Supporting Characters podcast – Happy Holidays from The Rialto Report!

Supporting Characters podcast – Happy Holidays from The Rialto Report!

We’re on vacation this week, but wanted to wish everyone a very happy Christmas from ourselves – and from two of our favorites… Johnnie Keyes and C.J. Laing (see below).

CJ Laing, Johnny Keyes

We also wanted to close the year by telling you about ‘Supporting Characters‘, a podcast – where Ashley West from The Rialto Report was the interviewee this week.

‘Supporting Characters’ host Bill Ackerman talks to writers, bloggers, podcasters, fanzine publishers, programmers, preservationists and more about their creative endeavors and today’s film culture.

This week, Bill spoke to Ashley, who explains how his ongoing documentary project detailing the birth of the adult film industry in New York put him on the path to recording audio commentaries with figures like Radley Metzger, consulting on the HBO series ‘The Deuce‘ and co-founding The Rialto Report, a collection of podcasts, articles and photographs chronicling the history of the golden age of adult film. Other topics covered include: fanzines, the field recordings of Alan Lomax, the adult film work of Wes Craven, Boogie Nights, the Golden Age Appreciation Fund, Video Nasties, Jamie Gillis, ‘Barbara Broadcast‘ and how an eBay bidding war can lead you to a ‘Purple Rose Of Cairo’ moment.

You can listen to the podcast here.

See you all in 2018!

  • Posted On: 24th December 2017
  • By: The Rialto Report
  • Under: Podcasts


  1. Jeff Holmes · December 24, 2017 Reply


    Your work has been a total joy this year (the Marc Stevens and Wade Nichols investigations were particular highlights.

    NO ONE, but NO ONE does it like you guys. Your work has -rewritten history. Long may it continue.

  2. Dee D · December 24, 2017 Reply

    I look forward to discovering a new podcast – especially if it features the Rialto team.

    What’s on the slate for next year?!!!!

  3. anon-676 · December 24, 2017 Reply

    Thanks and thanks again. Happy 2018.

  4. Paul · December 24, 2017 Reply

    Unbeleievable podcasts and articles this year. How do you do it?!?!?! And can it continue??

  5. Dennis D. Menace · December 24, 2017 Reply

    Happy Holidays to all! It’s amazing how classic porn has become such a big part of the pop culture lexicon. I grew up (and still live) in NYC, and I have some amazing memories of old school Times Square. This website is a valuable tool in preserving the legacy of what is sadly (like pro wrestling) considered a fringe show business element. Hope to see even more great stuff in 2018!

  6. Brooklyn Mike · December 24, 2017 Reply

    Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year to all!

  7. George · December 24, 2017 Reply

    In the spirit of the Holidays: Fuck yea!

  8. Frank F · December 24, 2017 Reply

    Ashley and April, wishing you Happy Holidays, and thank you for all the wonderful podcasts and articles. Can’t wait to see what you have for 2018!

  9. King Midas In Reverse · December 24, 2017 Reply

    Back in the 1970s/1980s of my youth (a long time ago and a galaxy far far away), I had a family member involved in the Betamax distribution of the golden age xxx era films. Suffice to say I grew up watching stars like Jaime Gillis, Joey Silvera, Eric Edwards, Samantha Fox, Desiree Cousteu, Sharon Mitchell. Also growing up in New York City, I was fortunate to experience the tail end of the 42nd Street Golden Age.

    Your work on this site is beyond awesome. You present these golden age stars as more then sex objects on film. You present them as human beings with a life story. Your work illustrates their genius,vulnerabilities,insight, flaws as well as uniqueness. Aren’t these characteristics that make us all human?

    Happy and healthy New Year to you all!! And thanks again for making this the #1 site on the net.

    I leave you with a quote:

    “When opportunity knocks, sometimes you just have to answer the door”-Juliet Anderson (from Taboo 2-1982)


  10. Scott H. · December 24, 2017 Reply

    Happy Holidays to you guys!

  11. Rich · December 24, 2017 Reply

    Merry X-Mas guys…..Great Interview as always….Fascinating and insightful….. Very interesting to learn about the man behind the Rialto report…

  12. Marco A. S. Freitas · December 24, 2017 Reply

    It´s quite hard for me to know what makes me drool more intensely: watching my fave stars from the Golden Age of X-Rated films perform OR looking this Virtual Film Shrine up for new podcasts every few days.

    Ashley and April, you rule.

  13. Jim Stevens · December 25, 2017 Reply

    Listening to the Supporting Characters podcast was almost as much fun as listening to one of yours.

    Was fascinated by Bill’s impressions of the Fred Lincoln podcast (one of the few I felt like taking a shower after) and Ashley’s opinion of adult films at large. It’s true, though…unless there’s some behind the scenes aspects of a particular film, it’s not about the movies themselves, but the people behind them.

    For telling their stories, we are forever grateful.

    Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday and a great 2018.

  14. Matt Moroder · December 25, 2017 Reply

    Just a big thank you for another great year Ashley & April.
    Cooking (another x-mass) dinner, listen to the insides you share about the project
    and than receiving season greetings from Marlene Willoughby.
    what could be better.

    Season Greetings from Hamburg Germany.

    p.s. If I could I would share a screenshot from Jamie Gillis and John Leslie walking down Reeperbahn in the early morning.

  15. Lit · December 25, 2017 Reply

    Dear Rialto Report

    Thank you for adding this brilliant podcast and capturing an illuminating, ephemeral yet highly significant period in modern history.

    Seasons greetings,


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  17. Chris · December 29, 2017 Reply

    Ash and April, thank you thank you ! Thank you for telling these people stories you are the master.
    Happy new year keep up the good work long LIVE Leslie Bovee
    Someday we will have that drink !

  18. Brian · December 31, 2017 Reply

    Your instincts were wrong, Mr West….I very much enjoyed this interview and the process of how The Rialto Report came to be, interesting to say the least. Really looking forward to what’s next in 2018!

  19. Ron S · January 1, 2018 Reply

    I don’t bother much with cultural websites anymore– too much noise to signal, too many agendas. The Rialto Report is my exception. I always want to know what you’ve posted each Sunday. Your real history, quality, dedication and basic humanity always shine. What’s the word? Oh yeah: sincerity.

    I look forward to hearing the interview.

  20. Roger Leatherwood · January 5, 2018 Reply

    Ashley, I just heard the Supporting Characters podcast. You came across as very articulate and well-versed, which we already knew, in spite of you insisting you stay in the background. Great work, great interview and great insight into why Rialto Report came to exist and why it’s important.

    Keep up the great work, and happy new year.

    Best, Roger

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