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When it's time to make changes to your podcast

James VanOsdol

I started a podcast in May 2014 called Car Con Carne: The World's Only Barbecue Podcast Recorded in a Car. The show's title served as the elevator pitch: It's a podcast recorded in my car outside barbecue restaurants. Yes, it's ridiculous, but I believe podcasts should have a distinct position.

The podcast started as a joint venture with my friend Mike. We'd worked together at a couple of now-defunct Chicago radio stations (Q101, WZZN), and have been friends ever since. The unofficial distribution of show responsibilities had me handling guest booking, show prep, and social and web updates. Mike took care of all the audio concerns: Editing, production and gear. It was an arrangement that worked beautifully; I can edit audio well enough, but I'm certainly not fast. He does that sort of stuff in his sleep. (Not really. That would be weird.)

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'The Onion' gets it right: Don't be this podcaster.

James VanOsdol

The headline says it all: Podcaster Makes Solemn Promise To Improve Sound Quality Next Episode

Don't apologize for things listeners likely don't care about or realize. Little things that may bug you, like equipment issues to a misfiring audio clip, simply don't register with them. If you draw attention to accidents and flaws, your audience will zero in on them. Move on and do a great show with the hand you've been dealt.

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Top 5 things you need to broadcast on a budget

George

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:

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Where should you record?

James VanOsdol

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).

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Recording your show - hardware

James VanOsdol

Before you start planning a show, you’ll need to have a way to record it. The options are dizzying, and vary in both quality and cost. While we couldn’t possibly come up with a “definitive list” of equipment resources, we wanted to offer up a handful of starter ideas, based on experience level: rookie and amateur (if you’re a pro, you probably feel pretty secure in the equipment choices you’ve made).

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