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This Week's Featured Podcasts: April 15

the libsyn directory featuring podcasters

We’re always looking for ways to get your podcasts out in the world. We hope to get a little bit of promotional love to podcasters and podcasting through our Libsyn Directory.

How do get your podcast featured? Like us on Facebook and make sure that you comment when we ask if you’d like to be featured! That’s it!

We will feature up to 25 podcasts every other week :)

If you didn’t get featured this time, hold on tight, you will be. We won’t feature the same podcasts week to week, that way we’ll get the most love to everybody!

This week’s featured podcasts

Check out all of these podcasts on the Libsyn Directory!

1. 5 Gallon Podcast
2. The Mouse Castle Lounge
3. Ad Astral Podcast
4. DiHard Podcast
5. Ms. Ileane Speaks Podcast
6. Believe The Hype - NBA Podcast
7. The Pox & Puss Podcast
8. IAP Podcasts
9. The Uncomfortable Truth
10. The Other Commentary
11. The One With Podcast
12. story4all podcast
13. Bad Wilf
14. The Delicate Sauce Podcast
15. The Politics and Guns Podcast
16. Gather Around Me
17. The Dead Air Horror & Genre Podcast
18. The Double D Podcast
19. Pittsburgh Radio: Burghseyeview
20. Surrounded in Pittsburgh: Steel City Resistance
21. The Show Radio Media
22. On Air Podcast Show Experience
23. The Debatable Podcast
24. Voices of Wrestling
25. Geek Therapy Podcast

REMEMBER: If your podcast is hosted with Libsyn, all you have to do to be featured is comment on our Facebook Page when we post and update requesting if you’d like to be featured :)

At this point and time those that host their media elsewhere are not able to be featured in the Libsyn Directory at this time.

Wanna host your podcast with us? Get started here.

Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: BirthPlan Radio

birthplan radio hosts their podcast with libsyn

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn 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 Roanna Rosewood from BirthPlan Radio

When did you start podcasting?

November 2012

Why did you start podcasting? 

There is so much misinformation about childbirth. Even with advancements in medicine, its becoming less safe to give birth.

We started podcasting because we want to save babies, mamas, and birth! By tuning in to hear the brightest international birth experts, you will learn how to protect yourself and your family. 

What’s your show about? 

Through podcasting, BirthPlan Radio connects you with leading childbirth experts from around the world. Together we unravel the most important issues surrounding childbirth.

We also promote and advocate for evidence based care and maternal rights in birth. Together, with our listeners, we take quick, simple, and free focused grassroots action. 

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

To best connect with international birth luminaries, we’ve found that Skype is a great method of recording. We use Callgraph to record audio and Audacity to edit it. 

How have you promoted your podcast? 

People hear about us through social media and also from our guests themselves. We have been honored to interview some of the brightest luminaries of birth. 

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

I think we are still starting. There is so much we would like to know more about. We would like to know how to make editing less time consuming and the best way to find qualified sponsors to cover some of our out of pocket expenses. 

If you are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant or are simply interested in the world of birth and birth advocacy this podcast is a must listen. Make sure you subscribe

Do you have a passion or a cause? Podcasting is the way to get your voice out there. Host your podcast with us and level-up your voice!

When Your Podcast Artwork Should Be 300 x 300

Let’s quickly talk about the different types of artwork that you have for your podcast. I’m going to get all pre-school teacher on you and color code the types of artwork to make absolutely sure that you are clear.

1. Show Level Podcast Artwork

This is the lovely artwork that most people see prominently displayed in any podcast directory, such as iTunes.

This is also the artwork that is prominently displayed within any of the podcasting smartphone apps.

Recently the size requirements for show level artwork have been changed by apple to be 1400 x 1400. You can read all about it here. At this point and time most podcast producers have upgraded their show level artwork specs to this new size.

2. Episode Level Podcast Artwork

This is the artwork that is usually embedded into the episode MP3 file itself.

This artwork is primarily added to the MP3 via an ID3 tag editor or via a program like iTunes.

This is the artwork that shows up when someone is listening to your specific episode. It can be seen easily while playing a podcast episode using a podcast smartphone app such as iCatcher on iOS. It’s the image you see on the screen.

Some podcasters choose a different image for every episode that they publish. Other producers choose to have the episode artwork simply be their show artwork.

3. Chapter Level Episode Artwork

This specific artwork only comes into play when you are creating enhanced podcasts with chapters. These files are M4As and often have more than one image embedded within them.

The image changes depending on what chapter the listener is on while listening to the podcast. These type of podcasts are not very common and are almost always created using Garageband for the Mac.

The Episode Level Podcast Artwork Should Be 300 x 300

Our awesome devs have been doing some testing do to the fact that some producers had been reporting issues with their podcast episodes being downloaded to certain iOS and Android podcast apps.

It seems that there are times that conflict is occurring between the pod catcher itself and the file that it’s reaching out - do to the fact that the artwork within the episode itself is 1400 x 1400.

Errors are occurring while downloading podcast episodes when the Episode Level Artwork is 1400 x 1400

That means that in order to make sure that no errors occur while people are attempting to download your episodes you should choose to use artwork that is 300 x 300 for your Episode Level Artwork and your Chapter Level Artwork

You do not need to do anything different with your Show Level Artwork - Show Level Artwork stays at 1400 x 1400

Does that make sense? Please refer back to the top of this article to make sure you distinguish between the different kinds of artwork!

If you are totally confused, please leave a comment below OR email support(at)libsyn(dot)com to help them clarify this for you!

Podcast Consumption as easy as Angry Birds

Consuming Podcasts on mobile devices has come a long way since Libsyn started 8 ½ Years ago (Nov 2004). In the early days consuming a podcast on a mobile device took a lot of work by the end users.

First listeners needed to download a special program like iPodderX - then they manually entered in the RSS feed of the show they wanted to listen to (don’t even ask about finding shows back in the day). Then once the files downloaded to their computer - they had to manually connect their iPod or other MP3 player to the computer and sync. And if they commuted - they had to remember to do that every morning before they left for work.

Fun Times.

Sure Apple released iTunes with Podcast support in June 2005 - and that helped a lot to grow podcasting - but fundamentally the issue of download and sync to iPod did not change just the application people were using. People still had to remember to sync the mobile device. Actually some people still do that to this day.

However things started to change in June 2007 - with the release of the iPhone and the new Smartphone world. The iPad kicked in another important segment in early 2010.

Smartphones and Tablets now make it possible to download directly to the mobile device - for instant access to a listeners podcasts and no need to sync.

While the iPhone was released in 2007 - it has taken until 2013 for Podcasting to reach a very important milestone.

Today more podcasts are downloaded directly to Mobile devices than to computers.

This is a huge deal.

In March 2013 for all the downloads from all the 13,000+ shows hosted with Libsyn - we saw the following stats for where podcasts were directly downloaded to:

Mobile = 51.37%

Computer = 48.58%

Set Top Box = 0.05%


If you want to geek out in stats a little bit more: on the mobile side there was a 4.76:1 ratio for downloads to iOS devices directly vs downloads to Android devices.

Of course given Apples long and strong history of supporting Podcasting and Google’s generally apathy towards Podcasting - that ratio is not surprising. But is important in pointing out - that getting Android users engaged in podcast consumption is the low hanging fruit out there.

There are a lot of people that even today say consuming podcasts is too difficult.


Based on What?

Today podcasting is as easy to consume as Angry birds is to play.

You open your mobile device - you tap on the app and you consume. It really is that easy.

Maybe people are saying “THEIR” podcast is tough to consume. And that might be because they don’t have their own smartphone app.

Looking at the Libsyn stats for March over 7.5% of mobile downloads happened directly to Podcasters own stand alone smartphone apps - not the generic apps - but their own branded apps. And that percentage is growing every month.

If you don’t have your own smartphone app in the iTunes store, Amazon Store and Google play store - then maybe your podcast is not as easy to find and consume as your peers.

If you are hosting with Libsyn - you now can have your own stand alone - free to the end user - smartphone app for iOS and Android. If you want more details - email me - rob (at) libsyn (dot) com - we are doing a special beta program until May 10th. So email me soon.

