Unmissable Podcast Resources & Further Reading

Our podcast launch week was a big success! Here’s some of the best resources we’ve found on podcasting (and some of our favorite podcasts).

Last week we launched The Fizzle Show, a talk show for creative entrepreneurs like yourself who want to build a business you care about.

We heard so much great feedback from you all in the iTunes reviews, tweets, and comments on the posts here at The Sparkline. In fact, you made us the #1 business podcast in iTunes!

I’ve said it a bunch in the show and on the previous posts, but I’ll say it again: THANK YOU! We’re thrilled you’re enjoying the podcast. We hope it’s an awesome conversational supplement to the blog posts here.

Below we’ve listed out some of our favorite podcasting resources. These are the ideas, instructions and how-to’s we used to create our show.

Note: if you’re interested in podcasting and building a business you should definitely check out Caleb’s podcasting course (and all the other excellent courses) in our premium online business training.

It’s an exciting time for podcasting. If you have a conversational tendency and a mission to serve an audience, you should definitely consider what a podcast can do for your business.

We hope you enjoy these resources below. We’ve even included a list of some of our favorite podcasts.

Excellent Podcast Resources

Getting Started: from choosing equipment to why you’d want a podcast in the first place, look no further than Pat Flynn and Cliff Ravenscraft. Here’s some of Caleb’s favorite links for starters.

Where’s Podcasting Going: podcasting is both old and new. It’s as old as oration or education. It’s as new as the combo of iPods and RSS technology.

In learning more about the media (and becoming an avid fan of certain podcasts) I’ve become more than just intrigued about the opportunities in podcasting.

Here’s some of my favorite links for learning more about where podcasting as a medium is going.

  • NextMarket – A Podumentary: A podcast about the podcast (aka The Podcast Project) — this is the first of several podcasts I recommend from Michael Wolf. He’s done a great job finding and interviewing the biggest names in podcasting (and podcast networks). I highly recommend this podcast for anyone in “new” media.
  • The Business of Podcasting Interviews — check out the interviews with Jeff Ulrich, Leo Laporte and Rob Walch to get more insights on the business side of things.
  • Some Overviews from big Networks — check out the interviews with Adam Carolla and Dan Benjamin for some great perspective on the realities of running a network of podcasts.
  • Some of the Best Minds in Making Great ContentIra Glass, Stephen Dubner and Jesse Thorn have all been making excellent content (for a long time). Getting these glimpses into the learnings and perspective of these folks was invaluable for me. Jesse’s interview in particular inspired me to re-jigger how I was looking at things.

Killer Podcast Tools

  • Huffduffer — go there, sign up, and drag the bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar. The next time you visit a page with an interesting audio recording, press the bookmarklet to “huffduff” it… the audio will show up in a podcast feed you can subscribe to! This has been amazing for me to listen to audio I find all around the web. Here’s my feed for an example of the weird stuff I really like.
  • Instacast — this is my preferred podcast app. Designed well, easy to find and subscribe, make a playlist of all your un-listened to episodes, skip forward two minutes, skip back 30sec, etc. Highly recommended. (though Apple’s free Podcasts app ain’t all bad).
  • Our Gear Setup — (this is where I get a bit nerdy, feel free to fast forward) we’re using the Focusrite Scarlett USB Audio i/o which I switched to because my big ol’ Motu 828 was too big to lug to Corbett’s house and back. The preamps sounds great. Corbett and I are on Sure SM57’s and Caleb’s on a PR40 cuz he’s a big boy. I’m using Apple’s Logic Pro with Alloy2 on tracks for EQ and compression (the transient filter thingy helps with the plosives as well) and Ozone5 for mastering.

Our Favorite Podcasts

Chase’s Favorite:

  • WTF with Marc Maron Podcast — I love comedy and I really love hearing how comedians got started. That’s why I got started with this one. But now I mostly listen because I enjoy how Maron looks at the world.
  • 5by5 | Back to Work — Merlin Mann is a hero of mine. I know people used to look up to astronauts and presidents and stuff, but the way Merlin has helped me think better about doing my goodest work has landed him firmly in a “hero” slot for me. If you’ve never geeked out about GTD (or haven’t re-visited it in a while) I highly recommend episodes 95 through 99 where the lads re-hash productivity legends and myths in fresh ways.
  • Above & Beyond : Group Therapy Radio — this is mostly all I listen to when I work. 2 hours of my favorite kind of melodic EDM (electronic dance music). I judge myself for this. You can judge me too. But give it a try… you’ll likely become a reluctant superfan, just like I am.

Corbett’s Favorites:

  • This American Life — There’s a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It’s mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always.
  • Radiolab — a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. It’s incredible.
  • Here’s The Thing: – WNYC — Alec Baldwin gives the listener unique entrée into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers.

