September 08, 2022
Writing for Audio with Megan Bagala
Introduction: On this episode of the Audience podcast, Stuart talks with Megan Bagala about what it means to write for audio. Megan is a podcast producer, songwriter, musician, writer, actor, and renaissance woman. In addition to doing a bit of everything, she is also an expert in the topic of writing for audio, whether it be a musical, narrative, or chat show. She shares tips and advice from her experiences in order to help new podcasters, as well as veteran podcasters, look at their copy in a different light. Megan is currently working as the Senior Producer on Melon's House Party at Wondery. She is a proud participant of the 2021 Ready to Learn Podcast Accelerator from PBS KIDS, PRX, and the CPB. Her work can be heard on podcasts from Marvel Entertainment, Gimlet Media, America's Test Kitchen, and more. She's currently developing a middle-grade fiction series about music theory, and a YA fiction series about the ramifications of climate change. If you have any questions about this episode or want to get some of the resources we mentioned, head over to Castos.com/podcast. And as always, if you’re enjoying the show please share it with someone who you think would enjoy it as well. It is your continued support that will help us continue to help others. Thank you so much! Never miss another show by subscribing at castos.com/subscribe. Today you’ll learn about: Megan’s ...
September 01, 2022
3 Clips Re-Air: Nice Try with Avery Trufelman
On this episode, we dive back into our archives and an old episode of 3 Clips. This episode aired on January 17, 2022, and was hosted by Evo Terra. It was edited and produced by Stuart Barefoot For connoisseurs of podcasts, Avery Trufelman shouldn’t need much of an introduction. She’s worked on popular shows like 99% Invisible and its successful spinoff, Articles of Interest. More recently she teamed up with Vox and Curbed to create Nice Try! In season one of this investigative series, Avery explored failed attempts at creating Utopias. For season two titled Interior, she turned her attention to the home. Each episode dissects the history and the stories of household appliances and the role they play in our attempt to turn our homes into our own little fiefdoms. She joined Evo to discuss the making of Season 2 Episode 1 titled The Doorbell. Sow how does someone make an entire episode about a doorbell? Well, with breadth comes depth. LEARN MORE ABOUT CASTOS 3 Clips is a Castos Original Series. Castos provides tools for public and private podcasts and believes podcasters should own their turf to provide the best possible audience experience. Visit http://castos.com Inside the Episode Listen to full episodes of Nice Try! at podcasts.voxmedia.com Learn more about Avery’s work at her website averytrufelman.com This episode was produced by Stuart Barefoot @smallleaguestu Music was provided by Tyler Litwin About the ...
August 25, 2022
Centralized vs. Decentralized: The Space Between
On this episode of the Audience podcast, Matt and Stuart share their discussions with Juleyka Lantigua, Sam Sethi, and Skye Pillsbury about centralized and decentralized monetization and podcasting. Take a peek into these fun and informative conversations as they delve into the definitions of indie podcasting, what kind of conversation you should have with advertisers, and the best possible route for different podcasters. Should we welcome corporate overlords into our podcasts? Should we stay as indie podcasts? What are your goals as a podcaster? Are you looking for an easy path to monetization or are you looking for something else? If you have any questions about this episode or want to get some of the resources we mentioned, head over to Castos.com/podcast. And as always, if you’re enjoying the show please share it with someone who you think would enjoy it as well. It is your continued support that will help us continue to help others. Thank you so much! Never miss another show by subscribing at castos.com/subscribe. Today you’ll learn about: What it means to have centralized vs a decentralized podcast Downloads and advertising Clear expectations and communication with advertisers Interactivity for listeners: looking for the interesting conversation Which platform is going to give us the best technology for listener reach, advertising, and monetization What does it mean to have a “small” podcast or to be a “small” creator? Who is considered an indie creator? Resources/Links: Juleyka Lantigua Twitter: ...
August 18, 2022
Centralized vs Decentralized: Value 4 Value
In this episode of Audience, you’ll hear Part II of our “Centralized vs. Decentralized” series. Matt and Stuart are joined by “The Podfather” himself, Adam Curry. Adam stops by to talk about protecting podcasting, and all those involved with creating podcast content. In addition to his many successes in podcasting, Adam is the Founder of PodcastIndex.Org, whose mission is to preserve, protect, and extend the open, independent podcasting ecosystem. Adam and Matt also discuss the “value 4 value” construct that allows payment to be distributed easily from listener/consumer to independent creators, including compensating smaller participants in the podcasting sphere such as the app designers. Adam also touches on topics like the network of small independent podcasting production companies that currently exist (like Castos.com) which form a perfectly distributed and decentralized network that protects content creators from being de-platformed completely. Thanks to Skye Pillsbury from The Squeeze podcast for the opening of this episode. You’ll hear more from Skye next time, as a guest for Part III, the final installment of our series, and she’ll be joined by guests Sam Sethi from Podland and Juleyka Lantigua from LWC Studios. Resources: Adam Curry Twitter No Agenda Podcast Podcasting 2.0 Podcast w Adam & Dave PodcastIndex.org The Squeeze Podcast Newsletter w Skye Pillsbury Juleyka Lantigua LinkedIn Julkeyka Lantigua on Twitter Podland Podcast Matt Medeiros LinkedIn Stuart Barefoot LinkedIn Audience Podcast ...
August 11, 2022
Centralized vs Decentralized: The Case for Discoverability
As podcasters (and creators in general) look for ways to generate more interest in their work, the method of distribtuion is sometimes being debated. So Matt and Stuart set out to ask podcasters of all stripes how they feel about centralized and decentralized distribution. In part one Matt talks to Tanner Campbell who advocates for a more centralized system. He tells Matt this could help solve for discoverability and could streamline monetezation tools for podcasters. Thanks to Juleyka Lantigua for our openeing. Stay tuned for more of her in part three of this series. Links Tanner on Twitter Juleyka Lantigua on Twitter tannerhelps.com castos.com ...
August 04, 2022
Realism in Audio Fiction
Some of the best, most diverse, and talented audio creators alive make their living creating audio fiction. Shows like Welcome to Nightvale, Limetown, and Alice isn’t Dead, just to name a few, weave complex story arcs, colorful characters, and of course, great production value for listeners. We’re all lucky these shows exist. Northwoods Baseball Sleep Radio is firmly in the realm of audio fiction. But unlike most audio fiction, there are no supernatural elements, heroes, villains, or any traditional story arc. In this podcast series, each episode is presented as a full-length minor league baseball broadcast. The teams, the players, the sponsors, all of it is made up. The catch? There is none. It’s just nine innings of fictional baseball. Created by a podcaster known only as Mr. King, Sleep Baseball is a work of fiction that feels very much like it’s a real broadcast. And if that seems boring, it’s the point. This “boring” show is resonating with listeners. Fans of the show support it through Patreon and merch sales. It’s even been written up in The New Yorker. In this episode, Stuart and “Mr. King” chat about the inspiration for making the show, the process of producing fake baseball broadcasts, and how listener support makes a project of this size financially viable. Links Full Episodes and Merch: sleepbaseball.com A piece on Sleep Baseball in the New Yorker: newyorker.com/culture/rabbit-holes/the-rapture-of-listening-to-a-fake-baseball-game Connect your Podcast to Stripe with Castos: castos.com/integrations/stripe/ ***Between the time of this recording and the publishing date, legendary baseball broadcaster Vin Scully passed away. Read more HERE ...