Category Archives: Erk’s 2009 US Trip

Erk Pod 205 – Southern Erk & Friends. Show Notes

[Download episode – 60 minutes]

Welcome to episode 205 of Erk Pod. This episode was recorded in two stages.

The episode starts in San Antonio, Texas. Erk is chatting with Jennifer (@epodcaster on Twitter) who founded NaPodPoMo (National Podcasting Post Month) that Erk, Drue, Orange Tim and Squeak took part in last year. She also is currently co-hosting Tech In Twenty. During the chat, we talk Texas, podcasting and a lot more as we walk and talk our way through San Antonio.

The episode then moves across to southern California and the last interviewee of Erk’s American trip, Megan aka Podcast Junky (not surprisingly, @podcastjunky on Twitter). We find out what’s on Megan’s iPod, visiting Disneyland, what Erk didn’t get to see in SoCal and more. Apart from being a Podcast Junky, Megan also produces her own podcast where she tells us what  is on her iPod.


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The Balticon Special That Never Ends – Erk Pod 203 & 204

Welcome to this two part special recorded at Balticon 43 on the weekend of 22-25 May 2009. This special features a whose who of podcasters and podiobook authors (who are authors in their own right) who attended the Con.


Many topics were raised in relation to podcasting, writing, social media and a lot more. Extended interviews with several of the guests will be recorded once Erk returns to Australia. As this was a working Convention, time was very limited so you have many shorter interviews which were a lot of fun to do. While I was familiar with the work of some of the guests, there were some people who were introduced to me and I was interviewing them a couple of minutes later.


Part 1

[Download episode 203 – 65 minutes]


In this part Erk Pod & part Echo Romeo Kilo episode, Erk speaks with the following people:




[Download episode – 135 minutes]


Part 2 is a long episode but it completely full of interviews and not Erk walking around the Con. Interviewees, promos & songs are:


  • R Allen Leider, author of Wicca Girl
  • PROMO: I Should Be Writing podcast by Mur Lafferty
  • Peter Prellwitz, creator of the Shards Universe
  • PROMO: Nina Kimberly the Merciless by Christiana Ellis,
  • Richard White, media tie-in author
  • FLASHBACK: Highlights of the Double Trouble interview last year on Erk Pod Round Table 7 with Erk, Drue the co-host, Orange Tim, Tee Morris & Pip Ballantine
  • Scott Sigler, author & podcaster of various books including Infected, Contagious, Noctural & The Rookie
  • PROMO: Personal Effects: Dark Art by JC Hutchins
  • Devo Spice from The FuMP (Funny Music Project)
  • SONG: Why Are You Friending Me On Facebook? – Devo Spice/The FuMP
  • Mur Lafferty, author & podcaster including I Should Be Writing, Playing For Keeps & the Heaven series 
  • PROMO: The Uber Nemesis part 1
  • Evo Terra, co-founder of, co-writer of Podcasting For Dummies and host of the Evo at 11 podcast.
  • PROMO: Blast From The Past podcast with Erk & Erk;s mum Judy.
  • JR Blackwell – author, podcaster & photographer. And yes folks, that is her on the front cover of Pitcher’s Pendant by Tee Morris!
  • PROMO: The Uber Nemesis part 2
  • Tee Morris, author, podcaster and Uber Nemesis of all podcast authors.
  • JC Hutchins, author & podcaster of the 7th Son series as well as his new book Personal Effects: Dark Arts.
  • PG Holyfield, podcaster & author of Avedon Hill which was nicknamed “the podcast novel that never ends.”

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Announcement – Balticon 43 Special Coming Soon

Folks, I have just finished a massive week in the Baltimore & DC areas. I recorded two episodes of Erk Pod with Jamie the Podmedic (half of 196 & 199). I also had a Police ride along and two episodes of Erk Pod (201 & 202) with Some Guys in a Car. I also did some touristy things in Washington DC.

Then I spent the next 3 and a half days at Balticon. During this time, I was going to various podcasting and new media sessions to meet people, learn more as well as offer some of my experiences. I did learn a lot, I didn’t sleep a lot and I was inspired even more than usual and am uber excited about podcasting (again, more than usual).

Needless to say, this has meant that meant that over the past week, there have been no travel entries and (until tonight) no new Flickr photos. But when you hear the line up of people I interviewed to appear on Erk Pod during “The Balticon Special That Never Ends”, you’ll know why I am excited.

