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Michael W. Geoghegan , Dan Klass
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August 16, 2005 1590595548 978-1590595541 Pap

Are you the kind of person who’s got a lot to say? Have you ever wanted to share your talents, thoughts, and opinions with others, but have lacked the broadcasting knowledge and contacts to achieve such a goal?

Well, today it’s well within your grasp, thanks to Podcasting using only some simple recording equipment, a computer, and the Internet, you can record and distribute your own audio shows, including anything you want - comedy, debate, news, reviews, interviews, music the only limit is your imagination.

Of course, you’ll need a guide to tell you what you need to know, which is where this indispensable book comes in. Written by two of the best and brightest podcasting pioneers, Podcast Solutions is a shrewd and comprehensive guide to podcasting. From downloading podcasts to producing your own for fun or profit, Podcast Solutions covers the entire world of podcasting with insight, humor, and the unmatched wisdom of experience.

This is the guide to podcasting you’ve been looking for, and the only one you’ll need.

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About the Author

Michael 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, 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 and the Christian Science Monitor. Klass lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two kids and two Macs.

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: 0.6 x 7.4 x 8.9 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: #1,065,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book Before You Buy ANYTHING March 26, 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Will save you time, money, and frustration December 6, 2005
I've been podcasting for close to a year - a career site called - and like most podcasters, I just started doing it - lots of trial and error - my background is in film production, and I consider myself quite computer literate - Avid, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, etc. - however, I'm a writer/director not a computer programmer - that's where this book comes in. The writing stye is straight-forward and engaging - but not dumbed-down. Although I skimmed through about 60% of the book - the 40% I read - and re-read provided extremely valuable information that I was able to immediately put into practice to make my shows sound better, using tools I was unaware of. Even if you're an veteran podcaster I highly recommend this book - you're bound to learn something that will make your shows "stand-out" - The resources the authors have provided are extremely useful. If you're just starting out in podcasting, consider "Podcast Solutions" a must-read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stood the the test of time
Bought the book several years ago and decided to go the CD route and set it aside. Now years later, I have come back to it and it still is very relevant for what I want to do in... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Aussiebat
3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough Book With Good Information, But Dated
This book was published almost exactly 8 years ago. While many of the concepts and ideas presented are still valid, there are a few details that aren't necessarily the best or... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Robideau
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit old, but still a good foundation for those new to podcasting
I'm a deer in the headlights. A green horn; so new to podcasting that I'm fumbling around, trying to pick up hints and tips while learning the best practices of the industry. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jared Castle
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about podcasting...
What is podcasting?

If you don't know by now - what's wrong, have you been living under a rock? ;)

A little over a year ago, I had no clue. Read more
Published on August 28, 2006 by Chad Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the market for Podcasting
Michael Geoghegan and Dan Klass have done a great job in this 240 page book on podcasting. A great book for any podcaster. Read more
Published on August 4, 2006 by Preston T. Cash
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Available
Until someone writes something really comprehensive, this is the best there is in podcasting.
Published on July 31, 2006 by K. Barfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Look no further, THIS is the answer to your podcasting question.
I started out knowing diddly squat about podcasting. I read "Podcast Solutions" by Michael Geoghegan (what's up with that name?) and Dan Klass and now I know everything. Read more
Published on March 19, 2006 by Geoffrey L. Tozer
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better books to get your podcasting career going
I recently completed this book as I'm about to start a major podcasting project. Needless to say there aren't too many titles available in regards to podcasting out there as this... Read more
Published on March 10, 2006 by Adam Bell "Web Design Rock Star"
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
I've been podcasting for several months (my show is called Wine for Newbies), and I wish I'd bought this book when I started out. Read more
Published on March 5, 2006 by William L. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for geeks, not for dummies - the perfect balance
"Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Podcasting" is pretty much what the authors set out to accomplish, as they state in their introduction: "We're not geeks, and this isn't a... Read more
Published on March 1, 2006 by Steve Zappe
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