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#004 The Shelmar Opry Podcast

Dan Starcher, a staff photographer for The Daily Record in Wooster, Ohio, is always messing around with the cameras, video cameras and audio equipment. He loves gadgets. Dan’s latest adventure is recording audio.

Dan Starcher serves as guest host of the Zest for Life Podcast and interviews Bobby Warren.

Dan Starcher serves as guest host of the Zest for Life Podcast and interviews Bobby Warren. Photo by Steven F. Huszai

Dan purchased an Olympus PCM Linear recorder, which is designed to capture live music. While he will be sharing live music in the future, we decided we would do a podcast.

I had just written a story about a group of musicians who assemble every Thursday in the Shelmar Mobile Home Park in Wooster and jam, opry style. In fact, someone made Virgil Briggs a sign that reads: The Shelmar Opry.

While I was shooting video, taking photographs and working on the story, Virgil made it known I played bass guitar. So, Beverly Carathers, the group’s bassist, asked me to play on a couple of songs.

I had a fun time at The Shelmar Opry (you can see the videos I shot here), and I had fun being interviewed by Dan. Normally, I serve as host of The Zest for Life podcast, but this week I took a back seat to Dan, who ran the show.

Give it a listen below. (If you are reading this post from The Z Section homepage, you will need to view the individual post to listen to the podcast, you can click on the title above or click here.)

This Democrat Wants a New Way Forward for Health Care

David Goldhill, CEO of the Game Show Network, provided a stark contrast about what the future of health care can be in this country during Health Journalism 2013, this year’s conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists, which wraps up today at the World Trade Center Boston.

David Goldhill

David Goldhill, CEO of the Game Show Network, speaks to an attendee of the Association of Health Care Journalists annual conference at the World Trade Center Boston.

Goldhill’s experience with America’s health care system has not always been a pleasant one. He spoke candidly about how it killed his father and about a difficult ordeal with his son. (He writes about his father in this book: Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father–and How We Can Fix It. Copies of the book were made available at no cost to guests of the conference.)

Below, you can listen to the audio of his talk to the AHCJ group during a luncheon Saturday. The quality is not the best. It was recorded on an HTC ThunderBolt phone.

You can read about Goldhill’s talk in this story here by Grace Rubenstein, who is attending the conference on an AHCJ-Rural Health Fellowship made possible by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. (I, too, am attending the conference on an AHCJ-Rural Health Fellowship.)

How to Build a Podcast on the Road (Without Your Stuff)

 Technology continues to close the gap between “the professionals” and “the amateurs,” giving regular people the ability to compete at some level with those who get paid to do it, whether “it” is a radio broadcast, journalism, video broadcast or a podcast.

Remembering Riley processed

It’s no secret, this blog was highly influenced by Michael Hyatt’s blog (see here and here). I starting doing a podcast because of Michael, as a way of adding another dimension to The Z Section. I recorded my first podcast about ideas (click here), and it was OK.

My next attempt at a podcast was when I interviewed my wife, Wendi Warren, after she published her book, “Princess Grace: A Tale of Faith, Hope & Love.” I really liked it. It sounded good, and it sounded professional.

Right now, my podcasts are done in a simple fashion. My wife, who had been studying voice acting, has a Yeti USB microphone. So, when I got the idea to add podcasts to the mix, I retrieved the microphone, connected it to my Dell All-in-One computer and fired up Audactiy, a free, open-source application for recording and editing audio.

Well, I wanted to do my third podcast with my sister-in-law, Randi Breese (you can read about why, here). Due to logistics, and when I wanted to record the podcast, it was not feasible to her to come to my home, where my desktop computer is located. Wendi and I were going to see Randi and her husband, Shaun Vahl, so we decided to take the microphone and nothing else.

Before we went to see Randi and Shaun, we stopped at Wendi’s parents. My mother-in-law, Dolores Breese, asked me to help her with some computer stuff, including getting music on her computer onto her mp3 player. As I searched the music on the computer (which was one we gave her), I noticed it had a “song” I created years ago, called “Little Like Zep.”

I created the song a few years ago using Aviary’s sound editor, Myna, which is now defunct. The music sounded a little like Led Zeppelin, thus the title. When I decided to record podcasts, I wanted to use music for the intro and outro, and somehow I came across the file on my Dell. I was surprised to see I had left it on my old computer, which my mother-in-law now uses.

We had a good meal, played some Scrabble (I lost, ask my mother-in-law who won) and eventually made it to Randi and Shaun’s house. They were at a fundraiser, so we had some time to spare. I checked Shaun’s laptop, and he did not have Audacity. So, I downloaded and installed it. I also downloaded the LAME MP3 Encoder so I would be able to export the audio to the MP3 format.

I thought for a minute that I would forego the musical elements of the podcast, but then I called my mother-in-law and asked her to email the song to me, and she did. Thus, I was able to record, edit and add music to the podcast, just as I would have done in my own home.

Technology and the Internet are breaking down a lot of barriers. In the old days, there would be no way I was installing a program without having the disks (or CDs or DVDs). But, thanks to technology and the Internet, everything went as planned.

If you want to listen to the entire song I created, check it out below.

#003 Remembering Riley Podcast

When Randi Breese and her husband, Shaun Vahl, made the decision to put down their first-born border collie son, Riley, there was a tremendous outpouring of support. Today’s Zest for Life podcast features Randi talking about her devoted dog and something new she has in store.

Randi and Riley

No matter how big Riley got, this was how he wanted his mother, Randi, to hold him.

You can listen to my interview with Randi by clicking the player below.

You can read my tribute to Riley here.


#002 Interview With Wendi Warren on her New Book [Podcast]

Wendi Warren, my wife, launched her new book, “Princess Grace: A Tale of Faith, Hope & Love,” on Valentine’s Day, and it is now available in’s Kindle Store.

Wendi Warren

Wendi Warren doing voice over work at the Audio Thrills Recording Studio outside of Wooster, Ohio

I sat down with Wendi and interviewed her for the latest Zest for Life podcast to talk about her new book (a fairy tale that is not your typical fairy tale), why she decided to write it and the writing process itself.

While every author desires to have a best-seller, Wendi’s motivation is different, and she talks about it. You might be interested to hear her thoughts on that subject. Give the podcast a listen.

The book is available at an introductory rate, and you can check it out (and get to read some of it). Click here to learn more about Princess Grace: A Tale of Faith, Hope & Love, the new book by Wendi Warren.

Hit play below to hear the interview.

How do You Generate Ideas? Here is One Possible Way

Welcome to Episode No. 1 of the Zest for Life podcast. We are trying out something new on The Z Section blog today. Are you curious about where ideas come from? Who isn’t.

Electric Generation

In the podcast I offer one simple suggestion for generating ideas: Unclutter your life so you can think in new ways. Give it a listen; it will only take a couple of minutes.

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