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Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: BirthPlan Radio

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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 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!


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Bloody Good Horror

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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 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.

   


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?  


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: 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!


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!


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!

   

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?

   

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!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Unleash The Fanboy 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 the crew from Unleash The Fanboy


When did you start podcasting?

We started experimenting with podcasts in late June, and after 2 or 3 practice episodes, we dove straight in.

Why did you start podcasting?

Unleash The Fanboy is quickly becoming one of the bigger sources for news regarding indie comics, super hero movies, and general fandom, and we wanted to expand how we interact with our audience. What better way than a podcast?

What’s your show about?

We’re a bunch of fanboys sitting by the proverbial fireplace, sipping our favorite swill, discussing the latest geek news from the week.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We promote our podcast through our social media accounts, but really, the best tactic we’ve ever employed is to embed the podcast player in our website’s header. It loads on every page, in a convenient place, and after long enough, even the most uninterested visitor will think “Hey, I wonder what they’re talking about”

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

I wish I knew that we didn’t have to bend over backwards to edit the show. In the beginning, we spent about 6 hours an episode editing everyone’s individual recordings, removing all of the dead air and embarrassing guttural coughs, but that’s not really necessary. The advantage of podcasting is that it is NOT a massive corporate radio show. At its best, podcasts are a conversation between you and your listeners.


It’s time to keep up to date on your latest geek news of the week! subscribe! If you have any feedback for the UTF crew send it over to editor(at)unleashthefanboy(dot)com.

Do you want to share the latest news in your industry? Time to start podcasting!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The SilverTowne 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 Shawn Ozbun from The SilverTowne Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

I actually started podcasting a little over 2 years ago. I have always spent a lot of time in my car and after listening to dozens of podcast I just fell in love with the idea of podcasting in general. So when I came over to SilverTowne it was only natural for me to create a podcast about precious metals.

Why did you start podcasting?

Podcasting is a great way to reach out to your audience and customers in order to build a relationship with them. Millions of podcast are consumed every month in the USA. People are busy, or commuting to work, or working out at the gym and a podcast allows them to get the information they want without taking time away from their already busy day.

What’s your show about?

The SilverTowne Vault Cast is about the precious metals market. I address the concerns about the inflating American dollar and how people can protect their wealth by owning precious metals like gold and silver. I cover news articles and share my thoughts on these issues.

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

One of the great things about podcasting is you don’t need a fancy studio or thousands of dollars worth of equipment to create one. If you have a microphone and a computer then your on your way. I use a Yeti microphone and record directly into my macbook pro using Garageband.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We initially promoted our podcast via social media, on our website, with a press release and on iTunes. We continue to promote our podcast heavily through social media on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube. We are present on all of these platforms because we believe in being everywhere our customers are.

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

One mistake that people make when they begin is not writing up a script before they start recording their show. This is something I learned the hard way in my early days of podcasting. That’s a mistake I made sure to avoid when starting “The SilverTowne Vault Cast”. When you have a script it’s easy to stay focused and make sure you cover everything you wanted to include in the show. I write down everything that I need to say in advance. I often add more thoughts to the show then I write down but at least I’m not forgetting to tell the listeners where they can find the podcast or how they can contact SilverTowne. All the most important things are written down.


If you have any interest in the precious metals market this is the podcast for you! Subscribe! Do you have any feedback for Shawn and his show, send it over to vaultcast(at)silvertowne(dot)com.

If you are ready to start your own podcast addressing a particular niche, we are ready for you to start your own podcast!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: RealSG Strongcast


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 Anthony Accinelli from The RealSG Strongcast


When did you start podcasting?

We started podcasting in the beginning of July. Our first episode was July 3rd, 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

Voice is a very strong medium. While we do write articles for StrengthGamer.com, we really wanted our readers to be able to hear what we have to say. That and the fact that we love to hear ourselves talk haha.

What’s your show about?

Video games. Everything from news and reviews to the latest hot topic. We aren’t afraid to say how we feel so the hot topic can be very… controversial.

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

I record through Garageband on my iMac. We each have a set of Turtle Beach headsets we use to record our voices. That’s really it to be honest. Very simple, but we love the sound so far.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We honestly haven’t. Every week I place the latest episode on RealSG.com (StrengthGamer) and let our friends know about it. We of course use social networks to advertise the Strongcast but it’s nothing extraordinary. I suppose we just promote it by having legitimate, real conversations between ourselves regarding current topics.

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

I wish we would have known that recording on headsets worked so well. We spent a lot of time and money on different microphones only to realize the equipment we had worked better than anything.


We’re looking at you gamers! You ready to delve into another awesome gaming podcast? You should, and subscribe, it’s good for you ;) If you wanna do the feedback thing, follow @strengthgamer or email anthonyaccinelli(at)strengthgamer(dot)com

Time to start podcasting!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Tom Barnard 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 About The Tom Barnard Podcast


libsyn hosts the Tom Barnard Podcast

When did Tom Barnard start podcasting?

8/15/12

Why did he start podcasting?

Tom Barnard has had the number one radio morning show compared to his nearest competitor for the last 27 years. He is a Marconi award winner for large market personality of the year, (2006). He wanted to do a podcast with his family and to do long-form interviews with radio guests and other guests.

What’s the show about?

Tom Barnard and his family, wife (Kathryn Brandt), daughter, (Alex Brandt-Barnard), son, (Andy Barnard), nephew, (Sean Barnard) and former producer and talent on the KQRS Morning Show, (Tony Lee). It is an interview-intensive show, with a high focus on laughter.

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

We have a Yamaha board with Sennheiser microphones, a telos audio interface for phone calls, etc.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Through Twitter, Facebook, and major events, (like the Chris Kluwe debate.)

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

We went through three board changes before we found the Yamaha, we were also told that Skype works well for phone interviews, (NOT TRUE)


You want humor, interviews, discussion and current events? Then you must subscribe to the Tom Barnard Podcast! Wanna reach out to the show? show(at)tombarnardpodcast.com

Are you ready to get your own podcast going? Then you really should start podcasting now.

   

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

new mommy media hosts their great online radio programs on libsyn

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 Sunny Gault from Preggie Pals and more


When did you start podcasting?

I produced my first podcast in 2005. My background was in creating and producing content, but I really had no idea what "podcasting" really was.

I literally went to the bookstore and bought a book about it. That's how I learned about RSS feeds and how to properly format and upload files. From there, I had to create the content.

I was once told you should always create shows based on something you're passionate about or an area where you're considered an expert.

preggie pals hosts their online radio program on libsyn

The one thing I'm really passionate about is telling people's stories. That's what I did previously as a television news anchor and reporter- I told stories and updated people on what was happening in their community.

Knowing there was little need for another boring newscast, I decided to spice things up a bit. My first podcast was a daily videoblog called "Anchor in PJs". I wore PJs, sat in my backyard and told funny news stories. I'm sure you can still find old episodes online.

Anchor in PJs caught the attention of executives at Veoh Networks, who hired me to produce a show called "Viral" that went behind the scenes of people creating online video series. Through that show, I eventually interviewed all the people I originally read about in the first book I bought about podcasting. I've been producing online content ever since.

Why did you start podcasting?

As I previously mentioned, my background is in journalism. I've worked at television news stations across the country. My experience working in smaller television markets taught me how to produce content from start to finish, including story selection, scheduling interviews, writing scripts, shooting videos, voiceovers, editing and presenting all the information to our viewers on-air.

The one thing I couldn't do was reach an audience outside my market. Local television is limited to specific markets, or cities. The ability to produce content online means anyone can benefit from it, regardless of location.

That was very exciting to me.

Not having these boundaries also means we have access to more information. Television has to appeal to a wide demographic, but podcasts can be very niche which allows you to create a more intimate relationship with your audience, so they feel more connected to your content.

It's also great for advertisers who want to focus their marketing efforts.

What are your shows about?

I took the same advice and created shows about something I'm passionate about; my children.

My company currently produces three online radio shows focused on new and expecting parents.   Our format is unique because each episode features a host, expert and panel of parents discussing issues relating to pregnancy, new parents and breastfeeding.

  • Preggie Pals- educating and entertaining expectant mothers
  • Parent Savers- providing new parents with practical information to help preserve their sanity.
  • The Boob Group- Supporting mothers who breastfeed their babies

So much of my life as been focused on my career and I really didn't know anything about parenting until I became pregnant with our first child. I created these shows for people, like me, who are passionate about becoming the best parent possible, even if they have to start from scratch.

boob group hosts their online radio program on libsyn

How are your shows set-up?

To be honest, it's a tough set-up and I had to learn a lot of things the hard way.

Even though my background is in video, I knew these shows needed to be audio because new parents don't have time to sit down for long periods of time and watch videos.

They need something they can listen to while they're cooking dinner, folding the laundry or pushing their stroller at the park.

We record our shows at The Birth Education Center of San Diego, which is important to mention because it's closely-related to the content we're producing, so there's some natural cross-promotion between our two businesses.

Our episodes feature between 5-7 people, and we record at least four episodes at a time. This saves time and money. We then release those episodes, once a week for the next month.

To encourage discussion, we have everyone sit at a large table. We have five microphones (AT2020) which work great in any studio environment. We also added metal pop filters to eliminate any unnecessary popping noises, which I highly recommend since this is something I learned the hard way.

Everyone has their own headphones (Yamaha RH3C Closed Circuit) which are connected through an amplifier (Alesis, 6 channels). Everything is then sent through to our mixer (FocusRite Sapphire Pro) and recorded through Soundtrack Pro.

Each microphone is recorded on a separate track so we can eliminate any unnecessary noise in post-production. Most of our experts and panelists travel to our studio for the tapings, however, we also interview special guests via skype. 

How have you promoted your shows?

Broadcasting from The Birth Education Center of San Diego has helped raise some awareness since our demographic is so similar. We’re also in the process of developing strong relationships with pregnancy and parenting organizations and attending relevant fairs, expos and conventions. 

Online, we’re starting to partner with popular websites and blogs who are attracting the same type of audience. Most of the time, these sites aren’t creating audio or video content, so it’s a great way to cross-promote because we’re adding value to their site.

Mommy and daddy bloggers are also a great resource for us. We give them a segment on our show in which they record their most popular blog posts and they promote the episode to their readers once it’s released. This gives them a new kind of voice and it introduces our shows to a whole new audience.

Facebook is also a huge part of our grassroots marketing efforts because so many new parents are using the site.

We always take behind-the-scene photos of our tapings. I add our show logos to the photos and upload them to facebook, tagging everyone in the photo so it appears on their timelines. I also use RSS Graffiti to automatically post all our new episodes and blog posts to our individual show pages. 

When a new episode is released, I post the episode link on the pages of everyone who participated in that episode. This creates some great buzz about each episode and it’s absolutely free! If I have an episode that’s extra special, I’ll pay $5 for a promoted post.

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

Nothing. I've made some big mistakes and I've been through some rough times, but that's how I learn. And through that process, I'm pretty much guaranteed to not make the same mistake again. 


So are you or your loved one an expectant mother, breastfeeding mom, or a new parent? Then you really must subscribe to any of the New Mommy Media shows. If you have any questions or feedback for Sunny, you can email sunny (at) newmommymedia (dot) com.


Start a podcast now!


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Wedway NOW!

wedway now is hosted on libsyn

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 Nate Parrish from Wedway NOW!


When did you start podcasting?

I podcast with my brother, and we started in March of 2009.

Why did you start podcasting?

We host a Disney history and touring podcast and we just liked to talk about the subject whenever we got together. Our family had taken many trips to Walt Disney World and Disneyland and it really became the main topic of conversation each time we talked.

After we discovered podcasts in 2007 we thought that we could probably put together a pretty good show based on our experience.

What’s your show about?

Most of our shows focus on news about the Disney company and feature a guest from the Disney online community: either a blogger, or podcaster or Twitter personality.

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

For us, its real basic. We record over Skype as we live in different cities and it allows us to talk to guests easily. We use GarageBand to edit, Rogue Amoeba to record and we both use Blue Yeti USB microphones

How have you promoted your podcast?

I like to say that we ‘Built our podcast on Twitter.’ That is where we do the bulk of our promotions. We utilize as many social networks as we can but find that Twitter allows the easiest interaction

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

I wish I would have known that for listeners to feel like they are a part of a community that we needed a quality website for listeners to visit and leave feedback.


We know that there are a lot of Disney fans out there! Why don’t you give these guys a listen. If you have any feedback for Nate email podcast(at)wedwayradio(dot)com.


Are you ready to turn your interests and conversations into your own podcast?

