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 Michael, one of the four co-hosts of Phoning It In
When did you start podcasting?
We started to plan out an idea for what the show could be over the summer and launched with our first episode early in October. We’ve done 16 episodes as of Jan. 2.
Why did you start podcasting?
We’re four close friends who met in college at West Virginia University and have since moved to different parts of the country.
I’m a reporter in Charleston, West Virginia, Nick lives in Los Angeles, John is in Seattle and Cody is in business school at Duke University.
We decided we wanted to make a bigger effort to stay in touch more and talk more consistently and we decided that it would be fun to record our conversations and all the jokes we tell each other and release it as a podcast.
What’s your show about?
It’s a comedy and pop culture show where we gather around each week and talk about a wide range of different topics every week that are centered around one major theme.
It’s a lot of fun and I think one of the big things that stands out with us is our chemistry. We’re so close as friends that we really get on a roll at times and it’s a lot of fun to listen to.
We try to make it feel as if the listeners are there with us, gathered around wherever we are having these conversations and laughing with us.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
We record using Zencastr — it’s been a great resource for us to all record high-quality audio from four different locations, which was obviously crucial for us as we went through the planning process as we put the show together.
For now, we all record out of our homes with USB microphones.
We really pride ourselves in good audio quality and I take a lot of time each week after we record to edit the podcast to make sure it meets that standard because we want to make sure the listeners are having the best experience they could possibly have with our show.
How have you promoted your podcast?
Right now we’re relying a lot on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to promote the show, as well as continuing to try to grow it using word of mouth — both from us telling others about it and trying to encourage listeners to spread the word about the show to other friends who might enjoy the show.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
For me, the biggest thing is continuing to learn how to promote the show.
We’re still very new at this thing, but we think we have a very good product that is really entertaining and that a lot of people can enjoy.
But we’re still learning about building an audience and I think that mostly comes with continuing to do the show and putting out quality content as consistently as we possibly can, and that’s our main focus more than anything — we want to give our listeners the best version of this show every week and we want to keep getting better every time we release a new episode.
Ah, yes, the gift of friendship and all the amazing experiences, conversations, commentary and comedy. If you’ve ever wanted to tap into entertaining dialogue, as if you’re eavesdropping on a bunch of interesting guys, then subscribe to Phoning It In!
Do you have dear friends you get together with all the time and wish you were recording? Well, if you do, and you want to start a podcast we’ve got you covered! We have a monthly Podcasting QuickStart that gives you all the insider details of how to start a podcast, and of course, once you’ve got the details, we’d love for you to host your podcast with us!