TRS-80 Trash Talk

Hosted by Peter Cetinski

Covers all things related to the TRS-80 Microcomputer line.

38 Episodes


To Paint Or Not To Paint Your TRS-80 and Tim Mann


In this episode we're joined by guest host Patrick Bureau from Texas Tandy Restorations. Patrick leads us through the controversial topic of whether or not to repaint your TRS-80. We also discuss lots of TRS-80 news and several interesting acquisitions, including a TRS-80 voice control device known as the Scott Instruments VET-2. Finally, in our interview segment, Pete interviews the well known TRS-80 hacker Tim Mann.

A Plethora of TRS-80 Items and Classical Mosquito


In this episode we discuss a whole bunch of TRS-80 accessories and recent acquisitions. We then talk about the TRS-80 music album ''Classical Mosquito'' by Robb Murray. Then we dive into some interesting eBay sales of rare TRS-80 accessories. We wrap up with a review of the classic TRS-80 programming book ''TRS-80 Assembly Language Programming'' by William Barden Jr.

New TRS-80 Accessories and John Elliott IV


In this episode we discuss a bunch of new add-on accessories for the TRS-80, including new versions of the classic CHROMAtrs and XLR8er boards as well as the new Talker/80 voice synthesizer. We also talk about some big Tandy XENIX news as well as the new z80unit assembly language testing framework. We review the popular TRS-80 hardware hacking book ''Hardware Interfacing with the TRS-80''. Finally, Pete interviews former Tandy software engineer John Elliott IV.

Surviving the Pandemic with Your TRS-80


In this episode the Trash Talkers discuss the greatest TRS-80 rescue mission of all time as they head to Fort Worth to recover a significant TRS-80 collection. Then, we give you all sorts of ideas on what you can do with your TRS-80 while sequestered away in your home during the current global pandemic.

News and Dennis Bathory-Kitsz


In this episode we cover some news, like the release of TRS-Box with TCP/IP support, the newest TRS8BIT newsletter and serial mouse support for the Model 4. Then we discuss a bunch of new acquisitions, including a MTI Mod III Plus hot rodded Model III and a Rochester Data Dynatyper. Finally, in the main segment, Pete interviews Dennis Bthory-Kitsz, the author of the fantastic ''The Custom TRS-80'' book and all-around renaissance man.

The TRS-80 Model 100


In this episode we review Tandy Assembly 2019. There were lots of additions to the show this year including the new Tech Track. What worked well and what worked not so well? There's the usual segments on new projects, new acquisitions, listener feedback and the book review. We talk about JetSet which is a flight simulator for the TRS-80 Model II! There's some discussion about ARCNET, CP/M Plus and floppy disk baking. Then, in our main segment, we talk to TRS-80 Model 100 enthusiast Josh Malone. Josh gives us a great overview and then a detailed rundown of this most famous portable computer.

Tandy Assembly 2019 Preview and Buzz Murphy


In this episode we start by previewing the upcoming Tandy Assembly 2019. We have a lot of big news to relate regarding the 3rd annual gathering of Tandy Radio Shack computing enthusiasts in Springfield, Ohio. We also discuss a new document archiving project of original Radio Shack Customer Service Bulletins. There's the usual segments on new projects, new acquisitions, listener feedback and the book review. We then try to decide what do you do with a wall of Model I Video Displays. Finally, in our interview segment, Pete talks to Tandy Radio Shack marketing executive Buzz Murphy. Buzz relates his experience at the company while riding the incredible wave that was created by the original TRS-80 microcomputer release in 1977.

News, Acquisitions and Valerie See


In this episode we discuss the latest Tandy Assembly 2019 updates, the 40th Anniversary of the TRS-80 Model II, archiving of rare Radio Shack Dealer Franchise documentation, the third Connecticut Vintage Computer Auction and a lot of acquisitions. Then, in the latter segment, Pete interviews Tandy Radio Shack Engineer Valerie See.

Lots of Acquisitions and Rick Papo


Spring is in the air at Trash Talk headquarters, so weve been itchy to make quite a few acquisitions lately that we discuss, including a long weekend drive to Chicago. We also introduce a new TRS-80 search engine that should prove to be a highly valuable resource to the TRS-80 community. Then, we do some eBay shopping for TRS-80 computers and related items. Finally, we interview TRS-80 programmer Rick Papo. Rick was the author of several important reference books for the TRS-80 which included reverse engineered and highly documented system source code. These are invaluable references for the modern day Z80 assembler programmer.

Interview with Steve Leininger


In this episode, Peter Cetinski talks with Steve Leininger. Steve was the designer of the first TRS-80 microcomputer which became known as the Model I. In the interview, Steve talks about his early life and how he came to be hired by Tandy Radio Shack to design their first computer in 1976. He tells us what it was like to work at the fabled company with a number of interesting stories, many of which you you probably haven't heard before. Then, he finishes up by discussing what he's been working on since leaving the company up until the present day.

