Behind the Mic
The release of The Levelator by Gigavox Media made the tedious task of levelling spoken word audio a thing of the past. On this edition of Behind the Mic, Doug Kaye speaks with Bruce Sharpe, who together with his son Malcolm developed The Levelator. They discuss some of the choices they needed to make during The Levelator's development, and how this exciting new tool fits into the workflows of both amateur podcasters and audio professionals.
Microphone flags are a hot topic at the Podcast Academy. You will be amazed by the "magic" of a microphone flag and how quickly doors open with a professional looking logo on the end of your mic. Michael Geoghegan interviews Glenn Love of Impact PBS, a custom mic flag fabricator who creates custom, high quality mic flags in small quantities and for a reasonable price. They discuss the Impact PBS product line and what podcasters should consider before they place an order.
Michael Geoghegan interviews Paul Colligan about his forthcoming book, "The Business Podcasting Bible," which is directed at the executive who is trying figure out what podcasting means for their business. They discuss how podcasting creates a level of intimacy with your target audience that isn't available through other media, and why it is a must-have tool in your marketing toolbox.
When he's not developing security solutions for web applications, Dan Kuykendall is talking about application security in his Mighty Seek podcast. And when he's not doing that, he's enhancing PodPress, a powerful plugin for the WordPress blog platform, which has become very popular in the podcasting community. Michael Geoghegan talks to Dan about his previous development projects, how he got involved in podcasting, and what PodPress has to offer podcasters.
The inaugural Podcast and Portable Media Expo was a surprising success. With the second event on the horizon, Tim Bourquin, the expo's organizer, discusses the trade show with Behind the Mic host, Michael Geoghegan. Tim explains his speculative interest in podcasting and why he took an enormous risk to build the expo around a medium which was so young and volatile. He also outlines what will be different at the upcoming event and why podcasters should attend.
On July 20, 2006, Nielsen Analytics released a report entitled "The Economics of Podcasting," which suggests that audio and video podcasting has entered the mainstream and that large corporate advertisers are taking notice. Speaking with Behind the Mic host, Michael Geoghegan, Larry Gerbrandt discusses the findings of Nielson's report, what trends can be inferred from their research, and what needs to be happen in podcasting before companies like Proctor and Gamble begin buying significant ad space.
Michael Geoghegan interviews Doug Kaye, IT Conversations' creator and Executive Director of The Conversations Network. Doug describes the history and evolution of IT Conversations, and gives us an in-depth description of the processes and technology that he built to power IT Conversations.
IT Conversations' producer Doug Kaye interviews Joel Spolsky, the author of Joel on Software. He worked on Microsoft's Excel development team, still a strong influence on his opinions on software development. Topics include: extreme programming of which Joel has often been a critic, formal testing, particularly on large projects, why "customers don't know what they want" and The Joel Test. Joel has plenty to say about Microsoft (why some developers may not move to Avalon/XAML/WinFX, and what will happen to Win32).
Unlike architects (who figure out what to build) and engineers (who figure out how), great hackers and painters do both. Who makes a good hacker and how can you identify a good hacker/programmer in a job interview? Why is empathy an important skill for programmers? As a hacker who also studied painting in Europe, Paul may be uniquely qualified to write a book entitled Hackers and Painters. If you leave your day programming job only to get home and write more code, this is a great book for you.
In this conversation with host/producer Doug Kaye, Doc explains the vision he's been speaking and writing about since early 2003: do-it-yourself IT (DIY-IT). He suggests that we view the construction industry and its vendors as a model for commodity component-based application development. He says this is a "corner of the market you're not going to see when you look at vendor sports, the supply side...Really powerful things happen when the demand side starts to supply iteself."