Diary of a Podcaster Part 14
Today I did a little blog housekeeping. I’ve reposted the last five episodes of the Contains Moderate Peril on the podcast page, now that previous hosting account has been closed and the RSS feed is defunct. The files are held locally and can either be played via the embedded player or downloaded manually. There are also two episodes of the Burton & Scrooge Podcast still available on SoundCloud for posterity. The podcast page and selection of episodes available are for reference and as an example of my podcasting back catalogue, so to speak. I may not be actively creating content of this kind at present, but I see no reason not to promote my experience in the field. If circumstances change in the future, there may be resumption of service.
While I was archiving various audio files, I spent some time listening to the jingles and sting that were created for both Contains Moderate Peril and Burton & Scrooge Podcast. This has always been an aspect of podcast production that I’ve enjoyed, hence its something that I put a lot of time and effort into when the various shows were at their peak. For example, DJ Ric Santos was specifically chosen to provide the introduction for Contains Moderate Peril, because of his upbeat inflection and prodigious experience with recording voiceovers. The Christopher Walken preamble for the Burton & Scrooge Podcast was created by re-editing an impression that comedian Kevin Pollack performed during an interview. And my personal favourite, the Liam Neeson “endorsement” was a bespoke recording made by a professional voice artist.
The music used for both the “intro” and “outro” of each show were always picked with consideration and I loved creating little stings taken from cults movies and TV shows. The idea was to try and make them link to the various subjects being discussed. Sometimes this was done in an obvious fashion and on other occasions it was damn obscure (and somewhat self-indulgent). It made me laugh when one listener said that they listened to podcasts at double speed for reasons of time efficiency. I thought to myself bang goes all that work, but that is the nature of the beast. One man’s meat is another man’s poison. Therefore, bearing all this in mind, I thought it would be a small but fitting epitaph to both shows to post a few examples of the various jingles, stabs and stings that adorned them and added to their respective character.