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.
I expect this process to take some time.