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Listening Spotlight

Must Listen Podcasts for Pride Month

(Last updated June 17th, 2020). June is Pride Month, a month-long celebration of all things LGBTQ and human and civil rights. So, how can we celebrate the occasion? By highlighting the top 10 most interesting and exciting LGBTQ podcasts and podcasters, those who are committed to standing for LGBTQ rights and highlighting issues that still affect society today.

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Podcasting Tips Spotlight

Q&A on Podcasting with John Lee Dumas

Podcast Movement is just around the corner and we’re thrilled to be there among the podcasting giants.

Before we head out to the world’s largest podcasting conference, we’ve asked some podcasting rock stars to a answer a few of our questions. You’ll be seeing these guys there, too, taking the stage at the industry’s most anticipated event.

John Lee Dumas is the first expert to kindly reply to my questions, and he’s given us his dos and don’ts on podcasting.

A few words that best describe who you are.

I am the host of EntrepreneurOnFire, a daily podcast interviewing today’s most inspiring and successful Entrepreneurs. EntrepreneurOnFire has been awarded best of iTunes and generates over 1 Million unique listens and over $250,000 in revenue per month.

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‘If I Were You’ a Podcast That Will Make You Laugh

Have you ever wanted to escape reality and forget about all the trouble that is happening in the world. Here’s the solution if you like comedy. Let me introduce to you ‘If I Were You’ with Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld. They are two long time friends that like to give advice to listeners about areas they’re qualified to talk about and areas they aren’t. As they read the emails you never know what rabbit hole the guys will go in with their personal stories. Jake and Amir come from a comedy web series called Jake and Amir that started on May 23, 2007 and they played as themselves. The comic duo might be a little too explicit for the ears but hey it’s comedy we all need a laugh.


On their latest episode called Raven Nest Jake and Amir covered apologies, dream homes, and slots. Here are questions and topics they got asked during the show.

  • Do you care about your school reputation?
  • How can I get back to the serial toilet destroyer?
  • How do you embarrass a serial toilet destroyer?
  • Dream Homes and living in Raven Nest.

Make sure to email them to get your advice from them during the show. New episode airs on Monday and you can listen to it via Spreaker

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Spreaker Bands: Meet the Sound of Rock in Russia – Stoneberry

Stoneberry brings their eclectic beats to Spreaker and the world with their Oak Tree EP. We spoke to the band, based in Moscow, Russia.

Do you mind introducing yourselves?

Ilya: I’ve been in the band since we decided to form it together with Grant, during our school years. At first I was excited to play guitar, and was deeply influenced by David Gilmour, but since we never did find a bassist, I tried it out and have enjoyed it ever since then.

Grant: I’ve been playing drums for 7 years, and it is quite funny how I came to it. We decided to form a band and I simply said “OK, I’ll be the drummer”. At school I had met my first drum teacher, and now drums are my life.

Anton: I tried singing out when I was 12. At that time I started playing classical guitar, which I had received from my father. He was my first guru to the world of music, and he taught me to play guitar and piano. At that time I wrote my first songs.

How did Stoneberry start?

Ilya: Stoneberry finally gathered over 4 years ago, but since we came up with the spontaneous idea with Grant to play musical instruments at school, we went through years  of looking for members. I became acquainted with our guitarist Fedya in University and after we were three, Anton found us on the Internet.

Anton: Yeah, the guys tried several vocalists but it all came to nothing. I had also had a band at school, but it broke up as I was looking for a new one. After some unsuccessful attempts to form my own band, I saw they were looking for a vocalist. Since then, we’ve been Stoneberry.

How would you describe your sound? Who and what have been your personal influences?

Grant: Our music is a mix of different genres, because every one of us has different musical influences and frequently they are dispersed. But our compositions are the intersection of our musical tastes. As for myself, I was influenced by my first drum teacher, who gave me my first boost.

My influences are absolutely diverse, for example I like bands such as Gretchen Parlato and Animals As Leaders. But personally, I’m more inspired by individual musicians such as JP Bouvet, Ruslan Gadzhimuradov, Steeve Gadd, Aaron Spears etc.

