You need to know a bit about the podcasts that I have made because this will
explain a lot about the layout of this tutorial. All of my podcast have
been "interview" podcasts. Also all of the these interviews have been made
over the telephone except for the first Podcast that I made. My first
podcast was me just talking into a cheep microphone that was plugged into he
back of my computer.
All the rest of them have been me interviewing people, talking to them on the
telephone. I recorded the conversation in real time, directly to the
computer. The reason I made this type of podcasts is because, that's what I
wanted to do. I wanted to interview personalities in the barbecue world
around the country. These people were all famous in the world of barbecue
cooking, in particular, the world of competition barbecue cooking. It
seemed to me to be a great way to give people a chance to learn about these
great cooks and
actually hear them talk about barbecue cooking. Later on I did some
podcasts with people involved in archery. Archery is a sport that I have
always been fond of.
Some of these interviews were local telephone calls in Kansas City, MO USA.
Other interviews were long distance in the USA and I did one podcast interview
from Kansas City to Australia. They all worked well and they were all
single one on one interviews. There is no reason why these interviews
couldn't have been with more that one person on a conference call.
You should also know that I have had absolutely no experience interviewing
anyone, before I started doing these interviews. Yet they
still came out well and have been downloaded tens of thousands of times. This same
type of interview could be conducted remotely using a portable tape recorder and
a microphone. After the interview with one or more people (like a sporting
event) and then could be transferred from the tape to your computer.
All of the interviews were done without the aid of a script. I did have
some notes in front of me sometimes but I found it difficult to conduct the
interviews and read my notes at the same time. So I just imagined that the
interviews were just phone calls and I just tried to talk normally. While
all of my podcasts were of one type, the experience I gained has given me
a lot of confidence. I would feel very comfortable doing an
interview in a studio with a couple of people.
If you start off with studio type podcasts then your going to have to have a
lot more equipment then to do interviews over the phone.
Basically to do the interview type podcasts all you need is, a computer,
telephone, a telephone pick up device and some software. You don't even
need a microphone because later on I will tell you how to use your telephone as
My telephone connection has been voice over internet conversations.
These VOIP phone companies offer free long distance, and very reasonable
international calls. The company I use is Vonage. I almost hate to
mention the telephone company I use because the Internet if full with people
complaining about this company but I like them and have had very good service
with them. So you can do interviews with anyone anywhere in the world and
not spend hardly any money. The possibilities for this type of
podcast is endless.
Now that you have the background information for the podcasts that I have made, I'm
going to do is tell you how I did them step by step. If you just do what I
did in the beginning you will have good results. Then later on you can
change the way you do the podcasts.