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633- Podcasts can help grow camaraderie with fellow veterans

In this episode, we discuss how having a podcast with interviews from military veterans led me to meet a major actor and voice-over artist. The celebrity’s name was R. Lee. Ermy. He was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War in the US Marine Corps; and as a celebrity, he was an actor, a voice-over artist (from Toy Story), and an advocate for the support of US veterans. He achieved fame for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket

Because of my podcast, I got a chance to meet and share camaraderie with R. Lee Ermy. Here are a few facts about my encounters with him.

  • I first met him in person at an event in Houston, Texas;
  • Next, I asked him for interview at another event in Austin for the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). However, he was very upset and could not contain his disappointment to do an interview as he complained about the news that females were to be considered in the USMC for combat infantry (as this was news due to Political Correctness).;
  • However, he shared good moments and eventual humor with me later on for his portrayal of US Army paratroopers on D-Day, the 5th of June, in his tv series called MAIL CALL (although his frame of reference was the 101st Airborne Division parachute jump — albeit it was their first combat jump, while the 82nd Airborne Division already had 2 jumps in 1943; and they were the ones who trained the 101st before D-Day ) although June 5th was the first jump for the 101st before the D-Day landings on June 6th, because letters to mail call show wanted to get questions answered about paratroopers from the made-for-tv series called “Band of Brothers.” You see, the 82nd Airborne Division trained the 101st Airborne Division, and the 82nd made 4 combat jumps — for the D-Day  jump was the 3rd for the 82nd and was depicted in the book and movie by Cornelius Ryan called THE LONGEST DAY).
  • So instead, we just spoke together and became buddies and comrades-in-arms;
  • He then said that next time, he would be interviewed for my combat infantrymen podcast show — although he was all through with his poster signing and shut down his booth, but he kept on chatting with me outside the signing and distributing of his posters.
  • R Lee Ermy signed 2 posters for me at the end of our 30 minute conversation: one was “Semper Fi” (which I got for my brother) and the one for me was his sense of humor as an actor and voice-over artist which said “Airborne — MOST OF THE WAY” (as he was humorous in joking about the us army airborne’s motto of “All the way.”
  • We even got to talking about his proposed new television series about the military that he called “Gunny’s Heroes” (in which he wanted to use me as some research and play a cameo role in my original Vietnam combat uniform with all the gear that I used to wear);
  • However, I never got a chance to meet with him again (we had planned 2018 or 2019, but due to his failing health, he had passed away).

I would have never met him and I would never have been a comrade with him from the Vietnam War as a combat infantryman (and would have had a final interview with him) if it weren’t for the business card of my PODCAST SHOW called The Combat Infantrymen’s podcast show.

Thus, I wish to thank Dave Jackson for the idea and segment of his podcast show called The School of Podcasting in which he started the idea for me of the theme titled BECAUSE OF MY PODCAST

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2022, Matrix Solutions Corporation and michaelandmike.com and R Lee Ermy and Mail Call TV series and Dave Jackson and The School of Podcasting. All rights reserved.

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624 – Tips to avoid Podcast planning mistakes

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter show, we discuss some tips concerning some of the top podcast planning mistakes, as given to us in a post by Ben Krueger of Cashflowpodcasting.com.

Ben Krueger

In the podcast episode and post titled “The Top 3 Podcast Planning Mistakes,” Ben delivers a summary of what he considers are the top mistakes in planning your podcast shows:

  • Thinking that it is all about YOU;
  • “Build it and they will come”;
  • Not providing a clear call to action.

While certainly, these 3 are key mistakes when planning your show, I venture to say that there are others — and the gravity is a matter of opinion. In fact, Dave Jackson of The School of Podcasting show has covered in many episodes of the past other key mistakes that he feels are catalysts when a podcaster determines that he has failed and that it is time to podfade a show.

I, myself, feel that other key mistakes were NOT to understand what your objectives are in starting your podcast, as well as not knowing who your audience is and what kind of VALUE is that you need to deliver to them.

