Well, I started this podcast in April of 2016 with the purpose of putting out a well informed and original show. I usually concentrate on more unknown cases when I do unsolved true crimes but I also cover bigger ones as well. I also set out to Cicero all kinds of other unsolved mysteries and events as well. I usually do bi-weekly episodes so my listeners know that there is no stone left unturned!
I started listening to podcasts in February of 2016. I was getting bored at work listening to music so I kind of stumbled across podcasts and have enjoyed them since then. For me starting out was hard, long road. I didn't have help or even know what I was doing. My main motivation being to put out the most unbiased details I could. You can't formulate a good theory on anything unless you have the most details possible. I had noticed that some podcasts I was listening to were just out to make jokes and present a rough idea of what happened.
A couple of weeks after listening to my first podcast I started researching on how to make my own, another month after that I uploaded my first episode.
Well that's the thing about me. I spend the time others use to do high production and music, and use that time to do that extra bit of research. The funding part is easy, it costs no more than $20 a month to do a podcast with your host site. I bought a cheap microphone and just started recording. Doing a bi-weekly podcast, along with having kids and a day job, affords me enough time to make sure I get those episodes out.
I definitely have a lot of sponsorship. Last year Blog Talk Radio Network contacted me and offered me to be on their platform. They find all the sponsors for me which makes it alot easier and right about that time I was getting 50,000 downloads a month. I do make money off of that and off of donations to a crowd funding site as well.
Hardware-wise I use an ATR 2100 mic with audacity audio software. My process is probably different than most when it comes to editing because I don't do much of it. I always wanted a more conversational feel because it seemed like most everyone else was sounding like robots reading off of a piece of paper. When it comes to interviews or guest cohosts they usually contact me. I'm open to just about anything when it comes to that stuff. Usually while recording we use Skype, but more recently I started using Uberconference.com.
My listeners usually find it accidentally haha. A lot of podcasting me is a bunch of friends playing favorites, if you're not their friend then it's hard to get your name out there through the social media outlets. I personally am on all forms of social media and can be listened to on every app or anywhere you can stream a podcast. We also have our own production company where people listen as well: Accproductions.org.
I'm usually pretty easy to get ahold of and I've personally helped start a few podcasters up. The best advice I can give is to do your thing without any apologies. Do a podcast on something you love to talk about and don't be scared to reach out for advice. When I started there wasn't much out there for help, Now adays, it's everywhere.