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.


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