Wheatsheaf Recording Studio

Inner Workings of a Podcast Producer

It began more than a decade ago on New Year’s Eve when I discovered a way to bring the art of conversation together with my love for film, music in film, and film festivals. Podcast! I fell into the rabbit hole and started the art of conversation with filmmakers, industry professionals, film critics, my partner in crime, Yuri Turchyn, musician and sound sculptor. Together, we are travelers in a world of independent films, music in film, filmmakers, the film industry, women in film, and the film festival circuit worldwide.

Fifteen years passed since I had to answer the question–What’s a podcast? It wasn’t easy at the time. The underlying technology used for podcasts called RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a feed capable of containing any type of media besides audio.  Audiences subscribe and receive new episodes automatically through an RSS feed. Podcasting consists of publishing XML files which contain references to media (called “enclosures”) to a website. Podcast aggregators (often referred to as “podcatchers”) read these XML files and download all the linked enclosures.

Unlike terrestrial and internet radio, podcasts are time-shifted– listeners have control over when and where they hear their favorite programming. In addition, podcasts can have designated destinations such as subscriber-based distributors where episodes are delivered automatically to a subscriber so the latest updates are always readily available with no effort required by the listener.

Podcasts offer the same freedom and level of control audiences are familiar when listening to their own personal music collections. Film Festival reViews podcasts are produced by March Hare Media recorded at Wheatsheaf Studio Productions and on remote locations.