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Unloading

The Unloading hosts their amazing podcast on libsyn the best podcast hosting

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 Jim Ruffatto from The Unloading


When did you start podcasting?

We (Mary Sandberg, Stephanie Fallara, Pete Zimmerman and myself) started podcasting in June.

Why did you start podcasting?

We started podcasting because we all used to work together in commercial radio, and then podcasting.

Over the last year we all lost our jobs but since we were all friends for so long it was only natural that we do something together, hence our weekly podcast.

What is your show about?

The Unloading is really about whatever is going on in our lives. Whatever we’re up to socially, movies we’ve seen, TV shows we like. My wife just had a baby so there was a couple of weeks where we discussed all of that.

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

We broadcast on Shure microphones using a Mackie mixer. We record on an iPhone using Fire2 software and then edit in Audacity.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We’ve mainly promoted our podcast on Facebook and Twitter.

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

We’re not just saying this because we’re being featured on the Libsyn blog, but going with Libsyn right off the bat would have been the wisest thing to do.

We had no idea how much bandwidth we’d actually be using so the other service we tried wasn’t cost prohibitive.


Take the time to check out The Unloading! If you have some feedback for these guys follow them on twitter or Facebook.


Do you have something to say? You need to start your podcast.

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Live. Love. Eat.

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


Q & A with Stefani Ruper from Live. Love. Eat.


When did you start podcasting?

I recorded the first episode of Live. Love. Eat. In June 2012. 


Why did you start podcasting?

Live. Love. Eat. sprung up out of work that I do at the website Paleo for Women, at which I advocate holistic health and evolutionary nutrition for women’s health issues.

These issues include hormonal imbalances and fertility problems, but they also include disordered eating and body image concerns. This is what Live. Love. Eat. speaks to.

Live. Love. Eat. is not exclusive to a paleo diet or to paleo practitioners. It is simply a means by which I and my community can communicate about and share in the joys, struggles, and triumphs of each individual’s relationship with food. 


What’s your show about?


 Each episode of Live. Love. Eat. is an interview with someone who has stepped up to share the story of her (or his) relationships with food and with her body.

She may be a disordered eater, she may be a paleo dieter, she may be totally at peace with her body, or not. He may be overweight, or he may be underweight. Guests are volunteer clients of mine as well as popular writers and bloggers.

They come in the show in order to create a sense of camaraderie within the community, as well as to inspire others in their own strengths and journeys.

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


We are about as low-tech as it comes. I communicate on Skype, use a Logitech headset, and record with audacity.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Via paleoforwomen.com, as well as on iTunes.

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

How to be silent and wait for words rather than saying “um” every four seconds.


If you’ve been wanting to take your health more seriously then SUBSCRIBE you must. If you have any feedback for Stephanie, you can email her at stefaniruper(at)paleoforwomen(dot)com.


It’s time to start podcasting!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Chicken Thistle Farm Coopcast

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


Q & A with Andy Prior from The Chicken Thistle Farm CoopCast


When did you start podcasting?

We recorded our first podcast on the first of the year (2012). We kinda filled the week between the holidays with our first podcast experiment because the farm was slow and we were on “real job” vacations. But we were actually thinking about shows, segments and content for most of 2011.

Why did you start podcasting?

We had been chronicling our pasture to plate journey on our farm for a few years via our blog but found that we were posting updates less and less (the polite way of saying we were getting tired of that form of media).

We seemed to find it harder to write about the conversations we were having with farmers and customers and easier to talk about it. We also found that most content out there is always on one end of the spectrum or the other which had been a challenge for us when we were early in the farming learning curve.

We finally decided to get it together and produce our own podcast that was as transparent as how we practice farming.

We had a lot of customers that told us we should “tell the story” via a podcast so after we looked at what was out there and struggled to find decent podcasts on farming that shared our values, thought process and situation we thought “it’s time to step up and start our own” because we knew our situation was not unique!

What’s your show about?

More than just chickens in a coop - that’s for sure! It’s our take on the farming, gardening, homesteading podcast with painful attempts to inject Andy’s brand of humor (it’s bad) into the conversation.

We try to keep our topics approachable by either the avid farmer or by people who are just curious about what goes on around a farm. We talk about starting, running and maintaining a small scale, sustainable and natural farmstead (with full time day jobs too).

Since we are committed to a weekly schedule our updates start to seem like a “farming soap opera” and we find listeners wanting more of the story.

We generally break each episode up into 3-4 different sections that try and have a common theme running through all of them. “Farming”, “gardening” and “homesteading” is a surprisingly competitive / congested space in the podcast-o-sphere with a spectrum of quality and content.

We hoped our quality and content would make us a compelling download… thankfully our growing number of terrific listeners agree!

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

We started our podcasts on SquareSpace and learned the hardway that’s not the RIGHT way to host a podcast.

So we left our written content over there (it’s a great platform for other content and easier to manage than constant Wordpress updates) and moved the podcasting over to libsyn.

To record an episode we put together an agenda and then we use our studio (the dinning room on the farm), a pair of Blue Yeti USB microphones and GarageBand on a MacBook (hot tea to soothe the throats when talking too).

Part of being able to produce a solid episode every week when it’s the middle of the busy farming season is the simplicity of the setup. That said, we are obsessive about clean edits and clear sound. When we change something the listeners tell us if its working or not.

How have you promoted your podcast?

iTunes is a ROUGH world. It’s a black box of ratings wonderment… so of course we started there!
We got lucky on launch and ranked in the top 2-3 slots in New and Noteworthy in our category for the first month and that got us rolling. We use social media pretty heavily too (Facebook and Twitter) and have watched as show fans from all around the world have connected with us and shared their stores and inspiration.

We now have a very regular segment called the CoopCast Community where we talk about listener feedback and try our best to answer some of the questions we get each week. For us word of mouth is how we grew the farm and how we are growing the podcasting audience (so please go give us a rating on iTunes - see how we did that).

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

With farming or podcasting? Just about everything, is that a fair answer?

We wish we knew how awesome the listeners were going to be. We have had them send us books, design and send us tools to solve farming problems we share, email us with inspirations and their own questions and certainly challenge us and our convictions.

Blogging was fun but generally impersonal. Like our reviews on iTunes say, podcasting with us feels like a friendly conversation and that goes beyond our content but to the great relationships we have been growing in our listener community!


Is farming, gardening and homesteading your thing? Well you are in luck. Subscribe to the Chicken Thistle Farm Coopcast and join their community! If you have any feedback for these guys please email andy(at)chickenthistlefarm(dot)com or follow @chickenthistle or like them on Facebook.


Start a podcast now!

   

A Round Up of the Last 3 Months of Rockin' New Libsyn Podcasts

Here is a round up of all of the new Libsyn podcasts we've featured on the Libsyn Blog in the past 3 months - lots of great new shows to check out.


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The War of 1812 Podcast

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


Q & A with Hammond and Dylan Knight from Forgotten Wars: The War of 1812


When did you start podcasting?

June 18th. It was our mom’s birthday and the 200th anniversary of the declaration of war.

Why did you start podcasting?

Hammond: For me it was a great opportunity to continue to learn and share history after college. Also, I grew up in a household without a television (I know right?) so I grew up listening Prairie Home Companion and All Things Considered and This American Life, so it has been a lot of fun to share something in a similar medium.

Dylan: I listened to history podcasts all the time. And I realized there are so many other subjects that weren’t covered. I took a class covering early American history and all the oddities surrounding the War of 1812 caught my attention.

What’s your show about?

The causes, courses, and consequences of the War of 1812. We’re hoping to expand it to other forgotten wars… But we’ve got our hands full with the War of 1812 right now.

What’s your podcasting set-up?

Ha ha a Macbook Pro, a Logitech Microphone, and a blanket fort.

Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Huh?

How have you promoted your podcast?

Facebook, Twitter, history blogs and forums.

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

The amount of time it would take and how to edit sound. Our first episode was really rough and we wish we had a stronger start. But it has been worth it. We have gotten great and helpful feedback, and it’s fun.


Raring to inhale all you can about the War of 1812, this is your podcast, so you need to subscribe.


Get your own podcast.

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Hey, Get Off My Lawn

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


Q & A with Bryan Cox from Hey! Get Off My Lawn


When did you start podcasting?

Off and on I’ve been fooling around with podcasting for about 2 years. It was a natural progression from Radio.

Why did you start podcasting?

A few years ago, I noticed, it seemed that any kid with a “Barbie Microphone” was calling himself a podcaster. Recently major corporations and professionals from all walks of life were offering Podcasts.

This tweaked my interest because I have over 25 years in the radio business so, doing a podcast is almost identical to doing a radio show and it’s just as fun.

The only difference is that in “modern” radio you’ve got management breathing down your neck. Doing a podcast…it’s creative freedom! The way radio used to be.

What’s your show about?

Coming up with a show idea was tough. Someone once said…”talk about what you know and know about what you talk about”. As mentioned before I was in radio for a while and I also have over 15 years under my belt as a stand-up comic.

As I age I’m beginning to really understand that old guy that yells, “Hey Get Off My Lawn” thus the podcast was born and is being raised on The Sideshow Network.

Everyone has someone or something they want off their lawn, which is a metaphor for what pisses you off. Hey Get Off My Lawn was born and has been embraced by the entertainment world.

We get celebrities from all walks of entertainment venting about who they want off their lawn.

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

I have a home studio for my voice over business and it’s perfect for podcasting as well. It’s all Mac based and includes several Rode Mics…the NT1-A is my fav, M-Audio Studio Pro Speakers, M-Box as a Pre-Amp and I use Pro Tools or Logic Pro.

For my phone interviews theres a JK Audio phone patch and if all else fails…we’ll record off of skype…which is really pretty good. For remote interview recording I use iRig with Mic on the iPhone with great results.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I promote through Facebook and Facebook Fan Page and Twitter. FB has added a PAY feature where you can promote a post. I’ve had a lot of hits from that.

Sideshow Network also promotes it as well. The podcast is interview based so when an episode is up the person we interview gets a link and they promote it for us. And of course this interview is helping out…Thank You!

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

It’s really hard to make money off of podcasting. You have to enter by realizing that this is going to be a labour of love and believe me, it takes a ton of time to put out a great product.

This is one reason we see a lot of podcasters dropping by the wayside.

I also wish someone answered the question…Now that you have a podcast recorded…what do you do with it now? For me I have to thank Levity Entertainment and The Sideshow Network. You’ll find the one that right for you!


You know you’ve gotten that “Get-off-my-lawn” feeling, why not join in and listen? Subscribe to Hey! Get off My Lawn! And if you are interested in giving Roddy some feedback send it on over contact (at) sideshow network (dot) tv


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: SDConCast

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


Q & A with Jeremy Rutz from SDConCast


When did you start podcasting?

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

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

Why did you start podcasting?

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

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

What’s your show about?

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

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

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

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

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

How have you promoted your podcast?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


All you Comic Con fans need to subscribe and support a great podcast! Have any feedback for SDConCast send it to sdcomiccon.blog(at)gmail(dot)com.


You know you need to start podcasting right?

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Consequence

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


Q & A with Brian Thompson from Consequence


When did you start podcasting?

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

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

Why did you start podcasting?

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

I’ve always enjoyed the intimacy of audio entertainment.

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

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

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

What’s your show about?

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

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

What’s your podcasting setup?

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

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

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

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

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

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

How have you promoted your podcast?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Get your truth out onto the world and start podcasting

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Conversation Hub

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


Q & A with Marc Vaillancourt from The Conversation Hub


When did you start podcasting?

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

Why did you start podcasting?

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

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

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

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

What’s your show about?

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your podcasting set-up?

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

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

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

How have you promoted your podcast?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


When did you start podcasting?

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

I hope someone is listening.

Why did you start podcasting?

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

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

What is your show about?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How have you promoted your podcast?

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

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

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


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


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

   

Rockin' New Libsyn Podcast: Mission Log Podcast with Ken Ray (Part 2)

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

You heard from John Champion about The Mission Log Podcast in Part 1, now get ready to read up all about it from Ken Ray’s perspective.

Ken Ray has been podcasting since 2005, almost DAILY. Yes. Since 2005! That is A LOT of podcast episodes.

Although this series is about some of the relatively new podcasts out there, we feel Ken Ray also fits in our Podcast Luminaries series, being one of those few that have been able to podcast consistently AND offer so much to the world of podcasting in general.

We are very excited to offer you the wisdom of Ken Ray below!


Q & A with Ken Ray from Mission Log


When did you start podcasting?

