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Introducing Spreaker’s Revamped Android App!

It’s been a long time coming, we know, but it’s finally here – Spreaker has launched it’s brand new Android app!

It’s a fresh take on Android’s user interface, offering a new experience in broadcasting and discovering shows, profiles and tracks.

Easily flow through every part of the app, with its neatly designed look. You’ll find your favorite features like the newsfeed and left-access menubroadcast at the drop of a dime, and browse through genres and shows easily with the help of new curated lists, presented to you right in the Explore page

So what are you waiting for? The new Android is just begging to be downloaded, so do it now!

And then, tell us know what you think!

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New Feature: Spreaker Now Streams to TuneIn!

Reach new listeners with our latest auto-share feature!

We’ve linked up Spreaker with TuneIn, a service chock full of potential fans to tap into.

Here’s how you can get to sharing:

To create a TuneIn link, just go to Spreaker’s Help section, and under Share and Download click on Create a TuneIn Link.


Paste the URL provided into TuneIn, and that’s it – you’re all set! You’re streaming to new peeps all over the world.

Share your content today, and then give us your feedback – we want to know what you think!

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A stylish newsfeed is about to be released! Ready to take center stage?

We want to help you put your best foot forward, and our new newsfeed will be showcasing you right under the spotlight on Spreaker. Kind of like a Spreaker catwalk, y/y?

Pick out your best outfit and comb your hair – you’ll be displayed for all to see, just like this:

Catch who’s listening to what, and rest assured that your fans will always be up-to-date with your latest creations.

So be prepared, the newsfeed is coming soon!

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Podcasting Tips

Spreaker How-Tos by You: Microphone Setups with PerfBytes

IT professionals and informative hosts of PerfBytes Mark, John, and James share their broadcasting setup with the Spreaker community. Learn about the kinds of microphones they use and what kind of tools they’ve put together for optimal recording. Take note, they’re talking via Skype, and it sounds great!




Thanks guys, keep the good stuff coming!

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Discovering the Community: Edie Sellers of GameHounds

The crew on GameHounds has been working together since 2008, bringing you all the latest news on gaming from an adult point of view. We spoke to Edie on the evolution of the show, and how podcasting has helped the GameHounds community grow.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I’m Edie Sellers (aka GamerEdie) from Northern California. I have two co-hosts, Dave Gardner (aka: Holy Goalie) in Boston and Nick Dinicola in NorCal, as well. I have been a talk-show host and a news reporter/film critic for about 15 years (in fact, I used to work at the same station as another of your bit Spreaker personalities, Len Tillem). Right now I’m a freelance editor. Dave runs hockey leagues, and Nick is a professional writer.

Nice to meet you! How did GameHounds come together?

Originally it was a spin-off from another podcast, with me and another co-host who left the show about three years ago. Over the years we’ve added hosts, and as they’ve left we’ve found replacements. I’ve been the only one to stick it through for five years. Each week, we do a regular news/reviews podcast, but in March, we added Spreaker to our lineup when we went to Penny Arcade Expo in Boston. We’ve done remote podcasting for years, but it’s always been a technological/time challenge, and the results were time-consuming and less-than-stellar. This year, we were able to include live casts and live chat into our interviews from the show floor, which was AMAZING.

Awesome! What do you love about gaming and geek culture? What do you hope your fans get out of the show?

First off, it’s incredibly inclusive. At one time, gaming and nerd culture was a world of young males. Now it’s a global, multi-generational, multi-national, multi-gender space of all types of people. What I love about it is that it encourages enthusiasm. In most communities, there’s a sense that being “too enthusiastic” makes you a bit of weirdo. In gaming culture, that kind of wonkiness is celebrated. And I really love being a 46-year-old woman who can handle herself in a multiplayer game. It blows people’s minds. There’s a celebration of what others used to consider “odd” that is so refreshing and validating, especially since I’ve personally seen gaming culture evolve from being dismissed as a “kid thing” to a multi-billion-dollar entertainment and arts industry. I’ve gone from being “strange” to being “cutting edge,” even by those in the mainstream. Which is cool… and sometimes weird… but certainly cool.

It is totally cool! Why Spreaker?

