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Interviewed on Web Axe Podcast November 25, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Interviewing, Jeff Frey, Podcast Captioning, Podcast Transcription, Podcasting, Rice University.

I was recently asked by Dennis Lembree, the founder of web development company CheckEngine USA which specializes in web usability, standards, and accessibility, to be a guest on Web Axe: a podcast and blog featuring practical web design accessibility tips.

Podcast #59: Jeffrey Frey on Accessible Podcasts

Dennis speaks with Jeffrey Frey and discusses accessible podcasting, guidelines on audio/video web accessibility, and Jeff’s role at Rice University.

Jeff is the Web Services Manager for Enterprise Applications in the Information Technology Department at Rice University. He provides technology solutions for faculty, staff, and students on campus as well as teaches new technology courses at the School of Continuing Studies. He is available for podcasting consulting, is involved in the creation of podcasts for businesses and non-profits, and has owned a technical consulting company and an audio/video recording studio.

Download Web Axe Episode 59 (Jeffrey Frey on Accessible Podcasts)

Links from Jeffrey Frey’s Blog

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TalkShoe – Interactive Podcasting Interview March 14, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Interviewing, Podcasting.
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So, I got some emails from folks who are upset that I didn’t include the web site address of a reader who asked a question about podcast interview recording. Sometimes I do that when I don’t want to endorse something because I haven’t checked it out myself, or I think there’s something better out there.

In this case, I like the DIY options better than the service options… but if you’re going to go with a service… try this one: TalkShoe. It’s kind of a conference call idea that gets recorded and automagically posts to a podcast feed. It can be a similar interest discussion group, a talk show, fan club, friends… whatever.

I can even think of some ways investor relations or marketing groups might use this to communicate with customers or employees from around the world… then post it to a website or intranet so people could listen to it at a later date.

Sorry I don’t have more info on it… just wanted to get it out there to you so you could check it out yourself.



Portable Interviewing of Hobby Podcast Experts – Podcast Transcript 5 January 15, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Interviewing, Podcast Audio Equipment.

The Links and Transcript to “5 – Portable Interviewing of Hobby Podcast Experts” (6:08) released January 15, 2007 (click here to listen):

Hobby Podcasts, Finding and Interviewing Experts, Portable Podcast Devices

The Links:
• The Frat Pack Tribute: http://www.the-frat-pack.com
• White Roof Radio: http://www.whiteroofradio.com
• Knit Cast: http://www.knitcast.com
• For more hobbyist podcasts: http://www.digitalpodcast.com/browse-hobbies-13-1.html

Portable Podcast Equipment Reviews:
• Number One Pick: https://jdfrey.wordpress.com/2006/11/09/portable-podcast-recorder-roland-edirol-r-09/
• Number Two through Four: https://jdfrey.wordpress.com/2006/10/11/portable-recording-equipment-for-your-audio-podcast/

The Transcript:

Hello, this is J.D. Frey, and you’re listening to The Why and How of Podcasting. I have the opportunity to work with people from a lot of different disciplines, backgrounds, and businesses… and this week came an interesting question about portable podcasting equipment. My advice on equipment a bit later, but first, why the need?

We talked last week about not having your own computer and using a cheap tape recorder to record yourself for a podcast, but in this case, the “why” for the person that asked me this question is… onsite hobby expert interviews. You can’t always be in your studio or next to your computer when you’re podcasting… and sometimes you don’t want to be. So, what’s your hobby? You know, something you do in your spare time? For fun? Is there a podcast out there about it? Do you listen to it? Do you like it? Think about those questions and then think about what you would want out of a podcast about your hobby. Maybe you’re just the person to do it? Consider the frat pack tribute podcast that talks about the movies and news around actors like Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and other members of the frat pack. What about Whiteroof Radio… about a car… a Mini Cooper news and talk Podcast that now has over 50,000 downloads a month. Or Knit Cast… a podcast about… yep… knitting. Find the links to these podcasts and other hobby podcasts on my blog linked to from thewhyandhowofpodcasting.com.

So, the “why” of the people who started the podcasts I just talked about comes down to a love of a hobby that they felt passionate enough about to start a podcast about. Chances are, if you’ve got a hobby, someone else has that same hobby. If you think there should be a podcast that caters to you in a certain format or with a certain twist, then there are probably other folks that would love to hear it.

Now, let’s say you ARE podcasting about that hobby. You’ve told what you know about it, had some how to’s, maybe a friend or two came on that enjoy the same hobby, and talked about tools, instruments, or the methods of choice for carrying out this hobby. But… there are people out there performing this hobby to its full potential. PGA Tour Stars if golfing is your hobby, local restaurant chefs if you’re into cooking, the local hot dog eating champ if you’re a competitive eater… experts are out there for everything… and interviewing them can be a great way to set yourself, and your podcast, apart from others.

How do find them? My advice? Look local first. There are probably some newspaper staff writers, area speakers, or people employed at a local company who you could talk to. Maybe there is someone in your area that has made the news doing what you like to do… find them. If you’re looking for some more knowledge on your subject, University professors, book authors, and consultants are usually happy to help and like to spread their names around. As an example, if I had a podcast about jogging and wanted to interview people about a new pair of shoes that came out, I might:

  1. talk to a shoe salesman that sells the shoes and ask him how sales are going
  2. take the shoes to a shoe repair shop and ask the owner what he or she thinks of the construction
  3. find a runner that has purchased the shoes (or run in them myself) to get a ‘hands on’ opinion
  4. talk to a representative from the manufacturer and get the lowdown on who their target is and what the shoe was really built for
  5. and lastly, I might find a writer for a running magazine or the sports section of a newspaper that focuses on gear for running or sports

When you do land the interview:

  • have your questions ready, and ask them in a logical manner, saving the tough ones for last
  • make sure your expert comes out in a positive light, unless of course you’re podcast is about the opposite of what they’re saying, this person is taking the time to talk to you, and you want to make sure this is good publicity for them
  • build on previous responses, though you have other questions ready, question and answer sessions are not as engaging as dialogue… divert from your script if needed to press further in on an answer
  • and use plain language, sometimes when interviewers are engaging an expert, they tend to start to speak above themselves or use terms to make them seem knowledgeable, make sure you… well… just be you.

So, back to my initial question that I started this whole thing with… what about portable podcasting equipment. I’ve now got my shoe salesman, repair guy, and runner on the hook for an interview… and I’m going out the door to record them. What do I have in my hand?

First I like the Marantz PMD660, for about $600 you get a great portable recorder. There is also a Sony-PCM-D1… awesome, but at over $1800… out of the price range. The leader of the pack up until recently has been the M-Audio MicroTrack. A great little recorder for $400 that does just about everything you want to do. The problem is, the Edirol R-09 from Roland came out at the same price as the microtrack, and has, in my opinion, better sound quality and features. I can’t do it justice just by talking about it, so you’ll have to head out to my blog that you can get to at thewhyandhowofpodcasting.com for more information on it. Again, if you’re thinking of going mobile with your audio podcast, check out the Roland Edirol R-09.

As always, if you have a podcast you’d like me to tell some folks about, or a question about why or how to podcast, contact me at thewhyandhowofpodcasting.com… there are links there to an email and voicemail box. I’m J.D. Frey… thanks for listening.