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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: SDConCast

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

Q & A with Jeremy Rutz from SDConCast

When did you start podcasting?

I’ve tried to start up a podcast for years and dabbled in a few pilot episodes for other sites since 2006, but nothing ever stuck.

I’ve been writing for since last year, and the Editor-in-chief let us record a pilot episode of the SDConCast this past June. We liked doing it, and thankfully people liked to listen to it!

Why did you start podcasting?

With the SDConCast, we had a great group of folks who were passionate about San Diego Comic-Con and willing to put in the time to record weekly.

It was really fun to connect with each other on a weekly basis and talk about our common interests, knowing that we were building an audience who appreciated the time and effort we put into producing the show.

What’s your show about?

The SDConCast is a podcast which covers all the news surrounding the San Diego Comic-Con, the annual geek pilgrimage that brings together 140,000 people from all over the world to celebrate comics, movies, film, videogames and toys.

As far as I can tell, we’re the only podcast dedicated to San Diego Comic-Con, and we found there was a passionate audience just waiting for a podcast like this.

Our coverage of the 2012 event schedule was our most popular episode of the year, because there wasn’t a podcast out there that provided that kind of in-depth coverage.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

  • Behringer XENYX 1002B Premium 10-Input 2-Bus Mixer
  • Behringer C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
  • Mix-Minus setup with Skype for remote guests
  • Zoom H2 digital recorder to record the mix
  • Post-Production with Audacity
  • Publish to Wordpress Blog

How have you promoted your podcast?

We use our blog,, which already had an established and growing audience, as well as our Twitter account, @SD_Comic_Con, which has over 14,000 followers and growing.

Because our podcast is the only one dedicated to San Diego Comic-Con, word of mouth spread quickly regarding what we were doing via Twitter.

We also picked up a nice bump in listeners when we created our iTunes feed. iTunes is the leading podcatcher, so having that feed was essential for listeners to subscribe and download our episodes.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

ID3 tags, mixing and leveling - all the tricks in post-production which makes a better sounding podcast! If you listen to our first and last episodes back-to-back you’ll hear a big difference in quality.

We were also a little edit-heavy in the early episodes, but learned to leave the conversations alone later on. So what if there are a few “um”s and pause? it’s more natural that way.

We learned a lot through the first nine episodes and can’t wait for con season to resume so we can start right back where we left off.

All you Comic Con fans need to subscribe and support a great podcast! Have any feedback for SDConCast send it to

You know you need to start podcasting right?


Podcaster Panic Fueled By Feedburner Broken Counting Code

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It seems that the podcasting community has been all aflutter due to some weirdness going on with Feedburner that started this Friday September 21.

The problem as stated on their blog:

We have been encountering difficulties with our stats production pipeline for data representing Sept 19th and 20th, 2012. We are currently working to solve the issue.”

There are quite a substantial amount of podcasters that use Feedburner as the feed that they submit into iTunes, and given what seems to be an attention getting blog post by Feedburner’s competitor earlier this month, this technical issue caused quite a few podcasters to get panic attacks.

And what do podcasters (and bloggers for that matter) do when panic ensues? They take it to social media* and reach out to the podcasting experts for what should I do???

Here is a calm and well thought out response from one of the most well-known podcasting experts about the whole matter.

Very much worth a read if you are using Feedburner.

Now, you know, you could simply have avoided the anxiety and simply use the libsyn feed.

Just sayin’ ;)

Changing your iTunes Feedburner feed to your libsyn feed

Now if you do want to change your iTunes Feedburner feed to your libsyn feed follow these quick instructions.

  1. Go into your libsyn UI - and click on “Destinations”

  2. Click on “Libsyn Classic Feed” (or whatever you renamed it to) on the left.

  3. Click on “Advanced Options”

  4. Scroll down to “Extra RSS Tags” and add the following in the text box: <itunes:new-feed-url></itunes:new-feed-url>

Where ACCOUNTNAME = your shows unique account name (slug) with libsyn.  

