They've been in radio for years... sometimes on the same show in some form or fashion. Now, they produce a podcast that covers local happenings, cool stories and lots of laughter. It's kind of like a morning radio show without the corporate to-do list. For the season finale of Season 2: Podcasts, Steph, Scotty Bud and Diane welcomed me back to their show, Southwest Michigan’s Fake Radio Show for a fun experiment. This is like a DC-Marvel crossover… I got to take over their show to ask them my questions about storytelling. We dive into podcasting as their chosen medium, how it compares to radio, how technology shapes storytelling and even some personal stories.
Wally Carmichael is a husband, father, retired Army Medic, Department of the Army Operations Specialist and Podcast Host of the Men of Abundance Podcast. He was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona and joined the Army to travel the World and to escape what was clearly a destructive lifestyle. Wally is grateful to have traveled to 23 countries on five continents. He and his family have lived in Panama, Germany, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, and currently lives in Hawaii.
Next to family, his greatest passion is hosting his Men of Abundance Podcast - The Pay it Forward Community, where he has conversations with other Abundant leaders as well as up and coming entrepreneurs, authors, and thought leaders doing amazing things in their community. He's been a professional connection who has developed into a friend, and is a master storyteller.
Kim Moffat is a podcast co-host, a podcast producer, a filmmaker, a television industry worker, a songwriter, a published author, a talker and an all-around storyteller. Her podcasts For Love of Show and Kim Knows Nothing explore different sides to her life. She works on Fuller House. She's worked on Hart of Dixie and Southland, among other projects. Her novella December is a beautifully tragic tale. Kim took time to share her storytelling life with Dan Moyle - who happens to be family as well as a fan. In short, Kim tells stories and loves the craft.
You want to be really protective of your story... to say, this story is really personal to me, so what I want to do is I'm going to hold your hand as a reader... But I think that the biggest challenge is saying ... Once that book is done, it's not for you now. So you, I don't want to hold your hand too much because you're not going to be able to connect with it in that way. - Kim Moffat on the challenge of storytelling
Without Jaime Jay (and Sara Parrish), The Storytellers Network would not exist. From Jaime and Sara's Podcast Pilot and Castrly, to Jaime's guidance and encouragement, to his show Stop Riding the Pine, this little show would still be just a dream. Jaime Jay is an amateur hockey player and a "starter geek" who founded Slapshot Studio back in 2013, combining the business of building websites with his love of hockey. Jaime also runs Bottleneck Virtual Assistants, helping businesses find virtual VAs to help their business. And if that wasn't enough, Jaime is a generous soul who loves to help those around him, making the world a better place. As an entrepreneur and podcast host, Jaime says storytelling is huge in his world. Rising above the noise? He has a tip...
I think personalization is everything. That's how you rise above the noise. If you're trying to do everything for everybody, and you're just saying, 'It's for everybody. Everybody can use it,' well, I think you're missing the boat there. The more specific you get, the better off it is, the easier you'll find it is to convey your story to others - Jaime Jay
He's the host of The Marketing Book podcast. He's interviewed hundreds of thought leaders in the sales and marketing space. He's a voracious reader. Douglas Burdett brings knowledge, expertise and an inspiring level of humility to the podcasting world. Douglas also owns the marketing agency Artillery Marketing, runs a HubSpot User Group (HUG) and speaks around the country. This sharer of stories. To him, stories are a powerful communication tool.
I was in Chicago giving a talk to a lot of manufacturers. Instead of standing up there and giving the standard PowerPoint presentation, I started with a story... Their guard comes down when you're telling a story and it activates much more of the audience's brain. - Douglas Burdett on the power of story
He's a podcasting expert even though he doesn't currently have his own show; it's because of how many shows where he's actually been the guest! Tom Schwab, author of Podcast Guest Profits and founder of podcast interview marketing pioneer Interview Valet, says he'd rather be the guest than put in all the work it takes to produce a podcast. In fact, Tom estimates his podcast interview count at well over 1200. Hear why he says podcast interviews are the next gold rush in marketing, and how to truly get value from being a guest on podcasts.
Gamertag Radio founder and co-host Danny Peña joins host Dan Moyle for this episode of The Storytellers Network. This guy is a legend in the podcast world, at the forefront of the video games community, starting an Internet radio show back before podcasts or even really a thing. In fact, Danny is such a legend, he was inducted into the podcast hall of fame in the inaugural class. He's also been a keynote speaker at Podfest Multimedia Expo. He's toured the world. This guy just is an evangelist for the gaming community. To date, Danny and his team have recorded more than 750 numbered episodes of Gamertag Radio, plus bonus episodes that they just put out there not numbered. Needless to say, Danny is big in the world of podcasts.
