Podcast Junkies | Interviews and Conversations with Inspiring Podcasters, Storytellers, Entrepreneurs [member of ⚡Podcastica]

Natalie Eckdahl is the host of the Biz Chix podcast, a business coach and strategist who also leads mastermind groups for women entrepreneurs. She was inspired to start her podcast in 2014 because the business podcasts she was listening to mainly spotlighted men and she wanted to listen from more women entrepreneurs who were balancing a business and a family just like she was.

With nearly 300 episodes under her belt, Natalie has been able to provide a platform to women business owners and leaders whose voices are often underrepresented while also sharing her own knowledge and expertise to other female entrepreneurs who are looking to start and improve upon their own businesses.

  • 07:27 - Her thoughts on waiting for the right time to come on the show
  • 08:27 - Lessons she’s learned to improve her podcast and business
  • 11:32 - The first time she received feedback on her podcast
  • 14:44 - How she got started in podcasting
  • 20:02 - Thinking through how you want to design your podcast
  • 24:09 - Finding your own voice
  • 28:27 - My new favorite business podcast, More Cheese Less Whiskers
  • 30:21 - Using your podcast for your business
  • 32:28 - Using her Facebook group to connect her community to her podcast
  • 35:12 - When she has to explain to people what she does for a living
  • 35:32 - Her growing community of listeners and connecting with them at Podcast Movement
  • 37:52 - Celebrity status within the small online world
  • 38:33 - The powerful connections podcasts are able to make on listeners
  • 41:24 - If podcast listening will evolve from a solo in-ear experience to a more communal radio-type listening style
  • 43:44 - Featuring her kids on her podcast and if they will have their own show one day
  • 47:05 - If Generation Zers will take to podcasts
  • 48:03 - The new trend of TV shows turning into podcasts
  • 50:23 - The big support she received from her husband when she started her podcast
  • 53:26 - Creating memories and leaving a legacy through your podcast
  • 55:37 - Being vulnerable and sharing personal stories with your audience
  • 58:04 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 01:03:38 - How you can involve your listeners to help your podcast downloads grow

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/natalie-eckdahl-interview

Direct download: PJ142-NatalieEckdahl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21am EDT

Meet Jay Connor, writer and one of the brilliant voices of the podcast, The Extraordinary Negroes, which he co-hosts with Alex Hardy. The Extraordinary Negroes tackles a wide range of issues and topics effecting the black community and aims to shed light and encourage dialogue on these important issues.

Their podcast has been featured in the New York Times, was nominated for Best Society & Culture podcast from The People’s Choice Podcast Awards, was featured in Bitch Media and they were invited to SXSW to perform a live recording of their show. Quite extraordinary for a podcast that has only been out for just one year.

I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to meet Jay and I’m just as excited to introduce him to all of you.

  • 07:52 - How I met Jay
  • 10:08 - If hip-hop and MCing should have an age limit
  • 12:46 - Binging on hip hop documentaries
  • 14:03 - When he first got interested in podcasting
  • 15:32 - His two biggest influences for starting his podcast
  • 16:03 - The event that led the way to his podcast blowing up
  • 19:01 - The three things he thought of so his podcast could stand out from the crowd
  • 19:24 - The meaning behind the name, The Extraordinary Negroes
  • 21:27 - One of the things he’s looking to do in the future with his podcast
  • 23:08 - Why he started The Extraordinary Negroes
  • 25:27 - When he first got interested in writing
  • 26:29 - Where he grew up
  • 27:51 - Culture shock in the military and the biggest culture shock he ever experienced
  • 28:52 - His time in the Air Force and why he chose to go to the military after high school
  • 33:40 - War being such a traumatic experience
  • 34:36 - Why he decided to turn down six figure salary job offers after the military
  • 36:17 - His opinion of Edward Snowden
  • 38:04 - How all his life experiences translate over to his podcast
  • 39:47 - His desire to provide black women a platform to tell their stories and to encourage dialogue on dismantling patriarchy
  • 42:05 - Empowering others to speak through his podcast
  • 43:51 - The divisiveness the issue of transphobia is creating in the black community
  • 46:27 - Transgender people in the military
  • 48:02 - The responsibility that comes along with having a podcast
  • 51:10 - Who in his family is surprised where he’s ended up in life
  • 53:42 - What he liked about the format of the Combat Jack show
  • 55:54 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 58:19 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 59:36 - His future plans for The Extraordinary Negroes

