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RCTV Offers New Podcasting Workshops

Darien Lamen

It seems everyone is listening to podcasts these days. Did you know that 21% of Americans age 21 or older have listened to a podcast during the past month?  If you’re interested in creating podcasts to promote your business, build your personal brand, fulfill your dreams of doing journalism, take on a new hobby, or possibly even make money, consider taking one, or both, of RCTV’s new podcasting classes.

Both classes are taught by Darien Lamen, an Upstate New York native with a wide range of media production experience. Darien is an educator and Brazilian music scholar by training, and a multimedia storyteller and audiophile by vocation. He has been a contributor to Afropop Worldwide’s long-form radio documentary series Hip Deep, and prior to arriving in Rochester this August, he worked for WORT community radio in Madison, Wisconsin, developing award-winning radio journalism and feature stories as the station’s Assistant News Director.

Producing Podcasts – October 10 and 17 – 6 to 8 PM

If you’d like to learn how to create podcasts or if you are already producing them and would like to take them to the next level, this class is for you!

Darien Lamen will discuss how to develop and produce short- and long-form stories for radio and podcast. Discover techniques for catching your listener’s attention, and crafting your content into a compelling arc. Learn best practices for developing a story idea, getting access to sources, conducting dynamic interviews, and developing a sound library.

In the first of this two-night class, you’ll get the foundational information to see a story through from idea to production. On night two, you’ll workshop your own ideas and delve more into the technical and creative side of production.

This two-night workshop runs Tuesday, October 10 and October 17 from 6 to 8 pm. The fee for this two-night class is $40 for RCTV Members, WXIR Hosts and DJs, or $45 for non-members.

Register quickly, as class size is limited to 10.

The Technology of Podcasting – November 7, 6 to 8 PM

If you’ve decided to create podcasts, and could use some tips on the technical side, this program is perfect for you!

In audio work, sound is king. This workshop will give you the foundation for making sure your podcast is optimized for great sound. Discover what type of recording equipment you’ll need and how to set it up.  Learn what to watch for that may cause audio problems. Learn the basics of editing with Audacity or Audition to make sure your podcast is clear, and the vocals and music are enhanced. You’ll also learn where to upload your podcasts to maximize listenership.

This one-night workshop runs Tuesday, November 7 from 6 to 8 pm. The Fee for this class is $20 for RCTV Members and WXIR Hosts and DJs or $25 for non-members.

Register quickly, as class size is limited to 8.



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