Friday, December 21, 2007

SquireCast Interview: Part 3

Today I'm bringing you the third and final installment in the SquireCast interview with Kent's answers. Enjoy and don't forget to listen to the latest SquireCast; it's a Christmas episode and it's embedded at the bottom of the interview for your listening pleasure.

How did the original Squire show get started?
It's a great story -- we should tell it on air sometime. The short version is that we participated in a college radio promotion that involved meeting some DJs, and they told us that it was pretty easy to get a show on the radio station -- even though we were only in high school at the time. We were on the air from 1995-2000, in a few different incarnations.

What was your favorite part of being on the show back then?
As a certified music snob, I've always enjoyed forcing my listening tastes on the audience. Umm, I mean, introducing people to great new music.
Also, interacting with the listeners was always a hallmark of the show -- taking requests, holding contests, having an internet presence. I think it helped us get a loyal following of people who would tune in every week. Plus, we got to meet a lot of chicks.

Whose idea was it to "get the band back together?"
Mostly Rob. He and I had always talked about how much we missed doing radio. He and Joe looked into the technology and figured out a way to easily record a podcast with all of us in different places. I was psyched from the start.

How did you want to new show to resemble and/or differ from the old show?
We're trying to keep the podcast as similar to our old radio show as possible. Even though the music is edited in later after we record all our talk breaks, we still listen to the songs that we're going to play in between as if we were recording a continuous show. It helps us feel like we're still in "the studio" and get in a radio mindset.

How does podcasting change the nature of what you were doing on the radio?
The main difference is that it allows us to edit parts of the show. If a part of our talk break don't sound right, or if it just sucks, we can edit it. We can also add production and liners after we record to make a better overall show. Of course, spontaneity is a big part of the show, so we really try to keep the editing to a minimum. If Rob starts rambling, or I make a reference that nobody understands, so what? That's who we are, that's part of the show.

How do you choose music to play?
Rob and I basically split song choices evenly. Joe gets one song a week, and we try to play about two requests a week also. We tend to pick our songs out beforehand, but Rob and I don't know what the other one is going to play until we start recording. It helps keep it fresh.

As far as my personal choices, I try to always include a few newer songs, and add some of my favorite older tunes or bands. Of course, one of the best things about podcasting vs. radio is that we can play anything, without having to worry about format or FCC restrictions -- as Rob so eloquently demonstrated during Episode #4.

What has been your favorite SquireCast so far and why?
I would say Episode #2. Even though it probably made me look like a obsessive freak, it was absolutely hilarious. It really shows the advantages to recording a podcast and being able to add production and piece together other elements to make a high-quality, entertaining show.

What can listeners expect in the future?
We're still tweaking with the show structure and format to figure out what makes everything flow the best. We might add some more regular features, similar to Joe's Pick of Week, but not necessarily on every episode. Listener feedback is the best way to gauge how we're doing, so I encourage everyone to let us know what you think.

Listen now:

Related posts:
SquireCast Interview: Part 1
SquireCast Interview: Part 2


Mother Wintermoon said...

Greetings May. I'm reading your posts and enjoying the variety of interesting topics you cover!

Happy Holiday and a Blissful New Year to you, MW

May said...

Happy Holidays to you, too. :) Thanks for reading.