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 Rekaya from Black Girls Talk Sports
When did you start podcasting?
December 31, 2016.
Why did you start podcasting?
I started a podcast for three reasons.
One, I needed a hobby. I have loved sports all my life, so I knew I had plenty to say.
Two, my podcast fulfilled one of many childhood dreams of being a sportscaster. I gave myself permission to re-imagine what that looked like.
Three, I wanted to create a safe space for women to discuss sports without male intrusion.
What’s the name of your show and what is it about?
Black Girls Talk Sports is a weekly podcast where women of color discuss all things sports.
My co-host, Angela Spears, and I are on a mission to inspire, educate, and encourage women to participate in conversations about sports.
Our sign-off is “Keep It Sporty.”
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
We use the following equipment to record and edit the episodes:
Zoom H6 Recorder
Behringer MicroAMP HA400 headphone amplifier – this allow us to have up to 4 people listen while recording and have individual volume controls for each listener
Radial Engineering Stagebug Passive Stereo Laptop DI (SB–5 Sidewinder) to connect the computer headphone output to the Zoom Recorder for Skype calls – this device removes hum that can occur when connecting to a computer’s headphone jack.
Audio-Technica ATR–2100 Microphones
We edit in Adobe Audition.
We use WordPress for the website.
How have you promoted your podcast?
I believe you can’t promote a podcast without podcasting. I podcast consistently. Then, I share each podcast episodes on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn) using the Libsyn link or my website so that everyone can access it.
I partner with a group of podcasters on Twitter to retweet my new episodes. I use only two or three hashtags on a Twitter post so that engagement doesn’t decrease.
Also, I share episodes in my closed Facebook Group (women only) where I engage with listeners daily. I do the same thing for any media coverage about the podcast.
I have a podcast app that was developed by Libsyn. People tend to understand “download the app” more so than “subscribe to my podcast.”
I mention the app on the podcast and share the link in all my correspondence. Also, I have created how to videos on accessing the podcast using Alexa and TuneIn.
I posted them on social media. I give the same instructions during several podcast episodes.
The podcast offers a free football resource for listeners to download (PDF).
I share this evergreen content on social media multiple times a year. I track the number of downloads using Libsyn.
Before the pandemic, I wore my own podcast merchandise at least three times a week. I was a walking billboard. I’ve been wearing name brands all my life, why not wear my own.
I have marketed and hosted an event for International Podcast Day. It gave me an opportunity to feature my podcast. I have attended networking and sporting events where I distributed business cards with podcast information.
I have been a panelist for a podcast event, and I’ve been a guest on other podcasts. I have applied for and received media credentials to cover events on behalf of the podcast.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
If I had known podcasting was this much fun, I would’ve started it sooner. I get to chat with best friend almost every week about something that I love. Priceless.
If you are a woman of color and you are into sports you must must must subscribe to this fantastic show – NOW. Here’s the link.
If you loved reading about Black Girls Talk Sports but you’re not Black nor a woman and don’t like sports but you still wanna support you can still subscribe! But also, why not head over to their Patreon?
If you are interested in having a very specific conversation and supporting a specific community why not start a podcast? We’d love to have you host your podcast with us! We also have this awesome how to start a podcast blog series!