The word podcast is short form for Portable-On-Demand-Broadcast. The whole idea is for the consumer to take the message they want to hear and store it on their device so that they can listen to it whenever they want.

Those who grew up in the days before television (1927) and internet (1983), know that radio ((1901) of which the first station was setup on the 2nd of November 1920) played a vital role upon people’s lives. The radio had very interesting, entertaining, yet equally informative shows that ran on it. They also know that if you missed a particular show, you had lost it forever. There were no reruns.

There came audio cassettes in 1962 and were introduced for the first time to a radio a station in 1963. Later in the years, people were able to tape the music they wanted to here from the radio into an audio cassette. This gave them an ability to listen to the music over and over again. A cassette could only hold very little amount of audio.

As technology advanced, today a radio show can be recorded by a listener from a cellphone. The downside is that a listener have to sit through the live radio show in order to record it.

With the growth and fame of the internet and its accessibility, content producers are now able to record a niched down content and make it available to their listeners. That means a person who is interested in podcasting, will not wait for the radio station to air a discusion on podcasting but they can go online and stream or download a podcast episode that provides the content they are looking for.

That is the whole idea of podcasting. It provides a specific content on regular basis, to a specific group of people. Listeners can access the podcast episode online and there is no such thing as “missing the show” in the world of podcasting. The podcast episodes are always there on the internet and can be accessed when needed and can be downloaded from anywhere in the world.

THE POINT OF THIS EPISODE

The purpose of today’s episode is to appeal to you my dear listeners/readers to give us content ideas. We seek to know from you, what exactly do you wish to hear from The Spokesdude Podcast. You can let us know by asking questions or by telling us directly what you’d like to hear.

I must lay it before you that we are changing the content strategy of The Spokesdude podcast. We seek to engage with our audience in a more precise and useful way. We want to give a definite answer when we are asked about the nature and content of The Spokesdude Podcast. We are trying to avoid being general. Just like our new podcast the Run Yourself Crazee is for the runners and the sporting community, we want to be specific with The Spokesdude Podcast.

The number one idea so far with regards to a specific niche is a career in Podcasting, Business, and Media production. We want to combine these three and address the podcasting community, which can be both in business and classified as media producers.

Judging by your questions and content ideas, which I am hopeful you will send, we may find ourselves launching new podcasts dealing specifically with the subject of “History,” “Mathematics,” ‘Science,” and other fields of study. You will remember that our aim is to establish a podcasting network, where more people can join us and provide content for other groups of people

CONTENT PROVIDERS

I wish to engage the youth of South Africa and introduce podcasting to them. I was very challenged when I saw some video clips of some 8 year old kids interviewing each other on a podcast, using Skype as a medium of communication. I feel the need to get our kids to know that there is a whole new world out there. Instead of getting into drugs and premarital sexual activity, why not use available technology to reach out to the world and earn money without waking up only to tremble at the presence of an employer.

I wish to draw as many content providers as possible as I can to The Spokesdude Network and work with them either to develop their social skills or learn new things from them. Refer to Our Vision.

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Today’s episode is very unusual. Lungisa Joctrey is talking about what is going on with The Spokesdude Network and the events we should be expecting with regards to the company and its offering.

One of the most exciting things we are looking forward to is the launch of the RUN YOURSELF CRAZEE podcast. This a podcast for Runners and everyone interested in physical training, health and fitness.

We are looking for financial support in exchange for services. As little as 20 USD or 29 AUD which translate to 300 ZAR.

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This episode is not scripted. Lungisa Joctrey is just talking freely about the ease of starting a podcast.

If you have a voice and you wish to be heard, start a podcast. You may think that starting a podcast is expensive but it is not. The basic need for starting a podcast is a recording device and you don’t have to look further than your smartphone. You can use your phone to record your podcast episodes. After recording them, upload them to sites like Archive.org or Soundcloud and start promoting your show episodes on Facebook and other social media platforms.

