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Community Assembly for Podcasting

Community Assembly for Podcasting

Last week on AwesomeCast, we broke it down geek style towards the end and got SUPER geeky about the state of the podcast studio.  If you want, you can watch that segment here:

We talk on there about the vision and challenges to try to make the show even better.  But the biggest message was the community that helps bring this thing together.

Google Hangout and WirecastSo much of what I’m sitting on down in the studio is contributed.  I have old PCs that are given because they outlasted their user, or they needed an upgrade, but serve a purpose when I throw Ubuntu or Windows XP on the old thing and only want to run one function like Skype or Google Hangout to help broadcast my talking heads for the shows.

Under my desk in my shot are a few CRT monitors.  Through the basement studio, there are a few tube TVs.  They don’t sound like much, but if I need a new head for a computer, or want another monitor so everyone sees what I’m switching, they come in handy.  And why stock up?  They keep coming, and they’re old.  So I’m always ready for a replacement.

In that clip above, you see the phenomenon.  An outpouring of “hey, do you want this thing just laying around here?”  My philosophy with friends and family is I’ll take anything.  If it’s not useful, I’ll at least make sure it’s recycled with a trip to Construction Junction.

This demonstrates the amazing community we’ve had on our Tuesday Podcast Day experiment that just keeps growing.  People contribute tech, and in some cases, their time just to be a part of it.  Which has been instrumental in it’s growth over the last year in scope and quality.

It’s come a long way from my and some friends huddled around a cheap PC microphone eight years ago.

April 22, 20140 commentsRead More
This Week in SorgCasts: It’s coming together

This Week in SorgCasts: It’s coming together

This week started our roll out of the new Sorgatron Media layout and WordPress 3.0 Multi User account.  Basically that means that all of the sites are going to be managed by one login and show posts, for example, will only need to be made once and shared across the show and main web site.  So far the main is rolled over, as well as, since it’s one of the smaller of the sites I had to convert.  The rest of the shows will follow in due time!

A big thanks to Norm Huelsman for the advice about the WordPress 3.0 abilities and theme suggestion!  He has a number of great posts and even presented on WordPress at Refresh Pittsburgh.

AwesomeCast 34: Cooler than G4

This was great to get Walt Ribeiro on board to do a show.  I met Walt fist back at Podcamp Pittsburgh 3 and loved his session on how he just dropped everything and made a business out of himself in six months.  He was a great personality that fit right in with our attitude on the show and sharing thoughts on the stories of the week.

We had some tech problems with Skype on his Mac for some reason.  This has been a long standing problem that Skype seems to have less readily available options so that if there is a problem, there’s not much we can do to figure something out of it.  Thankfully, the stars aligned and Walt had Google Talk installed, so we brought him up there.  Again, I can’t go full screen, but I did find the ability to crop my Desktop Presenter so no one would no on the video stream.  Unless you notice the small window behind me on the studio shot.

Wrestling Mayhem Show 253: Anti Omega F******* Nation!

Great to be back in the studio.  I had one of those rare moments where I had a chance to rant on some wrestlers that tick me off.  So much so, that I posted the clip separately on request.

This is where I’m finding some trouble.  On both recordings of the show, about 40 minutes in, Wirecast crashes.  Actually not just Wirecast, the entire Macbook froze.  I couldn’t recover the files due to the length being indeterminate according to VisualHub.  Thankfully, we stream our show up to, who auto records everything!  Show saved.  A quick push to Youtube, download as MP4, convert to DV for editing, and we’re back in business to carry the editing process from there…

Music Funtime Show 30: Girls, Video Games, and Some Awesome!

Another easy show featuring some very different music.

Chachi Says 19: Daddy Got a Brand New Phone!

Chachi reviews his new Android T-Mobile G2.  Thankfully this means he’ll have a new phone to shoot video on that should beat the pants off what he’s been using when doing solo shoots.  Good conclusion to the ongoing next phone saga.

January 25, 20111 commentRead More
This Week in SorgCasts: Finding Time

This Week in SorgCasts: Finding Time

Chachi Says 11: Fan Request 2

Chachi returns to his fan request concept, and continues with the next week’s.  He’s really building a real interactive community.  We’re going to have some fun working with that here in the near future.

AwesomeCast 26: The Slaughterhouse

From all of the crazy reorganized scheduling from this week’s Baristas shoot, we managed to find time Tuesday to film AwesomeCast on location at Rob’s place.  I’m really enjoying the experiments we’ve had with this show’s setup.  A laptop running my trusty BoinxTV, and my Panasonic patching in firewire and the shotgun mic.  An easy 2 camera setup.

I’m looking forward to our next few lined up guests, and some fun in studio stuff.

Wrestling Mayhem Show 245: Deeeeelicious Chesty

And speaking of in studio, you can’t have a bad show with our favorite local indy guest Jimmy Demarco.  We were supposed to do this Sunday, but had to back this up to Thursday due to some unavoidable issues.  But we had a great hour and a half with Jimmy and Chest Flexor.  The fans were alive in the chat, despite the recording date move, and the questions pored in throughout the week leading up.  Jimmy lost his career ending match Saturday night, but I hope that doesn’t keep him from stopping by to have some fun on the show.