Buying and Selling TRS-80s


In this episode, the Trash Talkers discuss how to buy and sell TRS-80s. Using their wealth of knowledge about the Tandy collector's market, they go in-depth on tips and techniques to use at live auctions, eBay, Craigslist and other marketplaces. Whether you're buying, selling or doing both, you're likely to learn quite a bit from their experience.

The First Tandy Computers


In this episode, the Trash Talkers discuss a little known time in the history of Tandy Radio Shack computing. There was a short period just before and after the release of the TRS-80 Model I in 1977 when Tandy sold many different microcomputers, from Altairs to Vectors, under the Tandy Computers brand. Later in the episode, we interview one of the key players of the original Tandy Computers division, former Tandy Radio Shack senior manager, Joe Sigler.

TRS-80 Collecting


In this episode, regular Trash Talkers Peter Cetinski and Ian Mavric welcome Aaron Brockbank and Eric Dittman to the show. First, we run through the schedule for the upcoming Tandy Assembly 2018. Then, we spend some time discussing one of the more popular TRS-80 newsletters from the period, 80 US Journal, which is 40 years old this month. Finally, in our main segment, we talk in-depth about TRS-80 collecting.

RetroStore is a TRS-80 App Store


In this episode, Trash Talkers Peter Cetinski and Ian Mavric welcome guest host Aaron Brockbank as he joins us to discuss the latest news and current events in the world of the TRS-80. Then, we talk with some of the management team from Tandy Assembly to discuss the preparations for the big event in November. Finally, we interview Arno Puder and Sascha Haeberling who have developed a TRS-80 App Store including the hardware needed to access it from your TRS-80 via the Internet.

Summer 2018 and Ken Brookner


In this episode, Trash Talkers Peter Cetinski and Ian Mavric welcome the Summer of 2018 (at least in the North) with a bunch of TRS-80 news and current events updates. We discuss the upcoming Tandy Assembly 2018, a new TRS-80 Model I diagnostics cartridge and do some eBay shopping. Then, we interview former Tandy Radio Shack employee Ken Brookner. Ken served in many roles at Tandy Radio Shack in Fort Worth, as he climbed the ladder in technical support, starting as a phone rep and ending up as director of the department.

Tandy vs IBM


In this episode the Trash Talkers welcome vintage computing podcast pioneer David Greelish as a guest host. Pete, Ian and David discuss how Tandy reacted to the the introduction of the IBM Personal Computer in 1981. Tandy Radio Shack had all the advantages with its massive distribution network, its existing business focused Model II computer and with the forthcoming powerful Tandy 2000 computer. How the company attempted to compete with IBM and eventually failed is the main focus of the discussion.

TRS-80 Clones: The Dick Smith System 80


In this episode the Trash Talkers discuss one of the most popular of the TRS-80 compatible or ''clone'' computers, the Dick Smith System 80. The System 80 was mainly sold in Austrailia and New Zealand but variants were also sold in the United States and Europe under the PMC-80 and Video Genie brands.

The TRS-80 in Scientific Research


Join the Trash Talkers as we discuss a bunch of TRS-80 related topics, from Pete Cetinski's new TRS-80 Game ''Breakdown'' to a Radio Shack store reproduction on TV's ''Little Sheldon'' to a discussion of how TRS-80s were used in scientific research. We wrap up with some eBay shopping of interesting TRS-80 related accessories and collectables.

2017 Review, 2018 Plans and Jerry Heep


This episode includes significant portions of our live show from this past December where we review our episodes from 2017 and talk about our upcoming 2018 TRS-80 related projects. Also, in our continuing series of interviews with Tandy Radio Shack engineers, we talk to Jerry Heep about his long career working as a Tandy engineer.

TRS-80s on the Farm and Paul Schreiber


In this episode Pete C. and Mav discuss the TRS-80 and it's role in agriculture while discussing some recent acquisitions. Pete C. relates a tale about an interesting Tandy rescue trip to Newark, NJ. Then, we play a little TRS-80 generated music. Finally, in our continuing series of interviews with Tandy Radio Shack engineers, we talk to Paul Schreiber about his experiences working as a Tandy engineer.

Tandy Assembly Recap and Mike Yetsko


In this episode the Trash Talkers discuss what happened at the inaugural Tandy Assembly event on October 7th and 8th 2017. After that we do a little eBay shopping. Then, Peter Cetinski interviews Tandy engineer Mike Yetsko. Mike has quite a few interesting stories to tell about his time working at Tandy Radio Shack back in the day.