Some people would prefer to record on a microphone instead of a phone in order to achieve high quality sound. If you are one of those people, I recommend the Samson C01U Pro Condenser microphone. This microphone connects directly to the USB of your computer. I recommend this because it is a Microphone I am currently using. You can also try the Heil Sound Pr40 which is a very popular dynamic microphone.

Just give it a shot. It only takes that first step of getting out of your comfort zone and start recording your first episode. Come on just do it, you’ll thank yourself later.

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In today’s Episode we discuss the online requirements for you to start a basic podcast. Last week we were talking about offline tools you would need to record podcasts episodes.

To record a podcast you would need :

After you have recorded and produced your audio file, you will need to upload and make it available on the internet .

Website

A website is a home for your podcast. This is the address where people will come visit and hangout. They will find show-notes, affiliate links and much more. It is advisable that you always send traffic to your website first before you send them anywhere else.

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Audio Hosting

Some people are able to host their audio files on WordPress. Since I am on a WordPress plan that limits the amount of stuff I can upload, I host my audio file at Archive.org. There are many other paid solutions out there if you are careful to check. After I have uploaded my podcast’s audio file, I take the link and place it on the show notes so that it can be accessed by my audience.

Podcasting Platform

This may be a bit technical. You will need to submit your podcast to podcasting platforms like Apple Podcast (iTunes), Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and many more. To do this you will need to have an RSS feed for your podcast. This will update these platforms every time you publish an episode on your websites.

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In Episode 031, we dealt with the things you’d need to start a podcast. Today I will speak to you about “How to start a podcast.” I feel that the items listed in episode 31 may not be clear enough for some people. I took it upon myself to prepare this short tutorial that will teach you how to start a podcast with zero or very minimum budget.

To start a podcast you will need two sets of tools.  These are offline and online tools.

For offline tools, you will need:

A Computer 

We established that you would need a computer. It is also possible to use your smart phone, but for simplicity’s sake, please use a computer.

A Microphone

Yes, you will need microphone. Ideally for a start, you can get a USB Microphone from Amazon. I use personally a Samson C01 Pro USB microphone.

Headphones

It is always good to get feedback of your recording while it happens, than to record a good 45 minutes only find that there is no recording because the mic volume was too low. Headphones will help give you an idea on how your recording will sound.

Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

This is a computer software which you will use to record and edit your audio files. I use a free software called Audacity.

A Good Quiet Space

It is best to record your podcast episodes in a quite space to avoid disturbances. You don’t what your listeners to hear your dog barking or your neighbors fighting.

Next week will shall deal with online tools for podcasting

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The beginning of The Spokesdude

I started blogging many years ago. My first post went out on the 6th of January 2010. It wasn’t the greatest post ever written since I had no idea what I was doing. I published a post whenever I felt like publishing one. Some posts are months apart and some are years apart. The reason for this, is that, I didn’t know how to do blogging.

In my first year of blogging (2010), I managed to collect 442 views and 4 likes.  Of course this was pathetic. Some of those views, were mine. Needless to say…and I am going to say it, even though it is needless to say. I continued to produce content which was interesting only to a very few people. I used to write very short posts and one of the friends I had met in 2011, advised to me to write longer posts. I noticed that he had a larger following and had many engagements on his own posts. I took his advice, thinking that people will be miraculously attracted to my posts and there was no much difference except that it took me much longer to write these posts and as lazy as I was then, I just couldn’t commit myself on any form of schedule to write and publish blog posts.

If you were to follow The Spokesdude blog then, you would have been confused as when to expect a new post. There was no particular order of publishing. If you were to ask me about the purpose for my blog posts, I wouldn’t be able to give you a clear answer. I was just passing time, or more like wasting it.

In 2014 I had an epiphany. What if I recorded messages and the put them on my blog and share them on Facebook.  I didn’t know that I was soon to be introduced to podcasting. I must admit that prior to 2014, the word podcast made no sense to me. I never even bothered myself to find out the meaning of podcast.

