Podcast Reporter

By Fred Castaneda

About this podcast   English    United States

This podcast show delivers information such as trends and directions, as well as perspectives from news about the podcast industry. Views about the hardware and software and tools and techniques are delivered -- from key podcasters from the early adopters and content creators and producers to later success stories. In addition, other forms of new media are included -- from ezines to portable and mobile applications. The latest news about the podcast industry, including events and other important developments, will be key points of discussion to move forward.
In this podcast
April 18, 2018
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times” — especially for a podcaster. Yes, Charles Dickens’s novel spoke the truth. And in this episode, we have an interview in which 2 podcasters who have had at least 11 years of podcasting share their perspective of these times. The 2 podcasters are Fred Castaneda of the podcast show PODCAST REPORTER (interviewer) and Matt Cox (interviewee) of the podcast BRUNCH WITH THE BRITS. The inspiration for this episode came from a podcast episode published by Dave Jackson in his show SCHOOL OF PODCASTING in April. In this episode, Dave Jackson talked about the need for a podcaster to ask this self-probing question:  “What am I willing to give up so that I can podcast?” As you will hear in this episode, this question is a necessity for those who encounter problems when “Life Happens…” It was the best of times, because the podcasts which these two podcasters manage have provided wonderful fun, excitement and value. They both love podcasting. However, the recent times has forced them to focus all their attention on the problems and situations with family, health and critical environments. These situations can lead to delay publishing episodes, going on hiatus, or even podfading. They then tell the story from both their perspectives and how it has affected podcasting — this may be of interest for the professional podcaster who also provides podcast services to other clients. The interview was conducted without special equipment and was not done in a lab or studio. The recorder that captured their content was a Zoom H4n; no pop-filter was used, etc. It was a very relaxed and informative 30 minutes of content. As you will hear in this interview, Matt Cox is now recovering and is stepping forward to continue BRUNCH WITH THE BRITS with more value. Fred Castaneda is recovering now from medical surgeries and procedures (along with complications from Agent Orange exposure from the Vietnam War) and has had to podfade several of the other podcast shows in which he provided value to his listeners. This show (Podcast Reporter), in particular, will probably be the last survivor of his once-published set of 16 podcast shows since 2006. We would like to thank especially Matt Cox for his time and enthusiasm for podcasting during this interview. The above image shows Matt Cox of BRUNCH WITH THE BRITS podcast (published for the past 11 years). Copyright (c) 2018, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved. Photo image published with permission from Matt Cox.  
Jan. 29, 2018
In  the last episode, I paid thanks to those with whom I had great relationships in the area of podcasting. However, one key person who influenced me greatly was not mentioned. The reason was that this individual deserved an entire episode for me to thank him immensely. This post is a tribute to Adam C. Curry, known better in the podosphere as the PODFATHER. The last time that I saw Adam and spoke to him briefly was in person at the 2015 New Media Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. But my last one-on-one  meeting in person (for 4 hours and lunch) with Adam Curry was in Austin on 5 February 2014. I had also chatted with him in several of his previous Meetups in Austin, as well as discussions with him and fellow podcaster, Todd Cochrane, in Austin. Now, I would like to pay a tribute to Adam for his contributions to the podcast community and industry, as well as for the value that he has delivered to myself and many other podcasters after the publication of his show, NO AGENDA at www.noagendashow.com, after its 1000th episode — a true milestone of longevity. Adam has provided over 1000 episodes of his podcast show with his co-host, John C Dvorak. The thousandth episode was produced and published on 18 January 2018. Besides having been one of the first honorees to be inducted in the Podcasters Hall of Fame at Podcast Movement in 2015, Adam has received international praise and recognition. On December 29, 2017, the Dutch broadcaster AvroTros announced that the 2017 ‘Marconi Oeuvre Award’ will be given to Adam Curry. As you may be aware, Adam’s creativity is constantly working on new ideas with an enthusiasm that is positively catching. Case in point: in 2014, Adam had discussed a topic about the upcoming events of the year 2030 and why that should be of concern to us, as well as its own importance. As a matter of fact, I had started a podcast show about the 2030 topic, and I had recorded in February of 2014 the first episode of that podcast show. However, the podcast show never did launch, as the enthusiastic idea was drowned in all the other events, occurrences and topics of 2014.  However, the link below will take you to the interview with Adam Curry that was slated to be the first episode: (by the way, the 2030club link does not exist any longer, for it is an international site) Interview with Adam Curry in 2014 about the planned 2030-Podcast show. (the Interview was done on 5February2014, but the show did not launch) For another interesting interview with Adam Curry, please refer to Todd Cochrane’s podcast episode dated 21 April 2017 from the show called Podcast Legends, with the title “Adam Curry – The Podfather” (they discuss Adam’s new product and details of its benefits). Copyright (c) 2018, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.
