Resources for Podcasting 101 - A Crash Course
Here's my list of suggested further reading, recommended equipment, resources, and communities culled from many such lists that preceded it (including work by Jenna Weiss-Berman, Alex Kapleman, Kaitlin Prest, Helen Zaltzman, and others I may have inadvertently omitted) and my own brain. I hope these might be of help to you as you develop your ideas and projects. Happy podcasting!
Amazing all-around resources with articles on many topics:
- This American Life’s Make Radio Page
- Third Coast Festival’s conference audio
- Rob Rosenthal’s talk "Bring Extra Batteries"
- AIR’s resources section
- iTunes Podcasting Tips
Concerned about the legal aspects? Check out this (Sept. 2017) interview with entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark: "Podcasting Law: Stay Legal & Protect Your Brand".
Can't record an interview in person? Check out Katie Mingle’s guide to tape syncs. Try to pay the standard rate of $125 + travel. Or explore using Skype or these handy iPhone tape sync instructions on a smartphone if you have no other option.
In-Person Training Programs
The Center for Documentary Studies Workshops
Bare Bones - 3 Ways
Mic - Samson Go Mic - $59 with headphones
Blue Yeti USB Mic - $125 - you can actually change the directionality of this mic for use for voiceover, interviews, or music recording.
Pair any of the above with the Hindenburg Field Recorder app on your iPhone ($30) for a super portable low-fi kit.
This American Life Kit
Recorder - Marantz PDM 661
Field Mic - Audio-Technica AT8035 shotgun microphone
Studio Mic - Shure KSM-32 mics (which are the great $500 knockoffs of the gorgeous $3400 Neumann U87's you hear on the big NPR news shows)
Transom Good, Better, & Best Kits (see link for their review + more details)
Free Interview App, with Built-In Interview Planning - StoryCorps Mobile App
Free, Open Source Audio Editing Software - Audacity - This Transom article will walk you through what it can and can't do.
Automatic Transcription Service: Check out this comparison by Pop Up Podcasting (updated Dec 2017).
Space & Studios (NYC Area)
Before paying for space, check out any resources at your school or public library, any professional organizations you might belong to, your network, etc.
Cast Sound Lab - starting at $40/hour
QED Studios - starting at $30/hour
Radio Free Brooklyn - starting at $50/hour
Metro 599 - $50/hour general or $20/hour members - This librarian non-profit not only has audio workstations but also digitization, A/V transfer, media migration and recovery, and graphic output/printing! Membership also includes Lynda.com subscription.
For general discussions, tips, and excellent tools reviews - Transom is a showcase and workshop for new public radio. http://transom.org/
Public Radio Exchange (PRX) is an online marketplace for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming. PRX is also a growing social network and community of listeners, producers, and stations collaborating to reshape public radio. http://www.prx.org/
For community and awesome peer-to-peer support - Association for Independents in Radio: http://airmedia.org/
Podcaster’s Support Group, founded by Helen Zaltzman - https://www.facebook.com/groups/571436979623574/
And for avid listeners, the New York Times has a podcasting listener's club (think: book club) with over 24,000 members: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nytpodcastclub/
For those in the NYC area, the NYC Podcasting Meet-Up has over 500 members and hosts regular events.
Rates & Contracts
Monetization - Crowd-Funding/Subscriptions
Drip - From Kickstarter (Invite-Only right now but watch for it!)
Ko-Fi - Allows individuals to pay for a "cup of coffee" via small donations.
Patreon - Platform for regular, monthly donations for your art/work.
Radio Public's Paid Listens - Ads for smaller podcasts.
Podcast Hosting Services
Podcast Places is a website that list the hundreds of places to host your podcast. Below are a few of the more popular ones.
Websites/Web Hosting Resources
- Reclaim Hosting - use the coupon code NYUAM for 10% off. This is for folks who want are willing to DIY a bit more for a super low cost web hosting that can be used for multiple sites or URLs usinf Wordpress.org, HTML, or anything else to build out your site.
- SquareSpace - a pricey but super easy-to-use option with sleek templates.
- Wordpress.com - can be used with tons of different templates with scalable pricing; more user-friendly than self-hosted.
- And don't forget to buy a web address! I am a fan of buying my URLs from Namecheap, who have great privacy, offer cheap WhoIs protection, and don't make misogynist ads like some of the other competitors out there.
Recommended Podcasts & Networks