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

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

Niel Guilarte has had a love affair with movies for as long as he can remember and now he makes them for a living. As founder of his production company, Wildstyle Media Group, his podcast, All Things Post, and as a documentary film maker, Niel is the quintessential entrepreneur juggling multiple projects and tasks all at once and delivering quality content through various forms of media. Tune in to find out how he got started in film, how shooting homicide video for the police department helped hone his craft, how being a self-taught content creator didn’t stop him from going after his dreams and his previous life as a DJ and his love of freestyle music and vinyl records.

  • 05:20 - The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary and The Messengers Podcast
  • 06:57 - How Niel got involved with The Messengers film
  • 08:19 - Niel’s background
  • 15:48 - His most important film project
  • 19:15 - Our love of freestyle music, turntables, and vinyl records
  • 23:59 - How I used to schlep my DJ equipment around back in the day
  • 26:05 - Legends of Freestyle Podcast idea
  • 27:52 - Freestyle music - an audio history
  • 30:49 - Shooting homicide video for the Orlando Police Department and how it helped improve his craft
  • 37:16 - “Doing” in order to achieve your goals
  • 38:58 - Niel’s big year
  • 41:07 - Attracting the right people to detract “the haters”
  • 45:14 - Where his positive outlook comes from
  • 47:34 - Niel’s advice to the PJ tribe
  • 49:22 - “Leveling up” and mentoring others
  • 52:16 - The mentors who’ve helped shape his future
  • 54:15 - All Things Post Podcast
  • 55:29 - How he’s landing the big guests for his podcast
  • 01:00:44 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 01:01:26 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 01:02:42 - What his family means to him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/niel-guilarte-interview

Direct download: PJ132-NielGuilarte.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly is the host of The Art of Manufacturing Podcast where she interviews the entrepreneurs, founders, and CEO’s that are pushing the boundaries of the manufacturing world in Los Angeles and is the founder of Make it in LA. Before she started podcasting she studied Engineering at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA and she created the first ever TEDx Talks while working at the University of Southern California (TEDxUSC) where she curated and hosted the talks for four years.

  • 08:26 - Why she became interested in podcasting
  • 11:39 - Where her high standards come from
  • 14:34 - The story behind creating the first ever TEDx Talks
  • 18:36 - What she learned about pitching ideas from putting TEDx together
  • 21:19 - The decision making process
  • 26:22 - Her, “I Have an Idea” folder
  • 27:38 - Her dad and the invention he’s been working on
  • 33:12 - Her experience of attending MIT as a woman
  • 41:48 - The kind of guests she likes having on her podcast
  • 44:58 - What she thinks make a really good interview
  • 47:04 - How I select my Podcast Junkies guests
  • 49:30 - My Venn Diagram
  • 53:17 - Her most challenging interviews
  • 54:30 - Her conversation with Dov Charney
  • 59:13 - The type of guests she gets excited about having on her show
  • 1:01:49 - That time she did an interview with a convicted murderer
  • 1:06:07 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 1:07:00 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/z-holly-interview

Direct download: PJ131-ZHolly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT

Lee Silverstein is a survivor of childhood cancer and was later diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer in 2011 after undergoing a routine colonoscopy. When he attended a podcasters meet-up in 2014 he was inspired to start his own podcast, the Colon Cancer Podcast, where he provides people the hope and support they need when they are told they have cancer. By providing cancer survivors and caretakers a platform to share their stories, Lee is a constant inspiration for the many people who have been affected by colon cancer.

  • 06:57 - The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary
  • 08:55 - How he felt about seeing himself on the “big screen”
  • 09:34 - His colon cancer diagnosis
  • 11:17 - How his idea for the Colon Cancer Podcast started
  • 15:12 - How his community of supporters has helped provide the fuel for his podcast
  • 16:55 - The first time he realized his podcast was making an impact on people’s lives
  • 21:36 - A.G.E. and how spending time at the gym has helped him deal with his cancer
  • 23:07 - How having a positive attitude has helped him battle cancer
  • 27:16 - The factors that impacted his self-confidence growing up
  • 28:46 - My older sister who passed away from leukemia
  • 30:01 - What he remembers about having cancer as a child
  • 31:00 - His fondest TV show memory
  • 32:07 - The story of his connection with Greg Trout
  • 34:44 - Determining who he wants on the podcast and finding topics for the show
  • 36:38 - How having his podcast has helped him expand his own knowledge of cancer
  • 38:23 - Podcasting as a cancer patient
  • 42:46 - How he landed his first sponsor
  • 45:17 - How his confidence has grown as a podcaster
  • 47:49 - The events and communities of Chris Krimitsos
  • 53:03 - His next podcast goals
  • 55:48 - The tutelage of Glen the Geek
  • 57:01 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 59:15 - The one most misunderstood thing about him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/lee-silverstein-interview/

Direct download: PJ130-LeeSilverstein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:20am EDT

To celebrate my three year anniversary of Podcast Junkies, I had the pleasure of speaking with podcasting veteran, Gary Leland. Although Gary is a well-known Hall of Fame podcaster, there is so much more to him that makes him tick. I was so honored that Gary shared so many incredible stories from his life that he hasn’t shared before so we could all get to know him better.

