Rob Cesternino and Rob Has a Podcast
Rob Cesternino has made a living based on his particpation in a variety of reality TV activities – from being a Survivor contestant to becoming an online entrepreneur.
Rob was born on October 20th, 1978. He grew up in Wantagh, New York. He went to the State University of New York at Oswego and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcasting.
Rob Cesternino runs Rob Has a Podcast, a site devoted to podcasting, blogging, interviewing and otherwise discussing Reality TV. Rob is himself part of Reality show history as he was a contestant on both Survivor: The Amazon and Survivor: All Stars.
Rob first appeared on the sixth season of Survivor. Survivor: The Amazon (2003) was the first time the show divided tribes by gender. Rob played a very aggressive, strategic game. He was one of the first players to ever jump alliances for his own gain. Although Rob played an excellent strategic game he lost the final Immunity Challenge and Jenna Morasca, the eventual winner, voted him out leaving Rob in third place. Survivor host Jeff Probst called Rob, “The smartest player to have never won Survivor.”
That reputation harmed Rob going into 2004's Survivor: All Stars. The first time his tribe, Chapera, went to Tribal Council they blindsided Rob and he left the game after only 12 days in Panama.
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The Fishbowl.com and Iron Sink Media
After playing in Survivor: All Stars, Rob joined a production company called thefishbowl.com. It was a company focused on Reality TV. As part of thefishbowl.com Rob co-wrote a fake documentary movie called The Scorned. It was a horror film where former Reality TV stars were “killed.” The project was a failure. Shortly after the movie's creation The Fishbowl folded.
After the Fishbowl.com ended Rob started a new production company, Iron Sink Media, with his former Fishbowl colleague, Scott Zakarin. The company produced a number of different web series including the YouTube show, Soup of the Day. Iron Sink Media went under in early 2009.
Rob Has a Podcast
In mid-2009 Rob Cesternino started doing some podcasts. He started doing podcasts about TV shows he liked such as LOST and Survivor. Over the next couple of years Rob expanded the number of shows he covered on his podcast, including The Amazing Race and Big Brother among many others.
In 2011 Rob began doing more live webcasts about different TV shows. The live shows began really picking up during that Summer's coverage of Big Brother.
After that, Rob Has a Podcast began to build its audience, covering reality shows ranging from Survivor, Big Brother, and The Amazing Race to RuPaul's Drag Race, The Bachelor, and MTV's The Challenge.
Rob initially only podcasted with his wife, Nicole, but soon began podcasting with many other people including fellow Survivor Stephen Fischbach, podcasters Mike Bloom, Taran Armstrong, Jessica Liese, and many more.
Big Brother 19 Post-Finale Interviews
For Survivor: Philippines in 2012 Rob decided to do a live podcast for every episode that season. Stephen Fishbach, the finalist from Survivor: Tocantins and cast member of Survivor: Game Changers, joined Rob as co-host of the podcast. Rob says he decided to name the show Survivor Know-It-Alls because it was, “The show with the two guys who know everything about Survivor except how to win the game.”
In addition to Know-It-Alls, Rob began to interview more guests including Survivor host, Jeff Probst. The show is now a mainstay of the Survivor podcasting universe.
In addition to the regular Know-It-Alls podcasts, Stephen and Rob usually go on the road once or twice a season doing live shows in places like New York City or Austin, Texas.
Survivor Know-It-Alls Heroes vs. Healers. vs. Hustlers Episode 9
Other Reality TV Broadcasts
Rob Has a Podcast now produces a rich depth of reality TV podcasts each week, even during the traditional TV off seasons. For Survivor, Rob produces feedback shows, interviews contestants, and has numerous other shows.
For Big Brother, the podcast has shows following every episode as well as nightly live feed updates.
The podcast covers a wealth of other reality TV shows including The Amazing Race, Celebrity Big Brother, Top Chef, The Challenge, RuPaul's Drag Race, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and many more.
News AF is a weekly show on Rob Has a Podcast. Rob Cesternino, Tyson Apostol, and Danny Bryson get together to talk about the weirdest and wackiest news of the week. No news is out of bounds on this show.
Listeners send in articles for the guys to discuss, anything from rats showering like people to naked fitness classes. Danny, Tyson, and Rob debate the merits of each story and try to come up with ways to improve on them.
Rob Has a Podcast's Audience and Awards
Since the website began back in 2009, Rob has a Podcast has garnered over 2 million episode downloads and over 23 million minutes watched on Rob Has a Podcast's YouTube channel. Survivor Know-It-Alls and other podcasts chart highly on the iTunes TV & Film category. Know-It-Alls has hit #1 on more than one occasion.
Rob Has a Podcast has won a number of awards including three People's Choice Podcast Awards. The podcast won Best Entertainment Podcast in 2012 and Best Video Podcast and Best Produced Podcast in 2013. In the People's Choice Podcast category, RHAP won Best Entertainment Podcast for 2014, beating out the noted Serial podcast.
Post Show Recaps
In 2014 Rob Cesternino added a new branch to his podcasting empire. Postshowrecaps.com has blogs, podcasts, and videocasts covering scripted television shows such as The Walking Dead, Star Trek: Discovery, and Game of Thrones.
Listeners of Rob Has a Podcast can become patrons of the site by signing up wih Patreon. Benefits include weekly bonus podcasts, access to private Facebook pages for fellow listeners, behind the scenes webisodes, gifts at some levels, and advance notice of tickets to upcoming Rob Has a Podcast events.
The 49 Laws of Survivor
In September of 2014 Rob Cesternino and Stephen Fishbach released an audiobook, The 49 Laws of Survivor. The audiobook focuses on 49 strategies Survivor players have used to succeed in the game. The concept of the book is based on Robert Greene's classic 48 Laws of Power, a book that focuses on how powerful people throughout history found ways to grow even more powerful.
The 49 Laws of Survivor
The Evolution of Strategy
The Evolution of Strategy is an audiobook series created by Rob Cesternino and journalist Josh Wigler, of The Hollywood Reporter. The series does a "rewatch" of each of the first 30 seasons of Survivor. You can purchase the whole series or buy it one season at a time.
Rob and Josh are very knowledgeable and their witty banter makes the series a very entertaining audio journey.
Rob has a wife, Nicole, who podcasts with him on some of his shows. They have two sons, Dominic, born September 29th, 2013, and Anthony, born November 12th, 2015.
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