My name is Ed Dolista and I am based in Geelong, Australia. My show, The Indycast, celebrates the iconic character of Indiana Jones, the movies, books, comics, fans and creatives involved in the blockbuster franchise that started with Raiders of the Lost Ark.
After hosting a Disco radio show for 18 years on public radio I was looking to enter into the world of podcasts where I could record when I want. This was 2007 and podcasts were just emerging - I was a huge Star Wars fan and thought that may be a good topic - however I soon discovered the ForceCast already existed - so my next choice was my other favourite franchise - Indiana Jones! I sent in a pilot episode to them - it was around 4 minutes and took me at least a day to record - and they liked what they heard and the IndyCast was born with our first episode in November 2007. With Kingdom of the Crystal Skull coming out a few months later, our listenership grew very quickly and like-minded fans reached out to contribute - particularly Mitch Hallock from the Raider.net who was with me from Episode 2 and is now a great friend 11 years on.
In the early days when there was a lot of new content, I would release the show every week. However life (and work - I am a full time drama teacher) tends to get in the way so we have now shifted to a bi-weekly release schedule - though I imagine as we approach the release of Indy 5 in 2020 we will return to our weekly release schedule. In between our regular episodes we also release the Magic of John Williams, Radio Dramas and other specials. Each episode used to takes several hours to write, collate, coordinate and record - but I am a lot faster at it with now with over 200 episodes under our belt. Thankfully I now have it down to about 2-3 hours.
We are part of the ForceCast.net podcasting network so we have been lucky to really have a platform to share our love of Indy and they have been very supportive from the start. Star Wars and Indy have always had a close relationship so we were a natural fit.
The IndyCast has been of great benefit - I have not only got to interact with some wonderful listeners and shared our love of Indiana Jones but for the 10th anniversary of the show I got to travel to the US for a meet and greet not only to meet many listeners but also some of my team whom I have been working with for 10 years but never met in person. It was like catching up with life-long friends!
I use pretty outdated technology! To record I use Adobe Soundbooth CS5 and an M-Audio USB zero latency microphone which work well for me. We upload our podcasts to LibSyn and publish via the web thanks to the ForceCast's website. We often have guests on the show (sadly Harrison hasn't returned my calls!) and we have a number of the team who are well connected with those involved on screen, behind the scenes, and involved with the comics and costuming. The tyranny of distance makes it tough for me to do as many interviews as I used to since I am based in Australia but when I do interview I use Skype and a freeware Skype recorder.
Most of our listeners find our show through iTunes or through our website at theindycast.com. We also have our Facebook and Twitter feed and I post to some fan forums. Facebook is probably our best method of letting people know about the show and also connecting with the listeners.
For those starting out, choose a topic you love (I don't think I could have handle 10 years of a Howard the Duck podcast!) as that passion will shine through to the listeners and keep them and you coming back.
Also take a listen to what is out there - there are thousands of podcasts so take a listen and discover what works well, what do you think you could improve upon and what is a unique way you could approach your topic to make your show stand out from the rest.