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/jay-connor-interview

Direct download: PJ141-JayConnor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am EDT

Kwesi Hankins isn’t just a “Superfan” of Podcast Junkies, he’s a tremendous podcaster in his own right and the founder of Podwabbit, a collection of podcasts that cover such topics as sports, politics, tech news, and much more. You might say that Podwabbit affords its listeners an intimate look at all the different things that are going through Kwesi’s mind. With a podcast to suit every taste, the Podwabbit Network is sure to please even the most discerning of listeners.

  • 04:33 - Where he’s from, where he’s been, and where he calls home now
  • 07:19 - How he discovered Podcast Junkies
  • 10:41 - “Inner-sation” - Kwesi’s first stab at podcasting
  • 14:50 - The origins of Kwesi Wabbit and the Podwabbit Network
  • 17:55 - His background in tech and Podwabbit’s most popular show
  • 19:02 - Sports Chop Block and his other shows on the Podwabbit Network
  • 22:39 - How much time he spends producing the shows on Podwabbit
  • 24:34 - “Perfect is the enemy of done” - being OK with not being perfect
  • 26:22 - Going remote with his portable podcasting gear
  • 30:01 - Podcast Movement
  • 32:43 - His search for the most affordable ear buds
  • 33:44 - His passion for podcasting
  • 36:11 - How he came up with the name for the Pajama Dialogues podcast
  • 37:10 - Working from home
  • 37:48 - My dog, Disco
  • 38:35 - His full-time gig and his podcast, Intentional Grounding
  • 42:46 - Stories from the ER and what he’s learned from those experiences
  • 46:57 - Why his podcast network reminds me of the movie, Inside Out
  • 47:53 - Why he didn’t want to have just one podcast and his idea for another show
  • 50:08 - The Comfortably Numb podcast and his “buffet” of podcasts
  • 52:54 - The Found Podcast and his thoughts on censorship in podcasting
  • 56:10 - iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8
  • 58:16 - What he would like to do to attract more people to the podcasting medium
  • 59:28 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 01:00:16 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 01:01:26 - The origin of his name, Kwesi

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/kwesi-hankins-interview

Direct download: PJ140-KwesiHankins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01am EDT

I’m happy to have Rob Greenlee, the Head of Podcast Content at Spreaker back on the show to talk about all things podcasting. Rob is a seasoned podcaster and veteran in the podcasting space. He hosts the Spreaker Live Show and is the co-host of the New Media Show along with Todd Cochrane where they’ve been talking about what’s happening in podcasting for the past five years.

On today’s show, Rob shares with us what he sees happening in the world of podcasting and its future, the rise of podcasting events across the U.S. and abroad, the upcoming panels he’s moderating at this years Podcast Movement, and more superb insight about podcasting that you don’t want to miss.

  • 05:06 - The struggle of keeping up with your favorite podcasts
  • 07:18 - Why people lose interest in the podcasts they listen to
  • 10:41 - His podcast, The New Media Show with Todd Cochrane
  • 14:35 - The topics The New Media Show focuses on
  • 17:27 - The problem with Soundcloud as a podcasting platform
  • 20:20 - Podcast hosting companies and their commitment to podcasters
  • 22:11 - What Spreaker thinks about the future of podcasting
  • 24:51 - The rise of more and more podcast hosting platforms
  • 28:34 - The live podcasting space
  • 34:12 - The “explosion” of podcasting events in the U.S.
  • 36:11 - Radio vs Podcast content
  • 37:47 - Are music radio stations in trouble?
  • 38:44 - Podcast Movement Conference
  • 40:01 - The National Association of Broadcasters Conference courting podcasts
  • 42:43 - The panels he’s moderating at Podcast Movement 2017
  • 47:04 - The possibility of a universal format to export podcast episodes to other platforms
  • 49:13 - The Dynamic Ad Insertion tutorial training he’s helping lead at Podcast Movement
  • 50:16 - Are Dynamic Ad Insertions right for you and your podcast?
  • 53:39 - The growing number of new podcasters at podcasting conferences

