One of the first entrepreneurs and podcasters, as well as an early adopter for content creation and content production is Rob Walch, the current Vice-President of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn, known as one of the most popular media hosting companies.
But Rob is much more than just a podcaster. He is also a book author, as well as an app developer for the iOS platform, and a representative of Libsyn at Podcasting and New Media events. In fact, in some circles (and in google.com), Rob has been described as one of the five (5) most influential people in podcasting.
In addition to co-hosting the official Libsyn podcast called The Feed, as well as hosting his own www.podcast411.com podcast show, Rob has also co-authored a book for podcasters in 2006-2007, which was called Tricks of the Podcasting Masters.
Rob Walch as an early podcaster — podcast411
Rob was one of the very first podcasters who had the marketing expertise, promotional ability and technical skills to create, promote and support podcasting. He was known as the “man who could dissect an RSS feed,” as he quickly got the reputation of technical wizard for making a podcast show work via the internals of a podcast feed.
Very early on, Rob Walch has his own podcast show called podcast411, which he likes to call “Inside the Podcasters’ studio” (similar to the television show about Actors and Directors). On the web site for this show, Rob also provided 2 elements to support the podcasting Industry and community:
– A Directory of Podcasting Directories; and
– A tutorial that provides the novice with a course that teaches the basic elements of How to Podcast, called The Podcast 101 Tutorial on Audio Podcasting.
In the early days of podcasting, Rob was a co-host on the podcast show called Today in Podcasting (along with Dave Jackson, Gary Leland and Paul Colligan). This was the first show that gave a weekly account of the current events, personalities, events and happenings in the podosphere.
Today, Rob currently supports the Podcast Industry and community on various blogs and social network sites that support podcasters. He also represents podcasters, in general, at the New Media events while working for Libsyn.
Rob Walch — perspectives of the Podcasting Industry
With the upcoming release of iOS V8 for the iOS devices (which includes the iPhone(R), the iPad(R) and iPod Touch(R), Rob is promoting and encouraging current podcasters to take their business to the next level by creating a mobile app for their podcast. The new iOS release will spur a growth in podcasting, since the podcast app will be native to the systems and cannot be deleted, Rob encourages. And thus, millions of new podcast listeners will come into the podosphere.
Of course, Libsyn provides this capability to its customers who qualify. For the details and steps and processes, you can send an email directly to Rob to ask for the document explaining the process at:
As you will hear in this audio episode, Rob mentions that the future of podcasting is going mobile and that an app presence in all the app stores and marketplaces for all Apple and Android, etc.., platforms is critical.
By the way, he predicted this five years ago when he created and promoted his own app called Tii (This Week in iOs, which was previously know since 2007 as This Week in iPhone). Thus, Rob leads the way by example in this regard for the trend in the Podcasting Industry.
Rob has an advantage in seeing the Podcasting Industry in a different light, as he reviews the statistics for the Libsyn-hosted apps and podcasts. He can, therefore, bring analytics to a more relevant and swift conclusion to give us a “heads-up” of the state of podcast consumption.
Rob will also be a speaker at the Podcast Movement conference in Dallas, Texas in 2014. This is not new for him, for he has attended and been a guest speaker at every podcasting event, business show, Podcamp and conference since 2005.
Contact information for Rob Walch:
– email: Rob@libsyn.com
– personal web site: www.podcast411.com
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