The other advantage of having a stand alone app in the apps stores is discoverability.  People searching for a subject matter may stumble upon your show - while not looking specifically for a podcast - and decide to give your app a try.  

Rob Walch
VP Podcaster Relations

Libsyn Podcasters Get Featured On Our Facebook Cover Page!

gamertag radio hosts their podcast on libsyn

How would you like to be featured on our Facebook Page’s cover photo like the amazing Gamertag Radio?

The podcasting community is one of the biggest strengths of podcasting.

Part of building up podcasting is reinforcing and augmenting the podcasting community.

One powerful way to do that is to at minimum, see each other and begin to know the human beings behind the microphone.

We thought, sharing your faces and your podcasts would facilitate more connection between the community and help propel podcasting to continue to grow as a collective. (Tweet This)

Are you up for it?

The only pre-requisite is that you host your podcast with Libsyn.

It is the Libsyn Facebook Page after all. :)

Here’s what we need from you. Send an email with ALL of the following information to

  • Like our Facebook Page- if you have a Facebook Page for your podcast give us your link.
  • An image of you holding something that says: “we host with libsyn.” (you can get as creative as you like with the Libsyn theme.)
  • Send us the best image that you have, high resolution rocks! Remember it’s going to be the Facebook cover image!
  • Your name(s) and the name of your podcast- we will overlay this information on the cover image so everyone gets to know your podcast.
  • Your podcast artwork

We would love to see you behind the mic and showcasing your podcasting gear, in an interview session, on location….share your creative space and inspire others!


**Please note that the lower left hand side of the image will be covered by the Page’s avatar, so anything of importance to you should be on another part of the image.

**Images infringing on someone else’s copyright, or going against the Facebook Pages Terms will not be used.

**Keep it clean please.

That’s it!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Are you ready to host your podcast with Libsyn? You can start here!

Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Bloody Good Horror

Bloody Good Horror is hosted on libsyn

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn 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 Eric from Bloody Good Horror

When did you start podcasting?

Bloody Good Horror started back in 2007, I believe our first episode went live right around Halloween.  

Why did you start podcasting? 

Bloody Good Horror, as a brand, has existed since 2001, mostly as a website that posts reviews of horror films and interviews with the people that bring them to life. 

I was inspired to start a show by another horror themed show on Libsyn, Night of the Living Podcast.  Theirs is a show about horror films where everyone records in the same room, but since our writers are all over the country, I decided to bring some of our writers together over Skype to bring the show to life.  

What’s your show about? 

We review new, mostly theatrical horror films, and try to stay as up to date on new releases as we can.  That goes for movies that look incredible as well as ones that we dread having to pay to see.

The fans seem to express gratitude that we’re taking the bullet for them in those cases, and a lot of our listeners will say that they wait for our review before making a choice whether or not to go out to the theater.   

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

As mentioned before, we record over Skype.  Most of us use Yeti USB podcasting mic’s, which can be found on Amazon for around 100$.  It’s a pretty good all purpose mic, and having us all use the same mic has done wonders for our sound quality. 

I record the Skype call on my end on my Mac, with a program called “Audio Hijack Pro” in uncompressed AIF, then I bring that into Final Cut Pro (I’m a video editor by trade) where I add all of the music and bumpers in post production.

I then export it back to AIF with the newly added effects, and import it into Audacity (a free online audio program for Windows and Mac), where I run the audio through filters to balance the levels. Recording with Skype, it’s very hard to get consistent levels, which is why we do this extra step.

It’s then exported from Audacity, again as an uncompressed AIF, and imported into iTunes for the final step, exporting as an MP3 at 96 kbps.  An average show then comes to between 50–60 megabytes, perfect for uploading to Libsyn. 

Our process is a little more convoluted than shows that are done “live to tape”, and it took YEARS to nail all these steps down.  Believe it or not, if I’m focused I can get all of this done in around an hour.   

How have you promoted your podcast? 

To be honest we don’t do a lot of outside promotion, for us the thing that has helped the most are iTunes reviews and word of mouth. 

There are lots of other horror movie themed podcasts, and because of the large amount of 4 and 5 star reviews we have we always tend to pop up on the “Recommended” page when you’re looking at other horror shows. 

Also, having the words “Good Horror” in our name has done wonders when it comes to google searches.  I can assure you that was unplanned, but it’s been a real boon to our show.    

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

It’s hard to say exactly what I would have liked to know before I started podcasting, but I can certainly give advice to those wanting to jump in, or trying to improve their shows.  Mainly it’s about being willing to go through a long, protracted growing process. 

Your first show is probably going to be terrible, as a general rule. I know ours was, I refuse to listen to anything back farther than episode 20 (we’re in the 230’s now). 

Always listen back to your show in its entirety after it hits iTunes, in fact download it straight from there and listen to it the way you would any other show.

It’s the only way to truly hear it the way your listeners will, so you can pick out the flaws. Then, trace those back and hit Google to learn how to fix them. 

You always want to start with the highest quality raw file, so record in an uncompressed format like WAV or AIF, then do the conversion to MP3 at the end, that should ensure a good sound. 

More than anything though, just jump in and have fun with it, and remember that there are no rules when it comes to podcasting.  This is a new medium for a new century and every time you turn the mic on, you’re helping to write its future. 

All you horror fans, you know where to go now when you wanna know all about the GOOD horror films! So go ahead and subscribe. If you have any feedback, comments or questions for Eric go ahead and email info(at)bloodygoodhorror(dot)com

If you’ve ever been inspired to start a podcast because of another podcast, DO IT! And come on and host it with us.


Featured Podcasts on the Libsyn Directory This Week

showcasing libsyn podcasters in the podcast directory

We’re always looking for ways to get your podcasts out in the world. We hope to get a little bit of promotional love to podcasters and podcasting through our Libsyn Directory.

How do get your podcast featured? Like us on Facebook and make sure that you comment when we ask if you’d like to be featured! That’s it!

We will feature up to 25 podcasts a week :)

This week’s featured podcasts

Check out all of these podcasts on the Libsyn Directory!

1. The Artist Connection Podcast
2. Bigg Success
3. The Podcache Show
4. Bad Dice Podcast
5. The Sweetest Plum
6. Dave’s Lounge
7. Deedlecast
8. Howell Creek Radio
9. Inverse Delirium
10. A Podcast and A Movie
11. The Nick Brown Show
12. Everything Sounds
13. The TAG cast Podcast
14. Lifeway Podcast
15. The Manley Woman Skatecast
16. Music Radio Creative
17. Nothing Serious Podcast
18. Paperkeg
19. Plain Ketchup
20. Shonky Lab
21. Spanglish Noise
22. The Connie G Show
23. Reality Check with Craig Price
24. Two Guys, One Podcast

REMEMBER: If your podcast is hosted with Libsyn, all you have to do to be featured is comment on our Facebook Page when we post and update requesting if you’d like to be featured :)

Wanna host your podcast with us? Get started here.

Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Retsutalk

retsutalk is hosted on libsyn

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn 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 the guys from Retsutalk

When did you start podcasting?

June 2012

Why did you start podcasting?

Our fan base from YouTube sent us requests to begin doing a podcast show to supplement our videos and allow us to talk more in-depth on a variety of topics.

What’s your show about?

Our show is focused on the Internet sensation known as “Let’s Play” which fuses video game interactivity by proxy with the personalities, whether informative or humorous, of the people who do them.

In other words, we talk about people who talk over video games. Also, we talk about video games, too. The show is very loosely structured though, and conversations tend to go just about anywhere.

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

We talk remotely via Skype and each record our audio independently using Audacity. We use Blue Yeti microphones to capture our audio. We then edit/sync the audio files in Audacity and export the final product from there.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Our YouTube channel, Twitter page, and Facebook fan page.

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

We had some positive feedback from our first few episodes since we got to use what we felt were some of our best topics. But after doing over a dozen episodes over a long span of time, it’s easy to unintentionally retread that ground or go into less interesting derails.

Repeating content can be frustrating for listeners who want newer content. So what we’ve learned is that while it’s fun to just go in without a gameplan, it’s really better to stay at least a little organized, focused, and have a feel for what we want to talk about before hitting record.

