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Discovering the Community: Ryan of Ryan Raw Fitness Podcast

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Meet Ryan, host of the Ryan Raw Fitness Podcast, a successful trainer that’s always offering information on how to stay in shape and eat well. He told us about his podcasting inspiration and his dedication to helping out clients and listeners.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I’m Ryan Shanahan, Health and Fitness Expert. I’m most recognized as being the “Kettlebell Infomercial Guy.”

How did you start podcasting? Had you already been doing it before coming to Spreaker?

For the past three years I’ve wanted to start podcasting, but the technology required was just too technical for me. After listening to a Joe Rogan podcast this past January, I was inspired to finally start a podcast. I started googling “how to start a podcast” and eventually found the Spreaker website and app, which are so simple to use. Literally all you have to do is press a button and talk, and you have a podcast.

Yes, great! How did you get into fitness?

It was August 1988 when I saw and bought my first Joe Weider Muscle & Fitness magazine and immediately sensed fitness was in my bones.

What are your favorite exercising tips?

You will have to listen to my podcast for those secrets to be unveiled .

We will! Any favorite stories from your experience in training or podcasting you’d like to share?

This isn’t a favorite story, but it’s an interesting story. After episode #6 I got a lot of angry emails from people!?!

Can’t at all understand why! What are common misconceptions on keeping fit?

You don’t have to workout 2 hours a day, 7 days a week to make your body look good. You can get amazing results with a few intense 20 minute workouts each week.

Well, I think a lot of people will be happy to hear that. Do you use Spreaker’s interactive features to chat with your fans?

I have not yet explored Spreaker’s interactive features.

We hope you do soon. What do you do to reach listeners? Do you rely on social media, or do you use other channels of communication?

To be honest, I feel if a listener finds my podcast without any prompting, then it was meant to be and the content will be more valuable to the listener .

Has this podcast helped you professionally?

Podcasting has helped me personally express myself and has also provided a reason to interview other fitness professionals and help share their knowledge to listeners.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Check out my Live Online Fitness classes at www.RyanRaw.com, and keep listening to the Ryan Raw Podcast, because I plan for the podcast to get even more raw!

Great job with the show!

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Spreaker on the Road: Johannesburg

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We’re continuing our trip across the cities of the southern hemisphere, and have just tacked a pin on a new metropolis: Johannesburg, South Africa. Commonly known as Jozi or Jo’burg, it’s the biggest city in South Africa, as well as its commercial, financial, industrial, and mining crossroads. Here we found a really eclectic group of hosts that exemplify the dynamic of the city.

 

We’ve mentioned the popular show Neigh-Bours Talk Radio before, but couldn’t help but bring them up again for this series. DJ Neigh talks horses, bringing people passionate about equine activity together. Listen in or check the project out here for everything you need to know about riding, grooming, and more.

On The Andre Brink Show Andre uses his training from Acudetox and his own personal life experiences to help listeners reach their goals in their quest to better themselves. Tune in to episodes covering addiction and rehabilitation, and on finding the path to sobriety via methods such as acupuncture and psychosis.

On The After Dark Show Double D and her different guests fearlessly venture in “all things nice, nasty, dark and dirty.” Tune in to quick episodes of open discussions on the world of sex and the issues to it,  like gender, sexuality, stereotypes, and more. Open minds are always welcome.

Totsiens, Jo’burg!

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Discovering the Community: Ian Ramsdale of Rugby League Down South

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Rugby is one of those rare sports that crosses borders and cultures, and Ian Ramsdale successfully brings rugby from the south of England to the ears of thousands of listeners through Rugby League Down South. He spoke to us about his passion for the sport and the how the show came to be and grow.

Do you mind introducing yourselves?

I’m a sports presenter and producer, who has worked for a number of TV and radio stations in the UK. In recent years I’ve been covering rugby league as my main sport. I began making a programme covering the sport in London, which was on the BBC, but schedule changes meant I now do a podcast independently, and include all the teams across the south of England.

When did your passion for rugby begin?

