Podcasting Pioneer Scott Sigler Launches Book Publishing House Dark Overlord Media

Dark Overlord Media

Dark Overlord Media

In a press release issued last Wednesday (8/19/2009), early podcaster, and the innovator of the worlds first podcast-only novel, Scott Sigler announced the launch of his book publishing house Dark Overlord Media. The intent of this new publishing house will be to produce books and other properties for established online personalities, which he is proving is possible with the release of his personal book, THE ROOKIE.

Those who know Sigler know that he is the kind of guy that gets shit done, plain and simple. I have had the opportunity to work on projects with Sigler many times over the years and can tell you from first hand experience, this is no overstatement. Sigler has created his own success turning a part time writing gig into a part time podcasting gig, and then turning that into a 3 book series with Crown publishing, which is a full time job. As if that was not enough, Sigler has now set out to help other entertainers with an established online audience succeed much more quickly, and without the headaches and tears, than he did.

According to the press release, “Sigler’s established online audience allowed him to put THE ROOKIE up for pre-sale on April 24, 2009, and immediately sell 1,000 copies. ‘Within three hours, we had capital for layout, design, printing and shipping,’ Sigler said. ‘The pre-sale made the book instantly profitable. That’s turns the traditional publishing model on its head.’”

Dark Overlord Medias first release, THE ROOKIE, is a ridiculously awesome first step towards taking over traditional book publishing… the same way Sigler has taken over podcasting. It’s not just a book, its a hardcover, signed, limited addition book printed with 16 plate, full color design. The book contains 50 pages of never before seen (or heard) content including back stories, player brackets and so much more.

Check out Scott Sigler below as he opens up the first ever hard cover print of THE ROOKIE book with his partner in crime, A Kovacs, teasing his fans with all of the new content. If you are interesting in listening to THE ROOKIE podcast before you get your copy of the book, you can find The Rookie Podcast on Podcast Alley here.

If you think you have what it takes to be the next Scott Sigler for Dark Overlord Media (a.k.a you have a large online presence and have something tangible to sell them, like a book) — you should contact A Kovacs via email (kovacs@scottsigler.net) or phone 858-336-3462.

Featured 5 Podcasts for the Week of August 24th

Another exciting collection of podcasts brought to you by Podcast Alley! In this featured 5 for the week of August 24 – 30, 2009 we have shows that cover yoga, music, sci-fi, pets and b-movies. Enjoy!

1. YogaDownload.com – 20 Minute Yoga Sessions
YogaDownload.com brings you 20 minute online yoga sessions to help you relax, become more centered and bring balance to your body, mind and soul. Take 20 minutes for yourself today and watch your day instantly improve.

2.Cult of UHF
Free BMovies hosted by the Reverend oldschool UHF style!

3. DogCast Radio
DogCast Radio is a Podcast and Internet Radio station BY dog lovers, FOR dog Lovers. News, reviews, interviews and more.

4.The Grey Corridor
The Grey Corridor is the video blog of Woods Ulmann, a FICTIONAL character who documents his experiences with aliens and alien abduction.

5. The House of Wild Delights
A twisted retarded podcast full of wild, savage rock’n'roll hosted by The Screamin’ Soul Preacher from the GaragePunk Podcast Network.

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Interview: Shrink Rap Radio Podcast

Shrink Rap Radio Podcast

Shrink Rap Radio Podcast

The mind is a mysterious thing, and the people who analyze and try to understand it are often times traveling info unknown territories. However, the answers that are found by testing the limits of the mind can be very fascinating, and very educational as well.

Dr. Dave, host of the Shrink Rap Radio Podcast, says his podcast is “All the psychology you need to know and just enough to make you dangerous”. In his podcast, Dr. Dave interviews fascinating personalities from around the world, specifically in the realm of psychology. David Van Nuys, Ph.D, when not behind the microphone, is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sonoma State University. Read the interview now, currently featured on the home page of Podcast Alley.

You can always find the latest featured podcaster interviews on the home page of the Podcast Alley site or if you like, subscribe directly to the Podcast Alley Featured Podcaster Interviews feed. Do you have a show that you think is good enough to be featured on Podcast Alley? Submit the show in the comment, or email me: info at podcastalley.com!

President Obama to Appear on the 40 Minutes for Health Reform Podcast Today

President Obama Live

President Obama Live

According to a story published on TechCrunch, President Obama will be appearing on a podcast titled “40 Minutes for Health Reform“, hosted on the BlogTalkRadio website. The show will air live Today — Wednesday at 5 PM ET (2 PM PT) on both BlogTalkRadio’s program page found here, and on the Faith For Health site. Make sure you tune in on time for the Live show as the President will be speaking for the first 10 minutes, with the other 30 minutes of the program being dedicated to a roundtable discussion.