Even though the aim was for short interviews, there are many of them. Regular Erk Pod/Channel Erk listeners will know that my interviews are usually longer and fun to do but Balticon wasn’t the place for long, fun interviews. So instead, Balticon was a juggling act. It was fun to try to be in the same spot as another person in a suitable location. It was fun having people refer other people to me who I didn’t know of before hand.

So here’s the plan……

Most likely, there will be 2 episodes of Balticon related content. They will be played in the order they were recorded. They will appear on the Erk Pod and the Channel Erk feeds. There will be some related music, too. Most likely, these will be episodes 203 & 204 to be released later this week.

For the people who were interviewed or are fans of a particular person, the interviews will also be available separately but ONLY from the Erk Pod website ( where they can be downloaded or played directly. The separated files WILL NOT be in the Channel Erk or Erk Pod feeds. After all, you’ll be listening to the full episodes, right? Any of the people who appear are more than welcome to place their interview or the entire episode onto their website and into their feeds.

So who is on the list? Man, what a list! It includes but is not limited to:

And better still, once I return home to Australia and everyone who went to Balticon gets some sleep, I plan to have extended interviews with people from “The Balticon Special That Never Ends”

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Erk Pod 198 – Chrissy Unplugged

[Download episode – 70 minutes]


Welcome to episode 198 of Erk Pod. This interview was recorded in a Starbucks in New York City with singer/songwriter Chrissy Coughlin  (@chrissymusic on Twitter). And yes, it is episode 198 despite what Erk says (twice!) in the episode. Erk got distracted again…..


In this wide ranging interview, Erk & Chrissy chat about starting off in music, learning to play the guitar as an adult, moving around & settling down, song writing, album making and a lot lot more. During the interview, you will also hear 3 of Chrissy’s songs as well (Wait For You, Big Log & Do It Out Of Love).



This interview was the result of Erk playing Chrissy’s music on Erk’s music podcast Erk FM. And yet somehow despite it being a music interview, Shawno from Hyper Nonsense still gets a mention!


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Erk Pod 197 – New York, New York. Show Notes

[Download episode – 68 minutes]


Welcome to episode 197 of Erk Pod recorded in Times Square, New York City.

In this episode:

  • Where is episode 196?
  • Erk goes to a fire at a Burger King
  • Is Erk the media?
  • What do you mean I can’t get my food?
  • Entering New York City
  • Miss Navman sometimes gets confused and gives Erk not a lot of warning when she changes her mind
  • Being in NYC
  • Being interupted
  • Preview of upcoming episodes
  • Podiobook update
  • Scott Sigler is a sick (but talented) mo-fo!

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Erk Pod 195 – Erk on Interstate 90 (again!)

[Download episode – 40ish minutes]


Welcome to episode 195 of Erk Pod. Once again (!) recorded from Interstate 90, Erk shares his experiences since leaving the Wasting Time podcast complex including downtown Chicago, strange tolling systems, Niagara Falls and of course I-90. Actually I have been on I-90 pretty much since Washington State, through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennslyvannia & now New York State. And did I mention the tolls?


Find out what happens when Murphy’s Law combined with FAIL and Erk’s Navman get together just when Erk thought the episode was going to be over……


If you are still wondering where Erk Pod 192 is, you will find it on this website and not in the Channel Erk & Erk Pod feeds. It is the episode that was originally Wasting Time podcast episode 84. Due to the length of the show (2 hours) and the fact that many Erk Pod/Channel Erk listeners also listen to the Wasting Time podcast, I will not make you double dip for the same content on both feeds. If however you would like to listen to it or download it, you can download it via the show notes.


The next show will be Erk Pod 196. It will be an Emergency Services special with an extended chat with Rick Russotti from the Mitigatiion Journal podcast commenting from the point of view of the “All Hazards Approach” to Emergency Management & Preparedness. The second half of the episode (not yet recorded) is planned to feature Jamie the Podmedic from the MedicCast. Therefore episode 196 will be held back until Erk arrives at the MedicCast studios soon and the next episode of Erk Pod you will hear is episode 197 from New York City.

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Erk Pod 194 – Erk chats with Cherie from the CherieCast. Show Notes


[Download episode – 78 minutes]



Welcome to episode 194 of Erk Pod. Today Erk is joined by Cherie from the CherieCast podcast. The CherieCast is one family’s story about living through major grief and a life changing event as you will hear during the episode.


Despite this, Cherie is upvibe and interesting as we talk about many things including the events behind her podcast, interacting with other podcasters, local factoids and a lot lot more. And it is Mother’s Day, too!

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