As I said, in the past, we’ve been hampered when finding a way to take advantage of the immediacy of podcasting in time-senstive situations. For example, when we go to expos or conventions, we very well may be the first people to get our hands on something new, but without having a huge paid staff that we could DEMAND leave the show floor, write a story or record a podcast, and get it up ASAP, we couldn’t get our stuff up fast enough to be the first ones to actually relay the information about what we’ve seen. And if you see something but you don’t get it out to listeners, it’s a proverbial tree falling in the woods. It defeats the purpose of going to events. We spent a lot of time working our asses off, having NO FUN, and still being several hours or days behind professional outlets, at best. I’d come home exhausted and facing many hours of additional follow-up editing, emailing, posting, promoting, and administration of the site. With Spreaker, we had the information out there as soon as it was spoken. And it really helped to integrate our listeners into our interviews. Even when the big outlets get the information out there first, we have the edge of being able to have listeners in the chat room actually ASK QUESTIONS to developers, which even the big sites don’t have. We could immediately give the developer a link to the podcast even before we left the booth, which impressed the hell out them. And at the end of the night, we didn’t have to go back to the hotel room, edit a show, upload it to the server, promote it to social media, and send out email links to the developers we interviewed. We could do that all on our iPhones and it was done instantaneously as soon as we hit stop. At the end of the night, we went out to dinner. We networked. We SLEPT EIGHT HOURS! And we could be more efficient and cover much more ground because we had so much more time without the busywork. It gave us our lives back.

Yes! So glad it’s been working for you. What are your favorite games at the moment?

My two co-hosts assure me that Tomb Raider is better than Bioshock Infinite, which I really enjoyed even if it was a bit weird at the end. I’ve rediscovered Borderland 2 with the new level-cap increase and the new difficulty level. And at the suggestion of a friend and because I really love social gaming (as opposed to “social games,” which I don’t), I’ve come back to Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, which has improved significantly since I last played it months ago and whose players I really enjoy. And despite its flaws, I’m still enjoying SimCity, though I expected more social playing with it. What a shame. Anyway, Goalie is in a bit of an Xbox funk, but he just bought a new gaming laptop and has opened himself up to the world of Steam. He’s hitting a lot of older titles, but he’s just in the “discovery mode,” which is exciting to see. We all plowed through Bioshock Infinite, and most of us have played the new Tomb Raider (I haven’t and I’ll be doing so soon, since everyone else thought it was better than Bioshock). We were hoping Dead Island Riptide was better than it is.

What new ones are you looking forward to

Two of us are waiting until the price drops to pick up Dead Island Riptide. And as I said, I’m probably going to hit Tomb Raider soon. But otherwise we are all waiting on something to release. I’m just holding my breath for Saints Row IV and Grand Theft Auto V. Goalie is waiting patiently for Splinter Cell. Nick’s a huge fan of Assassin’s Creed and he’s pretty impatient for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag to hurry up and release, and both Nick and I really want The Last of Us right now! I know Nick’s really waiting on Transistor (which I am also really excited for), and he’s alerted us to Mars: War Logs, which he says looks to be pretty awesome. And the critic part of me is also waiting to see what Elder Scrolls Online has to offer, but I’m very apprehensive about it. It’s a long way off, but we are also really are very curious about Watch Dogs, which looked AMAZING at PAX East.

Do you rely on social networking to promote the show?

Oh yeah. It’s absolutely invaluable to us. It’s the only way for people to know when we’ve started up a Spreaker show and can hit us up live. We also post a player on our website after the fact, but if people want to be part of the show, they know to be watching our individual Facebook accounts and our GameHounds Facebook page. And Twitter, of course, gets our reach out to a very wide audience. It’s amazing how quickly people will jump into chat when they know we’re on. And if we know a show is coming up, we not only pump it like crazy on FB and Twitter, we also put it up on our website, which hits our RSS feed.

Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

Oh yes. Personally, it’s reduced so much stress out of my life. It allowed me to go to PAX East this year and actually enjoy myself. That hasn’t happened in years. I wish we were doing more expos so we could do more Spreaking. It’s a bit of an addiction, especially when you’re still in the wonderment of doing something in 10 seconds that used to take you half a day to do on a laptop in a hotel room. Professionally, we now have a really great, low-cost, low-time-committment way to do interviews. This opens up a whole new world of opportunity to us. I don’t dread interviews at all, anymore. And with the instant access to the show on demand, and the link, I’ve been able to do a lot more networking with developers—especially medium-sized developers who really appreciate grassroots media attention. Now we can give them that attention, and it’s opened up a huge dialogue with them. We’ve become more relevant in the gaming-media space specifically because of Spreaker.

And you guys definitely deserve the attention. Anything else you’d like to share? 

Right now we’re like a bunch of kids given a new toy. We’re experimenting with what we can do. It’s a bit challenging, since we live on different coasts and don’t really see each other but once or twice a year. Right now we’re doing an “after show” from our regular recorded podcast. And people from all over the world are actually scheduling it into their week so they can be part of the show. But we’ve toyed with ideas like “Celebrity Cards Against Humanity,” where we find a local dev or celeb and play Cards Against Humanity with them over drinks. We are also in the midst of scheduling some developer interviews using Skype. We kind of wanted to get our feet wet and make sure the whole Skype-Spreaker thing worked well before we dove in, since our first use of Spreaker was with an iPhone at a live event.