And there are others that can be classified as either smaller mistakes of less offensiveness or those that focus on the business and the personal areas.


But, in looking and listening to the podcast episode by Ben Krueger, let us not forget that Ben also delivers his own personal call-to-action for the reader or listener to be aware of his free and fee resources — both his book and his roadmap. I have seen these and they do, indeed, provide good suggestions for the new or aspiring podcaster. And this is true in the area of PLANNING your show.


Also, Adam Curry (i.e., the podfather) also gives us one mistake that beginner podcasters make is that they do not create a podcast show that is really considered “an outsanding product.” Yes, the quality of the show is reflected by the followers or subscribers, the downloads and the responses to calls-to-action of the show itself. His case in point is his show called No Agenda, where he implemented the “value-for-value” model of contributions (either “time, talent or treasure”). I mention this because many think that their show may deserve the merit of being great — when in reality, no feedback or proof (other than social proof from only reviews) can back up that thought.

When I met with Adam the last time we had lunch together and with him during his meetups in Austin over the years, the idea that came through loud and clear was the proof that many hours of preparation and thought and planning went into each episode of his show. It was not the scenario of a couple of “dudes” sitting around a microphone and ad-libbing any sort of babble with expletives, just because they were having fun.

In my situation, I also started a podcast show several years ago whose main objective was just to have fun and really just play around with the audio infrastructure of podcasting with a co-host. This was the show called Grumpy Old Bears — but we really had no plan for success nor any means of feedback of proof. It was just a fun “hobby” for us, whereas the other podcasts I do have in operation now (such as this one) provide feedback to me on the content, the downloads, the acceptance and social proof, etc., to prove and demonstrate the VALUE they provide to their intended audiences.

So, again, I would advise the aspiring and new podcasters to give a quick listen to the 8-minute episode from Ben to learn about how one can disillusion one’s self when it comes to podcasting, and how this type of mindset can lead to creating and implementing some of what Ben Krueger considers the top 3 mistakes in podcasting. And hopefully, you can correct those and put yourself on the correct road to success in your podcasting.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2022, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Ben Krueger of cashflowpodcasting and michaelandmike.com. All rights reserved.

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623- Step by step guide to editing and producing Podcasts

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter show, we disclose information about a post by Ben Krueger that describes “a step by step guide to podcast editing and production.”

As you may know, Ben is the podcaster with his site called Cashflowpodcasting.com. He has delivered many resources (many of them free as pdfs) to those who are mainly new or aspiring podcasters. I have valued his deliveries of advice and resources since I met him personally in 2014 where I shared a booth with him in the expo hall during the very first Podcast Movement conference.

Ben Krueger

Ben first goes into the do-it-yourself approach to creating a podcast show and recording and editing its episodes. He refers to free software, such as audacity and others like auphonic to help podcasters in the editing of audio for podcasting. In fact, I, myself, have used various versions of the free software, Audacity, since my beginning in the podosphere. And with the help of good microphones, other devices and good software, I still continue using it today to record and edit my podcast episodes.

He then explores the idea of hiring a team to do your podcast editing, thus freeing you up to pursue content creation and marketing and sales and other talents. As we said in our last episode, you could hire a studio or an agency or get a podcast consultant to which you can “farm this out.”

But he ends this summary of the article with the suggestions for the do-it-yourself podcast editing — and he emphasizes why you should not be afraid of learning the tools and getting a good workflow down for editing the audio files yourself.


When I started my trip into the podosphere in 2005, there were no tools or training for being a podcaster and creating a workflow to do editing. It was not until I had read the book by Evo Terra and Tee Morris called Podcasting for Dummies that I learned the elements of a podcast and its creation. And it was not until 2006 that I was able to view and follow the audio and video training by Jason Van Orden to learn how to podcast. And in a little over one day, I had my first podcast episode created, edited and published on a public platform. And after that, I started discovering the podcasters who were podcast  consultants that offered to help you create and publish your podcast shows and episodes — and I chose Dave Jackson from The School of Podcasting as my podcast consultant. With his advice and his tutoring, I quickly learned a good workflow about podcasting, and I started creating more shows and publishing more episodes in the podosphere.