I love bringing you these great conversations and I want to thank you for listening, for continuing to listen and I’m humbled to have you as part of the Podcast Junkies family.

  • 03:44 - His online stores and businesses
  • 09:18 - His view on inventions and ideas
  • 10:59 - His mini-blinds and wallpaper business
  • 19:09 - Innovations in wallpaper
  • 21:18 - Why the wallpaper business fell from grace, what took its place, and its resurgence
  • 25:13 - What it’s like working with his wife, Kathy
  • 29:58 - What attracted him to Kathy
  • 30:56 - What has changed about him over time
  • 33:04 - When he realized Facebook was going to be a tool for business
  • 33:37 - Pinball machines
  • 35:18 - What he misses doing
  • 36:27 - His two fondest surfing memories
  • 48:35 - His childhood and growing up with guns
  • 54:04 - How policing has changed and his run-ins with the law
  • 01:07:03 - His very first business and the first time he got screwed in business
  • 01:10:13 - Beating chess phenom Bobby Fischer
  • 01:14:08 - Sneaking into sporting events

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/3ybonus-gary-leland-interview/

Direct download: PJ3YBONUS-GaryLeland.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

As a former teacher for 10 years, Adam Lewis Walker decided to break away from the traditional classroom setting and life as a career professor in order to teach people more about success rather than academics. With an extensive background in teaching and a lot of hard work, Adam is now a best selling author and keynote speaker, a mentor and coach for entrepreneurs, and founder of the Awaken Your Alpha podcast.

  • 09:17 - People who love to complain and how to avoid becoming one
  • 12:11 - Where he was when he ad the idea for the Awaken Your Alpha podcast
  • 16:04 - The most surprising thing he discovered when he started podcasting
  • 19:36 - Being a teacher in South London
  • 22:32 - What motivated him to become a teacher
  • 24:33 - Sports and the struggles of being an athlete in England
  • 28:02 - His Olympic pole vaulting aspirations
  • 28:58 - His first entrepreneurial adventure
  • 31:24 - His first real business
  • 34:41 - The biggest take-away from his first business
  • 43:40 - The mentor who shaped who he his today
  • 50:50 - How valuable and helpful a coach can be
  • 53:42 - Our future business and Shark Tank pitch
  • 56:13 - His view on bullying and addressing the topic with his kids
  • 01:01:58 - What he’s changed his mind about recently

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/adam-lewis-walker-interview

Direct download: PJ128-AdamLewisWalker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18am EDT

In just two short years, Ramona Rice has gone from someone who didn’t even know what a podcast was to birthing three different podcasts, changing careers and working for Podcast Websites, and most recently starting a podcast with her mother. Ramona is loved and adored in the podcasting community and after listening to my conversation with her I think you’ll know why.

  • 04:29 - Her Super Powers
  • 07:00 - How she discovered podcasting
  • 07:44 - How the Sports Gal Pal podcast came to existence
  • 10:15 - What she learned from starting the Sports Gal Pal podcast
  • 12:55 - How and why she got into sports
  • 13:12 - Who she originally wanted to target with the Sports Gal Pal podcast
  • 14:17 - One of the most famous people she had on her podcast
  • 15:10 - Reaching out to potential guests via Twitter
  • 16:35 - The reason she thinks she was able to land big guests on her show
  • 20:43 - What she got out of the 2015 NMX conference
  • 27:49 - We Should Not Be Friends podcast and what made her a better podcaster/interviewer
  • 34:47 - Her next podcast project, Spapreneur
  • 35:53 - Podcasting with her mother
  • 40:19 - The Messengers - A Podcast Documentary
  • 41:45 - Why she stopped the Sports Gal Pal podcast
  • 42:54 - What she feels is missing in the podcast industry
  • 44:24 - What she’s learning from improv comedy and how it’s helping her
  • 46:00 - Why she thinks she talks so fast
  • 48:03 - Her first recollection of demanding attention
  • 55:02 - Her kids watching her podcast
  • 59:41 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 01:01:03 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 01:04:11 - Her advice to new podcasters

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/ramona-rice-interview/

Direct download: PJ127-RamonaRice.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:58am EDT