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/rob-greenlee-interview

Direct download: PJ139-RobGreenlee.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17pm EDT

Nicole Abboud is the founder of Abboud Media and the Gen Why Lawyer podcast. A lawyer by trade, she soon came to the realization after practicing law for five years that it wasn’t the career she wanted for the rest of her life. So in 2015, after having conversations with young lawyers about their experiences practicing law, she decided to launch Gen Why Lawyer which eventually inspired her to stop practicing law and follow her passion of starting her own business - helping lawyers better brand themselves, millennial style. Nicole’s voice is helping inspire millennials and others not willing to settle for the status-quo to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

  • 03:16 - Where I first met Nicole
  • 05:25 - Which podcast got her interested in starting her podcast, Gen Why Lawyer
  • 06:20 - Her background as a lawyer and how she got the idea to start her podcast
  • 07:36 - When she was first bit by the entrepreneurial bug
  • 08:45 - Leaving her law career to build her own business
  • 09:27 - How going out on her own has changed what she covers on Gen Why Lawyer
  • 10:31 - Her listener base
  • 11:20 - How her guests left practicing law and the types of businesses they’ve opened
  • 13:13 - Why she thinks Gen Why Lawyer has received great exposure
  • 16:39 - What her parents thought when she started podcasting
  • 17:19 - Her family’s ethnicity/heritage
  • 19:02 - The concerns her parents had when she stopped practicing law
  • 20:26 - What it was about practicing law that burnt her out
  • 21:51 - The 9 to 5 employee mindset vs the entrepreneur mindset
  • 24:19 - Compassionate Management
  • 27:25 - When she realized that Compassionate Management was something she should pay attention to
  • 29:03 - Defining Compassionate Management
  • 30:06 - Holacracy
  • 31:22 - The organizations she was involved with in high school
  • 32:40 - The new podcast, What Trump Can Teach Us About Constitutional Law
  • 34:23 - How she’s grown as a podcast host
  • 35:56 - The episode of Gen Why Lawyer that stands out to her
  • 38:35 - How podcasting has changed the way she interacts with people in person
  • 39:11 - Is she an introvert or extrovert?
  • 39:40 - What makes her uncomfortable talking to people “in real life”
  • 43:02 - The ideas she first had for starting her own business
  • 47:24 - Who she would love to have on her podcast
  • 49:45 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 52:42 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 55:47 - What has her excited about returning to her podcast

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/nicole-abboud-interview

Direct download: PJ138-NicoleAbboud.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26pm EDT

Claire Duffy has worked as a screenwriter for over a decade and has loved films ever since she was a child. Her passion in movies led her to attend drama school and study directing. Later in life she worked in theatre in London and then attended film school in Vancouver. Now she is pursuing a new form of expression - podcasting. Her podcast, Women of Hollywood Land explores women in films from the 1910 and 1920’s and Claire couldn’t be more perfect for this new role. I was fortuitous enough to find her via Twitter and I’m excited to share her story and what you can expect to hear on Women of Hollywood Land.

