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General Listening

3 Podcasts for Travelers

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Springtime means holidays and scheduling travel plans, as we all know! But we also know that the best way to choose a destination is through the inspiring stories of our friends who have just traveled to an exciting new place.

This selection of the 3 best podcasts for travelers is definitely an interesting way to learn more about how and where to travel, but it’s also a great opportunity to learn and discover more about places you don’t know, through the eyes and the voices of those who have already been there!

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News

We’re Keeping Live Episodes at the Top!

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What we love most about our job is how connected we are with our users and their Spreaker experience, and how they help us improve our product – just like now! We’re excited to release a new feature that will keep any live, 24/7 streams you create always at the top of your custom Mobile App, an idea coming from one of our own users, FQ Radio, a non-stop live news report show. Thanks FQ Radio!

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General Listening

3 Podcasts all about Cooking

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As cooking shows have taken over culinary media, many of us get our culinary inspiration from celebrity chefs on TV, but that isn’t the only way to stay abreast of new techniques, food news, and insight from some of the globe’s best culinary minds. The world of podcasts is exploding, thanks in large part to popular shows like Serial and This American Life, but there are plenty of food-related podcast to expand your foodie horizons. – via pastemagazine.com

Yeah, food-related podcasts are definitely becoming “a thing”; from shows dedicated to specific recipes, the history of food, and live cooking while chatting with listeners, here are our three best podcasts all about cooking.

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General Listening

3 Green Podcasts for Earth Day

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In the 60s Paul McCartney sang “Sit beside a mountain stream / see her waters rise/ Listen to the pretty sound of music as she flies.” Today, we could replace “music” with “podcasts” to give it an updated 2000s feel without taking away from its feeling and message. Listening to podcasts instead of songs can be somewhat soothing, bring you back into the moment, and allow you to better enjoy your surroundings.

So, here are our suggestions for celebrating #EarthDay: not a list of movies to watch or rules to follow, but just some hints on what to listen to while you’re going through the motions of your daily routine, to really celebrate and respect mother nature.

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General

3 Tech Podcasts you can’t miss

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Here’s a list of some of the best Tech Podcasts from our Spreaker Community. For people who work with technology or are just tech-news followers, there are lots of choices to consider. That’s why we made up this list, for all of you who like to be updated about the latest tech news and can’t be satisfied enough by the usual tech podcasts out there.

The resurgence of podcasts has added another option for listening choices. You can stream them, listen to them live or download them and listen to them at the time of your choosing. – via cio.com

So, press play, turn on the volume and let yourself be inspired, informed and enlightened.

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Podcasting Tips

Podcasting: Trends With Benefits

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Make no mistake, one of the biggest trends in both social and digital media right now is podcasting. Sure it’s been around for a decade now, but there is a rapidly growing mainstream audience that continues to embrace the ability to educate or entertain them in any location on almost any device.

Listeners are becoming more productive with their time and reaping the benefits as laborious tasks such as the commute, gym, housework or even a long flight can now be a perfect opportunity to learn more about any topic they can imagine.

As “new” media becomes the norm and audio information from an authentic voice can be enjoyed and even appearing in cars, there is no denying the appeal to podcast listeners. However, can this increasing trend offer any benefits to businesses and podcast producers? And how hard is it to get set up?

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Podcasting Tips

How to Create a Podcast – Tip#2

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Are you ready to get ahead of your competition?

Podcasts are in the hand of anyone with a smartphone, and in 2015 it will be in cars too!  We talked about Your Story, or the content of your podcast, in Tip#1 of this How to Create a Podcast series.

Now let’s talk about the obvious component, sound. I know which question you’re asking – How can I get good quality sound without spending too much?  The reality is that you can create a great quality podcast without going into debt, and get the results you want.

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Broadcasting Live 24/7 with Tube is now easier than ever!

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Maintaining a 24/7 non-stop broadcast is fun and rewarding, but comes with its challenges, especially if you’re using Tube, the tool we offer to our Professional podcasters that allows you to connect external tools to Spreaker’s stream.

Having your connection drop may feel like a big drawback, but we’ve got a new solution for you.

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News

Introducing the New Spreaker Store!

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’s got some amazing new products to offer you, to help you fully establish your brand and really push your broadcasting to new heights.

So, where can you find these new goodies?

Welcome to Spreaker’s Store! Take a look at what we’ve got:

Ad Campaigns: Want to see your stats soar? Promote your shows and episodes with your own ads and banners displayed throughout Spreaker’s website. That’s right, you won’t be seeing traditional ads around the site any longer, they’ll all have been created and submitted by hosts like you. It’s a great way to pique millions of Spreaker users’ interests about your name and audio content.

Customized Apps: Coming soon, you’ll be able to order an app made specifically for your own broadcast, for both iTunes and Android. Just send an image and description of your show, and we’ll take care of all the tech and upkeep – and all for a low price. It’s yet another way to establish your brand and develop a closer relationship with your listeners, who can interact directly with you through the app.

And of course, our classic products:

Pro Plans: Upgrade to a Pro subscription and get extra features for a more professional broadcasting experience!

Voiceovers: Create high quality voice overs and jingles for your Spreaker show with the incredibly talented team at Music Radio Creative.

We can’t wait for you guys to try things out, so take a look around the Spreaker Store now, then tell us what you think!

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Spotlight

Talking with Alex Berenson of Kikwear

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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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