Monthly Archives: October 2019

Dan Smolen – The Tightrope – PCI-161

Thanks to Dan Smolen for joining our team this week to talk about his show, The Tightrope, you can catch his feature shortly after the beginning of the episode. Mike and Todd discuss some issues with Apple’s latest OS release, Catalina and what this means for some popular podcasting software. We’re working on a new service that our team is close to releasing, that we think network podcasters are really going to enjoy.

Thanks for joining us on this episode of Podcast Insider.


Dan Smolen – The Tightrope


  • Mac’s OS, Catalina, does not support Audacity (or any 32 bit software)
  • According to @MyCastReviews, Apple has hit 750,000 podcasts in their directory. Apple approved 2,200 new shows in just one day!
  • Some Spreaker weirdness – They’ve been IAB Certified, but as of now as just starting to use the IAB Certified stats for their customers.
  • Podiant Communities are ending soon.

Best Practices:

  • Taking a break, and when to do so.

Blubrry News:

  • Network Plugin is nearing completion and we hope to demo it early next week.
  • Texas Podcast Conference – Todd is speaking about the following:
    • Business podcasting and why you should
    • Importance of building your brand on your .com and why you need a podcast host


  • Passwords – When you change your password at Blubrry, you also have to re-login into PowerPress to keep them linked.
  • FILE NAMES of your media are important. Simple is better!
  • When it says ‘you’re out of space,’ that means you’re out of storage space for the month.
  • Check to see that you’ve uploading the correct file (no wav files or Audacity project files)
  • Did you release more episodes or longer episodes this month?

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Coming at you this week from the New Media Studio in Southern Michigan and Mike Dell’s World Studio in Northern Michigan.

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Eric Hunley – Unstructured – PCI-160

Our guest today is Eric Hunley (@hunleyeric) of Unstructured, whose authentic, well researched interviews deliver more insight and understanding than structured shows allow. Hunley cuts to the quick in his interviews to explore why his guests dared to go on their life changing journeys — and today we’ll learn more about his.

Mike is mostly flying solo, as Lena and MacKenzie are attending She Podcasts Live in Atlanta.

We talk about WNYC’s new podcast called Dolly Parton’s America, Podchaser’s 3 million credits, and its claim that it’s the “IMDB of podcasting.” Also on today’s episode with-mostly-Mike, we talk about the impending return of The Audacity to Podcast with @TheDanielJLewis; the release of PowerPress 8 and what it means for you; and our new full-time support person. Help us welcome Dave!

If you would like to be interviewed on Podcast Insider about your podcast, contact Mike, MacKenzie or Todd (our emails are below) to get on our schedule. We have some very good ones coming up as well as today’s great interview.

Interview: Eric Hunley – Unstructured


Best Practice:   Subscribe to your own show!

Blubrry news:

  • PowerPress 8.0 is out
  • MacKenzie and Lena at She Podcasts Live! In Atlanta.
  • New Full-time support person!   (Dave Clements)


  • Meet Dave!
  • Expanded hours on the phone support coming soon
  • Write down info about your podcast! (We talked about this last week.)
    • Feed address
    • How do you generate a feed?
    • Email address used to login to Blubrry (or another service)
    • Web hosting company
    • TITLE of the show

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International Podcast Day Session – PCI-159

Todd, MacKenzie and Mike did a session for International Podcast Day 2019. A session titled, ‘The Top Things You Should Know About Your Podcast.’ Daniel J. Lewis, from the Audacity to Podcast, was in charge of our session – giving Steve and Dave Lee a break for the 24+ hour day.

As promised we announced our winner for our International Podcast Day giveaway, that includes free hosting for a year, some equipment, consulting from Todd and promotion on this show, Podcast Insider. Congratulations to Chuck Fields – Your Space Journey.

We also announced that PowerPress 8.0 beta is now available. We’re looking for more testers before the official release! Check it out here: PowerPress 8.0 beta.

See you next week with another NORMAL episode of Podcast Insider and thanks for joining us on this special episode of the show!

Coming at you this week from the New Media Studio in southern Michigan, Mike Dell’s World Studio in northern Michigan, and the MacKenzie at the Convo by Design studio in Columbus, Ohio. Special thanks for the IPD team as well.

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