Most Podcasters Start TOO Broad
I’m guilty of this too. When launching a brand new podcast, it will be beneficial to begin by narrowing your focus as much as possible. Use the built in community within your niche focus as way to quickly attract an audience. The first podcast I launched was a general sports podcast, which was wrong to do on so many levels. One, no one’s going to find our show this way. Two, we’re not ESPN, our opinion of sports has little to no influence on the sports world. It wasn’t until I decided to focus on one single sports team that I was able to build a community with loyal engaged listeners. Narrow your focus as much as you can and you will see quicker results.

Working the Dials with Wayne Henderson of MediaVoiceOvers.com
This is back to back episodes where I’ve had the pleasure of visiting with podcasters who have extensive backgrounds in radio. In this episode Wayne Henderson stops by. You may know Wayne as the person behind such podcasts as The Packers Fan Podcast, Fringe, Under the Dome Radio Podcast and the Featured STARTER of the month, Resurrection Revealed podcast. Wayne got his start in radio back in California after graduating from Fullerton College.

“Those were actually great times of course that was before digital audio and digital editing,” says Henderson. “At that time for radio broadcasting school it was still the classic reel to reel tapes, get out an actual razor blade, cut and actually splice and hope that it sounds good. It was the first time in my life that I ever had a straight 4.0 through college.”

Before finishing up the program at Fullerton College, Wayne got his first break in the radio biz at a country station in Palm Springs, CA. The love for radio though started when Wayne was 11-years old. “Growing up in Utah, my nephew who was a couple years younger than me, we would go down into our basement and my dad had some old mono tape decks and microphone and we would just pretend we were DJ’s and would talk like we were on the air.” Henderson recalls.

Getting His Podcast Started in 2005
In August 2005, Wayne finally got the itch to start podcasting after his wife found an article about it in a local newspaper. He started with a show called Tuning In with Wayne Henderson and wow nine years later, Wayne’s involved in over 5 podcasts. That’s a lot of podcasts to be producing each and every week, how does Wayne have time to eat? “It’s all done on the run and fortunately having a co-host like Troy Heinritz helps to balance out the workload. I don’t have to do everything for these TV show podcasts.” says Henderson.

To check out Wayne’s amazing work go visit MediaVoiceOvers.com.

Get $100 Off the Podcaster Academy
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Podcast Consulting
If you’re looking for some one on one podcast consulting, I am available for hire. You know sometimes you can listen to all the podcasts and read all the books and all the tips on the web, sometimes its just nice to sit down and talk it out. Don’t hesitate to email me I am here to help. If this is something you’re interested in shoot me an email or give me a call at 404-946-3397.

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Even Experienced Podcasters Make Mistakes
I did something recently that I couldn’t believe I let happen. On a recent episode of Who-Dey Weekly, I was working in the multitrack editor and I had muted one of my tracks while making an edit and didn’t think much of it. Once I had the show all edited up and ready to export I zoomed out as far as I could in Adobe Audition CC. Everything looked fine. I exported the file, imported it into iTunes and added an image to the mp3 file. This is where I failed. Had I simply hit the play button from this point, I would have noticed that I had 22 seconds of dead air at the beginning of my podcast episode. So two big lessons to learn here. Always play your mp3 file prior to publishing. You don’t necessarily have to play the whole file back, but skip through parts at least through to the end of your episode to make sure all of the production elements are in place. Also I’m very thankful I had saved my Audition project file, though the issue was at the beginning of the file and would have been easy to mix in my intro, because I had the project file saved I simply had to unmute the track and export the file again. Also, kudos to Darrell Williams of The Ohio Beercast for pointing out my mistake!

Podcasting with Jeff Brown of the Read to Lead Podcast
Jeff Brown has the pipes of a radio legend. Silky smooth and easy on the ears. You can tell he’s been broadcasting for over 26 years both in the radio and now podcasting industries. Though he originally went to IUPUI to study business, Jeff ended up in the radio business after enrolling into a broadcasting trade school course in Indianapolis.

