Podthoughts: on creating and publishing…

What goes into crafting a podcast worth listening to?

  • Creating and publishing my own podcasts is an exciting prospect.  And perhaps a SCARY one, too!

I have long wondered about what kind of conversation, insights, and observations I could share outside of the format of my weekly radio program, which is chiefly music-focused.

As with my freelance writing, I always prefer to have a starting point that’s been predetermined. Case in point, talk to this female saxophonist, Christine Jensen, about her new album and what it means to be a Canadian jazz icon. Then we can break it down from there: who are you, what do you do, why do you do it, how do you do it, what surprised you the most about doing it? You get the idea.

I hope that my interview podcasts featuring King Buzzo and Damian Abraham reveal something about those artists that even the most stalwart fan would find interesting or unusual. Indeed, my favourite aspect of interviewing people is when you flip over a stone and find something living underneath it. Like a devoted metalhead who reveals that he’s deeply into beekeeping.

For example had the pleasure of interviewing Nergal of the Polish death-metal band Behemoth. He was pleased that I had done so much background research on him and knew that he had a degree in museum curation from the University of Gdansk. In hindsight, I was thrilled to the core by his sexy baritone voice and a podcast version of our chat would certainly have brought that extra-value across to the listener, as opposed to the stony silence of the mere pulp-and-ink print version.

*Nergal and Behemoth

Gdansk macabre!


Basically, when plotting out a podcast, I try to adhere to the same rules I’d use in creating a radio program, except for my usual on-air edict of “Less talk; more rock!”

Try to keep it clear and simple. And, for the love of all that’s holy, establish some sort of key talking point; a central topic or concept that you can (hopefully) circle back to by the end of your conversation/podcast.

Even if you wander into uncharted territory, keep your audience in mind. Refrain from in-jokes. I tell callers to my radio show, who request such, that “Shout-outs are boring and lame.” And they are. It’s okay to take a pause now and then. What seems like minutes to you is really only seconds on the other end of the broadcast. Catch your breath, swallow that spit, laugh a little, Google that fact, take a sip or a rip. These are all normal activities. But don’t fritter your time (or ours) away either.  Roll on!

Consider the working motto of noted movie director Ed Wood:

“Great! Print it!”

Ed_Wood_photoOne take wonders?

I like the idea of creating podcasts in one big go!

Just as my radio show is two-hours of live and uncensored creativity, a podcast can be put out with little or no turn around time.

Yes, you can do it in ONE TAKE — IF :  you pay attention and keep it tight. Have something to say before you go on the mic! Tell yourself that there will be no post-recording editing. Set a timer if you’re concerned about length, or better yet just talk until it’s talked out.

After almost two decades of DJ-ing and announcing off-the-cuff, I’m used to looking forward — not back. One and done!

That’s not to say we shouldn’t self-edit and strive for perfection in what we do! You MUST go back and listen to your own material. It’s the best way to pick up on the little improvements that will sculpt and polish your productions.

Do I really “Pop my Ps?”  Yes, yes you do.

Little tangents and sideways alleys of thought and discussion are the real meat of the matter. We all know so-and-so had a big hit with “That Song”, but the real pleasure comes from hearing about the singer-songwriter’s passion for homemade jams, jet-skiing, and rescuing hedgehogs.  Or whatever…


And, as you can see, I have a predilection for awesome imagery. Podcasting is another opportunity to present imagery in the form of video-casting. Just need to figure out the old soft-focus camera techniques they used on the original Star Trek. What was that? Vaseline on the lens? Genius!  She looks like an angel!

It’s a lot of personal exposure. The stakes are high in that regard, but there’s also an ocean of existing (and ongoing) podcasts out there. Sink or swim, but know that there is definitely a “TRY!” in this game.

So much to cover; so much fun to be had!





All About: The Nocturntable


DJ~edi Christine has been rawking the airwaves for the better part of two decades!

Catch her show The Nocturntable live every Saturday night from 8-10pm MT

Listen online via Calgary, Alberta, Canada’s

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Exciting and informative interviews, reviews, and articles about art, music, food, literature, and more!


Saying “Yes!” to the Plus!

Am I getting the most out of Social Media sites like Google+ and LinkedIn?

**  Hey! It is what you make it!  **


Given that Google+ is a “must-do” for those #ADL310 students, as well as those who are vested in production and distribution, I aim to make optimal use of it even though I’m chiefly concerned with utilizing it for personal promotion, as opposed to running a small business. As a writer, journalist, radio programmer, wife, parent, film critic, MMA enthusiast, feminist, science fiction fan, et al. — I think that Google+ holds decent potential for drawing attention to my creative endeavours, accomplishments, opinions, and areas of interest.

