Sportsman’s Blog Podcast Episode #2-2007

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Please join me on this week’s podcast interview with Michele Leqve who is credited as being the first woman ever to shoot a polar bear by means of archery equipment.   Come along as Michele describes to me this fascinating hunt, as well as the evolution of her life as a female sportsman.   Coming from a family that did not hunt, Michele took up hunting back in her earlier years when she was dating just so she could spend more time with her then boyfriends.   Obviously that passion blossomed as Michele is now one of the nation’s leading female sportsmen, thanks in large part, to her now husband, Jim Leqve.

As you listen to Michele’s story I’m including some pictures below from the hunt just to put a little visual flavor along with the audio.   I hope you enjoy…and be sure to leave your comments on the blog to any podcast you hear linked from this site.

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Sportsman’s Blog Podcast Episode #1-2007

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Well, it’s finally here.   Join me on my first podcast interview of 2007 with John Kvasnicka, Executive Director of the National 4–H Shooting Sports Foundation as we discuss the importance of getting youth involved early in various shooting sports activities.

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Podcasting About The Outdoors…Taking It To The Next Level

In case you’re wondering why blogging has been a little sporadic as of late, it’s partly due to time being spent gearing up and getting ready to do some serious podcasting here this coming spring.   Right now the equipment is finally in-house and the studio is…well, coming together with a little bit of effort.   Fact is setting up the studio and learning about the proper use of all the equipment is taking a considerable amount of my spare time…but hopefully in the end it will be well worth it.

There are many ways to become a podcaster.   As Rich Lindgren recently pointed out to me in an e-mail there are services such as BlogTalkRadio that requires nothing more than a telephone to produce a podcast.   In fact, another very popular service is where a person uses the telephone instead of a microphone.   A lot of successful folks produce their shows in this manner and do a fabulous job.

The next step up is to get some sort of a microphone for the computer.   Here again, a number of successful podcasters get a good USB mic such as Samson C01U USB mic that is basically a plug and play mic into the computer.   Pull the mic out of the package, plug it into the computer, and within minutes a person is ready to do some serious recording.   Download a free audio editing program such as Audacity and you’re in business having invested only a small amount of money into fairly easy to operate equipment.

Then, of course, there’s podcasting by taking the next step using broadcast quality mics, professional mixing equipment using pre-amps, compressors, equalizers, telephone interface equipment all channeled into a computer via fire-wire for post-production processing.   In most cases this process is merely a scaled down version of the very same broadcast equipment a person would find at a local radio station studio.   The quality is superb and very professional sounding, but I dare say the learning curve, not only in connecting all the necessary wires and cables, but also in setting the proper levels on all the controls is almost overwhelming for this novice.   Yet, just like that wily old buck that teases and taunts you all summer…the challenge lying ahead can be invigorating for both the mind and the spirit.

That brings me to a point where I want to involve you…the Sportsman’s Blog reader.   In your opinion what makes an interesting podcast?   Your input is not only welcomed, but strongly encouraged.   Over the next several weeks I will be practicing with and tuning up this equipment for an early March ‘07 re-launch of my podcast.   Yes, it is a re-launch because last year my podcasting effort fizzled out after just a few episodes.

This time around I plan to do things a bit different.   How so, you might ask?   Well, the plan is EVERY show will feature an interview with some expert in the outdoors industry.   Not only do I think the interview format makes things more interesting for the listeners, but it actually makes things more fun for the podcaster, as well.   I’m not knocking those podcasters who show after show do nothing but preach…but let’s face it, eventually that format gets a little boring.

So, starting hopefully in early March when I begin podcasting in earnest once again, expect to hear lots of short interviews (20 to 30 minutes in length) with the movers and shakers of this outdoors industry.   If you have an idea as to who might make an interesting interview…drop me a line and let me know.   I’ll try my best to line it up.   I want to keep things diverse covering lots of varied topics…yet I also want to keep the subject matter timely as to what is currently happening in the outdoors.

My goal is to upload a new podcast episode each week…but that will depend on how much free time I have to produce the show throughout the year.   Again, now is a critical time for your input in terms of how I am developing the show.   If you have ideas and care to share them…please do so.   The purpose of podcasting is to enhance the blogging effort, not to replace it.   I really think the new interview format will end up working out quite well…I know I am anxious to get going, I just hope you are likewise a bit anxious to hear the finished result of my most recent audio blogging efforts.

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