This should be the same URL as what you currently have feedburner pointing to.

By adding the above, anyone that is subscribed with iTunes or Apple Podcasts App - will automatically be switched over to your source feed.

It will also change the feed listed in iTunes to your libsyn source feed. 

This way you can at least rest assured if Feedburner does go down in the future you have at least saved all your iTunes subscribers.  

*NOTE: link above was to the twitter search #feedburner on Sept. 22, so if you are clicking through later, search results may not be relevant


Variety covering podcasts!

marc maron is leading the way for podcasters into mainstream media

It’s always nice when an industry publication recognizes that podcasts are moving into mainstream. Whether or not that’s a good thing or not can be debated, but regardless it’s happening.

What’s so great about this transition is that the voice of Marc Maron has maintained a great sense of groundedness and passion for the medium. This is good because whether he likes it or not he is representing podcasters.

The quote that you see above is just a little bit of the wisdom that Maron imparts in the interview.

You really should go ahead and read it. Great food for podcasting thought.

Elsie Escobar


Should You Upgrade To The iPhone 5? Let The Specs Lead The Way

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There is PLENTY of talk all over the blogosphere and the podosphere about the iPhone 5, and particularly whether or not you should:

  1. Get the iPhone 5
  2. Upgrade to the iPhone 5

A lot of what’s out there is good information but nothing breaks it down quite like our very own Rob Walch. He wrote a stellar post breaking down all the specs from iPhone 4 to iPhone 5.

You can see for yourself if that iPhone 5 is worth it or not.

He’s got some great charts. One of them is above.

Check out the full post. It’s so good.

Elsie Escobar


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Consequence

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

Q & A with Brian Thompson from Consequence

When did you start podcasting?

Consequence is a production of the James Randi Educational Foundation, which first began podcasting in January 2010 with the show For Good Reason, hosted by the JREF’s president D.J. Grothe.

Independent of the JREF, I began podcasting in 2007 by co-hosting and producing a comedy show called The Amateur Scientist Podcast, which eventually spun off into a small network of comedy podcasts I produce through, including our current flagship show Quit It.

Why did you start podcasting?

As a kid I used to run around with a Fisher-Price tape recorder and make little comedy shows with my friends.

I’ve always enjoyed the intimacy of audio entertainment.

We watch TV or movies on a screen from a distance, but a radio show or a podcast is a voice right in our ears.

When we listen, we often create private spaces for ourselves between a pair of headphones or in the cocoons of our cars. I love making audio, and podcasting has nearly eliminated the barrier to entry for getting that kind of work to an audience.

People have to seek out podcasts, but that act of seeking builds a unique relationship between producers and consumers.

What’s your show about?

The tagline of Consequence is “true stories about false things.” Thousands and thousands of people all over the world have been harmed financially, emotionally, or even physically by believing in superstition, pseudoscience, or paranormal phenomena that turned out not to be true.

On Consequence, the James Randi Educational Foundation provides a forum for those people to share their stories.

What’s your podcasting setup?

Let’s go from the voice to the download, if you will.

I record with a Heil PR-40 microphone. In-studio guests use a Shure SM-58 with a hefty pop filter.

Both of these mics are sent through an M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB interface, which does a good job of providing enough power without breaking the bank.

It’s also very portable, which is important for field interviews. I also record guests over Skype using either Pamela (on PC) or Call Recorder (on Mac).

In-studio, I record and master in Sony Soundforge on a PC and do multi-track editing in Adobe Audition. Field recordings are done much the same way, though I use GarageBand on a MacBook Pro for the initial recording before sending the file over to Soundforge.

The finished .mp3 is sent through a freeware ID3 editing program to add all the track info and artwork, and then it’s uploaded to Libsyn. For Consequence, we use Libsyn’s standard RSS feed.

How have you promoted your podcast?

The JREF has a huge social networking and web presence, so promotion is thankfully simple. Consequence has a permanent page on our website,, and is also recapped in blog posts there.