If any of guys are interested in a great entry video for their channel, check out the first of this four part series where they make fun of the 1992 DOS game Darkseed.

Of course you can also subscribe to their podcast.

Do you have a YouTube Channel and want to step into the world of podcasting? We’re here for you to make the leap!

Rockin' New Podcasts: The Plasma Master

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn 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 Rushton from The Plasma Master

When did you start podcasting?

I recorded and edited The Plasma Master from about July 2011 - September 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

A friend suggested I make a recording of an e-book I had written, and it sounded like a good idea - not only for exposure, but because I have a few family members who might listen to an audiobook but would never read a book on a digitial device. Plus, reading out loud helped me find a bunch of errors in the text.

I wrote the story itself years ago, just after high school. I was frustrated with how difficult it was to find science ficiton books that were interesting and “appropriate” - most sci-fi writers seem to feel the need to throw goriness and chastity issues into their books.

I also spent a lot of time wondering why characters in Star Trek or Star Wars didn’t respond to their situations in more logical ways. So I set out to throw all these ideas bouncing around inside my head into a cohesive story. Plus I had a lot of weird-sounding character name ideas that needed a home.

What’s your show about?

The Plasma Master is a space adventure story about a guy named Nedward, who discovers a strange crystal - a lost artifact from an alien civilization, which gives him protective powers.

Eventually the aliens themselves arrive and tell him that they are waging a war against others with similar powers to his, so Ned decides to leave Earth and use his abilities to help them.

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

Pretty low-budget: a Vista-era PC with Windows 7, Audacity, Levelator, and the microphone from my webcam. I did most of the editing on my laptop while riding the bus to work.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Actually, the only thing I’ve done was a quick post to my blog and Facebook when it was finished. I’m always a little surprised to find that people have listened to it :)

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

I wish I had known about Audacity’s noise removal functionality - I wasted a lot of time early on trying to remove noise that the software could have taken care of for me.

Looking to get into some interesting science fiction inspired by Star Trek and Star Wars? Well then, you really must subscribe

If you’ve got an ebook that you’ve been meaning to record and turn into a podcast then let us be your podcast hosting solution! Go ahead and check out our plans!

The Power of Audio Podcasting

We know the power of audio

Although we host audio and video podcasters, we do have a special place in our hearts for audio.

There is something about an audio podcast that is quite special - and it seems that the good people at CrazyEgg are also sharing a bit of the audio magic via this killer infographic.

Why is audio so powerful?

According to the info graphic below:

  • Audio is eyes free content- so you can keep doing what you are doing you multi-tasker you.
  • Audio is portable- your favorite content can follow you wherever you desire, no matter what you are doing.
  • 200 Million devices are now running iOS6 and are one touch away from accessing podcasts!

Is Audio The Next Big Thing In Digital Marketing? Infographic Infographic brought to you by Crazy Egg Analytics

Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Not Ready For Primetime

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn 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 Ryan Mcgee from Not Ready For Primetime Podcast

When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting back in 2010.  

Why did you start podcasting? 

I was writing about the show “Lost” on a weekly basis, and another critic and I decided it would be fun to record DVD-esque audio commentaries for each episode of the sixth season.

We’d cue up our respective DVRs, pressed play, and then would offer up analysis of what was onscreen so people to watch along with us after it initially aired.   That eventually turned into “Talking TV With Ryan And Ryan”, another podcast that Libsyn hosts. We still do DVD-style commentaries of classic episodes of television, but also a weekly installment dedicated to the latest and greatest shows to premiere.  

What's your show about? 

The Not Ready For Primetime Podcast” was a natural extension of both “Talking TV With Ryan And Ryan” but also a long-running collaboration with The Huffington Post’s Senior Entertainment Writer Mike Ryan. (I only seem to talk to people with “Ryan” in the name somehow.)

We had co-written some pieces about Saturday Night Live for our respective sites (I cover it for HitFix, he covers it for HuffPo), and I suggested that we meet online each Sunday to record some thoughts about the show.

We both cover what is in our weekly recaps, but also go into greater depth about things that amused or displeased us.  

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

For podcasting, we connect via Skype. I use a Samson C01U microphone, record through Skype’s “Call Recorder” software, covert to AIFF, run that through Levelator, then mix everything in GarageBand. I export the whole piece (with intro/outro music added) as an MP3, and then upload that inside Libsyn.  

How have you promoted your podcast? 

Mike and I both promote the podcast through Twitter, but we get the majority of the traffic from embedding the show inside his recaps on HuffPo.

While many subscribe, far more simply are curious enough to click on the player inside the recap to see what will unfold.  

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

I was mostly afraid of leaving my previous podcasting host. But when MobileMe closed up shop, I knew I needed a new home for all future podcasting.

After asking around, nearly everyone recommended Libsyn for both quality and ease of use.

Given how much more flexibility I have with producing, embedded, and sharing my work, I wish I had jumped ship a long time before circumstances forced me to do so.

If you want to dive deep into entertainment insight and conversation about SNL then you need so subscribe to Not Ready For Primetime!

We think that you are ready for primetime. Why don't you host your podcast with us?  

From Feedburner to Libsyn and Google Reader Woes

streaming and podcast apps Just in case you hadn’t heard, it seems that Google is doing away with Google Reader.


It’s totally true.

And it’s a bummer. I personally use Google Reader a lot and it’s got me very sad.

The word out in the interwebs is that “Google doesn’t believe in RSS.”, that RSS suffers from a lack of consumer appeal and that getting rid of Feedburner is next.

Libsyn believes in RSS!

We believe in podcasting and RSS.

Yes, it is a challenge to explain what it is - and most consumers know pretty much nothing about RSS. 

But RSS is still vitally important to Podcasters - and the services we rely on to get our shows out to listeners like - iTunes, Stitcher, Zune and many of the Smartphone Podcatching Apps like ShiftJelly’s PocketCast, Instacast, Podkicker, iCatcher, RSSRadio, PodTrapper, Downcasts… and more.

Podcast consumption has never been easier then it is today thanks to smartphones and all the Podcatching apps - and they all rely on RSS.

If someone tells you it is too difficult to listen to podcasts - tell them 2006 is calling and it wants them back.  In 2013 Podcast consumption is as easy as consuming content from Netflix or Hulu. 

Here is a great example of a podcaster taking responsibility and doing something about it.

*getting off soapbox*

Moving your Feedburner feed to the Libsyn feed

Getting back to the Feedburner issue, if you are a Libsyn podcaster and are worried about Feedburner disappearing then here’s how to take care of that situation STAT. (Well at least for those subscribed via iTunes)

redirecting your feedburner feed to the libsyn feed

  1. Go to Destinations
  2. Click on Libsyn Classic Feed
  3. Go to the bottom of the page and click on Advanced Options
  4. In the box below Extra RSS Tags type in: <itunes:new-feed-url> </itunes:new-feed-url> 
  5. Save!

NOTE: This is ONLY for those of you that have your Feedburner feed pointing at your Libsyn feed.

Very VERY important: The feed URL in the iTunes new feed tag must be your correct Libsyn feed. You do not want to the wrong feed URL in there.

If you have any questions about your feed or concerns pertaining to the above please PLEASE email

They are more than happy to help!

Afraid of not having control of your RSS feed?

Here’s the thing, we don’t hijack your feed. If you have your feed with us you can easily go elsewhere when and if that day comes.

We help you get your itunes re-direct all set up so that you can go to your new podcasting host as you will, but while you are with us we will take care of all the details for you so you can relax and just do what you do best, which is producing your content :)

If you have any questions about the above please email support(at)libsynsupport(dot)com. Support is always ready to help!

Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Shop Talk Live

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn 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 Ed Pirnik from Shop Talk Live

When did you start podcasting?

We launched Shop Talk Live in February of 2012. Since day one, our goal has been to continue increasing the quality of the show – both technical and topical issues – with every episode.

After about the first six months, we really hit our stride, having invested in better mixers, better microphones, and better preparation ahead of each show.

Why did you start podcasting? 

The Taunton Press, publishers of  Fine Woodworking magazine, are constantly in search of new avenues to reach a wider audience. By expanding our audience through a variety of new media outlets, we strengthen our brand, maintain our place as thought leaders in the woodworking industry, and have a great deal of fun while doing it.