Anton: I agree that in Stoneberry we can combine all of our ideas and influences, and that’s why I think we always vary in musical genres, play with song structures, apply new instruments, etc. This musical flexibility allows us to create something very exciting and unusual, and it could be why it’s attractive to people.

As for personal influences, I enjoy classic, unfading bands and solo musicians – and there are too many to list, but I also always try to find new names. The latest that have impressed me were soul singers Lianne La Havas and Rhye. My vocal style is mainly formed on Thom Yorke, Neil Young and Jim Morrison.

Ilya: We can’t describe our sound as a certain genre and though, as Grant said, we listen to different music, we can still correlate with each other. I’m inspired by bands such as Pink Floyd, Dredg, Porcupine Tree, and the Russian band In A Nutshell.

You are based in Russia, but have you had a chance to bring your music abroad?

Anton: We haven’t yet had a chance to play abroad, but with the help of social networks like Facebook and mainly, we can be heard in different countries and sometimes get feedback. I think that one day we’ll play live somewhere in Europe or wherever and bring our music to foreign audiences.

Do you find audiences abroad take in your music differently?

Grant: Perhaps, yes. Foreign music sets a high standard for composing and performing, and it’s really hard to gather pace with it. Plus, in developed countries people are more accustomed to these higher music standards. In Russia there are fewer professionals and it’s easier to amaze the audience, although people are still not as eager to discover something new.

Anton: However the situation is changing nowadays and the new modern tendencies are beginning to penetrate Russian music markets, too.

Are you touring now, or will you be touring soon?

Ilya: No, though we have some local gigs booked in Moscow and in the suburbs. We are currently concentrating on preparing studio recording sessions for a new single – the starting point to our first LP. After that I think we’ll plan a tour in Russia and enlarge our audience.

Congratulations, guys! We wish you all the best!

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Talking with Alex Berenson of Kikwear

Many may recall fond memories of the booming rave scene of the 90s, wearing phat pants and dancing to thrilling beats. Tightly linked with the scene was Kikwear, the clothing line of choice for EDM fans and fashionistas alike. We had the chance to speak to CEO of the company, Alex Berenson, on the resurgence of the subculture, and the company’s new developments.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

My name is Alex Berenson and I’m the CEO/Co-founder of Kikwear, Inc. I started the company in 1991 with my closest childhood friend Gregg Ostrow, who is still my partner today.

Tell us about Kikwear – how did it begin?

Kikwear came onto the clothing scene in 1991 with one product that we basically invented called “Longy Boxers.” We hated traditional boxers and so did all of our buddies so we started making a really kool below the knee style in plaids, stripes and tons of different fabrics. They were super comfortable with their plush back elastic and roomy fit. By 1992, we dropped a complete line of gear including pants, shorts, t’s, hoodies and head wear. We also had a very iconic character named “Chucky” that was a rasta looking dude and was the emblem that we put on just about everything. From there, we started to focus on pants primarily and it was sort of by accident that we got recognized in the rave scene. Our retail accounts were asking us for wide leg bottoms and we had no idea that they were going to capture the attention of ravers. One thing lead to another and soon started making super phat pants that became incredibly popular with ravers. The combination of our wide leg silhouette and “K” embroidery on the back of every pant launched us into unchartered ground with the EDM culture, and our pants became staples for ravers around the world by 1995.

When, and why do you think, did Kikwear begin to be identified with rave culture? Were you personally already a part of that scene?

The rave culture is all about freedom of expression, individuality and P.L.U.R.R. as we see it. Nobody should be judged for how they dress, dance or anything else that is important to that person. The idea that people can really let it all hang out and be natural is so cool. There simply isn’t any culture or scene that remotely compares to the rave way of life, and it is a way of life for those who are embedded in it. They wouldn’t have it any other way and are driven by the epic music. The kandi trading also adds a layer to this scene that is sacred and can be a very emotional aspect. People have tons of stories about each piece they’ve got and that defines a huge part of what this culture represents.

