Where can I listen to podcasts?

There are several places where you can listen to podcasts:

  1. Podcast app on your phone: Most smartphones come with a built-in podcast app that allows you to search for and listen to podcasts. Some popular podcast apps include Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
  2. Website of the podcast: Many podcasts have their own website where you can listen to their episodes. Simply go to the website and click on the episode you want to listen to.
  3. Online streaming platforms: You can also find podcasts on online streaming platforms such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher.
  4. YouTube: Some podcasts also post their episodes on YouTube, so you can watch and listen to them on the video-sharing platform.
  5. Podcast aggregators: There are websites and apps that act as a hub for podcasts from various sources. Some popular ones include Podbean, Podchaser, and Listen Notes.
  6. GROW Radio: You can tune into GROW Radio and hear a different Podcast on the hour, every hour!

10 frequently asked questions about Podcasts

Here are the 10 most frequently asked questions about Podcasts that I get asked about!

  1. What is a podcast? A podcast is a series of digital audio or video episodes that can be downloaded and listened to on a computer or mobile device. They cover a wide range of topics and can be streamed or downloaded for offline listening.
  2. How do I listen to a podcast? There are many ways to listen to a podcast. You can use a podcast app on your smartphone, such as Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts. You can also listen to podcasts on your computer through a website like Spotify or SoundCloud.
  3. How do I find podcasts? You can find podcasts by searching for them on a podcast app or website, or by browsing through categories and genres. You can also discover new podcasts through recommendations from friends or by listening to similar shows.
  4. Are podcasts free to listen to? Most podcasts are free to listen to, although some may require a subscription or have paid episodes.
  5. How often are new episodes released? The frequency of new episodes varies from show to show. Some podcasts release new episodes daily or weekly, while others may release them monthly or less frequently.
  6. Can I download podcasts to listen to offline? Yes, most podcasts can be downloaded for offline listening. This is convenient for those who want to listen to podcasts while on a long flight or without an internet connection.
  7. How long are podcast episodes? The length of podcast episodes also varies. Some episodes may be as short as a few minutes, while others may be several hours long.
  8. Can I leave a review or rating for a podcast? Yes, most podcast apps allow you to leave a review or rating for a podcast. This can be helpful for other listeners who are considering listening to the show.
  9. Can I suggest a topic for a podcast to cover? Many podcasts accept suggestions for topics or questions to cover in their episodes. You can usually submit these through the podcast’s website or social media pages.
  10. How do I submit a podcast to be featured on a podcast app or website? To submit a podcast to be featured on a podcast app or website, you will need to have an RSS feed for your show. You can then submit this feed to the app or website for consideration.

Take a look at this video for more information about each point!

Hope you enjoy these questions and let us know if you’ve got any questions that you would like answering!

10 ways to save time when you have a podcast

With so many factors going into having your own podcast, here are 10 ways you can look at that will save you time when you’re creating your Podcast.

  1. Plan out your episodes in advance: This will help you stay organized and avoid last-minute scramble to come up with content or guests.
  2. Use a podcast hosting platform that allows you to schedule episodes in advance: This will allow you to set up your episodes and have them automatically released on the designated date and time.
  3. Utilize transcription services: This will allow you to quickly transcribe your podcast episodes into written content for blog posts or social media updates.
  4. Use a podcast editing software: This will allow you to easily edit and splice together your audio files, saving you time on manual editing.
  5. Collaborate with other podcasters: This can help you share the workload and also bring in new listeners.
  6. Use templates for your podcast show notes: This will save you time on formatting and formatting each episode’s show notes.
  7. Outsource tasks that take up a lot of your time: This could include tasks such as creating graphics for social media or editing audio files.
  8. Use automation tools for social media promotion: This will allow you to schedule posts and updates in advance, saving you time on manual posting.
  9. Record multiple episodes at once: This will allow you to batch your recording sessions, saving you time on setting up and tearing down your recording equipment.
  10. Have a clear goal and focus for your podcast: This will help you stay on track and avoid wasting time on tangents or unnecessary content.

Take a look at this video for a more in depth look into these points.

Good luck and keep us posted on how you get on!

Project 100

2023 is going to be a big year. Not only is it going to be the year that I turn 40, it’s also going to be the year that GROW Radio will be celebrating its first birthday. 

So… I’m setting myself a challenge and calling it Project 100!

Project 100 has three goals:

  • To release 100 BRAND NEW podcast episodes
  • To appear on 100 podcasts, videos or talks (this does not count my own shows and lives)
  • To have 100 podcasts featured on GROW Radio and 100 guests in the Podcast Guest Directory

Can I do it? I believe I can and if not I’ll have lots of fun along the way!

The big question is how. How am I going to achieve these goals and how am I going to keep you posted?

Well you’ll just have to keep posted on our socials to see our progress throughout the year!

2023 is going to be a big year… what are your plans?

Action stations for entrepreneur’s community radio project

A Leamington man’s long-held ambition to launch a new community radio station dedicated to podcasters, has taken to the airwaves.

Gary Jones dreamed of one day running his own station ever since first entering local amateur broadcasting eight years ago.

