Nothing Endures But Change: Live Streaming Podcast Recordings

I'm passionate of the "theatre of the mind" that is a podcast. It's an audio experience, so I've never been particularly interested in adding a video component. Instead, I've focused on making it sound great.

Mark Hebscher comes from the world of television, and has always been keen on utilizing video when recording his podcast Hebsy on Sports. I started experimenting with live video streams, using Toronto Mike'd as a guinea pig. The last several episodes have all live streamed at https://periscope.tv/torontomike and you can watch the recordings there on-demand.

After each episode, I'd make adjustments. I flipped the studio around so we're facing the camera, I added sponsor branding to the desk and back wall, and I tweaked the framing.

The last two live streamed eps, featuring Gino Vannelli and Jerry Howarth, each exceeded 1000 unique viewers. Toronto Mike'd remains a podcast, but there's clearly an appetite for video, and the sponsors love it. StickerYou is creating a decal for that back wall. Fast Time Watch & Jewellery Repair shipped over a sign. The Palma Pasta box of lasagna and Great Lakes Brewery six-pack case are on display in front.

Adding a little video has enhanced the experience without detracting from the audio. The lesson for me is to always keep an open mind. Nothing endures but change.

jerry


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willy

The addition of video is great. Just one suggestion tho, is there any way you could configure your desk so that you are sitting across from the guest and looking / talking to them face to face, instead of both sitting on the same side? Having better eye contact with somebody, while talking to them, can help with reading non-verbal / physical cues, and can make for a more natural conversation. Other than that, you're doing great!

April 25, 2019 @ 1:19 PM

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@willy

I'm open to suggestions here. The enemy, of course, is space...

April 25, 2019 @ 1:45 PM

Cambo

I noticed that too- with Jerry it was a bit awkward because he had to stare into...nothing...while you were adjusting levels etc. You did your best to crick your neck back to him, but if you're somehow able to re-arrange the studio so that you're facing each other, the flow of your conversations will probably vastly improve- because it's no longer 2 people looking straight ahead into nothing.

Damn small spaces...

April 26, 2019 @ 7:43 AM

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@Cambo

My wife is good at designing wood furniture and building it... you should see the loft bed she made the two little ones. I'm thinking we can design something custom for this little space that will fix that.

April 26, 2019 @ 7:59 AM

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Regarding the live streaming tech... right now it's Periscope. I'd like to try YouTube Live, but they won't let me live stream via mobile until I have 1000 subscribers. I'm currently at 251.

So, if anyone reading this is on YouTube, please subscribe at https://www.youtube.com/c/TorontoMiked and tell a few friends.

Thanks!

April 26, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

bsmntdwllr73

@Mike
Love the concept of this, especially the pre-show behind the scenes footage, but TPL's crappy
desktop computers haven't made it too easy to regularly take part in this experiment thus far.
P.S., I also signed up for that Youtube streaming thing, so hopefully the numbers on that will
increase to the minimum required in the very near future. Perhaps you need to seek out another
guest along the lines of Gino V. or J. Howarth, who might be able to provide that interest?

April 26, 2019 @ 3:49 PM

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