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The 6.5 Questions
1. How long have you been podcasting?
UC Radio launched October 3, 2005. The first show, still available upon request, was a stumbling mixture of no clue and no content, just like everyone else.
2. How many shows have you done?
I?ve produced 343 UC Radio shows, and 17 Sonic Wallpapers, which is a ?Best of UC Radio? monthly show. I also worked on the world famous Pacific Coast Hellway with Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff as a writer, co-produced and co-host for over two years.
Because of my attitude and approach to the medium, I?ve been asked my numerous other producers to record parts for audiobooks, sketches, and character parts . There was also a long string of UC Radio?s produced for a Saturday night time slot on Sirius Satellite Radio.
3. How has your quality/performance changed since your first show?
On the equipment side, the first 6 months of the show were done with a headset mic and quicktime. Within two years I was running an Aphex 230, DBX 266XL, Shure SM7B mic, M Audio Monitors and an Alesis mixer, all into a Mac Pro tower and Sountrack Pro.
The biggest change to the show came from getting comfortable in my own skin as a producer, and the realization that more than half the listeners were there for me and not the music. The more honest I became with my audience, and the more twisted opinions and thoughts I gave, the more people stuck around and got involved with the show through email and audio comments. Once I found an actual connection happening with a core listener group, I felt a responsibility to produce the best shows I could, both technically and content wise. The rest, as they say, is history.
4. What podcasts do you listen to and which are your favorites?
Things I learned this week, Digital Flotsam, On This Day in Blues History, No Agenda, Geekbrief TV, The Mothpod, Dawn and Drew Show, The Daily Source Code, Rubyfruit Radio, The Guycast, JerseyTodd show, Indie Radio Chattanooga, Mac OS Ken, Accident Hash, PCH, Perfect Head, The Schoolbus Cast, Zaldor?s World, and of course UC Radio and Sonic Wallpaper.
5. Tell us about your show and who should be listening to it?
Banned in China for apparently speaking my mind, UC Radio is the rebirth of the pirate radio stations I grew up listening to coming out of East Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and the South Bay. When I was a teenager, I use to drive to the top of the Hollywood hills and tune them in for hours. The freedom the producers had, their obvious passion for music, their randomness and their attitudes are what I?ve given rebirth to on UC Radio.
Most important, I?m out there finding the best 10-15 indie and unsigned bands from around the world to play for you in every show, twice a week. I also give you album referrals a few times a month to help you build a record collection that doesn?t, and this is a technical term, suck.
6. What is your background (especially if relevant to your podcast)?
Catholic grade school, Loyola all boys Jesuit College Prep high school in Los Angeles, ending at San Diego State University. To make up for all of that religion, discipline and education, I spent 9 years in a Hollywood based rock band, touring around California with a number of acts ranging from Janes Addiction to Ugly Kid Joe. Upon the revelation that I was not the next Jimmy Page, I moved to Belize, Central America for 7 years to ?find myself?, lived in Chicago for 4 more before returning to Los Angeles. I went into advertising, quickly realized that selling my soul wasn?t worth it, so I started my own web design and development company. The led to DVD and audio production for clients, which led me to a climax of those technical skills, my love for music, rock in particular, and the therapeutic effect that recording and producing my shows has on me. And there you have it. I?m basically an over-educated, world traveling, music loving, ex-rock guitarist that gave up any hope of credibility in the real media world by delving into new media head first. And I?m not looking back.
6.5 Is there anything else your listeners should know about you, your show, etc?
To start with, they need to subscribe to UC Radio and start getting involved. That?s the true beauty of new media and shows like UC Radio, Direct Listener Involvement, or what I like to call, DLI (pronounced Dlee, or is it Dli with a hard "i"?). 1/3 of every show is based on listener feedback and questions so the best way to understand and enjoy UC Radio is to become a part of the family.
As for me, all you need to know is that what you see is what you get. I'm a pretty "A to B" guy with a love of music and an eye for the random absurdity of life. And for better or worse, I've got a mic, recording software, and a means to distribute the show, thanks to Mevio.