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The 6.5 Questions
1. How long have you been podcasting?
My first show was at the end of September. September 28th to be exact.

2. How many shows have you done?
I'm about to record my 50th show! I just have to get over this (cough cough) cold.

3. How has your quality/performance changed since your first show?
By leaps and bounds. Instead of 218 "um"s per show, I've dropped it to 186. Seriously, I feel like I've become more comfortable in front of the microphone, and it helps to have a lot of good notes for each show. But I definitely think that you can overdo it. People can usually tell when you're reading completely from a script - and while it does cut down on stammering, there's a happy medium between a completely off-the-cuff podcast and a scripted one. I don't know if I've found the best combination yet.

4. What podcasts do you listen to and which are your favorites?
I listen to the Daily Source Code, which is like the common denominator of podcasts. I really like "Today's Podcast" ( as kind of a word-of-the-day calendar. Nicole Simon's "Useful Sounds" is a lot of fun to listen to - and I could listen to Nicole's German accent all day long. For music podcasts, I like "What They Sang To Me", which is one man's take on a song whose lyrics or history is important to him. It's a great way to hear a song you're familiar with in a whole new light. And another music podcast I like is "Radio Clash" - Tim gets some amazing mash-ups on his show. It's amazing to hear some of the combinations that he's able to find. I'm a big fan of Las Vegas (anyone setting up a Podcast convention in Sin City?), so I like "Five Hundy By Midnight", which is an all-Vegas podcast. "One Minute Tip" is excellent, it's been able to teach me some new tricks with my Mac. The "Keener 13" podcast, which takes me back to the days where I'd listen to an AM Radio all weekend long. And of course Michael Geoghagen's "Reel Reviews" for the simple reason that he's introduced me to movies I probably would not have seen otherwise. Thank heaven some of those shows only come out once a week or I wouldn't have time to record my own podcast...

5. Tell us about your show and who should be listening to it?
Coverville is a show that features the best (and sometimes the worst) in cover versions of songs. It's really a show for anyone, and I try to keep it light and upbeat so people can listen to it in front of their kids - and so I can play it in front of mine. I try to do a 30-minute show three times a week, and dedicate shows to listener requests and theme nights.

6. What is your background (especially if relevant to your podcast)?
I've been a music geek ever since I can remember - both cover songs and not. I love the power pop music that came out of the 70s and 80s, and the Britpop stuff from the late 80s and 90s. My day job is as an operations specialist for a software company, but a few years ago I spent some time as a wedding DJ. I honestly couldn't take playing "Love Shack", "Old Time Rock and Roll" and "Friends in Low Places" every weekend and had to give it up. It got too repetitive too quickly, and the drunker the guests got, the worse it would get.

6.5 Is there anything else your listeners should know about you, your show, etc?
I've been very fortunate to have a great listening audience to make it through 49 shows. And as much as I thank them on my show, it'll never be enough to pay them back for the hours they've given me. That, and did you know opossums have thirteen nipples? That's some pretty wild prime-number-in-nature action.

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