  • 04:58 - The first time she considered screenwriting as a career path
  • 06:51 - Looking back at her journey on becoming a screenwriter
  • 08:45 - Her earliest movie memory
  • 11:13 - How her fascination with films started
  • 13:54 - The first screenplay she wrote while at film school and the start of her blog
  • 15:35 - How she got the idea to start her podcast, Women of Hollywood Land
  • 17:19 - Her passion for female dominated films and filmmakers
  • 19:01 - Her “ready, set, go” approach with things
  • 20:51 - Where she went for information to get her podcast up and running
  • 24:21 - How her podcast is being received
  • 29:06 - Where she grew up and where she’d like her ashes to be scattered
  • 31:11 - The first podcast she ever heard
  • 31:45 - The intimacy of podcasting
  • 33:48 - The Sleep With Me Podcast and what she finds interesting about podcasting
  • 35:21 - Lost Hollywood films
  • 38:25 - What to expect down the road with Women of Hollywood Land
  • 40:07 - Other early Hollywood podcasts and what makes hers different
  • 42:02 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 43:35 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/claire-duffy-interview

Direct download: PJ137-ClaireDuffy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am EDT

Amanda Doughty is the creator of the Great Beer Adventure podcast and a craft beer connoisseur. She travels with beer (sometimes on planes) to help show people just how great it is and documenting her adventures through her podcast. The Great Beer Adventure Podcast is more than just a tasting show, it dives deep into the hows and whys of craft brewing while spotlighting the individuals responsible for contributing to this growing movement.

  • 06:45 - Why she loves podcasting, craft beer and why she travels with beer
  • 08:02 - Her plans to start a TV show about craft beer
  • 10:35 - How her TV show would be different than other craft beer shows
  • 15:30 - My artsy Vampire movie picks
  • 17:23 - Stephen King fun fact and my love of his books
  • 19:45 - Crossing state lines with alcohol and Maine’s role in Prohibition
  • 23:38 - The reason she started the Great Beer Adventure podcast
  • 24:25 - How to seal your cooler when flying
  • 25:29 - Why it’s difficult to get a beer company to sponsor her podcast
  • 29:13 - The advertisers that are the best match for her show
  • 33:14 - Her podcast gear
  • 35:27 - The two different types of events she attends to showcase her podcast
  • 38:34 - The time I interviewed Danny Peña and the Gamertag Radio crew at CBS Studios
  • 40:07 - The best ever Show Notes and how she uses social media to grow her platform
  • 42:39 - Her thoughts on collaborating with other beer podcasts
  • 47:45 - Edible six-pack beer rings
  • 53:26 - Her first beer story
  • 59:13 - What sets the Great Beer Adventure apart from other beer shows
  • 01:02:28 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 01:04:51 - What she’s changed her mind about recently

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/amanda-doughty-interview

Direct download: PJ136-AmandaDoughty.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19am EDT

Jay Soderberg, a.k.a. PodVader, emerged from the radio broadcasting world and is now fully immersed in podcasting. He’s been the Head of Content at BlogTalkRadio since 2014 and previously worked at ESPN for 16 years, spending his last eight years there as the lead producer for all their podcasts. He is the host and founder of the Next Fan Up podcast and a big champion for independent podcasters. As Jay puts it, he’s “fighting for the little guy” so they all have a seat at the table when podcasting becomes too big for the world to ignore. Fortunately, BlogTalkRadio helps him advance this narrative by helping podcasters get better at what they do, grow their audience, and monetize their shows. I’m happy Jay entered the podcasting arena and confident that the future of podcasting will be better off because of him.

  • 07:01 - How he got the name, ‘PodVader’
  • 09:00 - How he’s seen podcasting explode and the corporate vs the independent podcast
  • 10:33 - What got him into podcasting and who influenced him early on
  • 13:53 - Eric Hutchinson’s theme song for the Fantasy Focus podcast
  • 15:06 - The Coke Zero campaign
  • 17:10 - How the audience driven Coke Zero ad got started
  • 19:19 - Matthew Berry’s background and podcasting experience
  • 22:42 - The “It” factor - what makes a great podcast
  • 25:13 - His love of radio, the “Lego Tapes” and his desire to become a radio broadcaster
  • 32:15 - Can radio and podcasting co-exist?
  • 34:37 - Adam Curry’s Podcaster Pro audio device
  • 39:49 - His time at ESPN and working for Andy Toh at Blog Talk Radio
  • 41:38 - Andy Toh as the Bill Belichick of podcasting
  • 44:30 - What does Blog Talk Radio do and how can it help podcasters?
  • 52:58 - Host read ads on Blog Talk Radio
  • 01:05:06 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 01:05:58 - What he’s changed his mind about recently