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I started podcasting in 2005, doing Apple news for “Inside Mac.” Our association ended at the end of 2005, and “Mac OS Ken” started in January of 2006.

Why did you start podcasting?

Initially, because “Inside Mac” wanted a daily news show and I wanted to do something on mic.

I’d been behind the scenes on a number of audio projects and done some production for a few, but didn’t have an outlet of my own.

I first heard about podcasting in late 2004 and thought it would be awesome to have a podcast. So awesome that I kind of got “blank-canvas” syndrome.

There were so many possibilities that I didn’t know/couldn’t decide what to do. But I had done tech news a few years earlier for TechTV Radio, so when the opportunity hit with “Inside Mac,” it seemed like a good one.

When that ended, I took a couple of weeks and started under my own banner.

“Mission Log” is a whole other thing. Rod Roddenberry has been a listener to “Mac OS Ken” for a few years, which still weirds me out from time to time.

He’s a giant Apple and Mac fan and has come to the last two Macworlds in San Francisco.

At Macworld|iWorld 2012 he started talking to me about the idea for “Mission Log,” and I said “I wanna do it” almost immediately. A few months later, we were underway.

What’s your show about?

As geeky as Star Trek can be, it’s important to Rod that people take the philosophies and messages of Star Trek from the show, not just the phasers and teleporters.

One of the things I’ve always loved about Star Trek is the idea that we can get from here (1966 through 2012 “here”) to there (exploring the galaxy in the 23rd and 24th centuries) without blowing ourselves up first. It means we get to put famine, disease, sectarian violence… everything that slows humanity’s progress behind us.

John and I have been tasked with taking each episode apart and pulling out the messages, morals and themes and determining (as best we can) whether they’re still relevant today.

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

I’d say fun and profit.

It’s definitely fun. I now have a job that REQUIRES me to watch Star Trek and talk about it.

I used to do that for no reason at all, so that’s a win.

At the same time, aiming towards monetization was important to me and to Rod, I think.

No one expects “Mission Log” to make us rich, but it is important that it be self-sustaining at the very least. And if it can be more than that, that’d be swell.

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

Currently using a Blue Yeti USB mic into a 13" MacBook Pro (early 2011). Capture the audio with eCamm’s Call Recorder for Skype, then edit in Adobe Audition CS 5.5 for Mac.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I have a daily podcast, already, so mentioning it there has been my biggest promotional vehicle, personally.

We timed the launch of “Mission Log” to coincide with the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Both Rod and John had panels there, so they mentioned it from a couple of stages in some pretty big rooms.

And we handed out postcards like mad men. And we just talked to people about the show.

Roddenberry Entertainment has its own promotional avenues, of course, and our association with Nerdist is amazingly huge from a promotional standpoint.

It’s very different than doing your own show. There are two established organizations behind this, plus John’s show, plus my show all working to promote a show for which Star Trek fans seems to be receptive in some cases and hungry in others.

It’s really been thrilling.

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

If you hope to make a dime, have a business plan in place before you start or work with people who do.

I did a sort of “if you build it, they will come thing” when I started Mac OS Ken, figuring advertising dollars would find their way to my show.

Have I been able to make it? Yes, though I think if I’d had a clearer idea of how I wanted to do that at the start, things would have gone more smoothly.

Do download numbers matter matter to you? or is audience engagement key?

For “Mission Log” it’ll be audience engagement for me. Download numbers are a business thing on this one, and other people are handling the business end.

I haven’t asked about our numbers yet because, once I do, I’ll never stop asking. And now I’ll probably start asking tomorrow.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

Simply put, “Mac OS Ken” led to “Mission Log.” More than that though, I’ve made friends in parts of the world I may never see.

So many people tell me their day does not start without me, which - six-and-a-half-years later - is still weird sometimes, but amazing as well.

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

Make sure you love what you’re talking about, or at the very least love talking about it. If it goes well, you’ll be doing it for a long time.

It can be a job, which is good news, but if you don’t like what you’re doing, it can end up a job you hate. And who wants that?

I’d also suggest trying a decent run before you ever publish.

Think you want to do a weekly show? Do it for a month first. Four weeks that you may never publish, just to make sure it’s something you can handle and enjoy.

And if you think you want to do a daily show, have your head examined.


There you have it. It’s time for you guys to step into the world of Star Trek and enjoy diving into all those things beyond the ordinary, guided by two amazing guys.

Subscribe to The Mission Log Podcast.

If you want to reach out to The Mission Log Podcast you can do so by emailing missionlog(at)roddenberry(dot)com, calling 323-522-5641 or following @missionlogpod


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Rockin New Libsyn Podcast: Mission Log Podcast with John Champion (Part 1)

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

“Illogical." Not really. In fact it makes perfect sense. This latest Rockin'New Libsyn Podcast is all about delving into the world of Star Trek and it’s so full of life, excitement, intelligent conversation and humor with a couple of fabulous hosts, we had to split this feature into two!

You’ll get the first co-host John Champion on this post and tomorrow you’ll get the mighty Ken Ray, so y'all come back now ya hear?


Q & A John Champion from Mission Log


When did you start podcasting?

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About 3 years ago. I started doing (and still do!) a podcast called “DVD Geeks” which is all about new/recently released DVDs and Blu-rays and all the special features that come with them.

Rod Roddenberry and I started discussing the idea for “Mission Log” in late 2011. By February of 2012 we had brought in Ken Ray and started playing around with sample episodes to see if the show would even work.

Why did you start podcasting?

“DVD Geeks” was created as a TV show, and we had a blast doing that for a few years. Eventually, it was so expensive to carry on as a TV show not to mention having to answer to many masters and get bounced around through all the business and bureaucracy of TV when you’re a small, independent show.

Podcasting seemed like a great alternative where we could do whatever we wanted, maintain control of the show and not have the huge overhead of TV.

There’s much less pressure, and the gratification is immediate. We can post an episode and then get feedback from the audience right away.

We feel much more connected to our listeners by doing a podcast than we ever did on TV.

What’s your show about?

Mission Log” is about “Star Trek,” but more specifically it’s about the ethics, morals and messages within the “Star Trek” universe.

We figured the best structure for the show was to cover every episode - of all the various “Star Trek” series - in order, but rather than just review them, seriously investigate what the shows are about.

Every “Star Trek” fan rightfully praises the shows for being about more than just action/adventure in space, but we wanted to see if there are consistent themes and messages that are still relevant to our lives in the 21st century.

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

First and foremost, it’s fun. Even if I think it won’t be fun, as soon as we start recording each episode I’m reminded instantly that I love doing this show.

If there’s any level of fame to come along with this show (and having the Roddenberry and Nerdist names behind us doesn’t hurt), that will only serve to make it more fun.

Again, having an audience that’s actually engaged in what you do makes the work that much more satisfying.

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

I use a 2011 15" MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion, Yeti Pro microphone and Bowers + Wilkins P5 headphones.

Ken is in New York, and I’m in California which means we record the show as a Skype call. Ken does the editing, and we upload all the show elements to Dropbox when it’s ready for Nerdist to distribute.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We set up the basic social media - Facebook and Twitter - a couple of weeks before we launched. More importantly, we wanted to make sure we went straight to the fans.

We all attended the most recent “Star Trek” convention in Las Vegas where we handed out 2,000 postcards and even participated in some panel discussions to get the word out.

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

Going back 3 or 4 years ago, I wish I had the technical confidence that I do now. I would have launched my other show as an independent podcast much sooner.

As for “Mission Log,” I don’t think it would have made any difference, but I wish I had known how much work this was truly going to take.

Ken and I will watch each episode 3 or 4 times before recording and spend a lot of time taking notes and formulating our ideas.

I wish I had sat down months ago and read books like “The Ethics of Star Trek” and started taking my notes then.

Do download numbers matter matter to you? or is audience engagement key?

I’m much more concerned about audience engagement. “Star Trek” fans love to talk about “Star Trek” more than anything else.

If they are talking to us or about us, then we’ve done at least half the job. If they are challenging themselves with the ideas we present or seeing new elements in the shows because of something we’ve discussed, then I’ll know we’ve done a great job.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

Podcasting has gotten me in front of some audiences I never thought I’d be addressing, like leading a session on ethics and humanism at Star Trek Las Vegas.

I’ve also been able to interview some really creative people and, because of my other show, I’ve been exposed to some great movies I may have otherwise missed!

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

First of all, bring something different. There is no subject that hasn’t already been discussed in a podcast.

We never wanted to be “just another Star Trek podcast,” and we wanted to find a specific, new angle. Know your subject, and plan to go an inch wide and a mile deep.

Your job as a podcaster is to not just record the show and publish it but also put yourself out there to the world as someone who listens to your audience and interacts with them. The audience doesn’t just find you - you have to go find them.

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

When we started “DVD Geeks,” I saw that as an extension of something than already existed. Now it’s a part of my regular routine and one of my primary focuses.

“Mission Log” launched as part of a bigger, existing brand, but I would certainly say the podcast is a necessary element of staying fresh and relevant.

What piece of advice would give others looking to generate revenue from podcasting whether directly or indirectly?

Don’t be afraid to team up and cross promote. No show exists in a vacuum.

Also, take your show directly to where your fans and potential audience already is. Find conventions, trade-shows and other places where your potential audience has already gathered.


These guys are ready to take you deep into the Star Trek universe, farther than you’ve ever gone before! If you aren’t interested in Star Trek, this show will still appeal to you as the discussions are all about the depths of the human condition…and we are all human no? ;) SUBSCRIBE

If you want to reach out to The Mission Log Podcast you can do so by emailing missionlog(at)roddenberry(dot)com, calling 323-522-5641 or following @missionlogpod


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Make Shift Happen

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 Dean Dwyer from Make Shift Happen


When did you start podcasting?

In my head I started about 6 months ago, but to be honest, I found it very hard to find the information needed to get up and started. I eventually bit the bullet and spent the better part of day getting all my podcast ducks in a row and finally got my first podcast out there May 18th, 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

Well, why I started and why I plan to continue are very different.

The reason I started was because of Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, who also hosts his podcast with Libsyn. He did a podcast (of which I am subscribed) on the effectiveness of his podcast. One of the things he mentioned was that it had become the largest driver of traffic to his site.

From a platform building standpoint, I was stunned by his statement. I was clearly missing out on an opportunity to build my platform.

I realized that a blog in and of itself is too uni-dimensional. To have the greatest impact possible on people I needed to be everywhere that people consume information and podcasts are a massive way that people do just that.

So that is the reason I started, but that is not the reason I plan to continue.

A funny thing happened after I did my first podcast.

I LOVED IT! As I thought more about it, I realized something rather profound.

Podcasting is essentially a speaking gig, and I have always wanted to be a speaker. The problem was I never knew how to launch my career.

I now consider each and every podcast I do my own little TEDX talk knowing that one day that will propel me into the world of speaking of which I am hugely passionate about.

What’s your show about?

My show is an extension of my book of the same name (Make Shift Happen).

The book teaches people who to change how they look (lose weight) by changing how they think.

But the show looks at all aspects of our life because the truth is weight gain is a symptom of how we lead our life NOT simply a result of the foods we stuff into our mouths (contrary to what conventional wisdom may tell us).

In the show I talk about shift in general and how all play a role in changing how we look, BUT more importantly, how we LIVE.

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

I have a pretty simple system at this point with the idea that as I learn more I will slowly build my own kick ass studio.

Right now I use a MacBook and record using Garage Band. The only major investment I made last year was to buy an awesome microphone.

I use the Yeti Blue Microphone. The price was steep ($200,) but aside from content the second most important thing I am delivering is sound quality so I want to produce something that is as crisp and clear as possible.

I post each of my podcasts on my blog which is hosted on Wordpress and of course, I host each podcast on Libsyn.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Right now I have an email list of about 5000 people and that is primarily how I promote it. I also use my Facebook fanpage and twitter to provide some social proof that the podcast has some traction.

For instance, early on I was fortunate to discover that my podcast was appearing on iTunes top 10 charts in their major category of Health in a few different countries.

I now check that chart everyday and when there is something significant I share it with my peeps. As an example, last week I was ranked number 2 behind Jillian Michaels in the US.

So I post that to let people know the podcast has substance and is providing value to people.

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

The biggest thing is something I eluded to above. Podcasting is a POWERFUL medium. I had no clue just how powerful it was when I launched.

But more importantly, I now realize it is training for the speaking career that has been trying to get out for the past 20 years.

The other thing I have discovered is that it is easy to put this off because it takes a bit of work to figure everything out.

What I should have done is found someone who had a podcast up and running and pick their brain about everything needed to get started and then set a deadline for myself as to when I would have my first podcast launched.