And I have never looked back after some 16 years.


Now, although today, you have a myriad of choices from agencies to consultants from which to choose,  you can select the best source and alternatives for you (in terms of quality, offerings, cost and results) to begin your career (be it part-time or full-time) into podcasting. And then you can also progress to the next step of setting up your podcasting as a tactic for your business — or you may even set up your own entrepreneurship as a podcasting business, as the tools and education and training for this are also available in many places and from many sources. As stated by Adam Schaeuble of the podcast show called the Podcasting Business School, you can treat your podcasting endeavor like a business, but enjoy it like a hobby.


And take it from someone like myself that has been a podcast consultant for over 10 years, there is a lot of room in the podosphere for those who want to use their creativity to improve the way podcast editing is done and the workflow for podcast production today.

One final note — Ben also has a call-to-action at the end of the post for you to download his free book, as well as know about his roadmap. I would suggest that you scan the article in the post by Ben to see if your world of podcasting can improve with the help of others — either as consultants, agencies or professionals — or with books or tutorials that can help you learn new materials, new ways, new tools and become more successful in publishing your podcast episodes.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2022, Matrix Solutions Corporation and michaelandmike.com and Ben Krueger of cashflowpodcasting.com and audacity and auphonic and Dave Jackson of schoolofpodcasting.com, and Tee Morris and Evo Terra. All rights reserved.

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622- Podcast Services may be a smart option

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss the post made by podcaster Ben Krueger of cashflowpodcasting.com in which he describes his ideas for the BEST podcasting services.

Ben Krueger

The link to this post that describes the BEST PODCAST SERVICES for 2022 is in this content.

In this post, Ben starts with describing some of the criteria for services that gives them strong quality — such as saving time for the podcaster. Then he promotes his idea of the three OPTIONS for podcast services:

In a nutshell, there are three options out there to help you get your podcast up and running and keep your episodes on track:

  1. “Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Solutions. With budget-friendly do-it-yourself options, you’ll get SOME help from outside sources, but you’re essentially making your podcast happen on your own. These include things like software, courses, and coaches that allow you to handle the heavy lifting but offer guidance to make sure you’re on the right track.
  2. Done-For-You (DFY) Services. As the name implies, these services have developed done-for-you systems to handle podcast setup, audio editing, show notes writing, publishing services, etc. Of course, how many tasks they take on will vary with pricing and the organization.
  3. Podcast Managers. A podcast manager is in charge of planning, running, managing, and implementing your show. Essentially, this is someone (or multiple people) you hire as the point person for making your podcast happen and ensuring everything runs smoothly for your releases.”

Then Ben goes into the category of DYI SOLUTIONS, including the software, as well as training courses and coaching scenarios.

Then Ben goes into DFY SOLUTIONS, which could be “done for you” by a professional podcast consultant or other resource such as a podcast production service. And here, Ben examines the financial decision elements in selecting the best solution for you — including the cost-effective, mid-range and high-end options to suit your budget.

All of these take into account the relationship with the PODCAST AGENCY. And after that, he spends more time in describing the PODCAST MANAGER. And here, he spends a bit of time recommending the important elements of both contractors and team members — and he gives you this tip:  Pro Tip: Whatever solution you decide is right for you, we strongly recommend that you make sure there’s a quality review process of some kind to review your completed show and episodes before they publish. “

And finally, in reviewing other value-added services, he adds some comments on BOOKING SERVICES (to have you as a GUEST on another podcast or securing GUEST INTERVIEWEES for your podcast). He mentions Interview Valet as a service with Tom Schwab (whom we have interviewed on this podcast since 2015) with these final suggestions:  “This can go two different ways. Either you want to get booked as an expert on a series of other podcasts, or you want a systematic way of having interview guests booked for your own show. “


And, of course, Ben finishes his post by promoting his own services for podcasting (see cashflowpodcasting.com) and how he can help podcasters improve their show for success.

