We have been producing the Living the RV Dream RV podcast since early 2009. Prior to that we did the 17 shows on live radio at WSRQ in Sarasota, FL. This has been a labor of love of the RV Lifestyle from the beginning.
What is a Podcast?
A Podcast is an audio file with a .mp3 suffix, usually CD quality, placed on the internet with a podcast host company. You visit the host company and either download a particular show, or you can subscribe to it. When a new show is posted and your computer is on and connected to the internet, the new file will download automatically. This can be done on any device connected to the internet such as smart phones, tablets, and computers.
We have not changed the format since we started. We begin with reading listener emails and commenting on them. Then we move on to at least one topic of interest to our general audience of both experienced RVers and folks dreaming about it. We may do an RV Tip from hard won experience. We discuss places we have recently visited like museums, or landmarks. We might even conduct an interview with folks who are in the RV industry or popular figures on the RV show circuit, or anyone else we think will inform our listenership. This always seems to fill the whole hour. We produce Show Notes for each show which is a synopsis of the materiel we cover.
When we converted our show to a podcast, I read all I could about this then emerging media source. I got a lot of good advice and especially to use the best microphone we could afford. We started out with microphones on stands and recording into a laptop computer. Now we use broadcast quality headsets that cut back on background noise and allow us to turn our heads to read without loosing any sound quality.
We have since added microphone processing equipment to refine our sound and prevent excessively loud or soft passages. We also record into a digital recorder for later transfer to the computer for editing and post processing.
Here is a list of the equipment we are currently using:
- Alesis 8 channel USB Mixer
- Audio Technica BPHS1 Headsets
- HP Laptop Computer
- Audacity Ver 3.1 recording software
- Behringer HA4700 Headphone Amp.
- Behringer MDX4600 Compressor
- Behringer MIC2200 Mic Preamp
- Zoom H-2 digital Recorder
There are many directories available to find podcasts. Most are well categorized and easily searchable. My suggestion here is to go to a directory and look around and try a sample of some podcasts before you subscribe and commit your computer’s resources. Some good ones are:
And now for the biggest of them all, iTunes. Any release of iTunes since release 4.9, (it is currently at 10.6) has all the functionality of finding, subscribing, and downloading podcasts within the program itself. This software is a free download from www.itunes.com . You can search for podcasts by name, host, or genre (comedy, music, politics, film and Television, and so on). There is a search function where you enter key-words such as RV, or Beatles. You can listen to shows right from the directory by simply clicking on the name of the podcast. If you like what you hear, you can subscribe with a click on the Subscribe button. Any new shows will automatically download as long as your computer is connected to the internet.
What is out there for RV’ers?
A search within the podcast section of iTunes on the phrase “RV” yielded more than 30 different podcasts plus TV show episodes, the movie “RV”, and other RV related material. One of our favorites is “RV Navigator”, a monthly show which is essentially a travelogue of one couple who travel by RV and also by Cruise Ship extensively. Another interesting RV related podcast is The Vintage Airstream Podcast which discusses travel trailer, RV, and motor home repair, purchasing, restoration, and travel. Of course, our all time favorite is our own show, “Living the RV Dream”. We do a weekly 1 hour show about the RV lifestyle. When we can, we interview people in the RV Industry.