The final thing I just learned is how to set up my notes so I can remain organized and yet not come off like I am reading a script.

My first few podcasts were done using queue cards, but I did not find that strategy allowed my podcast to flow.

I want to have a conversational tone to my podcasts and the cards would block that at times. Ironically, I discovered this when I made my biggest boo boo.

During my third podcast, I spoke for 65 minutes using my cards. When I finished I discovered to my horror that I forgot to hit the record button on Garage Band (I clicked near it but not ON it!)

While I was kicking myself for that, I realized it was a blessing in disguise because that particular podcast really lacked flow with my card system.

It was through that mishap that I discovered Free Mind, which is a free mind-mapping software. I used that instead to map out my ideas and my podcasts have been 100 times better as a result.

Advice for future podcasters?

For those who are still not sure what kind of podcast they want to produce I would suggest the following.

First, decide on the major category you will fall into on iTunes. Mine was health. That clearly defines the type of message you will be delivering. To see a list of their major categories head here and scroll through the drop-down menu on the right.

Then decide on your sub-category. While I initially started in Fitness and Nutrition I did not feel I could compete there because their were A LOT of people who knew far more about both then I did.

But I felt there was an opportunity to combine that with the mindset aspect of weight loss because NO ONE else was doing that.

I chose self-help (although I prefer the term self-empowerment) and discovered that no one was combining my ideas in that particular niche.

I knew I could dominant if I did things correctly.

My final piece of advice is to study podcasts in your niche to see what they are doing and look for ways to distinguish yourself. I would also recommend that you study other podcasts you like and see what they do that you might be able to “steal” and what you would improve on in yours.

For instance, I noticed most podcasters DO NOT give any kind of specific call to action to their listeners. I stress a few times during my podcast that change does not happen by listening alone. I also make a point of give them a few shifts to act on.

What could you do in your space to really engage your audience?


So how about it people? What could you do in your space to help your audience? Let him know in the comments below.

If you want more inspiration and great advice to make shift happen in your life go on and Subscribe, and if you have any questions or feedback for Dean, you can reach him at dean (at) makeshift happen (dot) com.


And with that, it’s time for you to start podcasting

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Story Worthy

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 Christine Blackburn from Story Worthy


When did you start podcasting?

I began the Story Worthy Podcast in April of 2010. The first showed aired a few months later, July 19th, with guest comedian Sharon Houston.

Why did you start podcasting?

I used to perform a lot of stand-up comedy, but it turns out, I’m not funny. However, I do have a lot of stories. I am a former flight attendant, Peace Corps Volunteer, cancer survivor, and television host.

I got my best friend Hannes Phinney to join me in starting Story Worthy. Hannes and I have been friends for years. He’s actually the second person I ever met in Los Angeles. Hannes is very low key and that seems to counter my high energy.

Also, I have to say, the MOTH, which features true stories, had a huge impact on me.

I have performed at many shows here in LA. And I must give Adam Carolla a huge amount of credit. The first time I heard his podcast, which is so much better than his old radio show, I knew I loved podcasting.

His show remains at the top of the pack and is well-deserved.

So to answer the question, I would say I started podcasting to reach and entertain the largest number of people possible, with the art of Storytelling, Comedy, and in Stephen Colbert’s word, Truthiness.

What’s your show about?

Story Worthy features true 5 minute stories from Hollywood’s most creative talents; mostly comedians, writers, musicians, and actors. Co-hosts Christine Blackburn and Hannes Phinney discuss the topic of the week

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

I use a sound engineer, Jorge Reyes. Jorge costs money, but this is an area that I would rather have an expert handle. I’ll ask him!

How have you promoted your podcast?

I perform the podcast LIVE here in Los Angeles, Facebook, Twitter, Independence Podcast Alliance and Podcast Fandom.

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

Like Shakespeare said “Brevity is the soul of wit!”


Are you up for the bit of truthiness? Well then you must subscribe or listen straight from Facebook. If you wanna reach out to Christine or Hannes you can do it by emailing info (at) storyworthypodcast (dot) com!


We know you wanna start podcasting.

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Awl- The 90 Second Morning Blast


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 Choire Sicha From The Awl: The 90-Second Morning Blast


When did you start podcasting?

I JUST returned to doing it a couple weeks ago. I’d tried podcasting years and years ago, but it was one of those projects that just didn’t make sense with my life and it was hard to sustain.

What you learn when you guest on other people’s podcasts–I just did Julie Klausner’s a couple weeks ago–or do your own is just how much work it is and how amazing it is that people make us these things for our pleasure.

People like Julie do an AMAZING job and it’s a lot of work!

Why did you start podcasting?  What’s your show about?

I really thought there was an opening in the “giving people who take the subway to work in the late morning something to listen to” market.

That might not be true! But I really wanted someone to tell me everything in the morning that I wanted to know, and no one was, so I had to do it myself.

Well we’ll see how it changes over time (if I can sustain it!), but right now, I want it to be “fun, cool, weird things for New Yorkers to know about and do.”

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

Oh it’s pretty, uh… pitiful. I keep Garageband or Logic open on my computer at all times, so in the mornings I just have some coffee, talk at my laptop for two minutes, and upload it to you guys.

True confession: I don’t even listen to it before I upload it. If I make a big production out of this, then I’ll never actually get it done.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Right now we run it as the first post of the day on The Awl, at 9 a.m., so it kills two early birds with one stone. Other than that I’m not sure I really want to promote it too much, as it’s pretty… DIY lo-fi. At best.

But I can definitely say there’d be no way I’d be able to do this without Libsyn. That you guys make uploading, hosting, syndication and embedding so easy is the only way this happens at all.


You know where you need to go for your 90 second bit of DIY greatness, subscribe or listen straight from Facebook. If you want to contact the show email notes (at) theawl (dot) com


Are you ready to start podcasting?

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Spilled Milk


This series is all about 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 Matthew Amster-Burton From The Spilled Milk Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

The show debuted in January 2010, but it took several months of planning, false starts, terrible deleted episodes, and the like before we actually published episode one.

Why did you start podcasting?

I had been a writer for Gourmet magazine until it abruptly shut down in October 2009, so I desperately needed a new project, and I wanted to do something collaborative, which writing usually isn’t.

I’d been listening to a lot of podcasts, especially You Look Nice Today, that consisted mostly of friends trading one-liners, and I had a hunch Molly Wizenberg and I could do that pretty successfully.

What’s your show about?

It’s about the foods Molly and I like to eat, and occasionally (see our Scary Food episode) about the foods we hate. We tend to do an equal number of junk food and real food episodes.

Each episode is about 15 minutes long and covers a single food topic, like spinach, French toast, apples, or energy drinks.

The whole point of the show is to make people laugh; food just happens to be what Molly and I do professionally and therefore like to talk about.

We’ve recorded episodes that were informative but not funny, and they never aired. But it’s hard to know in advance what’s going to be funny. I mean, apples aren’t funny, right? Yet our apple episode is our best ever.

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

We use dynamic microphones, the smallest Mackie mixer, and a Tascam digital recorder.

I encourage everyone who is remotely serious about podcasting to avoid recording directly into your computer, which is asking for trouble.

Computers crash; dedicated recorders almost never do, and you can get a great one for under $100. The only time we’ve lost a recording, it was because we ignored this advice.

For editing and publishing, we use Rogue Amoeba Fission, GarageBand, Wordpress, and Libsyn.

How have you promoted your podcast?

These days, mostly Facebook. Shortly after our debut, we were featured on the front page of the podcast section of the iTunes store, which drew thousands of listeners, some of whom even stuck around.

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

That podcasting is a skill like any other, and it takes practice.

If you like to talk, that doesn’t automatically make you a good broadcaster. Listen back to our early episodes and you will hear terrible microphone technique, missed joke opportunities, dead air, and every other rookie mistake.

Unless you’re a former NPR employee like our friends at The Sporkful, your first episode is not going to be perfect, but that’s no reason to give up.


So how about it? Are you ready to delve into the world of Spilled Milk? Subscribe or listen on Facebook! If you want to reach out to the Spilled Milk podcast you can email contact(at)spilledmilkpodcast(dot)com.


Are you ready to start podcasting? We are ready for you!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Take The Red Pill

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 David and Donald From Take The Red Pill


When did you start podcasting?

We released our first episode on May 23, 2010. This is the first podcasting project for both of us.

Why did you start podcasting?

David: I can’t speak for Donald, but I had an instant interest in one day starting up a podcast ever since I first started listening to them back in 2006.

I knew I didn’t want to do it solo, but I didn’t find a suitable fit for a cohost until I met Donald at a meetup called Belief in the Unknown. After a couple of conversations with him I began my recruitment process…

Donald: I started podcasting because David suggested we do it. I was originally a bit apprehensive about it. I didn’t see why anyone would want to sit around for an hour, listening to two guys just talk. After doing about 3 minutes of research online, I quickly realized how popular podcasting was.

Beyond that initial hesitation on my part, I had been looking for a way to best share my accumulated spiritual/metaphysical knowledge. Teaming up and podcasting with David has proven to be a better format than I could have ever hoped for.

What’s your show about?

David: We talk about all that stuff that pushes the envelope of what we think of as reality as we know it. UFOs, time travel, reincarnation, energy healing, Atlantis… stuff that would furrow James Randi’s already furrowed brow.

Donald: We “Explore The Realities Within Our Reality”.

What that basically means is we can cover any topic that might be considered on the “fringe” of science and/or metaphysics. Or smack dab in the middle.

We’ve discussed the nature of reality and time, the afterlife, reincarnation, free will and destiny, good and evil, and conspiracy theories.

At any time during a show, David and I can find ourselves talking about the mysteries of the universe, or how that movie we saw that one time about that guy that did that thing completely changed our lives.

We really give ourselves the freedom to follow where the topic wants to take us.

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

With David in Washington State and Donald in Virginia we conduct our conversation through a Skype session.

David: I record my audio through a Sennheiser e835 mic into my MacBook through a PreSonus FireBox interface into GarageBand. From the GarageBand file I extract the .aiff file, downsample and rip it into an .mp3 then send it off to Donald via TransferBigFiles for editing.

Donald: Freetalk Everyman USB headphones and mic, laptop running Audacity (audio editing), a podcast partner with exceptional metaphysical insight.

How have you promoted your podcast?

When we first started we registered with a bunch of podcast directories… Podcast Pickle, podcastdirectory.com, podbean, etc.

Nowadays we pretty much stick to iTunes, Facebook, and Twitter (thanks to Libsyn… you guys rock!). Throughout the week we frequently post links to webpages that are relevant to the latest topic.

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

David: I wish we had a better idea how to manage our schedule out of the gate. When we first started we were recording every week, but it was tough balancing our personal schedules with the time it takes to record and produce the show.

At one point we got so backlogged on episodes we would end up publishing the show months after it was recorded. We finally have a comfortable biweekly schedule that is much more manageable.

Donald: How much fun it would be. I was originally a bit hesitant about doing a podcast. I saw it as just a lot of work with little payoff. After recording that first episode, I was hooked.

The payoff was being able to converse with someone who had a similar metaphysical life experience and taking the opportunity to “compare notes”. It is our similar but slightly different perspectives that makes Take The Red Pill so engaging for us to record, and for our listeners.


You know Take The Red Pill is the best way to get into the world of the fringes of reality! No one ever has to know ;) Subscribe in iTunes or listen straight from Facebook!. If you have anything to ask Donald and David you can reach them at feedback (at) taketheredpillpodcast (dot) com


Are you up for starting your own podcast? Start HERE.

   

Rockin New libsyn Podcast: Gadget Grrl

awesome interview with libsyn podcaster gadget grrl

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 Diana Stoneberg Gadget Grrl


When did you start podcasting

I was doing stand up in LA and saw someone on the Today Show doing a product segment. I thought, "I can do that funny".

So, in 1996 I created the Gadget Grrl character to talk about tech in a fun and entertaining way. I mean, shouldn't tech be fun? It's not a root canal, right?

I trademarked the character and was the first, ever Gadget Grrl on the planet.

Started podcasting for Lexy and then jumped over to Libsyn with the Gadget Grrl Minute.

Why did you start podcasting?

I was appearing on a number of TV talk and news shows and was approached about doing a podcast.

What's your show about?

Short, reviews of new products, APPS, services. I like to add why this might be something worth taking a look at, or how it might be of use in your daily life. Most people don't care about the specs, they just want to know if it would work for them.

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

  • Squeeze for editing
  • Blue Mic Yeti Pro
  • Wavepad for recording
  • iMac, iPad or iPhone hardware

How have you promoted your podcast?

