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Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Podcasting Paperback – August 16, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1590595541 ISBN-10: 1590595548 Edition: Pap
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Michael W. Geoghegan is a well-known figure among podcasters and has been involved in podcasting since it earliest days. Because he started early, he has developed personal friendships with most of the key figures in podcasting. Michael has spoken and lead sessions at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo. He was also the first person to lead introductory podcasting classes entitled "Podcasting 101". Michael is frequently sought for comment on podcasting by media sources such as CNN, Wired magazine, The New York Times and USA Today, among many others. Michael produces his own show, Reel Reviews: Film Worth Watching, which has consistently scored in the top 10 among podcast listeners. He recently syndicated Reel Reviews content to DVDtalk.com, the Internet's largest DVD movie review and discussion site. Reel Reviews also currently has paid sponsors. Michael's sponsorship deals represent some of the first for mainstream companies outside the podcasting industry. In addition to Reel Reviews, Michael is executive producer of Grape Radio, a show about wine that in less than 8 weeks' time places in the top 10 out of over 4,000 available podcast shows. Grape Radio has experienced phenomenal growth and features interviews with leading experts in the wine industry. Michael continues to develop and produce shows aimed at the lifestyle and technology markets. He also offers his services as a consultant to businesses developing podcasting and portable media strategies. Michael is widely regarded as a leader in producing quality podcast audio. Many of his online articles on how to podcast remain some of the most popular and widely linked to. Michael lives in Newport Beach, California with his wife and two young sons.

Dan Klass has worked professionally as an actor and comedian for more than 15 years, appearing in sitcoms, TV dramas and feature films while performing in venues throughout Los Angeles, including appearing regularly at the world famous The Comedy Store. Recently, he was the creator/writer/producer/star of NewsPop, an animated series for a joint Internet venture between Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks SKG and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment. Throughout his career, Dan has worked as an advertising copywriter, written magazine articles, and worked with developers of interactive video systems for the toy industry. Klass is currently devoting most of his time to his podcasts, the weekly Old Wave Radio, a retro-80s music show, and the much acclaimed twice-weekly The Bitterest Pill, a comedy/talk show that revolves around his musings as a stay-at-home dad on the outskirts of the entertainment industry. The Bitterest Pill has been featured on NBC, NPR and on USAToday.com and the Christian Science Monitor. Klass lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two kids and two Macs.

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Product Details

  • Series: Solutions
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Pap edition (August 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590595548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590595541
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By missed VINE VOICE on September 13, 2005
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Of particular interest to me were the production and post-production chapters, but if you're interested in starting your own podcast and want to learn the smallest of details without being or feeling bogged down with a lot of information this book is for you.

Geoghegan and Klass are two experienced podcasters who put out high quality podcasts. They take you pretty much step-by-step on how to obtain third-party podcasts (which they rightly suggest you should listen to to learn how others do it), from downloading tools and Web sites of interest. They provide detailed information on the types of equipment you need, from a simple mic plugged into your computer to mixers and other hardware you may wish to have, and how to use them effectively for your podcast. They go into great depth into how to record your podcast effectively by setting levels and using your equipment properly, and how to edit and improve your sound quality, all the while warning you on the little pitfalls that can make your podcast difficult to listen to. They also tell you how to get your podcast on the Net, from registering your own domain and finding hosting (or using services such as Blogger), as well as how to set up the extremely important (to podcasting, at least), RSS feed. You are even given advice on how to make money as a podcaster.

There is also a CD included with a number of excellent trial versions of a variety of software for both Mac (OS X) and Windows which can help you get started in your podcasting venture.

The material plus the CD really make this an excellent, insightful purchase well worth the price of the book. Kudos for Geoghegan and Klass for crafting a wonderful book that will aid the novice (and slightly experienced podcasters like myself) into making well-produced podcasts.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2005
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Obviously I'm familiar with blogging, as I've been doing it for the last 2+ years. And I'm aware of the quick rise of "podcasting" but I have to admit I've remained willfully ignorant of the details. A copy of Podcast Solutions - The Complete Guide to Podcasting by Michael W. Geoghegan and Dan Klass arrived in the mail the other day, and I'm ignorant no longer... at least about podcasting...

Contents: Podcasting 101; Listening to Podcasts; Podcasting How-To; Planning Your Podcast; Podcasting Tools; Recording Your Podcast; Putting It All Together; Preparing Your File; Serving It Up; Getting Heard; Making Money with Podcasting; Conclusion; Glossary; Podcasting Resources at a Glance; Index

Geoghegan and Klass have taken a subject that can be a bit intimidating and made it extremely approachable. They don't target the techno-geek who understands all the technology. Instead, they assume that the reader is someone who is reasonably intelligent, just getting started in (or interested in) podcasting, and needs assistance to get up and running. They cover some of the more popular tools and techniques currently on the market without trying to cover every last option. Because of that, you get the benefit of their experience and can avoid the dead-ends that are so common when you get started with a new toy.

I was impressed with the span of coverage they gave the subject. Everything from "what is a podcast" to "how to do preproduction" to "how to do postproduction". While you may not end up being an A-List podcaster, everything you absolutely need to know to start down that path is in here. I don't know that I'm personally ever going to produce a podcast, but after reading the book, I'm much more likely to check into listening and subscribing to a few. And who knows what will happen from there...

Very good book, clear information, and great writing... Highly recommended if podcasting in on your radar screen...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Christiansen on March 26, 2006
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Yes, it's true. I'm contemplating adding a podcast to my blog. So, I bought "Podcast Solutions" on Amazon and read it, front to back. This is a very useful book, and it comes with a CD of demo software you can use for podcasting.

Anyone who is thinking about podcasting should read this book BEFORE they start purchasing any equipment. One of the most valuable things I found in this book was information about the equipment you will need to get start. A large portion of this book is devoted to getting good quality recordings from your recording sessions so that it doesn't turn potential listeners off with popping, clicking, hissing, etc.

One of the other great things I found in this book is podsafe music. Never heard of it? Podsafe music is music from independent artists that is licensed for you to use it free of charge in your podcasts. Check out these sites: GarageBand and PodShow. The music is really good. I'm digging it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Dixon on November 6, 2005
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I bought the top three books on podcasting at the same time as I bought "Podcast Solutions." At that time, "Podcast Solutions" had just been released on Amazon and didn't even have a review yet. It turns out that of the four books, this one is the only book I really needed to buy. But let's look at it like this: I made that mistake so you don't have to.

From the most basic explanation of creating your own (podcast) audio file, to the most obscure and geeky RSS feed posting rules, this book covers it all. Even better, it's written in a very readable and entertaining style. These guys, like Brownie, have done a heck of a job.

The authors take you from the most basic concepts to your finished and posted show. In my case I had years of experience in creating clean audio files for various projects, but I knew next to nothing about posting an XML-based feed. Without that, you don't have a podcast. Dan's explanation of creating feeds is remarkable. Technical, yet very understandable. And best of all, he takes special care to help you avoid those common rookie mistakes.

As a one-stop tutorial, this is the best book I've seen by far.
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