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4 Podcasts for TV Show Addicts

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It’s 8 o’clock, morning coffee already drunk, all set to go to work. Whether you’re trying not miss the bus or you’re squeezed in with about 1,000 people inside it, listening to podcasts about the latest tv shows is the new way to spend the most useless time of your day.

There are no statistics on the number of TV-based podcasts, but pop culture figures heavily in the podcast universe.  Like other fan-based platforms, podcasts range from the extremely granular and specific to the broad and thematic. (via mediapost.com)

So here’s a list of some of the funniest, most in-depth, addictive podcasts straight out of the Spreaker Community!

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3 Podcasts for Valentine’s Day

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We know it’s been a hard week: whether you’re single or taken you probably feel a bit overwhelmed by all the heart-shaped stuff everywhere. While the worst part about Valentine’s Day is trying to ignore it, we might have a solution for you: just focus on your love of podcasts and listen to these three in particular to survive this Valentine’s Day.

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Interview: Josh Nielsen, Speaker at the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference

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Josh Nielsen is the founder of Zencastr – a podcasting production tool for quality conscious podcasters.  As an entrepreneur, audiophile, and podcast lover, he is currently directing his efforts into maximizing the sound quality of podcasts everywhere.

Josh has an interest in all things business, development, and marketing.  He has worked to help many companies build from the ground up, including time at the Techstars startup accelerator in Boulder, Colorado. While a native of the US, he has been living with his family and building his business in Christchurch, NZ for much of the past year.

Josh Nielsen will be one of the panelists at the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference on February 12th – 13th, and we’re sure he’ll share his vast experience on podcasting production and sound recording with us. Here’s the interview:

What do you think is the most common trouble new podcasters run into? And what do they have to do to prevent or fix it?

I think the hardest part for new podcasters is knowing where to start. There are so many skills involved in taking a single episode to completion. You need to be an audio engineer, web developer, charismatic personality, social media promoter, etc. It is easy to get overwhelmed and give up.
My recommendation is to not worry about it all at once. Take it one step at a time. Start by booking and recording your first interview. Then figure out what you need to do next. Once you get a couple of shows recorded it will motivate you to find out how to get them published and reach the ears of your listeners.
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Auto-ducking feature and enjoy chatting from your browser!

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Can’t keep your voice and music levels…well, level? Now you can enable auto-ducking! That way the volume of a track you’re playing will automatically reduce as soon as you start speaking into the microphone.

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Why are podcasts the new blogs?

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Do you remember how, ten years ago, we were all obsessed with blogs? And how many times you said (or you’ve been told) “you should start writing a blog”? Suddenly, even your grandma had a blog about gardening tips.

Don’t you think it’s the same now, with podcasts? And doesn’t it seems awkwardly amazing to listen to your grandma’s voice talking about how to keep your cyclamen from dying in the winter? It’s amazing!

It is undeniable that podcasts are living their golden age and that the ingredients are basically three: easy-to-use platforms, professionalism, and incisive content creation – the same successful ingredients for putting together a successful blog. So, what’s the difference? And which one is better?

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Interview: Paul Spain, Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference

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Paul is founder and CEO at Gorilla Technology, coordinator of the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference and is building a podcast network focused on the Asia Pacific region. The NZ Tech Podcast, which Paul co-founded, reached #1 overall on iTunes in New Zealand by its 3rd episode – and his NZ Business Podcast saw similar success. His first taste of having his voice recorded was on a reel-to-reel audio tape aged 5. He’s also run a pre-Facebook global social network (WorldDJ.com) which reached over 300,000 members, and has appeared dozens of times on TV along with radio and both local and international podcasters.

With a deep interest in technology, Paul Spain has been involved in many aspects of digital media over the last 25 years. He’s coordinator of the next Asia Pacific Podcast Conference that will take place on February 12th – 13th in Auckland, New Zealand. Here’s the interview we conducted:

What do you think is the most common trouble new podcasters run into? And what do they have to do to prevent or fix it?

I commonly come across quality podcasts, that have failed to obtain the attention and audience they deserve. This is usually due to a combination of factors – such as lack of focus on the audience and building a community, inadequate promotion and even poor naming of the podcast. Seeking support and coaching from experts can help with getting much better results.

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Interview: Will Fleming, Speaker at the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference

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Will Fleming is a full time Studio Director by day and a passionate podcaster by night. He lives each day to the fullest, using every hour to balance family, work, fun, and personal growth. With over 8 years of experience in the New Zealand television industry, Will has rubbed shoulders with New Zealand’s finest, working on the 6pm news on TVNZ, TV3’s Campbell Live as well has helping New Zealand’s only shopping channel, Yesshop, launch in NZ and Australia to hundreds of thousands of viewers.

Every week Will hosts a podcast called My Kiwi Life joined by fascinating Kiwis to ponder life, share perspective, human potential and the meaning of it all. At the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference on February 12th – 13th he’ll be one of the panelists, sharing his daily routine as a podcaster. For now, you can just read this interview:

What do you think is the most common trouble new podcasters run into? And what do they have to do to prevent or fix it?

For me the main ‘trouble’ is picking what show to do and not letting your mind take over and freak you out from doing a podcast that you love. I went podcast fishing for a whole year when I first started with shows about geeks, dads, interviewing successful people – until settling on an interview podcast about life, MyKiwiLife.com!

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Cliff Ravenscraft, Keynote Speaker at the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference Interview

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In December 2005, Cliff Ravenscraft, together with his wife, Stephanie, founded the Generally Speaking Production Network (gspn.tv). Since then, he has produced over 3,300 of his very own podcast episodes devoted to Entertainment, Family, Faith, Business and Technology. In December 2006, Cliff launched PodcastAnswerMan.com where he has since helped thousands of individuals and organizations launch successful podcasts through one-on-one consulting/coaching and through his Podcasting A to Z online training course. If you were to look at the top 100 podcasts in the business category of iTunes, more than 50 of these shows were created by clients who worked with Cliff.

Cliff’s changeover is an interesting story of how he moved from a profitable career in insurance to a highly passionate business model in the world of podcasting. Moreover, he’s one of the best podcast/consultant coaches who knows how to help a podcast grow to its maximum potential. Surely, these are the reasons as to why Cliff is one of the main panelists at the next Asia Pacific Podcast Conference on February 12th – 13th in Auckland, New Zealand.Enjoy this great interview with Cliff as we all look forward to this event!

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Ready for the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference coming this February?

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The Asia Pacific Podcast Conference is an event that aims to build the podcasting community across the Asia Pacific region. What better than an event featuring the best experts in podcasting?

We’re sure it will be an incredible and inspiring mix of content that will invigorate everyone attending, from existing podcasters, broadcasters and media, to marketers, bloggers and those who have yet to launch their first episode. That’s why we’re happy to announce that we are an official media partner of the event.

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Three New Year’s Resolutions for Podcasters

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Well, January is almost over and now that the holidays have passed we’re all back to our everyday lives. Nevertheless, some of us are still drawing up our New Year’s resolutions, and while we all know it’s fun making to-do lists, it’s really hard to keep them up during the year. But not to worry, Spreaker’s there for you!

Whether you’re a podcasting pro or in the “I should start a podcast”phase, we think there are three important things every podcaster should do:

 

1. Record your audio content for free in a professional way

Focus your mind and imagine: you’re in your comfiest pajamas ever (because who will ever know what you’re wearing?), holding your favorite Star Wars mug, the cat is sleeping in the warmest spot in the house (a.k.a. on the keyboard), headphones and mic are on and… you hit REC and let loose your charming voice to the whole world, like a boss.

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