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

How much fun it would be.

I recorded the Gadget Grrl theme song in 30 minutes at a local recording studio. I brought in a basic track and then sang 3 tracks to one music track to create :30, :15 and a :10 sec versions.

Doing the podcast is a great way to reach out to listeners who like to send me interesting new gadgets, electronics, APPS etc.

Back in 1996, the digital dinosaur days, when the Rio MP3 player first came out the software was so glitchy it took an hour to load one song.

Now, with all the great audio hardware/software it's super simple to create and maintain a podcast.


Now you know where to go to catch up with your gadgets and keep it real! Subscribe to Gadget Grrl ™. If you have any feedback for Gadget Grrl go ahead and send her some feedback at info (at) gadgetgrrl (dot) com


You know, you should start podcasting now

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: DIS Unplugged Roundtable Discussion About All Things Disney World

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 Pete Werner From DIS Unplugged


When did you start podcasting?

We started our show in July, 2006

Why did you start podcasting?

I was inspired by watching what Leo Laporte was doing. I loved the way he provided a wide variety of honest information about technology, and I wanted to do the same thing about Disney and Disney vacations.

What's your show about?

Our show is an unbiased resource for anyone planning a Disney vacation. We cover the gamut of Disney offerings, from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney.

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

We record a roundtable format show, with 5 members of our team each week. We use Sennheiser mics, a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 board with two Mac Mini's for Skype guests and a Mac Pro running Adobe Audition for recording.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I'm the owner of a large Disney fan community, DISBoards.com and WDWinfo.com and we promote the show on our site, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Be yourself! We were nervous about being on a podcast in the beginning and made a lot of mistakes. Your audience can tell when you're being genuine and sincere, and when you're not. Respect them by being sincere and they'll respect you with their support.


Are you getting ready to do some vacation into the Disney vacation world? Well then, you're gonna have to subscribe to this podcast :)


Are you ready to start podcasting? Come JOIN the libsyn family!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: We've Been Great You Gotta Go

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 Jamie, Mike and Trevor from You've Been Great, We Gotta Go Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

We recorded our first podcast on February 26th, 2012. We did it to coincide with Oscar night.

We decided to start doing a podcast earlier that month after seeing Kevin Smith do his 200th episode live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mike suggested we do our own podcast, and within a couple weeks we started doing our own.

Why did you start podcasting?

Jamie - I've been listening to podcasts for almost 5 years now. I listen to 50 different podcasts. I've always been interested in radio and wanted to start a podcast since I started listening to them, but never really had anyone else interested in doing one until I met up with these fine gents. Now I get to share my skewed view with the world, or whoever might be listening at least.

Mike - I got into podcasting for a few reasons. The 3 of us would have some really funny conversations at our place of work and we would get some laughs so I thought that what we talk about, no matter how irrelevant, would at least be entertaining. Also it was a way to get together once a week and hang out and chat and vent about my week to other people. It has become a very inexpensive way to be entertained as well.

Trevor - I got into podcasting for a few reasons as well. I went to school for film and was always interested in radio and done some in university, I love the idea of telling a story regardless of the method. Podcasting, while not the most well crafted stories, are fun and effortless. I get to hang out with friends, laugh and talk about whatever I feel like and if someone likes or listens to it, that's an added bonus! Also, we're hilarious.

What's your show about?

It's mostly about the 3 of us chatting about movies, tv, and music. Also because we've all worked retail we discuss crazy customer experiences we've had. And if something big happens news wise (i.e. Kony 2012, potential zombie outbreak in Florida) we dissect it as well. At it's core our podcast is us trying to accurately talk about trivial and non-trivial things while trying to keep things light-hearted.

We're just trying to vent and make each other laugh. And hopefully we're taking the audience along with us.

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

We podcast from Mike's living room. We set up on his couch where he has a Yeti mic. The software we use is garage band on a mac mini.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We have a Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel that we promote all of our episodes from. We then re-post from our own Facebook and Twitter accounts.

At first we were just putting it up on any website we could. But we knew if we wanted to reach an actual audience, we'd have to get it up on iTunes and in a consistent place for listeners to find it each week. If you take podcasting seriously, you have to be willing to kick out a few bucks a month.

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

Mike - Have a name figured first, instead of starting the show in the middle of a conversation.

Jamie - Also the name of our podcast. When recording our first episode we didn't know what we were gonna call it. It probably would have given us a better frame work when recording that episode.

Trevor - That people were actually going to listen to what we had to say.


Just for the tittle alone you should go subscribe to this podcast! If you have any questions or feedback send it on over to yougottago (at) hotmail (dot) com. And while you're at it, why not 'Like' them in Facebook?


If you want to start your own impromptu podcast right in the middle of a conversation, come on and start HERE

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Nerdology UK

Nerdology UK hosted with libsyn

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 Mark Cockram from Nerdology UK Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting at the beginning of this year, the first episode went out on 13th of January (unlucky for some!).

Why did you start podcasting?

I have been blogging for just over a year, and have enjoyed the creative process. I was inspired to start up a podcast after listening to fellow Libsyn podcasts Doctor Who: Mostly Harmless Cutaway & The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast, I enjoyed the presenting styles of these shows and the sense of community created by the feedback from the listeners.

What’s your show about?

Nerdology UK covers pop culture, including books, movies, TV and theatre. So far we’ve covered Doctor Who, I, Claudius, Shaun Of The Dead, Vertigo & Rear Window and Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

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

I have a Mac and use GarageBand for recording and editing the podcast episodes, I also use a program called Call Recorder when using Skype so that I have a back up of the conversation in case there are any problems with the main recording. I decided to get a Blue Snowball USB microphone for better recording quality compared to that of the in built mic on the Mac. I also have a Panasonic RRXS400 portable digital recorder for when I’m away from my computer.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I am a big fan of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and have used these in order to get the message out there. I recently added the Libsyn Facebook App so that anyone visiting the page can instantly listen to an episode.

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

Recording using Skype is fun and allows you greater flexibility when it comes to inviting guests on to your show, however, initially I found it a little disorientating using headphones when speaking over Skype, as I could hear my guest but I could barely hear my own voice! so I opted to listen with one headphone on and the other off.

What I hadn’t counted on was my microphone picking up on the sound coming from my headphones, which meant that I spent nearly twice as long as usual editing the episode in order to manually remove the echo that my mic had recorded. I have had a vastly improved experience when recording using Skype by opting for “ear bud” style earphones which I can use at a sensible volume without getting any nasty feedback on the microphone.


So how about it peeps? Ready to dive into the Nerdology world? Subscribe in iTunes or listen straight from Facebook. If you have any questions or feedback for Mark, send it on over nerdologyuk (at) gmail (dot) com


Are you ready to start your own podcast? Start HERE!

   

16 Amazing Rockin' New Podcasts

amazing new podcasts hosted by libsyn

We’ve got a really awesome series dedicated to featuring and promoting podcasts that are new to us. These podcasts are absolute new podcasts or established podcasts that have recently started hosting with us.

Although the questions that we ask are the same, each feature highlights the wonderful diversity and insight all podcasters have.

We guarantee that checking out these guys will inspire you and give you fuel to continue doing the podcasting thing!

Here are our first 16 Rockin’ New libsyn Podcasts!

  1. Apps For Kids
  2. The AmpHour
  3. Satellite Dish with Justin and Sydnee
  4. Social Triggers Insider
  5. Davey Mac Sports Program
  6. Man vs Debt
  7. Communication Diva
  8. The Construction Industry Podcast
  9. Recovery People
  10. Low Elo
  11. It’s Called Life
  12. FUHcast
  13. Our Fifteen Minutes
  14. Fat Burning Man
  15. Good Job, Brain!
  16. Plan X Network

Do you want to be a Rockin’ New libsyn Podcast?

  • Are you producing consistently?
  • Have been with libsyn for up to a year?
  • Have show artwork and a show description?

If so email me: elsie(at)libsyn(dot)com :)

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Plan X Network

planx network hosted on the best host for your podcast libsyn

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 Taylor from Planx Network


When did you start podcasting?

We started recording June 28th, 2011.

Why did you start podcasting?

I started the show just to document all of the awesome conversations that I was having with my best friend and I thought, if I enjoy listening to this, others might as well.

Judging by the response that we get, people relate to us and instantly feel like they know us, which is something I never thought would happen,but I am so glad that it did!

What’s your show about?

It is a weekly dose of current events, movie reviews, personal stories and a slice of real life. No topic is too taboo and we are never afraid to go there.

Carrie tries to make me laugh, I try to make her laugh, and if it makes our listeners laugh, that is just frosting on the cake. I have made it my personal goal to entertain you. Even if you laugh at me, as long as you are laughing, it counts in my book.

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

Our set up is an Audiobox USB,Shure SM57 microphones,and the best pop filters money can buy. We use Studio One Artist to record the show, and I have converted my bedroom into our studio. It may sound slightly complicated, but it wasn’t difficult to set up, and if anyone needs help, I am always ready to give any advice I can.

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

The only thing that I wish I had known when I started this, was how amazing Libsyn is for our podcast feed. I know nothing about code, and very little about meta data, but with the Libsyn service, I can remain blissfully unaware, as Libsyn does all of my “heavy lifting” Also, the free app is a nice option to have as well.

How have you promoted your podcast? 

As far as promotion goes, we have an ad going out on Regretsy.com that will reach MILLIONS of people for our anniversary next month, which will give us around 400,000 downloads for the month of June.

That will put our show in the top twenty or top ten(!) on iTunes. Kevin Smith and Adam Corolla will be our peers,and that terrifies me daily. I believe in our show, and I think it will stand up nicely with the best that iTunes has to offer. Plus,my mom thinks I am funny…. Not really.


Have any feedback for John and Planx Network? You can get a hold of him at john (at) planxnetwork (dot) com. And how about a little subscribe action?


Now are you ready to start your own podcast yet? Go HERE and start!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcast: Good Job, Brain!

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 Karen Chu from Good Job, Brain


Why did you start podcasting? 

We four nerds here at Good Job, Brain! have been playing pub trivia for the past three years and we really are so passionate about learning weird facts and stories. We love finding random facts and share them with each other.

"Did you know Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey were in Red Dawn together before Dirty Dancing?! And Red Dawn was the first ever PG-13 rated movie!" "Did you know Shellac is made of residue from the shell of a lac beetle? Woah!"

We used to once work together at a game company. One of our coworkers would always bring a sack lunch that his wife packed for him, and she always included a Trivial Pursuit card in his lunch pack. We would end up eating lunch together and try to answer Trivial Pursuit questions together. As silly as it may sound, this soon caught on and more and more people joined us, and this tradition of a lunch quiz was born.

And it occurred to me then that trivia can bring people together!

What's your show about? 

Our show is part quiz show and part offbeat trivia. Our show is structured to feature different segments. We host quizzes, share our tricks of memorizing interesting facts (how to memorize all the Canadian provinces in geographical order), and every week, we share stories and findings about a specific topic. 

How have you promoted your podcast? 

Currently, like many others, we rely on Twitter and Facebook. Initially, we started as a Kickstarter initiative and not only did that help us get some funding, it also served as a pretty awesome promotional tool and created a lot of awareness outside our own immediate social circle. And as a fun little thing, I made us "business cards" which really are Trivial Pursuit cards affixed with a sticker label with our website address.

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

The really sobering fact I've learned from podcasting is just how much we say "um," "like," and "you know." I cannot believe how much of those filler words have woven into our spoken vocabulary!

Sometimes when I listen back to our episodes, I want to punch myself every time I mutter "uh...." Most of my time is spent editing out all of those words! But as we're getting into the groove of things, we are getting a lot better, and practice makes, you know, perfect. :)


How about working your brain? Do it up by subscribing to Good Job, Brain!. If you have any questions or feedback you can reach out to gjb.podcast (at) gmail (dot) com. We're sure they'll be happy to hear from you!


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Fat Burning Man

fat burning man is hosted at libsyn

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 Abel James Bascom from Fat-Burning Man


When did you start podcasting?

I started interviewing folks with inspiring weight loss stories just after the New Year of 2012. I didn’t really grasp the concept of a “podcast” at first – I was just streaming the interviews from my blog at FatBurningMan.com.

I started getting great feedback and set up all of the gizmos and doohickeys to launch an official podcast in February, I believe, and backdated the episodes that had already been released.

Then some crazy stuff happened… I was featured on iTunes and Stitcher and the podcast exploded and hit #2 in health in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada and it’s still hanging out up there. The Fat-Burning Man Show even beats out commercial behemoths like Jillian Michaels.