I began covering rugby league in 2007. I’d always been a fan of the sport, and played it at school, during my education.

When and why did you decide to turn your passion to podcasting?

Podcasting is a perfect way of getting the stories out there. I’m quite lazy, in that I like to be told stuff. I try to read as much as I can, but I prefer the spoken medium. With the changes recently to coverage of the sport in the region I like, a podcast was the best way to continue to share the stories, teams and news.

The medium works really well for you, too. The show Rugby League Down South has just begun; what can listeners look forward to?

We cover any teams, stories and events, involving rugby league teams in the south of England, including interviews, discussions and information. It’s heavily interview and feature-based, at the moment, and I try not to talk in too much detail about the games and results themselves – as that information is already out there. I want to provide extra stories, different analyses and features associtated with the games. For me, it’s much more interesting and unique, that way. My aim is to make it more of a discussion programme with feature interviews as a part of it. That’s all about finding the right studio to use as the podcast gets more popular.

We’re sure they will. You’ll be having quite a few interviews coming up as well. How do you organize them?

I’m a spreadsheet fanatic. There’s nothing I can’t do with a spreadsheet. I also am continually shifting ’round my online electronic diary.

Why did you come to Spreaker?

A friend had used it, and I heard their podcast. When I looked and it was free, it was a no brainer. I wanted the podcast syndicated with iTunes, and so with you offering an RSS feed, it was simple.

Can you give us any predictions on the games?

The only thing you can say is that the games are entertaining and competitive. If they were predictable, the sport wouldn’t be as popular as it is. It’s a great spectacle and – as much as I don’t specifically talk about detailed action in the podcast – it’s such a good product.

Do you rely on social networking very much?

Social networking is the only way that I can currently get the podcast “advertised”. It’s so crucial to getting the word out there, and with it being an online product, it’s synonymous with the audience of the programme, too.

Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

Both really. It’s great for me to upkeep the coverage, contacts and content. But also, having to arrange the podcast recordings around my busy working schedule, it’s a challenge from which I’m learning a lot from.

Thanks Ian, great interview!

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Spreaker on the Road: Sydney

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Current stop: Down Under! We’re hanging out in bustling and busy Sydney, also known to locals as the Harbour City. Shimmering blue water along a lively metropolitan coast make for a lovely mix of surf and culture. It’s home to the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as talented talk show hosts and DJs. Take a look at what we mean:

The Sean Bell Show is the brainchild of the multitalented host Sean Bell, a successful creative producer with a hand in graphic design, television, and vlogging. Tune in to his Spreaker show focused on music and all its genres, offering insightful analysis on pop, original soundtracks, and more.

Radio veteran and personality Brendan Leggett brings his talent to the aptly named The Brendan Leggett Show. You’ll catch a wide range of programming that includes great music, guests calling in, and interviews with important figures. He’s talked with Ross Grove, Mayor of Holroyd, as well as most recently with Yvette Smith, Blacktown City Council Women of the Year recipient for 2013.

Get into the groove with DJ Stan the Man and his show THE ‘PAST’ THE ‘PRESENT’ AND THE ‘FUTURE’. It’s music that will life your spirits no matter what time of day or mood you’re in. Whether you want to chill out or pop-and-lock right there, in your office, Stan the Man offers it all.

Alright mates, hope you’ve enjoyed Sydney! We’ll catch you again, on the road soon!

 

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Discovering the Community: Gav and Pete of The Funny Looking Podcast

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Comedy savants can tune in to Gav and Pete on The Funny Looking Podcast for interviews with some of the greatest British comedians around, and you know, maybe laugh along. Gav spoke to us on the genesis of the podcast and how keeping a great sense of humor has helped him succeed in the medium.

Do you mind introducing yourselves?

We are The Funny Looking Podcast and we are looking for the funny and then making it our mission to share it with our listeners. In short, our podcasts are a celebration of things we find funny and, considering us, has been remarkably successful in the few months we have been toying with it. As an example of things we like, we’ve interviewed, among others, Pappy’s, Simon Munnery, Andy Zaltzman and Arthur Smith, here on Spreaker of course!

