The Old Grey Mare (TOGM) is a call-in interview show featuring some of the biggest names from the pony fandom. Presented by BronyCon founder Purple Tinker and a rotating co-host, TOGM serves the brony community by interviewing artists, musicians, animators, VAs, bloggers, and other luminaries of the fandom in a unique panel-based format. Each show, a panel of guests from a specific field (writers, authors, con orgs...) is chosen to participate in our fun call-in livestream. Each show prominently features an exciting charity event with fabulous prizes (either a charity auction, a donation competition, or the like) conducted during the hours of the livestream itself. To date, TOGM listeners have raised $25,779.33 over the course of 13 episodes and 6 special events.
Information about the next upcoming show can be found here.
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After stepping down as BronyCon chair, Tinker decided to focus on charity and the pony community, publicising wonderful community efforts such as Bronies for Good. She devoted quite a bit of time and resources to The Traveling Pony Museum, including their planned appearance at Seattle Children's Hospital bearing pony gifts to give to the young patients.
The idea of running a live streaming Internet talk show had been percolating through Tinker's head for a while. Following the tremendous success of the 24-hour Elements of Charity: Art for Africa event (for which she handled scheduling, logistics and hosting), The Old Grey Mare was born.
TOGM originally ran in 2012 and ran through five shows. The initial episode focused on fan artists, and was followed by successive episodes focusing on news sites, musicians, broadcasters, and fanfic writers. Each episode featured a unique charity event, usually a charity auction, and was co-hosted by Purple Tinker and a rotating charity host. After 2012, the show went offline for a time, but it was destined to return.
From 2012 until the show's later revival, its creator was involved in other community-oriented events such as the relief effort following the collapse of LPU, as well as another 24-hour charity marathon (called #MightyMichael) benefiting Michael Morones.
In 2014, TOGM returned to the air with a new domain (GreyMare.net as opposed to the old GreyMare.org). The first new show focused on convention organisers, and its charity auction featured the involvement of show scribe G. M. Berrow as well as community artist Leekfish.
In 2015, TOGM opened the year with a new feature: Special events, streams held in between regular episodes. The first such event was a last-minute Q&A charity panel that raised $1,350 for the Transgender Human Rights Institute.