PFD Companion Podcast: S4E12 – So what are you waiting for? Record, Already!

You’ve read the chapters up to this point. You’re feeling prepared, but there’s still something holding you back. Tee and Chuck bring you more tips and share their experience of things you can do to build your confidence and reap the rewards of your podcast!

00:00 Introductions
03:12 Chapter Introduction
08:50 Prep & Do-overs
11:10 Retrospectives and feedback
12:25 Mannerisms & focus
15:44 You’ve done the research
18:04 Be inspired
19:20 Drop-ins
20:10 Hitting record early
23:08 Being a better presenter
23:47 Loudness
25:53 Checklists & prep time
29:14 Closing remarks
30:03 Outro

PFD Companion Podcast: S4E11 – The Art of the Interview

Tee and Chuck share their 30+ years of advice, experience, and expertise about what to do (and not to do) regarding podcast interviews. We also have some fun stories to share.

Apologies for a few of audio dropouts in this episode. Internet, ‘nuf said.


  • Intro & banter
  • Interviewing and being interviewed
  • Canned and Wildcard questions
  • Research leads to better interviews
  • It’s all about them
  • Notes about editing
  • Being a good host and guest
  • Tips as a guest
  • Tips as a host
  • Ethical editing
  • Requests and rejections
  • Technical Tips
  • Being technically considerate
  • Our dream guests
  • Inspriation from “Frost Nixon”
  • Professional and personal
  • Outro


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PFD Companion Podcast: S4E10 – Before you hit the record button

Tee and Chuck talk about the many things to consider about starting your podcast adventure aside from the hardware and software.


  • Introduction
  • Pick a topic and identify your audience
  • Differentiating yourself
  • Standing behind your own voice
  • Promoting and business cards
  • Outline vs. script
  • Adjusting your tone based on topic
  • The caution of a scripted podcast
  • The challenge of unscripted
  • The role of a facilitator


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PFD Companion Podcast: S4E09 – Podcasting on the go

Tee and Chuck discuss what it takes to record “on the road”. When you’re not in the studio, what are the challenges to getting clean audio and how can you address them?


  • Introduction
  • Environment
  • Sidebar: Edward James Olmos
  • How much ambience do you want?
  • Tee’s story about the break room
  • Mitigating background noise with the mic
  • Monitor your recording session with headphones
  • Using a pre-amp and the set up cost
  • What is your objective and how to haul your equipment
  • Digital recorders
  • Have a backup plan
  • Hearing yourself on delay
  • Tee’s story about “the break room”
  • Addressing “the break room” scenario
  • Tee’s story about the International Spy Museum
  • Backup plan specifics
  • RF interference
  • Addressing transitions
  • Adjusting your workflow
  • Don’t let your lack of studio inhibit your creativity
  • Tee’s predictions
  • Closing

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  • Listener Line 703-791-1701
  • Website
  • Watch on Twitch

PFD Companion Podcast: S4E08 – Building Your Podcast Workstation

So many choices, options, and prices – which software is right for your? Tee and Chuck help you sort through what you need to do audio editing for your podcast.

Topics and links

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PFD Companion Podcast: S4E7 – Gadgets with extra help from Gamer Cat

In this episode we cover a wide variety of hardware topics in this episode to get you started (and perhaps thoughts of upgrades.) We go from economical to high-end. We also cover some lessons learned along the way so you can avoid the same pitfalls we learned the hard way.


  • Headsets for streaming and podcasting
  • The Shure SM58
  • A simple mixer – Behringher Xenyx 802
  • Mixing with Discord
  • The Shure SM7B
  • The MXL 990
  • Addressing a microphone
  • Dynamic and condensor microphones
  • The Blue Yeti
  • Latency
  • The Shure MV51
  • Røde Procaster and Podcaster
  • Røde Reporter
  • RødeCaster Pro
  • Røde PodMic
  • Heil PR40
  • Tips to find the best mic for you
  • Bundles
  • Shotgun microphones
  • Lavalier microphones
  • Desk noise
  • Start economically
  • Headphones and leakage
  • Get used to the sound of your own voice

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PFD Companion Podcast: S4E06 – Let’s get started

Tee and Chuck have an open conversation about starting a podcast.


  • What is a podcast?
  • Let’s talk content creation
  • Evolution from podcaster to…
  • Why start a podcast?
  • I want to start podcasting
  • It’s a ton of work
  • Differentiating your podcast
  • Is podcasting for you?
  • The real work is…
  • Reviewing some podcast apps
  • So many ways of consuming podcasts

PFD Companion Podcast: S4E05 – Twitch Turmoil

Handcuffs coming off

Tee and Chuck discuss what’s up with Twitch and music, what you can do to protect yourself, and more.

  • Book reviews
  • Podcasting and streaming
  • Getting used to your own voice
  • The RIAA and DMCA takedowns
  • Lindsay Ellis
  • Three biggest myths about playing music in your podcast or stream
  • What Twitch SHOULD have done and should NOT have done
  • What podcasters have done for 15 years
  • Coverville Podcast
  • Affordable options
  • Evil Genius Chronicles
  • Megapodtastic

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PFD Companion Podcast: S4E04 – Why four editions?

Why Four Editions?

Join Tee and Chuck for another open conversation now that the book is out. They discuss

  • Why this book is on its fourth edition
  • Their reaction is to that
  • Early stories of live podcasting and streaming
  • Stories about others in the pod-o-sphere


PFD Companion Podcast: S4E03 – What’s new in the 4th edition

It’s book release date! Another fun discussion with your authors and hosts, Tee Morris and Chuck Tomasi as they discuss updates to Podcasting For Dummies 4th edition:
What we removed
What we updated/corrected
What we added
What is still solid
And fun stories of crazy experiences from your friendly hosts