Just a dude and his mic!

The ability to reach hundreds of thousands of people was very recently reserved for celebrities, politicians, and corporations with deep pockets. We live in an extremely exciting time: Today, anyone can build an audience and change the world. All you need is a message and a mic.  


Why did you start podcasting? 

I want to spread the message of health and wellness to as many people as possible, but that’s difficult to do if you don’t have an audience. After launching my blog in the fall of 2011, I realized quickly that in a sea of scammy diet and fitness websites and infomercials, no one is paying attention to the new health blogs regardless of their quality or message. And we all know Google hates new websites, so I tried other things. People always told me I had a “radio voice,” so I figured I’d give an online radio show a shot. 


What’s your show about? 

A few years ago, I started seriously focusing on my health and made some alarming discoveries. I learned that almost everything that I thought I knew about health, nutrition, and fitness was completely wrong.

After years of frustration and flab, I stopped listening to the “experts” and “gurus.” I buried my nose in the research and experimented on myself like a lab rat until I found the truth. And man, it was a doozy. I wrote a book, The LeanBody Lifestyle, about everything I learned to help others make informed decisions about their health.

Skip ahead a few years, as host of the Fat-Burning Man Show, I help folks to improve their relationship with food, activity, and life by circumventing marketing myths, misinformation, and corporate scheming by eating real foods that make you lean, healthy, and energetic.

With the collective health of the country (and beyond) falling off a cliff, it is more important than ever the help reverse the obesity epidemic and health crisis. As such, I share the principles and system that enabled me to dramatically optimize my life with folks who want to shed unwanted fat and improve their health in a way that is completely honest, fun, and lifelong.

I feature people with inspiring weight loss stories, prominent bloggers, best-selling authors, celebrities, and medical professionals to help spread the message of health and wellness. 


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

From my lips to the listeners’ ears, I have a pop filter, a Heil PR40 (same mic as Rush Limbaugh, for better or worse),  a cheap ART TubeMP Studio preamp, and my old(ish) iMac. I use Skype to record my interviews and Audacity and Garageband for editing and production.

In another life, I’m also a musician so my years of experience gigging and recording allow me to wiggle the knobs to make the production sound better than it probably should.

I used Amazon S3 for hosting at first because it’s supposed to be cheap. But after my podcast blew up after a few weeks, it was incredibly expensive. Hello Libsyn. 


How have you promoted your podcast? 

Aside from my blog, I really haven’t… Mostly because I don’t really know how. But I try to share the love as much as possible by sending other bloggers/podcasters shout outs and featuring them on the show. I am very active in Paleo / Ancestral Health which has very strong online communities and many leaders in my field have been kind enough to mention the show to their audiences.

I noticed that many podcasts have commercials and/or filler in their shows – I figured I could differentiate by having none of that. Instead, on nearly every show I ask that listeners take a moment to write a review on iTunes. I’m sure the flood of positive reviews in a short time is the main reason my show skyrocketed in the iTunes charts. 


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

The hosting issue  - Libsyn rocks. You guys make it super easy and it’s very cost effective when you have a large audience pulling tons of data every week. Also, the stats are useful and insightful.

I also started without a solid plan for how to record my interviews. It was an unmitigated disaster. I was holding a Zoom H4 between my mouth and an iPhone while my puppy bit at my legs and barked in my ears.  Now I have a mic attached to a boom on my desk and record directly through Skype so it’s a piece of cake.  And the puppy stays outside.


If you have any questions or feedback, go ahead and email abel (at) fat burningman (dot) com. So are you up for getting your health in gear and start to get serious about fitness? Then you really must SUBSCRIBE.


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Our Fifteen Minutes

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 Tracy Ryerson from Our Fifteen Minutes


the amazing Tracy Ryerson and Stamie K host with the best podcast host libsyn

When did you start podcasting?

It’s been on our mind for a while, however our first official podcast was up and running on March 14th, 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

After a successful stint on Showtime’s hit show, THE REAL L WORD, we wanted to keep a dialogue going between our friends and fans around the world. It’s a great way to stay connected no matter where you are. Also, as a stand up comedian, it’s also a great outlet for Stamie to share her humor and Tracy to put her in her place!

What’s your show about?

The bi-weekly show is both a female and humor-oriented look at LIFE and how you navigate all of it’s curveballs. Stamie is a real estate agent by day, stand up comedian by night, and mother of 3. Tracy is a model, host, producer, and “InstaMom”! Together we form one big, happy, gay family!

We have a conversational approach to the podcast and discuss all-things pop culture, parenting, and relationships. Each episode ties in a new celebrity interview or specialist each week as well.

The podcast, Our Fifteen Minutes, is a continuation of our brand. The title comes from the famous quote by Andy Warhol where in 1968 he said that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” The thought of having a period of time where we can stand on a soapbox and do something positive with “our fifteen minutes” is both a challenge and exciting for both of us.

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

We use space in a recording studio to shoot the podcast. Our team consists of a producer (Sophie Nicolaou) and sound engineer (Rafa Gonzales).

We use re20 Microphones and a Mackie Onyx Mixing board. As for the audio recording and mixing software, we use Audacity and Sony sound forge. Eventually we will have a video element added as well.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Since it’s new, we’re using a lot of word-of-mouth as we get our footing and rhythm down in the studio. Besides our website, www.OurFifteenMinutes.com, the use of social media has also helped tremendously.

We’ve used our following on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to help spread the word and direct traffic to the podcast. Not only are listeners able to access, subscribe, and download the podcast from iTunes, but they can also get links directly from our website. We’re also always open to cross-promotion with other podcasts / blogs, etc.!

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

Organization is key! Just like in life, its a good idea to put the work in up front, and the rest will run smoothly. Instead of having an “on the fly” attitude and coming up with topics while in the studio, we’ve made more of an effort to produce content before we go live.

We like to have options. The smoother a studio session runs, the better for everyone involved. It’s especially hard with co-hosts, as we have two different approaches, let alone opinions, to everything….But executed right, it makes for the perfect “Odd Couple” situation!


Wanna keep up with Our Fifteen Minutes? Go ahead and subscribe. It’s so worth it! Got some feedback for Tracy or Stamie you can catch them here: tracy(at)ourfifteenminutes(dot)com & stamie2(at)aol(dot)com.


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: FUHcast

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 Bill Harris from FUHcast


When did you start podcasting?

FileUnderHorrible.com and it’s podcast, FUHcast, launched in April of 2011.

Why did you start podcasting?

Thankfully, it was a very organic process.

Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, I was surrounded by some great talk radio. My father was always listening to Steve Dahl, Kevin Matthews, Johnny B., and other syndicated mic jockeys. So some sort of broadcasting was always a dream of mine. Jim, my fellow co-host, also had a love of radio. He fell in love with a college radio station long ago and desperately wanted to be on it. Like me, life had different plans and pointed him in a different direction.

Jim and I have been close friends for over 15 years. We both wrote regularly in various online journal communities. Once podcasts became a thing, it just made sense. Jim is a great writer and is also able to hold a good conversation. I bring the quick wit and the ability to snuff out dead air with (sometimes) nonsense. Within a few months, we came up with the concept and branding for File Under Horrible and the FUHcast.

What’s your show about?

Jim and I are geeks at heart. Jim is into comic books, books, table top games and geek culture. I’m a retro nut and tech/gadget geek. Both of us are into movies, video games, and pop culture. We are also extremely fond of the fractured human condition and the strange, wonderful and scary news stories that it populates. So our show is all of that, but with an adult orientated comedy base. That’s probably more complicated than it actually is. We’ve just released episode 50 which is a “best of” clip show that will no doubt better summarize our show. As with most podcasts, hearing is believing.

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

Two large diaphragm condenser mics going into a phantom powered 12 bus mixer. We also use an ASUS Transformer (an Android tablet) as a digital cart machine for sound bites and drops. The tablet also outputs into the mixer. The main out from the mixer goes into the line input of a Samson Zoom H2 recorder. The audio is digitally recorded in mono (WAV) on a SD card.

The audio is then ripped from the SD card onto a Windows PC desktop computer. I use The Conversations Network’s Levelator 2 on the WAV file for episodes that don’t have a lot of music. I then edit out dead air, add intro and outro music, and add additional sound effects in post with Audacity. I use Mp3tag to tag the MP3 file with metadata. We’ve been Libsyn powered since day one.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We started by listing the show on every directory and subscription service known to man and the internet. Social media plays a huge part, namely Facebook. We use Facebook to communicate directly with our audience; inviting them into the discussion. At times, our listeners provide us with topics to discuss on the show.

We’ve also dabbled in cross promotion with other comedy podcasts. Being nominated for The People’s Choice Podcast Award for the Comedy category last fall helped increase our exposure. But word of mouth from our fans is really what we’ve been depending on. And they haven’t let us down.

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

Stop looking at the numbers. If you obsess over your downloads, you’ll get self conscience and want to quit. Or you’ll start doing stupid stuff on your show because you THINK people want “this thing” instead. Have fun with it and make it a show that you wouldn’t mind dedicating some time out of your day to listen to.


If you’d like to listen to that all encompassing episode number 50 you need to subscribe to the FUHcast do it up! Catch up with Jim and Bill via twitter or Facebook Feedback for FUHcast? (478) 227-8384 and podcast (at) fileunderhorrible (dot) com

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: It's Called Life

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters, whether ‘newbies’ or simply new to our service. 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 Brad Robertson from It’s Called Life


It's Called Life a podcast hosted at libsyn

When did you start podcasting?

We are a newer show, our very first episode was published on February 1st 2012. Myself and my co host and lifelong friend Jeremy agreed we will do two episodes a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and have numerous guests stop by whenever we wish to listen to another opinion.

Why did you start podcasting?

I listen to music for 8 hours a day 5 days a week at my place of employment. After a year or two, it started to get old, so I started listening to stand up comedy, I worked my way through all of the great stand up comedians, educating myself in the history of comedy, until I ran out of hour long comedy specials.

That’s when I remembered something called “podcasts”, I knew nothing about them, only that they were free. So I went on iTunes and went right to the comedy section, and downloaded some shows that looked appealing.

Since then, I have been listening to comedy podcasts religiously at my place of work for the last 2 years. I was a devoted and active listener, and I enjoyed contacting the hosts of shows, purchasing merchandise, and telling friends and family about the shows.

After listening to hundreds and hundreds of episodes, I started thinking that I could do a show myself, and that it would be a good hobby and an outlet to be on the recording side of a comedy podcast.

What’s your show about?

It’s Called Life covers just about anything, we discuss humorous news articles, studies, relationships, music, movies, and things we personally go through in everyday life, once in awhile we will share stories from our past as well.

We have had 4 different guests so far and plan to have many more, the guests have fun, and we have fun, so that’s all that matters right? We have had 2 female guests and 2 male guests, and we are extremely happy with all of them so far.

It’s Called Life is still a very new show, and we have no merchandise at the moment and we have not asked for any donations of any kind, all of that will come with time, for now we are just having fun and entertaining our listeners.

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

Right now, we are using 2 (or sometimes 3) Shure Dynamic microphones, a 4x4 PreSonus audio interface, and my Toshiba laptop with Audacity to add intro and outro music.

We have tall mic stands and shock mounts for our mics as well. I am not using a mixer right now, our set-up is very basic, the more dynamic/additional equipment can all come in time.

How have you promoted your podcast?

As of now, we have cross promoted with 2 different comedy podcasts (The Green Light Show and FUHcast) and I have submitted our show to as many podcasting directories that I could find including iTunes, we have also promoted the show on our personal Facebook accounts, as have our guests.

We broadcast every show LIVE on Ustream, and announce on the It’s Called Life Facebook page every Tuesday and Thursday before we go live.


There you have it peeps! You up for some fun and entertainment for the love of it? Subscribe to It’s Called Life! Do you have some feedback for Brad? You can catch him here: brad123xxx (at) hotmail (dot) com. Enjoy!


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Low Elo

Low Elo about League of Legends on libsyn

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters, whether ‘newbies’ or simply new to our service. 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 Jeff from Low Elo


When did you start podcasting?

This is the first podcast for Dave and Christian (my co-hosts) but I started podcasting in 2009 with The Loading Screen, a video game culture podcast with my old roommate. Low Elo, our new show, was an idea in December and we recorded our first episode at the beginning of January.


Why did you start podcasting?

Dave and I have these conversations sometimes about League of Legends, the emergence of eSports and the future of it all. We had all of these ideas and insights that could benefit not just the community but the entire industry if only they had a voice. One night, Dave suggests we do a podcast. We started on the details the next day.