Kikwear started to infiltrate the rave scene in the mid 90s as the rave parties were in full swing. We were one of a small group of companies that constantly made gear that was fresh and amazing for dancing. Our fabric, fit and logos became recognizable in a big way, so we were accepted as a brand that was always evolving. We loved pushing the envelope with phats that got wider every few months. We listened to what our fans wanted and made sick merchandise that they could relate to. I wasn’t a raver before Kikwear, but once I started making clothing for this scene I hit up my fair share of parties. I wanted to see for myself what it was all about to better understand who our customers were and why.

Kikwear fits great with the rave scene today because we’re all in. We aren’t just a clothing company selling pants, but one that stands by the “family” element of the EDM culture. We have a global presence because our goal is to have everyone involved. There’s an international street team, resident DJ team, and we sponsor a lot of parties. We want to be close to our fans and have them feel part of what we are. Our social media platform helps us involve the Kik fans around the world, especially our Facebook page, which we try to make a lot of fun and interactive. We love the feedback on what our loyal fans like and want to see from us in the future.

What other music genres and subcultures has Kikwear been connected with?

The beauty of Kikwear is that we seem to have attracted fans from multiple EDM genres. Our resident DJ team comprises of several hardcore artists, but we feature techno, house, trance, trap, breaks, house, dnb and many other genres on our Kikwear Morning Mix FB segment. We love giving exposure to both well known and unknown artists. Every artist has his/her own sound and can use a little extra love so KW is here to support them.

You have close relationships with many artists, like Zoe VanWest, and as you mentioned, have a resident DJ team. Could you go into that, and describe the importance of those relationships?

We have a close knit family and I try my best to get to know everyone on Team Kikwear. Developing a great working relationship with our resident DJs is critical. They give us so much advice and knowledge which helps us tremendously. Without their support and dedication, I honestly don’t think that we would have re-emerged as quickly. They’ve helped educate the new generation of ravers about the iconic standing of our brand as has our insane street team. You ask about Zoe VanWest, who has been with Kikwear since the middle of 2012 when we were in the very early stages of rebooting. She’s a sponsored artist, street team leader of Florida and also our Kikgirl designer. Kikgirl will drop in the Spring/Summer of next year and we’re really stoked to bring Kikwear’s little sister back to the stage.

You also sponsor lots of events. What will you be involved with next?

We sponsored a lot of events this year and plan to continue that in 2014. What better way to reach our fans than through the party circuit we support and vice versa. They’re awesome for the company and the ravers who attend them. Part of our sponsorship entails supplying the promoters with stickers and give away gear which adds an exciting layer to these events for the ravers. We use our social media to promote the events and feature artists playing them on our Kikwear Morning Mix. The ravers can walk away from a Kik party with some of our gear and get to know who we are too. In 2013, we sponsored events in the States and Canada only. Going forward, we’d like to be involved with parties in other places around the world. We’ve got a presence in Australia thanks to resident DJ S3RL and our street team there. The same thing goes for the U.K. and Sc@r who’s a sponsored DJ. We will continue building our DJ team internationally and see where that takes our sponsored events.

What can fans of Kikwear expect from the new line?

Kikwear’s mission has and always will be to make the most epic EDM gear for an affordable price. We are never going to be satisfied with what we did yesterday and will never become complacent. The scene is on the move and so are we as a brand.

Thanks so much Alex! Check out their site now, and first time shoppers who join their mailing list will enjoy a 10% discount.

For more about Kikwear check them out on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.


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Arab Wave Washes over Spreaker

Here at Spreaker we’ve had a recent major influx of users, and we’re thrilled about it!

Let’s give a warm welcome to the new Arab users giving us some heavy play.

We’d like to thank you personally, and we’re excited to hear all your upcoming creations, thoughts, and opinions. So far we’ve discovered some great content made by you, and we want to share it with the whole community.

