“After a long back-and-forth with iHeart, a few lawsuits, two mysterious deaths and a whole lot of memories we are back in our studio,” said Ron Burgundy as he opened the second season of The Ron Burgundy Podcast, a co-production of the iHeartPodcast Network and Funny Or Die. The show—which has given actor Will Ferrell a platform to resurrect his popular fictional news anchor—also included the announcement that Burgundy didn’t plan to run for President. The season opener does however including someone who is. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) braves an appearance.
“There’s still time if you want to jump in,” Harris advised Burgundy. And when he asked about a potential role as her running mate, Harris responded, “Everything is on the table for consideration.”
Presidential candidates have embraced the podcast industry as part of the 2020 campaign. A tally of podcast appearances so far this year by Podchaser shows that the Democratic candidates have made more than 1,200 appearances on podcasts. Harris, however, has been among the contenders who have turned up on fewer shows than others. As of July 25 she had only appeared on 20 podcast episodes, compared to long-shot candidate Marianne Williamson who appeared on 154 episodes.
Among some of the other guests lined up for the new season of the Ron Burgundy Podcast are actress Brooke Shields, historian and political commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin, and feminist activist Gloria Steinem, among others.
“My podcast, quite simply, can only be described as a raging success,” Burgundy said in a press release about the second season. “I’ll admit – when I first started in this rodeo, it was my first rodeo, and I had no idea what a podcast even was. But through diligent research and persistence, I quickly climbed my way up to the top. And now, it is not my first rodeo. It is now, literally, my second rodeo. And word on the street is that I am already the best rodeo rider that has ever lived…and podcaster too. This is a fact, folks.”
The Ron Burgundy Podcast will become the first podcast to be showcased on iHeart’s new “Sunday Night Podcasts” show Aug. 11. The podcast will air on 270 iHeartMedia radio stations across a variety of formats, including CHR, hot AC, country, rock, urban and news/talk as part of its “Podcast, Meet Broadcast” initiative. “We’re thrilled to bring some of the world’s best and most popular podcasts to our broadcast listeners every Sunday,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network.
“When Ron first started trying to force us to make this podcast with him, we resisted, as it’s clear he’s an unhinged man,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “However, people are actually listening. I have no idea why. Doubly baffling, and for reasons beyond my grasp, they actually want more. Seriously? We have to go through this whole thing again? Fine. Here. Season two. Whatever.”
Presenting sponsors of the second season of The Ron Burgundy Podcast include Fair, NBC and Coors Light.