Join the crew. Take part in the ALL NEW Starfleet Comms podcast season starting this summer. More details here.
Join our sci-fi podcast team and hone your skills!
I host the Science Fiction podcast StarfleetComms along with some co-hosts. The show’s basic premise is that we all bring a sci-fi related subject to the table – this can be an interview, a review or an article on a subject. We then discuss our own findings with the team and due to the makeup of the team we generate lively, entertaining discussion.
A new perspective on this is a fresh theme I’m bringing to the show. It involves time travel and an actual set to film episodes on. This means that there will be an opportunity to actually be physically present on set as well as online via video link. (Skype etc).
Previous hosts are engaging with their own interests so we need new recruits! This is purely voluntary with no monetary reward and therefore fun, not work. Okay, that’s a mighty stretch but I’m running with it. 🙂
Why no money?
First, I need to be upfront. The podcast doesn’t make any money. It’s a freely available podcast with website hosting fees, episode hosting fees and social media advertising fees to pay. Any advertising revenue gained through site or YouTube advertising (roughly £0 to date) goes directly toward offsetting those costs that I personally settle. It’s a hobbyist podcast. This comes with its own challenges as you can imagine… It’s a big ask to get people to work for free so I need to make sure you know what you are getting into and that you feel comfortable committing to it.
- Update 05/07/17 – As funding could be available via Patreon I intend a fair proportion of that to be shared between co-hosts on a per episode basis. So for example, up to two other people may join the podcast making three contributors in total. The per revenue episode will be split evenly, a third between co-hosts. This is after a two episode qualifying period. Clearly, there is always the option of no revenue being generated so the rest of this post stands.
What do I get out of it?
Experience and hopefully, some fun. I always aim to make the recording process as comfortable and as fun as possible for everyone. You might want to branch off and do your own show once you’ve gained experience on this show or you may want to do something else.
The value you get is practice at being on a podcast, not having to pay for a website or any hosting fees, having a ready-made audience of thousands and the opportunity to get your name out there. It costs you nothing in terms of consumable materials other than a few hours of your time. I gain some interesting and varied content in addition to my own efforts and the audience gets to listen to all of it.
In other words, it’s exposure. This is something I’d normally rail against but the benefits are as listed above. If you want to later strike out on your own I have no objections at all. If you are reading this and want to strike out yourself anyway, I wish you the absolute best of luck and will even retweet you if you let me know this post inspired you to get started.
What do I need to do?
As per previous requests, I need people who are available for about three/four hours a month to research their own segment and record with us all. Availability is usually governed by UK GMT/BST time zones (weekend or weekday evenings are the usual recording times, arranged well in advance) and wherever you are from in the world you’ll need to be able to work with that. There can be no exception to this as we need everyone to be available at the same time to record episodes. Physical presence on set means you need to be okay with travelling to Derby. Physical presence would be great but not essential.
What do I need?
You’ll need a webcam, Skype, a trouble free, good quality internet connection, a good microphone (preferably with a pop filter) a Facebook account and a Google account. It’s also a requirement that you are able and willing to interact with us all regularly in the Facebook working group.
Can you repeat it all, please?
- No monetary reward, this is voluntary
- You’ll need to volunteer just a few hours per month
- You’ll need to research your own segment of the show
- You’ll need to contribute to episode planning discussions
- You’ll need Skype and Facebook accounts
- A good, trouble free internet connection
- Good microphone, preferably with a pop filter
- A webcam – because we do video shows now
So, if you fancy taking part in the podcast, want to hone your skills, have the ability to work on the show for just a few hours a month, have the patience of a saint and are truly interested in contributing then please let me know.
Start now by telling me about yourself. You could give an example of what you’d be interested in talking about! Email [email protected].
Good luck! John.