Now, through his new GROW Radio enterprise, he has not only realised that dream – but pledges to make podcasting and broadcasting accessible – and affordable – to all. 

He also helps fellow podcasters edit and produce their programmes as well as hosting podcasting training sessions and workshops.

Gary explained: “GROW Radio is for the people I talk to day-to-day who want to get into podcasting but don’t know where to start. It’s both for those who want to get themselves or their cause noticed on other people’s shows and for those with their own shows who want to showcase it a bit more or repurpose their existing content.

He added: “But independent podcasters struggle against the larger media companies with similar audiences and different budgets. As a result, the audio influencer space is becoming less of a level playing field. GROW Radio looks to help independent podcasters stand out in a crowded market via the GROW Radio platform. 

“Its sole purpose is to let the independent podcaster tell their story. Every person can inspire and change lives through storytelling and podcasting.”

Gary, 39, whose background is in retail, first fell in love with broadcasting when he was given the opportunity to present a weekly show on Radio Warwickshire in 2015.  He claims the pandemic has since prompted a spike in popularity of podcasts.

“The lockdown brought about a huge increase in podcast listeners. We found out that most people who launched a podcast during lockdown have continued it on since. Now more and more people are asking how they can get involved in them,” he said.

Now, ambitious for the future of his own station – and despite it being only a few weeks old – the entrpreneur has already attracted podcast partners across the world, including USA, Canada and Finland. Listeners can listen to free live or on demand shows on a host of subjects from business advice through to Christianity and Mindfulness.

GROW Radio membership is just £50 for the year which gives access to unlimited airtime, a dedicated website and inclusion in a Podcast Directory, with free membership for charities and community projects. 

Longer term ambitions for expansion include the creation of GROW radio hubs, offering broadcasting and podcast training facilities, throughout the UK and eventually abroad, as well as focusing on making the business carbon-negative. 

Gary added: “I am proud to see the project finally up and running but what I am most proud of is the fact that this affords other people the opportunity to have their own podcasts on a radio station. It’s all about building a thriving podcast community.

“GROW Radio is searching for the nation’s next audio influencers If you are passionate about a subject and are interested in starting a podcast, GROW Radio is here for you.”

Further information is available at: https://growradio.uk/ or Gary can be contacted directly at: gary@growradio.uk

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Just started podcasting? Here’s the equipment you need!

Podcasting is a lot like activities… you can spend a fortune on equipment but unless you have the basics, they’ll be sitting alongside those golf clubs and triathlon kit collecting dust. 

This is why when you’re starting out, I recommend going for a simply set up rather than spending lots. 

When I started my first podcast in 2015, I recorded, edited and released it using only my mobile phone so it’s possible to start with minimum equipment and get ok results.

In reality, you only need three things to start your podcast (two things if you’re only doing audio and not visual): 

  1. Something to record the audio
  2. Something to record the visual
  3. Something to create and share the final file

So let’s take a look at these in more detail…

Something to record the audio

This can be something as simple as the microphone built inside your phone to computer to buying an external mic. To start off with I would recommend a USB mic that plugs start into your computer. 

I would recommend… Blue Yeti Microphone

Something to record the visual

Typically a podcast would be purely audio but most podcasts now are available in video form on places like YouTube and social media. 

Again, your built in camera in your phone or computer would work at the start for zero cost.  However, improving the quality of your video by buying a webcam would be a simple upgrade that gives the videos a higher privation value. 

I would recommend… Logic Tech Brio 4K

Something to create and share the final file

This is could be as simple as your computer or phone. You would typically use this to record the content on using an audio package such as Audacity or you’re in built voice memo software. 

If you’re recording over the internet I would recommend using Zoom, StreamYard or Riverside.fm to record your content. 

A few more things to consider are:

  • Improve the lighting by purchasing external lighting 
  • Improve the microphone placement and quality by purchasing a microphone stand, pop shield or boom arm. 
  • If you’re recording on location, it’s worth investing in a dictaphone such as a Zoom H1n (or similar models).

Hope these all help you on your podcasting journey and I’ll be adding more to this blog over the next few months!

A to Z of Podcasting 

Here’s a quick directory of some of the useful podcasting terms that you should really know!

Apple Podcasts… One of the largest podcast directory on the market. If you show isn’t on here, you are potentially missing a large audience.

Brand Building… Building a strong podcast brand takes time, but the result is a thriving, energetic, excited community surrounding your show.

Categories… How would you describe your show? This is what you’ll have to do when you select categories for your podcast. 

Distribution… Distribution involves adding your podcast to podcasting networks and apps (via manually, or your podcast’s RSS feed or through a podcast host). The ultimate goal is to make your Podcast available on whatever platform your audience could listen to it. 

Equipment… Something you definitely need to host a podcast! There is plenty of podcast equipment you could buy, and of course, a state-of-the-art recording studio would be brilliant, but you can also create a great podcast with just the basics.

Format… What will be the format of your show? Will you have guests on every episode? How long will they be? Will you have regular content that you’ll be talking about?

