Spreaker’s own Chris Allen is kicking off our newest series of interviews, where you guys are the ones to tell your stories, give advice, and be the focus of attention. You may know Chris from his show The Chris Allen Weather Podcast, and he’s been a dedicated and reliable podcaster on Spreaker for some time now.
And so, meet Chris:
How do you think doing a forecast on Spreaker compares to doing a television broadcast?
On TV, I’m very limited on time. I have only 3 or 4 minutes to explain the weather and unfortunately, that’s only enough time to hit the highlights. The podcast gives me time to dive a little deeper in the forecast and even explain to the listener some of the “ins” and “outs” of my forecast.
How did you find Spreaker?
I actually received an email one day that asked me to give Spreaker a try – and it just so happened that I was looking for a more user-friendly podcast service that would better fit my needs.
How large of an area do you cover?
By the airwaves, our station covers an 18-county area in Southern Kentucky, but thanks to my podcast on Spreaker, I’ve been able to track coverage well beyond our TV borders and even into other countries!
Wow, that’s great! How has Spreaker been able to help your listeners during severe weather and emergencies?
I’ve used Spreaker mostly to better help prepare my listeners for the possibility of severe weather. When I see there is a real threat for severe storms, tornadoes, flooding or winter weather, I can broadcast through Spreaker very easily and get the word out to thousands of people quickly.
Which I’m sure is the priority. What do you like most about using Spreaker?
The interface is fantastic. I don’t have time to do a lot of thinking about how to make my podcast work for me so Spreaker takes out all of the guesswork. Being able to record and instantly post to all my social media pages makes this a no-brainer.
Have you used any of the interactive features of Spreaker like our chat function?
Not yet…but I am also looking forward to using the LIVE broadcast functionality of Spreaker before the next severe weather event, so I can promote a live show and use the chat function to answer listener questions.
Kentucky is right in the heart of what is sometimes called “Tornado Alley”.
More into what has been referred to as “Dixie Alley” but so far in 2012, Kentucky ranks #1 in the number of tornadoes – and we rank 3rd in the number of killer tornadoes that occur overnight. This is why we focus so much on preparedness and safety.
And why your show is so important. What are some of the most memorable weather situations that you’ve had to work through?
While the tornadoes of early March didn’t affect our viewing area directly, they did affect Kentucky and it’s heartbreaking to hear of the losses in the northern part of the state. But, my most memorable storm has to be the Super Tuesday outbreak of 2008. We lost 7 lives in our area and I recall being on the air covering the storms for about 12 hours.
Did you become a weatherman because of a love for the study of climatology or do you find it more of a calling to help people?
My interest in weather actually started from a fear of storms as a child. I was curious to learn more why violent storms had to occur in the first place. From that fear came fascination. I was also enamored with radio and broadcasting…so I put the two together and I’ve been at this now for almost 30 years. As someone who was once very afraid of storms, I can now relate to those who show concern anytime we talk about severe weather. It’s a passion…and yes, more of a mission now to make sure people are better prepared. My motto is “know the weather before it knows you” and Spreaker helps me accomplish this mission by getting my podcasts into the ears of those that need to hear it!
Thanks for the interview Chris, and keep up the amazing work!