Re: [podcasters] Re: If you conduct interviews, I would like your opinion
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, "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.
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