Justin Robert Young

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Justin Robert Young
BornJustin Robert Young
March 5, 1983

Justin Robert Young (born March 5, 1983)[1], journalist and podcaster, is the editor-in-chief of iTricks.com,[2] the foremost magic news site on the web, editor of WeirdThings.com,[3] and is a podcaster for the TWiT.tv network, co-hosting the weekly show NSFW.[4]

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Early Career

Justin Robert Young is a graduate of the Syracuse University journalism program where he also worked at The Daily Orange, the independent student newspaper of Syracuse, New York.[5] He has also worked as a newspaper journalist for “The South Florida Sun-Sentinel” of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and “The Morning Call” of Allentown, Pennsylvania.[6] He decided to include his middle name in his professional moniker, as several persons were already utilizing the name “Justin Young” in a professional capacity.[7] In his early career, Young practiced and performed stand-up comedy and improv in addition to attempting a comedy podcast.[8]

Journalism and Podcasting

Following his brief tenure in newspaper journalism, Young was recruited by longtime friend and magic inventor Andrew Mayne to serve as the editor-in-chief of iTricks.com, published by Mayne. Young later went on to serve as editor of WeirdThings.com, also published by Mayne.[9] Young first met podcasting collaborator and magician Brian Brushwood in Florida while interviewing him for iTricks.com and soon after became a regular guest on Brushwood’s BBLiveShow podcast following a swarm of call-in appearances.[10] Young and Brushwood were picked up by Leo Laporte’s TWiT.tv network to co-host a show that went on to be named NSFW and premiered on November 24, 2009.[11] Only one month prior in October 2009, Young, with co-hosts Andrew Mayne and Brian Brushwood, began the WeirdThings.com podcast, which has appeared as one of iTunes top science podcasts.[12] In 2009 he also served as an Associate Producer on the first season of G4 Underground.[13] Through the NSFW podcast, Young has interviewed AMC network’s The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker who has affectionately proclaimed to be Young’s “stepfather”.[14] Young has also co-hosted a podcast film festival with film director and producer Christopher Coppola,[15] and has written advertisements for Greg Grunberg’s website Talk About It, which promotes epilepsy awareness.[16]

Live Events and Hoaxes

On March 10, 2010 at Digg's South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) festival party, Young, along with NSFW co-host Brian Brushwood, initiated one of the largest Twitter hoaxes ever when they prompted a packed audience to tweet and re-tweet with the hashtag #omgconan that Conan O’Brien, recently departed from NBC, was going to join Revision3, an internet television network co-founded by Digg founder Kevin Rose. Word even spread that Conan walked out live on stage to make the annoucement[17] The stunt was originally orchestrated to set the record for the “Most Tweeted Hoax”, and now Justin Robert Young currently holds the record at 525 tweets with the Universal Record Database.[18] During Magic Month at Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida (January 30 - February 25, 2011) Young was featured in “Stars of Magic” alongside performer Andrew Mayne. This marked Young’s first performance in magic.[19]

Internet Podcasting and Television

BBLiveShow
Initially started by magician and podcaster Brian Brushwood, Young became a regular guest on the show after excessive call-ins to the show following a chance meet-up with host Brian Brushwood in Florida for an interview for iTricks.com.
iTricks Magic Week in Review
The iTricks Magic Week in Review Podcast is an extension of the iTrick.com magic news website, for which Young is editor-in-chief, and reviews the latest magic news of the week in addition to interviewing guests from the magic industry.
NSFW
The NSFW podcast is part of the TWiT.tv network, hosted by Justin Robert Young and Brian Brushwood. The show premiered on November 24, 2009. It had its origins in the style and format of the BBLiveShow, hosted by Brushwood.
WeirdThings.com Podcast
The WeirdThings.com podcast is co-hosted by Andrew Mayne, Justin Robert Young, and Brian Brushwood. In it they discuss science, the impossible, and the fantastic.


References

  1. Justin Robert Young Day!
  2. iTricks.com: About
  3. WeirdThings.com: About
  4. NSFW Show Homepage
  5. Justin Robert Young is Thrown Down a Tarp
  6. WeirdThings.com Justin Robert Young Bio
  7. My So Called 8bit Life Episode 07: Creepy Santa
  8. My So Called 8bit Life Episode 07: Creepy Santa
  9. WeirdThings.com
  10. My So Called 8bit Life Episode 07: Creepy Santa
  11. NSFW Show Homepage
  12. Weird Things Podcast
  13. WeirdThings.com Justin Robert Young Bio
  14. NSFW Show Episode 56: A Rooker Looks Back
  15. NSFW Show Episode 53: Christopher Coppola and the Infinite Sadness
  16. NSFW Show Episode 21: New Show Fails Weekly
  17. #OMGConan: The big Digg party Twitter hoax
  18. [http://urdb.org/world-record/tweeted-hoax/2795 “Most Tweeted Hoax” world record at Universal Record Database.
  19. View From the Box: My First Magic Performance
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