How do we get more people to listen to podcasts? And how do we get them to spend some of their listening time on locally made podcasts? In the spirit of this month's #trypod campaign (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23trypod&src=typd), that's what we'll be exploring at the next meetup, in conversation with two great guests:
• Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, historian laureate and host of Let's Find Out (https://letsfindoutpodcast.com/), a podcast that answers questions about Edmonton's history;
• Katrina Ingram, interim CEO of CKUA (http://www.ckua.com/) and a student of the rise of podcasting.
What is #trypod? It started with an effort by a bunch of big podcast publishers to get their hosts to encourage their listeners to get their non-pod friends to give one a try. (http://www.npr.org/about-npr/516454568/top-podcast-hosts-ask-their-listeners-to-try-a-pod) They even made this funny video:
I'm all for increasing the sum total of podcast listeners in this world, but I don't think we want the big guys to completely dominate this conversation. So let's talk about what we can do to convert more people into listeners of local podcasts as well.
In addition to the panel discussion, we'll also have treats from CafeRista (http://www.caferista.ca/) and fabulous door prizes:
• Two pairs of tickets to Bright Burning (https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/shows/theatre-listings/bright-burning), a world premiere put on by the University of Alberta's Studio Theatre;
• $20 in store credit from our delightful hosts, Variant Edition (http://variantedmonton.com/).
It will be recorded by Castria (https://wearecastria.wordpress.com/) and released on Seen and Heard in Edmonton (https://seenandheardyeg.com/tag/podcast/), but it's way more fun to be there in person. Come on down, whether you're a veteran or an aspiring podcaster. And if you brought a friend who has never listened to a podcast before, that would be grand!