The First Tandy Assembly


In this episode the Trash Talkers are joined by fellow podcasters from the Coco Crew Podcast, John Linville and Neil Blanchard. We present an in-depth preview of the inaugural Tandy Assembly event which is taking place on October 7 and 8. We also review the VCFMW 12 which took place in early September.

Happy 40th Birthday TRS-80 and Ira Goldklang


In this episode the Trash Talkers are back from summer vacation to wish the TRS-80 a happy 40th birthday. In the first segment, we talk about Tandy Assembly, VCFMW, TRS-XENIX, the Tandy 3, PC-1 and the Network 4. In the second segment, Randy Kindig interviews's Ira Goldklang.

TRS-80 Software Development


Join the Trash Talkers as we discuss various ways to write software for your TRS-80. Whether you're looking for a truly vintage software development experience or you're looking to write a modern integration using the latest tools, we have you covered.

TRSVID and George Phillips


We start this episode with the news and current event segment where we first discuss the Vintage Computer Festival East 2017 and the winning TRS-80 exhibit. We also talk about Tandy Assembly. Then, we talk about two new TRS-80 software projects that were recently released: TRSVID, a TRS-80 video player and Sharp-80, a new Model III emulator. Following that is an obituary for Bernie Appel, aka ''Mr. Radio Shack''. Then, we talk about the Line Printer I and the Quick Printer II printers a bit. The middle segment has some floor interviews from VCFE. The third and final segment is an interview with TRS-80 software developer George Phillips where we discuss how he developed TRSVID.

VCFE 2017 and Jim McGinley


The Trash Talkers start the show by discussing a bunch of TRS-80 related items such as the Exatron Stringy Floppy and Mailgrams. Then, Peter Cetinski interviews team members from the TRS-80, Apple II and Commodore PET mega-exhibits at this year's VCF East. Finally, Randy Kindig interviews Jim McGinley about his well received TRS-80 games presentations.

Model 4 Buyer's Guide


The Trash Talkers tell you everything you need to know when considering the purchase of a TRS-80 Model 4, 4P or 4D.

Pulling TRS-80s Out of the Attic


Pete C. and Mav are joined by several guest Trash Talkers from the Coco world, Mike Rowen and Neil Blanchard. We discuss a number of TRS-80 related news items and current events. We wrap up with a discussion of what you need to do when pulling your old TRS-80 out of the attic, basement, closet...wherever.

Lance Micklus and VCFMW 2016


The Trash Talkers discuss some of new TRS-80 items they have recently released. Then, Peter Bartlett and Randy Kindig discuss their experiences at VCFMW 2016. Finally, Peter Cetinski interviews well-known TRS-80 programmer, Lance Micklus.

Scott Adams and Adventure International


Join Trash Talkers Peter Cetinski and Ian Mavric as we interview legendary game programmer Scott Adams and also discuss the text adventure genre and its place in the history of the TRS-80.

Model III Buyer's Guide


In this episode the Trash Talkers first review a number of news items, including Peter Cetinski's release of TRS-Box Serial. Then, in the main Model III Buyer's Guide segment, Ian Mavric, Peter Cetinski and Peter Bartlett take the listeners on an informative tour of the TRS-80 Model III and what to look for when considering the purchase of one of these legendary computers. We wrap up the show with a technical segment on the Buffered Interface cable for the Model I Expansion Interface.

CoCo Crew Crossover


The Trash Talkers welcome the hosts of the CoCo Crew Podcast, John Linville and Neil Blanchard, to discuss the Coco and its relationship with the other TRS-80s that we normally cover in the show.



In this episode, the TRS-80 Trash Talkers reminisce about VCFE XI, discuss some recent Model I purchases and review the PILOT Plus and DEBUG software packages.

Big Five Software


The Trash Talkers discuss Big Five Software, one of the most significant and influential game development companies for the TRS-80. Peter Cetinski interviews Bill Hogue, the founder of the company and programmer of most of Big Five's games. Then, Peter Bartlett interviews Arthur Gleckler, the author of Big Five's final TRS-80 game, Weerd. We wrap up the show by playing and evaluating in real-time a number of Big Five games on the TRS-80.

Model I Buyer's Guide


In this episode, the Trash Talkers discuss impressions of VCFSE, preparations for VCFE and offer guidance for purchasing a Model I in the Model I Buyer's Guide.

The Model II


Peter Cetinski and Myles Wakeham take the listeners on trip through Model II history, from its genesis up to the computer's status as a current day collectable vintage computer.

Voice Synthesizer


In this episode we go in-depth with a detailed review of voice synthesizer options for the TRS-80.

The First TRS-80 Podcast


The inaugural episode of the TRS-80 Trash Talk podcast.

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