What's your show about? 

First published in 1975, Fine Woodworking was one of – if not the -- first magazines ever dedicated exclusively to the craft of fine furniture construction.

Our podcast, Shop Talk Live, allows us to answer technical questions from readers, interview legends of the craft, and have a bit of fun at the same time.

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

Our podcast is recorded in a small studio outfitted with AKG microphones and a three-channel mixer. The show is recorded on a digital MP3 recorder and edited using Audacity, a free sound editing software available online.

How have you promoted your podcast?

  We promote our podcast in a variety of ways: within the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine, through regular posts on our Facebook fan page, and through reciprocal relationships with other bloggers and podcasters covering the craft of fine woodworking.

Our staffers often appear on the podcasts of other members of the woodworking community and from time-to-time, we invite other members of the online woodworking community to come on the show.

In addition, we are promoted through our weekly eletter. We’ve also made an effort to solicit positive comments and ratings on our iTunes page.

Our listeners seem to respond. Our podcast is now approaching 300 positive ratings and comments on its iTunes page. We feel this lends us a positive image to those who stumble upon our show while browsing online.

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

Since our magazine produces a great deal of video content, our earlier episodes were recorded using the same wireless lav mics we use when shooting videos. The quality just wasnt’ “up to snuff.” We soon realized it was important to make the investment in quality tabletop mics and a dedicated studio.

In addition, we relied heavily on annoying “sound effects” that really didn’t add anything to the delivery of the information we were trying to offer our listeners. Concentrate on the quality of your content and leave all those silly bells and whistles for the morning drive-time DJ’s.

If you are interested in anything woodworking this is the podcast to get you fired up. Get to know the crew and gain insight into woodworking industry! Subscribe!

Do you want to reach a wider audience and continue to stay top of mind with your market? Then you need to start podcasting. We'd be thrilled to be your podcast host.

Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Angriest Trainer Podcast

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn 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 Vinnie Tortorich from the Angriest Trainer Podcast

Brightside Radio hosts their podcast on Libsyn

When did you start podcasting?

On May 1, 2012, we added five shows.

The reason I put up five at once was because I didn't want to have one show in case someone liked it and wanted more.

We recorded five shows that ranged from 55 minutes to an hour.

Why did you start podcasting?

Originally, I started a blog to talk about fitness and what was broken about it. That went well for at least a year.

One day I went to write my blog, and my site had been hacked.

Instead of writing anymore blogs, I sat down and wrote a book. I figured if I had a book in a book store, no one could hack it.

The problem was nobody knew who I was.

My nephew mentioned podcasting as a way to get my name out there. I had no idea what a podcast was at the time. I did have experience with talk radio, as I once had a show back in the 1980s.

The podcast has been going on now for nine months. I finally feel like it's big enough for the book to come out.

We have a launch date for the middle of March. Hopefully, you'll interview me again then.

What's your show about?

That's an interesting subject. The Angriest Trainer Podcast is primarily about health and fitness. Like everything I do, it's not your normal show.

I've been in the fitness game for well over 30 years. Obviously, I've seen everything come and go more than once.

My show is a no-holds-barred approach to why we're fat as a nation, and how each individual can fix it without becoming a boring zealot on some exercise program.

Every now and then, I read my iTunes comments, and I always find it interesting that some people call me the Howard Stern of fitness. I think being called the Howard Stern of anything is pretty cool.

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

Wow, finally a question I can't answer. I know almost zero about technology. I know that makes the popularity of my show almost an enigma.

My friends joke about how I can barely turn a computer on. They're almost right. I'm very lucky because I can do the show from an actual studio.

My co-host is a voice-over expert and comedic actress here in Hollywood. Her name is Anna Vocino. She has her own studio. I can say with certainty that without Anna's candor and wit, the show wouldn't gain anywhere near the popularity it's gained in such a short period.

How have you promoted your podcast?

The quick answer? We haven't.

We put it out there and an audience found us. It's been word of mouth. Once it started to become popular, other more popular podcast hosts started to ask me on to their shows.

I've also had celebrities on the show. We've had New York Times best-selling author Gary Taubes on the show, as well as the likes of Howie Mandel.

Just recently, I was invited on to Access Hollywood. I also recorded a piece for Oprah's OWN. That will be out in March.

What I truly think has helped the most has been the bloggers who have written about the show and sent listeners. 

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

People want to learn and be entertained at the same time. At the beginning, I gave a lot of content with a joke sprinkled in.

Now it seems to be two-thirds jokes with one-third fitness content. Let's face it, everyone likes extra icing on their muffin...but don't eat a muffin.

Is that an inspiring story or what? If you are interested in fitness why in the world wouldn't you want to get it from the "Howard Stern of fitness?" So subscribe to his podcast! Plus he's got a fabulous book coming out very soon and getting on his email list is the way to know when it's out.

Are you ready to start your own podcast? Host your media with us!

Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Brightside Radio

Brightside Radio hosts their podcast on Libsyn

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn 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 John Saunders from Brightside Radio!

When did you start podcasting?

We started our Brightside podcast in September of 2012.

Why did you start podcasting? 

Our main idea was to put out the music we think people deserve to hear, rather than the mainstream massacre that happens in the top 40 today.

What’s your show about? 

Our show illuminates the underground artist and the creative image behind any art. We strive to update our fans weekly on the best in hip hop, indie rock, and EDM.

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

We use a mix of different softwares and hardware, because we treat every podcast as a piece of art. We use softwares like garageband, ableton live, Logic Pro, audacity, soundflower, and reason. Our hardware includes two shure digital mics, two MacBook pros, an ableton launch pad and a mixer.

How have you promoted your podcast? 

We are current enrolled students at SDSU so a big part of our following is there. Other than that, our content and constant updates keep people coming.

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

I wish I knew the week to week “have tos” about podcasting. There’s a lot more behind the scenes then you think.

Need to dive into the heart of the underground artist and love hip hop, indie rock and EDM? Then you need to subscribe to Brightside Radio. If you want to reach out the the Brightside Radio community you can do so by emailing thegang(at)brightsidelive(dot)com.

If you are interested in showcasing an artistic community that you feel lacks a voice, then you really need to start podcast and host your podcast with us!

Libsyn Servers Are Byte Range Enabled And 100% Compliant With iTunes Requirements

Apple sent the above email out on February 22, 2013 and it has caused some of our podcasters to get worried about the second paragraph:

Server Configuration Requirement

Podcast streaming playback on iTunes requires all hosting servers to enable Byte Range Requests. Please confirm your hosting servers have this functionality enabled. If you work with a third-party hosting service, please contact them to confirm this functionality is enabled on their servers.

Libsyn servers absolutely support Byte Range requests and we are 100% iTunes compliant! Nothing has changed in that regards.

This is something Apple is sending out to all podcasters because there are some services out there that are not compliant.

We know that there are some podcasters that choose podcast hosting alternatives from solutions and services that are not meant to be podcast hosts. When you choose these options, the issues that arise from using these not-podcasting related hosting solutions might end up costing you more money, time and possibly subscribers.

If you know someone not using Libsyn that is having issues, please make sure to let them know we are here to help them out! It's what we do!

Now aren't you thankful that you chose to host your podcast with us! You can now go back to obsessing over your stats.

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Podcast History of Our World

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This series is all about showcasing Libsyn 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 Rob from The Podcast History of Our World!

When did you start podcasting?

  I recorded my very first episode in August 2012.  

Why did you start podcasting? 

  Well, I had just completed my masters in teaching and had sent out my applications to schools, eager to get going with my new career, annnnd...nothing.

Not a bite!

A buddy of mine suggested that while I continue the search for a job, why not make a podcast about what I'd be teaching anyway? So I sat down and outlined what I wanted to do, researched recording equipment, unpacked boxes of history books and presto! I had a podcast.  

What's your show about? 

  There's two real components to my podcast: content and delivery.   For the content, the nice thing about my show is that the title isn't misleading! The Podcast History of Our World is just that - an audio tour of our shared history, starting at the beginning and working through time.

