Jay Soderberg, a.k.a. PodVader, emerged from the radio broadcasting world and is now fully immersed in podcasting. He’s been the Head of Content at BlogTalkRadio since 2014 and previously worked at ESPN for 16 years, spending his last eight years there as the lead producer for all their podcasts.
Dan Franks is one of three founders of Podcast Movement; a weekend gathering for anyone who is interested in or involved with podcasting that is chock full of speakers, panels, and breakout sessions from some of the most influential people in the industry. 2017 marks the fourth year of Podcast Movement and I spoke to Dan about how it got started, the challenges of planning for such a big event, and how he fell into the world of podcasting.
Ilana Levine is a seasoned actress from New Jersey who got her start on Broadway and later made it to the “silver screen” where she has appeared in such films as Failure to Launch, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Friends with Kids. She is also a director and newly minted podcaster where she interviews fellow actors on her hit podcast, Little Known Facts.
Niel Guilarte has had a love affair with movies for as long as he can remember and now he makes them for a living. As founder of his production company, Wildstyle Media Group, his podcast, All Things Post, and as a documentary film maker, Niel is the quintessential entrepreneur juggling multiple projects and tasks all at once and delivering quality content through various forms of media.
Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly is the host of The Art of Manufacturing Podcast where she interviews the entrepreneurs, founders, and CEO’s that are pushing the boundaries of the manufacturing world in Los Angeles and is the founder of Make it in LA. Before she started podcasting she studied Engineering at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA and she created the first ever TEDx Talks while working at the University of Southern California (TEDxUSC) where she curated and hosted the talks for four years.
Lee Silverstein is a survivor of childhood cancer and was later diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer in 2011 after undergoing a routine colonoscopy. When he attended a podcasters meet-up in 2014 he was inspired to start his own podcast, the Colon Cancer Podcast, where he provides people the hope and support they need when they are told they have cancer. By providing cancer survivors and caretakers a platform to share their stories, Lee is a constant inspiration for the many people who have been affected by colon cancer.
To celebrate my three year anniversary of Podcast Junkies, I had the pleasure of speaking with podcasting veteran, Gary Leland. Although Gary is a well-known Hall of Fame podcaster, there is so much more to him that makes him tick. I was so honored that Gary shared so many incredible stories from his life that he hasn’t shared before so we could all get to know him better.
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As a former teacher for 10 years, Adam Lewis Walker decided to break away from the traditional classroom setting and life as a career professor in order to teach people more about success rather than academics. With an extensive background in teaching and a lot of hard work, Adam is now a best selling author and keynote speaker, a mentor and coach for entrepreneurs, and founder of the Awaken Your Alpha podcast.
In just two short years, Ramona Rice has gone from someone who didn’t even know what a podcast was to birthing three different podcasts, changing careers and working for Podcast Websites, and most recently starting a podcast with her mother. Ramona is loved and adored in the podcasting community and after listening to my conversation with her I think you’ll know why.
Tina Conroy is the host of The Intuitive Woman Podcast and what is known as an Intuitive - a person who taps into their guides to get a message. She helps other women develop their innate power of intuition and she is also a devout practitioner of Reiki, Energy Healing and a yoga teacher. We dive into where I met her, the story of the first time she tapped into her intuitive side and how she turned her intuition into her life’s work.
Since practically the age of two, Tina Dietz has always felt comfortable with a microphone in her hands and that easiness and her background as a therapist has since led her to become a very regarded interviewer, coach, consultant, and podcaster. She is the founder of Start Something Creative Business Solutions where she helps people launch businesses, podcasts and audio books. We cover a lot of great topics that is sure to enlighten even the most seasoned podcasters and entrepreneurs.
Engel Jones is the host of the 12 Minute Convos where he has had more than 1000 conversations with incredible people in a span of three months. He’s passionate about podcasting and speaking to people about their potential. Our conversation is a beautiful dance that crescendos into a deep philosophical examination of The Ego, recognizing abundance, and the importance of giving without expecting anything in return. You’re going to want to listen to this one through your favorite headphones or earbuds.
In this episode I talk with the husband and wife duo behind Planted in Miami, a podcast about conscious living in the Magic City. We do a deep dive into their inspirations, why they transitioned to a plant-based diet and how podcasting made them take the leap to quit their 9-5 jobs. There are lots of laughs but also great insight into the entrepreneurial life and all it entails.
This week’s episode is an engaging discussion the host of The Podcast Engineering School. Originally from New Jersey, he now calls Colorado Springs home. Naturally the conversation starts off techy, and we understand how Chris got his engineering start. It’s a testament to his varied interests that end up on the subject of meditation!
As host of Marketing to Crush Your Competitors, Fabienne has demonstrated the power of consistency, with over 250 episodes published to-date. Coming from a competitive background she understands the importance of striving to do your best but always in an ethical way. She understands clearly that podcasters need to remember that they are the owners of their show, and should always be directing the conversation.
Keith Tomasek is the host of The Inadequate Life and a professor at University of Western Ontario. He’s a great guy and super fan of the show, having worn the Podcast Junkies t-shirt on Day 1 of his podcasting class. He’s also a masterful interviewer and gives us some great insights in to how make your guest shine! He shares the challenges of living with Crohn’s Disease. A really insightful gem for podcasters.
Richard and Shawn are the comedic hosts of The Language of Bromance, a podcast where they laugh about things they go through, stories in the news and even getting serious discussing issues like net neutrality. Every so often their friendship turns to a bitter reality with their nerdiest creation, the draft episodes, an original take on a “Best Of” or a “Top 10” list. In this episode, you will discover the nature of why they started the podcast, why they’re continuing and how it’s actually helped them forge a fantastic friendship.
