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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Dilly

The AP (covered in The Washington Post and on among many others)
BusinessWeek Online
New York Times
New York Times #2

My appearance on MSNBC's Scarborough Country I am told should air tonight... but you know how the news is... things get moved around. That's the latest word anyway.

UPDATE!! .mov version now available thanks to eggzakt. You rock man! Now the suckfest that is IE cannot control our viewing pleasure (or displeasure for that matter) any longer! Hi res version HERE.


  • At 2:57 PM, Blogger Dones said…

    I'll keep my eyes peeled!

  • At 3:07 PM, Blogger Strawman said…

    Also, Slate has a piece on you. I had no idea who you were, but the situation sounded pretty harrowing so I decided to check out old shows. You're a cut-up! The production grew tighter and your ease with the material got progressively more assured. The ideas were novel, bitingly so, and the content was sharp. It's a shame things didn't work out. And naturally, being wrapped up in the drama I scoured the web for Andrew's explanations. Not convincing. His body language betrays him. Anyhow, good luck.

  • At 3:39 PM, Blogger Bill said…

    I noticed that Rocketboom is now called "2.0". It instantly reminded me of Spinal Tap, when they decide on the spot that they can't play anything without Nigel so they do a free form jazz fest. They go onstage and announce the "rebirth of spinal tap, mach 2". LOL

  • At 3:46 PM, Blogger chiefjokeofficer said…

    hi amanda, i'm the long time listener, first time caller type. if you're feeling blue do to your unboomedness, I urge you to take a peek at it'll give you a chuckle which will lead to a great mood that you will then spread through all of cyberspace. good luck.

  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger Uriah Edmunds said…


    I wanted to let you know that I was never in the vlogging world. I was reading my local newspaper (Billings, Montana) and found your article. I had to find out about it and I searched for the story and found this great world of vlogging. I just wanted to let you know that as one young person (24) to another (you) that it has been inspirational to try something new and make it successful. thanks again, and I wish you luck. I know I will follow you.

  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger Frank Brefere said…

    Can't wait, have my TiVo set!

    Andrew hit the nail right on the head when he said "Everybody thinks Amanda is the brand...", you are!

    Most Rocketboom fans would agree that although there were occasionally other people who contributed to the success of each broadcast, it was your personality and charisma that kept us coming back. You were more than just a golden-throated pitch woman, your clever, fun and witty spark added life to each story.

    I recently became a Rocketboom fan when you gave an interview on NPR a few months ago. Your presence, fun-loving personality and jokes about the backdrop world map intrigued me to logon when I got to the office and I've been hooked ever since. I even embedded Rocketboom within my personal site so all my friends and family would enjoy the daily broadcasts. Your last broadcast on Net Neutrality was especially powerful and has inspired me to take action and rally others to the cause.

    We all seem to be in agreement that you will be successful with whatever you do.

    So take comfort in the fact that wherever you go, we will be there!

    Good luck and thanks!

  • At 4:01 PM, Blogger Uriah Edmunds said…

    By the way~ I'm currently running for the Montana State House of Reps as the youngest (but most qualified) candidate.

  • At 5:06 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    Hey Amanda,

    I've been desperately trying to get ahold of you with no luck :P

    I emailed you, at your unboomed gmail account, a video letter a few days ago about iFilm...

    I'm just curious if you received it or not.

  • At 5:19 PM, Blogger David said…

    Jeez... I just can't feel good about this stuff. I saw the new RB2.0 and it just wasn't the same. My fear is that the new Amanda thang will have the same result. Of course, I just left my job too and had some of the same thoughts. Had the same thoughts about the job before that.

    Love Ze Frank, thanks for the link. Good luck.


  • At 5:24 PM, Blogger LeggNet said…

    Amanda, YOU are...uh...were Rocketboom!

  • At 5:34 PM, Blogger WO7 said…


  • At 5:38 PM, Blogger Judman said…


    Could you youtube the MSNBC Spot? I don't get it at my house!

  • At 6:01 PM, Blogger Brandon said…

    Remember me? Now I have updated my site,please tell me what you think. If there is anything that you need me to take off just let me know and it will go pooof! (lol sorry just needed a few chuckles) Anyway you get the point.

