►Tell us about you and your podcast
Devin Springfield: Recent Keene State graduate. 4 year varsity starter on the baseball team. Currently studying to get my masters at Southern New Hampshire University.
Podcast name: Hot Cakes & Hot Takes Sports Talk. Our podcast is an explicit way to listen to the hottest and most entertaining topics in the world of sports and entertainment. We cover everything NBA, MLB, NHL, UFC, PGA, College Football, and College Basketball. Our listeners are 16-40 year old sports fans who don’t mind having a beer or two.
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
My buddies and I always talk about sports when we’re together so I figured why not start a podcast of my own and record what I say. I was never really into podcasting beforehand but now I find myself listening to numerous podcasts trying to better my own. My goal when starting Hot Cakes was to make something people can argue about with their friends. Something different from ESPN. We do a ton of top 5 rankings and we always have HOT TAKES. I started Hot Cakes back in late August. It took us about 2 hours to release our first podcast and the popularity was instant.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
So we try our best to do a weekly podcast but me and my co host sometimes do it bi-weekly as well. All I had to do was download GarageBand and buy a $70 speaker. Other than that signing up for the podcast sites has been completely free. We tend to do shows on the weekend when we’re both free. The costs have been fairly low. Like I said the speaker was $70 and the premium SoundCloud account is $10 a month. We recently started selling t shirts that have been selling like HOT CAKES as well. We fund it ourselves and recently we traveled down to Orlando to do a barbershop style podcast with some professionals.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
We have only released 8 episodes so the popularity isn’t quite there yet to start doing sponsorships. The money we make from our shirts is very little because we sell them on the cheap side so we sell more to promote our show. Other than the shirts, we have deals with a local barbershop that gives us free cuts if we shout them out & we also use music from my good friend who produces through SoundCloud. As far as downloads go we are on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and SoundCloud so it is tough to count the exact amount but I would guess around 500 listeners a week. We started this show because we thoroughly enjoy talking sports and we love what we do. We have had our most knowledgeable friends onto the show as well and we hope to gain more famous interviews as our show gains popularity.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
So we use a snowball speaker & my laptop with GarageBand for all the recording. We find our guests by picking them but now we are branching out and hope to get an ex Detroit Pistons scout as our next interview. We prepare for about an hour before the show and write down the schedule we are going to use so we have a general idea of what we’re going to talk about but a lot of our stuff is off the cusp as well. So far our guests have either been on the show or through our phones.
►How do you market your show?
So I handle pretty much everything through social media. I have a Facebook page, Instagram page, and a Twitter account for our show and as soon as we release a show I will post the links all over the place. Apple ITunes seems to be our biggest hit but Spotify is up there as well.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
Love what you do. Podcasting is a steep hill to climb and there is going to be a lot of haters out there. Make sure you love what you do and don’t lose sight of that at anytime. The easiest way to get started is through social media because everything is free and easy to use.
►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?
If you search Hot Cakes & Hot Takes on google is will give you everything you need. You can also search us on any social media sight venue as well and like I said before we are on ITunes Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.
Updated: a month ago