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Re: [podcasters] Re: If you conduct interviews, I would like your opinion

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  • Ed Smith
    Hi Brian, hats off to your for being able to juggle 5 interviewees with no visual clues, that was outstanding. Also all of your comments were helpful,
    Message 1 of 6 , Sep 1, 2007
      Hi Brian, hats off to your for being able to juggle 5 interviewees with no
      visual clues, that was outstanding. Also all of your comments were helpful,
      especially warming up the guest on a phone line first, very important. So
      thank you for that.

      I bet you have a few pet peeves as well. You might be interested in a new
      post on my blog re Jessica Simpson keeping an interviewer waiting 11 hours
      for an interview.

      OK, thanks again Brian, you were a big help.
      Ed Smith http://www.conductknockoutbroadcastinterviews.com/blog/

      On 8/31/07, desade_69xxx <desade_69xxx@...> wrote:
      > --- In podcasters@yahoogroups.com, "Ed " <edd666666@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hi, if you conduct interviews as part of your podcasts, you probably
      > > have some thoughts about do's and don'ts of conducting an interview.
      > > I have started a blog that covers how to conduct an interview in the
      > > broadcast media. It is at:
      > > http://www.conductknockoutbroadcastinterviews.com/blog/. I would
      > > welcome your comments on what makes for a good interview, who your
      > > favorite interviewers are, or whatever. You can mention your podcasts
      > > so not only will people learn from you, you will get some exposure.
      > > OK, thanks, Ed Smith edsmith@...
      > >
      > I haven't worked in radio, but I've conducted a number of interviews
      > recently for my podcast, with more than favorable response.
      > The creators of the comic 'Utopiates' were also our first guests for
      > our first Direktor's Kut episode - basically a DVD-style commentary
      > track for a comic. They recently came back to give us their San Diego
      > Comic Con (SDCC) report, and told us they'd be available for future
      > con reports.
      > We also recorded a Direktor's Kut episode for Fangoria Comics first
      > release, and a third (released today) for the Revere: Revolution in
      > Silver graphic novel, which shipped this week. Grant Bond (the artist)
      > made his 2nd appearance on our podcast with this episode.
      > Scott Licina from Fangoria comics was so pleased, he's trying to
      > schedule Dee (Twisted Sister) Snider and his son Jesse for another DK
      > episode, as Jesse is writing the comic prequel to Dee's movie Strangeland.
      > I interviewed 2 of the judges for this year's Eisner Awards (the comic
      > book equivalent to the Oscars) prior to SDCC, where the awards are
      > given out. We discussed the nominees and the industry, as one of them
      > is a retailer and the other is a writer and editor for a comic
      > publisher. They came back for a post-awards show follow-up interview,
      > and brought the other 3 judges with them!
      > Yes, I juggled 5 interviewees, via Skype (meaning no visual cues).
      > Another interviewee is more well known for his affiliation with a
      > "name" director, but since his "friend" never comes up in interviews,
      > I made sure that my co-host and I never violated this unwritten rule.
      > He was so pleased with the interview that he sent us a care package
      > with some of his out of print comics, and an autographed trade
      > paperback with a sketch inside the front cover.
      > I also interviewed the Director of the Rhode Island International
      > Horror Film Festival (I live in RI), which was directly responsible
      > for getting me an interview with the Director/Writer, Producer/Writer,
      > and Lead Actress of 'Splatter Disco', one of the featured films.
      > OK, it's not Rob Zombie, but I haven't asked him either. ; )
      > What I'm getting at is, despite my lack of "professional credentials",
      > I consider myself a successful interviewer based upon the response
      > I've gotten from the people I've interviewed.
      > To answer your questions...
      > 1. What have you learned that will help someone do a better interview?
      > Making the interviewee comfortable before I start recording is my
      > number one priority. I'm still surprised when I hear podcast
      > interviews that start with the phone ringing and the interviewee
      > picking up the phone. From my first interview, I've always spent a few
      > minutes talking with the other person(s) and asking if they're ready
      > to record. This probably had the most effect with the interviewee with
      > the 'famous friend'. I made it clear that I read a number of his
      > interviews online, and noticed that his friend doesn't come up in
      > conversation, and that we would respect that. I also pointed out that
      > we were there to interview him, not interview his friend by proxy. I
      > swear I could hear the tension in his voice fade in the few minutes we
      > spoke before recording.
      > 2. I agree with your opinon of Howard Stern. In fact, I think he's one
      > of the most talented interviewers in broadcasting.
      > 3. The target audience is what it is all about.
      > Ironically, this is one thing that doesn't apply to our podcast,
      > unless you consider me as my target audience. Kryptographik exists
      > because I wanted a podcast that covered topics I'm interested in.
      > There are roughly 100 comic podcasts vying for the same listeners -
      > mostly because their general focus is on superhero comics. We have
      > listeners who tell us either we're the only comic podcast they listen
      > to, or even the only podcast they listen to, because no one else does
      > what we do.
      > Our "Direktor's Kut" episodes have been nearly as much of a hit with
      > creators as with listeners. In fact, response from creators wanting to
      > do them has been so positive, I could probably do a side podcast - if
      > only I didn't have to work for a living (my girlfriend demands some
      > face time too).
      > From day one, we forged our own niche - News, reviews and interviews
      > covering horror, science fiction and dark fantasy, in and out of
      > comics. We discuss movies, music, books, video games, and comics. No
      > medium is off-limits (I'm planning on doing a webcomic episode soon).
      > We're not even limited to those genres, although they're the main
      > focus. The only genre that's off-limits is superheroes (exceptions
      > were made for the Eisner podcasts).
      > I'll try & wrap up this rambling mess with this - do your research,
      > make your interviewee comfortable, and create your own niche. If your
      > audience can find what you do elsewhere, they will. If your
      > interviewee is happy, he or she will refer their friends (and fans).
      > Brian Matus
      > Co-host of the Kryptographik podcast, covering Horror,
      > S/F and Dark Fantasy, in and out of comics.
      > http://www.myspace.com/hellstorm_kgk
      > http://www.lordshaper.com/kryptographik/
      > http://kryptographik.ning.com/
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