Here are some sweet treats for your ears:

DJ Moa Teck keeps the beats thumping with electronic pulses mixed with traditional Arabian touches.

Amr puts you in a State of Trance that will get your booties moving on the dance floor.

And this is just the beginning, we can’t wait hear what else you guys have to offer! Tell us about your other shows – send them over to us at!

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Spreaker Issues Statement in Support of OccupygeziRadio’s Defiance of Turkish Censorship

“Twitter of Audio” thwarts censorship

San Francisco (June 6, 2013) — As Turkey’s Prime Minister misguidedly blasted social media as the “…Worst menace to society,” he heralded the arrest of 25 Twitter users in an attempt to further squelch citizens’ voices and amplify the muting of the press in the tumultuous country.

Quote attributable to Spreaker co-founder and CEO Francesco Baschieri:

“As the heavily-censored, government-run media attempts to ignore the realities and atrocities taking place in Turkey at this very moment, the people of Turkey are not standing idly by, but they are taking to social media in record numbers, even at the risk of arrest for doing so. Spreaker is proud to stand for free speech and giving the people of Turkey a voice to speak out against repression and censorship.”

OccupygeziRadio , the voice of the Turkish protests, have been interviewing people from Turkey – live — using the Spreaker platform, which automatically shares the live broadcasts or recorded podcasts throughout social networks directly from mobile devices or desktops.

The young trio is London-based, each with his or her own experience of how the horror has started, their worries and fears, and the goals guiding them to create the show. From London to Istanbul, Occupygeziradio is constructing a connecting bridge of stories and human acts. Here’s what they shared with Spreaker in a recent blog post about the unfolding stories from within Turkey.

About Spreaker

Spreaker is a free online application that lets people create, share and discover live audio broadcasts from any computer, tablet or mobile phone. Founded in 2009, Spreaker is based in San Francisco with offices in Berlin. For more information about Spreaker, please visit:


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#Occupygezi: An Interview with the Producers of the Radio Show

We decided to bring the guys from OccupygeziRadio, the voice of the Turkish protests, up to the mic today for an interview. The young trio is London-based, each with his or her own experience of how the horror has started, their worries and fears, and the goals guiding them to create the show. From London to Istanbul, Occupygeziradio is constructing a connecting bridge of stories and human acts. Here’s what these guys told us:

Where are you based and how do you contact people from Turkey?

Cagla: We’re based in London. And using our Facebook and Twitter accounts, we’re calling people to be volunteer for English interviews via Skype. Also, all of our friends are helping us contact people who want to share their own words. There is great teamwork and communication with them.

Why did you choose to do a live podcast?

Ege: Because the media’s response in Turkey was unbearable. I felt I couldn’t breathe, literally.

Cagla: On the 1st of June, we organised a march and protest in Hyde Park. But when we went back home, I felt like we needed to do more. Because of the media ban, people were so desparete there. We thought we needed to share all those stories with the rest of the world. I asked Aybuke to find out, how we could create an online radio. So she created the account, and ever since Sunday morning, our full-time job is this radio.

Aybuke: On the second night of the events, I had a call from Skype from someone I do not know, and found out that he was was trapped under police attack, along with his friends, two of whom were wounded. He said he could not reach out to anybody and his battery was dying. So, I shared that on our social media channels, and some help was directed towards them. They were rescued in the end, you can also find his recording on our broadcasting channel (Ozkan, 19). After that, my friends here contacted me saying they are planning to create an online radio and broadcast calls with individuals in Turkey. This is how it started…and they have been taking calls and broadcasting continuously ever since. All the young people who use internet the most are out on the street, some of them are sharing videos, some of them are doing live broadcasts of the terrible scenes with mobile cameras. We thought that it would be easier to call people and listen. When we considered the fact that government based internet providers have prohibited access to Twitter and Facebook, which is used in Turkey now as a communication channel to direct lawyers and doctors wherever needed, the only option left was talking on the phone.

Do you think that newspapers are giving a distorted version of what’s actually going on?