Jan. 25, 2018
In  the last episode, I paid thanks to those with whom I had great relationships in the area of podcasting. However, one key person who influenced me greatly was not mentioned. The reason was that this individual deserved an entire episode for me to thank him immensely. This post is a tribute to Adam C. Curry, known better in the podosphere as the PODFATHER. The last time that I saw Adam and spoke to him briefly was in person at the 2015 New Media Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. But my last one-on-one  meeting in person (for 4 hours and lunch) with Adam Curry was in Austin on 5 February 2014. I had also chatted with him in several of his previous Meetups in Austin, as well as discussions with him and fellow podcaster, Todd Cochrane, in Austin. Now, I would like to pay a tribute to Adam for his contributions to the podcast community and industry, as well as for the value that he has delivered to myself and many other podcasters after the publication of his show, NO AGENDA at www.noagendashow.com, after its 1000th episode — a true milestone of longevity. Adam has provided over 1000 episodes of his podcast show with his co-host, John C Dvorak. The thousandth episode was produced and published on 18 January 2018. Besides having been one of the first honorees to be inducted in the Podcasters Hall of Fame at Podcast Movement in 2015, Adam has received international praise and recognition. On December 29, 2017, the Dutch broadcaster AvroTros announced that the 2017 ‘Marconi Oeuvre Award’ will be given to Adam Curry. As you may be aware, Adam’s creativity is constantly working on new ideas with an enthusiasm that is positively catching. Case in point: in 2014, Adam had discussed a topic about the upcoming events of the year 2030 and why that should be of concern to us, as well as its own importance. As a matter of fact, I had started a podcast show about the 2030 topic, and I had recorded in February of 2014 the first episode of that podcast show. However, the podcast show never did launch, as the enthusiastic idea was drowned in all the other events, occurrences and topics of 2014.  However, the link below will take you to the interview with Adam Curry that was slated to be the first episode: (by the way, the 2030club link does not exist any longer, for it is an international site) Interview with Adam Curry in 2014 about the planned 2030-Podcast show. (the Interview was done on 5February2014, but the show did not launch) For another interesting interview with Adam Curry, please refer to Todd Cochrane’s podcast episode dated 21 April 2017 from the show called Podcast Legends, with the title “Adam Curry – The Podfather” (they discuss Adam’s new product and details of its benefits). Copyright (c) 2018, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.
Jan. 23, 2018
For over twelve years, I have been a very prolific, enthusiastic, passionate podcaster and content creator. I have not only published up to 16 podcast shows at the height of 2010, but also have participated in various events — e.g., New Media Expo, Podcast Movement, etc.,  and other podcast events. I have also led the Austin Podcasters Group from 2008 to 2011 and have presented at various Podcamps and ProductCamps across the nation. However, there is one thing we cannot stop as we pursue our passion of podcasting — declining health with age. As a combat veteran of the Vietnam War (who also suffered a terrible parachute accident in 1972 with a concussion and injury to the neck, head, back and shoulders), I have had complications that resulted from both injuries and exposure to Agent Orange (including deformities that made me so self-conscious that I chose not be in video presentations). The result in all this is declining health, which has affected my podcasting. Since September of 2016, I took a leave of absence and published an episode of my departure (with an undetermined return date) to take care of my poor mother who was suffering from both dementia and Alzheimers. I now have to accept reality and understand that I, too, may be suffering from the early stages of such diseases (note: Alzheimers is one complication resulting from Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam war). So, I have decided to podfade and withdraw many of my podcast shows and end them, since no episodes have been published for at least 16 months due to family and health problems. As of this post, my total number of podcast shows has diminished from 8 shows in September, 2016, to 5 currently. I have lost the JUNGLE WARRIORS, 82nd AIRBORNE ALAMO CHAPTER and COMBAT INFANTRYMEN’S podcast shows (published while respecting the military service organizations). The remaining 5 shows will also decrease, as both FINANCE FOR STARTUPS and my past flagship podcast show, STRUGGLING ENTREPRENEUR, will both be removed from iTunes. There will remain only 3 shows: a podfaded show ARRIBA (since 2006); Podcast Reporter; and Skills in Screencasts and Podcasts. I do not know how long I can keep these shows going. But, in the meantime, I plan to progress and deliver episodes to the shows to which I can still publish my content. This also means that I must scale down on my media host, Libsyn. From 4 different accounts that had seen over 1.6 million downloads, we will only have one or two accounts, based on content availability. And, there are other management tools and resources that will be disappearing, as