We have an almost monthly podcast coming out of http://funnylooking.co.uk and of course our Spreaker podcast, where we still get great guests and we get to talk and vent our nonsense!

This Spreaker podcast is registered to me, Gav, but I wouldn’t be anywhere without Pete. What a guy!

Those are some awesome guests! When and how did you get into comedy?

I have been a fan of comedy all my life, a child in the days when you could watch decades old but still hilarious Laurel & Hardy as well as the latest comedians lauded in the Alternative Comedy boom of my youth. From stand-ups, books, movies and comic theatre to my own brief forays as a stand up, I love to read, watch, share and understand what makes a great comedian.

Who, or what, are your comedy inspirations?

Starting with Mr Laurel & Mr Hardy, I think I have a broad church of comedy interests! At the moment people like Simon Munnery, Kevin Eldon, and Richard Herring hold my interest as very individual performers and writers. Consistently inventive, creative and tenacious. If I was to go into the archive I would also cite Spike Milligan as a performer/writer that shaped the type of comedic endeavor I enjoy.

When and why did podcasting come into the equation?

I was sent on a comedy writing course by my wife for my 40th birthday. That is where I cemented my interest in finding an outlet for my urges… It was podcasting or terrible things. Pete already had a podcast going about music, so I roped him into thinking that being in his 20s he would know a thing or two. Well.

Funny Looking marked its 1st anniversary this Easter, 2013 and we are just pleased people listen!

What are you thoughts about making people laugh through just pure audio?

Audio comedy, on tape and record and radio, has always been a key outlet for comedy. The amount of people that have started in this form went on to other successes. Plus it is so easy to listen to who you want to listen to, anywhere and any time. I don’t think it will ever disappear.

Why Spreaker?

I discovered Spreaker through following the always excellent Brian Gittins. He has a fantastically funny, thoughtful and fascinating show on Spreaker. Then I started following the equally funny Basil Bottler show. That is when I said to Pete, we gotta get on this Spreaker bus! Our show is a companion piece to our other show. Also, as Pete and I work together, I sometimes force him to record snatched live podcasts on my phone. He says he hates it but you know, he probably means it.

What do you hope listeners can get out of the show?

We hope they get to share our enthusiasm for things we find funny, that they join in with us and Skype in and chat with our lovely guests, or that they be influenced enough to go out and start their own comedy revolution. Claiming us as their comedy prophets and ensuring us the attention and respect we crave in our empty lives.

Or they just like it. And us. A bit.

I’m positive they do. How else are you spreading the word? Through social networking?

We are Funny Looking all over the social networks! Liberally! Facebonk, the Twitters, @funnylookingpod, Google+ (don’t understand that one) and even Vine. I like Vine. Do you Vine?

What is Vine?

We believe in Vine. Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

I have been introduced to some great people and one of those is the very supportive Mr. Arthur Smith, the legendary stand-up, writer and broadcaster. He liked what we were doing and who we were interested in and asked us to find his support acts on his latest tour.

We have plans to expand our live Skype interview model and are always open to suggestions!

I love the Spreaker model, I have been telling lots of people about how easy it is. What smashing people you are!

That’s amazing, great! Anything else you’d like to share?

We are off to the Machynlleth Comedy Festival in May where we intend to run a few live podcasts and hopefully bag a few great interviews!

We also might have a superb live guest coming up… Follow us and find out!

Good luck guys, thanks so much!

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Discovering the Community: John Guinn

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Who doesn’t love getting away from it all once in a while? John of The John Guinn Travel Show can help us do that with tips and advice from within the industry itself. John graciously talked to us about his experience in podcasting and how it has helped him grow within the business.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

My name is John Guinn and I am a travel researcher based in the UK. I find the ideal holiday (vacation) for my clients and I produce a personalised guide book so that they get the most out of their trip.

Nice to meet you! When and why did you get into podcasting?

