I'd been meaning to add the Christmas and Valentine ones, but I just never found the motivation to add them. I saw the upcoming one and decided to finally do it; I'm trying anything I can to get us to 26,000 by May 16.
And yup, that's me with the vending machine (a so-so bit, if I can be my own harshest critic), and thanks! How'd you come across that?
I think I read somewhere that you had written articles for other Muppet websites, and I was trying to look up what you had written for them, and that led to your LinkedIn page, which led to your YouTube links. I guess I just find talking electronics funny, since I was in high school in the '80's, so we were watching WarGames and Max Headroom and stuff like that. (Yay for Generation X!)
A lot of it isn't very interesting (Kermit: "Life ever get you down? Well don't let it. Like we say in the swamp, 'Never Say Croak.' And here's a song with that kind of message about never giving up, 'Keep Your Head Up' by Andy Grammer."). It might not expire; the other Guest DJ stations are still up. But, there's a lot of promoting for MMW, so I don't know if it'll last.
I don't know exactly what the situation was (if Kevin just recorded his lines and left them with the staff), but in many episodes this season (aside from the repeats), someone else is performing Elmo to Kevin's vocal track (Compare "Simon Says" and "The Wedding Planner", Kevin's there for the former and the latter is voice-over). As far as I can tell, the only ones he was there for were Episode 4405, Episode 4415 and Episode 4425.
Since we don't have production dates for the episodes, it's a bit harder to explain. But take one we do have a date for - Episode 4411. The episode was shot a month after Kevin left, but Elmo's still in it and it's Kevin's voice in the episode, meaning someone else was performing to his vocal track.
I've also detected the voice-over like nature of Elmo's dialogue in certain episodes. For what it's worth, I created the sandbox page tracking the performer transitions for Elmo (and the Count) over the course of season 44. Currently, I'm not sure how or if this page will fit in with the rest of the Wiki, but if nothing else, I wanted to provide a reliable resource for who's performing who in which episode.
I'll think about that. I'd enjoy doing a couple myself (I haven't done so in awhile) but sharing always makes these things go quicker (in several but not all cases, there are two episodes per file). These are the ones with the Spanish VO (for Tingo, and unusually, in "Empire Strikes Backside," replacing the narrator and the alien). A friend of mine knows more about dropboxing and all that, so I'll get back to you on that.
Also, nice to be reminded of how amusing the "Adventures of Pete and Joe" segments are (if Buddy and Jim were Godzilla and Mothra).
Also also, the episode template was copied over from the Sesame Street one, but I think we should modify it. "Sponsor" isn't applicable (even if a specific letter or number is featured, the focus is more on vocabulary, word concepts, and themes) and I don't think "syndication" is needed either (DVD *maybe* if we want to make distinctions since we know some of the episodes were packaged differently for US DVDs). Thoughts?
"Syndication" we can get rid of, absolutely (was that still part of the template? I didn't notice). Sponsors we could change too. I'd rather include the DVD in the template; the ones on DVD have a pathetic gallery at the bottom with just one DVD cover that just looks bad (especially in wide view); I was actually thinking of making a Videography page for the series anyway.
(And if you do share the eps. with me, could you maybe include "How Does It Feel?" I meant to grab an mp3 of the song in the episode, but it was removed from YT before I could).