We had the good fortune of connecting with David Hopping and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi David, what do you attribute your success to?
Our brand is all about celebrating nostalgia and revisiting the things we enjoyed as kids. Grace and I started this podcast because we both genuinely love pop culture from the 90’s-2000’s. I’d say the most important factor is that you can tell how excited and passionate we are to be doing this. It started out as a fun way for us to relive our childhood and that hasn’t changed, even as we’ve grown our brand. We’ve gotten the opportunity to interview some of our favorite actors, musicians, and producers who we grew up admiring. Interacting with our listeners has also played an important factor by getting them involved through social media, and making sure we cover fun topics that they’re excited about!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ll never forget taking my first career test in elementary school. The result came back and said I was destined to become a radio host. Well, a podcast host is the next best thing right?

When I moved to LA in May 2014, it was for an internship at CONAN. Following that internship, I was a tour guide on the Warner Bros. lot for about a year and a half before returning to CONAN. I’m now an Executive Assistant on the show and love working there! Having always had a strong interest in pop culture, and a love of talk shows, it’s been such an incredible experience.

Starting this podcast with Grace is something I’m really proud of. We had this idea two years ago and have never looked back. It was definitely a struggle at first to find our audience and book guests, but we kept at it and have been growing ever since. We’ve learned so much from doing this podcast. Since it’s just the two of us, we’ve taught ourselves the different roles of being our own producers, talent bookers, researchers and editors, all while we both work full time jobs. If you told me back in 2000 that one day I’d be talking to Lisa Ann Walter about her role as Chessy in The Parent Trap, or Jo O’Meara about being in S Club 7, I never would have believed you. While Grace and I have very similar interests, we still do our best to cover a wide range of topics that can appeal to anyone who grew up in the 90’s-2000’s. We want people to know that there’s something for everyone.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I always LOVE having friends out to visit. I think it’s so fun to play tourist. Day 1 I’d show them around the San Fernando Valley and probably do a scenic drive on Mulholland. For dinner I’d have to take them to my favorite restaurant, Granville (they have the BEST ranch and garlic aioli). Assuming this is someone who’s never been to LA, day 2 we’re going full tourist. We’re doing a Studio Tour (most likely Warner Bros.) the Walk of Fame, and Rodeo Drive. Day 3 maybe take them on a hike. I always love showing people the Bronson Caves because it’s been used in so many shows and movies. That night we’d go out for some drinks. Start off with some margaritas at El Tejano in North Hollywood, before eventually making our way to Hollywood to barhop. Day 4 we’d get brunch at Perch to get a great view of the city, and check out some things in that area, like The Last Bookstore. If they’re a Disney fan like me, then days 5-6 are at Disneyland. And day 7 we’d get the best pancakes at The Griddle Cafe in Hollywood, and end the week with a great dinner at Castaway in Burbank. So basically, a week being a tourist and eating our way through LA. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Grace Isaacs is my co-host/best friend/ partner in crime. It’s been so much fun getting to do this with her! We’ve always shared a love for all things nostalgia, and now we get the chance to share that love with our listeners!

Our parents also deserve a lot of recognition because they’ve fully supported us since the start. Shoutout to my mom who saved everything from my childhood. From HitClips to Tekno the Robot Dog, she kept it all. It’s almost like she knew that one day I’d be hosting this podcast and need all my Beanie Babies and S Club 7 CDs for an instagram post.

Website: https://www.bttbpodcast.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bttbpodcast/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bttbpodcast

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Youtube: http://youtube.com/backtothebest

Other: https://www.instagram.com/david_hopping/

Image Credits
Tim Russell

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