    Thanks Again

    P.S. RB isnt near as good without you!

  • At 6:51 PM, Blogger Ray said…

    You rock! I have even seen comments on several PBS news items on the sad and hypocritical course of events. Everyone is pulling for you to get on another production soooooon!

    Best of luck!


  • At 6:51 PM, Blogger Jensen said…


    Please create your own vlog.

  • At 6:56 PM, Blogger Administrator said…


    I sent you an E-Mail about helping you re-establish yourself in the blogging world. Please get back to me. I have the resources design/hosting ect. to get you back up and running. This is not an advertisement as I will not be asking for money to get you re-established.

    Austin McLaughlin
    AIM: MclAustin

  • At 7:24 PM, Blogger Andy said…

    I noticed in one of today's articles that you are now 25, when was your birthday?

    And someone please put the Scarborough Country broadcast on the net, I don't think I get the channel up here in beautiful Toronto.

  • At 7:25 PM, Blogger Jeff said…


    Your youth, energy and humor remind me of the good things in life.

    As far as I was concerned you were RocketBoom. I can't bring myself to watch RB2.0.

    I'm eagerly waiting to see where life takes you next, I bet it'll be great.

  • At 7:28 PM, Blogger Guy said…

    If you go to this link you can see the interview. Click the launch button under Amanda's face.

    Not sure if it's the whole interview. A bit at the end seems to be cut off.

  • At 7:41 PM, Blogger Sylvain said…

    You can also add this one:

  • At 7:42 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    The interview is already on the web and will air at 9 ET.

    July 12: Tune in to MSNBC tonight at 9 ET for more from former Rocketboom host Amanda Congdon, including her thoughts on the future of video blogs and her reaction to Rocketboom 2.0.

  • At 8:24 PM, Blogger Ryan Biesemeyer said…

    wow. The RB 2.0b1 just found its way into my iTunes.

    I find it interesting that he tried to find someone with a similar (and i use this term loosely) look, but even so, the "humor" was forced and the show just drug on and on.

    Amanda, as you've heard hundreds or thousands of times in the last few days, there is no RocketBoom without you. I'm sure the crew deserved credit for their work over the past few years, but It is evident that you were the one who pulled it all together.

    I can't wait to watch the first eppisode of your next vlog; I only wish I could finance your next adventure.

    Ryan Biesemeyer
    Bies Design Studio

  • At 8:25 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    jeez, i turned on Scarborough Country and there's a segment about Crackheads Gone Wild, wtf?

  • At 8:32 PM, Blogger Ed said…

    I agree with Leggnet. I saw the new RB2.0, and well... it isn't rocketboom anymore. The new hostess tried, but she just isn't Amanda. Oh well, rocketboom was fun while it lasted. I'm looking forward to your next venture.

  • At 8:35 PM, Blogger ChrisM70 said…

    To the RB fans/onlookers:

    I have been reading and seeing a lot of talk about Amanda's split from RB, and I have to say that everyone needs to do one thing...


    It's not even 24 hours since RB "2.0" (is that really what they are going to call it?) broadcast, and everyone is proclaiming that either Andrew is a genius and Amanda will be forgotten, or Amanda is a star and RB will be dead in a few months.

    Come on people...
    Enough speculation.
    Enough innuendo.
    Enough predictions.

    Let's wait and see what happens.

    Both sides need to be allowed some time to figure this thing out.

    To Amanda:

    Don't worry about fame or fortune, or people telling you what to do. You do what you want to do.

    Fame is worthless if you are not happy.

    Good luck, and I personally hope to see you doing something that's not too "corporate" and allows you to just be yourself - opinions and all.

    Let's put all this drama behind us.

  • At 8:36 PM, Blogger Joseph said…


    Your interview is on MSNBC's website, I didn't see it air on tv. I just wanted to say that you were awesome on Rocketboom and I'm looking forward to seeing you succeed on your next project!

  • At 8:44 PM, Blogger Joseph said…

    Uh, nevermind, it just came on...

