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Discovering the Community: The Schoolyy Show

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Donald Schoolyy Johnson is the host of The Schoolyy Show, bringing you all the latest news in gaming, sports, and technology, with a little music in the mix. We spoke to him on how he fell into the wide world of podcasting:

Do you mind introducing yourself?

Hello, my name is Donald “Schoolyy” Johnson and I host a talk show here on Spreaker weekdays at 11 AM PDT. I served in the US Air Force for 8 years, and am currently a Federal Officer for The Department of Homeland Security. I am from Southern California, but have traveled to many places around the world. I enjoy promoting and helping others and am active in the Call of Duty Competitive Gaming Community (eSports). My focus in the CoD competitive gaming community is the CoD ladies where I strive to promote and showcase their skills through different events I host that are broadcasted live.

How did you get into the world of broadcasting?

I got into the world of broadcasting mid July 2011 where I would live stream and commentate game play from Call of Duty competitive players. After hosting and broadcasting many online events I found it to be extremely enjoyable and with so much positive feedback, it motivated me to do more in the community and continue broadcasting.

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

Before live streaming I didn’t podcast but would often listen to many podcasts on the web. While I enjoyed the many podcasts I listened to, I didn’t find any that incorporated good music with tech and gaming reviews as well as other topics in the different gaming communities. I decided I’d try and bring that to anyone who would listen to my podcast. I surfed the web and found Spreaker to be the most user friendly for setting up and doing podcasts. From there I started the radio show The Schoolyy Show in May 2012.

We’re glad you found us! How do you pick the topics for your podcasts?

Picking topics for podcasts can be difficult at times, but fun as well. I tend to try and be creative coming up with my own topics that listeners can relate to, but being part of a gaming community as well as being a techie often makes things easier since many topics can come from gaming and new tech products.

Any favorite episodes from your own podcast? 

My favorite episode so far is a series I did called Military Talk, where I took listeners on a journey with my experiences in the US Air Force. I enjoy talking about my experiences in the military as those times were some of the best times in my life.

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

I definitely use Spreaker’s interactive features to connect with my fans. It is a great way to connect fans on a personal level and another way to keep them interested and coming back to listen again. I love the feedback fans give through the interactive features as well, it gives me an opportunity to hear what they want from my broadcasts.

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

To reach out to listeners I rely on my social media networks. I often post on my website, Twitter and Facebook allowing friends, family and fans to know that I’m going live or that I am live so they can stop by and tune in.

Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

This podcast has definitely helped me personally and professionally. It has given me the opportunity to bring another side of me to fans as well as a new way to build a fan base and reach out to more people.

Awesome! Anything else you’d like to share?

I want to thank Spreaker for this awesome interview. I appreciate your continued support for all of us podcaster’s here on Spreaker. For you listeners, thank you for your support and feedback, I appreciate it as well. Don’t forget to tune in to the show weekdays at 11 AM PDT. For more information on gaming events I host and more, visit my website at www.SchoolyyD.com. You can also keep up with things I’m involved with by following me on Twitter @Schoolyy. For all other links I’m associated with visit about.me/donjon247.

Thanks for talking to us Donald! 

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