This series is all about libsyn’s newest 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 Jeremy Rutz from SDConCast
When did you start podcasting?
I’ve tried to start up a podcast for years and dabbled in a few pilot episodes for other sites since 2006, but nothing ever stuck.
I’ve been writing for SDCCBlog.com since last year, and the Editor-in-chief let us record a pilot episode of the SDConCast this past June. We liked doing it, and thankfully people liked to listen to it!
Why did you start podcasting?
With the SDConCast, we had a great group of folks who were passionate about San Diego Comic-Con and willing to put in the time to record weekly.
It was really fun to connect with each other on a weekly basis and talk about our common interests, knowing that we were building an audience who appreciated the time and effort we put into producing the show.
What’s your show about?
The SDConCast is a podcast which covers all the news surrounding the San Diego Comic-Con, the annual geek pilgrimage that brings together 140,000 people from all over the world to celebrate comics, movies, film, videogames and toys.
As far as I can tell, we’re the only podcast dedicated to San Diego Comic-Con, and we found there was a passionate audience just waiting for a podcast like this.
Our coverage of the 2012 event schedule was our most popular episode of the year, because there wasn’t a podcast out there that provided that kind of in-depth coverage.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
- Behringer XENYX 1002B Premium 10-Input 2-Bus Mixer
- Behringer C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
- Mix-Minus setup with Skype for remote guests
- Zoom H2 digital recorder to record the mix
- Post-Production with Audacity
- Publish to WordPress Blog
How have you promoted your podcast?
Because our podcast is the only one dedicated to San Diego Comic-Con, word of mouth spread quickly regarding what we were doing via Twitter.
We also picked up a nice bump in listeners when we created our iTunes feed. iTunes is the leading podcatcher, so having that feed was essential for listeners to subscribe and download our episodes.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
ID3 tags, mixing and leveling – all the tricks in post-production which makes a better sounding podcast! If you listen to our first and last episodes back-to-back you’ll hear a big difference in quality.
We were also a little edit-heavy in the early episodes, but learned to leave the conversations alone later on. So what if there are a few “um”s and pause? it’s more natural that way.
We learned a lot through the first nine episodes and can’t wait for con season to resume so we can start right back where we left off.
All you Comic Con fans need to subscribe and support a great podcast! Have any feedback for SDConCast send it to sdcomiccon.blog(at)gmail(dot)com.
You know you need to start podcasting right?