  • I’m not going to bludgeon you with the business end of it; this is about sharing and spreading ideas that provoke, stimulate, and inspire.


  Calgary has a very strong music community and the indie music scene is thriving across Canada at large. I would love to go beyond my usual publishing/writing activities for the various newspapers, websites, and magazines that I’m fortunate enough to write for when tapping into that devoted readership.

The world wide web is the new wild wild west!

My beloved radio station CJSW 90.9FM in Calgary has recently been approved to increase our signal power from 4,000 to 14,000 watts!  That means more listeners for my Saturday night program, “The Nocturntable”, than ever before. I want to provide an easy to access and visually enticing forum for promoting my program, sharing new sounds and artists, and interacting with listeners.   artworks-000071993282-7gav2j-original By now we all know that Twitter is not just fun — it’s near instant! You may be able to get the headlines in real time — but the big picture can’t always be conveyed in 140 characters!

As our course text Zen and the Art of Social Media Marketing suggests, Twitter wasn’t really designed for conversations. If you’ve tried, you’ve probably found it difficult to follow certain threads and exchanges. Back-tracking through a multi-layered interaction is pretty much an exercise in futility. Have you ever gone to a person’s page, and seen ten tweets in a row studded with a litany of @msgs and cryptic hashtags? It’s almost impossible to decipher who said what to whom!

The insightful and entertaining can coexist!?


Social Media is a means of:  Beating the advertisers at their own game.

And: Keeping up with breaking news on the other side of the freakin’ planet?

It exposes: Corruption, conspiracy, conflagration!?

But: The din of history unfolding on a world stage is deafening.

“Go home, CNN, you’re drunk!”

The best filter is the one between your ears.

Know your sources and don’t let the corporate controlled media comodify the truth!

People everywhere are starting to “wake-up” and smell the napalm.

~ Or, as I like to call it, Generation “Wait. What?” ~


  • Sometimes you need to slow things down or take an outright break from the constant barrage of chatter. I’m seeing increasing numbers of friends who are proclaiming a “Social Media Fast”. Stepping away from Facebook and Twitter for a week, or more, is easier than you’d think. And the nice thing about Google+ is that things are visible in your feed for a lot longer than they tend to stick around on the Book of Face.                                    Did I miss another birthday?  Aw, shucks!  Can I blame the SPAM-filter? Again? 


  • Putting a good “face” forward on your social media image, or not, is the first step towards your impending immortality.  In this burgeoning era of electronic-transcendance we must reimagine ourselves for the digital universe. How will you present yourself to the world?

What the heck is an “avatar“?  This is NOT your parent’s grapevine. Operatorgive me Murray Hill 7459! 


When was the last time you watched “The Lawnmower Man” or updated your Tinder profile? (Thank YOU, Marie Claire!) And, no, I’m not going to link you to Grindr, you’re just going to have to go “there” yourself!

*P.S. Mom, Avatar was NOT a documentary.

We have the technology — we can (re)build ourselves!  

  • Note to virtual self: Open the dialogue, eschew the mundane, be artful in your troll-dodging, stop talking into garage remote.

I have seen my articles and interviews reprinted, with credit but not permission, on websites and blogs from all over the world. While flattering, these pop-up features don’t provide much information or context about my writing. I am eager to collect and preserve my assorted published articles and sundry in digital form. Further to this I aspire to cultivate useful contacts with publications that may be interested in reproducing my work.


Another area I’d like to explore is writing promotional materials on behalf of musicians, bands, and labels who require experienced writers and editors to provide them with print materials to accompany new releases, press kits, album synopsis, biographies, artist statements and so on. I am interested in hearing if any of my ADL310 classmates have earned any money or acquired gainful employment via LinkedIn?

Curious about the real benefits and numbers behind the digital Rolodex meets yearbook known as LinkedIn? Check out this article by Craig Smith on: 80 Amazing Statistics about LinkedIn

I suspect that combining different aspects of the social media platforms we’ve been trying out in my #ADL310 course will be the most beneficial approach. Melding the visual stimulation of Google+, with the authorship of WordPress, and the professional credentials and contacts provided by LinkedIn would be ideal for my purposes.

I think that the Communities supported by these platforms are a great source of natural creative/professional niches that might be receptive to my content.


Time to roll up our sleeves and get busy bloggin’!



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