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The GNC Podcast Story Started in October 2004

I have told segments of this story many times on my show. On June 1st 2004 I severely injured my spine in a swimming pool accident in Bahrain, that injury laid me up in the hospital their for 13 days. I was very lucky less than 3% of the people that suffered the type of burst compression fracture of their L1 vertebrae ever walk again. I was happy to be able to motor out of the hospital on my own two feet. Little did I know that event would change my life in more ways than one!

I came back to Hawaii and was laid up for 6 weeks recovering, after convalescent leave it was time to go back to work. I was still active duty in the Navy and the Navy fully expected me to do the job they where paying me for. I knew if I was unable to perform my job I would be medically discharged, and that was the last thing I wanted to happen.

Being I was still healing and going through physical therapy I was placed on Limited Duty, your not supposed to go on travel or do anything other than what the doctor instructs. I broke all the doctors rules and volunteered to manage P-3 aircraft modifications happening at L3 in Waco Texas. My boss agreed and let me go. I arrived in Texas in Late September wearing a clam shell body brace. It was still pretty hot that fall, and when I was not at work I hung out in my air conditioned hotel room to get some relief from the heat, I could hardly stand to be outside in the heat wearing the clam shell back brace.

I was spending a lot of time on the Internet in the hotel room, it was at that time I started to hear about Podcasting. Knowing my tenacity to talk and tell stories, I decided to start a podcast, in fact I could not move fast enough to get started It was almost as if I was drawn to it.

A Logitech mic purchased at Walmart across the street was all it took to get started. The first show I recorded on October 9th 2004 was about 40 minutes long from my hotel room. The first 2 shows where not podsafe, and had to be taken offline later as I loved playing some AC/DC non pod-safe music at the start of the show. In a very short period of time the show exploded onto the podcast scene. As near as I can figure it I was one of the first 20 or so podcast to launch. The show went from 400 listeners the first show to nearly 35,000 listeners in less than 30 days.  The show has never stopped growing and is what it is today. The first few years of what happened next has been a blur and simply incredible.

From there on it has been a Marathon. What’s amazing is how much ground we covered in such a very short time in those early years. Luckily for me and my pocket book my show, and RawVoice was cash positive almost from the beginning. Sponsors were and continue to spend money in the space it has been a crazy ride since.

My team at RawVoice has simply been incredible, we have had our ups and downs but we started with 5 and today their are still 4 of the core team members with the company, and whole bunch of great folks that work for us now and in the past.  It has not been easy but we have built some incredible products. The podcasting space largely fires on all cylinders today because of the Powerpress Podcasting Plugin.

I am proud of what we have accomplished as RawVoice Podcasters have earned millions of dollars in advertising revenue over the course of the past 7 years.  The service packages we offer provides distribution into a large segment of media devices.

There is a story I’d like to share that I tell from time to time. I know of a number of podcasters that earn well over $150,000 a year in advertising revenue per year. Those podcasters produce their shows week after week, and beyond the sponsor spot in their shows you would never know how big their audience is. One of them has joked privately we me that if his boss knew how much money they made podcasting, they would probably be fired as they make more money podcasting then they do their 9-5. While this may not be surprising today it sure makes me chuckle when the viability of the space is discussed. While not every podcaster earns that type of income I stand behind our choice not to cherry pick shows and give opportunities to all podcasters in the space.

Today podcasters are reaching millions of listeners daily, and the listener / viewers counts continue to grow despite what some naysayers portray. While this show on this site is one of 1000’s I feel pretty proud that from launching the show in a hotel room with a Logitech headset what has developed and what my team and I have accomplished since our inception. We are not done innovating and helping podcasters.

Here are a few more fun links I dug out of the blog here at GNC.

First Studio Gear Nov 2004
Portable Studio I travel with Today
The HD Skype Setup
The GNC Studio Setup Today

I plan on adding to the timeline over the next couple of months and want this post to act as historical document surrounding my involvement in the podcasting space and that of my team.

Image Microphone by BigStock Photo

Is Apple trying to kill podcasting? – How iOS6 Ruined my iPod Touch

Yesterday, I hurried home to upgrade my iOS devices to iOS 6, expecting it to go smoothly. I have an iPad (3rd Gen) and a 4th Gen iPod touch. I did the iPad first and was very happy to learn that Siri is now enabled. I spent some time playing with that on the iPad while my iPod updated. I knew I wasn’t going to get full blown Siri on my iPod, but I wasn’t expecting what I did get.