  • At 8:47 PM, Blogger Terry said…

    You were so well spoken in the interview.

  • At 8:48 PM, Blogger Teresa said…

    I just finished watching the interview with Joe.
    It was pretty extensive coverage of the situation.

  • At 8:52 PM, Blogger Pixelated said…

    I just saw your part on MSNBC! You were awesome and such... I especially loved the part on TV when they showed you and Joanne side by side.

    It really sucks what happened, but we have to put it in the past. The new host is a lot better than I expected.

    I'm really glad how well you are taking this. You could probably be going on a rant and form a boycot from Rocketboom, but you have been very supportive. I hope that you can continue on with the vloging buisness

    David "Hoping for the best" Allen

  • At 8:54 PM, Blogger Alan said…

    You did well, Amanda. You have a beautiful face and smile for TV.

  • At 9:10 PM, Blogger Frank Brefere said…

    Awesome interview, loved your response "How to make friends with your audience..."!

    Good night and good luck!

  • At 9:30 PM, Blogger Randy said…

    Amanda I love your work keep going!!

  • At 9:34 PM, Blogger Judman said…

    auUgh, I hate MSNBC. They require internet explorer. What about mac users???

    Good Luck Amanda,


  • At 9:49 PM, Blogger FixWhatsBroke said…

    Yeah, this Internet Explorer requirement at MSNBC is pretty un-boomin.

  • At 10:02 PM, Blogger aquaman61 said…

    Expect the un-expected from Amanda. Exhibit 99:

    it's nice to be able to look back at those unique moments..

  • At 10:02 PM, Blogger Steve Garfield said…

    Hi Amanda,
    You were great on MSNBC. Funny how they get you to the studio and then do an interview like you are miles away.
    That's weird.

  • At 10:12 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    Hey sorry about the IE BS that's necessary to view the MSNBC spot online at this time. I will post up another copy of the piece if anyone knows of an .mov version... any leads?

    Andy, they got the age wrong. I'm still 24.

    Thanks for all the support, friends! Love all of you!!

  • At 10:17 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    I know, Stevie G, it was a bummer. Joe wasn't able to get back to Secaucus in time, so we did the interview that way.

  • At 10:26 PM, Blogger Judman said…


    Don't worry, it's the 21st century :P! No doubt it will surface youtube by tomorrow morning!

    Good luck in your future, I'm Praying!


  • At 10:38 PM, Blogger Rob said…

    24 bet it feels like 54 about now...Saw todays show and Scarborough hit the nail on the head with his last comment...Andrew better patch it up and let Amanda drive, at least from the backseat cause she gonna be available for about 30 more seconds, if your lucky.

    Good Luck Amanda loved your show.

  • At 11:23 PM, Blogger Ironic1 said…

    Went to look at the MSNBC interview. They require IE? Thank you, no. Very old media.

    ps - Is it just me or do these nonsense word verification words ("ytihilgn" this time) look like the names of the elder gods from the cthulhu mythos? Should we be worried? Is this and MSNBC requiring IE related? Hmmmmm...

  • At 11:28 PM, Blogger Another Outspoken Female said…

    I popped into Rocketboom for my fortnightly catch up with all things RB. Was disgusted to see the imposter there. You are Rocketboom. Have taken down the link from my site and replaced it with yours.

    Good luck. I know you will flourish from this.

  • At 11:43 PM, Blogger Yaroose said…

    Last couple of months, RB has made a lot of people around me happy... and ITS YOUR FAULT!

    Too bad. Now that we're all sad again I guess we can all go about our normal lives.



    PS You are very good at making people happy. I hope you pursue that gift.:)

  • At 1:18 AM, Blogger lwbjag said…

    I only began watching "RB" 2 weeks or so before the "separation". I was just beginning to become "addicted" to you & your unique "show". I miss you already & want to send my best wishes & warm ((hugs)) from Florida. "To thy own self be true..."

  • At 1:54 AM, Blogger Rob Sample said…

    I've been an early subscriber to tyour vlog, and watched you grow as a talent. I think the world knows you won't have any problem moving onward and upward. BTW Amanda, you really have to list the Slate article. It can be found here:

  • At 2:21 AM, Blogger DRPAULO.COM said…


    RB will never be the same without you.