“The love affair with radio began when I was a kid actually. I used to love sitting in my room by myself, I had a little stereo that had a record player, an analog dial radio and an 8-track player built into it,” says Brown. “I used to pretend I was a DJ, I’d put on my headphones and cue up records and have the 8-track and the radio at the ready too just to pretend like I was on the air. I got a tape recorder for Christmas one year and I would record myself, and was just fascinated with the whole idea of audio and audio recordings.”

After spending many years waking up at 2:30 a.m. to wear many hats at his radio stations, Jeff decided to choose freedom over security. In 2010 he started his own business, Brown Knows Media, and in July 2013 he launched his first podcast, The Read to Lead Podcast where he interviews different authors each week. “I realized that things I looked at as security like a steady paycheck, vacation days, health benefits and all those things, weren’t really security when they could be taken away from you,” says Brown. “I really desired to be on the other end of the spectrum which was freedom, no safety net, but freedom.”

The Podcaster Academy
In 2014 Jeff launched his new podcasting course, The Podcaster Academy and just wrapped his first class in February. “I’ve taken great pains to differentiate it from the other courses that are out there. I really wanted to dig into the host side, the talent side of the podcast,” Brown says. “One of the most valuable thing to me in my time in radio was that weekly meeting with a talent coach. I like to sit down one on one with podcasters and analyze what they’re doing in their shows.”

To check out Jeff’s amazing work go visit ReadtoLeadPodcast.com and to get $100 off the Podcaster Academy, use promo code START at checkout over at PodcasterAcademy.com.

Join the STARTing Lineup Today!
I’ve always found that one of the toughest obstacles to overcome as a podcaster when you’re first starting a brand new show, is getting the word out that you have a brand new show! Do you have 5 or less podcast episodes posted? Help get your podcast noticed by joining the STARTing Lineup today! Click here to find out more information.

Review the Show in iTunes
Thank you to everyone who has left new reviews of the show since it returned. It really means a lot and is helping to get the word out about START. If you have a moment, please rate and review the show in iTunes! If you’re listening to us on an iOS device or you have an iTunes account, please leave a review today at startpodcastingnow.com/itunes. I’d love to hear your feedback good or bad! This week I CHALLENGE YOU to go and leave 5 reviews on the podcasts you listen to. Or try 5 new ones and leave reviews.

Podcast Consulting
If you’re looking for some one on one podcast consulting, I am available for hire. You know sometimes you can listen to all the podcasts and read all the books and all the tips on the web, sometimes its just nice to sit down and talk it out. Don’t hesitate to email me I am here to help. If this is something you’re interested in shoot me an email or give me a call at 404-946-3397.

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Make Money Podcasting
Are you looking to make some money producing content? Are you a podcaster who has built a devoted fan following for your show? Well a new company called Patreon is making it easier than ever for your community to support YOU. Patreon is similar to Kickstarter, the difference being that your Patreon campaign is an ongoing fundraiser. When setting up a Patreon campaign you can choose to have people contribute to you on a monthly basis or on a content or episode basis. You can set up certain Milestone Goals and you can also reward your contributors with different levels based on the amount contributed. For an example of this you can check out my Patreon campaign today over at patreon.com/whodeyweekly. I firmly believe that Patreon will be a game changer for monetizing your podcast. It’s very simple to contribute and as a podcaster its very simple to setup. Good luck fellow podcasters!

Podcasting with Jen Briney of Congressional Dish
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jen and her husband Joe out at New Media Expo in January. After a few minutes of conversation Jen revealed that the name of her podcast was called Congressional Dish. I immediately thought “oh ok another politics podcast.” Boy was I wrong. For each episode of her podcast, Jen reads over legislation of the laws passed in the House of Representatives. Say what? Yes she reads all the laws that are passed, highlights the important parts of them and explains them in detail in her podcast.