Let me backtrack a bit. I am an avid podcast listener (mostly audio podcasts). I drive a lot. I’ve put 10,000 miles on since June this year for a new business I’m involved with. So I have a lot of windshield time. That time is spent listening to podcasts and audio books. I bought the iPod touch because my old 30gig iPod just wasn’t cutting it anymore with a weak battery and lack of control though my car audio system (which has an iPod dock connection). The new iPod was perfect for my use. I would go though my podcasts that had been downloaded to my Mac and pick out the episodes I wanted to listen to that day and put them in a playlist. Then when I was plugged into the car, I would hit play and they would play, one by one, in the order I wanted them to. When I got out of the car, the playback would stop. When I got back in the car the playback would resume without me having to touch anything.

Much to my surprise, iOS 6 removed podcasts from the music app completely. At first, I didn’t think that would be a problem since they did include the new “podcasts” app. Surely Apple wouldn’t screw up podcasts! Well, they did. The problem with the new podcasts app is there is no way to do playlists. You can set it up to play all the episodes of a particular podcast (In the wrong order I might add) but there is no way to setup a playlist of episodes from different podcast feeds. The new “podcasts” app is NOT a great app. It looks like, to me, that Apple decided to force everyone to use this app instead of how iPods have worked since they added podcast support back in 2005.

Another thing wrong with the Podcasts app, for listeners, is that if the podcast isn’t listed on iTunes, and there are 1000’s of them that are not for one reason or another, you cannot easily find or subscribe to them inside the app. There is a way to do it, but it’s not easy. This is going to make it even harder for people to consume podcasts. This has been a problem from the beginning of podcasting and now, at least in the Apple world, it’s even worse.

In my case, I am trying out Downcast, a podcast downloading and listening app for iPod touch, iPad and iPhone. It still doesn’t have individual episode playlists, but it does allow me to make a playlist of the unplayed episodes of selected podcasts which should be OK. I will be testing this over the next few weeks and I’m sure I will find a way to do it the way I want.

I get the feeling that Apple wants to make it harder to consume free content on their devices in favor of the paid content they have in the itunes store. Shame on you Apple!

Livestream has Free, Ad-Free, Streaming Service

This is great news for podcasters as well as people who enjoy checking out live podcasts. Livestream has announced that is has free accounts that are ad-free. In other words, it is now possible to do a live podcast through Livestream without it costing the podcast producer any money, and without forcing the viewers to sit through a series of ads.

There are a handful of podcasts that I keep up with that do live shows. I try and catch them when I am able to because it is more fun to be in the live audience, participating, than it is to listen to the recorded, downloadable, version. (Admittedly, I will go and listen to the downloaded version even if I attended a live show).

As a viewer, I find it really frustrating to have the content that I came over to see and hear being blocked by a pop-up ad. I find this happens all too frequently with Ustream. The annoying, unwanted, ad cuts in right in the middle of what a podcast host is saying. When the ad ends, I am left struggling to figure out what I’d missed while the ad was playing.

Livestream has a solution. There is now a Livestream for Producers iPhone app. The Livestream for Producers Android app is coming soon. Use the app with a free Livestream account, and you are good to go. You can share live video to an online audience for free right through the app. You get unlimited free streaming to the web.

This is an easy way to do a podcast while you are at an important, interesting, or newsworthy event. Your viewers will not be forced to put up with a series of annoying ads in order to view your podcast. The downside is that your podcast will only be archived for a total of 30 days after the event. That could be a turn-off for podcasters who want to have an archive of all their shows available through Livestream.

Livestream made a video that compares how the Livestream for Producers iPhone app preforms as compared to JustinTV, Ustream, and Bambuser. It makes it pretty clear exactly how well, or poorly, each of the four services work.

So what is Podcast Dedication?

I don’t want to brag.. But you all know I am dedicated to putting out a show so that you are always in the loop of what is happening in the tech space.

Tomorrow I record show 800 of my podcast. I am proud to have been at this now close to 8 years mid October will be my 8 year anniversary.

So consider this. I record 2 shows a week here are the hard numbers!

