631- Microcasts and long-play episodes in podcasting of memoirs

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter show, we discuss the concept of creating your memoirs as episodes in a podcast show, instead of written content in the form of a book or collection of stories in some written format.

The memoirs in which I am creating (since I am in my twilight years at this time) are going to be put into a podcast show (which is yet to be published — for I am hoping it will be in the next few years) which is called The Real Academy of Life (or RAL). And since it is not yet launched, I do have the domain for the URL and will have the host media site which will be the tools needed for this. And also, I have the first 4 episodes already recorded and ready to include in this podcast show.

Now, in the latest episode in which I greatly test the comparison and contrast of a short episode in length (i.e., a micro-cast) and a longer-length podcast show, the topic is my military experience in the military when I was in the Army as a combat veteran and served in the Vietnam War.

The format I had for this longer-length podcast episode was the following:

  • Title and name and number and podcast show (audio);
  • Intro music;
  • Intro content — usually 3 minutes or shorter;
  • The segue of music to introduce the first complete and unabridged 24-minute repurposed podcast episode from the Combat Infantrymen’s podcast show called Combat and Camaraderie
  • The segue music to bring on the final other repurposed podcast episode which had Mack Payne, podcaster of the show interview me to discuss multiple ways in which I coped with PTSD after my return to the USA from the war;
  • Exit music.

  • And here is the long-play content with 2 episodes:

So this episode in this show lasted one hour and 21 minutes total — a complete change from my micro-cast episode format for the past 2 years or more. However, that does not mean that I did not include any longer in time content in my episodes. I did include both links and URLs and other reference resources. By pointing to these content sections in the links and other references, I allowed my listeners to link over to the details and longer-length episodes of some of my other podcasts, as well as other podcast shows from other podcasters (e.g., Dave Jackson and Daniel J Lewis and Adam Curry, etc.).

So when I finally get ready to publish and launch my new podcast show titled The Real Academy of Life and its URL to the domain, I will announce this and give it the needed quality of a good podcast show, with the details and shownotes it deserves.

So, we hope that you may find my life experiences interesting in this newer podcast show of my memoirs that will contain both micro-cast format episodes as well as longer episodes (of an hour or more in time), and that you will find it of value in your podcasting career.

Thank you for your attention.

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RAL004- How my communications experience helped me flourish

In this episode of The Real Academy of Life, published alongside its syndicated podcast of The Podcast Reporter, we share my background in communications that had helped me flourish and rise to a wonderful set of opportunities in public speaking, commanding organizations, teaching and using the social media to master and help some of the Veterans Service Organizations and media outlets.

A very brief outline sketch would be these highlights:

  • High school – I was on the Speech team and learned the areas of expertise of public speaking in dramatic interpretation, oratorical interpretation and humorous interpretation;
  • High school – I was also in the Drama Club for 3 years and had leading roles in 2 major performances at my own school, as well as roles in 4 other plays at other high schools as additional players (including my final year in the musical of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, in which I played the King and had a solo number);
  • My first 2 years of college, in which I had roles in 2 major plays (Mr. Roberts and Advice and Consent);
  • My University career, in which I had offices in the fraternity that I had joined;
  • My television career, in which I started during my junior year in high school with a role in a television production of The Romancers in a summer project at UCLA;
  • My first year in the US Army, in which I had the responsibility of being a corporal of my AIT infantry company during training, and in my final 2 years of service, I was a sergeant and squad leader in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. (in which I trained recruits the skills of parachute jumping in combat, as well as other skills while I was an instructor of the RECONDO school (i.e., reconnaissance-commandos) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where I taught mountaineering, survival-escape-and-evasion and foreign weapons;
  • my final couple of years in the Army where I was a recruiter-canvasser for the 82nd Airborne Division, where I did public speaking to potential recruits and led a group of 6 local recruiters for the Division;
  • my last year in the Army, where I was mobilized for deployment for combat with my squad when we were to jump into the Sinai during the Yom Kippur war in 1973;
  • my second year of my University, where I was an officer in my fraternity, followed by being elected vice-president of the organization;
  • my 4 years returning to my university after service in the Army where I was communications leader for a performing dance group doing presentations and implementing publicity, where we performed at places like Disneyland, etc. ;
  • my post-graduate years when I went into corporate industry at IBM, where I became the lead technical specialist for the new IBM personal computer and later was a key speaker at conferences and also taught at the Boca Raton briefing center;
  • my final years at IBM where I was a key demonstrator at business shows, technical events, etc., demonstrating key software products for both Unix and IBM PC products;
  • my post-IBM years, where as a retiree, I started my own personal business — and as an entrepreneur, I had over 16 podcast shows with over 1000 episodes, as well as demonstrating and speaking at key podcast events;
  • ¬†creating over 18 podcast shows from 2005 to 2022, where I delivered audio and video episodes from subjects such as podcasting, new media products, historical events, the Vietnam War and combat veterans’ stories, to instructional shows teaching podcasting production and history; and
  • Creating the published audio narration (i.e., voice-over) for 4 separate published articles and 2 books about podcasting, combat infantry history, podcasting and entrepreneurship.

So, thus, you can see that I was in the spotlight for participating and leading the opportunities for communications just about for all my life since I was 14 years old.

In these show notes, you can see a group of military veterans and officers at Fort Sam Houston in an awards ceremony with the then-commander of the installation, LtGeneral. William Caldwell IV. I was representing the 82nd Airborne Division Alamo chapter at that time.

Lt. General William Caldwell IV and other veterans service organizations celebrate a WWII veteran award

Thus, you can see that my specialty has always been communications, with skills that I learned initially in high school and have been increasing all my life (such as perpetual and on-the-job learning). And today, my podcasting career has benefited from all these opportunities in the past. And yes, I have a few shelves of trophies from my speech successes, including a trophy given to me by my high school at graduation for the CROSBY AWARD — one such honor to the student who excelled and demonstrated proficiency in drama for most of his high school career (for I did go to an all-male high school).

In another episode of The Real Academy of Life, we shall go more into the other topics of the Army career in recruiting and communications, along with my study abroad in Latin America, and the resurgence of my roots that impacted my life.

Till then, thank you for your attention.

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