I realized early on that I couldn't decide on just one area of history to concentrate on, as other history podcasters do, so why not just tell the big story?

Each episode provides another chapter of our history, with just enough points and facts to educate, while at the same time intentionally leaving out details so that you go off and research on your own!   In terms of delivery, I knew that I wanted to create a humorous and exciting program to show those who've sworn off history that it can be fun!

Initially I envisioned a show much sillier than it is right now, and my early episodes attempt that, with lots of sound effects and jokes. But as I progressed I saw how challenging it was to keep it up with it! So while the new episodes don't have nearly the amount of sound effects, they still retain the same spirit of humor and comic style.  

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

  I started with a cheap USB microphone and a quick glance at the Audacity tutorial. After actually reading further, I learned how to better utilize the noise removal function (something I highly recommend), and eliminate all the icky noises that plague home podcasters - electronic hums, tinny sounds, echo chamber voices etc.

I also recently graduated to a Blue Snowball USB Microphone with a pop shield - an incredible and affordable piece of equipment that has made a significant difference in my recording quality! If you're serious about your show you owe it to yourself to make the investment and buy quality.  

How have you promoted your podcast? 

hosted with libsyn   I submitted my RSS feed to every single podcast directory I could find, no matter how small or big.

When my companion blog was up and running, that was submitted to every search engine I could find.

After that it was time to explore social media: twitter, soundcloud, facebook, reddit, you name it. Facebook actually has an awesome history podcast group where creators and listeners get to chat about topics and the shows in a very honest and friendly way.

If you do go the social media route, don't be a passive host - if someone took the time to write you a note of support, don't just click the like button, write back to them! After all, without the listeners you're just someone talking into a computer, right?   I've also been exploring ways to cross promote the show through other artists.

I use different theme music each episode depending on the civilization we're studying, and that ends up requiring a lot of podsafe music! Luckily there are musicians out there who are willing to share their work with you as long as you promote them - so it's a win win!  

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

  That I should have done this earlier! Getting mail from international listeners, being selected as iTunes Best New Society and Culture podcast of 2012, creating something worthwhile with my time, it's all been so incredible.   The other thing that a fellow podcaster warned me about was to steel yourself for nasty criticism.

This is being the internet and all, people love being anonymous and mean. Now, I'm fortunate to have a five star rating on iTunes but I've had some choice words sent my way because I addressed topics someone didn't like, or agree with.

Just take these misanthropes in stride and realize that as long as you're enjoying what you do, who cares what some troll thinks?

Now doesn't that make you wanna learn more about the history of your world? If you are interested in history this is the podcast to subscribe to!.

If you are interested in reaching out to Rob, you can email him at radiomonaco(at)gmail(dot)com, and we KNOW that you want to get yourself a fancy History of Our World t-shirt here!   Are you a history podcaster that wants a little community love? Check out his awesome website.

You know you want to start podcasting! Host your podcast with us!

Why You Love To Podcast: A Podcaster's Valentine

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We love podcasting.

We also know that YOU love podcasting, so we reached out to the community via our our Facebook Page and Twitter to hear from you, the community, otherwise known the heart of podcasting.

This is what you had to say

I love to podcast because...

Samuel Colunga- The Married Gamers "I love to talk"

Dave Marshal - The Scurvycast "Because it fulfills community service requirements."

Two Guys, One Podcast "It's a creator driven art form. No outside influence, no outside interference. Pure creativity."

James Harold- the Paranormal Podcast and more "I can share theories, ideas and interaction with listeners from around the world."

Dust Gatch - Sick Daddy Radio "to share poop jokes."

Adam Bies "For the same reason a dog licks his own nuts — "Because he can!""

Dave Shallbetter- Chats From the Deck "Because I get to interview some of the coolest people in the aviation world!"

Stompalina Jenkins- The Rawrcast Show "I have made some amazing friends around the world over the past 4 years, most of which I never would have met if it weren't for podcasting. I love podcasting because I get to meet new people that I have stuff in common with!"

Hijacked Headspace Podcast "Comedy!"

The Groove Radio I love curating soul music that you can't hear on regular radio.

John Lee Dumas- Entrepreneur on Fire "I want to Inspire Millions"

Diane Martin- DiHard Podcast "I love to podcast because it feels good to share what I am passionate about with equally passionate people."

Cesar Abeid- The Construction Industry Podcast "It's a great way to meet and talk to exciting guests I'd never had the opportunity to unless I had a show. I also love to podcast because it fulfills my frustrated desire to be a radio star."

David J Stoler- The Relationship Marketing and Sales Podcast "To Enrich Lives!"

Samuel Lewis- "Not only does it allow me to share my thoughts but I get to have a blast with not only my friends and family but get to meet others that I would have never even known existed!"

James Caso- Crimson Cord "To talk with others around the world about faith in Jesus Christ"

Chris Bockay- SmorgShow Podcast "I love to podcast because... it has given me the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bond with my daughter who has been an amazing partner for me on the SmorgShow Podcast for the past three years.   Our show has been a great hobby for us to share together and has generated a boat load of special memories between us that will last forever.   She will have these recordings of us to cherish long after I move on."      

@bibliosk8er - Freestyle Podcast "I like attention"

@PeeDeeFoodie - Pee Dee Food Show "I meet such great people doing my shows!"

@mckeay - Network Security Podcast "I love to podcast because it gives me an excuse to talk to the movers and shakers in my industry (Security)"

@CarlosCue - Digital Branding News Podcast "I can share information"

I thought that I should join in the love :) This is why I love podcasting!

@yogeek Elsie's Yoga Class "Because it gives me freedom to do what I want, express myself, be of service and be creative. I can be myself in this medium more than in any other!"


Why do YOU love to podcast?

Join in the lovefest by commenting below!

LOVE- Elsie

Rockin' New Podcasts: The David Seaman Hour!

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn 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 David from The David Seaman Hour!

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When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting back in August or September.

Why did you start podcasting?

I started up the David Seaman Hour! podcast after going on Joe Rogan's show and seeing what a massive audience of smart, open-minded, fun people are out there who listen to these things.

It's an awesome worldwide community and a real conversation with listeners, unlike my YouTube channel, which feels more like I'm talking "to" people instead of with them.

What's your show about?

The show's about anything and everything, we've definitely gone off the reservation with speculation about time travel, UFOs, and what have you -- but mostly I stick to my interests: politics, economics, and serious news the mainstream media is not reporting adequately.

We get awesome guests, people like the creator of the Webby Awards, astrophysicists, philosophers, and famous dating coaches.

I have a lot of interests and this podcast is my weird little corner to talk about all of them and hopefully tie it together somehow.

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

Pretty ghetto hardware set-up, I record it using Garageband on my MacBook Air. Guests are either Skyped in, or sitting next to me on a couch. I know I need new mics and stuff, I'm getting around to it.

The show goes out over Libsyn, which means it gets picked up on iTunes, Stitcher, and other major podcast apps.

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

When I first started, I wish I had kept to a more regular schedule. I still wish that.

My life is insanely busy right now so the episodes are more sporadic than I would like, eventually I want it to be a routine publishing schedule that listeners can look forward to and count on.

If you're interested in a smarter discussion about news, politics, economics and more and join an awesome community to boot, go on and subscribe to the David Seaman Hour!

You can keep up with David on Twitter or Google+

If you decide to launch your own podcast, then you really do need to host your podcast with us!

Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Kicking and Screaming by Jenna and Bodhi Elfman

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

This post marks our One Year Anniversary with this series! If you want to check out the rest of the Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts series you can see them all HERE.

Q & A with Bodhi from Kicking and Screaming by Jenna and Bodhi Elfman

When did you start podcasting?

Just in the last 6 months. It's brand new for me. I'm like a teenage girl having a party while her parents are out of town. 

Why did you start podcasting? 

My wife, Jenna and I had been developing a TV show idea about a relatively young couple in an old marriage. This theme was interesting to us as we've been together 23 years. We both got busy with other shows, her on NBC's 1600 Penn and me on Fox's Touch, so we had to pocket the TV show idea.

When I met Chris Hardwick and listened to his Podcast, The Nerdist, I thought, "That seems like fun!". Jenna and I can explore the topic of marriage and annoyance (they go hand in hand) while we work on our respective shows. 