well. This is the price a podcaster pays when it is time for him to stand down and podfade more as time (and disease complications) increase. For those whom I have met and dealt with, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to know them and communicate with them and experience the podosphere with them. These include Dave Jackson, Daniel J Lewis, Paul Colligan, Rob Walch, Gary Leland, Ray Ortega, Mike Stelzner, Doug Welch, Tee Morris, Evo Terra, Chris Brogan, Lon Naylor  and Todd Cochrane — just to name a few. The next few episodes will deal with some of the experiences that I will be going through in podfading not only my podcast shows, but my presence in the podosphere. I hope this serves a positive experience for other podcasters who may find themselves in the same situation soon. I also will be posting content that will be worthy of podcast news, although my health will not permit me to travel to any more remote podcasting events. In the meantime, I wish the greatest success to all the podcasters in their endeavors (for either business or passion) in the world of podcasting. Copyright (c) 2014, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.
Nov. 3, 2016
During my hiatus, I wish to present this bit of evergreen information about podcast monetization (from 2014), which provides an interview of Fred Castaneda, and which is conducted by Doug Foresta of the Coachzing Show (although Doug himself is on hiatus at present). Here are the show notes from the interview that was previously conducted by Doug Foresta: The CoachZing Show is a podcast series, available on iTunes(R) and other directories, which delivers interviews with entrepreneurs, coaches, therapists, authors and speakers — to discover tips and techniques for effective content creation and marketing. It is available on iTunes and other directories, and it is a free podcast show. Doug Foresta is the interviewer and host of this podcast show. In this episode, we have a repurposed interview — as it is originally published by CoachZing.com. The reason why we deliver it in entirety and unedited as the final mp3 file published by CoachZing is that the person being interviewed is Fred Castaneda, who is also the host of The Struggling Entrepreneur podcast and the Podcast Reporter podcast (just 2 of the current active 8 shows). As you will hear in this audio episode, Doug discusses the potential mistakes of content creators in the world of New Media and podcasting. He also discovers some of the strategies for entrepreneurs to make podcasting a successful tool as part of their marketing. They can do this by generating revenue streams by adding podcasting to their marketing. We thank Doug for his interview and we know it will provide value to the aspiring entrepreneurs who deal with content creation.   Select this link to listen to the audio episode in a separate window.   Copyright (c) 2014, Doug Foresta and www.coachzing.com and Fred Castaneda of www.strugglingentrepreneur.com and podcastreporter.com. All rights reserved.
Nov. 3, 2016
Thank you to our listeners. Due to a medical situation, we are taking a break and going on hiatus until further notice. My mother has dementia and is now a victim of the terrible disease of Alzheimers. My 93-year old mother needs care and attention and cannot be left alone for a minute, due to her condition and the danger to which she exposes herself when she is by herself — by things such as falls, possibility of fractured hips or bones, etc. So my job is a full-time caretaker and caregiver until this situation is over. I will return to podcasting just as soon as I can. I thank you for your patience and understanding. And for those of you who have suffered through a similar ordeal, I thank you for your caregiving and for your prayers. Sincerely,, Your host, F. Castaneda Select this link to listen to the audio podcast in another window. Copyright (c) 2016, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.
Sept. 4, 2016
In this episode, Lon Naylor of www.LearnCamtasia.com discusses a process that he uses to create podcast episodes of value from content that he has already created and/or published from his screencasts or videos. Lon is himself a podcaster with his show, ScreenCastWeekly.com. But Lon is mainly a screencaster, video content creator, blogger, instructor of PowerPoint video creation, Camtasia Studio mentor — with his membership site of LearnCamtasia.com. This 20-minute segment of audio of Lon’s discussion was taken from a 50-minute webinar that he delivered. In addition to the content that Lon delivers, he also discussed in detail themes such as: – Audio Ducking – Intros, Outros, bed music, etc. – Bumpers, Endorsements, Testimonials and other audio to include; – Microphones, and – Resources he used and recommended for podcasting tasks. The above topics are covered in his original webinar screencast recording, which are on his membership site. As you will hear in this audio episode, Lon is encouraging the sceencasters and video content creators to leverage the screencast content they have already created and turn it into podcast episodes that deliver value to their audiences. Lon Naylor’s contact information can be found at: www.LearnCamtasia.com/help/about Select this link to listen to the audio episode in another window. Copyright (c) 2016, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Logical Drive Marketing, LLC. All rights reserved.