Note: I have known Ben since 2014, when we shared a booth at the first Podcast Movement conference in Dallas. I have followed him and do recommend him for his detailed resources — and you may want to investigate him and his offerings to help you and your podcast show. Also, I, myself have been a podcast consultant during the last 16 years and have offered, promoted and delivered podcast services for others who did not want to learn the details of podcasting, but preferred to subcontract this out to others — and I always had my proof-of-concept that always succeeded in gaining the trust and commitment of clients. What I usually did was offer to get an interview they conducted (if they wanted to have an interview show, for example) and then do the editing and audio improvement on the file, as well as adding the title, the music and the INTRO and OUTRO for a suggested final mp3. And then I would send it back to the client under a contract that specified the minimum number of episodes and each one at a single price for the final deliverables.


So, at this time, I would strongly suggest that you review your options for improving your podcast shows by examining whether or not you should consider the use of podcast services. In many areas, you may find that your time is your most valuable resource that can be put to use more effectively than spending time and effort in completing the tasks for workflow in creating the podcast final audio episode.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2022, Matrix Solutions Corporation and michaelandmike.com and Ben Krueger of cashflowpodcasting.com. All rights reserved.

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621- Tips on conducting a Podcast interview

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter show, we discuss a post from podcaster Ben Krueger on conducting a podcast interview. This content came from a July, 2022, post from his blog and site called cashflowpodcasting.com.

Now, I have known Ben since 2014, when he and I shared a booth at the very first Podcast Movement conference in Dallas, Texas. Since then, I have listened to his episodes and advice, as well as having ordered some of his offerings and downloaded and reviewed some of his helpful FREE PDFs for podcasters.

Ben Krueger

In his July, 2022, post, Ben titles the content with “How to conduct a great interview.” He then elaborates on the requirements for a good podcast interview, but also gives his value in how to conduct the interview to deliver the best VALUE to your listeners. He tries to boil it down to the simple status in his statement:  “Fundamentally, there are two things that really matter when you’re interviewing people:

1. You are having a natural, connecting conversation with another human being.

2. You are responsible for finding the answers to the questions that your audience has.”

In fact, the main topics of his post are the following:

  • Focus on stories and emotions;
  • Suggestions and examples on “How to interview someone for a podcast;”
  • He refers to details in a post about O. Winfrey titled “How to Interview Someone For A Podcast.” And that is, as he states, “because she goes into the emotion and the stories.”

Ben, of course, offers both his FREE BOOK and his membership site of cashflowpodcasting.com where you can get his roadmap. He is always good about reminding his viewers, listeners and readers about his services and offers and offerings to help them improve — and many of them free.

Thus, if you are interested in reviewing your strategies and procedures and workflow in the area of interviewing others for podcast episodes, then I would highly encourage you to see what Ben has to offer in the way of friendly advice — especially when he has been labeled as a good resource for podcast interviews. Since Ben is specialized in the area of business podcasting, this may be a feather in your cap to help you succeed more in the area of interviewing key guests to help your podcast shows grow and become more successful.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2022, Matrix Solutions Corporation and michaelandmike.com and Ben Krueger of cashflowpodcasting. All rights reserved.

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620 – Podcasting studio replaces fm-radio student station 91.7

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter Show, we discuss an activity that has taken place this year — the replacement of a radio station by a podcast studio. This story took place earlier in 2022, and it was highlighted in an article in the Podcast Business Journal. The student radio station was called “KEOL La Grande 91.7 fm.”

The publication was on 25 May 2022 in the  Podcast Business Journal


Here is the summary from the article:

“The former student-run radio station at Eastern Oregon University is being converted to a podcast studio for students. KEOL was voted away in 2021 by the student fee committee due to the high cost of operating the station and reduced interest from students, according to The Observer in Oregon. The podcast studio will not requite student fees.

