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Podcasters' Roundtable

A rotating panel of guests who debate issues facing podcasters and podcasting as a media format. Each Roundtable features a new podcaster from the community of listeners to talk less about the how-to and more about the subjective issues facing podcast producers.
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Mar 26, 2015

Podcasting has a lot of apps these days. Apps to subscribe to podcasts, apps for your own podcast, apps to help you create podcasts and more. Join myself (Ray Ortega) +Daniel J. Lewis +Rob Greenlee +Joseph Rampolla and +Jeff Nielsen to discuss many of the apps available to podcasters and podcast consumers. You can subscribe to the RSS mailing list to get new Rounds delivered to your inbox automatically. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Link mentioned on this episode: BeyondPod on Android PocketCasts Ringr Bossjock Auphonic recording app Overcast Podclear Cast Spreaker Get your own app via Spreaker Libsyn Apps RODE Rec The Six Best Podcasting Apps for Android Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!

Mar 12, 2015

If you brought a group of podcasters together in a room, what would they talk about? Mixers, the buzz surrounding podcasting, podcasting in seasons, podcasts on Windows Phone, listener engagement, forums, live-streaming, rising podcast listenership, podcasting on-location, and more. Join myself (Ray Ortega)+David Jackson +Daniel J. Lewis +Jim Collison +Nick Seuberling +Allan Newsome +Jason Bryant +Shawn Thorpe and +Adam Tinkoff to as we tackle some of the latest issues in podcasting. You can subscribe to the RSS mailing list to get new Rounds delivered to your inbox automatically. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Link mentioned on this episode: PodcastAwards.com Running Podcast List Podcasting For Free Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!

Feb 25, 2015
What do you do when you notice your download numbers have stopped growing? Do you even notice? Do you care? Do you look for new ways to "get the word out?" Join myself (Ray Ortega)+David Jackson +Daniel J. Lewis +Jeffrey Powers +Max Flight +Christopher Gronlund and +Craig Wealand to discuss what to do, if anything, when your podcast stops growing. You can subscribe to the RSS mailing list to get new Rounds delivered to your inbox automatically. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Feb 9, 2015
What new podcast gear, software or apps have you tried? As podcasters we are continually testing new items to help us improve the quality of our show or just make production easier. Those new things (gear, software, apps, etc.) might be as simple as a new service for recording Skype or as complex as a whole new hardware setup. Join me (+Ray Ortega) +Daniel J. Lewis and +Jason DeFillippo to find out what new tools we've tried, tested or bought to improve our productions. If you can't watch the live-stream, no worries, the archive will be immediately available via youtube.com/thepodcastersstudio. Links mentioned on this Round* Mix-minus tutorial post at The Podcasters' Studio QuickRes: http://quickresapp.com/ Auphonic for automatic post-processing Thunderbolt dock Behringer Xenyx UFX1204 mixer Anker 2nd gen USB power brick - 12000mah Ringr - double-ender recordings via iOS Cast - double-ender recordings via Chrome Podclear - double-ender recordings via desktop You can subscribe to the RSS mailing list to get new Rounds delivered to your inbox automatically. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable! *all links should be considered affiliate links. Not all are but some may be. There's no added cost to you yet you are supporting the show with a small percentage of your purchase. Thanks!
Jan 26, 2015
  Podfading, normalization, Byte Range Requests... if you've been podcasting long enough it's likely you are familiar with one or more of these terms. Podcasting has it's own language and depending on your experience level you are more or less schooled in all its jargon. Jargon is defined as, "special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand." There is plenty about podcasting that is "difficult to understand" and this show aims to help you become more fluent in the language of a craft we all love and love to share...podcasting. Listen as +Ray Ortega, +Richard Farrar +Lloyd Hannesson, +Krystal O'Conner and +Nick Seuberling have a fun discussion about some of these terms, their meaning and the issues that they bring up for podcast producers. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Jan 12, 2015
Do you conduct interviews on your podcast? Do you want to? Do you want to get interviewed? Interviews and getting interviewed are two great additions to most podcasts. They are a fantastic way to grow your show, easily getting you in front of someone else's audience and they can be amazing content for your listeners as well. Listen as +Ray Ortega, +Daniel J. Lewis, +David Jackson +Alton Gansky +Dave Westwood and Derek from +Comics Alternative to discuss podcast interviews. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Dec 23, 2014

What do you think will happen to podcasting in 2015? Podcasting is riding another wave of attention. With the spotlight shining bright once again, many people have ideas about the evolution of our medium. But what do the podcasters think? How will podcasting change in 2015? How will it remain the same? What do you hope will happen? Listen as +Ray Ortega, +Daniel J. Lewis, +David Jackson +Steve Stewart and +Paul Colligan as we wonder (out-loud) what lies ahead for podcasting in 2015. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!

