How-To: Podcasting

There are some things that you just can not get across as easily in writing, and with much of sports journalism being personality based, that leads many journalist to start or get involved with a podcast. Here at Border Fuel Sports we like to support any of our team members who wish to get started on creating a podcast of their own!

We have multiple great podcasts on the platform already, but we would love to hear any unique ideas you have for podcasts as well. If you have an idea and want to get started, make sure to reach out to a member of the leadership team and we will get you plugged in!

What you need.

Do you have a voice? A computer with access to the Internet? Then technically you can get started! We do not require that you have access to high tech microphones and sound equipment to get started, but we do ask that your audio be at least semi-quality. If you want your podcast to sound elite however, there is a bit of hardware that you need:

A Microphone: A USB microphone works great, despite what some audio snobs will tell you. Yeti brand mics are available almost anywhere electronics are sold and retail for about a hundred dollars, making them accessible and affordable. I personally suggest the Hyper X Quadcaster if you are looking for something with more functionality in the long term.

A Pop Filter: If you have a microphone, this is all but required. Unless you want to blow out your audience’s ears every time you use a B or P, then you are going to want a pop filter. You can get one online for about 15 dollars, and I suggest ordering it online, unless you want to pay forty bucks for a studio quality one from a musical supply store.

Soundproofing: So this is not necessarily a specific object, as it can be some of an almost infinite number of things. Any location is full of noise and the microphone will pick up everything. Even white noise from a refridgerator or light that your do not hear because you have learned to tune it out or just do not register will get picked up by a mic. Therefore you are going to want something to help absorb that sound. If you want to get fancy you can order sound paneling (a dozen panels are a dollar on wish) and get them set up. However, if you want to save a few bucks, you can use different cloth objects from around your home, that works too. Many proffesional content creators will often use their closet for recording for this reason.

As for software, you technically do not need any actual software downloaded, although if you want to some more advanced and active sound editing, then you will want some form of sound software. Audacity is free and is used by professionals on every level, and therefore is my preference.

Getting the podcast out!

Once you get the equipment set up, and get the podcast episode recorded, then it is time to upload. We have a Border Fuel Sports Anchor account that we use to upload our podcasts across the Internet (it can also be used to record your podcast if you do not want to or can not run the software to record it). This puts your podcast on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Podcasts and many more platforms as well so you have the largest potential exposure possibility.

Of course, you have to name your podcast! We name our shows using capital formatting, meaning every word is capitalized, like “No BS With Byron Smith” or “Ballin’ Over Beers.” From there, we have a format for each episode title. It goes Podcast Title – Episode Number – A Small Teaser, which makes it look like “No BS With Byron Smith – Episode #5 – Complaining About Primetime Football”

Once your podcast is formatted and ready to upload, save it as a draft in the Anchor account and then post in the “Podcast” channel in the work Slack that it is finished and members of the leadership team will get it finalized and get it scheduled for upload.