Students will soon be able to launch their own podcasts in the studio space.

Vice President of Student Affairs Lacy Karpilo told The Observer, “We wanted to make sure we still had something exciting in that space for the students. It still allows for the spirit of what the radio station was, but utilizes the technology and expertise we have without the same funding issues as with the radio station.”


This was quite startling for myself, as my own alma mater has had for the past 60 years a local fm radio station (and it still has today). Not only is it a good training ground for those who want to enter the broadcasting arena in the major of Communication Arts, but it gives them plenty of experience. Well, the funding of a real fm radio station requires some commitments on the part of the school.

In this case, the funding easily lost out to the desire of the students to get into the area of podcasting.

Now, do I myself see this trend growing? I think so. It only makes sense, since many of the students themselves interested in the podcasting arena probably have quit listening to radio. And with the low cost of podcasting, it is easy to see how the popular medium can replace the expense of a real fm local radio station

Do I feel that this will continue and that we will see more of this type of conversion going on in the future.

I do.

A local podcast studio for the students — especially if there are dormitories or housing on the campus — will provide a great benefit for them. What I would be more interested in would be if the school had courses in podcasting taught at the site, so that the benefit of a real podcasting studio could be maximized by the students themselves.

At this point, we can begin to see a trend where the cost of a local radio station may give in to a podcasting studio for the student body in a university or college. And I will keep checking to see if my old alma mater will continue to support and fund its old radio station or go in the direction of KEOL La Grande 91.7fm.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2022, Matrix Solutions Corporation and michaelandmike.com and PodcastBusinessJournal.com. All rights reserved.

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619A- International Podcast Day came and went

In this very brief episode of PodcastReporter.com, we deliver some thoughts from the perspective of one of the first podcasters since 2005 about the event of International Podcast Day, celebrated on 30September2022.

However, for myself, this was NOT as exciting to this podcaster as in years past. Since 2014, I had always participated in the event, either as a speaker or contributor or attendee. In this case, the menu of items was so slim that I could not get interested in the topics — except for those two sessions led by David Lee and son, as well as the faithful Todd Cochrane of geeknewscentral and NewMediaShow.com.

Before, I anticipated the arrival of great podcast stories from a lot of the well-known podcasters based in the USA and UK and other nations that participated in podcasting. However, the 30-hour marathon that used to be the day of celebration has now turned into just a shortened event filled with newbie podcasters from all the nations other than the US, etc.

Thus, I was not impressed nor excited about the menu subject matter, and the celebration left a lot to be desired. Now although I wish those on the agenda well with their contribution, I will NOT be tuning in to consume subject matter against which I have much more interesting topics from other podcasts and live shows.

I hope that in the future there will be other contributions from podcasters who have given their audiences both great content and also fame for their dedication to podcasters — especially from the US and the British Commonwealth countries. Sorry, but this is just one reporter’s opinion who feels that he has seen the value of the Day diminish at the expense of popular liberal forces.

Thus, I shall await until the next year to see if, indeed, the US and other podcasters such as Adam Curry, etc., will be allowed to be on the agenda, in spite of the politically correct rules.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2022, Matrix Solutions Corporation and michaelandmike.com and International Podcast Day. All rights reserved.

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619- Podcast Guesting can help with non-fiction writers

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter show, we discuss the theme of podcast guest interviews being a great tool for the non-fiction author or writer. This is supplemented by a FREE RESOURCE from Tom Schwab, an entrepreneur who stresses the importance and the benefits of being a podcast guest. This resource is a FREE pdf document that is called “Non-Fiction authors can leverage Podcast Guesting.”

And you can go to the web site for Tom at InterviewValet.com to learn more about his training and free resources (and get yourself a copy of his PDF via download).