Dec 8, 2014
Move over iTunes, we want to talk about every other place you can put your podcast! Stitcher, Soundcloud, Miro, your own site, there are plenty of places to distribute your podcast outside of iTunes. What are your favorites? Where do you see the largest portion of your audience consuming your show? Find out what the Roundtablers are doing with their shows on every other platform. Listen as +Ray Ortega, +Daniel J. Lewis, +David Jackson +Matthew McQueeny +Adi Khajuria to discuss all things NOT named iTunes. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Nov 25, 2014
  Does your podcast have a home? Where do you post your episodes, shownotes, details about the host(s), links, etc? Many podcasters use their own hosted version of WordPress as a home base for their podcast but is this always the best decision? Listen as +Ray Ortega, +Daniel J. Lewis, +David Jackson +Nicholas Young and +Christopher Jones discuss options for your podcast's platform. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Nov 9, 2014
  Podcasting has been referred to as the wild, wild West of media because essentially podcasters can do, say, show anything they want on their podcasts. This is true, you can do whatever you want. But what happens when someone else doesn't like what you're doing? Can you get in trouble...with the law? Listen as lawyers +Gordon Firemark and +Greg Gronholm join me (+Ray Ortega), +Daniel J. Lewis and +David Jackson  to discuss the legalities of podcasting. We cover the biggest questions most commonly asked like, how much of someone else's music can I use in my podcast? Or can I play an audio clip from another media source? And how about names, trademarks, copyright, we'll cover that too. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Nov 1, 2014
What to do when all your best laid podcasting plans go out the window. What do you do when your interviewee cancels and you're about to go live? Or maybe the Internet goes down, your hard drive crashes or any number of problems that can arise when producing a podcast. How do you react, how do you adjust? Join me (+Ray Ortega), +Daniel J. Lewis,  +Harry Duran, +Corey Fineran, and +Jim Collison as we discuss what to do when all your plans fall apart at the last minute. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Oct 20, 2014
  Join the Roundtable in celebrating National Podcast Day (NPD)! September 30th, 2014 marks the first official NPD. Spearheaded by Steve Lee from NetCast Studio, NPD was created to promote greater podcast awareness around the globe. We gathered to talk about the origins of NPD, what podcasters have been doing to promote podcasting to others, the future of podcasting and NPD as well as many other great topics to honor podcasting! AND, very exciting news, during this stream we broke the news that National Podcast Day will become International Podcast Day! Join me (+Ray Ortega), +Daniel J. Lewis +David Jackson +Steve Lee +Dave Lee and +Nick Seuberling  as we discuss raising podcast awareness. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Sep 30, 2014
This Round is all about iTunes. Whatever questions, ideas, tips that stirred up, that's what we discussed. Literally any and everything to do with iTunes as it relates to podcasting. Watch me (+Ray Ortega), +Daniel J. Lewis +David Jackson +Angelo Mandato +Krystal O'Connor +Rich Baxter +Lou Mongello and +Steve Stewart as we discuss podcasting's relationship with iTunes. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Sep 2, 2014
The entire Roundtable crew just returned from Podcast Movement, a new podcasting conference held in Texas, and we had a great time. We talk about this conference and its impact on podcasting as well as the news coming out of the New Media Expo that they are teaming up with NAB in 2015 for a mega conference. As a podcaster, which conference should you attend? It's fantastic that we have choices but budgets are limited and often times we must choose. Watch +Ray Ortega, +Daniel J. Lewis, +Elsie Escobar +Jared Rypkema +Juergen Berkessel +Addy Saucedo and +Dustin Hartzler discuss the value of these two conferences and find out if there is something for you as a podcaster at one of these shows. To view the chat archive which includes links, please visit the Event page for this Round. Links mentioned: National Podcast Day Create the Perfect About Page Side note: Noticed something while editing Podcasters' Roundtable. Custom overlay in HOA breaks full-screen view pic.twitter.com/X3o3BkZOgf — Ray Ortega (@PodcastHelper) September 2, 2014 Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Aug 20, 2014