What’s your show about?

Low Elo is the League of Legends podcast of the players, by the players and for the players. It’s an all-in-one weekly delivery of the latest League of Legends news, game changes, strategies and eSports updates with an emphasis on humor and class brought to you by three players you can relate to.


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

The three of us, Dave, Christian and myself, are in completely different states with very different setups. I do most of the editing and production and for that I use a USB interface coupled to an 8 input mixer and a dynamic mic.

Dave just upgraded and uses a small USB mixer to control his mic. Christian uses a Logitech USB desktop mic that you can get for fifteen bucks online (we’re looking to upgrade him).

Because of the distance between us, we record every episode with Skype call recording software. I do all of our mixing and editing in Audacity on my custom built Windows desktop.


How have you promoted your podcast?

We hit up League of Legends community forums and invited players to give us feedback. The single greatest ally for promotion has been Apple iTunes. We made a top slot on the iTunes Marketplace in February and nothing has been the same since.


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

I wish we had known how hungry the League of Legends community was for our content. It’s immensely rewarding to read listener feedback or to play a game with our fans and to realize how much players appreciate our show.

We get to share our love for the game with others and that heightens their own experience. We once met a guy in the game who claimed to be our biggest fan in New Zealand and it made our day.

If we had known how good it would feel to share our interests with such an enormous and diverse crowd of people, we would have started recording the show sooner.


You a fan of League of Legends? What are you waiting for, subscribe to Low Elo! If you are interested in contacting Jeff or offering them some feedback give it a go at jeff (at) lowelo (dot) com.

The best way to keep up with these guys in by following them @EatGamer and @LowEloDave. You won’t regret it!


   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Recovery People

The kind of reach and impact podcasting can have is not exclusive to entertainment or creative self expression. It can also become a powerful tool for vital community support that serves very specific needs within society. Recovery People has built their podcast directly being of service to a community whose success and growth is incredibly reliant on support and inspiration from the community itself. This podcast is an essential weapon for empowering recovery.


Q & A with Jason Howell From The Recovery People Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

We launched the Recovery People podcast in February 2012. Although our co-creator, Heath Riddles, co-producer, Alex Sanchez, and myself, Jason Howell, have each worked on radio, television or film projects that were distributed through traditional channels, we all agreed that self-distributed podcasts are the wave of the future.

We were excited to explore the podcasting format and knew that a podcast was the right medium for this project.

Why did you start podcasting?

We view podcasting as the most cost effective and engaging medium to raise recovery awareness and to strengthen a grassroots recovery community.

Recovery from substance use and mental health issues rises out of hope and through the support of a community. Too often media exploits the drama of the disease rather than highlighting solutions or happier, healthier lives in recovery.

Podcasting is way of giving a voice to people recovery and a lifeline of hope those in need.

What's your show about?

Recovery People celebrates the culture of recovery from addiction and/or other mental health issues. Through the power of new media, peers share the gritty joy, the epic hope and soulful sounds of people in recovery.

Recovery People are highly creative, exceptionally intuitive and filled with a cultural wisdom from the road less traveled. Recovery People are real in every sense of the word.

So, tune in, turn on and check us out because we, the Recovery People, have a lot to say.

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

For us, it is all about right sizing our set-up with our budget and goals. So far, we have primarily used Audacity as our editing software because it is free and easy to learn.

We want to empower people in recovery to podcast, so we did not want to create a production process that would intimidate people away from getting involved. Audacity can be used on either a Mac or PC, so anyone with a computer and a mic can capture an interview.

That being said, Audacity frustrates Alex and I. We are both accustomed to editing with more robust software, but along with that functionality comes a higher learning curve and price.

We have played with Apple’s Garage Band, another great free option. Garage Band beautifully interfaces with iTunes which allows for easier file management and some quick drag and drop post production, but Audacity has it beat in some other areas.

We started out with a Snowball mic because Heath happened to have one, but we quickly invested in a USB M-Audio mic to get a much richer sound. USB is less expensive, but it limits the number of mics you can use and thus, tracks you can tweak.

When funds become available, we will likely purchase multiple XLR mics and an external mixing board. We are a nonprofit, so anyone who would like to underwrite these costs can donate at RecoveryPeople.org or contact jason.howell@recoverypeople.org

Capturing the best audio possible is key, so we built a “sound studio” in my garage. That sounds grander than what it actually looks. We use two bookshelves and acoustic tiles to create a sound absorption alcove in the corner of the garage.

We lined the floor with old blankets and snuggly stuck a breakfast table and chairs that we picked up at a garage sale in the alcove. We look forward to the day when we can offer our guest nicer accommodations.

Not all interviews can be done live. We currently are using FreeConferenceCall.com to record phone interviews because it is free and easy. We continue explore other options, like Skype, and are keeping our eye on the evolution of Google Hangout.

How have you promoted your podcast?

First, I stalked some of the New Media gurus here in Austin, Texas asking their advice. They uniformly said our initial audience would come from social media, and then eventually, we would gain Organic SEO growth.

To prepare for that success, we built RecoveryPeople.org using WordPress and created facebook.com/recoverypeople and twitter.com/recoverypeeps. Because I have connections with a number professionals in the recovery industry, we also created a RecoveryPeople group in LinkedIn and a Google page.

All together, this provides us with a cost effective infrastructure to build an online community . Each show and topic gives us an opportunity to network with other communities and encourage them to promote or co-promote.

Once we upload a show to libsyn.com/recoverypeople we have it set up to automatically syndicate to iTunes. Then we embed links and/or code into our sites and social media accounts.

We also send out an e-newsletter and eblasts to individuals who would be particularly interested in the content of that week’s show asking them to share it with others.

We encourage our audience to subscribe via iTunes, so they don’t have to remember (we don’t have to remind them) to download the show each week. To extend this strategy, we plan to  upgrade our Libsyn account, so audiences can subscribe and listen to the show via Smart Phone apps.

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

We’ve taken a bootstrap strategy meaning that the most important thing for us was to launch the podcast knowing that we will be learning a lot along the way.

We don’t spend much time thinking about the things we wish we knew when there was no way of knowing what we did not know.

RecoveryPeople is a relatively young project, so we will have much more to report in a year, but our biggest learning opportunities have been and continue to be around social media marketing.

As we empower more people in recovery into this project, I suspect we will need to focus more on volunteer management and “how-to” training.


SUBSCRIBE to Recovery People or consider donating to the cause! If you have any questions or feedback about Recovery People send an email over to jason.howell (at) recoverypeople (dot) org


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Construction Industry Podcast

the construction industry podcast hosted with the best podcast host libsyn

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 Cesar Abeid From The Construction Industry Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting in August of 2011. 

Why did you start podcasting? 

To reach out to the construction sector in a way that was unique.  I felt we had a lot to share with the industry and podcasting would be a great way to do it. 

What’s your show about? 

We bring topics and interviews relevant to construction professionals. 

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

I use:

  • Blue Yeti USB microphone
  • MacBook Pro
  • Audacity
  • Roland R–09HR audio recorder
  • iTunes for mp3 encoding and tagging. 

How have you promoted your podcast? 

I promote our podcast on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Plus and with a growing mailing list.  We have also ran two press releases on PRWeb.

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

That I can relax and be myself behind the microphone.  When I listen to my first couple of episodes I sound a bit too “robotic”.  I learned that an interview is nothing more than a conversation. 


Interested in construction? Or maybe you know someone who is? Share The Construction Industry Podcast! If you have any feedback feel free to contact Cesar Abeid feedback (at) constructionindustrypodcast (dot) com.


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Rockin' New Libsyn Podcasts: Communication Diva With Jenn Swanson

 

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 Jenn from Communication Diva


When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting on Dec 12th, 2011 with a very short introductory episode that basically told people who I was and what my plans were for the show. I must have recorded it four times, and I was nervous which you can likely tell by listening to it. I didn't edit it much...mostly because I didn't know how...but decided that my typical way of doing things is to just jump in and do it and figure things out as I go, so that's what I did.

(I'm one of those people who hates to read manuals and just likes to fiddle with the thing until I can get it to work. Not all that efficient, I'm sure, but that's how I roll. It only backfires on me sometimes...like when I accidentally switched one of my telephone handsets to Spanish, and have no living idea how to get it back to English. Oops!)

Why did you start podcasting?

I love to communicate and adore storytelling. I am an actor, a preacher, and a writer, among many other things, and once I stumbled upon this medium, I fell instantly in love. One of my dayjobs includes teaching at a downtown college. I teach in healthcare, and one of the courses I really am passionate about is called Human Relations Skills. This is a very short (too short) basic communications course.

The feedback I consistently get from my multicultural classes of (mostly young) students is that there is so much to know and not enough time to do more than just skim the surface with the time allotted. Students seem to actually take what I am teaching, apply it, and report that some of the skills they learn have radically changed the way they relate to the people in their lives.

This made me aware that there is a real need out there for basic and practical ideas/ways/skills to help people deepen their relationships. I thought maybe podcasting would be a fabulous way to share those ideas with more people.

What's your show about?

As you may have figured out by now, it's about all aspects of both personal and professional communication.

I interview people from all walks of life who have something to say about how they use aspects of communication in their work and their private lives. I interviewed a realtor who talked about the stress and emotion involved in buying/selling a home, and how he navigates through that minefield.

I interviewed a First Nations spiritual practitioner and learned a lot about how intuition plays a big role in Native communication.

I interviewed an actor about the power and importance of body language and non-verbal communication.

I have a huge list of topics and people I want to interview, and keep adding to it as I meet people. I almost need to take my equipment everywhere I go!

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

At the moment, I have a very modest set-up. I use WordPress and the Thesis theme. I have a desktop iMac and use GarageBand to edit with. I have a Roland R-05 Digital Audio Recorder that is brilliant, and at the moment, I am using the built-in mic.

I do a lot of field interviews in coffeeshops, schools and other people's homes, so I need it to be portable.

On my "wish list" I have a Behringer mixer and a Heil PR40 microphone...but those will be a while yet. I've been told my sound is pretty good as it is, for which I'm grateful, but I know that there are easier ways to do some of what I am doing, and more equipment would facilitate that.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I have posted on Twitter and have a Facebook Page. I have submitted to iTunes, Zune and Blackberry. I have put several pages on StumbleUpon and Digg and have been accepted into the StitcherSmart Radio Affiliate Program.

I have guest-posted on a couple of other sites, and have invited people to answer a question for a "list post". I have also commented on other blogs and tried to reach out to others in the same area of interest as my own.

I have business cards on my to-do list, and have just put out a little "tour of my podcast site" video on YouTube. I am ALWAYS looking for new ways to promote the show!

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

I was pretty lucky to have initially found some very generous people who have loads of expertise, and who have become almost gurus to me. These are Cliff Ravenscraft of the podcastanswerman.com and Pat Flynn of smartpassiveincome.com

They have both been instrumental in my not making as many mistakes as I may have, given my dislike of reading technical manuals! I wish I had done more of a "launch".

I wish I had known more about the technology and about SEO when adding tags and titles and such. I know I have an enormous amount of info yet to learn, but that's part of the fun. (Plus I get to communicate with some really cool people all around the world, which is stunning, when you think about it!)


We can all use better ways to communicate, so SUBSCRIBE to Communication Diva! And if you wanna chat with Jenn you can email her at jenn(at)communicationdiva(dot)com.


If you wanna get started podcasting right away, sign up HERE!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Man vs Debt

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 Baker from Man vs Debt


When did you start podcasting?

After thinking about doing it for years, I finally launched the Man Vs. Debt Podcast in December 2011.

Why did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting for several reasons. First, I knew that podcasting would help our message reach a more diverse and broad audience. In fact, I’ve noticed a big difference between regular blog readers and regular podcast listeners.

Second, I wanted to practice my own skills in sharing the message via audio. Writing, speaking, and recording video all take different skill sets, and podcasting has helped ME improve my presentation and speaking skills.

Third, it allows for diversity on our end. At times, only writing blog posts can get stale (for both me and the readers) and the occasional podcast can spice things up on both ends!

What’s your show about?

We talk about principles to help people sell their excess stuff, pay off their debt, and start doing work they love. In general, we’ll recap some personal finance news (in a fun way), cover a core topic, and feature a guest speaker or success story. We end each podcast with an action item to apply the topics we covered.

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

I use a Heil PR-40 microphone, which I record straight to a Roland R-05 recorder.

We run this set-up through a simple 4 track mixer which allows me to bring in my computer to play soundbites and Skype interviews.

