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Q & A with Craig Price from The Reality Check Podcast
When did you start podcasting?
I started podcasting in February of 2011.
Why did you start podcasting?
Without getting gruesome, I had gum surgery in January of 2011 and was told I couldn’t talk for 6 weeks. As a person who makes his living by having others pay him to stand in front of people, it was both very scary and very frustrating.
I couldn’t call clients, talk to my wife (she was surprisingly ok with that) or really do much but putter around the house. So I downloaded some podcasts to listen to, something to occupy my time.
I thought the format was perfect for me and started to think about what I would do with a podcast.
I’m a generalist. I know a little about a lot of things that leads many people to assume I know a lot about all the subjects I comment on. I’m not a person that will just BS his way through an answer so when people started asking social media questions just because I was “on the BookFace” and on “Tweeter” I decided instead of answering with my limited knowledge, I would have a true expert answer the question.
My network is full of speakers and experts so I knew I had a well to draw from and thus a podcast was created.
What’s your show about?
The Reality Check Podcast is a pretty diverse eclectic medium-length (30 min or so) interview show that covers topics from Orangutan Rescue to being an FBI agent, business experts and movie previews.
The one thing that is constant is that the interview is pretty open. I don’t want it to be an infomercial, I want to get past the bumper sticker statements, get to the reality of a topic and dispel myths (good or bad) people often assume.
I tell folks it’s like a newspaper (remember those?) where everyone knows what the headline stories are, but I prefer going to page 13 and finding the story that I never thought I’d read about.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
I use my dell laptop, an old copy of adobe audition (V1.5) because I am familiar with it and already owned a copy. I bought an Alesis Multimix 6 USB mixer to plug my PG58 mic that I’ve had since my stand-up days into.
But since I travel so much for my job and meet so many cool people on the road, I bought an h4n Zoom for road interviews. I recently just bought a Samson MDR1064 10 channel mixer to record more than 3 people (my max until recently) so I can do more roundtable-ish discussions and podcasts.
The laptop and H4N allow me to edit podcasts on the road. I bought my intro music from premuimbeats.com and I use Mailchimp to send out weekly newsletters to my listeners.
How have you promoted your podcast?
I use the usual suspects but since my guests are different each week I can piggy back on their people so I really depend on the guest to promote their appearance.
The ones with a good base get larger numbers. Marketing and promotion are my weak spots but I try not to focus on numbers and just publish content I’m proud of.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I had gotten the h4n from day one. It would have made getting through airport security so much easier.
I look pretty swarthy and having a bag full of wires and a box (the mixer) sure make the TSA agent in charge of the X-ray machine nervous.
I usually get pulled over for a “random search” every time I have my mixer with me. Now I travel with the H4n, it fits in my travel bag and made life so much easier.
If you’re looking to step into the depth of conversation then subscribing to Reality Check podcast is the way to do it. This week is also the week The Reality Check Podcast celebrates their 100th episode, it’s an amazing speaker’s roundtable episode! Help Craig celebrate by taking a listen 🙂
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