If you think about it there are 52 weeks in a year 52 wks per year * 8 yrs = 416 * 2 shows a week = 832

So if I am about to record show 800.. 832 Possible Shows – 800 actual show = 32 I missed / 8 years = 4 shows per yr missed on average!

Yes I have only missed an average of 4 shows a year. Tell me that is not dedication to my listeners.

I am doing my part now I hope you will do yours, I encourage all of my Ohana to become an GNC Insider, get access to the private insider mailing list and be part of the team that drives this show forward.

Determination Overcomes An Obstacle Photo Courtesy of

My New Podcasting Headset

I recently celebrated a birthday and received some new podcasting gear as a gift. What better place to geek-out over the new gear than here? I’m very excited about it!

Before I get too far into this, I should back up a bit. I started podcasting with my husband in 2005. In 2007, I decided that it was time for me to try my hand at producing a podcast by myself (in addition to the podcast that my husband and I did together). To make a long story short, the new podcast was being done for a collaborative project. I had no idea, at the time, if I would like solo podcasting enough to continue my show after the project ended.

So, in 2007, we purchased a Logitech USB headset from the local office supply store. I’ve been using it for podcasting ever since. It was inexpensive, and wasn’t fancy, but it worked for what I needed at the time. Now, in 2012, it is clear that this headset is done. It has started to make the infamous creaking sound that signals that the microphone connection to the headset is on it’s way out.

My brand new podcasting gear is a beyerdynamic MMX 2 headset. It is designed to be used for podcasting as well as gaming. Today, some of my podcasting involves gaming, so this is perfect for me. The microphone arm on this headset is flexible and bendable which will allow me to have more control over the quality of my sound. The way this microphone is attached to the headset will diminish the potential for that creaky sound to occur.

The other cool thing about the beyerdynamic MMX 2 headset is that it comes with standard audio mini plugs for direct connection to standard audio ports. It also comes with a USB adapter. This means I can use my new headset to record a solo podcast, to record a “game night”, and to record a podcast with my husband through our mixer. My old headset only could be plugged into a USB port.

LiveShell Lets You Broadcast Without a PC

LiveShell is a device made by Cerevo. You can connect it to your video camera and stream directly from it. LiveShell lets you broadcast without having to use your PC the true beauty is that you can take this device and connect to a mifi or other wireless device and stream live anyplace / anytime. It is extremely stable and can be used to broadcast 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If it is streaming and the internet connection temporarily disconnects LiveShell will do an automatic recovery.

Compared to everything else out there it is very inexpensive it costs $299. You can purchase it from the Official Cerevo store at, or from, eBay, Contour Store,, Quantum-Wireless or SmartHome. LiveShell is a reliable Ustream certified product. It is the first product that Ustream has given this certification to. LiveShell is fully compatible with Ustream, and it also supports NicoLive, LiveStream and other RTMP services.

Todd will have one in a few days and will bringing you a full review which I am highly anticipating.

Personally, I can see where LiveShell would be great for people who are new to podcasting and who want to start streaming their show remote. The LiveShell can be attached directly to your camera and you are ready to go. Simple! The device is small, which makes it convenient to carry around, and then quickly attach to your camera when you are ready to start streaming. It will also give podcasters, (both new and those with experience), a lot more freedom about the locations that they can be at and stream a show from.

LiveShell Features and Specifications:

Weight: 108 grams

Size: (D) 120 mm x (W) 68 mm x (H) 26 mm

Power Supply: 3 x AA batteries
Sanyo Electric’s eneloop or eneloop pro are recommended

Operating Time: More than 3 hours of battery life. Can have 24 x 7 continuous operation with the AC adapter (and while using Sanyo Electric eneloop pro batteries).

Network connection function: 10 / 100 BASE-T wired LAN and 802.11 b, g, n compatible wireless LAN

Broadcasting video resolution: 4 CIF (704 * 528 pixels) Max. aprox. 1.5 Mbps

Video input terminal: HDMI composite (NTSC/ PAL) Supported VGA, 480p, 576p. Not compatible with HDCP

Audio input terminal: HDMI/ Stereo microphone in / Line in
Volume can be adjusted for each item independently. Broadcasting is done after mixing internally

Accessories: AC adapter, mount shoe, AV-IN cable, WiFi adapter, HDMI cable with 60cm right angle (HDMI to HDMI-mini) and set-up cable

TPN Round Table #3 Roll your Own Site | Demo on Yahoo Pipes

In this Round Table Jeffrey from talks about using Yahoo Pipes. Todd Cochrane of talks about controlling your own media / website so that when the host or company you have your media site with changes business models you are not left with a site that is dead in the water.