It's an "open mic" Round where everyone in the chat room had a chance to join the Round with whatever topic they thought was important or interesting. We pulled in the best topics over the one-hour broadcast. Join me (+Ray Ortega), +Daniel J. Lewis, and +Dave Jackson and others as we tackle topics such as podcast marketing, podcast categories, "new media" as a label, creating a legacy through podcasting, what happens to your podcast after you die, podcasting market mistakes and building an email list for your show. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Jul 19, 2014
  One of the cool parts about podcasting is that the show is truly yours. You decide what to say, how it looks/sounds, where to publish and hundreds of other decisions that make up your podcast. But with no must-do rules to follow there is a large continuum of quality content in podcasting. So what are the podcasting best practices; those elements common to most podcasts that make up a good show? Hopefully as our show grows over time we glean podcasting nuggets from other podcasters that make our show that much better. On this Round join me (+Ray Ortega), +Daniel J. Lewis, and +Dave Jackson, , +Charles McFall, and +Jon Rojas in a discussion about the most common elements that go into a quality podcast production. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Jun 28, 2014
  What does a podcaster do when they want to record a podcast outside of their "studio?" Find a more compact setup of course! Or maybe your studio is always mobile? Join myself (+Ray Ortega), +Dave Jackson, +Rob Walch +David Anderson, +Jason Bryant and Jeffrey Powers as we discuss all the ways to record a podcast on the go. Do you have to sacrifice quality? If so, is it worth it? What are the biggest challenges to being outside of your normal setup and how do you overcome them? This Round aired live on June 20, 2014 at 4pm EST, GMT -5. If you'd like to read all the comments including lots of great links to the devices and software people are using in the mobile setups check out the event page on G+. *Links mentioned on this Round: ATR2100 or AT2005 microphones with dual output (XLR and USB). European version: Samson Q2U Bossjock App for iPhone Behringer Xenyx 1002B w/opt battery power, 1 aux send post and 1 pre. USB Audio Recorder for Android Two Lav microphones in one - Giant Squid microphones Sony ICD-PX333 Digital Voice Recorder. Cost around $50. Slightly bigger than a pack of gum and no fragile parts. Rob's mix-minus device for iPhone http://recapmycalls.com I/O devices for smartphones at http://www.esdevices.com/ Rode SC6 Dual TRRS Input and Headphone Output for Smartphones Article from TSA about traveling with batteries  Auphonic for auto post processing and some editing Recordium for iOS Rob's NMX presentation about podcasting on iOS  iOS recording and editing - TWISTED WAVE Multitrack DAW for iOS for editing ART Dual Pre for multi-mic mobile recording Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable! * all links should be considered affiliate links. Read my ethics statement for more info.
Jun 8, 2014
  +Ray Ortega, +Daniel J. Lewis, and +Dave Jackson, recreate their presentation given at New Media Expo 2014 titled, "How to Grow Your Audience from 100's to 1000's." For those of you looking for new ways to increase the number of people who listen and/or watch your podcast this Round will provide well over 50 different strategies for increasing your podcast's audience. Presented back in January 2014 at the New Media Expo, this panel was originally planned to be reposted on the Podcasters' Roundtable site at podcastersroundtable.com/nmx14. Unfortunately NMX lost our recoding. To make up for that, we're doing it over, live! Listen to get just a taste of the many ways you can find new people to listen to your show or retain the viewers you already have. Links mentioned on this Round: Complete outline of promo tips from NMX14 presentation Enter this into Google to see who is linking to your website: Google: link: yourdomain.com (go to google.com and enter Link: WHATEVER_DOMAIN_YOU_WANT_TO_VIEW.com) Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
May 20, 2014
How much personality in your show is too much? Do you fear being "vulnerable" with your audience or do you share everything? This Round features: +Ray Ortega, +Daniel J. Lewis, +Dave Jackson, +Neil Perrin, +Jeffrey Powers, and +Tyler Smith. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Apr 22, 2014