Our first interview, I expect, will be with the developer FrogDice, who we spoke to at PAX East but had some connection issues with the feed and it didn’t go out. No idea when that will happen, but it will be the first of many.

We definitely will livecast our commentary of the new Xbox console when Microsoft reveals it on May 21. We’ll all watch the stream from the event, and we’ll livecast on Spreaker simultaneously with an open chat room so our community can enjoy (or not) the moment together.

Awesome job Edie, thanks so much for talking to us!

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Discovering the Community: Leonardo Marker

Leonardo Marker is widely known as a successful and charismatic TV presenter in Mexico, and is a prominent figure in Mexican entertainment in general. He has recently been gracing Spreaker and its airwaves via the Leonardo Marker Podcast, bringing his talent worldwide. Read on to learn about his amazing path in show businesses and how he has benefitted professionally from podcasting.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I’ve had almost 24 years of experience, and have worked in radio, print, television and on the Internet. I’m passionate about communication and am committed to truth, and I’m hopefully emerging as one of the key players in the entertainment industry in Mexico.

When and how did you get into television and radio?

I was born and raised in Mexico, and began my career at age 9, working as an extra and later as a soap star in shows like: Alcanzar una Estrella II, Agujetas de Color de Rosa, Confidente de Secundaria, and La Dueña y Abrázame Muy Fuerte.  At 18 I began my career in production and content creation on some of the most successful shows on television in recent years: HOY (in three different seasons), Big Brother, La Oreja, El Rival más Débil, Al Sabor del Chef, Mentiras y Verdades: Los 50 años de las telenovelas, Trayectorias con Aurora Valle, and Mujeres Asesinas (in three different seasons), among many others. From 2007 to 2011 I was Director of Press and Public Relations at The Mates Contents SA de CV, and a consortium of producer Pedro Torres, leading series, campaigns and programs like: Amantes de Café, Destapados Sprite, De Por Vida Bancomer, YOO sí voy, Tiempo Final 3, and Estrellas del Bicentenario. For over 3 years, I was the presenter, director and producer for the Mujeres Asesinas, and TV presenter of Asesinomanía driver, a program broadcast on all local cable systems in the country.

I created Aurora Valle, Parallel Lives in 2010 with his partner, which eventually became Aurora Valle Presenta. In the last half of 2011, I served as general producer of multimedia digital content and the talent show Voice, also taking charge of its direction and Press and Public Relations of the show. I have given talks and lectures on entertainment journalism, show business, and reality TV in prestigious schools such as: the Public Image University, the Faculty of Political Science of the UNAM, and the FES Acatlán.

Awesome, you have quite a bit of experience behind you. When and why did podcasting come into the equation?

I had no idea what a podcast even was. I had heard the term, of course, but didn’t really know. Then I discovered how wonderful it was to have a free space that allows for freedom of expression, for listeners to get to know different personalities intimately, where friends and music can come together. All this, broadcasted via a fun and entertaining internet radio show. It’s great!

What does podcasting mean to you? What do you hope listeners get from it?

I hope my listeners have fun, and learn things they might have never known before about their favorite artists. I also hope that they tune in routinely, week to week. Whether in the car, while exercising at the gym, or just through their iPod, it’s something entertaining and fun.

Why Spreaker?

Spreaker was actually a fluke of fate. One day I was reading my timeline on Twitter and suddenly I saw a tweet from Marco Antonio Regil. I checked your link and started to learn about the software, and the rest is history!

How do you plan your shows?

I don’t do much planning. Every week I write a column called ‘Personalities with Style’ in the weekly City Mexican Style, and I thought it would be fun and original to present some aspect of it to both my readers and listeners in general, on Facebook and Twitter, with full interviews presented through the podcast as well as the magazine.

How do you attract listeners?

I look for showbiz personalities in Mexico with a good amount of followers on their social networks so that they can help with the promotion. I would love to have a bigger audience, but am not sure how to go about it.

Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

Definitely, having your own space helps in every way. Both the column and the podcast have helped in establishing myself as an interviewer. It’s an unrestricted space where you can talk about everything without any censorship and without time limits…and that’s priceless!

Muchas gracias Leonardo!

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Discovering the Community: Bickford and Covington

Doctors Bickford and Covington have helped many listeners shift perspective with their popular podcast Living-Consciousness.

We spoke to both of them about how broadcasting has helped broaden their audience and work.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

Dr. Kurt R. Bickford Dr. Bickford has earned two Master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with specialization training in a number of areas including neuropsychology, neurotherapy, hypnosis, family systems and couples work. In addition to professional standing as a licensed Clinical Psychologist, he is also a licensed Marriage, Family & Child therapist, a credentialed Educational Psychologist, and credentialed teacher.

