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E-Content 100 Winner Interviews
GENRE: General | Downloads (15443) | Comments (25) | Get Podcast | Visit Site

The 6.5 Questions
1. How long have you been podcasting?
I've been podcasting since about mid-October 2004, but I've been doing streaming audio interviews for about 3 years now so it was just a matter of adding the enclosure items to my RSS feed.

2. How many shows have you done?
We put up a new interview each weekday so about 100 now! Since we put up a new show every day, I keep them under 14-minutes. Also our streaming stats show that we start to lose a lot of listeners after about 14-15 minutes but it may be different with our podcasts. It's tough to tell of course how long they listen after they download the whole thing.

3. How has your quality/performance changed since your first show?
I've spent the last few months really working to perfect the sound of the interviews. Podcasting phone interviews takes a lot more work than just talking into a microphone because there are so many more variables - the interviewees phone quality, noise on the phone line, etc. Plus we interview quite a few people overseas so phone line quality can vary greatly. However, I've invested some money in higher-end equipmet like digital hybrids, radio mics, and quality mixers so that's helped. I also send out a tip sheet to all my interviewees a week before the interview about how to do a recorded phone interview with things like, "Call from a landline - not a cell phone" and "turn off your call waiting." But I also include basic information on why it's important to speak directly into the mouthpiece and be sure not to mumble. It seems like small stuff but it can really make a difference in the sound quality.

4. What podcasts do you listen to and which are your favorites?
I listen to:
Reel Reviews ( Doug Kay's programs ( Earnings Cast ( SportsPod (

5. Tell us about your show and who should be listening to it?
I interview all kinds of endurance athletes - triathletes (swim, then bike, then run), adventure racers (mountain climbing, hiking, kayaking), cyclists (Tour de France), marathon runners and mountain bikers. The triathlon and adventure racing community are a fanatical bunch and love to hear about what other people are doing in terms of training, racing and nutrition. I try to get some good nuggets out of every interviewee so my listeners can apply it to their own training and racing.

6. What is your background (especially if relevant to your podcast)?
I'm an avid mountain biker and always loved stopping on the trail and talking to other mountain bikers about their gear, favorite trails, etc. One day I thought, "I wonder if I recorded these talks and put them online if anyone would care?" Thankfully a lot of people did and my listenership has been growing steadily every month.

6.5 Is there anything else your listeners should know about you, your show, etc?
I'm addicted to my mp3 player - so much so that when it came time to buy a new truck, I bought a Nissan Titan almost entirely because the Titan LE model comes with an "Line In" jack on the stereo that I can plug my player into. Whomever made the decision at Nissan to add that "line in" feature to the audio system - I want to kiss them (don't tell my wife). It's the best damn feature of the entire truck - and a podcasters dream.

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