What's your show about? 

Marriage and Annoyance, not in that order. Jenna and I have been together for 23 years. That's like 149 years in "actor years". 

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

Mac Book Pro with Garageband, some cheap borrowed mics from a friend and a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface

How have you promoted your podcast?

Just through Twitter and then a couple of times Jenna has talked about it during press for her show, 1600 Penn.   

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

Took me FOREVER to figure everything out for myself with Libsyn and Garageband. I'm still confused as hell. I'm like a drunk monkey with stuff like that. It's not funny how dim I get. 

Y'all know that life and annoyance are totally intriguing, so get on over to iTunes and subscribe to their show! Give them a warm welcome from the podcast community. Let's help the drunk monkey out ;) It's really awesome stuff.

If you want to check out Jenna's new show it's 1600 Penn over on NBC. Bodhi will be in the upcoming season of Touch!

Wanna start a podcast? Host your podcast with us, even a drunk monkey could figure it out :)

Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: The Terrible Podcast

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn 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 Dave from The Terrible Podcast

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When did you start podcasting?

Nov 22, 2010

Why did you start podcasting?

Podcasting is an extension of blogging and gives one the ability to engage readers without them even being on the site. It also gives a more personal interaction with the readership.

Let’s face it, we live in an age now where podcasting is pretty much a must if you are a leader in your field.

What’s your show about?

The Terrible Podcast is about The Pittsburgh Steelers.

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

Right now we still use Skype and record with Call Graph. My co-host lives in Pittsburgh while I live in Florida. We hope to use better hardware and software in season 4.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Twitter, Facebook, iTunes and of course on the site in a dedicated post.

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

Hosting the episodes on my own site really dragged down my server. Using a service such as Libsyn is a must and I wish I would have used it a long time ago.

Are you interested in the Pittsburgh Steelers? Then you really do need to subscribe to this podcast! These guys are committed and are steadily refining their game. You’ll get two episodes a week during offseason and get ready for three episodes per week once the season begins!

They are looking for advertisers, and with a steadily growing super passionate audience why wouldn’t you want to make a very wise investment? Go ahead and reach out to them theterriblepodcast(at)gmail(dot)com.

If you want to take your podcast to the next level, then you really do need to host with us!


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Brian and Jill Show

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!

A Short Q & A with The Producer of the Brian and Jill Show

When did you start podcasting?

The Brian and Jill Show launched September 10th 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

Brian Phelps (KLOS’ Mark& Brian Morning Show) has been part of the number one morning show team for 25 years and he has recently decided to take to the podcasting playground with his best friend and comedy soul mate, actress/comedian Jill Whelan.

What’s your show about?

The show is more like a traditional radio show with regular features, a wide range of guests, comedy sketches and listener phone calls and questions via Facebook and Twitter… oh, and cussing.

Want the feel of a traditional radio show? Subscribe to the Brian and Jill show! If you have any questions or feedback send it on over to showadmin(at)brianandjillshow(dot)com.

Do you want to start podcasting? Don’t wait.


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Tuning in To ScifiTV

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 Brent, Wendy and Kevin from Tuning in to SciFi TV

When did you start podcasting?

Kevin: I joined the crew of the “The Signal” back in the summer of 2005.  I worked on that Firefly podcast for about 5 years in several capacities.  That got me hooked on podcasting and led to me joining “The ScapeCast” in 2006 and eventually Tuning in to Scifi TV in 2008. At this point I’ve done over 500 podcast episodes across all the shows I’ve been involved in.

Wendy: In 2006 I joined the crew of the Scapecast as a writer/editor. I wrote and produced articles and occasionally voiced bits for the show.

Brent: I cut my teeth in the podcasting world in 2004 with some solo newscasts about the television show Farscape and its cast and crew. That quickly developed into a gig as part of the crew of the Parsec Award winning ScapeCast (another libsyn hosted podcast) in 2006, where I still contribute today.  My current role as one of the co-hosts and editor of the Tuning in to SciFi TV series of podcasts began in 2008, when Kevin and Wendy asked me to join in the fun of creating this new show.

Why did you start podcasting?

Kevin: It was an opportunity to connect with other genre TV fans.  I didn’t have a lot of friends in my physical area who were into scifi and fantasy TV.  Podcasting gave me an opportunity to meet and get to know similar fans from all around the world.

Wendy:   I first started podcasting to help celebrate Farscape, a show I loved, and to share it with more people.  As a writer/producer for the Scapecast I exercised my creative side in a new way.  I also learned the podcasting-related tools and to effectively collaborate online with our eclectic crew.  I moved on to Tuning in to SciFi TV to continue talking with friends about the great shows, stories and characters in genre TV currently available.  Oh, and because Kevin pushed the idea of podcasting instead of keeping up with my lengthy emails about Supernatural, Lost and BSG.

Brent: Initially, it was because I had news to share and thought that plain old text blogs were boring.  People told me that I had a good “radio” voice, so I figured I’d make use of it and share what I had. Since then, it’s more the fun of creating content with my friends and sharing with everyone who wants to listen.

What’s your show about?

Kevin:  We cover news about virtually all the genre TV shows currently airing in the US and in other countries around the world.   We also have weekly in depth discussions about the best episodes each week.

Wendy: It’s a way for folks who intensely love genre TV stories to join in conversation about the shows that are capturing our imagination in any given week.  I appreciate the different points of view we have, plus the input our listeners (who named themselves “Tuners”) bring to the community.

Brent: If you watch science fiction, fantasy, or horror on television or the web in any form, we’re probably talking about it on TIST. We’re a weekly show, so we like to discuss what happened in the last week in US, Canada and UK genre television and what we see coming up in the near future.  On top of this, we like to ask question of our listeners (called “Tuner Minutes”) where we discuss industry or genre trends, innovations, and other junk.

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

Kevin:  I use a standard PC along with Audacity for recording and an inexpensive USB headset.  I’m not an audiophile by any means.  I leave that kind of stuff to Brent who does an awesome job of making me and Wendy sound good.

Wendy: I record on my Dell laptop using a basic GE headset mic I got at Target.  I use Audacity to record our weekly show.  For my special bonus podcasts, I use Skype to bring together the guests and record the audio.  Brent works his magic on all of our TIST audio, which is why the show consistently sounds so good.

Brent: I record to my PC through a Behringer Eurorack UB802 mixer connected to an MXL V63M XLR microphone connected to a desktop stand with spider-mount and an adjustable pop-filter to complete the package.  I like to record to GoldWave software and mix with Multiquence.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Kevin:  I’m a big believer in the podcasting community so we exchange podcast promos with many other podcasts.  I regularly listen to many podcasts and contact them to see about cross promoting each others podcasts.  We have almost 100 podcast promos in our queue that we regularly rotate through and play on our podcasts since we release several episodes each week.

Wendy: Mostly online and through social networking - our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  I am @WendyHembrock on Twitter. I do some bonus podcasts discussing specific shows in depth for Game of Thrones and Supernatural. I’ve been a guest on a few podcasts - SofaDogs Podcast, Fringe Benefits Inc, and the Scaper Chronicles.

Brent: The usual ways, I suppose… Twitter, Facebook, forums, conventions, and word of mouth.

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

Kevin:  Nothing really.  I’d just like to encourage other people who are thinking of starting a podcast to just jump in and do it.  Learn as you go.  We all did.  You might be amazed at home many people you can meet and become friends with without leaving your house!

Wendy: I wish I had known to give up my perfectionist tendencies sooner, as it’s not worth the time on things that nobody else notices but me.  I still want to learn to curb myself from using repetitious filler words like uh, ya know uh.

Brent: How much fun it is to do this thing…

Tuning into SciFi TV has a little bit for everybody, so why not subscribe? If you want to get some feedback to the show or have any questions for the threesome, send your emails off to feedback(at)tuningintoscifi(dot)com.

You heard it from Kevin, if you’re thinking of starting a podcast, just jump in and do it!


Ooops. We Goofed.

libsyn stats bug

Hello citizens of the libsyn world! Seems we messed up…

In a few ways actually.

