Stephen Jondrew is a man of many talents much boredom. Stephen often fills his spare time co-hosting and producing several podcasts, maintaining/administrating a variety of websites and yet somehow he also keeps a full-time day job and even has a wife and son.

Stephen enjoys all things geeky including tech, comics, sci-fi, podcasting and a bunch of stuff in between.

OsX vs Windows? Windows... for now. Star Trek vs Star Wars? Star Trek, every time.

Podcasts: GonnaGeek.com Podcast and WTWD Radio Free Woodbury

SP as he is known to his close associates has dedicated his life to working within the system to bring geeky humor and science fiction points of view to the mindless minions in charge of providing the freedoms, security and infrastructure to our lives. Given the opportunity, SP would gladly slip through the Stargate to begin colonizing a new planet and living the Little House On The Prairie life or suit up to mine the solar system's asteroids for precious metals, gems and hidden signs of ancient advanced societies. SP has a lifelong fascination with geeky shows, advanced technologies, revolutionary science and apocalyptic tales.

Podcasts: GonnaGeek.com Podcast, Voices of Defiance and Legends of SHIELD

Better Podcasting #194 – Organizing Your Podcast’s Plan For Improvement / Magix Vegas Movie Studio 16 Review

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As we slide in to the back half of the year, it’s a great time to reflect on any goals and plans that that you have for improving your podcast. This week in our featured segment we discuss ways that you can capture, organize and execute your plan. Before we get to that though, we have a How I Saved My Podcast story from an anonymous listener about some challenges with their podcast network.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we review Magix Vegas Movie Studio 16 Suite (disclaimer – we were provided copies of the software for review purposes).

Finally, in the Better Podback including some love for our previous week’s guests.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/194/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Friday,  August 16, 2019 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Organizing A Podcast Plan for Improvement

  • Creating the start point for your plan of attack
  • Considerations for improvement ideas
  • Pairing down your list
  • Strategy for selecting items to start on
  • Example ideas on what you may want to improve

Better Podcasting Download: Magix Vegas Movie Studio 16 Suite Review

  • 24:30 – Movie Studio Review Begins (Overview of Review)
  • 27:00 – Major changes between Version 15 and 16
  • 29:00 – Why we recommend only purchasing the Platinum or Suite versions
  • 29:15 – Minor noteworthy changes
  • 35:00 – SP’s list of challenges encountered
  • 42:30 – Stephen’s list of challenges encountered
  • 48:40 – SP’s overall product summary
  • 49:30 – Stephen’s overall product summary

Better Podback: 

  • Submitting to Pandora
  • Feedback on previous week’s guest

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Better Podcasting #193 – Audio Drama Podcasts: Interview with Sarah Werner

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This week Stephen and SP sit down to interview Sarah Rhea Werner about her history with creating Audio Drama podcasts. Sarah discusses her experience getting in to audio dramas, some of the challenges that have faced her over the years, and some general advice for creating Audio Dramas.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we discuss Deezer taking submissions for podcasts, and some of the technical specifications they’ve outlined.

Finally, Stephen crawls out from under the bus to give Damian the podlove he deserves.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/193/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday,  August 7, 2019 (Interview on Tuesday, August 6, 2019)  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Interview with Sarah Werner about Audio Drama Podcasts

  • What is an Audio Drama
  • Difference between Audio Drama podcasts and other podcasts
  • Audio Drama planning
  • Writing a script
  • Audio Drama Creation Toolkit
  • Challenges with creating an audio drama podcast

Better Podcasting Download: Deezer Podcast Submissions

Better Podback: 

  • Damian the DM

Links Discussed

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Better Podcasting #192 – Maintaining a Hobby Podcast for 12+ Years

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Stephen is away on vacation this week and so we have special guest Jen Rhodes (from Anomaly Podcast) here to talk about her experiences with running a hobby podcast for 12+ years.

Jen if half of the duo behind the sci-fi/fantasy podcast Anomaly Podcast which was created in 2007. Over the run of the show, Jen and her co-host Angela have undergone a variety of changes both to do with their hobby podcast and in their personal lives.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download we talk about an article called “The Three E’s Of Podcasting” and discuss whether or not we think it’s applicable to podcasting.