    I know RB fans think the same.

    We will wait for your new vlog.

    Vlog is freedom. Vlog is power to the people.

    Show those old media bastards with whom the power is!


  • At 2:45 AM, Blogger ghostkeeper said…

    Look Andrew I'm sure that Joanne Colan is a very nice person and could be an overnight success but who was the woman that you chose that helped launch you into stardom. I have been replaced at the drop of a hat and I am a nobody but nonetheless it's not much fun. Buck up and suck it in as your no Donald Trump and you should be proud of that. For all you 2.0 Boomies, Please send feedback to It's not just about another pretty face.
    July 13, 2006 12:57 AM

    Nobody knows the underlying situation nor should we. I am not paparazzi nor should anyone be. Voyeur are us all.. We all like to watch others be it joyful or misery. How the heck do you think tv got its start. We all love to watch others. It is far out of control in my opinion. Some people love everything they see on tv. When personal thoughts of other people control your actions then you should be imprisoned to a mirror for no less than two weeks. None are to judge you Amanda. Thanks for being a real person and giving me the opportunity to watch you work. Ghostkeeper out.

  • At 3:43 AM, Blogger Andy said…

    Thank you Amanda,
    I can't stop smiling.
    You made my day.

    It reminds me of a quote I read within the last month that rang so true it made me want to change my interactions with others.

    "Treat everyone you meet as if they are the most important person in the world" Mary Kay

  • At 4:47 AM, Blogger filmex said…

    Nice interview. Composed, articulate and charming. And while some of these guys like Chris Matthews flop on the deck like a loose trout when forced to discuss “the internet tubes”, Scarborough was congenial and seemed genuinely interested in Amanda’s little corner of the world. The only thing lacking was Joe introducing Amanda to the refrains of, “Have You Ever Seen A Dream Walking?”

    Checked out RB 2.0, which seems shockingly good at the beginning but undergoes a steady decline leaving one feeling really more sadness than anything interesting by the end.

    I’m a diehard Anglophile so Joane’s accent caught me off guard. But as her trading-up report went on and on and on, she slowly morphed from Rhona Mitra into a female Robin Leach.

    I’m sure she’s very sweet but it is obvious that there was a reason RB with Amanda didn’t come off looking like a public access program, the undeniable feel of this “Nightscapes In Leeds”.

    It remains incomprehensible to me that RB, soaring like a rocket toward the heavens, picked now of all times to immolate. Look at the comments here. My guess is that RB tripled its awareness factor in May and June.

    From A’s appearance on CNN to tons of new press, RB was everywhere there for the past few months. It’s like watching the nation meet the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, only to have the band call it quits a couple of weeks later.


  • At 5:06 AM, Blogger David said…

    I have unsubscribed from Rocketboom. Honestly, there are two sides to this story and I can make sense of the whole picture from putting them together. It is like some weird bf/gf break up where you aren't sure who you should be nice to because you liked them both. I unsubscribed however, because the new host feels like an MTV personality and I find that boring.

    She's cute and seems cool and the brit accent is attractive but when it comes down to it she's made for TV. I want an internet personality. The personality you have Amanda. You feel like a "one of us" personality. Even though you aren't, no offense. You aren't a tech geek, code bitch, blog babe, etc. But when I watch RB, the OLD RB, I felt like you were on my level, looking at the net in all it's silliness and laughing right along with me. I have a hard time believing that this new 'interim host' knows what a blog is let alone why Ask a Ninja is so amusing and great.

    It is a great loss that RB has taken in losing you. RB was the first video blog I subscribed to. It's sad that things turned out this way. But I believe in you Amanda. You could have the net in the palm of your hand if you play your cards right. Remember the big fish in the little pond has more power than small fish in the big pond. Now get out there do something new and watch RB fade into obscurity.

