►Tell us about you and your podcast
My name is Wayne Noon. I've always wanted to be involved with music in some way or another. Whether it was playing in bands or as I'm doing now with Rat Salad Review talking about hard rock and heavy metal with my co-hosts Greg Naugle and Uncle Saxon. We all have similar tastes in what we like in hard rock and metal but there are times, more often than not, where we will strongly disagree with one another. Greg and Uncle Saxon tend to lean more towards the thrashier side of heavy metal and I lean more towards the melodic side but we all kind of meet somewhere in the middle. One band that just about anyone into hard rock or heavy metal will agree on is Iron Maiden. We might all like different era's of the band but it's really hard to find someone who's into rock music and not into Iron Maiden.
One thing we try to do with Rat Salad Review is give people an insight on what other rock and metal bands are out there besides just your typical Iron Maiden or Metallica. We do talk about them from time to time because they have been so influential in just about every rock and metal band out there but we go beyond that.
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
About 4 years ago a friend of mine told me about podcasts he would listen to. Stuff I wasn't really interested in, but I never gave podcasts a try so I tried looking up things I was interested in to see what was out there. I'm also interested in wrestling. WWE/WWF, WCW, ECW type stuff. I was surprised to see all the shows about wrestling and from people who actually worked in the business. Soon enough I was listening to about 10 or more podcasts on a weekly basis.
I used to do a music video show years ago with my cousin, which we had a lot of fun doing. I wanted to start doing something like that again but listening to all these podcasts gave me an idea. so in 2018 I started asking around if anyone would want to start a podcast with me. I originally wanted 4 hosts to give their opinions on whatever band or topic we would discuss that day. I actually never searched for any music based podcasts so I really had no idea how to start but I had an idea. I also didn't want to see what other shows are doing because I didn't want to be influenced in what they were doing and knowingly copy them on our show, so I kind of took what I used to do on my old show, talking rock and metal news and incorporated it in Rat Salad Review. It took about a month before we could get everyone to agree on a day and time to record our show. Greg and I did a sort of pilot episode to start out. It was rough but we got through it (Haha).
My initial goal and still is today is just to have fun with it. If people listen, great. If they don't, so what? I'm having fun, we all are.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
Finding the time wasn't easy dealing with 3 other people (haha), so it took us a while to find a day and time to agree on and even then it proved hard to get most of the guys on schedule. I almost thought it wasn't worth the aggravation. Coming from a background where I was in bands and people were coming and going it gets frustrating, cause you have a goal in mind and sometimes people don't have those same goals. by the 4th or 5th show hosts changed and things got much easier.
We try to keep the shows to an hour minimum but depending on the guest and how things are going sometimes we'll go an hour and a half or two hours. I think the longest show we had was two and a half hours. We try not to let things go that long (haha).
One thing I was concerned about starting a podcast was, how much is this going to cost. When I did some research I found you can actually do it for free if you use the right resources such as skype and a place to host your podcast such as podcasts.com. Funding this pretty on my own I wanted to keep the cost down as much as possible. The only thing I really spent any money on was our website RatSaladReview.com. I was hesitant on that as well because not too long ago you had to know how to do HTML code, which I knew enough of to get what I wanted done but its been years since I've done any of that. Luckily sites now have tools to help you put up a site very easily and they look professional.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
Really, so far friendships. We became a sponsor to another network called Hamin Media Group, for a month. We did some cross promotions with them coming on our shows and we had a lot of fun. I hope to one day get people to sponsor with us but we really need to grow more before we can promise people anything.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
I think we are still trying to figure out what works best for us as far as free software is concerned. We used to use Zoom Meetings but it cost $15 a month and I really wanted to keep the cost down. It's hard to spend money when you aren't actually making any so we moved onto Skype. It gets the job done but it does have it's issues. As far as editing our video content I found a windows program called movie maker pro. I believe it was $15. It's good enough for what we need it for and I use it almost daily so I can justify the price. For audio I use Reaper. It has a free option but for the full version it's only $65. I use that for my music recordings as well. You can't beat the price and the program is excellent.
When we wanted to try and get guests on the show I wasn't sure how to go about it, but I just started asking people through facebook or twitter. Certain bands are really involved with their social media and they are very reachable. I was actually surprised on how easy it has been to get guests. Sometimes you have to go through the bands management but we haven't been turned down yet.
Most guests have been ok to use skype and skype also allows phone calls, so if someone doesn't have skype you can use the phone option and it works just as well. It does come with a cost but it's worth it in the end especially if you want to get that interview.
►How do you market your show?
We are on the more major social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a few others so we are always updating those profiles and letting people know what to expect from us during the month. Everything is easily found on our website RatSaladReview.com from audio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher etc. to video on YouTube, Bitchute and Twitch.
I think the most useful to us has been Youtube and Facebook. We do have feedback on all the platforms but I think Youtube and Facebook are more personal in a way where people can comment under certain videos or posts and not be restricted in how much they can write.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
If you're thinking about doing a podcast, stop thinking and just do it. Don't over think it, it'll come to you as you go. Your first episodes might not turn out that great but no one ever starts our perfect in the beginning and you might never get there. Just worry about providing content for your listeners and have fun doing it. If you make it too much like a daunting task each week then you'll burn yourself out. Just go for it. We are still learning every day.
You can see everything we have done on our website www.RatSaladReview.com. All links to every site we are on, are on there.
►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?
Our website www.RatSaladReview.com, Twitter @Rat_Review, Facebook at Facebook.com/RatSaladReview, Instagram @Rat_Salad_Review and our email address [email protected]. All our shows can be found on Youtube, Bitchute, Twitch, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Podcasts.com, I Heart Radio and more. Just search Rat Salad Review.
Updated: a month ago