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Podcast Hackers is the show all about podcasting. Each week we bring you stories of your fellow podcasters where they share what's working for them right now, what's making their shows successful, and how you can follow on that same path. Whether you're a seasoned podcaster or just getting started this is THE place to come for inspiration, education, and entertainment all about podcasting.
 
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“Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.” Amelia Williams Many of us grow up: we live in a real world of marriages and families, jobs and mortgages. But some of us can never bring ourselves to leave our imaginary friend behind. Can you imagine the leaden apprehension when we learn that the choice has been taken from us …
 
This week, we have half an hour of fun character-based nonsense followed by a fairly disastrous five-minute Doctor Who episode. But we’re all too busy reminiscing about the end of an era to notice. Adam Richard joins us for The Power of Three. Notes and Links This week’s real-life villain Steven Berkoff had worked with director Douglas Mackinnon be…
 
This week, we’re in the Wild West for some down-home, old-fashioned, country-style moral philosophy. The burning question: is it permissible to let that well-spoken middle-aged country doctor get killed just because he sawed up a bunch of people and turned them into psychopathic gun-wielding maniacs? Steven B joins us to discuss a well-shot, well-a…
 
The Whittaker era is heading towards its inexorable end and dragging this podcast along with it, so it’s time to take a quick penultimate break in nineteenth-century China, where we watch a lot of villagers being killed, a statue breaking open or something, a mysterious sea monster with no apparent plot function, and the non-awaited return of some …
 
This week, there’s a massive Silurian spaceship pre-crashing in the direction of Planet Earth, and the whole gang is on board for the ride. Brendan’s on the lookout for discarded teeth, Nathan’s holed up in an escape pod watching reruns of Mitchell and Webb, James’s progress is being hindered by the unfeasibly large amounts of vegetable matter in h…
 
We’ve been off the air for a few months now, but apparently all it takes to bring us all back together is a few thousand Daleks desperate to find out who’s been playing them Bizet’s Carmen from deep inside their terrifyingly impregnable prison. Unfortunately none of us can muster much interest in any of that: instead, we’re worrying about the state…
 
– Actually, I wanted a word or five about the old Groupee,official magazine you know, I’m acting as PRO. – From the HQ? – BHQ. – On TTR? – JJV. seconded from RHB. – Oh really, how’s the GCM.? – A-1. – MY? – 50 PPR. – Downgraded to 007, eh? This month, Steed and Mrs Peel are joined by John Le Mesurier, while we are joined again by Steven B, ably ass…
 
– I see. Oh! Are you going to tie me up? – You bet I am. – Well, I don’t mind, really, but may I fix my face before I die? It’s in such a mess. This month, we’re joined by Steven B from New to Who to investigate the theft by some puppets of the blueprints for a new atomic weapon. Inevitably, Lady Penelope gets tied to a bomb or something, and we ha…
 
It’s New Year’s Eve 2021, the Doctor’s plan to take a holiday on a sentient beach goes horribly wrong, and instead she is forced to participate in a Covid-addled New Year’s Day special. Hilarity ensues. The Doctor’s plan to take a holiday on a sentient beach goes horribly wrong, and instead she is forced to participate in a Covid-addled New Year’s …
 
When loveable middle-class white lady Sue Brockman (Claire Skinner) loses her husband Pete (Hugh Dennis) after his plane goes missing over the English Channel, she decides to withhold that information from her children (Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez), because she is afraid it might ruin their Christmas (which it totally would). …
 
Can I just have one nice evening before the world explodes? After a disastrous attempt to record a commentary on No Time to Die results in several cinemagoers calling the police, we decide to regroup, get some drinks in, and hold a roundtable discussion of Daniel Craig’s last film in the role. So: when SPECTRE holds a Christmas drinks thing despite…
 
We’ve reached the end of an ambitious and controversial series of Doctor Who, and so we’ve all gathered at Demons’ Run to find the answers to some pressing questions. What were the high points and low points of the series? Amy’s pregnancy arc — tasteless or distateful? Who was our favourite guest star? And, finally, what is the First Question, and …
 
This week, the Doctor and River Song get married in an episode that completely rewrites itself before our very eyes, and the eyepatch anecdote makes its triumphant return to the show. You are all cordially invited to The Wedding of River Song. Notes and links Richard identifies some possible inspirations for this episode, including Cloud Atlas (200…
 
Welcome to the first episode of Podcast Hackers! I’m your host, Craig Hewitt. Today, I welcome Enrico Lugnan to the show. Enrico is a social media marketing strategist for the social media marketing agency, Avenik. He shares with me the ups and downs of launching Avenik’s podcast called The Avenik Interviews. Enrico and his team distribute the podc…
 
My guest today is Jason Aron. Jason is a successful director and cinematographer who has made the leap into podcasting. He has done some fabulous documentary and live stream work which has prepared him for the standard podcast format. The show is called Jason Aron Manifest and is primarily focused on the behind-the-scenes aspect of film and other e…
 
My guest today is John Dalton. John is an artist who brings the passion and process of creating art to his audience. He hosts a podcast called John Dalton Gently Does It, a long format show, which means it is longer than the average 20-30 minutes. John’s show is interview based and boasts a very loyal following. [clickToTweet tweet="Artists have th…
 
