What is the turnaround time on a podcast?

Even though the podcast may not sound like it always, there is a lot of work put into scheduling, recording, editing and publishing an episode. The first step is working with my guest on a convenient time for both of us to record. I try to only record one night a week to make sure that Linda (Mrs. Set Lusting Bruce) doesn’t worry about me getting overwhelmed. Currently I try to record on Monday nights but that can change depending on a guest’s schedule. If the guest is overseas, we almost always record on a weekend either my morning/their afternoon or vice versa.

When we have a recording time scheduled. We have a conversation normally over Skype. I have a Skype number that allows anyone in the USA to call me from any phone and I can make outbound calls to any phone. Overseas, we use our Skype accounts.

A normal conversation is about an hour. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. I try to use all the recording even if we go off topic, I think the conversation is normally interesting and so far no one has complained.

Once the recording is finished. It stays on my computer hard drive till the week or so before it is going to be published. I used to only have one or at the most two episode in the can waiting to be published. I’ve been lucky enough lately to have 4 or 5 episodes recorded waiting to be released. That is why it can be up to a month delay from when we record till it is published. I always worry that I will run out of people who want to talk to me and I’ll have a week where I have no new episode to release.

I do very little editing (as you can probably tell with all the “uhs” and “so” as well as “you knows.” To go through an hour podcast and clean up all the vocal tics could take 2 or more hours. I made the decision early in the life of the podcast that I would be “live to tape” as much as possible and rely on the kindness of my listeners. My guest and I usually talk before I count down to the start and often after we say good-bye, we continue talking. One of the levels of the Patreon page gets you an unedited episode at least once a month where you can hear the pre and post show conversation.

I then add the intro and outro music. I think pick one of my promo blurbs that different people have recorded for me to finish up the editing.

I save it as an mp3 and then upload it to the web service we use to distribute the podcast.

The current turnaround from recording to release is about 4 to 6 weeks.

Hope you enjoyed reading a little bit of the behind the scenes process of building the podcast.

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