|Description||Podcast and Website|
|Season(s) Active||South Pacific - present|
Survivor Oz is an Australian radio show dedicated to Survivor coverage. Based in Hobart, Australia, it is Australia's only Survivor podcast and website, and is known mostly for its extensive contestant interviews.
The show began as a segment on Edge Radio's Friday breakfast show, The Brink and was called Survivor's On the Brink. It debuted with an interview with Survivor: Gabon contestant Gillian Larson before other guests would follow on a weekly basis, usually for around 15-20 minutes. Popularity of the segment and its subsequent interviews lead to the segment spinning-off to become a weekly hour-long radio show, Survivor Oz which aired on Tuesday afternoons. In September 2012, the show finished on Edge Radio and became solely a podcast.
The show publishes interviews on Tuesday and Friday, and generally publishes two separate interviews on each day. Each interview starts off with a group of generic questions about the players gameplay and how they got on Survivor, before answering questions sent in from the listeners and the shows' famous 5 Questions (which are actually 6 separate questions merged into 5). Interviews generally last anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour, depending on the guest.
In late 2012, the show hosted it's first live episode online. Since then it has hosted several live episodes including special events and guest interviews. The show also does a weekly recap with a former Survivor castaway during each season, where the castaway gives their viewpoint on that weeks episode.
Also in 2012, the show introduced the Ozcap, which is an hour long (or sometimes longer) episode recapping a specific season of Survivor.
In 2013, In conjunction with the premiere of Survivor: Blood vs. Water, the show introduced the Survivor Oz Oztopsy. The Oztopsy consists of Ben and some of the Ozlets broadcasting a live podcast on Spreecast after the Australian airing of the episode, to discuss their thoughts on the episode.
Survivor Oz is hosted by Ben Waterworth, but in 2012 he introduced a group of helpers called the Ozlets (a pun on Cirie Fields' notorious comment about Amanda Kimmel and Ozzy Lusth's romantic relationship in Survivor: Micronesia). As of 2013, there are over 20 Ozlets who help in developing the podcast and content for the shows website. Notable Ozlets include Rileigh Marshall, Jarryd Elliott and Noah Groves. Jarryd writes the episode recaps the show publishes for each current season whilst Noah is the shows historical analyzer during podcasts.
In 2012, the show held a poll where listeners got to vote on six different categories on various elements of Survivor. In 2013 the show expanded this poll and renamed it 'The Ozcars' which is now an annual award ceremony to celebrate various aspects of Survivor and award contestants, locations, seasons and those involved in the show for their service and performance. Parvati Shallow has won the most Ozcars overall with four, with Cirie Fields and Malcolm Freberg next with two each.
The Survivor Oz Top 10Edit
Every Wednesday, the Survivor Oz website publishes different Top 10 lists about certain topics of Survivor. These Top 10's have proven to be extremely popular, with various topics covered so far including "Top 10 Couples", "Top 10 Game Changing Players" and "Top 10 Strategists". The Top 10's are written by a different Ozlet each week and aren't publicly voted upon, although in early 2013 the show held a stand alone poll to decide the Top 25 moments in the history of Survivor which were voted by its listeners.
Survivor Oz is known for its interviews of many Survivor castaways, in which the podcast aims to interview every single Survivor castaway in the history of the show. As of November 2013, the show has interviewed 225 (of 405) Survivor castaways. Survivor Oz gained notoriety for it's ability to track down castaways who had remained out of the public eye for many years, including B.B. Andersen, Greg Buis, Kelly Wiglesworth, Silas Gaither, Brian Heidik and Danni Boatwright. The show conducted the last ever interview with B.B before his death in 2013, as well as the last interview with Todd Herzog before his stint in rehab for alcoholism in the same year.
The show has also has interviewed important figures in the show's production, including Mark Burnett, Charlie Parsons and Russ Landau, as well as other members of the Survivor media cycle like Dalton Ross and Gordon Holmes.
- Survivor Oz official website
- Survivor Oz Facebook fan page
- Survivor Oz Twitter account
- Survivor Oz YouTube account