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Columbus Meetup – Beginner Podcast Tech Mistakes – PHD105

I was the featured speaker at The Columbus Ohio Podcaster’s Meetup in March.   Today’s episode is the recording of that presentation.

It’s all about Beginner Podcasters Tech Mistakes and how to avoid them.   It was held at the RawVoice Inc. / Blubrry Podcasting HQ in Columbus Ohio.  More information about the meetup here.



Podcast Passion – PHD104

I’ve been having a few things on my mind so I figured rather than write it out and rant on Facebook, I would flip on the mic and just speak it.

This is a somewhat different episode. It’s me rambling on a bit about Passion for podcasting. Also about learning your craft. Even the techy parts.

The main things I tried to get across is this: Learn how this stuff works. Not the super geeky bits, but the basics. Spend the little bit of time it takes to understand what is supposed to happen when you post an episode. Learn how to check your RSS feed.  Learn what an RSS feed is (Hint: it’s a special text file sitting on a server somewhere). Learn how Apple, Google, Stitcher, Tunin, Android Apps and desktop podcatchers work.  Learn how to encode and post your MP3 files.  

Again, that is why those of us who try to support and teach people how to podcast do it.  Be a good student of your craft.

Next time I will be off my soap box.

Recording an Episode – PHD103

Today I talk about recording your episodes. It’s an off the top of my head episode about how I record, some tips for recording.

The main points are:

1. Find some quiet time in a quiet space.
2. Allow enough time for re-dos and editing (while it’s fresh).
3. Don’t overthink it.
4. Get comfortable with the tech and talking on the mic.
5. Don’t be afraid to do 2 or 3 retakes if needed.

I also tell you about how I started a new show (Fast Food History) and how it’s a bit out of my comfort zone and I’m not taking ALL of my advice. But, I think it’s going to be a good exercise for me to experience starting a show that has nothing to do with Tech or Podcasting.

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Recording Equipment for Your Podcast – PHD102

News: Blubrry/RawVoice has acquired Cast Feed Validator (

Recording Equipment

You do not need anything a smartphone to start podcasting.  Some people have good luck with just a smartphone and if done right, they can record a good show with just that.

  • Microphones.  I suggest NOT getting a USB Condenser mic  Go for a dynamic mic.  ATR2100 is a good starter mic if you have to use USB.  You can go with a more expensive microphone and use a USB interface.
  • Mixer –  You don’t *have* to have a mixer, but it can help.  It allows more than one mic to be plugged in.  It has mic Preamps. The little more expensive ones will allow a Mix-Minus. (a whole nother episode)
  • Software  Audacity is free, Garageband is free with a Mac (so not free).  Audition is $15 a month.  Hindenburg journalist is expensive.
  • You really don’t need much else.
  • The whole idea is to get something that will give you a clean audio recording.  No need for the fancy stuff.

    If you want to get fancy

  • Compressor limiter gate

  • Equalizer
  • Sound treatment
  • External recorder deck / Portable recorder

  • Boom arm for the mic
  • Broadcast headset (with or without mic)
  • What equipment you get is totally dependant on Budget and what type of podcast you are going to do.   

    If you are going to have a remote co-host or if you are going to interview people, I suggest a real mixer (not the cheapest one).  You really don’t want to depend totally on software to record skype.

    Auphonic is a great way to level your sound out after you have edited.

    Planning Your Podcast – PHD101

    Planning your Podcast

    1. Pick a subject
    2. Pick a title
    3. Get a domain name
    4. Figure out ahead of time how you are going to do the RSS feed
    a. WordPress/PowerPress
    b. No website but use RSS from Media host
    c. Roll your own XML (rss) feed
    d. Proprietary service (Soundcloud, Podbean, others)
    6. Show format

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    Season 2 Trailer – PHD

    Being that IOS11 and the new Podcasts App is out today, I figured I would play with things and do a trailer for “Season 2” of the Podcast Help Desk.

    So, here it is. These will be the next 10 episodes. I will also include some news, views and the normal stuff in htere as well as the “lesson” of the episdoe.

    101 – Planning your podcast

    102 – Getting recording equipment

    103 – Recording that first episode

    104 – Myths about “Launching” a podcast

    105 – Artwork and branding

    106 – Setting up an RSS feed

    107 – Promoting your podcast

    108 – Content is king!
    109 – Things to avoid
    110 – Special surprise

    What’s in an Email address? – PQH 9-8-17

    Do you think less of someone because of their email address?

    say,, or   ( seems to be my exception)

    What say you?

    Be sure to go back and listen to PHD100 if you haven’t heard it and go to (or press the button on the right if you are on the site) and get subscribed.

    Episode 100 – My History in Podcasting – PHD100


    Shows I’ve started. (starting in April 2005)

    Best I can guess I’ve done somewhere around 2700 episodes

    Some of the cool things that have happened because I started my podcasts.


    The lesson I would say you should take from this is “Do as I say, not as I do”.


    Since the next episode will be 101, I’m going to start from scratch in starting a Podcast if I were to do it all over. Each episode for the next several will be the steps I would go through to start a podcast. The PHD 101 series.

    Podcast Help Desk News Flash Briefing available on Alexa

    Just a short note and announcement to let you know that a new Skill is available from the Podcast Help Desk (me).

    Just look for Podcast Help Desk News and add the skill.  Then in your flash briefing on your Alexa device, you will hear a 1-2 min news clip from Podcast Help Desk News that will be either a short news story about podcasting, a podcasting tip or once in a while a small rant from Your’s truly.