Cagla: As we all know, even the journalists have their own ideas and own ideologies. So how can you expect any comment to be objective? The only true scene is the individual’s story. This is what I believe.

Aybuke: Oh I really do, especially in London. I was reading the Metro newspaper yesterday and could not believe it. It was showing all those peaceful protesters as a threat to governmental party buildings and the Turkish Grand National Assembly, indicating that the police are trying to protect the president’s house, etc. Those protestors are cleaning the whole area first thing in the morning until the next attack. No one has lost cell phones, and if someone finds a cell phone, they do everything they can to return it to the owner. You cannot expect any dangerous attack from the original peaceful protesters. I call it “original”, because there are provokers doing crime for sure, but, thanks to Hayden Smith today, he made it clearer on Metro news.

How do you try to amplify Turkish voices on the web?

Ege: To reach out as many people as possible. Also we’re contacting international media through their email addresses, telling about our radio and why we’re doing this.

Aybuke: I have seen some graphics on the overall usage of Twitter in the last 5 days showing increasing usage in Turkey. The silencing of Turkish media has led us into using all kind of online communication tools. Spending all day on those channels and trying to stay united is what we are trying to do. With the great work of my friends doing all the broadcasting, online radio is helping a lot.

Have you contacted any organizations or journalists to inform them of your podcast?

Cagla: Actually not directly, but I am using my own Twitter account to tweet them about our radio channel. Also, what we realized on the second day of the radio, giving the entire link was too long. Then Ege created and processed Spreaker’s link there.

Aybuke: We are spreading it through Twitter and Facebook and unfortunately Turkish media has been silent until now, only Halk TV is broadcasting. It is penguin documentaries on Turkish TVs. Protesters brought teddy penguins with themselves to Gezi park, to attract their attention. Yesterday, when protests were directed to media buildings, some channels had to give it on the news. But newspapers, they are all about magazines etc. So we did not have any collaborating media or individuals working for those media channels.

Have you had any bad experiences in the last few days? Threats, offenses?

Ege: Just one anonymous stalker.

Cagla: Me, personally; I feel so much fear sometimes. Because I have no idea what’s going to happen to us really. This is my human reaction, not political one. Also, I am not any political party member. Just non-politically minded. But, because I’m using my own Twitter account to reach people, that is making me afraid sometimes, but when I receive texts from my own boyfriend or from my best friend, I just forget all this fear. And keep having interviews.

How are you going to plan activities for the upcoming days?

Ege: The goal is clear, spread the voices in Turkey internationally. The radio will be on as long as they have things to share.

Cagla: For two days, we cannot concentrate on anything else but radio, which is the same feeling as all Turkish people all around the world. Now, we’re following social media, trying to learn what’s happening there and trying to reach people who want to share their words.

Aybuke: More than a plan, we expect something from our president. We expect him to listen to us and take this act seriously instead of blaming and calling us “looters.” He should be sending peaceful messages and should give some hope, as well as any kind of solution to this. And most importantly, he should immediately pull back the police force which is getting worse and worse each day, using unheard of chemicals on people.

What message would you like to share with the community?

Cagla: There can be political ideas and this rage must come to an end as soon as possible. But these individual stories, how they are going to forget this? The foreign student in Ankara, how he is going to forget the screams? Or last night, someone died in Hatay. What about his mother? I cannot understand. Maybe I am too emotional, I don’t know. Just share this podcast with the entire world. They will understand.

Aybuke: I know that some “more civilized” parts of the world have gone through all of these many, many years ago. We have gone through a great war 90 years ago to protect our country, but this is the first time we are in a war to protect our freedom and free will within the country. My message to the Turkish community is that they should continue to keep this peaceful, and should stay away from provocative acts. Sooner or later, the government will take it into consideration. And I’d like to congratulate them. On the other hand, my message to the rest of the world; those who have experienced this hundreds of years ago, why don’t you help us survive this with your experiences, and today’s communication/information technologies, why choose to neglect and ignore? And those who have not experienced this, one day it will hit you too… Stay with us, support us, and you’ll learn how to keep your future safe.