Dan Clements is a former truck driver who got into podcasting after getting hurt on the job. His show, The Dan Clements Show, is a political news show that supports the conservative Constitutional political view. Dan has a small, but a very vocal audience. He publishes an episode once a day and tries to keep his audience engaged in the current poli…
 
My guest today is Nathan Bottomley. Nathan is one of the 4 man team that produces the podcast Flight Through Entirety (aka FTE.) FTE is a comedy podcast that takes a look back at the BBC cult classic Dr. Who. The show has covered all of the “classic” period of the show (1963-1989) and will soon begin producing episodes regarding the modern Dr. Who …
 
My guest today is Mark Thompson the co-founder of the Minimalist Marketer and the host of the Escape Plan Podcast. His show is geared toward the older generation and helping them find their place in the digital market. Minimalist Marketer has numerous avenues for their audience to engage with them. The podcast is the newest source for Mark’s audien…
 
My guest is Keith Thomas the founder of the In the Basement Podcast. His show is a current events show centered around sports. During today’s episode, we talk about being a young podcast and finding your audience in a crowded space. Keith hosts his show with two other friends and maintains a casual conversational approach with his audience. [clickT…
 
My guest today is Brian Berkowitz, an interior design and real estate photographer. Brian is the co-host of a new podcast called Shooting Spaces. His audience is a very niche group of people working in the real estate/interior design market. [clickToTweet tweet="We're photographers who focus on real estate architectural stuff and interior design st…
 
My guest today is Josh Nielsen, the founder and creator of Zencastr. Zencastr is an online service that allows podcasters to record their content within their browser. It has changed the way podcast recording is done. Josh tells me why he designed Zencastr and how he thinks it will improve in the future. [clickToTweet tweet="Podcasters are a specia…
 
My guest today is Dennis Wisco, the host and founder of the Wisco Weekly Podcast. The show serves a dual purpose. Dennis splits his show between episodes for car buyers and episodes for car dealers. He explores the entire process of purchasing a car. The show is currently in its third season. [clickToTweet tweet="Improvisation has actually helped o…
 
My guest today is Bernie Mitchell, the founder of OuiShare Radio. OuiShare is a podcast network that focuses on various topics. Bernie manages a remote team that creates seven shows for the network. He tells me how he built his team and the qualities he looks for in a new team member. We discuss the network format and the challenges that unique for…
 
Adam Fenner a CPA and founder of the Small Business Owners’ Revolution Podcast is my guest. Adam’s brand is centered on small business owners who want to get real value and build strong services and products. His podcast is based out of his Facebook group. He records Facebook Live episodes every day at 11 am Arizona time. At the same time, he recor…
 
Bob Dunn is a Wordpress expert who has made a name for himself in the Wordpress community. Bob has been working on Wordpress for ten years and has fifteen years of marketing experience. He is the creator of the BobWP Podcasts. He runs four shows and offers various content for Wordpress users, ecommerce, content marketing, and blogging. [click_to_tw…
 
Josh Wilson is a serial podcast host, but on today’s episode, we focus on two of his shows. These podcasts are Bet the Jockey and Orlando Entrepreneurs. Bet the Jockey is the podcast that promotes Josh’s personal brand and has recently undergone a major content pivot. Orlando Entrepreneurs is dedicated to showcasing the awesomeness that is Orlando …
 
Arianna Benincasa works for TA2 Sound and Music studios. The company is based out Toronto and specializes in sound effects and music for commercials. Arianna has recently launched a podcast out of the studio called Sisters of Sound. [click_to_tweet tweet="Younger women wanting to get into this industry will now know that there are role models that …
 
My guest today is Vlad Vaslyn, the host of the podcast 20 Minutes With… and is the founder and managing editor of The Storyside, an independent publishing collaborative. Vlad’s niche is discussing books and writing with the authors who create the books he features on the podcast. [click_to_tweet tweet="A lot of authors will actually do an audio edi…
 
Jeffrey Fliegler is a digital marketer who has pivoted into podcasting to broaden his skill set. I Know But… is the name of the podcast. Jeff is a co-host for the show and it features a wide variety of guests. Jeff and his co-host Niyaz Pirani have developed a solid show structure that is both conversational and informational. Their signature is th…
 
I’m joined today by Dr. Tony Rose, the co-host of ADIO Media’s podcast Marketing Your Practice. Tony and his co-host Dr. Angus Pyke produce a show for natural health providers. ADIO Media is a digital communication company for chiropractors, holistic professionals, nutritionists, etc. They discuss the various issues that health professionals face o…
 
Regina Romeo, the host of Office Politics Radio, is my guest today. Regina is a Human Resources expert who helps her listeners navigate the tricky pathways of the corporate world. We discuss her love for radio and the how her passion for it lead to her show. [click_to_tweet tweet="As long as the quality is there, the quantity of what you are doing,…
 
