What steps can you take to elevate your podcast? To help answer that question, we turn to Andy Crestodina, co-founder of Orbit Media in Chicago. Andy's a web strategist, author and marketer whose insights are must-reads for anyone in the digital space.Read More
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I’ve struggled for a while with how to monetize my podcast. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that (most) podcast creators aren’t used to hustling their creations for money. I know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the notion of starting to sell your podcast. Who to pursue? How much to charge? What could it sound like?Read More
How should you add music to the end of your piece? Rivet production whiz George Drake, Jr. walks you through some best practices.Read More
In radio, there is a tried and true practice to help on-air talent up their game: Airchecking.
Airchecking is an exercise where radio DJs can get constructive feedback on their performance. Typically, on-air personalities sit down with their Program Directors and listen to a recording of a recent show together. The PD will offer insights into what the on-air personality is doing well and what they can do to improve.Read More
"Popped Ps" can kill a story. If you don't have a pop filter on your mic, Rivet production whiz George Drake, Jr. shows you how to remove pops in an audio editor.Read More
Wanna "hit the post?" Rivet production whiz George Drake, Jr. shows you how to use music for segment breaks.Read More
Notes from some great sessions at the Excellence in Journalism 2015 convention in Orlando, Fla.Read More
Extreme weather, traffic jams, limited parking and large crowds are just some of the many variables that can come into play when heading out to an event. Ideally, it's good to get there 15-30 minutes early. If it's a major event, you may even have to show up a few hours ahead of time.
Always have a bottle of water, a granola bar and a fully-charged cell phone; you may be at the scene much longer than anticipated. Extra clothing (if possible) is a good idea, too, and not just because of the weather. I had the misfortune of standing too close to a drunk person at one particular sporting event. He vomited, and my pants got sprayed. Yuck! Years ago, I also learned partway through a live radio interview that the candidate I was interviewing on election night was drunk. Always expect the unexpected.Read More
As an amateur podcaster with small pockets, I know how difficult making a quality audio program can be. I’ve spent a fair amount of money on high-quality accessories, but I still have nowhere close to a professional studio. Many people resort to what they have: Cell phones and laptops as microphones and “quiet spaces” like garages or basements as studios. While these work out just fine for some people, here’s my list of five things I see as "must-haves" for creating a broadcast-ready podcast or radio show:Read More
I recently published a piece about why the tech industry favors female names/voices in modern technology. To help you understand what's involved with building content like this, I've broken down every step, from concept to publication. Before I get into that stuff, give the story a listen...Read More
When confronted with a live microphone, people tend to alter their voices to sound more "radio-like." If you're one of those people, stop it. Trust yourself to be yourself. "Radio voices" are cornball and inauthentic. You'll have a better shot of making a lasting impression by simply being you.Read More
As we've mentioned before in our Fair Use post, you need to be careful when sourcing external audio content. Rivet production whiz George Drake, Jr. shows you some essential resources and ways to get royalty-free audio.Read More
Want to host a show but don't know where to start? The most effective web content, from blogs to podcasts, serves a niche audience. What's your niche? What are you truly passionate about? Zero in on that topic for show ideas.Read More
What's the optimal length for your content? This Adweek piece says 22 minutes is the sweet spot for podcasters. Then again, this site says to keep it under 15. The advice we give our team is to produce content that’s exactly as long as it’s interesting. If you’re bored, it’s a safe bet your listeners are, too. If you’re enthusiastic and engaged, keep on keepin’ on.Read More
Professionally-voiced intros can make a show "pop," and help enhance a show's brand. Here are some ways to find voiceovers on the cheap. It's important to point out we haven't used all of these services; we're merely compiling some of what's "out there" for your consideration and scrutiny.Read More
There are as many ways to make a great talk show as there are people to host them. Your point-of-view, background, and voice combine to create something unique in the audience’s ears. But there are common mistakes made by broadcasters of all experience levels, and they can be easily fixed or avoided.Read More
Editing words in a clean, impossible-to-detect, way is easier than you'd expect. In this video, Rivet production wiz George Drake, Jr. walks you through how to edit within (rather than between) words.Read More
Ah, the post-game press conference. For athletes and coaches, a burden. For reporters, it can be a gold mine. Maximizing these availabilities is especially important if you’re not covering a team every day. Here are some tips I’ve picked up from my years covering sports on getting the best post-game material.
Unless you're specifically trying to include ambient noise in a story or piece of content, we recommend recording somewhere quiet. Most non-industry audio creators don't have a tricked-out, soundproofed, acoustically-perfect home studio. You can tip the odds in your favor by retreating to the most quiet place in your home (smaller rooms, even closets, tend to work well).Read More
Maintaining consistent levels is critical when you're using multiple sound sources in a recording. In this video, Rivet production wiz George Drake, Jr. walks you through how to match levels.Read More