To contact contact the trio and share their stories and comments, just follow these links for their Twitter accounts. Good luck guys!

Cagla Cakir:

Ege Akpinar:

Aybuke Kini:

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Discovering the Community: Edie Sellers of GameHounds

The crew on GameHounds has been working together since 2008, bringing you all the latest news on gaming from an adult point of view. We spoke to Edie on the evolution of the show, and how podcasting has helped the GameHounds community grow.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I’m Edie Sellers (aka GamerEdie) from Northern California. I have two co-hosts, Dave Gardner (aka: Holy Goalie) in Boston and Nick Dinicola in NorCal, as well. I have been a talk-show host and a news reporter/film critic for about 15 years (in fact, I used to work at the same station as another of your bit Spreaker personalities, Len Tillem). Right now I’m a freelance editor. Dave runs hockey leagues, and Nick is a professional writer.

Nice to meet you! How did GameHounds come together?

Originally it was a spin-off from another podcast, with me and another co-host who left the show about three years ago. Over the years we’ve added hosts, and as they’ve left we’ve found replacements. I’ve been the only one to stick it through for five years. Each week, we do a regular news/reviews podcast, but in March, we added Spreaker to our lineup when we went to Penny Arcade Expo in Boston. We’ve done remote podcasting for years, but it’s always been a technological/time challenge, and the results were time-consuming and less-than-stellar. This year, we were able to include live casts and live chat into our interviews from the show floor, which was AMAZING.

Awesome! What do you love about gaming and geek culture? What do you hope your fans get out of the show?

First off, it’s incredibly inclusive. At one time, gaming and nerd culture was a world of young males. Now it’s a global, multi-generational, multi-national, multi-gender space of all types of people. What I love about it is that it encourages enthusiasm. In most communities, there’s a sense that being “too enthusiastic” makes you a bit of weirdo. In gaming culture, that kind of wonkiness is celebrated. And I really love being a 46-year-old woman who can handle herself in a multiplayer game. It blows people’s minds. There’s a celebration of what others used to consider “odd” that is so refreshing and validating, especially since I’ve personally seen gaming culture evolve from being dismissed as a “kid thing” to a multi-billion-dollar entertainment and arts industry. I’ve gone from being “strange” to being “cutting edge,” even by those in the mainstream. Which is cool… and sometimes weird… but certainly cool.

It is totally cool! Why Spreaker?

As I said, in the past, we’ve been hampered when finding a way to take advantage of the immediacy of podcasting in time-senstive situations. For example, when we go to expos or conventions, we very well may be the first people to get our hands on something new, but without having a huge paid staff that we could DEMAND leave the show floor, write a story or record a podcast, and get it up ASAP, we couldn’t get our stuff up fast enough to be the first ones to actually relay the information about what we’ve seen. And if you see something but you don’t get it out to listeners, it’s a proverbial tree falling in the woods. It defeats the purpose of going to events. We spent a lot of time working our asses off, having NO FUN, and still being several hours or days behind professional outlets, at best. I’d come home exhausted and facing many hours of additional follow-up editing, emailing, posting, promoting, and administration of the site. With Spreaker, we had the information out there as soon as it was spoken. And it really helped to integrate our listeners into our interviews. Even when the big outlets get the information out there first, we have the edge of being able to have listeners in the chat room actually ASK QUESTIONS to developers, which even the big sites don’t have. We could immediately give the developer a link to the podcast even before we left the booth, which impressed the hell out them. And at the end of the night, we didn’t have to go back to the hotel room, edit a show, upload it to the server, promote it to social media, and send out email links to the developers we interviewed. We could do that all on our iPhones and it was done instantaneously as soon as we hit stop. At the end of the night, we went out to dinner. We networked. We SLEPT EIGHT HOURS! And we could be more efficient and cover much more ground because we had so much more time without the busywork. It gave us our lives back.

Yes! So glad it’s been working for you. What are your favorite games at the moment?