Is podcasting really any different than old media? Are we, as podcasters, simply falling into the mold created by media producers before us? Podcasting may be one of the few remaining truly free mediums. There are no rules, no gatekeepers, no censors, nothing telling you what you can and can't do with your show. So why does your podcast sound like all the rest or worse, like radio?;) This is a fun Roundtable in the spirit of the Roundtable's origins, podcasters sitting around on a group call discussing whatever comes to mind. We jump off from this topic of "breaking the mold" as it refers to content production styles and see where it goes. This Round features: +Ray Ortega, +Daniel J. Lewis, +Paul Blais, +Corey Fineran, and +Gary Fawcett. Circle Ray on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!
Mar 20, 2014
It's time for another Round of Podcasting Peeves. What are those things that drive you crazy about podcasters, podcasts, the podcasting industry, etc? This Round features: +Ray Ortega, +David Jackson +Daniel J. Lewis  +Kenn Blanchard +Jordan Harbinger +Ryan Parker and +Paul Blais. Circle me on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable! Links mentioned on this Round ScheduleOne - Online scheduling to help with setting up podcast interviews.
Feb 28, 2014
Should you add live-streaming to your podcast production? Recording live won't give you a big boost in numbers, isn't likely to help you get discovered, and probably won't attract a lot of participation all while adding more to your workflow. So why go live? Watch +Ray Ortega, +David Jackson +Daniel J. Lewis +Rob Cesternino +Andrew Zarian and +Mike Howard discuss the good and bad of live-streaming your show Circle me on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to be notified and appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!  
Feb 13, 2014
What do you do if someone promotes your podcast but you don't necessarily agree with their content? Do you care? Is there such a thing as "bad press?" At any time, someone can share your content with their own audience be it a simple word-of-mouth mention or sharing your logo, content, or promo. But what if your personal beliefs or brand don't align with theirs? Do you worry that you'll be seen as associated with their brand or is any promo, good promo? Watch +Ray Ortega, +David Jackson +Daniel J. Lewis +Mignon Fogarty and +John Wilkerson discuss the topic of podcast promotion and whether or not you feel it's necessary to "police" your brand.
Jan 26, 2014
Your podcast is available in iTunes, Stitcher, etc. but what about its own app? Do you need one? What are the benefits and what are the costs to having a standalone app for your podcast? Watch +Ray Ortega, +David Jackson +Daniel J. Lewis  +Rob Walch, +Chase Nunes  and +Kevin Scullion discuss standalone podcast apps. Circle me on Google Plus to be notified of future live recordings, to meet other podcasters and share your opinions in the chat! See ya at the next Round! Sign up to appear on a future Podcasters' Roundtable!    
Jan 9, 2014
Recorded live on the show floor at New Media Expo 2014 (NMX), Ray, Daniel and Dave ask, Are Conferences Worth It? This is an audio only Round. See the player below. Attending a conference is rarely a cheap endeavor. You spend money on travel, lodging, food and of course tickets. Even if the conference is free and local, you invest time and energy. So, is it worth it? What do you get in return for your investment? On this Round, Ray Ortega, Daniel J. Lewis, David Jackson and a whole host of new Roundtablers, chosen from the audience (see below), discuss the value of attending a conference with special focus on the 2014 NMX show in Las Vegas. Special thanks to everyone who showed up to watch us record this Round, to Nick Seuberling for doing an awesome job managing the guest microphone and Megan Enloe from NMX for helping to make this happen. I've been told that NMX loved the Round and is excited to have us back on the live "stage" again next year. We hope to see you there! Returning Roundtablers making an appearance on this Round include: Nick Seuberling, Ibarionex Perello, Ben Adam-Smith, Corey Fineran New Roundtablers featured on this Round: Jeremy Chandanais (aka JC), Larissa Galenes, Vickie Velazquez, Shannon Hernandez, George Hrab, Craig Gilley, Amy Bowser-Rollins, Rob Cesternino, Tawny Fineran, and Charles McFall.  
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