Social media use (such as this) chosen by the Obama team offers more proof that they are trying to run this country differently. They are adding much needed transparency into the government and supporting modern tools such as facebook, twitter and podcasting that are actively used by millions of people around the globe. All of this instead of relying solely on televisions and traditional news networks that are ignored by so many younger people today.

I’ve been impressed by how President Obama has adopted innovative social-media technology during his campaign and into his administration,” says Alan Levy, CEO of BlogTalkRadio. “We’re honored that he has selected BlogTalkRadio as his newest requisite platform for communicating directly with the American people.

This should pull in one of the largest audiences to date for the BlogTalkRadio website, now I only hope they are prepared for that traffic. It would be a shame to see the site go down if it does become very popular for that short amount of time. However, the episode should be available to show subscribers after the live stream has been converted. So if nothing else, if you are interested in healthcare reform, subscribe to the “40 Minutes for Health Reform” show to listen to the episode later.

An iPod Podcasting Microphone the Size of a ThumbTack!

ThumbTacks iPod Microphone

ThumbTacks iPod Microphone

Released in March of 2009, this new product is a podcasters new best friend! If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t want to lug around all of your podcasting gear, rest easy knowing that all you have to do is carry a microphone that is ONLY THE SIZE OF A THUMB TACK! Available now for iPod Nano 4G and iPod Touch 2G, this micro-microphone should be in your laptop case or pocket at all times.

Key Features:

  • Ultra small Microphone
  • Unique “ThumbTack” design
  • Outstanding quality sound recording
  • Hi quality gold-plated non-corrosive plug
  • Works with third party Apps
  • It is only $12.99 + $3.00 s/h

According to their press release, “ThumbTacks™ excels in comparison to similar products which are larger and bulkier. We spent considerable time testing a multitude of microphones in different acoustic environments to ensure we had the best quality micro-microphone of it category. We’re confident you’ll be amazed by the range and quality of this tiny device.”

You can find out more about this micro-microphone here, or if you just want to go ahead and shell out the $12.99 for this dead simple to use product, you can order your microphone in red, white or black here.

Interview: Twilight Series Theories Podcast

Well, we are at it again! After having overcome a few issues, the featured podcaster interviews are in full swing again! Unlike the featured podcasts that just show the title and description of a show, we ask a set of questions of the show producer(s) to figure out a bit more about what makes them tick. We try to get to the heart of why they started podcasting and why the loyal Podcast Alley community should want to subscribe to their show. With that in mind, lets kick it off with a popular Podcast Alley show… Twilight Series Theories!

Twilight Series Theories


Twilight Series Theories
This show consists of two sisters from Texas, Kassie and Kallie, who bring you all the news and gossip regarding Stephenie Meyers smash hit Twilight Series. This audio show covers all aspects of the books, movie and all other buzz stirring around Isabella, Edward and the other characters in the vampire tale. This is the 30 minute audio podcast for all Twilight fans. Read the Twilight Series Theories Interview or subscribe to the Twilight Series Theories Show now!

You can always find the latest featured podcaster interviews on the home page of the Podcast Alley site or if you like, subscribe directly to the Podcast Alley Featured Podcaster Interviews feed. Do you have a show that you think is good enough to be featured on Podcast Alley? Submit the show in the comment, or email me: info at podcastalley.com!

Featured 5 Podcasts for the Week of August 10-16

Alright folks, here it is! The featured 5 podcasts for the second week of August 2009. Another collection of random shows covering punk music, general nerd-ery, home cooking and more. Enjoy this collection, and if you have recommendations for the PCA Featured 5, leave them in the comments or send them to info at podcastalley.com!

1. The Mal Thursday Show
Direct from Austin, Texas, Mal Thursday spins the greatest garage rock nuggets from the ’60s to today. Theme shows include the three-part “Ballad of Mal Thursday,” and the two-part “All Kindsa Girls” and “Riot on Sunset Strip Revisited.”

2. TheResident
The Resident is dedicated to bucking the mainstream media, one issue at a time. Produced since 2000 as a way to express her extreme annoyance with the mainstream media and society in general. Call it therapy, if you will.

3. Cooking With Kat SD
Going to homes and kitchens of people across the country and learning to cook their family favorites. This is REAL People and REAL Cooking. They are dedicated to showcasing the best in home cooking and family recipes.

4. TheSocialGeeks
Join TheSocialGeeks as we discuss, analyze and poke fun at the changing world of social networking. In round table and site review format we cover what works, what fails and what is needed in the future.

