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What should your podcast be? Commentary, one-on-one interview, or script and clip? How to choose? Listen to this interview with Victoria Fenner, a talented radio and podcast producer, to get ideas. Victoria and I sometimes collaborate on podcast production, particularly for my conference podcasting business, PodcastYourConference.com. Check out Victoria’s Web site and blog.

Please listen to this 27-minute podcast and let me know what you think! You can listen to the podcast now with the player above or download it to listen later. Or subscribe to this podcast in iTunes using the link at the top of this page.

6a00d8345169c669e200e552560b1c8833-piHere are the show notes:

[00:01] Intro and welcome; about Victoria Fenner
[02:15] Interview begins; what kinds of formats are we talking about?
[03:00] Importance of editing; how you conduct the interview affects how much work the edit will be
[05:00] Start with a definitive statement
[06:45] An example of an extreme approach of making the interview subject stick to your plan
[07:37] Stage your question to get what you want
[08:15] Commentaries vs. ramblecasts
[10:28] Example of smart guy/lousy podcast (delivered like a lecture); voiceover is not as easy as you think!
[11:30] Conversation is not a performance; best interviews need little editing
[12:00] Creative approaches to script/clip, wild sounds, and conference podcasting
[14:50] Be careful adding wild sound
[16:00] How to decide on your format
[18:00] Importance of technical quality
18:48 Comment from Corey Taratuta
19:45 Comment from Jay Berkowitz
20:40 Comment from Sam Deeks
22:39 Comment from George Motoc
23:07 Comment from Bob LeDrew
25:11 Comment from Mike Buckley
[26:44] Where to send comments: email to Donna AT Trafcom DOT com
Theme music is “Beneath Your Surface” by the Elisabeth Lohninger Quartet from the Podsafe Music Network.

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