About Erk Pod


Erk Pod is a personal podcast produced in Sydney each week that features news, sport, entertainment, music and more. Erk Pod started in May 2007, primarily as a personal look at the Australian reality TV show “Big Brother” in episodes called “Erk to the Diary Room”. It started after Erk listened to podcasts such as Reality Cast and Big Brother Weekly and he thought “I can do that!”

It started as a “no bells & whistles” podcast that was recorded on a Digital Voice Recorder until episode 18. Episodes 19 to 40 were recorded on my laptop and a headset mic. Episodes 41 onwards are usually recorded using a mixer unless Erk is either conducting a Skype interview or doing an episode out of the studio. As of episode 91, Erk has the option of using a sweet Zoom H4 Voice Recorder.

When Big Brother finished mid way in 2007, Erk Pod became the type of show it is now and moved into talking more about various issues. Drue joined the show as a co-host from episode 65 and is a welcome addition to the show. Episode 67 saw Erk chat with Geek News Central’s Todd Cochrane as a part of Todd’s 24 Hour Podcast marathon at the end of December 2007. From then, Erk has been conducting the occasional interview with guests and has been encouraging more guests to come onto the show.

From December 2007, Erk started the separate podcast “Erk to the Diary Room” here which will continue in 2008. Previously, ETTDR was part of the Erk Pod feed. It is now a separate feed and there is now usually no Big Brother talk in Erk Pod. All previous ETTDR content from the early Erk Pod episodes are now on this feed and the ETTDR site. Due to the way the early episodes were numbered, each ETTDR episode is still given an Erk Pod episode number and counts towards the number of Erk Pod episodes. Erk Pod listeners/subscribers who do not listen to ETTDR may notice certain episode numbers missing for this reason.

From 1 January 2008, Erk started a 5 minute daily podcast called “Erk Pod Mini: 365 Days of Erk”. Inspired by the 24 Hour Podcast, Erk realised that some people have limited time and may not want to listen to the larger episodes. The aim was to produce a show each day regardless of how I felt, where I was or what I was doing. The content is supposed to compliment the main Erk Pod episodes and is a daily diary of Erk, I suppose. This run of consecutive shows ended after Erk’s computer died after Erk Pod Round Table 2 in February. But apart from those 2 days, Erk had not missed a daily episode. Erk Pod Mini episodes have a separate feed and episode numbering system but content is on the main Erk Pod website (ie this one). However, producing ETTDR, Erk Pod, work and personal issues meant that at the beginning of May that Erk Pod Mini changed from a daily podcast to a highlights show of Erk Pod Maxi.

Each Erk Pod & Erk Pod Mini & ETTDR episode has Show Notes that you can view on this site which gives you a guide to each episode as well. Also, Show Notes for some episodes feature some content (pictures and/or video) that you can’t see on a podcast. Also from time to time, Erk will write about other issues as well and is hoping to get co-host Drue on board as well. Also, Erk enjoys photography so from time to time you will see his photos on the site as well as video he has shot.

However you will probably want to listen to the original format of Erk Pod as well. Erk Pod is produced usually on a weekly basis and runs between 45 and 90 minutes and contains news, entertainment, talking and more. Erk Pod is sometimes serious, sometimes funny, sometimes totally down the wrong track but is always entertaining (WE HOPE!) and is hosted by Erk & new co-host Drue (from episode 65).

And now once a month, Erk gathers a group of people live and online for Erk Pod Round Table. There are a range of topics and discussions discussed over a longer period divided into at least 2 episodes. Each episode in itself is usually about an hour long. Each Round Table goes for a minimum of 2 hours and a range of topics have been discussed. The aim is to have these Round Table shows on the last weekend of each month if Erk & Drue’s work schedules allow. If this isn’t possible, it will be on the weekend prior to the last weekend of the month, again where possible.

What is podcasting? More about Erk Pod

“Welcome to podcasting my friend, how can I help you?” There’s nothing like a good Homer Simpson quote (albeit butchered), is there?

Welcome to my little blogging part of the interweb. While the main purpose is for a place to put my show notes for my podcast “Erk Pod”, I will be blogging as well.

