Rockin’ Libsyn Podcasts: Assembly of Geeks

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This series is all about Libsyn’s 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 Scott from Assembly of Geeks

When did you start podcasting?

I launched my first podcast (The Critic Show) back in 2011.

I had produced content for radio, but it was my first venture into podcasting & hosting a show.

I wanted it to be a listener-driven opinion show centered primarily around movies & TV.  I also hoped to get a celebrity guest on occasion, if possible.

Eventually two things happened…I learned my concept was flawed for several reasons (including too broad of a theme) and I started to get guests on every show (by the way, a new show aired twice a month).

As each month passed, I made improvements to the show, including adding more voices & creative segments. I’ve heard podcast experts talk about how you may want to produce your first few shows but not post them.

Instead, post show #10 or so, because in all likelihood, a lot is going to change.  That was true for me.  By my 7th episode, it was a whole different show.

Later, I went back and deleted my first 6 episodes because they were so different from Episode 7 and on.

In 2012, I realized The Critic Show was not a good name anymore and my program had become a movies/TV discussion and interview show.  So, I renamed it Beyond the Screens.
I still managed to get plenty of guests, but continued to experiment a lot with segments and felt I needed to narrow the focus even more.  I noticed many of my guests and topics were geek related, so I ended Beyond the Screens and launched Assembly of Geeks in September of 2013.

I knew there were a lot of geek talk shows out there and I wanted to do something that would make my show stand out.  So, I had this creative vision of the hosts, listeners and guests all converging on a Hall of Justice-like fortress to discuss what’s happening in the geek world.

I then thought if I went that route…I needed to take the Hall of Justice inspiration even further…like have a narrator start the show and have some sort of action or story play out as each episode began.

I then thought it would be fun to have a fictional character get involved in the action and discussion.  So, I created GANNIN – The Geek and Nerd News And Intel Network – he’s like Jarvis from Iron Man.

Unlike The Critic Show/Beyond the Screens, little has changed about AoG since it’s launch. It’s going strong and we just added a podcast dedicated to the TV series, Agent Carter (complete with 1940’s music and radio spots).

The older podcasts are no longer around, but my interviews are found here.

Why did you start podcasting?

In 2011, I was job searching and needed a creative outlet. My wife suggested I create a podcast. I was really good at producing content for radio, so it made a lot of sense to give it a go.

What’s your show about?

We discuss all things geek – movies, TV shows, comics, cosplay, rumors, nostalgia, etc.

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

I use a $70 mic I found at Target – it’s the Samson Q2U USB mic.

I record the show with 2 other hosts via Skype and Evaer.  I edit on Audacity and Sony Sound Forge.  Here I am explaining it all in a video:

How have you promoted your podcast?

Facebook, Twitter, promos, being on other podcasts, blogs, getting links on sites

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

Probably the rule listed above about producing a few shows before you post the first one.

Who doesn’t want to assemble with some geeks! With narrators, fictional characters and creative segments, you can’t go wrong, so just subscrbe.

You can also connect with The Assembly of Geeks on twitter and Facebook fb AND bonus, the Mr. Scott Murray is in fact, for hire, in case you’ve got some voice over work, or need some help with your podcast. Do reach out to him on Twitter.

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