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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.

top podcasters share insight into podcasting

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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