A link and a summary for each new episode are also posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages, which regularly reach tens of thousands of people.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I had known where best to spend my resources.

When making a podcast, there are a lot of choices to make about where to skimp or splurge, especially if you’re an independent producer whose budget is the contents of your own wallet.

If I could give my former self advice, I’d say to buy the best microphone you can afford, and just do what you can with the rest. You can make a great-sounding show with free editing software, but if the recording itself is sub-par, no amount of post-production can fix it.

Even if you don’t buy a very expensive mic, learn about recording technique. Use what you have as well as you can, and you can make something great. If you’re not at least trying to make something great, don’t bother.

You wanna get to know the truth about false things? You know where to go, subscribe. If you have any feedback for Brian, you can send along your feedback to consequence(at)randi(dot)org

Get your truth out onto the world and start podcasting


Podcasting Luminaries: Wayne Henderson

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Our Podcasting Luminaries Series features podcasters that have been producing content for at least 6 years and sometimes more!

In the world of podcasting consistency and longevity are two of the most elusive and coveted qualities. Learn tips and insight about podcasting plus get inspired by how podcasting has served as a launching point for greatness

Can we say prolific? This week’s podcast Luminary is just that. Wayne Henderson has been podcasting since August 2005.

He has four podcasts: The Packers Fan Podcast - the show by, and for, fans of the 13-time world champion Green Bay Packers NFL team. FRiNGEcasting With Wayne And Dan - devoted to the Fox tv show FRiNGE. Christmas Memories Past and Present - a seasonal podcast, coincidentally focused on Christmas memories from the past and the present. Tuning In With Wayne Henderson - his first podcast, covers a variety of subjects, and was the launchpad for his other podcasts.

And that’s not all!

He’s also previously and/or periodically produced: LOSTcasting With Wayne And Dan - popular podcast devoted to the best show to ever appear on television, ABC’s LOST. The Voice-Over Journey - sharing advice found from his voice-over journey career, as well as the advice from other voice actors, in all different stages in their careers.

Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

I podcast, not only for fun, but also for the enjoyment in interacting with like-minded fans the the things I podcast about. At the same time, I do want to monetize my efforts.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

Podcasting has created all kinds of opportunities for me personally and professionally. Not only has it brought additional attention to my voice-over business, but I’ve received some mind-blowing feedback from listeners around the world.

In addition, some of my shows’ raving fans have sent me care-package gifts from Comic-Con, and one fan even gave me a free ticket to see a Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field!

What advise would you give a new podcaster so that they keep going!

Focus on your listeners, no matter how small the audience may seem at the time. Enjoy the interactions with your listener community by every means possible: Email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

How important is podcasting to the success of other revenue generating opportunities you currently have?

Podcasting has played a very important part in the promotion of my voice-over business. It has helped create some income generating opportunities for voice-over jobs, as well as some consulting and speaking engagements for me as well.

The speaking and consulting gigs were really fun for me, and made me get out of my “comfort zone” of being behind the mic. I hope to do more of those types of things in 2013!

Did you start off podcasting and that lead into a business or did you see podcasting as a necessary support for an existing business?

After being “on the air” in broadcast radio for a number of years, working for low pay, all while not having much of a creative outlet, I came across a newspaper article in early 2005 about a man in my area doing voice-overs and podcasts from his home studio.

I was instantly struck by the idea of podcasting, and have been hooked from that moment! After a few months of research, and a few paydays of equipment investments, I started bringing my dreams of providing entertaining shows from my home to life!

At the same time, I knew that I could record quality voice-overs for other businesses and podcasts from that same home studio set-up.

Right now, I am excited for the upcoming football season and how my Packers Fan Podcast will be following the Green Bay Packers this year! In addition, with this being the final season of FRiNGE on Fox tv, it will bring additional focus to my FRiNGEcasting With Wayne And Dan podcast.