Jen got her START in podcasting back in 2012 after purchasing a beginner’s podcasting kit from B&H Photo. “I downloaded a bunch of episodes of Daniel J. Lewis’s ‘Audacity to Podcast‘ probably 30 episodes, and I took notes and did what he said,” said Briney. “I didn’t want to put a lot of money in this until I gave it a shot and saw if this is something I wanted to do long term.” Since then Jen’s upgraded to a Heil PR40 microphone.

Show Preparation
After 63 episodes Jen’s finding it easier to prepare for each episode. “You have to remember that the first time I opened the Congressional Record was when I started this podcast.” says Briney. “Now that I know the structure of their day and know their pattern, I know when Congress is talking about amendments, I no longer have to read every single word.” In order to prepare for her podcast Jen requires sometimes up to 60 hours a week to read and prepare for her episodes.

To check out Jen’s amazing work go visit CongressionalDish.com.

Join the STARTing Lineup Today!
I’ve always found that one of the toughest obstacles to overcome as a podcaster when you’re first starting a brand new show, is getting the word out that you have a brand new show! Do you have 5 or less podcast episodes posted? Help get your podcast noticed by joining the STARTing Lineup today! Click here to find out more information.

Review the Show in iTunes
Thank you to everyone who has left new reviews of the show since it returned. It really means a lot and is helping to get the word out about START. If you have a moment, please rate and review the show in iTunes! If you’re listening to us on an iOS device or you have an iTunes account, please leave a review today at startpodcastingnow.com/itunes. I’d love to hear your feedback good or bad! This week I CHALLENGE YOU to go and leave 5 reviews on the podcasts you listen to. Or try 5 new ones and leave reviews.

Podcast Consulting
If you’re looking for some one on one podcast consulting, I am available for hire. You know sometimes you can listen to all the podcasts and read all the books and all the tips on the web, sometimes its just nice to sit down and talk it out. Don’t hesitate to email me I am here to help. If this is something you’re interested in shoot me an email or give me a call at 404-946-3397.

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017 The Podcast Movement and NetCast Studio’s Steve Lee

The Podcast Movement In case you missed the news this past week, The Podcast Movement taking place this August launched their Kickstarter campaign. In just 9 hours…NINE….the campaign met its funding goal of $11,000! How awesome is our community? I was proud to be one of the first backers of the campaign and I couldn’t […]

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Simple Trick to Record Skype Calls

Have you ever recorded a podcast interview with a guest over Skype and you noticed that your guests audio is just a little too low? Or maybe your guests audio levels are perfect but for some reason your audio levels are a little too hot? One of the biggest mistakes podcasters make when recording interviews […]

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016 Game On – Geeking Out with Chase Nunes from GeekGamer.tv

Simple Trick to Recording Skype Calls Wow! Was not expecting the feedback after such a long hiatus. Glad everyone is excited about START being back! Recently on one of the Podcasting Community boards I saw someone asking about low audio levels from their guests when recording Skype. I mention how I do it in this […]

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015 School is in Session – Dave Jackson of The School of Podcasting

I’m Back! Hi there! Yes, I’m back. Thanks to those of who you are miraculously still subscribed to this podcast in your podcatcher. It’s been a crazy, tumultuous, amazing, spectacular year for me I don’t even know where to begin. For those who may not know me, START is not the only podcast that I […]

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Goodbye CommentCast, Hello ReviewCast

For those of you who are currently OS users subscribed to the CommentCast system, you may have received an alert today that said that CommentCast is no longer. But don’t worry, they’ve launched a new service that’s available to all platforms, Windows, Linux etc. All you need is an email address. The new service is […]

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Announcing Season 2 of START!

That’s right! START is coming back! I’ll be recording new episodes here in just a few weeks! I’m looking forward to interviewing others and how they got their START in podcasting. What made them decide to start podcasting? How were they introduced to it? If you want to be on the show, fill out our […]

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014 Brewed to Podcast – Darrell Williams of The Ohio Beercast

New Media Expo Dates Announced Attending New Media Expo in 2013 was one of the biggest highlights of my life. Yes, my life. I got to meet so many incredibly talented people in Las Vegas that I can’t wait to get back to Vegas and see them again in 2014. If you’d like to attend […]

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