5. iCorey’s Tech Hijack
Taking 3-4 random tech stories and/or rumors and discussing them, with opinions, in 10 minutes or less. Quick, simple and to the point Podcast released one to two times a week.

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Using Every Podcast Feature on Your New iPhone

iTunes Podcasting

iTunes Podcasting

A few months ago when the new iPhone 3g came out (and with that the new 3.0 operating system) Steve Jobs promised there were over 100 new features, but they did not take the time to document them all. Thanks to the team at CrunchGear as well as users across the country, we have started to find some of the new podcast related features on the new iPhone.

Now before you get all snarky and start complaining that some of these existed before, I will say that not ALL of these are new features… but some of these have been brought to light due to the other new features being added.

Below is a list of the top podcasting related features from the new iPhone and the iPhone 3.0 software upgrade. Do you know of some cool new features that we have overlooked? Leave a comment below and we will update this post to show the updated information. With over 100 new features added, this list can not possible be exhaustive of all the podcasting features.

New Features:

  • Variable Speed Playback
    Clicking this icon you can change the speed of the podcast playback (audio only) from regular speed, 1/2 speed and 2x speed.
  • Chapter Browsing/Skipping
    In a lot of the audio podcasts out there, the producers create chapters. These chapters work well for podio books (where the authors read chapters of the books) and with music podcasts (where the dj plays multiple tracks). If you don’t like something, you can skip ahead!
  • Send to a Friend
    This feature allows you send a link to the podcast you are listening to so your friend can subscribe to the show from iTunes.
  • Instant 30 Second Rewind
    This is a great addition for podcasting. If you find you zone out for a second doing work while listening to an episode and something catches your ear, you can do an instant 30 second rewind to listen to a segment again.
  • Date and Length of Episode
    This information helps you know a) how old the episode is and b) if you have time to enjoy it all.
  • Time Remaining Left to Play
    If you stop playing an episode somewhere in the middle, your iPhone remembers that. This indicator lets you know how much time is remaining until the end of the episode.
  • Indicator of New Episodes Not yet Downloaded
    Sometimes you don’t get a chance to sync your iPhone with your computer… and for that reason your shows can get out of sync. This indicator lets you know how many additional episodes are in the feed, and lets you choose to download them to your phone to enjoy.

Screen Shots:
Below are a selection of screenshots from my first generation iPhone running the 3.0 software. And yes, I do maintain my own music channel on Mevio with awesome music in it :)

Shout Out to CNET News – Podcast Alley Featured Video Directory

CNET News

CNET News

Just wanted to send a quick shout out to the CNET News team for their recent recommendation of the Podcast Alley directory in their post titled “Find new video podcasts with these directories” as one of the top places to find video podcasts. After the recent news that TiVo was going to start allowing subscriptions to, and watching of, any video podcast via RSS feed… information and directories to find video podcasts becomes more important.

If you are looking for a quick description on how to add RSS feeds to your TiVo box, checkout this post on PodcastingNews.com to see how it is done.

Free or Cheap Resources for Royalty Free Stock Video

Video Podcast Green Screen from user Racum on Flickr

Video Podcast Green Screen from user Racum on Flickr

Creating professional quality podcasts can be quite challenging when you are new to working with audio and video. Luckily there are free or low cost resources out there to help you boost up the quality of your episodes. Like the previously mentioned stock audio company iStock Audio, there are tons of websites out there that offer free or low cost video graphics for your show (including backgrounds, lower thirds, animations, video/news clips, and more). Below is a short list of places to look for great video clips. This is not an exhaustive list by far, but it should get you started so you will have a baseline for when you start to dig deeper into finding resources for stock video clips.

Stock Footage For Free (free)
Completely free stock footage. Simply register and download free stock footage instantly. No fees, no catch, unlimited downloads.

MovieTools.info (free)
MovieTools.info claims to be “your number-one source for completely free animated 2D and 3D background animations, lower thirds and more”. They have a list of free video graphics in both 4:3 and 16:9 formats for use in your projects.

The Internet Archive (free)
A collection of stock footage clips submitted by Internet Archive users. These clips are designed to be used in other videos. All clips in this collection must have a Creative Commons Licenses.

Pond 5 (starting at $5.00)
With over 205,000 clips online to instantly preview and download, and prices starting at $5 for broadcast quality SD and HD clips, its easy to get addicted to Pond 5.

iStock Video (starting at $22.50)
Higher quality and larger variety of royalty free stock videos (and photos, and audio) for use in your video productions.

Having reviewed all of these options, what resources do you use? Please, leave a comment with your favorite royalty free video clip sites below!