Music Funtime Show 26: Paul Hammond

Dr. Espling really stepped up our show quality this week.  He moved his segment from an audio setup to video to suite our expansion to YouTube and and stepped things up.  No I have to work on the rest of the show to keep up with what he’s submitting.  Only leads to great things.  Also part two of my interviews at TrackAddict Records with my old friend Paul Hammond.

With the whole crazy schedule, I didn’t get a chance to do our wrap up video, so I decided to throw something together when Chachi was over tonight doing this week’s Chachi Says.  Look for that late Monday.

November 21, 20100 commentsRead More
This Week in SorgCasts: Rappers, Journalists, and the Rest of Us…

This Week in SorgCasts: Rappers, Journalists, and the Rest of Us…

Chachi Says 8: Phone Revisit
This was a fortunate circumstance.  As most already know, I had the fortune to film an interview between MC Frontalot and DJLunchbox for last week’s Music Funtime.  I was also asked to film something extra for an as yet unnamed project.  I saw him pull out his shiny new G2 and remembered back to Chachi’s phone show, talking about his choices on T-Mobile.  Apparently Chachi and Front are kindered souls since both are G1 users looking for that upgrade to the G2.  Front was great and let me film a quick spot for Chachi’s show.

AwesomeCast 23: Why Can’t I Buy Wine Like a Normal Person??
I’m enjoying the fact that we’re getting to this point that we can pick up on our old list of guests when we can’t work out a new name.  We know who we’re comfortable with, and who is always great to deliver.  Another pleasant timing situation when Uncle Crappy, who’s a newspaper journalist by day, had just encountered the new automated wine kiosk being deployed in Pennsylvania.  Aside from that, he was able to give us a great take on the mew MacBook Air from his perspective of someone needing to be portable to cover his beat.

Wrestling Mayhem Show 242: Don’t Hurt Me
After all of the threatening my coworkers may have done to our listeners for all these years, finally, they strike back.  Big Freaky is our biggest contributor to the Mayhem Hotline, and takes us to task for the stuff we choose to cover.  He calls out members of our crew and goes pretty off the wall.  I love the unpredictable nature that happens with this show when we have so many different personalities involved on the show, and in our fan base, who almost never agree, except their passion of wrestling and that they have an opinion of it.  All this, and we welcome frequent chatroomer, and part time WWE employee, ThePrinceMagus, who fits right in with the crew!

Music Funtime Show 23: Hip Hop Renaissance
It’s sort of hard to get guests.  I know that from the Mayhem Show, and it’s just as hard, if not harder, for the music industry.  Part of it is time to dedicate to chase down PR and Myspaces that everyone insists on communicating through, and part of it is my dedication to quality I still regret not holding to on my old music show, but this happens.  To that end, I’m trying to come up with some ways to introduce new content to fill out this show in those off weeks we don’t find suitable guests for the show.

All this, and I talk to dead things…

November 3, 20100 commentsRead More
This Week in Sorgcasts: It’s the new sh*t!

This Week in Sorgcasts: It’s the new sh*t!

Chachi Says  Episode 0 and 1

This week, we launched a new concept we’ve been trying to develop for a few months now.  I’ve been inspired by concepts like Penn Point, and thought that a certain friend of mine would be a great fit to be given a similar mouthpiece on the internet, in video form.  I love his ingenuity in getting the concept down, incorporating a typical webcam, Blackberry, and G1 phone, we’ve been able to cobble together something that’s cohesive, and I hope, visually interesting.

AwesomeCast 15: iShiny

Got back to basics, and our usual time, again, as we brought on Norm Huelsman to talk some Podcamp Pittsburgh, iPods, and a bit more.  Norm was a good voice that had a bit to say about the stories we brought up.  Chachi joined us again, as I try to flesh out the format.

The typical reaction to our recent line of Wrestling Mayhem episodes...

Wrestling Mayhem Show 235: My Dog Smells Like a….

We ended up with both Hotwheelz and Rizz on the show due to some Skype experimentation beforehand.  We were trying to max out the 10 calls for the updated Skype Beta, to little success.  Mike dropped in on a second line, and we were good to go.  It was another show where things got pleasantly out of hand, which I think we’re both famous and infamous for.  I also determined we don’t have enough detractors.  Because I’m sure people don’t like this show, but no one speaks up except the guy Mad Mike met at San Diego.

Music Funtime Show 18: Amuck

We got back to our interviews after a couple weeks of experimenting in Pittsburgh’s own Amuck.  Always a fan of interviewing local talent.   Also got a chance to feature another Pittsburgh local in Sikes, and some brand new release from Scrub Club, who has been turning out new music left and right lately.

Also, along with the usual shows, I continued with the video blog, which I think will be a good fit for the sort of post-recording decompression I go through every week before hitting the “editing bay” for the night.  Hope people dig it, and please, drop me feedback on all of this to let me know what you’re digging or not digging…

September 9, 20100 commentsRead More
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