PodcastHer

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Things are pretty quiet today in my section of the nonnprofit/NGO Blogher blogroll, so I thought I would share my first Big Vision podcast with arts activist Alli Chagi-Starr. Alli is the Cultural Arts Director for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights' Reclaim the Future Program. Alli is also the co-founder of Art and Revolution, and founder of Art in Action, Dancers without Borders and the Radical Performance Fest.

For bloghers interested in becoming podcastHers, here is how I did it. Because of my husband's work, I had access to professional sound equipment:

A Marantz PMD 660 Solid State Digital Recorder
(another professional option is an M-audio recorder)

a dynamic microphone, Electro-Voice 635A

a cable to connect the microphone to the computer.

One of the podcasters at NetSquared uses the Olympus DM-20 digital recorder
which isn't cheap, but is more affordable than the options above and I think it comes with a microphone.

After I did the interview, I was able to connect the recorder to the computer via USB and download the interview (which I recorded as an MP3 at 44.1K) into my iTunes. I edited the interview in GarageBand and exported it back into my iTunes when I was done (I don't have the newest version that will upload it straight to the iTunes Music Store). I converted the file to an mp3 again in iTunes (Garageband exports it as an AIFF file into iTunes) and then uploaded it to Gcast. I chose Gcast because you can easily embed your podcast into your blog or webpage and I know that some of my readers would have trouble with an RSS feed or don't have an mp3 player.

My final step that I need to do is to register it with podcast directories like the iTunes Music store, Yahoo, Podcast Alley and Podcast.net.

Something is wrong with my XML feed, so I have to get that worked out with Gcast before I can submit to directories.

I hope that helps aspiring podcastHers. If I can do it, you can too!

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