Finally, we take listener feedback in our Better Podback we discuss chapter markers.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/192/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, July 31, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. This week’s Audio/Video Production by Stargate Pioneer. This week’s Audio/Video Editing by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Experiences Running A Hobby Podcast for 12+ Years

  • Starting a podcast without podcast advice shows that exist now
  • Being (politely) kicked off a podcast network
  • Working through a hobby podcast with personal health issues
  • Maintaining a podcast while becoming moms
  • Podcasting with your kids
  • Loaning your show to other co-hosts
  • Standing out from other podcasts who later start using the same name as you
  • Co-host struggles
  • Evolution in the podcasting space since 2007
  • Consistency isn’t always the top consideration
  • Regrets with not balancing personal life properly
  • Difficulties podcasting while pregnant
  • Handling challenges trying to podcast while having kids around

Better Podcasting Download: The Three E’s Of Podcasting

Better Podback: 

  • How Long Does It Take To Edit an Episode?
  • Editing Using Time Code Notes
  • Stephen is Live Streaming Edit

Links Discussed

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Better Podcasting #191 – Difficult Cohost Conversations

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As much as everyone hopes they won’t find themselves in this situation, sometimes in podcasting difficult conversations can come up and they can be hard to have productively. This week we’re going to discuss how you can best handle these situations including some considerations as you approach the situation, some specific situations that often come up with podcasters, and some ways to handle these situations. Before we get there though, Stephen had a CRITICAL HARDWARE FAILURE THAT ALMOST STOPPED HIM FROM PODCASTING FOR weeks…. which means that he has a HOW I SAVED MY PODCAST story.

In the Better Podcasting Download we chat about Squadcast going through an update, Apple Podcasts categories being in effect, and a study about how audio quality has an effect on public credibility.

In the Better Podback we take listener feedback including someone who asked if we have ever dropped a podcast based on poor audio quality. Finally, Stephen and SP talk about their first experiences with the Rode Podmic (1:00:00).

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/191/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Friday, July 26, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Difficult Conversations with Your Co-Hosts

  • Considerations as you enter in to difficult podcast conversations
  • Common difficult podcast conversation scenarios
    • Prep work challenges
    • Microphone technique
    • Timeliness/scheduling issues
  • Impact on personal relationships
  • Impact on business relationships

Better Podcasting Download: Podbean Streaming Service / Apple Podcast Originals?

Better Podback: 

  • How Long Does It Take To Edit an Episode?
  • Editing Using Time Code Notes
  • Stephen is Live Streaming Edit

Other Points:

  • How I Saved My Podcast Story: Stephen’s Motherboard Died
  • Stephen and SP are using a Rode Podmic’s this week (1:00:00)

Links Discussed

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Better Podcasting #190 – Podcasting Isn’t For Everyone

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This week in the show we take a bit of a left turn from our usual points of conversation, to talk about why podcasting isn’t for everyone. Yes, you read that right.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download we chat about a new live-streaming feature that Podbean is launching and how Apple might be getting in to podcast originals.

Finally, we take listener feedback, including one person who requested we handle their email in a certain way. We also have an answer to the Bossjock Studio / Backpack Studio confusion.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/190/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, July 17, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Podcasting Isn’t For Everyone

  • Reasons why podcasting isn’t for everyone
  • Ways that you can help keep your podcast going when you think podcasting isn’t for you
  • It’s ok to close up your podcast

Better Podcasting Download: Podbean Streaming Service / Apple Podcast Originals?

Better Podback: 

  • How Long Does It Take To Edit an Episode?
  • Editing Using Time Code Notes
  • Stephen is Live Streaming Edit

Links Discussed

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Better Podcasting #189 – How Long Does It Take To Produce An Episode?

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Inspired by a recent discussion in our Discord community, this week we dedicate an episode to analyzing all of the steps that it takes to put together a well produced episode.

We’ll break down the steps in to the main categories of Prep, Recording, Editing, Publishing/Promotion and Misc. From here, we break down all of the components you may find yourself doing within these categories, and we’ll share our personal experiences as we go through these.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we chat about iHeart Radio Podcast charts, and contemplate the future of charting.

Finally, in this week’s Better Podback we’ll review the Discord conversation that actually started this whole thing off – how long does it take people to edit their show?

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/189/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, July 9, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: How Long Does It Take To Build An Episode?

  • Prep
  • Recording
  • Post-Productions
  • Promotion/Publishing
  • Misc
  • Our Personal Experiences on Better Podcasting

Better Podcasting Download: iHeartRadio Charts / What does the future of podcast charts look like?

Better Podback: 

  • How Long Does It Take To Edit an Episode?
  • Editing Using Time Code Notes
  • Stephen is Live Streaming Edit

Links Discussed

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Better Podcasting #188 – Creating Your Podcast Resume

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This episode we discuss benefits to creating a podcast resume, things that should be on the podcast resume, and how you can promote your podcast resume. What exactly is a podcast resume? We’ll discuss that too.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download we discuss Bossjock Junior vs Backpack Studio, and how there is some very confusing things about the two apps.