I started a travel show on a local community internet radio station called Secklow Sounds. The podcasting was an ideal way to reach those who are unable to listen during the live broadcasts. I started the show as there was a gap in broadcasted travel information in the UK. Shows are either all about what can go wrong or they are too sugar coated. I wanted to suggest great destinations for my listeners but also to share the techniques required to research a great holiday.

It’s a great idea. Are your travel tips from personal experience, or do you do a lot of research?

It’s a mixture of both. My own personal experiences may not be of any help to everyone, so I don’t want to just be a “do as I did” show. There is a lot of great information available if you know where to look. I use my show to save my listeners the hassle in finding it for themselves.

What do you love about traveling?

Trying out new things, experiencing new cultures and just waking up to a new view once in a while is what I need to stay sane.

What was your favorite trip?

There’s too many to choose from. Spending two weeks volunteering on an animal sanctuary in Namibia (N/a’an ku sê) was great. Not only did I get hands on experience of working with cheetahs and leopards, I also made new friends across the world. My last trip was to Antigua, where I experienced outstanding service from the team at St James’ Club. A nice relaxing holiday and totally different to N/a’an ku sê. I could go on..

That’s kind of totally amazing. What do you hope listeners can get out of the show?

I hope that they get ideas of where to visit next and also to learn techniques that they can use to ensure that they have a trip that is memorable for the right reasons. The internet only tells you the answer to the question that you have asked and some travel companies only tell you what they need to so that they get the sale. With good research a traveller can find the trip that suits them and is not dependent on a current sales promotion or on an answer that a ‘dumb’ website gives you.

How else are you spreading the word? Through social networking?

Business networking while promoting my own company and social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @Holiday_Hut).

We’ll make sure to check you out there, too. Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

Personally it has helped me improve my speaking technique (I also give presentations to social and business groups). Professionally? My travel company is a one man band. This show has helped me to meet people in the travel industry who I might not have met, as my small company probably wouldn’t have popped up on their radar. I have also learnt a lot about various destinations and I have been able to share my skills with others. A representative of a large travel agency called my drive to share ‘industry insider skills’ through my presentations, shows and book as the “stupidest idea ever.” So I must be doing something right…

It’s also a lot of fun.

Him saying that to you absolutely means you’re doing something right. Anything else you’d like to share?

Over the summer I am going to start featuring UK destinations and attractions, which hopefully will be of interest to my UK listeners who may be having a staycation this year and to my overseas listeners who may be coming to the UK. I will also answer listeners’ questions with a travel clinic section, so start sending your questions in to john.guinn@secklowsounds.org or via my Facebook page.

Thanks for the great interview John!

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Meet the Team Volume 17 #Massimiliano

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And yet, we have another new team member to introduce to you – meet Massimiliano, our new Front-end Developer. When he’s not working on making Spreaker easier to use, he’ll be plotting practical jokes on the rest of us. Bring it on!

Hi! Thanks for doing this interview with us and taking time out of your busy schedule. How are you?

Fine, and when temperatures rise above zero degrees I’ll be even better!

Can you introduce yourself and let us know what you do at Spreaker?

My name is Massimiliano, I am 30 years old, and I’m Spreaker’s new Font-end Developer. I’ll be working on making Spreaker faster and more convenient to use.

Great! How did you start your job at Spreaker?

I’ve known and followed Spreaker for a long time, and have known Marco for even longer (from high school). Then I noticed they were looking for a Front-end Developer in Berlin, and tried my luck – and now here I am!

So, which Spreaker feature do you like the most?

I think its ability to give everyone the opportunity to create and broadcast their own show is great!

Us too! Can you give us a few reasons why it’s great working at Spreaker?

The guys are great, and here I have a chance to innovate, learn and experiment new technologies – and Berlin is really wonderful!

Even if you are a newbie, do you have any fun memories that you would like to share?

Nothing special at the moment, but since I like playing jokes, I am sure it will happen soon!

We’re looking forward to them. What are your favorite podcasts on Spreaker?

I like Never Stop Rock a lot!

Where can we find you on the internet?