Sept. 1, 2016
This episode is a discussion about a blog post from the Solo-E.com sites. The author of the blog post is Monica Shah, and the title of the post is:  What To Do When Your Passion Has Become Your Prison — Three Steps to Ignite Your Dreams. In addition to the main themes of this blog post, we also included a couple of cases-in-point of our prior businesses suffered from the situation when the passion became a pain, and almost a prison. Now, the author of this blog brought out 3 steps to ignite your dreams: “1. If you are struggling, then there is something that you just don’t understand. 2. Step into your fear. 3. Make Sure You’ve Got Someone Who is Willing to Take a Stand for You.” [from the blog post by Monica Shah] And, finally, we add our own categories from the last step — that of having a support person or support team. We include our categories of: -1. The coach; -2. The Mentor; and -3. The Mastermind Group. Select this link to listen to the audio episode in another window. Copyright (c) 2016, Monica Shah, blogpost author from www.Solo-E.com (for blogpost content) and Matrix Solutions Corporation (for commentary). All rights reserved.
Aug. 16, 2016
We deliver a case study in which we explore the impact to Entrepreneurs, New Media Professionals and Startups when a platform for communication which they have used disappears. The platform is blab.im — which the public information described as an “experiment.” However, for 3.9 Million users of this “beta” platform, the impact was a jolt for those who used it extensively for delivering content as podcasters or New Media Professionals. In this episode, we focus on the LESSONS LEARNED — which were inspired by the discussion from Todd Cochrane and Rob Greenlee in the podcast called NEW MEDIA SHOW of 14 August 2016. Some of these lessons learned are: “Own your own dot-com”; Back up and archive ALL your content — from media, to show notes, to web site, to transcripts, to text, to images, to podcasts, etc. Be ready to switch to another platform as an option, should the key one (like blab.im) disappear; keep current and evaluate other alternative platforms (just in case); YOU, YOUR BRAND, YOUR CONTENT — these are important, and should not be identified with the platform of delivery; “Any shiny new object that appears to be fun can disappear overnight”; Entrepreneurs and New Media professionals must “OWN THEIR OWN DOT.COM” and NOT be dependent on a platform; Avoid dependency on a platform As you can hear in the discussion with Todd Cochrane and Rob Greenlee, there have been many such situations where the platforms have appeared, grown, and then gone. Select this link to listen to this audio episode in another window. Copyright (c) 2016, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.
Aug. 1, 2016
This episode of PodcastReporter.com deals with podfading your show (i.e., ending your publication of episodes of your podcast show), along with some recommendations based on a case-in-point and sample. The example is contained in the audio episode itself around the 11:00 minute mark. We classified podfading into both ABRUPT and PLANNED podfades. We have an example of a PLANNED podcast episode to podfade the show where the 3 recommended criteria are: Advise your audience or listeners that there will be no further episodes published on this show; Make the podfading episode very short and to-the-point (we recommend 2 to 3 minutes max.); Thank your audience for their attention, subscriptions, consumption of your content and where to go for the same–or better–content. The case-in-point we have is a podcast show which was started in 2007 called “WHAT’S NEW ON IBM TV(R)?” — which podfaded in 2009. The last episode was called “Farewell and Thank You.” Select this link to listen to the final episode of this case study of ibmtv, which was called “Final episode- Farewell and Thank You.” Now, has IBM TV survived? Yes, but in a different format and different platform. It also has a YouTube(R) channel, where the theme of IT Solutions from IBM(R) is still the focus. We hope that you keep the integrity of your show with your audience with the courtesy and politeness to your listeners — we feel that you owe them that. And, instead of surprise or leaving a poor taste in the mouth of your listeners, you can depart your show, as well as leave your listeners with a recommended successor so that they can get the content which they like. Copyright (c) 2016, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved. Select this link to listen to the audio episode in another window.
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