At the end of last year we came across a bug within our system that had been indadvertedly giving Advanced Stats access to everyone, yes, even you lucky people that had signed up for packages that only included a Basic Stats Package or no stats at all!

When this came to our attention we:

1.   Quickly found the fix for the bug

2.   Came up with a communication and transition plan for those folks that had been getting Advanced Stats instead of the Basic Stats.

3.   Implemented our game plan: Sent an email to those who’s packages included Basic Stats and gave them options to upgrade and plenty of time to prepare before Jan 7th.

We rolled out the bug fix yesterday giving everyone a few extra days. That means that those producers that had plans that had Basic Stats now had Basic Stats. The ability to see those Advanced Stats was gone.

We know that those with the Basic Stats level (which are our classic 50 and 250 plans) who had been getting the Advanced Stats would be pretty bummed.

There would be no getting over that.

We thought we had given enough time to address everyones concerns.

We thought we had covered all the basis.

What we didn’t prepare properly for was for producers that never got our initial email that was sent before Christmas last year alerting them of this issue. We’ve been seeing some messages on twitter about not getting the email and we want to say we are sorry.

We did our best to reach out to all those affected and are also putting up this post to address the issue.

We’ve implemented a new Dashboard Widget within your account so that next time we have to make an important announcement, you’ll get an email as well as an announcement in the dashboard.

If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to email support(at)libsyn(dot)com.

We have not changed our plans or removed any features that you paid for

Please note you are not having any features removed that you have paid for - this change is just getting your account back to the features you did pay for.  

We have not made any changes to our plans or packages for years since 2010 and nothing changed for legacy customers since 2009 and when you read the description of each of the plans and the features you’ll see that Advanced Stats (geographical and user agent data) are only offered to the $20/month and larger accounts.

If you were one of those producers that never got the email and want a copy of your stats, want to know more about the difference between Basic and Advanced stats or have any other comments or concerns our support team is ready to hear from you!

Please feel free to email support(at)libsyn(dot)com.

We are very sorry for those that were surprised by the sudden change and did not receive the initial email. We in no way are taking this lightly and are diligently working so that this doesn't happen again. 

We value each and every one of you and hope to continue to serve you, your podcast and your community in the best way possible in the future.

-Team Libsyn

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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Entrepreneur On Fire

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 John Dumas from Entrepreneur on Fire

When did you start podcasting?

I started building my platform in June of 2012, launched September 20th 2012, and have been airing a daily podcast since!

Why did you start podcasting?

I saw a need for a daily podcast that interviews todays most inspiring and successful Entrepreneurs. I wanted a fresh podcast waiting for me on my commute each day, and one wasn’t out there. So I created it!

What’s your show about?

I interview successful Entrepreneurs about their journey, their Failures, AHA moments, vision for the future.

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

Presonus Firestudio project, Adobe Audition, Heil PR 40 Mic, mic boom, pop filter.

How have you promoted your podcast?

On all forms of social media, mostly facebook. My Website, and PR Web.  The biggest success in promoting has been being ranked #1 on iTunes business new and Noteworthy

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

How much time it took to edit each podcast after completion.

If you need daily inspiration about all things entrepreneur to get your fired up, then this is the podcast for you. Consider subscribing to get your daily dose of fired up entrepreneur.

Are you ready to start your podcast?


Congratulations to all the Podcast Award Winners

The Podcast Awards 2013 the majority of award winners host their podcast on libsyn

The Podcast Awards took place on the evening of January 8 during the New Media Expo 2013 in Las Vegas. The event was hosted by the amazing Leo Laporte and live streamed via Ustream.

It was an amazing night celebrating podcasting and bringing together so many talented and committed content creators in one room.

We are humbled that 14 out of the 22 winners chose to host their podcast with us!


There were also many high quality libsyn podcasts that were nominated.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the list, take a moment to look. You might discover a new favorite podcast!

Check out the libsyn podcasters that won a Podcast Award below.

Best Produced Podcast- Best of the Left

Best Video Podcast- Young Turks

Best Comedy Show- WTF with Marc Maron

Best Education Podcast- Grammar Girl

Best Entertainment Podcast- Rob Has a Podcast

Best Food and Drink Podcast- The Beerists

Best Gaming Podcast- The Rooster Teeth Podcast

Best General Podcast- Internet Box Podcast 

Best GLBT Podcast- Throwing Shade

The Best Health and Fitness Podcast- The Mental Illness Happy Hour 

The Best Mature Podcast- Savage Love

The Best Politics and News Podcast- The Majority Report

The Best Science Podcast- The Skeptics Guide to the Universe

The Best Technology Podcast- The Audacity to Podcast

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Social Media Marketing Podcast

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 Michael Stelzner from The Social Media Examiner

When did you start podcasting?

I only began a few months ago in August of 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

As a child I would record fake radio shows with my little brother using a cassette player.  It was a blast.  Recently I was doing some research for a few projects and noticed some of my peers doing podcasting.

Last fall I had interviewed Cliff Ravenscraft about podcasting. Finally the synapses in my brain connected and I decided I was going “all in” to podcasting.  I hired Cliff to help me get my show done right.

What’s your show about?

The show is targeted to business owners and marketers who want to discover how social media marketing works. The Social Media Marketing podcast is an interview format show.  Each Friday I tap the minds of amazing social media marketers.

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

I use a Heil PR-40 mic, a 1402-VLZ3 mixer, a Roland digital recorder, PylePLGI35T ground loop isolator, SoundByte to play audio effects inline and finally Adobe Audition CS6 for editing.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We make sure each day we email our 182,000 email subscribers that the podcast is mentioned.  We also have a pretty prominent ad for the podcast on each page of Social Media Examiner.

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

I wish I knew how much fun it would turn out to be.  I might have started a LONG time ago :).

If you have any interest in taking your social media strategy, particularly the marketing and promotion of your podcast, then subscribing to the Social Media Marketing Podcast is a must. If you are ready to rock your world with all things marketing + the top social media experts then consider attending The Social Media Marketing World.

Time for you to start your own podcast? Just do it!


Podcaster Voices: Podcasting Happiness in 2013 is...

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We started by asking podcasters what was the hardest podcasting related thing that they had to overcome in 2012. We got answers.

We continued by asking podcasters to share a few lessons learned about podcasting in 2012. We got some amazing responses.

We now finish up our first series of collaborative blog posts with the answers to the question:

What has to happen in 2013 for you to feel happy about your progress with your podcast and podcasting both professionally and personally?

As always, you podcasters are awesome.

See below.

For podcasters, podcasting happiness equals…

Ken Burgin from Profitable Hospitality

In 12 months time I will have recorded and published more than 30 podcasts and have a whole new stream of connections and comments from people in my industry.

Rob Walch from Today in iOS

I think having put in place a better social media presence for the show - where I am bringing in more new listeners not just from iTunes and Stitcher - where traditionally my new listeners have come from - but also from Facebook, twitter and blogger and other social media outlets.

Nick Seuberling from Who-Dey Weekly

In one year I’d hope that in some sort of fashion I would have made my podcasting profitable. I am not looking to make podcasting my full time job in 2013, but I do have that goal in mind. I would like for sponsors to come on board and support what we do at our network.

In 2013 I have plans for a redesigned studio with some possible equipment upgrades. I am becoming more and more intrigued with the video side of podcasting and would like to learn more about editing video as well.

Danny Pena from Gamertag Radio

There’s several things that would need to have happened. I would like to see our community continue to grow, I would like to see the amount of downloads continue to increase, I’d like to host more local events for our fans, I would like to participate in more business opportunities, and most importantly, I want to still have fun recording episodes with my staff.

Spider Mann from Overheard Podcast

Getting an episode in the iTunes charts, visibly, to which we’d have more listeners, which then leads to paid advertisers, which leads to eventually being able to chuck the day job and doing this semi-pro.

Or getting Alice Cooper and/or Kevin Smith to guest.

John Harrer from DUH Podcast About Horses and Horsemanship

I would feel good about our podcast if a) Guests in the horse industry were willing to come on the show and talk with us, b) we have a thousand downloads per episode, and c) pick up a little revenue (or at least be heading in that direction)

Scott Fremont from The Delicate Sauce Podcast

I’m working on producing and hosting a second podcast with the intention of expanding into my own podcast network so if I’m able to do that I’ll be happy. Honestly, as long as I’m able to keep producing content I’m proud of, I’ll be extremely pleased.