My two co-hosts assure me that Tomb Raider is better than Bioshock Infinite, which I really enjoyed even if it was a bit weird at the end. I’ve rediscovered Borderland 2 with the new level-cap increase and the new difficulty level. And at the suggestion of a friend and because I really love social gaming (as opposed to “social games,” which I don’t), I’ve come back to Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, which has improved significantly since I last played it months ago and whose players I really enjoy. And despite its flaws, I’m still enjoying SimCity, though I expected more social playing with it. What a shame. Anyway, Goalie is in a bit of an Xbox funk, but he just bought a new gaming laptop and has opened himself up to the world of Steam. He’s hitting a lot of older titles, but he’s just in the “discovery mode,” which is exciting to see. We all plowed through Bioshock Infinite, and most of us have played the new Tomb Raider (I haven’t and I’ll be doing so soon, since everyone else thought it was better than Bioshock). We were hoping Dead Island Riptide was better than it is.

What new ones are you looking forward to

Two of us are waiting until the price drops to pick up Dead Island Riptide. And as I said, I’m probably going to hit Tomb Raider soon. But otherwise we are all waiting on something to release. I’m just holding my breath for Saints Row IV and Grand Theft Auto V. Goalie is waiting patiently for Splinter Cell. Nick’s a huge fan of Assassin’s Creed and he’s pretty impatient for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag to hurry up and release, and both Nick and I really want The Last of Us right now! I know Nick’s really waiting on Transistor (which I am also really excited for), and he’s alerted us to Mars: War Logs, which he says looks to be pretty awesome. And the critic part of me is also waiting to see what Elder Scrolls Online has to offer, but I’m very apprehensive about it. It’s a long way off, but we are also really are very curious about Watch Dogs, which looked AMAZING at PAX East.

Do you rely on social networking to promote the show?

Oh yeah. It’s absolutely invaluable to us. It’s the only way for people to know when we’ve started up a Spreaker show and can hit us up live. We also post a player on our website after the fact, but if people want to be part of the show, they know to be watching our individual Facebook accounts and our GameHounds Facebook page. And Twitter, of course, gets our reach out to a very wide audience. It’s amazing how quickly people will jump into chat when they know we’re on. And if we know a show is coming up, we not only pump it like crazy on FB and Twitter, we also put it up on our website, which hits our RSS feed.

Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

Oh yes. Personally, it’s reduced so much stress out of my life. It allowed me to go to PAX East this year and actually enjoy myself. That hasn’t happened in years. I wish we were doing more expos so we could do more Spreaking. It’s a bit of an addiction, especially when you’re still in the wonderment of doing something in 10 seconds that used to take you half a day to do on a laptop in a hotel room. Professionally, we now have a really great, low-cost, low-time-committment way to do interviews. This opens up a whole new world of opportunity to us. I don’t dread interviews at all, anymore. And with the instant access to the show on demand, and the link, I’ve been able to do a lot more networking with developers—especially medium-sized developers who really appreciate grassroots media attention. Now we can give them that attention, and it’s opened up a huge dialogue with them. We’ve become more relevant in the gaming-media space specifically because of Spreaker.

And you guys definitely deserve the attention. Anything else you’d like to share? 

Right now we’re like a bunch of kids given a new toy. We’re experimenting with what we can do. It’s a bit challenging, since we live on different coasts and don’t really see each other but once or twice a year. Right now we’re doing an “after show” from our regular recorded podcast. And people from all over the world are actually scheduling it into their week so they can be part of the show. But we’ve toyed with ideas like “Celebrity Cards Against Humanity,” where we find a local dev or celeb and play Cards Against Humanity with them over drinks. We are also in the midst of scheduling some developer interviews using Skype. We kind of wanted to get our feet wet and make sure the whole Skype-Spreaker thing worked well before we dove in, since our first use of Spreaker was with an iPhone at a live event.

Our first interview, I expect, will be with the developer FrogDice, who we spoke to at PAX East but had some connection issues with the feed and it didn’t go out. No idea when that will happen, but it will be the first of many.

