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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!