Gary Jenkins is the host of the true crime podcast, Gangland Wire, which recounts his stories of true organized crime true as a Kansas City Police Detective. With twenty-five years on the police force, Gary has a lot of stories to tell! His enthusiasm for learning new technologies and passion for actively participating on these platforms enable him to genuinely connect with his listeners. Gary and I dive into some stories on the police force and we discuss the origins of the podcast.
Mike Murphy is a one man band and the host of Mike Murphy Unplugged. He is a podcast helper, tutorial maker, and each of his podcast episodes follows a very specific theme or topic. Mike has been podcasting consistently for the last three years, but who is the man behind the mic? Find out on this week’s show!
Katie Krimitsos is the ever-so-passionate host of Biz Women Rock! Katie and I talk about our spirituality, and putting the right energy out in the world. If that’s too much woo-woo, then bear with us. We do also dive into what really drives Katie, what to do when people have these ‘should’ expectations towards you and your business, and how to not get caught up in the competition.
Glenn from ponies rolling in the water to educating podcasters on the powerful impact of building long-term relationships with sponsors, Glenn tells it like it is. He's adamant about why learning improv has been one of the keys to his success. Listen to why he decided the pickle wench at the Renaissance fair was going to be his wife, ideas about the next podcasting gold mine, and the Mongol Derby!
Rob Dionne is the host of Open Sky Fitness, a podcast with an incredibly engaged community, who are all struggling with their weight loss journey. Rob shares tips on how he was able to really, really engage his audience, and why he decided to make a shift in his interviewing style, in order to present himself as the expert.
Have you ever found a note on the ground that was maybe meant for somebody else? Davy is fascinated by the origins of these notes, and has since created a magazine, and then a podcast, on uncovering the true meaning and stories behind these forgotten notes. Find out why Davy has such a fascination towards the lost note, on this week’s podcast!
Natalie Jennings is a photographer and the founder of A Face Project, which received a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant of $10,000. Natalie discusses how aspiring podcasters can tap into their local community to get funding for their creative projects, where her love for podcasting stems from, and so much more, on this week’s episode!
After connecting via the Anchor application I was excited about the opportunity to connect with Ashley. She's been podcasting straight Monday through Sunday and as of this conversation has not missed a day, 180 plus episodes and counting. After going through the ups and downs of the online marketing world, she has now found her real voice and hit her stride. She's an open book and a genuine soul.
Christine Blackburn is the host of Story Worthy, a podcast about true stories from Hollywood's most interesting talents and creatives. Christine has always taken her podcast seriously, and has recorded well over 300 episodes by now. Christine believes she doesn’t have any talents, but the stories she’s able to extract out of her fascinating guests say otherwise. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Christine’s creative process, and find out more about Christine!
Nico Johnson has over 10 years of experience in solar project development and PV sales. Nico is also the host of Sun Cast, a podcast about the solar industry in Latin America. Nico discusses some of his struggles on getting his podcast off the ground, and facing the high-expectations of his sponsors. He admits that when you’re so well connected in your industry, it’s the fear of success that holds you back; not the fear of failure.
Matt Marr is the host of The Dear Mattie Show and the co-founder of Camp Brave Trails. With a Masters in Clinical Psychology, Matt discusses some interesting topics on this week’s show. Matt explains his two main driving forces -- the critic and the muse -- and how these two often contradict each other. He also discusses the five kinds of emotions he wants his audience to feel, and why that’s such an important piece to his brand.
Jonathan Oakes is the creator and one of the many hosts of The Trivial Warfare Podcast. Jonathan is a huge trivia buff and although there were several trivia podcasts out there at the time, none of them had the ‘feel’ of a real trivia game show. This is when Jonathan knew he struck on something and decided to start his own podcast. The Trivial Warfare Podcast has struck up quite the following and the shows ability to be so interactive is what keeps the fans engaged and coming back for more!
Karen Koppett is the co-host of The Walking Dead Cast with Jason Cabassi. I've actually interviewed Jason a couple of episodes way back, so be sure to check out his interview right after Karen's! Karen is a water conservationist by trade and speaks to me about California's drought problem. She also notes that winters in Massachusetts is nothing like winters in California. However, the weather is not all that we talk about on this week's podcast. Tune in to hear from Karen about what it's like to get a podcast sponsored and to be starstruck by all the Walking Dead cast members!
Ellory Wells is the host of The Empowered Podcast, where he interviews other entrepreneurs who have made the transition from unhappy employee to self-fulfilled employer. Ellory wanted to transition out of corporate America because he was unhappy from 9 AM to 6 PM and that unhappiness went home with him. Although he was successful at what he did, he needed something more out of life and his career.
Stephan Spencer is a three-time author, runs two podcast shows — Optimized Geek and Marketing Speak — and is a frequent conference speaker on the topic of SEO. Stephan attends between 40-50 conferences a year and has gone through an amazing life transformation with the help of Tony Robbins. On this week's episode, Stephan shares the amazing story of how he met his fiance at a Tony Robbins event, his spiritual awakening in India, and the fascinating things he's learned about himself while taking Kabbalah classes.
Desmond Adams is a student of life and the host of Mental Mastery Mondays, a podcast that explores and discusses everything from business, relationships, and mindset. Desmond and I kind of go all over the place on this week's Podcast Junkies. Desmond shares fun stories about his father, the old days of him being a magician, and whether there's spiritual significance to geometric shapes.