Caleb’s Favorites:

  • Accidental Creative: Productivity for creative pros, better ideas for creative teams — addresses how to thrive in the create-on-demand world by instilling practical, everyday practices that help you stay prolific, brilliant and healthy in your life and work.
  • Smart Passive Income Podcast — Pat Flynn from The Smart Passive Income Blog reveals all of his online business and blogging strategies, income sources and killer marketing tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve with your online business or blog.
  • Revision3 > Film Riot — a hybrid of sketch comedy, tutorial, reality TV and a whole lot of nonsense, with the ultimate goal of teaching the art of independent filmmaking.

Do You Have A Favorite Podcast?

Have any favorites you want to tell us about? Come across any good podcasting resources? Let us know just below in the comments.

And thanks again for making The Fizzle Show the #1 business podcast during the launch week last week. You are awesome.

Thanks so much for making the fizzle show #1 in business podcasts

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  • http://www.jamie-anderson.com Jamie Anderson

    Hi Chase. For all the years I’ve been online I’ve never really got in to the whole podcast craze but after listening to the podcast Joey done with Corbett over at income press the other day, I have to say I really enjoyed listening to it.

    My goal is to start trying out these types of content, as well as start making a lot more videos too.

    • Chase Reeves

      Nice, Jamie. Cheers!

  • http://pjrvs.com paul

    BlogcastFM has been a favourite of mine for ages. I’m digging the fizzle show too! Great work so far.

    • Chase Reeves

      Thanks, Paul. Much appreciated.

  • http://www.anxioustogrow.com Alex Rogers

    I’ve been really toying with the idea of starting my own podcast and as usual, you guys come through with the a great resource for people to read and revisit often. Thank you so much. Your timing was perfect.

    And you’re podcast has been awesome so far too. Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.freelanceunleashed.com/ Chris Green

    I have three favourite podcasts that I listen to all the time:

    1. Freedom Ocean: Tim Reid and James Schramko cover tons of great internet marketing ideas and strategies.


    2. Freelance Unleashed: Loads of great advice for anyone running a small business that wants to get much better clients.


    3. Mixergy: This is full of really probing interviews into the lives of serial entrepreneurs.


    • http://www.freelanceunleashed.com/ Chris Green

      Oh… I forgot to say… awesome post and podcast. I’ve been listening to it at night on my headphones while I cuddle the kids to sleep.

    • Chase Reeves

      Ha! “bedtime with the fizzle guys” was a name we almost went with :)

  • http://convergenceinthecommons.com/about/ Deborah Owen

    Thanks so much for the new podcasts, and for all this great information! I think we’re getting to the point where any serious blogger just simply has to consider podcasting in order to address the varied preferred learning styles presented by any particular audience. I’m really looking forward to hearing more from you three!

    Also, if anyone reading this is interested in starting a podcast and would like some terrific music for an introduction, please email me and let me know. I know someone who is just starting a business writing music like that, and I think his price will be very reasonable!

  • http://realestatecareermentor.com Marty Green

    I have to agree that both Cliff Ravenscraft and Pat Flynn were essential for me in getting my Podcast off the ground. I spent countless hours listening to both of them and figuring out how to launch. Dan Lyons is also good too.

    As far as favorite podcasts go, I would have to say I agree with Paul about blogcastFM. Also I love listening to Andrew at Mixergy. Amazing interviews, can’t get enough.



  • http://www.jeffrutherford.com Jeff

    I’m a big podcast listener. Since I’m a geek, I created a Pinterest board for the podcasts I listen to:


    Also, I’m a voracious reader and I have my own podcast where I interview writers and authors, but I’m a big fan of books-related podcasts so I made a list of those too:


    • Chase Reeves

      Nice, Jeff! Thanks, man.

  • http://www.howtoearnmoney.tv Bryan Knowlton

    I have a video podcast where I have tutorials and interviews. Make sure to check it out at http://www.howtoearnmoney.tv or subscribe in iTunes: itpc://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-earn-money-online-tv/id597319120

    My all time favorite right now is my sit down interview with Pat Flynn: http://www.howtoearnmoney.tv/45/episode-2-pat-flynn-spi/

    Thanks, love your new podcast and this blog post was EPIC! Thanks again!


  • http://www.tradingheroes.com Hugh Kimura

    I would add The Random Show, The Traders Podcast and the Fitness Skills Podcast.

    Great work on the Fizzle Podcast.

    • Chase Reeves

      Thanks, Hugh! Much appreciated.

  • http://alexandreb.net Alexandre B

    High five Chase ! Abobe and Beyond rocks :)

    You can subscribe to the Gareth Emery podcast and Mainstage from W&W if you like EDM.

