Looking for a different pinball Podcast which isn’t about current events or pinball news? Silverball Chronicles is a monthly podcast for the true pinball nerd that enjoys learning more about the complicated dynamics, politics and characters that created their favourite pinball machines. Join Ron and Dave as they stumble through pinball history mispronouncing names, chronicling designers, telling war stories, and digging up strange and obscure facts; all while paying homage to the
hobby of pinball.
Great for those interested in History of Pinball
This show is great! I listened to it on a road trip and it kept me interested the whole time. There isn’t a lot of fluff just a bunch of interesting takes on everything came to be within older pinball companies and personalities.
If Ken Burns did a pinball history podcast…
Ron Hallett Jr. has been documenting the growth of pinball for over a decade. He offers insightful first-hand accounts of the history of pinball that goes far back before the “resurgence” of pinball. I greatly appreciate the use of documented primary sources without relying on the received wisdom which may not be entirely historically accurate. His co-host, David is obviously not as well-versed in pinball lore as Ron, and his attempts at adding “humour” often fall flat IMHO, but he does a yeoman’s job of leading the show with a direct focus. This series is quickly becoming the definitive historical record of pinball’s fascinating history and the people who made it what it is today.
A must listen for historians!
Each episode is packed with TONS of information about the history of Pinball. Broken down into categories, So you can choose which topic to learn about. Great personality, and has some good humor. A must listen!
Listen to the Power of History
My personal favorite show on the current The Pinball Network line-up, David Dennis and Ron Hallett cover one of my favorite topics (pinball history) in an easy-to-follow, easy-to-digest, easy-to-enjoy way.
The show pacing has been solid, with the episodes generally marching through a chronological accounting of whatever specific topic they are tackling (with the occasional sub-journey or side-story added in where appropriate). David leads along the narrative thread but plays to Ron’s deep knowledge constantly. Their rapport is solid and the end result is a podcast that feels like a mix of two friends chatting with a side of entertaining lecture thrown in.
A special shout-out should be given to the obvious level of work this podcast takes. Multiple data sources and points of view are supplied. While there are several podcasts that have tackled pinball history (at least on an occasional, episodic basis), this appears to be the most fully realized attempt to date (discounting interview shows, which pace very differently even if they are dealing solely with historic pinball figures).
The best show on The Pinball Network
I cannot believe how much I enjoy listening to this podcast that is both informative and entertaining. David Dennis and Ron Hallett obviously spend a lot of time researching each topic providing the listener with historical information balanced with their own opinions of the games. It is obvious that they enjoy what they are doing. I have no idea how much editing goes into each episode, but the pacing is perfect. You would think these guys have worked together for years. It is, by far, the best show on The Pinball Network. Highly recommended for those interested in the history of pinball.