Shelf Life & Adventures in Podcasting

Have you ever had a story you wished that the world could hear? Do you have an idea that absolutely needs sharing? Podcasting is a fantastic and easy way to bring your thoughts to life, and the Denver Public Library has many great tools to help you get started. We were so excited about podcasting here at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch library that we had the idea to create our own podcast -- one where we could share our favorite books, movies and music; interview local community leaders, and provide news about upcoming events. What came out of much brainstorming and coordinating was Shelf Life, an exploration and discovery in podcasting for and by our community. Give a listen to our first episode, discussing some of our favorite unconventional love stories, here! 

Whether you’ve got plans to be the next Ira Glass, or are just looking for a new creative outlet, check out some of these available resources:

The Denver Public Library is currently home to not one but two fully functioning recording studios -- one within the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch library and another at the Central Library’s Idealab. Each studio is free to use by reservation and staff members are available to help you get started with recording, mixing and editing. Spaces can fill fast, so be sure to call ahead, email or visit in person.

If you’re not in the studio, take a look at some of these recommended titles:

Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio by Jessica Abel
This is a great graphic novel that takes readers behind the scenes of some of today’s most popular podcasts such as This American Life and Radiolab. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of some of the processes used in the creation of these shows and see just how powerful narrative, style and intense editing sessions can be. Abel does a fantastic of using a purely visual medium to illustrate the work that goes into creating one which is entirely audio.

Recording on a Budget: How to Make Great Audio Recordings Without Breaking the Bank by Brent Edstrom
It doesn’t take breaking the bank to make a quality recording (as our studios demonstrate!). This book will introduce you to a modest selection of recording tools that will help you get started with podcasting, either in the studio or at home. There is even a section of Do-It-Yourself projects for inspiration.

Podcasting 101 by Kristin Fontichiaro
This is a great resource for young readers and beginners alike -- it will take you through step-by-step instructions for making outlines, writing scripts, using storyboards and using samples in your podcast.

A Quick Start Guide to Podcasting: Creating Your Own Audio and Visual Material for Ipods, Blackberries, Mobile Phones and Websites by Mark Harnett
This book introduces readers to various interview techniques, editing, uploading and copyright, as well as finding your unique voice and target demographic in the podcast-o-sphere.

Tricks of the Podcasting Masters by Rob Walch and Mur Lafferty
You’ve made a few recordings, and want to grow your podcast a little more -- now what? Drawing from more than 100 interviews with the stars of podcasting, this title will help you to answer such questions as: How do I get listeners to come back? How do I find sponsors? and perhaps most important of all -- How do I stay motivated?

Do you have a great idea for a new podcast or a favorite one that is currently on the air? Is there a topic you'd love to see featured on Shelf Life? Share your ideas with us below!

Written by Desiree on April 5, 2016

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