Podcasting


Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 110: Damien Cox

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 110: Damien CoxIn this 110th episode, Mike chats with long-time Toronto Star journalist and Rogers broadcaster Damien Cox about his years at the Star, on The Fan 590 and on TSN and Rogers Hockey. We also talk about his Twitter behaviour, the perception he's condescending and arrogant and I play this glorious audio for him. This episode is exactly 1:05:55.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 109: My Daughter

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 109: My DaughterIn this 109th episode, Mike chats with his daughter. This episode is exactly 34:36.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 108: Raina from Indie88

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 107: Elliotte FriedmanIn this 108th episode, Mike chats with Indie88 personality Raina about her years at 102.1 The Edge and CBC Radio and everything you wanted to know about Indie88 but were afraid to ask. This episode is exactly 1:10:47.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 107: Elliotte Friedman

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 107: Elliotte FriedmanIn this 107th episode, Mike chats with Elliotte Friedman about his years at The Fan, Headline Sports / The Score, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and Rogers Hockey. We talk Howard Berger, Damian Goddard, Bobcat, Corsi, Glenn Healy and more. This episode is exactly 1:10:26.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 106: David Marsden

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 106: David MarsdenIn this 106th episode, Mike chats with broadcasting legend David Marsden about his years as David Mickie, his time at CHUM FM, the Spirit of Radio days at CFNY, his years at Iceberg and The Rock and his latest venture, NYthespirit.com. Tears are shed. This episode is exactly 1:45:39.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 105: Maie Pauts

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 105In this 105th episode, Mike chats with CFNY 102.1, CHUM FM and Boom 97.3 host Maie Pauts about her career in radio. This episode is exactly 56:50.

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My 10 Favourite Episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014

You've seen the 10 most downloaded episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014, but here are my favourites. This was tough, as I thoroughly enjoyed recording far more than 10 episodes, and I excluded all episodes with my buddy Elvis, but here's my 10 favourite episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014, in no particular order.

Jonathan Torrens

Hear it here: https://www.torontomike.com/2014/01/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_65.html

Why it's a personal favourite: In early 2014, I wasn't certain what I wanted my podcast to become. Then, out of the blue, I received an email from Jonathan Torrens.

Jonathan was interested in renting my podcast studio to record the first episode of his podcast with Jeremy Taggart, but I was more interested in him coming on my podcast and answering my many questions about Street Cents, Jonovision, Trailer Park Boys and the Degrassi movie.

Jonathan took a very expensive cab ride to and from my place during a very short visit to Toronto and when he left I knew exactly what I wanted my podcast to be.

Ed the Sock

Hear it here: https://www.torontomike.com/2014/10/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_94.html

Why it's a personal favourite: I was a big fan of Ed the Sock growing up, and it was a thrill to not only chat with Ed's creator but also Ed himself. Yes, Ed is a sock, but he still succinctly and hilariously says what I'm thinking.

Jeff Marek

Hear it here: https://www.torontomike.com/2014/04/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_74.html

Why it's a personal favourite: To this day, no podcast has run as long as this one. The report was natural, the conversation fun and interesting and by the end of the first hour I forgot we were recording. I loved chatting with Jeffy.

Maddog

Hear it here: https://www.torontomike.com/2014/10/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_92.html

Why it's a personal favourite: Maddog was a listener of the podcast, and if he was going to guest he wasn't going to hold back. The brutal and refreshing honesty from him made for compelling audio. With every episode I record now, I aim to recapture that rawness I heard from Maddog.

Mike Wilner

Hear it here: https://www.torontomike.com/2014/11/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_96.html

Why it's a personal favourite: Mike is a divisive personality amongst Jays fans. An ongoing joke in my circle when someone comes off arrogant or condescending is to call him or her "Wilner".

Mike came over intending to be as honest as possible and I believe he was. Afterwards, as people heard his hour with me, I kept hearing the same thing. I had humanized the beast. Those who disliked him immensely were willing to admit they simply misunderstood the man.

Strombo

Hear it here: https://www.torontomike.com/2014/12/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_103.html

Why it's a personal favourite: I could record another 1000 episodes and not recreate this perfect storm. George was generous with both his time and his honesty, and we truly hit it off. We were two pals having a deep and interesting convo and to this day I can't quite remember what was said during the recording and what was said afterwards. It was pure magic.

Mark Hebscher

Hear it here: https://www.torontomike.com/2014/08/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_89.html

Why it's a personal favourite: Much like with Ed the Sock, I grew up a big Hebsy fan. Sportsline was my show and Mark was the star. The conversation was so awesome, I've asked him to come back on to share more stories in late February.

Erin Davis

Hear it here: https://www.torontomike.com/2014/07/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_84.html

Why it's a personal favourite: I had never met Erin Davis and wasn't sure what to expect. I suppose I thought she might play it ultra safe because of her prominent role on such a G-rated show.

Instead, she was completely down to earth and honest and completely engaging. Today, we exchange emails and Twitter DMs regularly and just last week I made my debut on CHFI during Erin's show.

Ashley Buchholz from USS

Hear it here: https://www.torontomike.com/2014/11/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_95.html

Why it's a personal favourite: Ashley is like nobody else I've interviewed. He just seemed to see things differently, and think in this creative manner that made it crazy fun to have a conversation with him.

It helped immensely that I was a legit fan of his band, making this a special thrill.

Tribute to Martin Streek

Hear it here: https://www.torontomike.com/2014/07/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_82.html

Why it's a personal favourite: No episode took longer to produce, and as episodes go, this one was definitely the greatest risk. Based on the positive response, it worked. I was extremely pleased.

Although some of the guests were clips from previous episodes (Alan Cross, Todd Shapiro, Fred Patterson, Bingo Bob, etc.) I made fresh calls to some very interesting people, including Brother Bill and David Marsden. I like to think Martin's memory was fairly and justly honoured.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 104

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 104In this 104th episode, Mike chats with an Australian who recently moved to Toronto about what he really thinks of our city. This episode is exactly 1:03:21.

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10 Most Downloaded Episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014

Toronto Mike'd took a giant leap forward in 2014, attracting interesting guests and finding a whole new audience. You can't judge the quality of an episode by the number of downloads, but it does give some insight into the Zeitgeist.

Here are the 10 most downloaded episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014.

  1. Maddog
  2. Erin Davis
  3. Martin Streek Retrospective
  4. Strombo
  5. Humble and Fred
  6. Todd Shapiro
  7. Ed the Sock
  8. Greg Brady
  9. Mike Wilner
  10. Jeremy Taggart

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Lots of Options Beyond iTunes for Podcasts

Podcasts went mainstream in 2014. We can thank Serial for that. But even as podcasts take off in popularity, I sense confusion from people as to how they should manage their podcasts.

Firstly, iTunes is not your only option. It's a fine option, particularly for the desktop / laptop, but there are many excellent alternatives.

I have an Android phone. I've noticed several very good podcast apps that only cost a few dollars, but there's also an excellent free app I've been using lately. It's called Podcast Addict and you can download it from Google Play here.

Once Podcast Addict is installed on your Android device, simply click the + button at the top to add a new podcast. You're presented with several options for adding a new podcast, as shown below.

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You could add the RSS feed for my podcast, which is https://www.torontomike.com/torontomiked.xml, but it's probably easier to search for "Toronto Mike'd".

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It's that simple. You're now subscribed to Toronto Mike'd (or any other podcast you're interesting in) and it's easy to manage which episodes you download and listen to.

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