David Jackson from The School of Podcasting Morning Announcements

I do my podcast because I love my subject. I don’t do it for the money, or fame, etc. I would love to see more interaction with my audience, and by the end of the year next year I’m going to look for a 10% increase in downloads per episode.

Ashley Milne-Tyte from The Broad Experience

I have to get a lot more listeners! I want thousands of downloads a month. Promoting this is the toughest part of all.

Kate Macdonald from Why I Really Like This Book

Lots more listeners, more external publicity and referrals, leaps in the download ratings, invitations to participate in other podcasts, and generally greater world dominance in the field of podcasting about literature. Not much to ask, really.

Johnny Dertien from iBoardcast Video Podcast

Easy one stop publishing. Libsyn is doing a great job right now but I don’t know it’s the right way for my shows….

Cross promotion with other Dutch podcast.

Still…. the general public have to know how easy it is to watch and subscribe to a podcast. Way easier than going on facebook/youtube. It’s right there in you computer / smart TV / Phone

Someone to stand up and integrate podcasting like Apple did with iTunes 4 years ago

Matthew Cutler-Welsh from If Only They’d Told Me

Getting listeners all over the world, and being able to see this clearly in Libsyn.

Steve Michael from Mancave Movie Review

I’d like to get more exposure to the show and find some additional methods for increasing our audience.

Matthew Kane from Intrepid Audio Productions - IAP Podcast

In one year from now, I would like to improve my recording space, which will hopefully provide me with the opportunity to add and master some new equipment. Personally, I would like to grow my listener interaction. I would love to hear from them more regularly regarding show topics, quality of the show and what I can do to make my show better. My dream would be to get paid to do what I truly enjoy!

David Leedy from Notes in 9

I would be happiest if I can finally improve some of the backend pieces of the podcast publishing part. Other then that I’m in a good groove of putting out content that people seem to really like and find helpful and I want to keep it going.

Robert Bailie from Surrounded in Pittsburgh Steel City Resistance and Pittsburgh Radio: Burghseyeview

As little negative feedback on Burghseyeview. Steel City Resistance is a controversy magnet so it’s fine there. The audience must continue to grow for both shows and I have to continue to enjoy getting behind the microphone and in front of the camera. I enjoy both and as I said earlier “working” with some great folks and having the best interactive fans keeps the trains rolling down the track. I could only list one url for this blog so here is Burghseyeview

Elsie Escobar from Elsie’s Yoga Class

I need consistency and follow through. If I can consistently produce my podcast and offer my audience at least half of what I’m inspired to offer them, I’d be beyond ecstatic. Last year I barely published 5 episodes. I’m completely embarrassed about that. I started in 2006 publishing weekly!

I know if I publish consistently everything else will fall into place. If I cannot commit to my own podcast there is no way I can grow in the ways that I’d like to and no reason for my audience to commit to me.

We’ll check back sooner than later to see how all those intentions/goals/wishes are going. May we commit to podcasting and may we get the support that we desire in 2013!

How about you?

What would rock your podcasting world in 2013? Share below!

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Libsyn Will Be At The New Media Expo 2013!

libsyn will be attendin the New Media Expo in Las Vegas in January 2012

Guess what?

We’re going to be going to the New Media Expo!!!!

We can’t wait to meet those of you that are going :)

Here are the details:

We will be at Booth 517.

Make sure you connect with us via twitter- @libsyn

Here’s a little bit about the New Media Expo from their website:

The World’s Largest Conference and Trade Show for Bloggers, Podcasters, Web TV & Video Creators, and Social Business Pros…a who’s-who line up of content creators, global influencers, niche experts and business icons dedicated to educating you with the latest knowledge, technology and techniques for online success. You’ll learn from latest case studies and the most effective methods these innovators have used in their own businesses and online properties to rise above the rest.

Rob Walch gives his amazing session all about podcasting with your iPad

One niche expert and global influencer that will be speaking at NMX is our very own Rob Walch.

His session is all about Podcasting 100% from the iPad!

Given the fact that Apple has now sold more than 100 million iPads, content producers or potential content producers are likely to have an iPad. This device could be another opportunity to grow podcasting even more, making the barrier of entry into the world of podcast production less daunting for some.

Attend his session. It’s gonna be a good one!

The Best Podcasting Posts on The Libsyn Blog for 2012

the top information and podcasting tips of 2012

Looking back at the year we’ve gathered up all the best posts all about podcasting that have been the most popular, contain tons of podcasting tips or were simply moments in the podcasting space that started to shift something within the industry in 2012

It’s great reading to start your podcasting year off right!

Welcome 2013 with podcasting on the brain

podcasters advice on podcasting for 2012

Podcaster Voices: 19 Podcasters Share Podcasting Lessons Learned in 2012

This was the second of our first collaborative series of blog posts featuring podcasters. It was such a wonderful mix of voices of old and new podcasters, each with unique lessons that can apply to all podcasters out there.

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Where are all the women at? Part 2

An insightful commentary which includes some pretty powerful statistics regarding women, blogging, podcasting and possible reasons about why there aren’t more women podcasting.

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Podcaster Panic Fueled by Feedburner Broken Counting Code

Feedburner had a bad year this past year, or perhaps to clarify, podcasters and feedburner had a bad year in 2012. The old trusted reliable use of Feedburner came into question in 2012 and some podcasters began to let go of the use of feedburner or consider other options. The article above came after Feedburner stopped updating some of its data in September which seemed to fuel some already existing fear.

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Rockin’ New libsyn Podcasts: Mission Log Podcast with Ken Ray

One of most prolific and very talented podcasters Ken Ray was part of our series Rockin’ New Libsyn Podcasts. Ken has been podcasting almost daily since 2005 and now he’s part of another incredible podcast called Mission Log. The wisdom he imparts in this article is short, sweet and powerful.

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Updated Podcast Artwork 1400 x 1400

Podcast artwork specs had not been updated for years. This year Apple updated their specs to 1200 x 1200 and soon after to 1400 x 1400. This was another step Apple took to prepping podcasting toward a bit more of a spotlight.

Simple tips to find Out Where Your Audience Is So You Stop Wasting Your Time

An article that provides the first steps to take to refine your podcast promotion. This is not about promoting your podcast, but making sure that you first and foremost find out about your audience and find out if what you are already doing is working. These steps are necessary toward growing your audience size in the most effective way.


Break Through Roadblocks To Increase Your Listeners

A conversation starter about the all coveted dream of a increasing your audience. This article starts to address the obstacles that we as podcasters face that are not related to tips, tricks or how-tos about podcasting, but the medium itself and what we have to do to overcome those obstacles.

Do Not Use Apple Product Imagery In Your Podcast Artwork…Or Else

As podcasting is being thrust more prominently in iTunes, Apple is getting more pro-active in making sure that their brand stays pure. They are going after those that are in any way using product imagery in their podcast artwork.

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Podcasting Wisdom From The Very Best

This short article gives you quick access to the depth and insight from our Podcast Luminaries, those that have been podcasting for over 6 years or more all about podcasting, production and longevity.

Female podcasters that are also podcasting mothers offer advice on podcasting

Podcasting Advice From Mom

We asked just a few female podcasters, that happen to be mothers to share some of their voices with us and offer some motherly advice and insight into the podcasting world. Powerful stuff, and no it’s not just for mothers.

Ready, Set, Boom! There it is Apple’s Standalone App

The great podcast spotlight has been released, at least in the Apple Universe. In 2012, Apple finally released a stand alone podcast app, that has quietly and consistently been getting better and better. An influential force in the world of podcasting indeed.

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Rockin’ New libsyn Podcasts: The Shows of New Mommy Media

If you’ve considered launching a podcast or even more than one and you’re doing it with a clear target audience, precise branding and a full commitment, this is a key article to read. Sunny Gault has some creative and actionable podcasting tips that are worth a note.

What do you think? Did you have a favorite podcasting article in 2012? Did you find any of these useful? Let us know in the comments!

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