  • At 6:36 AM, Blogger Marius said…

    Hey Amanda,
    In the interest of fairness I just tried to watch the new RB, and I just couldn't do it. The new anchor, whose name escapes me, seems to be trying to be you, but she's not, and it hurts to watch. I couldn't even get a third of the way through it. At first, when all this happened, I was angry at Andrew for what he did to you. Now, though I am still angry on your behalf, I am also angry at him for what he has taken from us. I finally, sadly, deleted the RB link from my favorites. Please come back to us soon, wherever and whenever that may be. I miss you.

    Your un-met friend in FL,

  • At 7:49 AM, Blogger psquared said…

    Is all of this attention going to your head yet? Does it feel good, like being drunk with power? Or more like a cold? You know, the night time sniffling sneezing kind.

  • At 7:50 AM, Blogger methinksANew said…

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  • At 8:16 AM, Blogger WrongwayStoryteller said…

    Amanda, I cannot watch this video because of MSN's inane requirements for IE and their hideous DRM requirements.

    Feh. So much for the "smoothly paved highway."

    Methinks you should do a new segment on Micro$oft's attempts to put roadblocks and toll collectors on the highway.

    I truly wish you the very best, and am sure you will succeed in whatever you do...

    As I wrote to you in an email: "Illegitimi non carborundum." (Loosely translated: "Don't let the turkeys get you down.")

  • At 8:47 AM, Blogger Scott said…

    Sorta funny about Joe hitting Joanne's name with that Southern twang: "Joan Colon"


    Good luck Congdon!

  • At 8:52 AM, Blogger Brandon Whitesell said…

    Thanks for the links and keeping us posted!
    Keep telling people that you're more than a face - I don't think the media's understanding that (probably because they don't want to admit that their own networks treat them as such).

  • At 9:10 AM, Blogger G' said…

    RB needs to return to topical news items: they could try countdowns of the daily top 40 music videos?

  • At 9:10 AM, Blogger jonny goldstein said…

    A friend of mine was asking me about the RB saga and said she had read that you had been successful as a host just because of your looks. I set her straight. You've got tons to offer besides that, which is so obvious given all the comments people are leaving you. I wish you lots of luck with the next step. Keep on vloggin'!

  • At 12:51 PM, Blogger Ghost said…

    Here also got interview by HK Media of Amanda:

    Amanda, you are a big hit!

  • At 4:17 PM, Blogger filmex said…

    I'm not sure why anybody bothered to post that piece-of-shit Slate article link.

    I don't usually waste my time writing people that display that level of ignorance, but this letter to Troy Patterson was unavoidable:

    Mr. Patterson,

    Your recent hit-piece on Amanda Congdon and Rocketboom is so bereft of insight as to boggle the mind. With a discreet regular audience of close to a half million viewers, your research apparently consisted of taking a quick trip through the RB archives only to deem that Miss Congdon is little more than today's Jenny McCarthy. Ugh.

    Rather than try and determine the nature of Miss Congdon's ability to connect with an audience, you decide it is simply her jiggle-factor, something many male admirers would no doubt complain is painfully deficient, outside of her phantom jumping rope adventure.

    To try and reduce her to a latter-day Suzanne Somers is both nonsensical and, again, totally devoid of any kind of meaningful perception.

    Somers bounced her way through a forgettable career, and Miss McCarthy, as a former Playboy centerfold best known at this point for making her boobs big, then small, then big, then small, are the last reference points that would come to mind to anyone seriously trying to deconstruct the phenomenon that has been Rocketboom over the past year.

    Miss Congdon has steadily improved while gaining in bravura and confidence. You chart this as achieving the summit of "she got to be okay".

    Perhaps it's Slate's fault for assigning a story best covered by a tech journalist to a TV critic. Perhaps we simply caught you on a bad day, with you still stewing over the announcement last week that network broadcast ratings were at their lowest levels in recorded history.

    Perhaps regularly covering a medium that has all the growth potential of Betamax has left you feeling a need to lash out at more modern technologies.

    The kicker is the Mankiewicz quote at the end. One gets the decided impression that you recently read, "Mank", and have been trying to figure out for some time how to work that famous quote into a review; for it stands completely apart from everything that precedes it in the article.

