Discovering the Community: Neigh-Bours Talk Radio

neighNeigh-Bours Talk Radio  helps bring together people passionate about any and all equine activity in South Africa. It is not only a successful podcast, but an impressive and extensive social network encompassing a site, events, forums, and more! We spoke to charismatic host DJ Neigh to find out just how Neigh-Bours finally came to be and just how it is organized:

Do you mind introducing yourself?

Yes. Haha no really – I am DJ Neigh, a riding coach, equine enthusiast and co-owner of the Neigh-Bours South African Social Network. I’ve been an avid horse-rider for 20 years and have 2 horses of my own.

How did Neigh-Bours start? It’s quite the network, as it encompasses so much!

I originally had my business partner (Super M) design me a website for a small stableyard I was running. Super M, being the genius web designer she is made me an unbelievable website. On closing the yard I didn’t want to stop the site, so we decided to start a social experiment and allow our friends to use the site to interact about their horses. Little did we know that the site would be as popular as it is! We have now been running for 3 years, have over 6,000 site members, 11,000 Facebook fans – and the site continues to improve its features every month ! I think it’s so successful because Super M and myself have an excellent working relationship, we’re not scared of each other’s crazy ideas, and we tend to always be on the same page!

Truly amazing! Had you already been podcasting before coming to Spreaker?

I had never podcast OR been on radio in my life. It has always been one of my dreams though, so shortly after being interviewed on a US radio station (we won an international award in March this year: The Equestrian Social Media Award for Best Use of Social Media in Central and Southern Africa), Super M and I decided we could rock it!

Congratulations! How did you find Spreaker?

Spreaker was one of the first sites offered to us when we did a search for our requirements! The testimonials speak for themselves, and we love the service!

Thanks, and we love your work! How and when did you personally become an equine enthusiast?

Before I could walk. LOL

What are your favorite riding tips?

Think like a horse, ride with your mind.

Always start on the ground

If it’s not fun, you’re doing it wrong!

Any favorite podcasting or riding adventures you’d like to share?

Wow, so many! I think we’ve had some great podcasts, but a personal favourite of mine was our very first guest Barry Armitage from The Ride dropping his jeans in the studio to show me his underwear. I was VERY embarrassed, considering it was a live show, and I was speechless….which doesn’t happen often!

Do you use Spreaker’s interactive features to chat with your fans?

We don’t, as the Neigh-Bours website has its own online chatroom.

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

Luckily, as Neigh-Bours IS a social network, we obviously rely heavily on our site to reach our listeners. We also market daily through our personal Facebook pages, as well as the Neigh-Bours FB page AND DJ Neigh FB page. We also have Twitter accounts. All our shows are made into events so people can RSVP. Super M is a marketing whizz, and she makes ABSOLUTELY sure that people see something about our shows nearly everyday!

We also ustilise BBM messages!

Where do you hope this podcast will bring you personally or professionally?

I would LOVE to end up in commercial radio eventually, but I really believe that Neigh-Bours Talk Radio is going to take over the web-waves (lol), and we’re already considering making the show longer and more frequent.

Anything else you’d like to add?

We have already lined up so many fantastic guest speakers for the upcoming few weeks, so be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page to see who and when!

Thanks so much DJ Neigh! Excellent interview!

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