View Full Version : New Poll: How often should GM have a new podcast?

01-13-2006, 09:44 AM
OK folks, I've dumped my remaining cash into the podcast setup, and am busily listening to top podcasts, brewing podcasts and reading up on creating them so I can do this. First recording will be this coming Monday at Smokehouse Winery in western Virginia, where I'll be visiting with Julia Herz from Redstone.

The next one will be from the International Meadfest. I intend to do some interviews, tape the seminars, and tape the awards ceremonies, as well as do a lot of 'man on the street' stuff while I wander around.

So, once we get into 'normal' space after the Fest, how often would you like to have a 'cast? Will you even listen?

Vicky - puzzling out the arcane science of audio levels with mixers

01-13-2006, 10:15 AM
As often as is possible. If you can get content weekly, that would be fantastic, but monthly certainly sounds more realistic when just starting out.


01-13-2006, 10:53 AM
I really think that you should have a few (at least three or four) shows queued up and ready to go before you go live with the first one, as well as having point within each show that you can press the stop button if the show runs too long. Also those points will be useful if you run short and need additional material before your show is scheduled to end.

Having a surplus of starting material gives you the luxury of being able to switch around the first couple of times if you feel like you need to, and the material is already formatted and ready to go on the fly.

I also think that pressing it past more than once a month initially with your workload and schedule is really pushing it. Start slow and let it gain momentum gradually. Before you know it you'll be doing it once a week, and the show content will be flowing in from many different sources and people.

Hope that helps,


01-13-2006, 11:04 AM
I agree with Oskaar. Time is valuable (particularly if you have a family) and I know from the small amount of music mixing I do that audio work is VERY time consuming. Once a month would be perfect. If some big event did come up and you found the time to slip a second one in (maybe once a year for Meadfest) then I am sure we would all appreciate it.


01-13-2006, 11:10 AM
::taking notes:: Good input, guys. Keep it coming. I hope to get 2-3 shows worth at *least* from the MeadFest, as I intend to buttonhole and interview as many folks as I have time for.

Several of those will be meadery owners, so take the suggestions Angus had in the 'what do you want to hear' post just before this one in the list at the bottom of the main forum page, and tell me what you'd like to learn from the pros. I can ask (they may not *answer*, but I'd like to ask them for you. I think I should be able to get Mike Faul at Rabbits Foot, the Bees Brothers guys, and probably Andre from Intermiel. Oh, and David at Redstone.

Gonna also try to get up with Ken Schramm and Ray Daniels.

Vicky - going to be doing late nights working on rough script questions and a list of who I want to talk to

01-13-2006, 01:24 PM
Definitely spread out the meadfest. Make it work for multiple podcasts. And definitely get a couple casts done before going live. Nothing worse that having a new listener get all jazzed up about the Gotmead podcasts the find that there's only 1 and the next one is a month away.

As to the interval, I'd say that every other week is actually ambitious considering the work involved. Strictly from a listener's perspective, weekly is best. From a production perspective, monthly. I think if you have a few queued up before going live, then monthly works.

Dan McFeeley
01-13-2006, 02:25 PM
Oskaar's suggestions sound good -- line 'em up before you start broadcasting!

I'd also suggest seeing what kind of podcast schedule you can get going first before you decide on how often. The logistics have to be worked out first -- who, when and why. :D Then you'll have a better idea of how often.

01-14-2006, 12:58 AM
As a listener, I would LOVE one every week! Realistically, I'd have to agree with the rest and say monthly to start with.
One format was to read e-mail from the listeners, including questions for the first few minutes od the show. Also, when you have a guest lined-up you can ask the listeners to submit questions....kinda' like you're doing now :-\


01-14-2006, 02:15 AM
As often as makes financial sense, or rather whatever puts you in a better than break even mode... failing that, 1 less than a stress inducing amount over a given period of time. So I'll say monthly, as I have no variable vote button.


01-15-2006, 07:56 PM
Quality beats quantity.

Around major events, there should be heaps of opportunities for great content (limited by time constraints), so maybe a bunch of podcasts after an event, but only one every month (or every 2nd month) the rest of the time.

01-15-2006, 09:39 PM
Yeah, I'm thinking I'll get several shows' material out of the Festival. I'm headed to western VA tomorrow to visit Smokehouse Meadery and interview them too. Julia from Redstone Meadery is going with me. I'm going to work on an 'intro' and finish for the show, and get that in the can this week (I hope, around the paying work).

Anthony, if you see this, I'm gonna give you a call, we need to confab on structure and such.

Vicky - getting ready to crash early for the 4 am wake up call to drive to Smokehouse....