    After belittling Miss Congdon's charms for most of the piece, insinuating she has done little more than discover her bosom over her career, you suddenly attached Mankiewicz's quote noting that due to the abundance of idiots in Hollywood, it is ripe for plundering by those with true talent.

    After spending the article making us believe that Miss Congdon is Zasu Pitts rather than Carole Lombard, this bit of fancy is contradictory and works against the foundation you have seemingly been insistent on driving home. Perhaps that’s why a search of your work at Slate turns up as many Corrections as actual articles.

    Maybe Slate can try again and have someone more attuned attempt to define the magical alchemy Miss Congdon has achieved with her audience to date, in that with your Jenny McCarthy/jiggly references, you are not only shockingly clueless but needlessly denigrating.

  • At 11:21 PM, Blogger Rick said…

    We miss you! Keep us posted when you find your next gig!

  • At 11:39 PM, Blogger Rpgedimac said…

    Hi Amanda, I know that you're just getting TONS of emails, comments.. but that's great. How many celebrities can say that they do and be loved by so many fans... uh, well all of them.. lol. HOWever, you started online and see, you don't have to be in movies nor tv to be famous, also don't have to be in some lame reality show (PLEASE don't be in BigBrother or Dancing with the stars). I enjoyed your interview with Joe/MSNBC and you were great and well.. very beautiful looking (that lighting crew gets KUDOS). Anyways, can't wait til you get a high profile job once again for fans like us will follow you anywhere.

  • At 1:57 PM, Blogger Harlock said…

    Looking forward to your next project. The morning internet search just isn't as fun without your 3 minutes news report.

  • At 11:43 PM, Blogger Mike Blasdel said…

    Great interview, and best of luck.

  • At 8:09 PM, Blogger rabiddogma said…

    You should have asked Joe why he killed Lori Klausutis. I've always wondered about that.

    What? you haven't heard of this? Just Google scarborough AND murder and see what you get. How is it that Republicans get away with murder?

  • At 8:09 PM, Blogger tangerine said…

    Downloading now.
    Thank you eggzakt!

    :: cheers ::

  • At 8:11 PM, Blogger tangerine said…

    Downloading now...

    Thanks eggzakt, cheers all around for getting the interview online.

  • At 9:31 PM, Blogger ouzo said…

    I'm wondering if all this is just a stunt to gain ratings... why hasn't she sold her share? Does she believe there is a future for Rocketboom? The only way for that to happen is if she comes back.

  • At 11:59 AM, Blogger .david h. said…

    I think the guy who is interviewing Amanda on MSNBC is really pretentious. what an arrogance!!! qualifying his media as a "gigantic mainstream media machine". i mean the guy asks : "what do you get that we (the media) don't get?" AND there, what's YOUR Killing answers : "I KNOW HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH MY AUDIENCE". i say it's a ROCKETBOOM quote! Good luck Amanda!

  • At 12:35 PM, Blogger Blicky Bloc said…

    You are almost uncomfortably strong for a woman. When you smacked him back with that answer - I thought wow there is someone with real power a real sense of self. It was compelling beyond my comfort level. Wow. I wonder if I am just not the demographic. I tell you what though tell me what web site to buy my next hard drive on and I will be forced to comply.

    Also you need to practice more for your interviews - get some lawyer friend to do that with you I saw some slippage, your recovery was slow almost agonizing but then I see interviews as sporting events - I was rooting for you.

    Then also I sugest shameless plugs for a friend's web site every third answer. "You know Bob I was reading Karmagrrrl and I think that..."

  • At 3:26 PM, Blogger inbalance said…


    You looked so pretty on that interview..what a smile. You are lovely, honest, vulnerable and approachable..I suppose it's better that you don't go to network are too real for them.

  • At 6:32 PM, Blogger Lester said…

    Is it just me, or does he start off by saying, "...from the big dick"?

  • At 11:48 PM, Blogger luminosity7 said…

    well i missed the whole unfolding drama, i've been in media isolation the last couple of weeks. i have to say that I enjoyed rocketboom, especially a year back when I went unemployed. it was a great way to keep a good humour and the laughs were much needed. thanks. take care.



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