Now, I myself was a non-fiction author. It started back in 1974, and it has even today helped me in podcasting. I was a guest interviewee on a podcast show called VietnamVeteranNews.Com, where the host, Mack Payne, interviewed me about my situations in dealing with PTSD after returning from Vietnam as a combat infantryman (episode 2245 of the podcast show VietnamVeteranNews.com .) You can see the image, below, of the podcast episode and a photo of Mack Payne for that episode in which I was a guest interviewee. And so, even with decades separating the topic and the theme from the present day, the podcast guesting still helps to promote my podcast show and my following from the veterans who listen to that show.


As for Tom Schwab, he delivers some helpful hints on how to succeed with podcast guesting, if indeed you are an author or writer who creates and/or publishes works in the non-fiction genre.

This free PDF resource goes into the following details for the writer or author who may specialize in non-fiction:

  1. Reach An Engaged, Relevant Audience
  2. Some Reasons Non-Fiction Authors Should Go On Podcast Interviews
  3. Connect with Influencers
  4. Generate Real Leads
  5. Establish Authority As A Subject Matter Expert
  6. Generate Website Traffic
  7. Build SEO Value With Backlinks
  8. Increase Brand Trust Quickly
  9. Talking > Writing For Building Connections
  10. Repurpose Into Multi-Use Content, and
  11. Extend Your Reach

And Tom then spends time in the details of how you can leverage Podcast Guesting in this situation for your own purposes:

01 Drive Preorders
02 Launch a Consultancy Business
03 Book Tour Without The Travel
04 Promote Your Academic Work
05 Break Into New Geography
06 Launch A Powerful Brand
07 Land Paid Speaking Gigs
08 Get Translated Into Multiple Languages
09 Be The Category King/Queen
10 Get More Followers
11 Launch A Movie


Now, I have known Tom since 2014 when I did interview him as a guest on my podcast shows to understand why he would want to succeed in his business WITHOUT starting a podcast, but rather be a guest on different shows.

I strongly recommend that you download this free pdf and evaluate the situation where you can leverage being a guest on a podcast and how this can be a major benefit to you and your audience. And also, I would recommend that you scan his site for other resources and training materials that may enhance your situation either as a guest or a podcast host in the near future and drive your business to success.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2022, Matrix Solutions Corporation and michaelandmike.com. All rights reserved.

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630- Podcast conferences — a perspective from a podcaster

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter Show, we deliver a perspective from one of the very first podcasters in the podosphere about the future of podcast conferences.

As a podcaster, I have had experience and have seen and participated in just about all the USA meetings, conferences and podcamps since the beginning. And so now, I am giving my perspective on the present and the future of podcast conferences — especially the large ones.

Since 2005, I have followed the following podcast conferences:

Portable media expo;

Podcast and Portable Media Expo;

Blogworld and Podcast Expo;

New Media Expo

Podcast Movement – Evolutions;

Podcast Movement;

Podfest or Podfest Expo;

Podcamps (since September 2006 to the present);

She Podcasts

International Podcast Day session(s);

and other conferences that you may find at this web site (even though they may be outside the USA): https://www.buzzsprout.com/blog/podcast-conferences


So, since 2005, I have been an active and serious podcaster since The beginning

And now, with over 17 years of podcasting, I am very concerned and participating in The present

But I also have strong feelings where the problem of PM 2022 will lead — that is, A perspective for the future


 

Looking forward to the VALUE for the podcaster in having (or attending or participating) in a podcast conference — perhaps the best alternative is to make every conference it own private platform in which the organizers can commit discrimination and bigotry and cancel culture and censorship.

Why?

Because, you see, in this way, the owners can determine who will be allowed to attend or participate and who will be rejected and not permitted to attend or participate based on political bias or race or gender or background or anything that the organizers do not agree with. While in the past prior to the Civil Rights Act, it was a common practice to have signs and postings that read “Whites Only” or “No blacks allowed” or anything like that in the area of race — it is now the same thing to say that a podcast conference may be the largest in its propaganda and welcomes ALL podcaseters…that is, all podcasters except those who are conservative or those whom the organizers target as unacceptable and those who promote free and open platforms for publishing their messages in a free-speech society or those who do not agree with the political views of the organizers.

