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 Al from What’s Up On Earth
When did you start podcasting?
I started podcasting in June 2014 with the original fan podcast for the TNT drama “The Last Ship”.
After the first season of that show ended, I was enjoying podcasting so much I started “What’s Up On Earth?”, a weekly round up of sports and entertainment information with a bit of opinion added.
Why did you start podcasting?
I did some on-air radio in college, and in listening to podcasts, I realized it might be a fun challenge to try, and also a great way to learn something new.
I had been doing a bit of blogging, but never really enjoyed it that much–podcasting is far more fun.
What’s your show about?
What’s Up On Earth? covers the week in movies, TV, professional and college sports, and online videos.
I help get you and keep you caught up on the week in sports and entertainment, so you’ll never feel completely out of touch. I also add in my opinion when it seems to be needed, and include a special feature each week.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
I use a Blue Snowball Ice microphone, and record directly into my laptop using Audacity.
I add music using an older version of Pinnacle Studio, and publish the libsyn link and the show notes to the podcast feed on my WordPress website.
I use both Pond5 and iStockPhoto for music and stock photos.
I have tried to get the show into all the major directories–iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, PocketCast, Zune, Podkicker, doubleTwist.
I know some prefer to have the show in only iTunes, but I want to be sure to catch the Android and Windows Phone users also.
How have you promoted your podcast?
Most of the promotion I have done is over social media–Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Instagram, and Google+.
I have also printed business cards and handed them out to friends and neighbors, and posted a “how to listen” video with my branding on YouTube.
I have recently started doing three or four 15-second videos each week with tidbits of content from the latest episode and cross posting them on Instagram and Twitter.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I had realized how routine the process would become once you do it regularly. In reading how to publish a podcast, it seemed very complex and cumbersome. In reality, it is fairly straight forward.
Show prep does take some time for both of my podcasts–however, because both of them are related to current events, most of the content is there, I just need to gather it into the format I use for recording and show notes.
Only two dozen episodes published between the two shows and all aspects of the process have become smoother and quicker, and I expect that will continue as time goes on.
If you’ve been looking for a way to keep up with sports and entertainment you’ve found your answer! You must subscribe to What’s Up On Earth? and never feel like you missed something important.
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