Goals… Decide on a set of metrics and goals for your show before you release your first episode. Also make sure these align with your business or personal goals to make your podcast fit within them. 

Hosting… Once you create a podcast, where do you put it? On your website? Sure, but then how do people download it? This is where podcast hosting comes in. 

Identity… To create your podcast identity you need to think about and create an ethos, a tag line and artwork (to start with). 

Jobs… There are a lot of activities that go into making a podcast so take time to review them to see which jobs you can automate (such as online booking system for your guests) and which ones you can delegate or outsource (such as the production and editing of your show). 

Keep it simple!…. The best shows have a simple format and focus on delivery by high quality content that’s focussed giving value to their audience. Don’t over complicate your show and keep your audience in mind. 

Links… This is just a reminder of the importance of making sure that the link to your podcast is accessible to your followers!

Marketing…. Marketing your podcast effectively is more important than ever. With so many shows entering the sphere, on an almost daily basis – you need to make sure you’re doing everything you can to reach your target audience.

Niche your show… Building authority in your niche will never go out of style! With so many new podcasts, you need to make sure that you know your niche and that it is clearly defined so that you are better able to establish yourself as an authoritative voice.

Online live events… We saw a LOT of online events taking place over the last few years, for obvious reasons, but we think they will continue long into the future. Go live with your show and get an audience involved with asking questions and choosing music to play. 

Podfade… Podfade is the term used to describe what happens when podcasts, for whatever reason, disappear into cyberspace and cease to exist. (Sounds scary, I know!) Statistically, this tends to happen around episode 7 (if you’ve made it past that, things are looking good for you and your show!). 

Quality… This is not a new podcasting term, but it should always be mentioned because quality will never stop being important! From consistently creating and putting out high quality content, to ensuring that your episodes sounds as good as they possibly can, even to the content you share on your social media platforms, striving for top quality should remain at the top of the priority list!

Remote Podcast Recording… If you are recording on location (such as someone office or a public place like a coffee shop), have you got the correct equipment to ensure your recording will be at the highest quality? 

Strategy… Your podcast needs to fit within three strategies to work to its full potential. Make sure you know how it’s going to give value to  you, your business and your community plus make sure it’s fits into each part. 

Target Audience… Do you know who will be listening to your podcast and what value will you’ll be giving them? Work this out from the start and make sure every guest and piece of content you share is directed at them. 

Unique… What makes your podcast unique and why should people listen to it? Answer this question regularly as the more you put your audience at the front of your show, the greater the success you will have. 

Volume… Make sure that the volume is even throughout the show. This includes your intro and outro, all guests, ads and any other sections you have. 

Welcome… Make sure your welcome to your podcasts makes a positive a warm introduction to your podcast. Things to include would be the title of the show, your tagline plus a little music. 

Xclusive Podcasts… Have exclusive content available for your subscribers so that they get added value from your show    

YouTube… If you’re looking to start your own video podcast this year, then starting a YouTube channel could be in your future!

Zoom… Zoom proved handy for podcasters as it provided a way to record their podcast interviews long-distance. You can even get creative and use Zoom to start your video podcast! (hint, hint!)

Hope these all help you on your podcasting journey and I’ll be adding more to these over the next few months!

10 Questions to ask before you start a Podcast! 


One of the main conversations I have with people about Podcasting is what things should I think about before starting my own podcast!

So below are a few questions to answer which will give you a better idea of what your podcast will be about, what value it’s going to give your listeners plus give you content for marketing your podcast.

  • What is the title of your podcast?
  • What would a listener learn from listening to your podcast?
  • Who will be delivering the information to your audience? Will it be guests or will it be yourself or multiple hosts?
  • What’s the format of your show?
  • How often will a new show be released?
  • How long would each episode be?
  • Have you got a plan for the first 12 episodes?
  • Have you planned in your time to record, edit and release these episodes?
  • Have you got a plan in case you run out of time to record new episodes?
  • How does the podcast fit into your life, business and community?
  • What does your podcast look like in 12 months time?

Hope these questions gives you a few ideas and let me know what you think! 

Can’t decide what to offer on Patreon?

Deciding what to offer to your subscribers can be tough, so here are few offers that the top podcasters on Patreon are offering to their subscribers!

1, BONUS REWARDS AND EPISODES 

Release minisodes or exclusive swag to your biggest fans.

2. ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE HANGOUTS, CHAT FORUMS, OR LIVE SHOWS 

Make your fans feel VIP by connecting with them directly.

3. DISCOUNT ON MERCHANDISE 

Reward your top fans by offering discounts on your merch.

4. AD-FREE EPISODES 

Hear that? That’s the sound of fans listening to just you. No ad reads or presenting sponsors required.

5, PERSONALIZED THANK YOU’S AND SHOUTOUTS 

Thank your fans by giving them a shoutout on the show.

Why should you listen to Podcasts!

In this video series, we explore the question “Why should you listen to podcasts?” and to make this simpler, we have created three videos breaking it into three different sections…

  • For You
  • For your Business
  • For your Community

Take a look at the video series below!

We hope you enjoy this series and please let me know what you think!