Archive for June, 2014

June 5, 2014

podcast clinic

For the first time since 2007, I just listened back to Answer Me This! Episode 1. And it was ROUGH. There were so many lessons that experience has since taught us (hopefully), but at the time, the only guidance we had was from a copy of Podcasting For Dummies, which frankly was worse than no help at all.

Though podcasting is now much more mainstream and accessible than it was then, and with a wealth of advice online – including mine! – it can be difficult to know how to start a podcast, or where to go with it. I, and even friends who’ve been podcasting longer than I have, and have made a far greater success of it than I have, continue just to try to work it out as we go.

So, if you’ve been thinking of starting a podcast, or you’re already doing one but are wondering what to do next:

I will be your Podcasting for Dummies. Dummy.

I can’t promise a magic bullet of success, or solutions to all your problems; but, as we podcasters all know, it’s good to talk. So every couple of months, I’ll be pitching up to a central London location and you can come along to chat about podcasting stuff. Better still: I’ll be joined by one of my podcasting pals, so you can benefit from our combined bitter experience.

Details of our first Podcast Clinic:

Time: Thursday 19th June 2014, 6.30-8pm
Place: the cafe at the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road
Podcasting pal: my learned friend Colin Anderson, producer of Radio 4 comedies as well as International Waters and Pappy’s Bangers and Mash. Soon he’ll be skipping the country to go and work for Maximum Fun, so come and receive his wisdom while you can.
Price: £0.00, although you will have to pay for your own cup of tea. But if you find this useful, please pay it forward; help someone else out with their podcast or other creative pursuit. And if (when!) your podcast becomes a rip-roaring success, you’d better have me on as a guest.
NB:
1. This is not a social meet-up; we’ll be talking Business.
2. There may be a group, in which case, play nicely with the other boys and girls. Take it in turns to speak; pay attention to their questions; hopefully we can all help each other out.

Sounds good? See you on 19th, then. Keep an eye on my Twitter @helenzaltzman for updates on the day. And if you can’t make it, there’ll be another one in August.

PS I pinched this idea from Roman Mars‘s Office Hours. Most good ideas can be traced back to Roman.

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June 5, 2014

Deserts and Waters

On this month’s Sound Women podcast: it’s only the magnificent Fi Glover! One of my favourite ladies of radio. She talks of the virtues of BLOODY HARD WORK, going for it when you’re young enough to bounce back, and Fanny Trollope. The show is available on iTunes and SoundCloud; make me happy and listen to it:

Dan Tetsell and I joined forces to take on the might of the USA in International Waters. UK-US relations were redefined for the ages.

I’m also on the new episode of Desert Isolation Discs. It’s a bit – ok a lot – like Desert Island Discs, and as it’s the closest I’m likely to get to being on Desert Island Discs, I took the process VERY seriously. http://shadowplayboys.podbean.com/

And finally, in today’s audiodump: my friend Leila Johnston from Shift Run Stop has started a Hack Circus podcast, for which she and I (and her dog, whom you might be able to hear trying to pull the table over) met up in a pub and had a big old chat. It’s on iTunes or not-iTunes. Or right here:

The rest is silence.