We definitely will livecast our commentary of the new Xbox console when Microsoft reveals it on May 21. We’ll all watch the stream from the event, and we’ll livecast on Spreaker simultaneously with an open chat room so our community can enjoy (or not) the moment together.

Awesome job Edie, thanks so much for talking to us!

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Discovering the Community: Leonardo Marker

Leonardo Marker is widely known as a successful and charismatic TV presenter in Mexico, and is a prominent figure in Mexican entertainment in general. He has recently been gracing Spreaker and its airwaves via the Leonardo Marker Podcast, bringing his talent worldwide. Read on to learn about his amazing path in show businesses and how he has benefitted professionally from podcasting.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I’ve had almost 24 years of experience, and have worked in radio, print, television and on the Internet. I’m passionate about communication and am committed to truth, and I’m hopefully emerging as one of the key players in the entertainment industry in Mexico.

When and how did you get into television and radio?

I was born and raised in Mexico, and began my career at age 9, working as an extra and later as a soap star in shows like: Alcanzar una Estrella II, Agujetas de Color de Rosa, Confidente de Secundaria, and La Dueña y Abrázame Muy Fuerte.  At 18 I began my career in production and content creation on some of the most successful shows on television in recent years: HOY (in three different seasons), Big Brother, La Oreja, El Rival más Débil, Al Sabor del Chef, Mentiras y Verdades: Los 50 años de las telenovelas, Trayectorias con Aurora Valle, and Mujeres Asesinas (in three different seasons), among many others. From 2007 to 2011 I was Director of Press and Public Relations at The Mates Contents SA de CV, and a consortium of producer Pedro Torres, leading series, campaigns and programs like: Amantes de Café, Destapados Sprite, De Por Vida Bancomer, YOO sí voy, Tiempo Final 3, and Estrellas del Bicentenario. For over 3 years, I was the presenter, director and producer for the Mujeres Asesinas, and TV presenter of Asesinomanía driver, a program broadcast on all local cable systems in the country.

I created Aurora Valle, Parallel Lives in 2010 with his partner, which eventually became Aurora Valle Presenta. In the last half of 2011, I served as general producer of multimedia digital content and the talent show Voice, also taking charge of its direction and Press and Public Relations of the show. I have given talks and lectures on entertainment journalism, show business, and reality TV in prestigious schools such as: the Public Image University, the Faculty of Political Science of the UNAM, and the FES Acatlán.

Awesome, you have quite a bit of experience behind you. When and why did podcasting come into the equation?

I had no idea what a podcast even was. I had heard the term, of course, but didn’t really know. Then I discovered how wonderful it was to have a free space that allows for freedom of expression, for listeners to get to know different personalities intimately, where friends and music can come together. All this, broadcasted via a fun and entertaining internet radio show. It’s great!

What does podcasting mean to you? What do you hope listeners get from it?

I hope my listeners have fun, and learn things they might have never known before about their favorite artists. I also hope that they tune in routinely, week to week. Whether in the car, while exercising at the gym, or just through their iPod, it’s something entertaining and fun.

Why Spreaker?

Spreaker was actually a fluke of fate. One day I was reading my timeline on Twitter and suddenly I saw a tweet from Marco Antonio Regil. I checked your link and started to learn about the software, and the rest is history!

How do you plan your shows?

I don’t do much planning. Every week I write a column called ‘Personalities with Style’ in the weekly City Mexican Style, and I thought it would be fun and original to present some aspect of it to both my readers and listeners in general, on Facebook and Twitter, with full interviews presented through the podcast as well as the magazine.

How do you attract listeners?

I look for showbiz personalities in Mexico with a good amount of followers on their social networks so that they can help with the promotion. I would love to have a bigger audience, but am not sure how to go about it.

Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

Definitely, having your own space helps in every way. Both the column and the podcast have helped in establishing myself as an interviewer. It’s an unrestricted space where you can talk about everything without any censorship and without time limits…and that’s priceless!

Muchas gracias Leonardo!

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