Finally, we talk about listener feedback on cleaning their podcast equipment – and Stephen has a related story.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/188/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, July 3, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Creating a Podcast Resume

  • Benefits to having a Podcast Resume
  • Ways that you can create a Podcast Resume
  • Using a Podcast Resume
  • Usefulness of Online Podcast Audio Services
  • How to leverage a Podcast Resume

Better Podcasting Download: Bossjock Junior vs Backback Studio

Better Podback: 

  • Cleaning Microphone
  • Stephen’s IEM Story

Links Discussed

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Better Podcasting #187 – Online Audio Recording Service Roundup

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Following up to last week’s episode about Hangouts on Air going away, this week we’re going to run down a series of online audio recording services. Before we get there though, we’ll talk a bit about what they are, advantages of them, and some things to watch out for when selecting. Lastly, we’ll run down each service and some of the features that they offer.

Finally, in this week’s Better Podback, we run down the highlights from this week’s feedback – including someone who sent an email about Stephen’s obscure pop culture reference last week.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/187/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, June 26, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Online Podcast Audio Services

  • Usefulness of Online Podcast Audio Services
  • Differences between online services and hardware options
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Podcast Audio Services
  • Online Service Breakdown:
    • Cleanfeed
    • Squadcast.fm
    • Tryca.st (Cast)
    • Zoom.us
    • Discord Craig Bot
    • Ringr
    • Mumble
  • Each service we’ll discuss
    • Background Snapshot
    • Cost
    • Multi-track recording capability
    • Lossless capability
    • Recording constraints
    • Realiability
    • Mobile support

Better Podcasting Download: Time Magazine’s Article on Money Entering Podcasting
Better Podback: 

  • iZotope Deal
  • Too Many Backups?
  • Baz Luhrmann

Links Discussed

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Better Podcasting #186 – Hangouts on Air Is Going Away, What Next?

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Last week we posted an article to GonnaGeek highlighting how Google announced that Hangouts on Air is going away soon. As Hangouts on Air (HOA) has been a staple that we’ve highlighted many times on this show, we thought that we’d do an episode where highlight some of the reasons why Hangouts on Air was successful, some considerations for moving forward, and things to prioritize when choosing a new service. Before we get there though, we kick off our show with a pre-launch How I Saved My Podcast story, and an update from one listener/viewer about their “One Thing” goal from 2019.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we discuss a Time article about “Big Money” coming in to podcasting.

Finally, in this week’s Better Podback, we take listener feedback including a poll about sunscreen and podcasting.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/186/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, June 12, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

How I Saved My Podcast Story: David Toney saving his podcast before launching it.

One Thing Segment: Stephanie Fuccio

Main Topic: Handling Hangout on Air going away

  • Reasons why Hangouts on Air was successful
  • Questioning the future of video for your personal needs
  • Considerations for moving on from HOA
  • Streaming destinations
  • Future proofing your next service choice
  • When to change from Hangouts on Air

Better Podcasting Download: Time Magazine’s Article on Money Entering Podcasting
Better Podback: 

  • What Was That Woodworking Podcast?
  • Thoughts on the PodMic
  • Summer Podcasting Sunburns

Links Discussed

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Better Podcasting #185 – Enhancing a Minimal Podcast Setup

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We make it clear that our stance is that in order to podcast, you can achieve great sound simply by using a simple microphone like the Audio-Technica ATR2100, AT2005 or Samson Q2U. In this episode we discuss some ways you can attempt to enhance a simple podcast setup without buying new hardware (ok, we’ll talk a bit about some light hardware changes too).

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, SP gives his thoughts on the Backpack Studio update to now allow live streaming.

Finally, in this week’s Better Podback, we take listener feedback including a poll about whether or not our listeners live-stream.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/185/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, June 12, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

How I Saved My Podcast Story: Chris from Play Comics on Guest Hosting

Main Topic: Enhancing a Minimal Podcast Setup

  • Using plugins to enhance sound
  • Using plugins to model sound
  • Physical use of Microphone
  • Inexpensive equipment add-ons
  • Video options

Better Podcasting Download: Backpack Studio Now Has Live Streaming
Better Podback: 

  • Jonathan Bloom’s “One Thing” Update
  • Live-streaming poll
  • Sony MDR-7506 Issue

Links Discussed

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