How to Start a Podcast
December 16, 2015 § 14 Comments
Around the Brevity editorial room, we’re rolling up the legs of our dungarees and stepping gingerly into the whirlpool of podcasts. It’s been in the works for a while–we’ve been listening to our favorites with a new ear, making notes on what makes them great.
There are some terrific resources out there for beginning podcasters:
- Transom is a how-to site with tutorials, gear reviews, and its own podcast, How Sound (the episode My Kingdom for Some Structure is terrific for essayists, too).
- The Third Coast International Audio Festival holds a convention every so often, and their website is a treasure trove of great episodes from newcomers and established podcasts alike. In particular, their conference audio is an amazing resource. After listening to six episodes of Third Coast conference session The Art of the Pitch, it’s much easier to say, “wait, that’s not a story–where’s the story? Perhaps it would be…”
As Social Media Editor, I’ve been wanting to do a podcast–any podcast–for a few years now, but haven’t had the critical convergence of time, desire, topic and support. And here it is.
Armed with four years of research/procrastination, I’ve tested out Call Recorder for Skype. I’ve sent emails to my nonfiction heroes (check your inbox!) and tweeted for more suggestions. I’ve ordered acoustic panels, a Rode Podcaster USB mic, pop shield and shock mount. The acoustic panels are particularly important–I live in Dubai, where all houses have tile floors and hard surfaces abound.
But I had to mail all those things to the USA…
I get to pick them up in January (thanks, Mom!). Meanwhile, I present to you: Studio B.
Note the acoustic deadening effect of two duvets (who the heck needs a duvet in the desert? Now they’re useful) and a yoga mat. I’ll be doing my best with my Macbook Pro’s microphone, and backup recording on my end with a Tascam DR-07 MK II. I still have to check whether noise-cancelling headphones are going to screw anything up.
We’ll be releasing a monthly podcast beginning in January, each one featuring readings from the magazine (past and upcoming) and an interview with a noted nonfiction practitioner. We hope you’ll subscribe. And in the comments, please let us know whose voice you’re dying to hear!
Allison K Williams is Brevity‘s Social Media Editor.