Co-host wanted!


I'd like to put this podcast out more frequently, but I can't do that on my own. It requires too much time I don't have. I enjoy the process, so it doesn't feel like work, but it does take plenty of time to generate the good content we want to have on the Wow! Signal.

I also want more than my voice and views involved, and I would like the interviews to be more of a roundtable than a two-way conversation.  The long term goal is a weekly podcast, and I hope to achieve that goal by the start of Season 4.

What I really need, is one more co-host/co-producer who is willing to commit some time and energy into making the Wow! Signal podcast both better and more frequent - someone who can commit to taking the lead on at least four full-length episodes a year.

Here is an idea of the work involved, which would be split roughly evenly between all hosts:
  • Deciding on episode topics, researching them and determining who would be the best guest(s) to come on the show and discuss those topics
  • Reading articles, books or papers the guest has written for the purpose of asking smart questions.
  • Collecting and combining questions from team members and the online community.
  • Approaching potential guests and scheduling interviews
  • Conducting or co-conducting recorded interviews
  • Writing the scripted portions of the podcast (although we're using less scripting these days).
  • Recording the scripted and unscripted portions of the podcast.
  • Helping to select music and obtaining music permissions
  • Editing the whole thing together using Audacity (or some other software if you prefer).
  • Writing show notes.
  • Promoting each podcast episode on social media.
  • Engaging the Google + community and the subreddit.

Here is what you will need:
  • An informed, scientific, skeptical and open-minded worldview.  Read my blog to get an idea of what I mean by this.
  • An keen interest in the topics we cover on the podcast and in talking about them.
  • Some computer skills, preferably with a DAW like Audacity or Reaper.
  • The ability to write reasonably well in English.
  • The ability to speak clearly in English.
  • A computer, a Google (and Google+) account, a Skype account, a decent microphone with a pop filter, a pair of headphones, and a broadband internet connection.
  • A tolerance (or better yet, preference) for music you'll never hear on the radio.
  • Willingness to approach perfect strangers to ask them to be on the podcast.
  • A few hours a month.
Otherwise, you can be young, old, any nationality, and either gender. It would be more convenient if you lived in the Eastern (GMT - 5) time zone, but we can work around that if you don't. Of course, you would get full credit for your work and ideas. If you are interested in this non-paying job, please contact me at wowsignalpodcast (at) gmail (dot com), and tell me about yourself, including books you've read recently and point me to something you've written or presented. If you've done a podcast or other audio production before, that's a plus, and I would like to hear some of it.

I expect this process to take some time.

8 comments:

  1. Can I try a test episode thing? My ONLY lack in your list I would say is the informed part worldview, but that can change. I've been meaning to listen to your podcast for a while now, but haven't had the time.

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  2. Hello, i was wondering if you still need the help, I am more than willing to be a part of the pod cast, if you'll allow me to do so Send an e-mail to thehockeywiz@gmail.com if you still need a co-host I am in the EST if that helps.

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  4. Wow!
    I'm in!
    My clients say I have a voice for radio and I've always wondered how I could explore that.
    I have a doctorate from the University of Phoenix so I know how to write and do research.
    My primary background is in aviation and electronics and I retired from the USAF in June of 2005.
    I currently work at First Data as a IT LAN support specialist.
    Let me know how I can help.

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  5. I have my own show but was wondering if you still work looking for anyone to co host with !

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  6. Count me in - do a swapsies also if you could swap he skills .. Have all the necessary experience and equipment - get hold of me by email at pureinsomniac-at-gmail.com

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