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Racketboy Podcast Changes

by dsheinem Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:27 pm

After almost two and a half years of doing the Racketboy Podcast as an NPR-style, interview-focused show, I have decided that I am going to make some changes to the show and its format.

Specifically, I am going to move away from an exclusively interview-based show to one that is more of a "magazine-style" podcast, one that would regularly include a variety of of segments (including shorter interviews) and would be released every two weeks.

There are three main reasons why I am making this change.

1) The show needs to be more regular and, given the breadth of knowledge in the community, it has the potential to cover a lot of interesting topics with more regularity than it currently does.

2) It is sometimes difficult to nail down interviews in a timely fashion and/or to get them recorded and produced on a monthly basis. Scheduling conflicts, waiting to hear back from people that are interested, etc - this sometimes eats more time than expected, and so shows don't always get produced on time.

3) Experiments in doing different formats over the years - live shows, call-in shows, round-table shows, etc. - all of these have received very positive feedback. Opening up the show to the possibility of more of these kinds of experiences and to trying new things would be much more natural in a different format, so change makes sense.

There's a little more to it, but these are the main reasons that I think the show would benefit from change. I'd still plan on doing episodes from time to time that are like the hour-long interviews we have now (especially with genuinely interesting guests), but these would become more like "special episodes" and not the "new normal."


The OTHER big change is an idea I have toyed with in the past and have decided I finally am ready to do: I am looking for a co-host. I'd like any members that are interested to get in touch with me but - fair warning - I am going to be picky. If you are interested, please send me all or some of the following (via PM):

***APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED***

-links to any previous podcast work that you've done
-links to any writing you've done about games/game culture
-description of your recording setup/equipment and production capabilities
-an explanation of why you think you'd be a good co-host and, specifically, what you think you'd be able to contribute to the show every two weeks.
-your thoughts on what you'd like to see out of the redesigned show
-your thoughts on how you might be able to promote the show
-your resume (or at least a list of education/jobs so I get a sense of your experience/expertise outside gaming)

Yes, this reads like a job posting. No, the gig doesn't pay. :lol:

However, it is a chance for you to become a part of something that already has a pretty decent audience, so evidence of a commitment to quality is important and experience is preferred (but not required). The site gets several hundred thousand hits a month, and many episodes of the podcast have downloads numbering into the thousands, so this is a pretty cool gig, I think.
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Re: Racketboy Podcast Changes | **Apply to be the Co-Host!**

by dsheinem Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:23 am

I'll add that I'm also open to ideas for the redesign from people who aren't wanting to co-host, so feel free to pass those along/post them here.

And to answer publicly a question from a PM: no, you don't need to have/submit ALL the items listed above, but the more you can give me the better sense I'll have of your interest/abilities
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Re: Racketboy Podcast Changes | **Apply to be the Co-Host!**

by MrPopo Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:11 pm

You'll have to come up with amusing nicknames for you and your cohost, like Boomer and The Nudge.
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Re: Racketboy Podcast Changes | **Apply to be the Co-Host!**

by dsheinem Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:20 pm

MrPopo wrote:You'll have to come up with amusing nicknames for you and your cohost, like Boomer and The Nudge.


I'm already toying around with the name "SUPER Racketboy Podcast" or "Racketboy Podcast 32X" etc.
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Re: Racketboy Podcast Changes | **Apply to be the Co-Host!**

by Para Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:09 pm

I have no experience or credentials but I will do it.
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Re: Racketboy Podcast Changes | **Apply to be the Co-Host!**

by dsheinem Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:28 am

Para wrote:I have no experience or credentials but I will do it.
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:lol:

None are required, you know...
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Re: Racketboy Podcast Changes | **Apply to be the Co-Host!**

by flex wood Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:10 am

If I may, I'd suggest rotating guest hosts at first. Then you can make sure you have chemistry and I think the variety would be nice. I bet Adam Corolla is free.

Also inb4 Dave starts selling guest spots in his bst thread.
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Re: Racketboy Podcast Changes | **Apply to be the Co-Host!**

by MrPopo Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:22 am

flex wood wrote:If I may, I'd suggest rotating guest hosts at first. Then you can make sure you have chemistry and I think the variety would be nice. I bet Adam Corolla is free.

Also inb4 Dave starts selling guest spots in his bst thread.

I would love to see Adam Carolla co-hosting the podcast.
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Re: Racketboy Podcast Changes | **Apply to be the Co-Host!**

by YoshiEgg25 Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:29 am

flex wood wrote:Also inb4 Dave starts selling guest spots in his bst thread.

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Re: Racketboy Podcast Changes | **Apply to be the Co-Host!**

by vlame Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:51 am

i nominate satoshi martix
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