Behind the Scenes at the Sport Sister Podcast.

Written by Natalie Doyle

February 24, 2023

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Before I started the Sport Sister Podcast, I had no idea how podcasts work and the amount of work that goes into every episode.  So in this week’s blog, I’m taking you behind the scenes of the Sport Sister Podcast to give you a step-by-step guide on what happens.

1. Identifying potential guests.  The way this happens really varies from episode to episode.  Sometimes I plan episode topics based on the people I want to appear on the podcast.  Sometimes I have a subject I want to cover and then I try and find people that would be good to talk about that topic.  Occasionally, someone will contact me with an idea for a topic and then we build the episode around that.  If you’ve listened to the podcast, you’ll know that we have two guests on every episode, usually one ‘professional’ and one grassroots pioneer.  The people working in sport are usually the easiest to find.  I often need to do a bit of digging to find the grassroots guests and social media can be a great help with that, alongside my own existing connections, and recommendations I get from other people.

2. Inviting people. Most of the time, people are really enthusiastic about joining me for an episode of the podcast.  Sometimes people just don’t reply to my invitation!  Of course, sometimes people have too much other stuff happening at that time to be able to commit, and that is completely understandable.  I know what it’s like to be spinning a lot of plates!  

3. Scheduling the recording. Once I have both guests on board for an episode, I introduce them both to each other over email and we play email tennis until we find a date and time that works for everyone (this can take a while!)

4. Recording the episode. This is the exciting bit! I record all episodes using Zencastr.  It’s really easy to use and always provides high quality audio recording.  We usually schedule an hour for the recording, but it never takes that long as I like to keep the episodes around 30 minutes.  I’m always frantically scribbling notes whilst the guests talk and I try to keep my interruptions to a minimum so we can make the most of the time with the guests.

5. After the recording. I usually record a quick introduction and closing for each episode separately and then I listen to the audio again to check if there are any background sounds or long pauses that need editing.  I send it off to my podcast editor to work his magic and bring it all together.

6. Releasing the episode. New episodes always come out on a Tuesday morning and I host them on Simplecast.  

So that’s how things work.  It definitely takes more time than I expected but I love the conversations I have with our brilliant guests.  If you have an idea of a guest you’d like to see on the podcast or a topic you’d like us to cover, please get in touch!

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