Dr. Bickford has practiced in the profession of psychology at a variety of levels since 1974, including a private practice in Redlands, California for the past twenty years. The practice has evolved to include executive & Consciousness coaching, working with private industry, educational institutions and healthcare services such as hospitals. He also is an independent medical examiner for the state of California, and has experience as an expert witness for the courts. He continues to pursue advanced training from masters in the field, and is now teaching and training others in the understanding of human behavior and interaction. He believes that all things human begin with the individual.

Dr. Tracy J. Covington Dr. Covington gathered an eclectic education as she pursued her interests and gifts. Her desire to empower others along with her intellect led her to a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, ultimately becoming a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She has fulfilled this passion in a variety of professional settings including hospitals, where she developed a strong desire to help patients with chronic pain and chronic disease processes such as cancer. She developed the first support group for young adults diagnosed with cancer, developed a rehabilitation center for the treatment of chronic pain and stress conditions where she utilized an inter-disciplinary approach, now a standard in the industry. She has presented research at both national and international levels, and her private practice of twenty years has now evolved to executive and Consciousness coaching and teaching others the possibilities in the human endeavor.

Thanks for talking to us! What made you start Living-Consciousness?

We offer, through our psychology practice, a monthly seminar series; we wanted to add a radio show to share and market the Living-Consciousness series.

What was your experience in consciousness and psychology before?

Our psychological practice, since 1991, has been embraced by a consciousness infrastructure.

Why Spreaker?

I researched the different platforms available for radio distribution and noted the Spreaker site to be engaging, easy to learn and navigate with awesome mobility options. The iPad DJ makes our show recordings easy and fun no matter where we are! We did a series from India… in front of the Taj, at a Monastery … as well as from our home and corporate offices.

That’s awesome! How do you organize shows? How do you plan what each show will be on?

Our show is organized to complement our monthly One-Day-Seminars. The show summarizes the previous seminar as well as provides a “tasting” for the upcoming seminar. We post our shows on a couple of our websites: Living-Consciousness.com and BickfordCovington.com

Do you rely on social networking to promote the show?

We use lots of social networking in conjunction to our mailing lists and email subscribers.

Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

The podcast has helped us immensely… and we are always so excited to host another show enhancing our skills in teaching consciousness and sharing our knowledge. Personally, we have a lot of fun just hosting the show every month. We share from a predetermined content that mixes with our impromptu and allow for a lot of our relationship (24 years married) and playfulness to shine through. Professionally… we have been able to connect our teachings to others through a free service which allows us to give back to our communities at large.

Excellent! Anything else you’d like to share?

We hope that Spreaker.com will be part of our networking family for a long time to come!

 You can count on it! Thanks guys!

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Meet the Team volume 18 #Dema

Despite introducing him only now, Dema has been with Spreaker since the very beginning. We’ll find it hard to believe if you don’t find our backend developer’s interview and recording highly entertaining:





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

Good for the moment, but I know I’m about to get shot by some paintball guns therefore don’t ask me the same question in a couple of hours ;).

We will (and did) get you good. Can you introduce yourself and let us know what you do at Spreaker?

Yes I can. But I won’t.

Just kidding, I’m a backend developer, whatever that means.

Thanks for indulging us. How did you start your job at Spreaker?

You mean my first day at work? First thing I did was ring the bell to get in. Once I did get in, I placed my laptop on a fabulous desk which is actually a ping pong table (you might not believe it but it’s really comfortable!) and the magic began.

So, which Spreaker feature do you like the most?

You know every person that tries the iPad app immediately falls in love with it, but since I’m an old-style kind of guy I’d say I prefer the web based deejay console; it’s easy to use yet powerful and it really allows everyone to speak up and share his or her opinions with the rest of the world.

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

Simple: it’s the best company in the world.

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

There are many, but my favorite is about a car trip that happened a couple of years ago involving a guy on the dev team; let’s give him a fantasy name to protect his privacy, let’s say his name is “Mark.” So these guys from Spreaker were traveling on an Italian motorway and they wanted to stop at a rest station. “Mark” spotted the sign first and said:

– Hey guys, look, we can stop at the ‘P. O. West Service Station’ right ahead.

spelling the “P.O.” in a very professional and computer sciencey tone, so that it could be well understood.

But obviously the service area name was referring to the main italian river, called the “Po,” which had been crossed just moments before. I wonder if in the U.S. “Mark” would have spelled also the “M.I.S.S.I.S.S.I.P.P.I.” service station ;).

BTW, I’m not that newbie you know, my user id at Spreaker is #3. To give you a reference, Zuckerberg’s at Facebook is #4.

What are your favorite podcasts on Spreaker?

The bit a bit show. It’s a pity it hasn’t been recorded in a while.

Where can we find you on the internet?

 @demademarsi (twitter), https://www.spreaker.com/user/3

Thanks for you time and lovely interview, Dema!

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Discovering the Community: Ryan of Ryan Raw Fitness Podcast

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

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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