    • Chase Reeves

      I’m a big fan of Gareth Emery. Love that show as well!

  • http://brightcoconut.com Adam Kayce

    Now this is what I call an epic post. Wowza.

    I love listening to podcasts (I use PocketCasts on the iPhone, btw), and while I’ve done some video-casts before, I have a feeling a podcast of my own is in my near future. From the podcasts I’ve heard, it seems like having a partner (or two) is key in keeping the dialogue going and the energy fresh.

    Some of my favs:

    Comedy: Your Mom’s House (Tom Segura & Christina Pazsitzky), Joe Rogan, and Bert Kreischer
    Business: The Fizzle Show (and I’m not just saying that – it’s really, really good!), Social Triggers w/ Derek Halpern
    Health: The Paleo Solution, The Bulletproof Executive
    Misc: The New Man w/ Tripp Lanier (he’s a fantastic host, too), The Drunken Taoist

    … and I’ve started my own Huffduffer, too. Sweet find!

    • Chase Reeves

      Awesome, Adam. Good to see you here :)

  • http://wordsofwilliams.com Eric Williams

    I’m going to get all cheezy on you… The Fizzle Show is now on my “must listen” list. I just recently discovered ThinkTraffic (I think from Smart Passive Income?). Great stuff, and I love everything about this site! (Amazing design, and killer content).

    My other must listen to podcast is #THINKDIGITAL by Justin Wise. http://justinwise.net/thinkdigital-podcast-episode-guide

    Keep being awesome!

    • Chase Reeves

      Thanks so much, Eric! Much appreciated.

  • Keithra Morley

    I love your emails by the way and will definetly tune in to your podcast but my favourite podast is Entrepreneur on Fire by John Dumas. I love the details his interviewers give and the passion he has for podcasting.

  • http://jadecraven.com Jade Craven

    Awesome resource.

    Do you know what is even more awesome? The ‘Thank You’ graphic at the end of the post. Fantastic way to show how much you care about your community :-)

    • Chase Reeves

      :) Merci, Jade.

  • Rashida B.

    Chase, I’m so hooked on Group Therapy Radio. This is the perfect get ish done music I’ve been looking for. Thanks.

    • Chase Reeves

      It’s the best!

  • http://www.marketingyourfarm.com/new-here/ Iain

    I like the resource page. I shall have to come back to it when I decide that doing a podcast is something that I want to do. I’m still holding back on it.

    Some of my favourite podcasts other than yours include:

    Empire Flippers
    Farm Marketing Solutions’ Growing Farms Podcast
    The Beancast
    Six Pixels of Separation
    Marketing Over Coffee
    Super Fast Business with James Schramko

    In terms of resources, Cliff Ravenscraft and Pat Flynn are the best resources I’ve come across so far.

  • http://www.selfemployedking.com Mike Kawula

    You mentioned some great. Love Mixergy, Smart Passive Income and Caleb’s Pocket Changed. Really enjoying Mobile Mixed w/ Greg Hickman and how he’s tying tips back to SMB’s on how to use Mobile in their business (must). New but doing great Side Hustle Nation as he’s really having unique guest (guy making mid-$6 Figures selling on Fiverr. Internet Business Mastery (still think they should approach IBM for the name :), Meron is doing great with Inspiring Innovation especially recent episode with Dane Maxwell.

    Love – Entrepreneur On Fire and all John’s guest provide actionable advice. But wait there’s more:

    Lewis Howes (just had Pat Flynn on this morning) is tearing it up with School fo Greatness. Must listen is his Solo episode on Mindset.

    Think Entrepreneurship is really getting some great unique guest also. And just a few more:

    Email Marketing Podcast is new but also really giving great tips on such an important topic. Viralizers and Kevin D. has been giving some great tips on building a tribe.

    Each Friday Michael Stelzner really provides amazing guest on how to use Social Media in your business. So many more, but one more (best for last)

    My business coach and someone I truly respect, Jaime Tardy of The Eventual Millionaire. Really awesome interviews!

    Hi everyone, Mike here and I’m a Podcast Junkie! Hi Mike :| Wish you guys great luck with your podcast and look forward to listening.

  • http://www.healthynomics.com/ Mark Kennedy

    Really enjoying the podcast lads!

    I have a podcast I am looking to take up a notch and wonder if you have a recommended resource for intro / outro music? I like the style of the Fizzle music.


    • Chase Reeves

      Merci, Mark! Here’s a great place to look for music: http://freemusicarchive.org/

      (you’ll need to pay attention to the different kinds of licenses for each track).

  • http://www.torrentdownload.tv torrentdownload

    Do you know what is even more awesome? The ‘Thank You’ graphic at the end of the post. Fantastic way to show how much you care about your community…………………………

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