On Twitter, my username is @massifassi.

Welcome, massifassi!

 

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Discovering the Community: Randy of Real Men Stay Fit

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This week we spoke to Randy of Real Men Stay Fit about podcasting, and bringing his own experience with getting back in shape to the airwaves. Plus learn about The Hunger Project, and how you can get involved:

Do you mind introducing yourself?

My name is Randy Resnick, I have been a musician much of my life. I don’t like to exercise per se, but I do walk a lot every day.

We understand you completely. When and how did you get into fitness?

At one point in my life, I saw a photo of myself next my my teen-aged niece, and we looked like Laurel and Hardy, she’s slim and adorable and I was pot-bellied.

When and why did podcasting come into the equation?

I have been podcasting for at least 5 years. It’s a great way to reach people. I myself listen to podcasts during travel or at night when reading isn’t an option.

Our favorite hobby, too. What are common misconceptions about staying in shape? Want to debunk any myths?

There are so many. One common one is counting calories. Calories give a general idea of what your intake is, but they rarely help you lose weight or stay fit.

What have been your favorite success stories?

Randal Schwartz has been actively promoting his low carb high fat diet and has lost a lot of weight, as I have using different methods, which I have put in a book called Real Men Stay Fit, available on Amazon for $2.99. ALL of the sales of this book go to The Hunger Project. I hope readers will consider buying the book.

It’s a list of over 100 tips they can try for themselves. Worst case, they’ve donated the revenue from the book, about $2 to The Hunger Project.

Great initiative, people should definitely get on it! So, why Spreaker

I like how easy it is to update and broadcast, and its connectivity to social media.

What do you hope listeners can get out of the show?

I hope they will start thinking for themselves about their lifestyle. My philosophy is to find what works for you by experimentation, not to blindly follow the latest, best-selling diet book.

Great point. How else are you spreading the word? Through social networking?

Yes, I use Twitter and Google Plus extensively. I am not on Facebook at all.

Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

All podcasting is gratifying because you are reaching out to people all over the world. Spreaker makes this incredibly easy.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Stay tuned!

We will! Thanks Randy!

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Discovering the Community: Dr. Gloria Brame

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Author and sex therapist Dr. Gloria Brame of The Gloria Brame Show talks to us about her fascinating path in sexology and what she’s hoping she’s achieving through her show. Fans, check it out:

Do you mind introducing yourself?

Sure — Gloria G. Brame (G for my maiden name of Glickstein), and I’m known primarily as an author and sex therapist. I have a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality, with a specialty in BDSM/fetish sex. I was named a “hero of the Sexual Revolution” by the EXODUS Trust, I’m a full professor of sexuality at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, and serve on the Board of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance. Author of the best-selling books, Different Loving: The World of Sexual Dominance & Submission; Come Hither: A Commonsense Guide to Kinky Sex, and The Truth About Sex, a three-volume primer on 21st century sex (Vol I: Sex and the Self is currently for sale at all on-line booksellers; Vol II coming in June).

Great! How did you start your path in sexology? Do you mind describing what that means?

Sexology is the study of sex from a scientific point of view. Sexologists look at the biology of sex, the psychology of sex, the sociology of sexual behaviors, and so on. For me, certainly, sex is an indisciplinary web of endless fascination.

I am a former English professor and poet who wrote a somewhat academic book about BDSM (my own sexual orientation), and switched academic destinies from English to Sexology. The hard part for me is not sounding as nerdy as I really am. Jennifer definitely helps with that!

How and when did you bring your studies to podcasting?

Podcasting is my latest venture in using technology to spread a positive word about sexual diversity. I’ve been on-line since the days of the Source (mid-1980s) and have explored almost all the platforms for communication as they’ve come and gone. Since about 1987 (on Compuserve, where I founded a BDSM support group), I have consistently exploited Internet technology to talk about the truths about sex v. the propaganda people are spoon-fed. I’m kind of a missionary for sexual freedom, spreading a new gospel that sex is a beautiful, healthy and normal part of life.

