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Our readings this week mention that it’s okay to have lots of interests. Boy, I sure do. One of the biggest, along with wine, photography, screenwriting, Japanese maples, and comedy, is history. I found this podcast and find it to be great. I wish it came out more but Dan Carlin puts a lot into it, so I understand the once a month frequency.

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As an example of who we might follow in our team podcasts on the Mariner’s, I found Skinny on Sports. Two brothers Matt and Andy Skinn do a fast 10 minutes on sports offering opinions and a little humor. Very Canadian. 🙂 Eh?

A podcast I recently discovered and have been listening to is On the Page with host Pilar Allesandra. Pilar is a script consultant and respected teacher of screenwriting. The 30-minute podcast is all about screenwriting and Pilar always has guests on each week. When I discovered the podcast, the show was up to episode 34 but—again, this is the beautiful part of podcasting—I chose to start listening at show number 1 and just catch up. I am traveling this week and so I have listened quite a bit while on the road. I am up to show 9.

Pilar does the show right. What I mean by that is that everything I am learning in this class and from our two books about how to produce and conduct a podcast successfully, she is doing well. Each week she has a guest on the show who is a writer or somebody connected to the craft of screenwriting and she both interviews them as well as has them read and answer questions posted by people on her web site. She has a producer, Matt Belknap, who also participates on the show and lends credibility because he is a professional script reader for Imagine Entertainment.

She conducts the show in a loose style with lots of joking around while at the same time she is prepared and knows what she wants to get out of her guests. She allows the personalities of everyone, including herself, to shine through and really creates the feeling that you are in the room with everyone just watching them have a conversation over a beer. She often references her web site, her classes, and then provides a ten minute writing exercise near the end of each show so there is some structure and some expectation for the listener. She is very consistent which I really admire and appreciate.

This is a great example of how to do an interview show while covering a specific topic.

These are the blogs and podcasts I am linking up in my blogroll to start off with.

Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code
Could I consider myself a podcaster or even a diligent student of podcasting if I didn’t link to Adam Curry? I don’t think so. His tagline says it all: “There are no secrets. Only information you do not yet have.” He has it. I need it.

Podcasting Academy
The book we are reading The Business Podcasting Book: Launching, Marketing, and Measuring Your Podcast, is put out by the Podcasting Academy. Just tons of endless information of podcasting—legal, professional, financial—a must have in any podcaster’s repertoire.

Podcasting Underground: Podcasting Tips for Podcasters
More great information put out by Jason Van Orden going back to 2005.

The Blue Room Seattle
The Blue Room Seattle is a show produced by artists and musicians. A world of creativity from a perspective that the mass media could never provide.

WinelibraryTV
The one that started it all for me. Gary Vaynerchuk’s daily wine video blog. I am a Vayniak and proud of it. My screen name is syrahhhhhhhhh (that’s 9 h’s). Here’s me and Gary.

syrahhhhhhhhh and Gary at Taste Washington April 5, 2008