Does this sound familiar?

Well, PM 2022 set the stage and those who DEMAND that the conference adhere to their own personal whims and bias and prejudice will commit acts of protest or even violence if they don’t get their way. Just because a firm signed up for a booth and paid for a spot in the exhibit hall of the conference, they should not be banned or canceled or censored or threatened by some of the woke activists that do not believe that all podcasters have a right to publish their own message.

Thus, I feel that the only way to go in the future is to have the woke platforms create, organize and start their own conferences, in which podcasting may or may not be the prime media. Thus, ShePodcasts is the first to target a specific audience (even though they had not canceled or discriminated against the very few males that arrived to demonstrate at the exhibit hall or attend the sessions — e.g., Dave Jackson at the Libsyn booth in the exhibit hall).

Now, I suppose that every group that has a root of hate or bigotry for another group should start their very own podcast conference. In this way, they can manage their own discrimination and bigotry and restrictions — in fact, they would be like the old signs of “Whites Only” and “No blacks allowed” (and remember that in South Africa, this was the custom and law until recently; so it was not just the USA that had these restrictions).

Thus, for myself, I will not believe the propaganda from Podcast Movement that it is the “largest podcast conference for podcasters” at the time — because they are the ones that will try to promote the idea that podcasters are welcomed — well, but except for the following podcasters that they do not want to admit, due to the reasons of bigotry, hate, racism, political views or disagreement of messages).

So where do I stand?

I will NOT attend or support Podcast Movement, due to this type of extremism and bigotry. Although I did support it from the beginning by donating to the start in its kickstarter — and also presenting at the very first conference in Dallas in 2014 — I will no longer support this type of organization that prohibits a podcaster from attending. I will NOT believe their propaganda at all. In fact, I will be waiting the for the day that they will promote “PM is a conference for liberal and left-wing radical and woke podcasters ONLY.”

How is that for the future?

However, if there will be open and welcomed podcast conferences for all podcasters, it will be up to the Podfest Expo organizers, as an example, to make an open podcast conference continue. And for their efforts in promoting their conference this way, I do plan to follow, support and attend their event — mainly because they are NOT discriminating, show no bigotry and will not cancel or censor any podcaster.

We will see where this leads to and I myself will follow the backlash after the PM 2022 intent of prohibitions of all-inclusivity for podcasters ends up.

Thank you for your attention.

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617- Podcasting segments can be useful

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter show, we deliver a list of some 20 podcast segment ideas from Buzzsprout’s newsletter

Of course, the blog post describes these ideas as unique and the “best,” but we list them for you, along with their suggested examples and the links, so that you may peruse them decide for yourself, and then see if they can be of help to you.


Now, what is a PODCAST SEGMENT IDEA?

In the words of the post’s author, Alban Brooke, a podcast segment definition in terms of its benefits is stated:

“A podcast segment is a sectioned-off part of your show dedicated to a certain topic or activity. Adding engaging segments to your podcast format can:

  • Reduce listener drop-off
  • Break up blocks of content
  • Help you switch gears
  • Make your podcast content more dynamic.”

and you can get the entire post at this location:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/blog/podcast-segment-ideas

which describes some twenty ” podcast segment ideas to help you come up with ideas for your own podcast!”:  [Editorial note: the original typeface and sizes are included, since they will bring about the best references, along with their links]

1. Noteworthy mention

Shine a spotlight on stand-out companies, solopreneurs, influencers, artists, technology, or travel spots. Make sure to highlight people or things that are relevant to your audience and provide value.

ExamplePop Culture Happy Hour

2. Podcast plug

Give other high quality podcasts a free plug on your show. You can include a brief interview with the podcast host, highlight specific episodes, or simply tell your audience why the podcast is worth their time.

ExampleHow I Built This

3. Listener voicemail

Feature short interviews or voicemails left by listeners. Voicemails can include a short story or testimonial. This is a great way to engage your audience and involve them in your podcast episodes.