It’s a great mission. Who is Jennifer Bangs, and how did you start working together?

Jennifer is a former math professor-turned-geek-goddess, with one of the most beautiful minds I know. I love doing the show with her because she always (deliberately) tries to throw me loops on the air — which means I really never know what may come up! Last week it was “gang bang duck peking style.” What?! Jennifer is also my bff and one of my two life-partners, I’ve been married for 24 years to a fellow BDSMer, and Jennifer has been with us for 13 of those years. We are living proof that polyamory works.

What are common misconceptions about sex that you’ve often had to address? How about little known facts on the subject?

I have a dual public personality: generally speaking, these days, I’m viewed as a leading expert on common and chronic sex problems such as erectile dysfunction, inorgasmia (women), relationship issues, all aspects of basic sex (masturbation, oral sex, vaginal sex and anal sex). When I talk to sex editors at places like Cosmo, Esquire, Glamour, Men’s Health etc. etc., they get it and treat me great. At the same time, I’ve never disguised my identity as a dominatrix/BDSMer either. Some places have an instant terror of those words and immediately associate them with danger or mental instability. One of my books was rejected by a big press because they couldn’t handle the idea of publishing an out-of-the-closet dominatrix — unless she was writing a salacious tell-all, of course. It’s easier to sell cheesy porn than a book telling people it’s okay to masturbate. It’s one of the many hypocrisies about American culture.

No one in mainstream media seems able to handle plain talk about sex. I’d say the biggest complaint my colleagues and I all have is that we are shut down and not allowed a voice in popular culture because of the prejudice against non-conventional sex and the overall ignorance about sex.

Is any subject too taboo or too hot to handle?

I have taboos against sexual behaviors I consider non-consensual and thus injurious. If sex crimes come up (we cover news stories so occasionally they do), I am always on the side of the victim. I vehemently believe that consensuality is the difference between good sex and traumatic sex. So any kind of sex with a partner who isn’t capable of legal consent is usually off-topic for me.

We absolutely agree. Any favorite episodes from your own podcast?

I love have guests and we’ve had some really wonderful progressive people on the show, including Paul Krassner, Annie Sprinkle, Nina Hartley, and a range of hard-working sex activists. So the shows with guests are at the top of my list. But our first show back in 2013, which we just aired on Sunday, is my personal favorite because it’s on the subject nearest and dearest to my heart, the normality of sexual diversity. It’s the theme of my new book, SEX FOR GROWN-UPS, coming out in a couple of months, and I am really excited about it. It’s not like any other book I’ve ever written.

What do you do to reach or communicate with listeners? Do you rely on social media, or do you use other channels of communication?

I’m all over the place. Google my name and you’ll find my blog, my Facebook pages, my Twitter account, my LinkedIn page, my Tumblr album [NSFW guys!], my Pinterest page and OMG you know, all over. My main bases of operation are my blog, Gloria’s Oversexed Mind.

Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

We just started in mid- 2012, and I took a couple months off to focus on finishing my book — so I can’t really answer that question yet. My fans seem to really enjoy it and the fanbase is growing which tells me there’s an interest in the dialogue and discussion we offer. One thing I know: you can’t hear this kind of content any place else. I am one of a kind.

We think so too! Anything else you’d like to share? 

Yes! My new book will be out around end of May/early June, and it’s called SEX FOR GROWN-UPS! I want to teach every adult how to leave their inhibitions behind and learn to celebrate their innate potentials for erotic pleasure.

 It was a pleasure, Gloria!

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Making: Community Snapshots

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We’ll be putting together a new album on our Facebook page of all the great photos you guys have sent us, showing off how you use Spreaker. It’s our way of saying thank you again, because you guys clearly rock, and show you all the many faces of Spreaker.

We’ll be putting everything up in batches throughout the next few weeks, and while we do that, we’ll need your help once more. If you recognize your picture, tag yourself – we want to know who you are!

Plus keep sending us pictures of yourselves using Spreaker and we’ll add them to the bunch.

Here’s to you guys!

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