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 Jay from The VCR Kids
When did you start podcasting?
We started The VCR Kids in February 2018. We actually recorded our first few episodes almost a year before we released them because we were nervous about putting them out into the world.
Why did you start podcasting?
I have loved listening to podcasts since about 2008 or earlier. Being a creative person myself, making my own podcast has always been in the back of my mind.
I actually met my wife Erin and got to know my college friend Richard better while living abroad in South Korea. Richard and I studied film in college together, and Erin and I love watching kids movies, so The VCR Kids was a perfect way to combine all our interests.
When we all moved back to Charlotte, NC it was time to get going!
What’s the name of your show about and what is it about?
Our show is called The VCR Kids. We watch movies from our childhood and see if they still hold up. Most of the movies we watch are kids movies from the 80s and 90s, but we have also done some more… adult films, as well as our Harry Potter series.
Every week we choose a movie, discuss our memories of it, then we watch the film and give our review.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
We record in person in my living room. We use Blue Yeti microphones going into an iMac running Logic Pro. We have up to 5 microphones for when we have guests on, but normally we only use 3.
Along with editing for time and pauses, I will also usually run the audio through a compressor and adjust the EQ for each channel. We also have some interstitial music that I create using Logic or Garage Band on my phone if I am on the go.
How have you promoted your podcast?
We have tried a few different tactics from targeted Facebook posts to stickers for our show with a QR code.
Twitter has been very helpful for getting our name out there, and the Facebook posts will usually boost an individual episode, but we get the most regular listeners from word of mouth and cross-promotion with other shows.
Erin and I have been able to be on a few different podcasts as guests, and we frequently have other podcasters, comedians, or local talent guest on our show to talk about their favorite kids movies.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
When we started our show, we did not have any equipment, or a website or anything. Part of me wishes we had invested in microphones when we started because initially we just recorded on our individual phones and pieced it together.
Going back and listening to our older episodes is tough, but the reality is if we waited to get microphones, we probably never would have started it. Other than that, adding a website has helped us SO MUCH with promotion, I wish we had at least had that from the beginning to point people to.
If you are a movie lover, this is a wonderful podcast to subscribe to, whether or not you were a “VCR Kid!” Consider subscribing to the show!
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