As far as software goes, we use Skype to record interviews and GarageBand to do any editing of the podcast.

It’s a fairly simple set-up!

How have you promoted your podcast?

I haven’t done much to promote it specifically, however I was fortunate to build the podcast off an existing community over at ManVsDebt.com.

Because of my existing audience, I was able to write a blog post announcing the podcast which helped get momentum early. :)

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

Well, I’m still very new. But luckily I reached out for help when I was getting started.

I bought consulting from Cliff Ravenscraft (http://podcastanswerman.com), which ended up being one of the best investments I could make. Cliff made sure I had all the basics down, set-up the podcast on my blog and in iTunes, developed a strategy for the podcast, and even referred me here to Libsyn. :)


So if you are looking to get a hold of your finances you have to SUBSCRIBE! Wanna reach Baker? Baker(at)ManvsDebt(dot)com.


How about you? Start Podcasting! Go ahead and sign-up HERE.

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Davey Mac Sports Program

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 Dave from the Davey Mac Sports Program


When did you start podcasting?

We started dominating the world in October of 2010. We have all our episodes back-logged and our adding as many as Libsyn will allow per month! Hopefully in a few months, people will have access to every show we've ever done!

Why did you start podcasting?

We are experienced radio professionals (I work for Sirius XM Satellite Radio and a terrestrial station in New Jersey, Chris works for Sirius XM as well) and we thought we should get involved in radio on the Internet for it is the wave of the future if not the darned present! Bam!

What's your show about?

Our show is a humorous take on the worlds of sports and pop culture. We have lots of movie references, music bits, characters, and segments that give us a uniquely passionate and funny show. While sports fans enjoy the show, the non-sports fan also loves it for energy and sense of fun! We rock the mic hard, dawg!

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

We work in a professional-caliber studio in Times Square, NYC and edit the show (which requires little editing because we do it live on Wednesdays) with Pro Tools. Booya!

How have you promoted your podcast?

Since we do a national, longer version of the show on Sirius Xm Satellite Radio; we use that very large pulpit to advertise the podcast version of our awesomeness. I also use social media like Twitter (of which I have over 20,000) followers and Facebook to alert people to dominance.

In addition to that, we make video snippets of between two and five minutes long for each show that we then post on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/eastsidedavevideos).

We also use Ustream to put the show up live every Wednesday when we record the podcast. I also write a Sports Report Monday through Friday which I put up on my website that helps promote the show as well as giving people a salty take on sports. And recently we made a song/video for the Super Bowl that was critically-acclaimed and much viewed on Youtube (as well as being linked by other sites and played on other radio shows)- "Forget Tom Brady"-(see below again!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kf8HM1qiOC0

As you can see we our Media Superstars.

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

I wish I knew how dominate I was going be.


Are you totally blow away by the domination? Yeah baby! Time to SUBSCRIBE! If you wanna get in touch with Chris or Dave here you go: didvod(at)gmail(dot)com or chris)at)eastsidecountry(dot)com


If you are ready to start dominating the podcasting world we've got you covered. Start HERE.

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Social Triggers Insider

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 Derek Halpern from Social Triggers Insider


When did you start podcasting?

social triggers with derek halpern

I officially launched my podcast Social Triggers Insider during January 2012, and at the time of this writing, February 10th, 2012, more than 26,000 people have listened in.

Why did you start podcasting?

My friend Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income told me that 20% of his email subscribers said they found him on iTunes first. With data like that, I knew I had to start podcasting.

But that aside, I began Social Triggers Insider with one main goal. You see, in 2012, smart entrepreneurs who want to use the web to attract leads and sales MUST master the fields of human behavior.

So, I created my podcast as a way to help people do just that.

What's your show about?

As I mentioned, smart entrepreneurs who want to thrive in today's overcrowded marketplace MUST master the fields of psychology and human behavior.

So, to help entrepreneurs do just that, I launched a podcast where I would feature world renowned researchers (people who have been published in industry-leading academic journals), New York Times best-selling authors, and professors from top universities.

But here's the best part:

I bring on the psychology experts to share their proven insights, and then I break down that insight into easy to implement action plans that almost anyone can implement.

So, it's not just about theory... it's about giving people clear, step-by-step instructions on how to use proven psychology insights to grow their business, build an email list, and increase online sales.

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

Right now I use a Blue Yeti, Audacity for audio editing, Libsyn for podcast hosting, and that's it. I'm going to be upgrading my Blue Yeti to a Heil PR40, as per Pat Flynn's recommendation though.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Social Triggers is one of the leading marketing blogs, with more than 17,000 RSS readers, and even more email subscribers. So, to promote my podcast I simply announced it to my existing subscriber base. I also used what I call the drafting technique, which is a proven method to getting press.

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

Nothing :-)


For the incredible actionable insight of Social Triggers Insider you must SUBSCRIBE! If you have any questions for Derek you can email news(at)socialtriggers(dot)com.

How about you? Are you ready to podcast your passion? Go ahead and sign-up HERE.

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Satellite Dish with Justin and Sydnee

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 Justin of Satellite Dish With Justin and Sydnee


When did you start podcasting?

Since April of 2010, I've had a comedy podcast called My Brother, My Brother and Me (another Libsyn show!). Sydnee and I did a nine-episode series beginning last September called Losing the Sheen where we, two non-Two and a Half Men fans, commented on the show. Our new show, Satellite Dish with Justin and Sydnee, kicked off about a month ago.

Why did you start podcasting?

We used to have goofy little disagreements and post them to the Audioboo service, stuff like "How often should you wash towels?" We called them Point/Counterpoint and they got such a good response from people (and we had such fun doing it) that we just kept looking for new shows to make together. Also: THE MONEY. IN PODCASTING.

What's your show about?

It's a clear-eyed survey of the weekly television landscape by two viewers that are desperately aware of the largely deplorable state of TV but are utterly helpless to resist its charms. There is also drinking.

What's your podcasting set-up?

Hardware, software, CMS, etc. Sydnee tells people "There's a microphone and Justin uses his computer and then later he tells me when to retweet it," but it's a bit more complex. We record straight to SD card on a Zoom H2, which is a great little mic. I edit in Audacity on my Macbook Air and use Levelator to take off some of the rough edges.

How have you promoted your podcast?

The usual, Twitter, Facebook, etc. We also plug it on my other show. Sydnee also told her mom.

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

Sydnee's a physician and she wishes that she'd realized there was a chance her patients or students might listen to it. She would have cut down on the drinking (maybe) and the profanity (definitely). Also, now that we've seen all that TV has to offer, I realize I should have been watching Toddlers and Tiaras from the beginning.


You know you wanna subscribe to Satellite Dish with Justin and Sydnee so DO IT! Y'all should follow @TheSatDish as well.


Wanna podcast with us? START HERE

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasters: The AmpHour

The Amp Hour

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!

Armed and ready to serve a unique electronics/engineering enthusiasts (and a lot more), Chris and Dave from The AmpHour are crazy energetic and always ready to chat it up and engage!

We caught up primarily with Dave as Chris was on his belated honeymoon...although he does pop in here and there to put in his two cents :D


Q & A With The Guys From The AmpHour


When did you start podcasting?

I've been video podcasting on my EEVblog since April 2009, but in August 2010 I got the idea to start a podcast radio show devoted to electronics and teamed up with fellow blogger Chris Gammell.

Chris: We were prompted by a post on reddit and that I tried a podcast but it was terrible. And then Dave took pity on me and suggested we try something together.

Why did you start podcasting?

I started the audio podcast to suit those of my existing video audience who might prefer an audio only podcast they can listen to while at work, in the car, or wherever it was not convenient to continually watch video. As some of my videos were over an hour long, That requires a lot of continuous attention span, but an audio podcast you can slip on while doing other things.

Chris: We did have the established audience we were both playing to. I had a small audience from my own stuff. We also looked around and saw that there really wasn't any kind of podcast option out there for electronics enthusiasts and saw an opportunity.

What's your show about?

It's an off-the-cuff show about electronics engineering, a rather niche topic of interest to not only engineering professionals, but electronics hobbyists, hackers, and the new "Maker" community. We talk (and rant) about electronics and product design, marketing, the industry, and occasionally get side tracked into politics and education among other areas.

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

We both use a USB mic (mine is a Samson C01U), proper mic stand with pop filter, along with Audacity to record the local stream at 44.1KHz 16bit mono.

Both recorded streams are mixed in Audacity to produce a final 441.K/16bit WAV file which then passes through The Levelator.

I have fitted out my "recording studio" with custom made acoustic panels to reduce room reflections.

Chris has resorted to surrounding himself with blankets for audio dampening!

Chris: My mic is an AT2020 USB mic.

Given that we are on opposite sides the world (Sydney and Cleveland), we use a Mumble server to talk and do the show "live" whilst recording locally. The Mumble server can record the streams to, and that is handy as a backup in case something goes wrong with our local recording. Mumble also lets us easily have guests on the show, by recording their stream. It's not as high quality as our local recordings, but it means the guest does not need a professional setup. We have tried Google Talk and Skype for this too, but have found Mumble to be the most reliable and flexible.

The blog site is maintained under Wordpesss, with podpress pulg-in. Listeners either listen via the embedded player on the blog site, download (or stream) the MP3 via the RSS feed.

Feedburner handles our RSS/iTunes feed.

MP3 files used to be hosted on our cheap shared web server, but the strain of several thousand people trying to stream at once made it all over consistently.

So now we are using Libsyn to host our MP3 files on their distributed Content Delivery Network which is working flawlessly, and no more complaints about our website or feed being down!

How have you promoted your podcast?

Mainly through our existing blog channels, the EEVblog, and Chris Gammell's Analog Life.

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

It would have been handy to number episodes with 3 or 4 digits, like #0001, as it helps with alphabetical order listings.

Synchronising audio is very easy using our consistent intro's, no need for time markers or countdowns etc.

How much less hassle it is using a USB podcasting mic compared to traditional external mixers and XLR mics.

Having show notes (in an Excel spreadsheet) helps with those awkward pause moment when we both have nothing else to say, s we can just pick another topic of the list and run with it.


What are you waiting for? Subscribe to The AmpHour! If you want to reach out to Dave and Chris, you can email them at theamphour(at)gmail(dot)com

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Apps For Kids

Apps for Kids

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!

Apps For Kids is hitting a niche market that is solely lacking...at least from my perspective. I am a Mama of two lovely girls. My three year old loves my iPhone and finding games for her is challenging to say the least. A podcast like this is such a welcome blessing.

This podcast is the brain child of the mighty Mark Frauenfelder co-founder of Boing Boing and his fabulously insightful daughter Jane (and yes, she absolutely steals the podcast.) Not only do you get an opportunity to get a quick overview of a new children's app, but also hear Mark and his daughter (and occasional other daughter) interact. It's sweet, informative and insightful.

If you have children, there's no reason not to subscribe!


Q & A With Mark Frauenfelder


Mark Frauenfelder and Jane Frauenfelder

When did you start podcasting?

I started about 5 or 6 years ago, with a Boing Boing podcast. It was called Get Illuminated, and I did 9 or 10 episodes, but then I got busy with book projects and had put it aside. But I started up again last year, with a podcast called Gweek, then followed it up with Apps for Kids, and another one called Make: Talk. I've been bitten by the podcasting bug!

Why did you start podcasting?

I started Apps for Kids because my 8-year-old daughter Jane and I like to play games on the iPhone and iPad together. We have a lot of fun checking out new apps, and then seeing if we can beat each other's high scores. My friends who have kids of their own were always asking Jane and me what apps they should download, and so I thought maybe we should share that advice for the larger audience. So we started Apps for Kids, and people seem to really like it

What's the podcast about?

It's a short podcast, only about 3 minutes long, and we review and app that we like in each episode. For example, in the latest episode, we reviewed an app called Many Painters, I game where up to 6 players from around the world compete in real time to guess what the other players are drawing on the screen. It's a lot of fun, especially because you're playing against other people.

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

My set up is pretty basic. I use a Blue Snowball microphone when Jane and I are talking together, a USB headset when I'm recording the introductions, and an iMac to record the podcast. I use the GarageBand software to edit the show, and I use movable type to post the announcements on my blog, Boing Boing.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I promote new shows on twitter, Google plus, and my blog, Boing Boing.

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

I wish I knew about this nice program called Levelator that automatically adjusts audio levels and podcast after you record it. It really improves the listen ability of podcasts. And it's free!


If you have an app that you'd like to have Mark and Jane consider reviewing or to sign up for their newsletter, you can send an email to appsforkids(at)boingboing(dot)net