Some RSS Tips

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Is Your Show Being Held Hostage at Mevio?

Some Podcasters who have had their podcasting accounts shut down, deactivated etc, at Mevio. Rumor is they want all their podcasters to sign some form of a producer contract so that they can run more advertising on their shows. Here is some serious advice from a guy that has been involved in podcasting since the very beginning, and advice I have been advocating for a very long time.

  1. Have your own .com as your Primary Point of Presence for your Show.
  2. Always control your RSS feed, never let a third party manage or control it.
  3. Host your media at a professional podcast hosting company not on the website.
  4. Never have your shows “Primary Point of Presence” be on a Third Party Site
  5. Never Sign Exclusive Contracts!
  6. List your sites only on third party sites as a secondary point of presence

The main advice here is to think ahead a couple of years. Think about the damage that would occur if you build a big audience and your free hosting provider pulls the plug on you. Hopefully the podcasters over at Mevio have already planned for this day and have a way to keep there shows up and running without getting locked out.

Disclaimer: I am the CEO of RawVoice a new media and podcasting company. We really have not considered Mevio a competitor in years as there focus changed long ago. We provide media hosting along with being the gold standard in media statistics to content creators! Our business model is largely based around podcast media campaigns, commercial media portals and serving over 10,000 media creators. Shuts Down!

Sadly another Podcast hosting company that was attempting to do Podcast Hosting on the cheap, has figured out that losing money is not a winning solution. Like another podcast company that continue to announce massive losses each quarter, the model of giving away hosting or charging a paltry fee is not a way to run a business. is giving content creators just three days to move their media. This is the second time a podcasting company has done this, in and around the holidays and also with very little advanced notice.

Even more distressing for the media creators is that the site is currently offline and it looks like the domain may be under the ownership of a domain re-seller. Which does not bode well for the content creators at

Content creators that have been shut out, I encourage you to look at the hosting services provided by and the bevy of other new media creator services we provide.

Samsung Smart TV and TPN: It’s what’s on the TV tonight!

RawVoice, the pioneer in digital media production, hosting and dissemination, is proud to announce the addition of their Samsung Smart TV application for TVs and Blu-ray Players. The TechPodcast Network (TPN) App allows content creators to reach connected audiences that will watch and listen to the networks shows in their offices, dens, living rooms, bedrooms, and anywhere else they watch television.

“We are excited to be on Samsung Smart TV and Blu-ray platform, and have taken care to make our app experience consistent across all media platforms, allowing consumers to easily switch from device to device to access our networks shows,” said Todd Cochrane, CEO of RawVoice. “The Samsung App is just another extension to our arsenal of media distribution channels.”

Audiences can manage their playlists through the apps MyCast service, whether they have a TPN user account or not. Subscribing to a show is as easy as pressing the subscribe button.

The TPN Community App lets you:

  • Navigate the menu system with ease using our MyCast feature to find new content while using TV remote control or while alternately managing your playlist in front of a computer.
  • Check out “Editors Picks” for a new selection of great shows each week on the tech topics you care about, ranging from tech news, gaming, platform news, etc.
  • Find high quality child-safe shows. All shows featured on the Samsung App have qualified their shows through their account manager at

With the Samsung Smart TV Channel, TPN provides our members the ability to access new markets that reach a worldwide audience of all demographics. RawVoice advertisers now have another channel to reach the exclusive audiences that watch the networks’ content.

Media companies looking to launch their own Samsung Smart TV app should contact RawVoice to develop and deploy their branded Internet-connected TV channel. RawVoice has deployed channel apps on a variety of devices including Roku, Boxee, Google TV, etc.

Tech Podcast Network is a community supported website dedicated to the promotion of technology by using the Internet. These initiatives include streaming, podcasting, and new technology delivery mechanisms. The content producers actively support the broader technology community with a wide variety of content related to technology subjects.

TPN is part of the RawVoice digital media community that also includes Blubrry, Pro Med and TravelCast networks. The RawVoice digital media community has led the way in fulfilling digital media distribution needs since 2004, enabling content creators to publish audio and video or blog content channels and manage users. To find out more call 1.877.729.8642.