Rocketboom, launched in October 2004, is hosted by actress Amanda Congdon.
John Ydstie talks with Amanda Congdon, the host of Rocketboom. It's an online newscast of the weird and wonderful. Congdon and Rocketboom have gained a cult following for its offbeat look at the news and the Internet.
The Rocketboom Theme
The Rocketboom intro music is "Zoom a Little Zoom," from an album called Space Songs with Tom Glazer, a popular 1940's folk musician. You can hear the song here.
On Sep. 1, 2005, just after Hurricane Katrina hit, Rocketboom presented a dramatic segment that featured host Amanda Congdon acting in the roles of survivors of the disaster. After saying that the video upset many people in its audience, Rocketboom removed it from its usual place in the site's archives.