When I started my first radio show, because I started in 2001, it was a radio show. I started doing that in New York City and then Gamertag Radio in 2005... throughout the years I got to share my story of like the stuff that I've been through because I would love to inspire other people. - Danny Peña on his longtime love of podcasting
Former-teacher-turned-marketer... and teacher of podcasting Jeff Large hosts his own show and helps others launch podcasts through his podcast production agency Come Alive Creative. Also a dad, he wears a lot of hats. One of those hats that he proudly wears is storyteller.
"I usually tell stories to my kids every night as part of our bedtime routine. We have like kind of ongoing Tolkien or C.S. Lewis type woodland characters ... They've been ongoing for years now and it's crazy how much it's progressed." - Jeff Large on his storytelling passion
Jeff also says he loves the power of story, board games, and creating awesome things with other people.
Established in 2005 if you want to learn about podcasting, Dave Jackson brings knowledge and expertise of a podcasting hall of fame legend to his show School of Podcasting. He works tirelessly for the world of podcasting - including as a customer support specialist for Libsyn - helping to develop a culture of giving. Dave has been helping people understand technology and has been called "The Analogy King."
"When I see the light bulb come on for somebody, that scratches my itch like nobody's can. If I can do that in an entertaining way, whether it's using stories or something of that nature, that's to me like the best of both worlds."
David Hooker is Head of Evangelism for a company that helps us tell stories more effectively with a powerful visual software, Prezi. He's also the co-host of Prezi's The Narrative podcast with Nadjya Ghausi, a Tedx speaker and storyteller in general. David shares his storytelling craft, his successes and stumbles, his favorite story... in other words, his story.
"I think you have to have perseverance and persistence. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again. If you've seen my TED talk, but that's not the first one I've ever done." - David Hooker
Business and life coach. Podcast host. Author of multiple books. Motivational mentor. Dr. Joey Faucette wears many hats. As host of Faith Positive Radio, Joey brings inspirational stories of faith in action to his listeners every week. Today, he joins The Storytellers Network to uncover the craft of story.
Podcaster, Ziglar Company spokesperson and co-host of The Ziglar Show Kevin Miller talks story, legacy and success with Dan Moyle in this episode of The Storytellers Network.
"The foothills ... that's where the fun is. Once you get the top... it's boring... let's go back down and do it again." - Kevin Miller on "making it" to the top
Adventurer Erik Weihenmayer has become a celebrated and accomplished athlete despite losing his vision at 13 years old. Shedding the label of "disabled" and redefining what it means to be blind, Erik has transformed the image of blindness and opened up the minds of people around the world.
Marketing agency owner and expert Derek Champagne, author of Don't Buy a Duck, talks storytelling for business as an entrepreneur who's always been interested in fostering connections and finding an audience in both marketing and music fields. Now he and his agency help brands & businesses tell their story.
"We've taken national companies and done a re-brand and then had to delicately we call the wounded bird sometimes and how to help heal and release them out into, into the next century." - Derek Champagne on branding
Ghost writer turned published author Shawn Smucker shares his journey from blank page to full book with Dan Moyle in this episode of The Storytellers Network.
Shawn lives in Lancaster PA with a population of about 60,000. He loves living in a smaller town. He started his full-time writing career in 2009 while living in Leesburg VA but he and his wife have lived many places including FL and England.
“There is so much more to do and I have so much improvement that can be made.” - Shawn Smucker his storytelling journey
Writer and co-founder of VegOut Los Angeles Tammie Ortlieb talks storytelling as a vegan entrepreneur. Tammie discusses how moving from Kalamazoo, Michigan to Los Angeles, California has shaped her storytelling and her life.
Jennifer Luitwieler is an author of 2 books, blogger and social media storyteller. Dan met Jennifer years ago on Twitter through a running community. Jennifer’s book ‘Run with Me’ and their connection through social media inspired Dan and his wife Sonya to begin running.
“[Growing up] reading a lot of books, I was mesmerized by the power of stories.” - Jennifer Luitwieler
In her book Daniel, author Tammy Chupp explores the tragedy no parent should face: losing a child. A woman of faith, Tammy shares with host Dan Moyle her struggles and her victories when it comes to being a writer and storyteller.
“The number of people I can help, give hope to and reach.” - Tammy on ‘making it’ as a writer
From LEGO to Impulse Creative, Danielle Rhodes has helped others tell their stories through content marketing. This creative soul generously shares insights and experience to help others hone their storytelling craft.
"People will listen if you're true and authentic and [if] you have something nice to say." - Danielle Rhodes on standing out of the noise
John Liberty -- Co-Founder of West Michigan Beer Tours and former journalist -- shares his story with Dan Moyle. From working on entertainment and feature articles, to launching a popular craft beer tourism venture, John loves the craft of storytelling.
"Keeping that sense of ownership has got to be paramount. Also, constantly improve towards getting better." - John Liberty