I figured out that my superpower was speech and my English which was somehow praised by many South Africans. They said my English was unlike the English that spoken by ordinary black South Africans. In that super English I began to record myself, using my phone and then I sent those recordings to my friends via WhatsApp and BBM. Later I found some computer headset which had a mouth piece for making skype calls. I used that to record my first episode of the Spokesdude in 2015. It was a work in progress.  That first episode, when I am listening to it today, it sounds absolutely terrible. It carried and important message but the sound was absolutely revolting. The problem with my earlier episodes is that, I had no specific day in which I published an episode. This was my undoing. In 2016, I enrolled at a Bible college and I had to put The Spokesdude on hold for 3 years. In 2018 I graduated from the Bible and I decided to relaunch the Spokesdude Podcast. On the 20th of December 2018, I published the first episode following the relaunch.

I followed the likes of John Lee Dumas, Cliff Ravenscraft and other top podcasters who were offering free advice and free courses which are related to podcasting. One of the things they taught and practiced and I noticed other podcasters do, is consistence in their posting activity. John Lee Dumas posts one episode seven days a week. I heard that he records, his episode back to back on a single day. I decided that I will post every Thursday, as long as my podcast exists. Hence today, is the 38th episode and the 38th week since the relaunch of The Spokesdude Podcast.

I realize that in the blogging and podcasting industry, no man or woman is an island. In order to make it you need to listen to other podcasters and read other people’s blogs. When you make well-thought out, meaningful and relevant comments on their posts, you attract visitors to your own site. Based on your comments some people will wonder about who you are and what you have to offer.

Recently I have many likes, views and follows on my blog because of my headlines, tags and categories. Had I not read other bloggers, I would not have known that I have to write tags on my posts as one of the ways attract traffic to my blog posts. Last week alone the tag “blogging” drew a large number of visitors. I was amazed when I saw this.

What I used to be 9 years ago have disappeared through the years. I have grown to focus myself on the needs of others and meet them somewhere. The thing I learn from fellow podcasters and bloggers can be applied even in business. You cannot making on your own. You need fellow human beings of like mind to help you reach your goal and also help them reach theirs.   

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Today’s Episode is for those who wish to start a podcast but have no idea as to what they need in order to accomplish this dream.

To start a podcast you need these five things:

An Internet Connection

You will need an internet connection in order to have your files available online. After recording and editing your audio files, you will have to upload them onto the internet. Your listeners will access your files via the internet.

A File Hosting Service

On the internet you files will not be float in the air. They will be located on particular place. You will have to find a place where you will keep you files. Some people use Soundcloud, or Dropbox but I use Archives.org. This is because I am a cheap skate and I try my best to reduce the cost for what I do. There are some paid services which offer most professional assistance like Bluehost, Squarespace and many more.

A Website

You will need a website. A website is a home for your podcast. This is where your audience will find show notes and many other things you have to offer. A website is place where your audience get to know more about you. You can begin with WordPress.com

A Recording Device

You will need to record your audio files and in order to accomplish that, you need a reliable audio recording device. You can use a USB Microphone like I do.

The USB Microphone plugs into your Computer and you are able to use your Digital Work Station to record and edit your audio. Get one on Amazon.com

There is wide selection of portable recording devices. I will personally recommend the Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder

This is the most popular and the most powerful portable audio recorder. It works for podcasters and also for You-Tubers.

You can get easily get this from Amazon.com

A Computer

When recording or after recording your audio files, you will need a computer in order to edit your audio and upload to the internet. If you are a traveling person I would recommend that you get yourself a laptop computer. For convenience Amazon.com has wide range of Laptops and Desktop Computers.

My Personal recommendation is HP 2019 Newest Premium 15.6-inch HD Laptop, AMD A6-9225 Dual-Core 2.6 GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, AMD Radeon R4, WiFi, HDMI, MaxxAudio, Bluetooth, Windows 10

These are the five things you need in order to start a podcast. So go on and start one. Record that first audio file and upload it. Afterwards pat yourself on the back for starting.

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