Podcast Junkies: Interviews and Conversations with Inspiring, Motivational Storytelling Podcasters, Entrepreneurs
048 Vanessa Lowe | This Nocturne Host Is More Of a Hummingbird Herself

This interview, I spoke with the charming Vanessa Lowe. Vanessa is the host of Nocturne, which could be classified as ambient storytelling. It takes the topic of night time as its subject matter and each month is a new story with that as the theme. I found out about her podcast because initially she reached out to me. I’m so glad she did, because when I listened to her show I was just fascinated by it.

Show Highlights

  • 01:35 – I have way too many shows in my podcast app.
  • 05:25 – How did Vanessa get started in radio?
  • 08:55 – How would Vanessa describe her podcast to her grandmother?
  • 11:45 – Vanessa is not a natural night owl. She’s a hummingbird.
  • 14:15 – Nocturne episode 2 – Portal was very trippy for me to listen to.
  • 15:25 – Since Vanessa’s partner does sound for films, so she has access to an extensive sound library.
  • 20:00 – In ep. 4 – Alter Hours, the guest’s internal clock tells her there’s 25.5 hours in a day.
  • 27:00 – Ep.6 – (This is not) A Love Song is about the affects of mockingbirds on people at night.
  • 29:35 – We’re losing the night sky and it’s something we’re taking for granted.
  • 38:30 – Look forward to an upcoming episode about a different reality that happens at 3am.
  • 46:45 – Vanessa and I geek out a little bit about New York and some of the bars we used to frequent.
  • 50:00 – I saw a group of deaf people at a club and they were using the vibrations to dance.
  • 54:35 – Vanessa’s podcast has been received very well and she’s getting tons of feedback from her listeners.
  • 56:00 – Vanessa talks about the community around The Heard Radio and other podcasts.
  • 01:02:00 – Definitely check out Nocturne.
  • 01:03:55 – Check out http://cedarsoil.com/ for more music.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/48

Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Vanessa-Lowe-Interview.mp3
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047 Brendan McDonald | An Interview 10 Years In The Making

I’m really happy to be a podcaster today because today’s interviewee is Brendan McDonald, the producer of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast. Brendan was a really great guest. There were many times he could have just easily given me a yes or no response, but I could tell he went out of his way to give me an elaborate answer at times when it felt like maybe I didn’t ask the right question. We talk about Marc Maron and the famous Obama interview in his garage, Brendan’s background, and so much more on today’s podcast episode.

Show Highlights

  • 03:45 – Technically Brendan isn’t a podcaster.
  • 07:45 – After Marc and Brendan got fired from Air America, they both knew they still wanted to work with each other.
  • 09:00 – When did Brendan first meet Marc?
  • 12:15 – Why did Brendan get into radio?
  • 19:35 – At the time, there was nothing similar to what Marc and Brendan were doing.
  • 24:15 – The WTF Podcast really starting taking off about 7 months in.
  • 27:20 – Marc can really showcase his personality on the mic.
  • 34:45 – The audio that’s in there has been left in there for a very valid reason.
  • 39:55 – Marc knows how to prep people before the interview and the pre-interview parts are always being recorded.
  • 41:35 – Brendan touches on the Obama interview and what it was like.
  • 48:55 – This was the first time Obama did an hour long interview with a podcaster.
  • 51:15 – Feel free to contact Brendan on Twitter @ProducerMcD
  • 51:45 – It was such an awesome feeling to get a guy like Brendan on the show.
  • 53:55 – Brendan is just an awesome producer and I think this kind of stuff comes naturally to him.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/47

Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Brendan-McDonald-Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm EDT

046 Lou Mongello | Can’t Fake It In Podcasting

I really had a blast talking to Lou Mongello for this week’s episode. Lou is a serious Podcast Junkie who has been podcasting since 2005. He’s the host of Walt Disney World Radio and has a very ‘what you see is what you get’ personality. Lou is definitely, definitely passionate about what he does and you can hear it radiate off his voice as I was interviewing him.

Show Highlights

  • 04:15 – Lou has won the Best Travel Podcast Award every year since 2006.
  • 08:35 – Why a Disney podcast?
  • 14:55 – Even though the word ‘passion’ gets used a lot, you really do have to believe in what you do.
  • 20:45 – Fear is a great motivator to pursue your passion.
  • 25:55 – You can’t fake it on a podcast. Your audience will know if you’re passionate.
  • 33:15 – What was it like having Julie Andrews on WDW Radio?
  • 40:35 – Different social media platforms work well with different people. Find your sweet spot.
  • 43:30 – I talk about back in the day when my dad wanted to do a family road trip. This was pre-cellphones and iPads, guys.
  • 50:55 – Lou is headed to Tropical Think Tank next year.
  • 52:45 – What does Lou miss from New Jersey?
  • 55:35 – There’s still a lot more growth to be had in podcasting.
  • 59:15 – Podcasting is serious business now. It’s not just the hobbyists that are doing it anymore.
  • 01:03:00 – What you see from Lou online and on his show is exactly what you get in person.
  • 01:07:35 – Let others know you’ve found a show you’re crazy about and don’t’ forget to subscribe!


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/46

Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Lou-Mongello-Interview.mp3
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045 Jessica Rhodes | The Importance of Matching Energies

Jessica Rhodes was the co-host of The Podcast Producers and also has her own podcast, Rhodes to Success. I talk to Jessica about her business, Interview Connections and how she got started booking guests on podcast shows. We cover almost everything from TV shows to booking guests to just kind of goofing around and having fun. As always, this episode goes well beyond the hour, but I think it was well worth it because we got some great gems out of Jessica.

Show Highlights

  • 03:25 – Both Jessica and I like having a connection with people before they come on our podcasts.
  • 09:45 – The best stuff on a podcast usually comes after 15 minutes.
  • 17:50 – You can just tell when guests are bored of doing interviews.
  • 24:45 – Jessica used to get starstruck by some of the big name podcasters.
  • 28:15 – If you’re not passionate with what you do, you’re just going to get bored of it and it’s going to show.
  • 35:45 – Kids are born entrepreneurial, but they get taught to follow the beaten path.
  • 38:45 – Jessica talks on how her dad had a big impact on her starting her own business.
  • 42:35 – Jessica had to make some cut backs in order to grow.
  • 50:00 – The VAs working for Jessica’s dad get to bill him an hour a month on coming up with new ideas to make the company better.
  • 56:30 – Jessica just started watching Breaking Bad.
  • 01:01:45 – How did Interview Connections get started?
  • 01:08:00 – Is podcasting a thing? Yes, yes, it is.
  • 01:13:15 – It takes between 50 to 100 podcast episodes before you really get your technique, confidence, and style down.
  • 01:16:15 – Jessica keeps her emails short when trying to pitch a bigger guest.
  • 01:18:55 – Jessica loved producing The Podcast Producers with Corey Coates.
  • 01:23:30 – I bet you didn’t know Jessica can sing!
  • 01:25:20 – I really resonated with Jessica when she talked about matching the host’s energy with the guests on podcasts


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/45

Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Jessica-Rhodes-Interview.mp3
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