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Meet Rebecca Leib and Jason Horton of Ghost Town in Echo Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Leib and Jason Horton.

Jason and Rebecca met doing improv at UCB-LA and iO West over ten years ago. Jason worked in podcasting, and the YouTube space and Rebecca worked in scripted and unscripted tv. Both are stand-ups with an obsession with LA history… and thus, Ghost Town was born! Ghost Town is a podcast about abandoned, unexplored, haunted and esoteric spaces all over the world. Along with the podcast, we have tours, social media, and good, old’-fashioned curiosities about stories untold!

Has it been a smooth road?
Money is a huge struggle (when isn’t it). Finding the rhythm and our voice. Oddly enough, an audience seems to find us pretty easily, though we’ve worked hard figuring out what works best to serve our fact/history hungry audience and our comedy identities.

We have hosted podcasts in the past, so a lot of what Ghost Town has become is based on that learning curve. The community at large of what we discuss is both very dedicated and vibrant. With that, some might have expectations on what they want out of an episode. It’s impossible to please every single listener, but we are committed to always growing, learning, and remaining consistent with our voice and point of view.

It goes without saying, but there are so many podcasts available, both in our niche and overall. Although it’s accessibility has grown, podcasts aren’t as commonplace when people consume entertainment, like how something like Facebook or Netflix might be. Getting your show on someone’s radar isn’t easy.

Either someone might not know how to access it from a functionality standpoint, or they just don’t know it exists. We are fortunate to be in a “broad yet narrow” category, where people are down to consume many different shows on a similar subject. Whereas someone might be content with one interview on a celebrity, the people that are fans of true crime are very willing to listen to many points of view on a particular story.

This is something we learned from hosting other podcasts and made sure we had something we were both already obsessed with, and we knew we could find an audience to listen. With that said we make sure to get the word out about the show as much as we can, and as creatively as we can.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Ghost Town – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are known as comedians and amateur historians/trespassers. I think the way we tell a story (through place) sets us apart from others, along with having strong personalities to match our historical zealousness!

We always try to gravitate to the places we have experienced when we can. Those first-hand accounts add an element that you don’t always find, and we believe that adds another level of interest and enthusiasm for us and the listener.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and the least?
We both love and hate that our city is hard to get to know. It’s a fun process to familiarize ourselves with all the ins and outs, but it can also be inaccessible. We also love how people have stereotypes about LA. For example, those who say LA lacks culture are sadly missing out.

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1 Comment

  1. Alex Grant

    March 8, 2019 at 21:06

    Hi my name is Alex grant aka alleycat 😺. Im a youtuber / cosplayer . I’d love to meet Jason / Rebecca I’m friends w Jas I listen to ghost town all the time . They are good hosts , it would be a treat to chat w them / hang out it’s on my bucket list to go on Jas podcast thank u

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