ExamplePodcasting Q&A

4. Games

Game segments are a great way to increase audience participation. You can include things like improv or trivia. You can keep the games between cohosts, or open them up to listeners.

ExampleSaaS Breakthrough

5. Question and answer

Answer a listener question in a segment designed to bring value and create connections. Fielding listener questions can also help you get new topic ideas.

ExampleHelp Me Be Me

6. Affiliate or sponsor interview

Interviewing an affiliate or sponsor lets your audience know you believe in the product. Featuring affiliates also creates a personal touch that adds credibility to the products and services you promote.

ExampleThe Birth Hour

7. Tips and tricks

Include a free tip or short tutorial in each episode. Free advice and content is an excellent audience builder and helps foster trust among listeners.

ExampleBuzzcast

8. Featured quote or excerpt

Share a short excerpt or inspirational quote from an article, book, or other piece of content. Just make sure whatever you chose offers value to your listeners.

ExamplePop Culture Happy Hour

9. Flashback

Recycle old content with episode flashbacks to review points you made in the past. This type of segment also lets you update outdated information.

ExampleHow I Built ThisThe School of Greatness

10. Sneak peek of premium content

Listeners are more likely to check out your bonus content if they get a sample of it. This segment also gives you an opportunity to direct traffic to your Patreon.

ExampleThe Big Ones

11. Ask the audience

Ask your audience a question that lets them share their experience. This lets you connect with listeners and hear what questions they have so you can more valuable content.

ExampleHow I Built This

12. Latest news in your field

A podcast news segment can feature political news or just current events related to your topic. Sharing the latest happenings in your field establishes yourself as a go-to resource and keeps your content fresh.

ExampleNPR Politics Podcast

13. Listener comment, tweet, or review

Engage your audience on social media and keep track of interesting comments, reviews, or tweets. You can highlight noteworthy feedback to help build your reputation as a podcaster.

ExampleBrand Party Podcast

14. Random fact of the day

Take a deep dive into your show’s subject matter and highlight fun facts and tidbits. Segments like these are a fun way to explore a specific topic and share unique facts.

ExampleThe Eric Metaxas Show

15. Issue a challenge to your audience

Create a unique hashtag for listeners to use on social media to encourage interaction among listeners. Hashtags help to continue the discussion about your podcast topic, raise awareness of your show, and attract new listeners.

ExampleHelp Me Be Me

16. Product reviews and recommendations

Highlight helpful products and services related to your podcast show’s topic. If you’ve built trust with your podcast listeners, they’ll appreciate a relevant, honest recommendation.

ExampleBuzzcast by Buzzsprout

17. Book or pop culture review

Review content related to your podcast’s topic. You can review a new book, podcast episode, radio show, movie, or even a YouTube video. Highlight the parts you found valuable to help your listeners.

ExamplePop Culture Happy Hour

18. Guest interview

Podcast interviews don’t have to take up a whole episode. You can feature short, occasional interviews and work them into your regular content. Don’t feel like you have to interview only famous people. You can also choose lesser-known guests that deserve more recognition.

ExampleBuzzcast

19. Episode recap

It’s helpful to recap your episode to make them easy for listeners to digest. End your show with a brief review and give your audience a few bullet points of your content’s most salient takeaways.

ExampleNPR’s Life Kit

20. Tell a story

You can share an interesting story with your listeners whenever you want. But, giving a short its own segment helps it stand out and be more memorable.

Final thoughts

Incorporating segments into your content can help keep listeners engaged for an entire episode. Just remember to keep segments relevant and valuable to your audience.

You can keep track of your podcast stats to see how your segments affect listener engagement!

Alban Brooke

Alban Brooke

Alban Brooke is the Head of Marketing at Buzzsprout and the co-host of Buzzcast. Have any questions about this guide? Reach out on Twitter.


We hope that these ideas for podcast segments can help you to improve your own podcast episodes, and that these will add up to making your podcast shows more successful.

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