Welcome to the Armageddon 25th anniversary podcast!
In Celebration of 25 years of Awesomeness, we are diving into Armageddon expo's history, exploring its humble beginnings to how it became the largest fantasy event in New Zealand with over 130,000 attendees attending the shows annually. Hosted by the talented Damian Reid, this podcast will follow Armageddons Creators Bill and Adele Geradts journey throughout the past 25 years through its highs and lows, with interviews from the Armageddon Family, friends and Celebrity guests.
In this week's episode, Damian introduces the Origin story for Armageddon Expo through the eyes of the organisers, William (Bill) and Adele Geradts. We discuss the difficulties of raising kids while simultaneously planting the seed for what Armageddon Expo would become.
37 min 52 sec
In this week's podcast, Armageddon enters the 2000s with a bleak beginning, but after an inspiring trip to San Diego Comic-Con and meeting new friends, Bill and Adele were ready to step things up a notch.
55 min 55 sec
In this week's podcast, Armageddon Expo expands to new horizons, bringing Armageddon to Christchurch, Dunedin and over the ditch to Melbourne, Australia. Auckgeddon also gets a surprising upgrade to the ASB Showgrounds where the expo has been held ever since. Bill and Adele also meet some life long friends, Amanda Beachcroft and the talented Steve Blum, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Tony Amendola.
59 min 14 sec
In this week’s podcast, Armageddon takes off the training wheels and has Shifted up a gear to warp factor 9. But the faster a ship goes, the bigger the turmoil can be, especially in the face of a life-changing event. But even in the face of adversity, Armageddon Expo continued to grow in popularity and size. To keep up with the immense workload, Bill and Adele have to expand the company and share the load by hiring their first full-time employee, Therese, and the much anticipated Damian Reed joining as the new emcee for the main stage.
1 hr 22 min
In this week’s podcast, a new communications manager joins the Armageddon team, just in time for the Biggest Auckland Armageddon Expo to date. Bill and Adele also welcome a new member of the Geradts family to the expos. Over these five years, the Armageddon team will face new challenges that they could never have anticipated but all these challenges will only seem like a speed bump on the road compared to what 2020 will hold for the world.
1 hr 12 min
In this week’s podcast, we come to an end of this limited series with one of the most challenging and unforgettable years that Armageddon and the world have ever seen. 2020 started off like every other year, the Armageddon team is gearing up to celebrate twenty-five years, with Anniversary plans and more underway but before they know it Covid-19 spreads around the world and the Armageddon team are forced to navigate this new world of lockdowns, social distancing and the potential collapse of the event completely. -From the Armageddon team, we want to thank you all for taking the time to listen to this podcast and for all your support over the past 25 years, without you, the fans, we would not be here today.
1 hr 21 min