Wayne has so much amazing content + he’s a great guy, you should very much consider checking it out. If you have any feedback for him please send an email over to feedback(at)mediavoiceovers(dot)com or call (904) 469-7469

You know it’s time for you to start your own podcast!


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Conversation Hub

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

Q & A with Marc Vaillancourt from The Conversation Hub

When did you start podcasting?

I posted my first episode in late May 2010. Save for a few weeks off here and there, I post every Tuesday morning at 7am. We just posted episode #116.

Why did you start podcasting?

I helped a former employer produce a podcast to help disseminate information to the staff and I was hooked!

I’m also a big fan of shows like This American Life and The Story with Dick Gordon – there’s just something about great stories and great conversation.

I’m also addicted to coffee and conversation – both of them go together so well and I wanted to have a platform to engage in and share great conversations with the world.

The only way I knew how to do that what to create The Conversation Hub podcast!

What’s your show about?

As you probably can tell by the name of the show and by what I shared as an answer to the previous question, I love great conversations!

I created The Conversation Hub podcast because I believe the following:

Through conversation … relationships are formed; Through conversation … knowledge is shared; and, Through conversation … life happens and finds meaning.

We engage and share meaningful conversations on topics ranging from business to life and everything in between.

I’ve stayed true to this vision and our guest list shows it. I’ve had the honor of interview New York Times best selling authors, a BNSF train conductor, a cage fighter, two contemporary Christian recording artists, National Public Radio personalities (Bob Edwards, Guy Raz, Dick Gordon & Roman Mars) and people with great stories. It’s been a ton of fun and I hope you’ll tune in next Tuesday and listen to another great conversation!

What’s your podcasting set-up?

My set up is a work in progress. I currently record using Audacity on my MacBook Pro. I’ll be up-grading to Adobe Audition soon. I use two Sure SM58 microphones (I’m also a musician and I love this mic) and an Alesis MultiMix4USB mixer.

Carrying all that stuff around is starting to be a burden and not conducive to impromptu conversations. For that reason, I be getting a field recording device – I’m debating between the Zoom H4n and a Marantz PMD661 – and getting a Rode shotgun mic.

And, it goes without saying that the folks at libsyn are awesome. Having recently joined the libsyn community all I can say is this – why did it take me so long!?!?!

How have you promoted your podcast?

I haven’t done any advertising for the show - I’m entirely dependent on word of mouth. We post episodes every Tuesday and push them out to various social networks. It’s a work in progress and every episode we get more tracking.

The fun part is that some of our episodes do have a ‘long tail’ and that’s been very exciting to see.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I had a mentor to help me walk through my equipment set-up. My show quality is good but I know it can be better.

My biggest challenge – getting decent audio quality on interviews/conversations I record over the phone.

What I use currently is not really working and I need a better solution. I would love your advice!!!

Wanna get immersed into great conversation? Then you need to subscribe. If you have any feedback for Marc you can send it over to marc(at)marcvaillancourt(dot)com.

Start podcasting now.


Podcasting Luminaries: Hutch Jr. From Burghs Eye View


Our Podcasting Luminaries Series features podcasters that have been producing content for at least 6 years and sometimes more!

In the world of podcasting consistency and longevity are two of the most elusive and coveted qualities. Learn tips and insight about podcasting plus get inspired by how podcasting has served as a launching point for greatness

Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

My name is Hutch Jr. and I’ve been producing BURGHSEYEVIEW since October of 2006.

The show started out chronicling the high school football career of Hutch III but morphed into a purely Pittsburgh show. I was chased out of town in the early 80’s due to the unemployment situation at the time and became part of Steeler Nation.

I was gone for 20 years and longed for anything Pittsburgh every one of them. The show is for folks like me who are living in Nebraska yearning for a chipped ham sammich.  Yinzers in exile.

We talk history, local news and straight banter. We’ll have a beer and sometimes don’t delete the expletives. A young lady named Shell is my regular cohost as Hutch III is training to become an Army Lieutenant.

