Podcasting Luminaries: Danny Pena (Gamertag Radio)

Danny Pena and Gamertag Radio have been rockin’ the podcasting world since 2005. During these past 6 years GTR has been featured by high profile main stream media and has steadily built a devoted following. GTR continues to innovate with their Podcast App which features exclusive content as well as their fan product launch parties. Subscribe!

Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

I started online radio back in 2001 and podcasting with my show, “Gamertag Radio,” in 2005. I love it. We’re still doing this is because of the fans. They are the reason we continue with the show. Also, I don’t see anything wrong with making some money with something you love to do. This is how we pay the bills, travel for more content, buy better equipment for the show and create community parties for our fans.

What has changed the most in your recording setup since you started?

If you listen to our first show, the sound quality was horrible. For my birthday, my girlfriend surprised me with my first podcasting studio. Better mics and mixer. I also have a Microtrack made by M-Audio for interviews and event coverage, like E3 in Los Angeles.

What tools on libsyn have you found most helpful in building your brand/podcast?

One of my favorites is having an app for smartphones thanks to libsyn. This is a great way for fans to download the show while they are away from home or if they want to get extra content via the app.

During E3 we uploaded more than 60 videos just for our mobile app users, and sometimes we do special giveaways just for them.

Have you found that social media has expanded your listener base/reach? (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, etc)

Social media is a great “keep in touch” tool. It’s helped us stay in touch with our fans more than anything. It creates a special emotional connection with fans. That’s very important for podcasters: to always try your best to stay in touch with your fans. No matter what.

We get more new fans to our website via search engines than social media, but one thing I have to say that I like about social media is that fans are always spreading the word to their friends about the show through their different social media platforms.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

Because of our podcast, we’ve been featured on TV (MTV True Life, In The Qube), newspapers, magazines and major websites (Wall Street Journal, CNN, Engadget, IGN, etc). We’ve also had the opportunities to throw product launch parties for gaming companies.

Just a few years ago, MTV contacted us to join their new ad network, called “MTV Tribes,” and libsyn has also helped us in the past with advertisment. All this happened because of our hard work in not only our podcast, but on our website too. Having a team that’s always willing to take the show to a whole new level is always a big plus too.

For those new podcasters out there: Don’t worry about numbers. Podcasting is all about people with passion. Without passion, your podcast is dead. Stay working and try your best to network with other podcasters. Opportunities will come.

You want to see some awesome videos of the GTR Fan and Launch parties, check out: HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

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