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/jay-soderberg-interview

Direct download: PJ135-JaySoderberg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40am EDT

Dan Franks is one of three founders of Podcast Movement; a weekend gathering for anyone who is interested in or involved with podcasting that is chock full of speakers, panels, and breakout sessions from some of the most influential people in the industry. 2017 marks the fourth year of Podcast Movement and I spoke to Dan about how it got started, the challenges of planning for such a big event, and how he fell into the world of podcasting.

  • 07:26 - The influx of podcasters who are no longer around
  • 08:59 - Why some podcasts last and others don’t
  • 10:58 - The first person who got him interested in podcasts
  • 15:04 - When he knew he wanted to start his own podcast
  • 17:02 - The approach he took when he interviewed John Lee Dumas on the Entrepreneur Showdown podcast
  • 18:44 - What he learned from the Men Seeking Tomahawks podcast
  • 20:41 - Understanding when it’s time to retire your podcast
  • 24:23 - How Podcast Movement got started
  • 27:19 - The Podcast Movement creators
  • 30:00 - Launching Podcast Movement through Kickstarter and the lessons learned
  • 33:58 - People’s misconceptions on the profitability of Podcast Movement
  • 36:12 - How he started working for Midroll
  • 38:16 - How it feels to be seen as a role model in the podcasting space
  • 40:39 - Highlighting minority podcasters and other underrepresented groups
  • 42:34 - The speaker submission process at Podcast Movement
  • 44:10 - New apps appearing at Podcast Movement to help monetize your podcast
  • 46:12 - The challenges of planning for an event like Podcast Movement
  • 49:33 - Who in his family is surprised about the life he’s made around podcasting
  • 50:38 - His biggest supporters
  • 53:10 - How he manages the people wanting to be a part of his inner circle
  • 54:20 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 55:02 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 55:49 - His attraction to event planning and live events
  • 57:30 - Balancing the big name podcasters with the independent creators
  • 59:48 - Working with the agents for the speakers at Podcast Movement

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/dan-franks-interview

Direct download: PJ134-DanFranks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20am EDT

Ilana Levine is a seasoned actress from New Jersey who got her start on Broadway and later made it to the “silver screen” where she has appeared in such films as Failure to Launch, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Friends with Kids. She is also a director and newly minted podcaster where she interviews fellow actors on her hit podcast, Little Known Facts. Although she’s new to podcasting, Ilana's gift for making her guests feel safe and at ease is proof that she belongs in this arena. And because she approaches this newest endeavor with the same passion, commitment, and dedication that made her such a successful actress, it’s no wonder why Little Known Facts has been so well received.

  • 09:06 - Why Ilana started her podcast, Little Known Facts, and the person behind the idea
  • 13:51 - Where her skill for great conversation comes from
  • 18:14 - Her interview with Octavia Spencer
  • 20:59 - How she feels about people wanting to talk to her about podcasting instead of acting and the two criteria to be on her show
  • 23:43 - Why she decided to transition away from theatre and Broadway
  • 25:19 - Unexpected opportunities and connections arising from podcasting
  • 28:46 - Jumping headfirst into the podcasting landscape and what she wants to offer with Little Known Facts
  • 32:42 - Her Blue Apron sponsorship and Sweet and Sour Salmon with Bok Choy and Ginger Fried Rice recipe overload
  • 37:56 - The story of when she knew she wanted to become an actress
  • 40:26 - The person who inspired her to pursue an acting career
  • 42:31 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 44:17 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 46:11 - Using her podcast as a platform to talk about important causes and organizations
  • 49:58 - Her first Broadway play with Alan Alda and the incredible lesson she learned from him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/ilana-levine-interview

Direct download: PJ133-IlanaLevine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm EDT