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Interested in podcasting? DATV makes major upgrades to podcast studios

DATV staff member Eric Widing demonstrates how to use the new robotic cameras in DATV's 'Pod Studio'
DATV staff member Eric Widing demonstrates how to use the new robotic cameras in DATV's 'Pod Studio'

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

From podcasting’s humble origin in 2004, they have become one of the most popular forms of communication, news and entertainment in recent years. Not only are more people listening to podcasts, they’re producing their own podcasts, too.

If you’re entirely new to the concept of podcasting, it’s essentially on-demand talk radio. I remember my mother listening to Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story” on the radio when I was young. It would be like getting to listen to that show anytime that’s convenient for you. They’re an alternative to TV and music when you’re exercising, cleaning and driving. Simply stream onto your digital device and enjoy!

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With over a million a podcast shows in existence, you can find episodes on literally every topic imaginable. Part of the reason there are so many shows is because they’re simple to self produce. Think of Ham Radio, but even easier to use. Some of the equipment can be expensive, however, so a great alternative is learning to use equipment at a local library or resource center, to see if it’s something you truly enjoy producing.

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Dayton Access Television (DATV) is one such community resource. They have a television studio, of course, but in recent years added a podcast room, along with training and workshops to teach members how to podcast. It has been a simple, yet effective space to professionally record, edit and output audio-only episodes.

The new Rodecaster podcast set up in DATV's 'Pod Studio'
The new Rodecaster podcast set up in DATV's 'Pod Studio'

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

This month, DATV is unveiling its second podcast studio, which provides some major upgrades from the original “Pod” room. The new studio features a brand new, user-friendly Rodecaster recording setup, along with two Sony robotic video cameras to visually record the episodes, too.

Some of the more popular podcasts have been producing a video version for YouTube. Now, DATV members have the ability to do so, too. Steve Ross, the Operations Manager at DATV, explained to us that they are constantly upgrading equipment and workshop offerings.

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“Since the podcasting room has been so successful, DATV staff felt another podcasting room was in order,” Ross said. “From this need comes the ‘Pod Studio.' Not just another podcasting room, the Pod Studio has robotic cameras, a video switcher, and the ability to stream directly to social media outlets such as YouTube and Facebook.”

DATV staff member Eric Widing demonstrates how to use the new robotic Sony cameras in DATV's 'Pod Studio'
DATV staff member Eric Widing demonstrates how to use the new robotic Sony cameras in DATV's 'Pod Studio'

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

“We are always looking for new and creative ways of keeping DATV members engaged with the community and the new Pod Studio is that new and creative way,” DATV Executive Director, Rosemary Bradley told us.

If you are interested in learning more and how to use this community resource, DATV is hosting a Grand Opening of the Pod Studio on Thursday, July 30, from 5-7 p.m. at DATV’s facility at 280 Leo St. in Dayton. Note, face masks are required to enter the studios.

Those interested in learning more also can contact DATV Volunteer Coordinator Dale Grow to find out how you can get involved with DATV at 937-223-5311. Visit https://www.datv.org/ for more info.

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