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My Sports Podcasting Debut

by Jamie Sanford on March 12, 2019

My love for Formula 1 has never waned, and I’ve recently made my podcasting debut, talking about the new season of Formula 1 on the Sports Landing podcast. In the episode dated 2/25/19, Phil and I talk about the new cars, driver changes, and the excitement of getting into Formula 1 as a sport.

Click here to listen to Sports Landing on iTunes  |  Click here to listen to Sports Landing on Spotify

 

Thanks to Phil for having me on the show!

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Podcast Picks

by Jamie Sanford on March 10, 2016

I have been listening to podcasts for years, long before I had an iPhone with an app for it. I used an actual iPod for podcasts! One of the earliest shows I listened to was Daily Source Code, hosted by Adam Curry, a pioneer in the podcasting medium. I have also been a longtime fan of many of the Smodcast network podcasts.

Here are my current top 5 favorite podcasts, in no particular order.

1. Untitled: The Adam Savage Project.

I came across this podcast after being introduced to Tested.com by Adam Savage’s Twitter. (That’s a lot of steps.) Adam, Norm, and Will talk about a variety of subjects, and it’s a good time.

2. Death, Sex, and Money.

This recommendation came to me from Ellen Fondiler during a Miracle Worker meetup, and I added it immediately, but didn’t start listening until way later. I then binged on something like 30 episodes in a week. This podcast will make you laugh and break your heart, sometimes in the same episode. The host, Anna Sale, is remarkable.

3. Hollywood Babble-On

This show has been around for years, and I have not missed an episode. Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman started out with a show meant to skewer Hollywood news and celebrities, and now it’s a varied formula of regular bits, Ralph’s impressions, and audience participation.

4. What’s The Tee?

RuPaul and Michelle Visage are BFFs, and this is one of those podcasts that I love because you are just an extra person at the table. It feels so much like hanging out with your friends. This show has also had some amazing guests.

5. Another Round

Heben and Tracy drink and podcast, which WORKS. Their content is a great combination of guests and random chatter about topics ranging from homicidal house plants to racism in the United States. They even had Valerie Jarrett, and they got to interview her at the White House!

Honorable mention – I listen to a lot of podcasts, picking 5 was too hard.

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Podcasting on a Budget

by Jamie Sanford on June 14, 2013

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#96)

My current setup for podcast recording.

I started officially podcasting with The Jamie and David Show (completely NSFW) in 2009. We fell off the wagon for quite a while but have been doing shows about once a month for a while now. We’ve been through a few different methods of recording, but this is the current setup. I am not making any money from the show, so this is my budget version of podcasting.

To create the podcast, you will need the following:

1. Computer. I am assuming that everyone has access to a computer and the Internet. (Here’s some info on recording podcasts with a mobile device if you’re into that – I haven’t worked that out just yet.)

2. Software. I have always used Audacity to edit and assemble my podcasts. It’s free and really user friendly. Here’s a list of some other pieces of software for podcasting. I also use MP3 Skype Recorder (also free), since David and I do not currently live in the same place so Skype is a necessity. It’s also been great for recording interviews for the show.

3. Hardware. Other than the computer, there are some things you need, at the very least a microphone and headphones. If your computer has an onboard mic, feel free to start with that. However, if you’re going to be using Skype or another program to record with more than one person, a set of headphones is  necessary to avoid feedback issues. Even earbuds will be fine for this.

My version:

I started out in podcasting with the earbuds I had with the attached mic from my iPhone.  This was a workable solution but the sound left something to be desired. I did some research and purchased a Blue Yeti microphone (currently $79.99 on Amazon). An even less expensive option is the Blue Snowball ($58.68 for the white version on Amazon), which I had also used successfully at my previous workplace. I admit to choosing the Yeti in part because it just looks amazing. (Warning though – if you have this in your carry-on when flying, you are SO getting searched, because it definitely looks like an incendiary device in the x-ray machine. I speak from experience.)

After doing some reading about sound issues, I also purchased this Nady Pop Filter ($17.56 on Amazon), which has been an amazing improvement for the money. I cannot listen to our old episodes now without feeling like I’m being tortured. I’m thrilled with the results that have some from spending less than $100 to improve the sound. I don’t imagine I will ever need to replace these items.

To share the podcast, you will need the following:

1. Hosting Location. You need somewhere to host the file you’ve created, and a good place to start would be Blogger. You can get a free blog, and easily post files and have an RSS Feed created for you. Tumblr + Dropbox would also work, as described here by Adam Wilcox.

2. RSS Feed. Feedburner will let you enter in the RSS feed info and it will convert it to work as a podcast feed. In my opinion, everyone should be using Feedburner for their podcast feed, because the stats are good, and if you ever change hosting locations, you will not lose subscribers when you update the information.

3. iTunes Submission. It is free to submit your podcast to iTunes, so why not? Here’s a great instructional page from the fine people at iTunes on creating and submitting your show.

My version:

I started out our show at Mevio, but that went downhill and we lost all of our data and subscribers. I learned the hard way about not using Feedburner. After some Twitter chat, I moved our show hosting to Libsyn, and started hosting our show notes on a Tumblr blog. I chose Tumblr for this particular show because of the existing audience for our content and ease in sharing.

Libsyn is not free. The cheapest plan is $5 a month for 50MB of file adding. I currently have the slightly higher $15 version as our shows are rarely under 50MB. Libsyn really did all of the work with creating our new show feed, and that was the clincher in choosing to move our show there. It’s super simple to add episodes and so I will stick with them for now. However, the free methods are totally fine as well.

Extras:

1. Music. Some podcasts have music constantly playing in the background, which isn’t for everyone. Some, like mine, have music at the beginning and the end. You can certainly Google “royalty-free music” to try and find something to use, but I highly recommend Jamendo. Searching for what you want is very easy, and there are a lot of free options for downloadable tracks. Remember to give credit to the artist in your show notes!

That’s my guide for podcasting on a budget. Please leave your own ideas and tips in the comments!

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Link Tank #1

by Jamie Sanford on May 24, 2013

Click here for all of the link posts on JamieSanford.com.

Tumblr is the best image provider ever. The head bob on the one in the back is spectacular.

Does anyone think Oprah is doing all that much work on her lovely farm? I don’t think so. (People.com)

Minnesota is the latest state to do the right thing and clear the way for marriage equality. (NY Times)

Here’s an interesting breakdown of information on when fonts and font size matter. (Big Brand System)

A timeline of the lifespan of iTunes, including top downloaded songs of each year. (iTunes)

Great post from Jasmine Star on explaining what it is that makes you, you. (Jasmine Star)

Connect with me on Twitter if you have links to share, or leave a comment!

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I love iTunes Genius.

by Jamie Sanford on November 3, 2008

So, I’ve been painting the last 2 days, first a wall and now my coffee table.  Most of my listening has been a result of the iTunes Genius, and I must say, I am in love.  I just ran a new Genius playlist with “Everybody Wants to Rule The World” by Tears for Fears, and now I have a playlist full of 80s favorites and also other appropriate songs.

The only issue I’m having is some weird ADD where I get so excited about the playlist results that I completely want to pick a new song and see what other songs the Genius comes up with.

Edit -  I just found this wonderful image, courtesy of joyoftech.com:

I am taking a lengthy road trip in December and I will be sure to load up on Genius playlists.  Do the new iPods feature a Genius button as well?

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