So we’re officially done. For good this time. Website stripped, forums trashed, studio hardware sold, subscriptions canceled… 100% done with no chance of a coming back. This decision was not far off but general disinterest by the staff, family obligations and a desire to get away from the desk and back on the field spurred the idea to action.Thank you for the years of loyal listening, support and participation.
Hatched out of joke, OPSEC Airsoft Radio was born on a warm September day in 2005. We were frankly tired of reading several different websites to remain ‘on-top’ of the airsoft scene, but most importantly… tired of being out of the loop on local events/games. So we did something about it. Instead of putting up yet another airsoft news site, we thought an internet radio show could be an option. Internet radio is nothing new, but it is a medium that is rarely used by airsoft. Once Airsoft Connections went off the air, we felt it was our duty to fill the gap.
We reported on and discussed just about everything with no fear. Yes, we did have those that made donations to the show, but we reported from the player’s perspective, not from the pocket of investors or retailers. OPSEC Airsoft was 100% Listener Supported and we prided ourselves on that fact. We were airsofters, not corporate shills.
OPSEC Airsoft Radio first broadcast was on January 28th, 2006 with only one microphone for the 3 staff and one guest in the room. The original staff was Radar (127 episodes), Lice (110 episodes) and Lemon (19 episodes). The first season (Episodes 1-25), A.K.A. ‘The Lost Shows’, had a very low production quality and were primarily catered for the SoCal Airsoft community. The show was canceled after episode 25 for low listenership, participation and cost.
Four months later, Radar restarted OPSEC Airsoft with a format that would endure until the last broadcast on February 17th, 2011. OPSEC Airsoft was extremely active from episode 26 until episode 112 (September 25th, 2008) when the staff, again closed OPSEC siting reasons of exhaustion with the promise of a final zombie show (episode 113) on October 30th, 2008.
After an extended break, in April 2009, the staff got together over lunch and decided to once again relaunch the show, but this time at a much more relaxed pace. Gone were the weekly shows and hectic deadlines for content. With this new relaxed pace, episodes 114 to 122 were completed between April 9th, 2009 and November 25th, 2009. After 122, OPSEC took the usual holiday break to spend time with our loved ones. During this break, Radar was notified that he was being transferred to western New York for work and that he and his wife would be expecting their first child. Radar put the show on permanent hiatus to see how events would unfold in 2010.
Fast forward to September 2010. Radar’s wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in August and he had settled into the new location. On September 16th, 2010, Radar and Alphawolf broadcast episode 123, officially firing up the show into production once again. They broadcast 4 more shows with Alphawolf in Southern California and Radar in Western New York along with a few locals. While the resurgence of the show was enjoyable, the heart of OPSEC Airsoft is in Southern California and the show never regained the same listenership or popularity. In the end, work and family obligations that come with such dramatic life changes overcame the staff, forcing them to finally close shop permanently after episode 130 on October 29th, 2012.