be able to download scans of the Star Trek document of the week. To learn more, head to the link located here.The first The Trek Files podcast will be available on Tuesday, January 23 at 12 AM PST (3 AM EST).

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