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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- TSCN.tv "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!"

So,

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!