Episodes 16 - 40 were recorded on the way to or on location in Iraq. Some segments include the Pat Bus Vocabulary Moment, Things that Piss Hutch Off and earlier shows feature the Bloomfield Update.

Come get your Burgh on.

What is your most memorable feedback from a listener?

Some of the great voicemails and feedback we’ve received are from Holly who was listening and yearning from Zambia.

I actually got to meet her on a trip home (she brought Zambian beer!!), Alan from Ireland who is a great listener, but I missed him on a trip to Pittsburgh.

I always offer to send a Burghseyeview calendar to any listener who lives abroad and on his 3rd one he sent the show a picture with it mounted in his fathers office aboard an Irish Navy Vessel, pure awesome!

Getting feedback and meeting local podcasters is great too. Here’s a presentation we put on at Pittsburgh Podcamp 5 about the subject of keeping your show alive.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Facebook  and Twitter @burghseyeview have definitely increased our social media footprint and generated a lot of conversation.

I particularly enjoy the way Libsyn has been innovative lately with these venues being populated when an episode is published. Keep on experimenting with this, it cuts down on my work time!

What is your podcasting workflow?

My workflow consists of writing down goofy or great things that I see everyday on my iPhone “Notes”, then when it’s showtime I’ll sit down for a couple hours and gather more material online and from written sources and author the shownotes.

Shell will do her research, we’ll fill up the beers and head to the studio. A Ustream livestream is initiated for video and we start recording.

Shell handles the chatroom and I manage the video. The main show is audio, the video has evolved in the last year or so. 

What has changed the most in your show since you started?

Up until 2008 I would share conservative political opinions on the show, but after some negative feedback on iTunes comments we had a meeting and decided to take all non Pittsburgh related politics off the show and we did.

This created an opportunity for me to create another show with a friend Ward that I had met at a previous Podcamp.

The show is in it’s second year and if your looking for a conservative viewpoint Steel City Resistance (video) is for you.

You read it folks! If you’re up you wanna get your Burgh on, then you must SUBSCRIBE! If you wanna get your conservatism on, then try THIS. If you have any feedback for Hutch Jr please call 412-567-1460 or email burghseyeview(at)gmail(dot)com.

Are you ready to start podcasting?


Rockin' New libsyn Podcast -Alonzo Bodden: Who's Paying Attention

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

Q & A with Alonso Bodden from Who’s Paying Attention

When did you start podcasting?

I started recording podcasts in March. I know many comics already have a podcast, and when I realized I was late to the game I figured I better get going.

I hope someone is listening.

Why did you start podcasting?

Well, my theme is ‘Who’s Paying Attention?’ and I rant about the press using stories from the media. I feel I have a lot to say, much of which is funny.

It was too late for me to enter the Republican primaries, so I figured a podcast was the next best thing for comical opinions.

What is your show about?

The show is mainly my take on the news. I cover all topics from politics to social issues. I love talking sports, but not the scores. I like the issues and the comedy of it. I take on social topics, like celebrities and trends, but only because they are so ridiculous.

For example, what the hell was Kim Kardashian doing at the White House press dinner? Doesn’t she know every brother there is married?

Michelle Obama is not going put up with a Kardashian creeping around.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I use my iMac and a microphone. I then send what I record to Roddy and the guys at Sideshow Network.

Sideshow adds the background music, did I mention I do the podcast to jazz?

I think it enhances the cool-factor. Once it has been edited, they send it out to the masses.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Twitter , Facebook, NPR, radio appearances, other podcasts including Adam Corolla’s, and of course I’m hoping your brilliant blog brings in a few million subscribers…

What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started?

I wish I had known people were interested sooner. I guess there really are people paying attention. I have to get to work on this, and I regret not starting sooner.

Whaddaya says guys? Let’s let Alonzo know that we are very much paying attention! Subscribe and show Alonzo the power of the libsyn blog ;) If you want to contact Alonzo or have any feedback for him, you can send it on over to contact (at) sideshownetwork (dot) tv.

You know you’ve been wanting to start a podcast!