Conner and Lindsay are the hosts of 8-Bit Idiots, a podcast that focuses on the gaming and entertainment industry. They take a humorous look at geek culture and showcase their friendship in each episode. 8-Bit Idiots has a small following, but they are growing the show with every topic and episode milestone. [click_to_tweet tweet="The conversations…
 
My guest today is Chris Ball, a physical trainer and financial planner. Chris is the host of Build Financial Muscle, a podcast that marries the discipline of a healthy lifestyle with healthy financial habits. The show is currently up to seventeen episodes and is finding a wider audience. [click_to_tweet tweet="Just getting good feedback, that peopl…
 
Jason Bryden is a political activist and entertainer who co-hosts a podcast called Politicized. The show focuses on Canadian politics and the ultra-left viewpoint that Jason identifies with. Jason explains why he chose to discuss such a polarizing topic in a podcast format. He also shares some of the technical challenges he faced while recording hi…
 
Nick Wignall is the co-host to What Would My Shrink Say, a podcast that discusses therapy in a humorous and down-to-earth manner. The show is up to 11 episodes and has developed a small audience. Nick tells me about taking constructive criticism and learning how to use it properly. [click_to_tweet tweet="We both kinda like to think of ourselves as …
 
Michael Ashford joins me today to discuss his podcast and business Fit Dad Fitness. Michael began his career as a journalist. After he got into the fitness space, he used his writing chops to create content for the company. He then pivoted into podcasting. [click_to_tweet tweet="This is a medium where I go deeper and ask more questions of my guests…
 
Andy Alsop is the president and CEO of The Receptionist, an iPad based visitor management system. It is a tool that is designed to help companies maintain a positive interaction with their visitors and still have a level of security for the office. Andy is a veteran entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience. He and his team launched a podcast t…
 
Ben and Dawn are here today to talk about their Ghostbusters RPG (role-playing game) podcast. This podcast is called EctoCast. It goes without saying that Dawn and Ben are part of a niche podcast. We discuss the little things that come up during a recording session, like why you shouldn’t eat during recording. [click_to_tweet tweet="We are very nic…
 
Jason Chicola is the CEO of Rev.com and Temi.com, two widely used transcription services. Podcasters are increasingly finding a need for transcripts of their episodes. There are a lot of applications you may not think of at first. Jason gives me more insight into the kind of people that use Rev and Temi. He also tells me what he sees in the future …
 
My guest today is a friend of mine, Matt Medeiros. Matt is known as the “WordPress guy” to many in his community and those of us who know him professionally. With the launch of WordPress 5.0, we discuss what the changes will mean for podcasters and WordPress users in general. Even if you don’t plan on starting a podcast, WordPress is changing the g…
 
Joe Casabona is the founder of Creator Courses and a podcaster who hosts How I Built It, a podcast about developers and creators. Joe has an impressive outreach and great advice about sponsorships and networking. Joe explains how he uses his personal network to find sponsorships for his podcast. He gives me a glimpse at his process and how he reach…
 
Charles Perry is the co-host of the Release Notes podcast. He is a software service developer who discusses the web development world with his co-host Joe. Release Notes originally focused on IOS topics but the show has evolved with Charles and Joe’s career growth. Charles tells me about how his audience responded to the gradual shift in content an…
 
The host of Ask Rezz and Live in the Feast, Jason Resnick joins me for today’s episode. Jason is a superstar in regards to email marketing. He shares some of his secrets about reaching and growing his audience. He also announces a big change in his podcasting format and how he plans to move toward merging his two shows together. We also discuss mar…
 
Jeff Large is the owner of Come Alive Creative, a digital media agency that has made the pivot into podcast production. Jeff tells me about his business and why he feels podcasting has a bright future. He explains the services he and his team provide and how he can help podcasters find the right fit for them. I also ask Jeff to give the audience an…
 
Rebekah Bek is a marketer for Ahrefs, an SEO toolkit that helps optimize your website for best SEO results. We are discussing an experiment that Ahrefs has been running for a little over a year now with podcast sponsorship. Previously on this show, we have discussed sponsorship from the show creators’ side of the deal. Rebekah is going to give us a…
 
Today, I am joined by Leah Bjornson and Jerrid Grimm from Pressboard Media and The Science of Storytelling podcast. Leah is a content creator for the company and Jerrid is the founder and CEO. We discuss how storytelling can engage an audience with your brand. Everyone has a story and personal stories are the most interesting. Leah tells me about a…
 
Today we’re presenting a segment we call “office hours” where we talk about a particular topic in the podcasting community as well as answer questions from everyone involved in the community (including listeners). These webinars are open to everyone, so if you would like to get on the email list, please visit castos.com. These webinars happen every…
 
Today we’re presenting a segment we call “office hours” where we talk about a particular topic in the podcasting community as well as answer questions from everyone involved in the community (including listeners). Today’s topic is all about audience growth. We talk about nine strategies you can use to promote your show (from leveraging your network…
 
Today during our webinar, we talk about audio editing in an easy and not-time-consuming-type of way. We focus on Audacity (which is both free and cross-platform). Specifically, we talk about using markers to help make editing easier, setting loudness levels, having separate tracks for each person speaking, and exporting to an MP3 (versus any other …
 
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