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 Wasting All The Time
When did you start podcasting?
Our first episode went live on Thursday, January 24, 2013 but we recorded five test episodes beginning in October 2012 while we figured out logistics and settled on the three-host crew.
Why did you start podcasting?
I (Dave) am a podcast addict subscribed to over 30 podcasts and in love with the medium.
While listening to a comedy improv podcast (Improv4Humans) I was reminded of how my friends and I joke around and make up characters. I though I’d give it a try as a podcast.
I brought it up to Jon, my best friend of now 20 years, who agreed it was worth a try. We sat down and did just that, decided to invite Cody, recorded some more and had such a fun time doing it we signed up for a Libsyn account and haven’t looked back.
What’s your show about?
Wasting ALL the Time is a tongue-in-cheek show centered on improvised scenes.
We have several segments that give us subjects to improvise on including news stories, weird holidays from the National Day Calendar, responding to random tweets not addressed to us, and most importantly, scene suggestions and questions from our audience.
We have 9 segments which we divide over two episodes, so the format repeats each fortnight.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
We always record with all hosts in the same room.
At the very beginning we recorded into a horrible old Sony digital voice recorder set on a table between the hosts in a garage. Now we have a designated studio space where each host has an Audio-Technica ATR 2100 mounted on a boom arm.
Mics are plugged into a Behringer XENYX X1832USB mixer with enough inputs for up to three guest mics.
We record off the board through USB onto a computer and run a back-up recording into a Zoom H2 with a line in jack.
Raw audio is processed through the Levelator tool and then edited using Adobe Audition.
MP3 encoding and ID3 tagging is done using iTunes. And of course, we’re very happy to be using Libsyn for our hosting and RSS needs. We use the Libsyn custom player all over our website at www.wastingallthetime.com and it’s fantastic!
How have you promoted your podcast?
We have always struggled with promotion because we are “nobodies” not associated with any organizations relating to our show content and we have nothing to promote within the show.
We let all our friends know both in person and by posting all over facebook but getting people to listen to podcasts turns out to be rather difficult.
We bring people on as guests so that their friends might be interested and we are active on Twitter. We recently built a website and have additional content there, such as blog posts.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
Promotion is really quite difficult, especially if you’re trying to provide entertainment, ESPECIALLY if you’re not a celebrity.
It probably would have been a good idea to put a lot more thought into how we could grow the show at the beginning rather than three years into it.
Also, when recording audio onto an iPhone, make sure you set it to Airplane mode first. 😉
ALSO also… this is going to be a ton of fun and you’ll learn a huge amounts along the way so don’t worry, just podcast!
Interested in conversation, improv and funny? How about a listen to Wasting All The Time? And while you’re at it subscribe in iTunes!
If you have a group of buddies and are looking for another way to have fun, and many other things, why not start a podcast? We’d love to host your media!