Posted by: medicblog999 | September 15, 2010

A UK EMS Podcast??

Various tweets on twitter today have got me thinking again about starting a UK centric EMS Podcast. I have been in this place before (about a year ago) but never actually got round to starting it as other things (CoEMS) seemed to take up the majority of my time.

A UK EMS Podcast has a number of benefits to me:

  1. I won’t have to get up at 3am in the morning to participate in podcasts all the time.
  2. If the podcast works well and gathers a following, it is our chance to share some of the UK specific conundrums and issues that are out there in regards to pre-hospital care.
  3. It could be our chance to further persuade Ambulance Service Management that using social media and talking openly (and vaguely) about certain things in pre-hospital care, can actually create a force for change and positive thinking and ideas.
  4. Whilst I am a staunch advocate for listening to and participating in US EMS Podcasts, there is a definite gap in the EMS podcast world for something coming from these shores.

I could go on, but I am sure that you have the gist now!!

My only stumbling block is that I don’t know how to do it (relating to software). I am running a windows 7 laptop and plan on recording directly from Skype conversations with multiple callers, editing the sound recording then making it available on various formats including getting into the iTunes Store.

There seems to be a multitude of solutions out there for this, but reading the forums, many of them have alot of problems and don’t seem the easiest thing in the world to get the hang of.

Any help and suggestions that you can give would be very gratefully accepted!

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Responses

  1. I’m a Mac guy, but I’ll refrain from letting that color my advice.

    My mentors in podcasting suggest you use Pamela (http://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/11/download-pamela-30-for-skype-record.html) to record Skype.

    For sound editing, there are a number of tools, the biggest free one that I know a lot of people use is Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/). I find it a little cumbersome, but it is free.

    For handling the feed I use WordPress for the EMS Newbie blog and put all the podcast episodes in the podcast category. Then I take the podcast category RSS feed and give it to Feedburner (http://feedburner.google.com/). Feedburner has a “SmartCast” feature that will turn your RSS feed into a podcast feed, including any linked MP3s as enclosures. I always put a “Download MP3″ link in the post anyway for people who don’t use iTunes.

    In the post I use the WordPress Plugin WPAudioplayer (http://wpaudioplayer.com/) to put a flash player in each post so people can listen via the web browser, which ALOT of people do.

    Sound quality is very important and that pretty much comes down to a good mic for everyone talking.

    That should get you started. Feel free to drop me a line if you need any help.

  2. Good idea, my brother! I’m sure you’ll figure it out. Good luck with it!

  3. I second Audacity for audio editing! Sounds like a great idea, I’d love to lend a hand when the time comes

  4. The UK definitely needs it Mark. The quality of a lot of the US podcasts are a great example to follow. I think if the UK medics can produce the information relating to our profession as it is and where it’s heading will be of great interest worldwide.

  5. Dude, we need to talk. I know a couple of guys that found themselves in your position less than a year ago,

    Much of Ron Davis’ comment is spot on. We also use audacity to edit, and are fiddling with Pamela to record the skype calls. We use the platform Blog Talk Radio http://bnlogtalkradio.com) to facilitate the live broadcast. Beside recording the show into a downloaded file to edit and put out there, BTR gives us a switchboard to route and screen callers, a live chat room, and some marketing features as well.

    I’ll be touching base with our friend Jamie Davis (http://MedicCast.com) in Dallas at the end of the month to explore further options. I’m also going to the social media conference in Sin City a couple of weeks later and completing the podcasting track of programs.

    You can do it, Mark, and further- you should do it.

    It’s good to have you back in the fold, my friend!

    • I seemed to have missed your comment first time round, sorry matey!

      Any help would of course be greatfully accepted!

      Have fun in Dallas, Im very jealous !!!

  6. I think it sounds like a great idea!

    If you need help with hosting or a bespoke website for this project just let me know!


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