Whoa……slow down…….podcast?

Not everyone knows what a podcast is so I’ll briefly explain it. A podcast is (usually) an audio program that you can download from the interweb and listen to it on your MP3 player. And no, you do not need an iPod or even iTunes to enjoy podcasts. Any podcatcher and MP3 player will do. Think of a podcast as a radio type program that you can listen to when YOU want, and not when the radio station wants you to hear it. And the best thing is – 99.9% of podcasts are free!

There is a wide range of podcasts available over a variety of topics. The production values, length/frequency of show, audience numbers and more vary widely but if you look, you can find some quality.

Ever since I started recording Erk Pod and listening to podcasts, I very rarely listen to “normal” radio. I can hear highlights of my favourite shows in podcast episodes when I want which is handy for me because I am a shiftworker and so I don’t always get to listen to the shows live. And besides, the podcasts episodes are all the good bits without the news, traffic reports, music and all the ads. So I can listen to, say, 45 minutes of a podcast episode of *insert program name here* when I want and I’ve heard the quality bits rather than a person who sits around and listens to the whole thing.

So what is Erk Pod about?

I started podcasting in May 2007 and it was mostly about the TV reality show Big Brother here in Australia. I started recording on a Digital Voice Recorder and using my phone to play sound effects. I was determined at the time for the show to have no “bells and whistles.”

Then I went out and got a laptop and my DVR doesn’t like Vista (long story). So I started recording on a headset/mic and that was better and as I learnt, I improved my podcast. Then by the time that Big Brother finished, I decided that I would like to do a general show about me, news, entertainment, sport and more. I have done community radio in the past and I liked that so I saw the podcast as a chance to do something like that from the comfort of my own home when I wanted.

In early October 2007, I went out and brought a Podcaststudio by Behringer and recorded episodes 41 and 42 on it. So each week I’m aiming to bring you at least one episode a week. It took me a while to get the mic sounding good as it was working with a lot of humming behind my voice. After troubleshooting myself and with my friend Leigh (who tried to help me via Gmail’s chat feature!), all it took in the end was to unplug the USB cable and plug it back in and it worked!

So I spent the Saturday recording intros which I made into a clip show (Erk Pod 41) with old and new promos, intros etc. After this, I made episode 42. Sunday was spent watching Bathurst and also putting all the Show Notes on Blogger.

I was also pleased to be able to find two tunes that I loved a few years ago that I haven’t heard in a while. One was “Star Trekking Across the Universe” (you can hear it in Erk Pod 42) and the other one was the old Triple M radio theme.

On this site, you can view the Show Notes for each episode. Show Notes are a run down (or an episode synopsis, so to speak) of the episode. Now that I am on Word Press (and formerly on Blogger), I can add pictures and video as well to show you stuff that I may talk about in the podcast that you can’t see while you listen to it.

Apart from Show Notes, I will be posting blogs here as well in between episodes.

Now for a treat, partly based on the title of this blog. I found a Comic Book Guy sound board that is pretty funky. Everyone knows who the CBG is, right? And who gets this joke on a CBG t-shirt (below)?

Anyhoo, feel free to have a look around. Feel free to comment where needed!

5 responses to “About Erk Pod

  1. Troy

    Hey Erk,

    I have a lot of listening to catch up due to the holiday period and going away, however I have listened to a few of the Erk Pod mini and they are pretty sweet!

    Keep them coming

  2. erkpod

    Thanks for the comment, Squeak! FYI I have sorted the third mic problem and most Erk Pod stuff has been the “Mini” episode since you went away. Have you listened to episode 70 yet?

  3. Jessie

    My Mum and I listened to Round Table 3 last weekend, and something that struck me as sort of funny is that some pop culture references were met with my blank look and Mum’s laughter. Looks like you appeal to a wide audience.

    Cheers,
    Jess

    PS – I was very suprised that Mr. Westinghouse didn’t get on his soapbox about something all through the ep…very suprised indeed…

  4. Hey Jess

    Thanks for the comment and say hi to your mum for me! Mr Westinghouse hasn’t finished yet, there is about another 3 hours of Round Table to come. I’ll let you be the soapbox judge! :)

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