I created and hosted a podcast about the Los Angeles Lakers as my first attempt at sports radio. I hope to one day work in sports radio on a talk show, and I felt this project would be a great way to try that out.
I created and put together most everything, my co-host, Lee Woods, only participated in the recording sessions to help create a more conversational atmosphere. I did the prep work, artwork, editing, and uploading for the whole podcast.
I chose to talk about the Lakers because Lee is a Lakers fan and I am an NBA fan overall, so it was a good fit for both of us. We covered mostly games played, the outcomes, and what the biggest takeaways were from those games.
The podcast took up 52 hours alone between research/note-taking, recording, and editing. We got over 130 listens on SoundCloud, and our episode dedicated to Kobe Bryant got over 70 alone.
We tried to move into 30-minute episodes, but my daughter was born a month early, leaving that as a plan that never got executed.
Overall, I got a lot out of this project; I found some things I like, some things I don’t, and how I can approach things going forward. I learned, for example, that podcast audiences only want 20-30 minute episodes, instead of an hour plus. We developed a good listening audience that gave some very helpful feedback, the 30-minute episode being one of the items of feedback. I learned how to work with an audience as well as becoming a better researcher.
I feel like this project helped me take a good step in the right direction of becoming a sports radio host. I also feel that the project helped me a lot with my current position in news radio.
My Podcast Artwork:
Here are all 9 episodes of my podcast (through SoundCloud):
The only software I used was Adobe Audition and SoundCloud. I paid for 2 months of SoundCloud Premium, Adobe Audition, and I bought the poster board for this assignment. We used Studio 4 at BYU-Idaho Radio to record our episodes with professional microphones; I ran the sound board and all technological tools in our episodes.