Six years, five podcasts later and still going strong. Wayne Brekke is the embodiment of the best in a podcaster: passionate, multi-faceted, with a wide array of interests plus a microphone 🙂
But, let him tell you a little bit about himself…
Q & A with Wayne Brekke
When did you start podcasting?
I started podcasting about 6 years ago with my first show Worlds of Wayne. Since, I have produced 5 podcasts and now have 3 active ones.
Why did you start podcasting?
I started podcasting because of my love/hate relationship for radio. I had some radio experience, but hated the industry.
I had a friend of a friend who had a successful podcast and I thought it was a great thing. I was also (and still am) a freelance writer and would get interviews with all sorts of national acts coming through town.
I figured since I was recording the interviews anyway, I could use them for a show. Sure enough, my first podcast ever was an interview with Blues Traveler. Since then I have enjoyed creating podcasts, developing shows, and being a part of the podcast community.
What’s your show about?
Currently my newest show is called The Necronomicast. It is a horror based podcast hosted by myself and co-host Tim Welch. Tim is also a makeup artist and the state representative for the charity Scares That Care. We both have helped organize the local Omaha Zombie Walk as well.
We interview a variety of actors, stuntmen, and industry professionals as well as provide commentary on movies and television in the horror/sci-fi genres.
We have been lucky enough to have actors from movies such as Hellraiser, Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, My Bloody Valentine, as well as cast members from The Walking Dead and SyFy’s Face Off. I initially created the show because I loved horror and couldn’t find a show I really liked. We have taken care to create a great quality show and do interviews that make the guests seem comfortable.
We hope to be able to hold online auctions to help raise money for Scares That Care as many of our guests have sent us autographs for donations. We have lots of great interviews happening and have even added a west coast correspondent to broaden our reach.
Worlds of Wayne is a variety show with guests that range from musicians, psychics, authors, comedians, and whoever else I can get.
5 O’clock Lifestyle is a show I host with my wife Laurie about entertaining, cocktails, appetizers, food, travel, and the general commentary we have at happy hour.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
Currently I use 4 Nady SCM 900 condenser microphones, a 4-channel Mackie board, Powerplay Pro 4-channel headphone mixer, BlueMax compressor, and Audacity for my recording. Our blog page is a modified version of a Libsyn template.
How have you promoted your podcast?
I do everything I can to promote my shows including social networking, merchandise, promo swapping with other podcasters, getting involved with the community (ie. Presented at an awards ceremony as host of Worlds of Wayne), reaching out to local publications, asking our interviewees to repost and share, staying in touch with my listeners, and anything else I can think of. Even doing interviews like this one!
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
That’s a hard question as I have enjoyed the process and progression that I have made in tandem with how podcasting has grown.
I have a few things I wish I knew now and am always learning. Always. I continually research and listen to podcasts about podcasting.
Of course now I am getting sponsors and donations so the next level seems to be coming quickly. I do it for fun and I think that is what I wanted initially.
Wayne would love to hear from you! necronomicast (at) gmail (dot) com, and make sure that you check out and subscribe to his shows, The Necronomicast, World’s of Wayne and 5 O’clock Lifestyle. You know, you could always offer some voice feedback at 347.762.5750.