This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!
Q & A with Vinnie Tortorich from the Angriest Trainer Podcast
When did you start podcasting?
On May 1, 2012, we added five shows.
The reason I put up five at once was because I didn’t want to have one show in case someone liked it and wanted more.
We recorded five shows that ranged from 55 minutes to an hour.
Why did you start podcasting?
Originally, I started a blog to talk about fitness and what was broken about it. That went well for at least a year.
One day I went to write my blog, and my site had been hacked.
Instead of writing anymore blogs, I sat down and wrote a book. I figured if I had a book in a book store, no one could hack it.
The problem was nobody knew who I was.
My nephew mentioned podcasting as a way to get my name out there. I had no idea what a podcast was at the time. I did have experience with talk radio, as I once had a show back in the 1980s.
The podcast has been going on now for nine months. I finally feel like it’s big enough for the book to come out.
We have a launch date for the middle of March. Hopefully, you’ll interview me again then.
What’s your show about?
That’s an interesting subject. The Angriest Trainer Podcast is primarily about health and fitness. Like everything I do, it’s not your normal show.
I’ve been in the fitness game for well over 30 years. Obviously, I’ve seen everything come and go more than once.
My show is a no-holds-barred approach to why we’re fat as a nation, and how each individual can fix it without becoming a boring zealot on some exercise program.
Every now and then, I read my iTunes comments, and I always find it interesting that some people call me the Howard Stern of fitness. I think being called the Howard Stern of anything is pretty cool.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
Wow, finally a question I can’t answer. I know almost zero about technology. I know that makes the popularity of my show almost an enigma.
My friends joke about how I can barely turn a computer on. They’re almost right. I’m very lucky because I can do the show from an actual studio.
My co-host is a voice-over expert and comedic actress here in Hollywood. Her name is Anna Vocino. She has her own studio. I can say with certainty that without Anna’s candor and wit, the show wouldn’t gain anywhere near the popularity it’s gained in such a short period.
How have you promoted your podcast?
The quick answer? We haven’t.
We put it out there and an audience found us. It’s been word of mouth. Once it started to become popular, other more popular podcast hosts started to ask me on to their shows.
I’ve also had celebrities on the show. We’ve had New York Times best-selling author Gary Taubes on the show, as well as the likes of Howie Mandel.
Just recently, I was invited on to Access Hollywood. I also recorded a piece for Oprah’s OWN. That will be out in March.
What I truly think has helped the most has been the bloggers who have written about the show and sent listeners.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
People want to learn and be entertained at the same time. At the beginning, I gave a lot of content with a joke sprinkled in.
Now it seems to be two-thirds jokes with one-third fitness content. Let’s face it, everyone likes extra icing on their muffin…but don’t eat a muffin.
Is that an inspiring story or what? If you are interested in fitness why in the world wouldn’t you want to get it from the “Howard Stern of fitness?” So subscribe to his podcast! Plus he’s got a fabulous book coming out very soon and getting on his email list is the way to know when it’s out.
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