By on March 4, 2022

Alex from the Rock/

One of my hopes as editor of this august site has been to get a podcast off the ground. It was a back-burner idea for years, then Matt and Steph and I recorded a trial run in 2020.

For a variety of reasons, including a bit of a lack of emphasis on my part, that ‘cast didn’t take off. But we’ve tried again, and Matt and Matthew and I now have the first episode recorded and published, with more to come.

We talked about how average transaction prices are way above MSRP, the 2022 Subaru WRX and how we’d spec ours, and the best cars of 1992. Expect a similarly eclectic mix over time — we’ll talk auto-industry news, specific product, old cars, esoteric topics, whatever.

We’re still ironing out kinks such as scheduling and format — expect to see our mugs on video in the near future — and while we’ve set out to make sure the podcast is hosted at all your favorite places, it may take some time before we’re approved for places like Apple and Spotify. We’re in the process of approval now. Other hosting sites seem to have approved our musings but it could take some time for the podcast to appear on their platform.

So, for now, you can listen here. Feedback is welcome. And yes, I know, I need to use a different mic — I already have mine ready to go for episode two.

Stay past the end for a lively discussion about how our furry friends can interrupt a podcast recording.

Check it out here!

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15 Comments on “Housekeeping: We Have a Podcast Now...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Listening now. I don’t do podcasts, so this is pretty much my first one. That leaves me unqualified to comment on any tech details, except that a fast-forward to items of interest would be helpful if it’s possible.

    Your voices sound like my coworkers, and more reasonable than in print. :)

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      It’s probably not possible to set a fast-forward, but we could perhaps give time stamps to when each segment begins when we post hyping each episode.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        Cool. And yes, thanks for identifying the cat yak audio bomb – didn’t know what that was!

        • 0 avatar

          Agreed. That would be helpful.

          Also, just because it’s how I listen, if we could have a 1.5x or 2x speed option, that’d be a bonus.

          • 0 avatar
            Ya Boy Here

            I use a podcast player (like Overcast on my phone) and the player generally has an option for speeding up the audio track. Highly recommend using a dedicated podcasting app, I often have to pause what I am listening to and come back to it hours/days later, and having my place saved is a godsend.

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    Tim: the only thing wrong with your vocal quality is the room tone that’s present (guessing built-in mic in laptop?) Posky sounds a bit ‘constricted’ and Guy sounds a bit thin/brittle. The room tone on your voice actually makes it sound more pleasant relatively speaking. I’m hearing good consonants so all are easily understood. Out of curiosity, what mic are you getting? Blue Yeti? Shure MV-7? Wish you folks the best in this endeavor.

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      I have a Blue.

      • 0 avatar

        Room acoustics matter as much as the microphone. Really look into ways to minimize reflections.

        Blue is widely overrated. You’re better off wandering into a Guitar Center and asking them what they suggest for a similar price.

        • 0 avatar

          @brn: Somewhat agree on your thoughts with Blue. I’ve heard the Yeti used with the right setup sound quite good. The AT2020 USB would be in a similar price range and another good choice although the top end may be a bit ‘tizzy’ if it’s like the standard 2020.

  • avatar

    I thought it was a good first podcast, including the discussion about cat yakking! Used car prices are just insane, but until new car lots get full again that’s how it will be!

  • avatar

    Way back in the days when Pontiac still made new cars TTAC had a semi-daily podcast with Farago and whatever editor was available at the time.

  • avatar

    Good luck with the podcasts. I don’t have the time this weekend to listen to the majority of it — but did bump through and caught several bits.

    My suggestions:

    1. Assign roles. Have a central “anchor” with everyone else functioning as correspondents. You’re pretty much doing it now — but….

    2. At the beginning of each episode, the anchor introduces himself then introduces the others — who say something so you can attach the voice and the name of the individual together up front. The anchor could host the first segment — then correspondent two leads section two, correspondent three section three, etc. If you structure the segments like that — then each segment lead can provide a brief overview of what they’ll be talking about up front.

    3. Yes, definitely publish a list of topics with time stamps so listeners can pick and choose the segments they want to hear if pressed for time.

    4. As others have noted, keep working on the audio until it’s dialed in.

    5. Try to get interviews with industry flacks and executives. Manufacturers, suppliers, aftermarket. Those would be fun to hear. John McElroy kind of stuff.

    6. Comment about stuff that’s going on with the website. If an article gets a ton of comments and there are some good ones — call them out.

    7. Keep the tempo upbeat. Bring in a lot of outside audio. If a CEO gives a speech, get sound bites of it. If there’s a new car release like the Maverick you’re talking about — see if there’s appropriate audio from the press kit that can be shared. Also use really good music for your segment bumpers. If you’re talking about the price of cars — get somebody from a dealer to talk about what they’re up against.

    Check out some popular blogs and check out how they’re structured. A good one is Motley Fool Money. It’s a weekly — and they have a pretty straightforward structure. The anchor introduces everyone, they chit chat about what went on during the week on Wall Street, such as what companies stocks tanked or went up, etc., they’ll have an industry interview, then wrap up talking about stocks they’re looking at.

    One thing you could definitely do is find an automotive industry analyst and have them on once a quarter for their take on how various companies are doing. CNBC’s Phil LeBeau would be worth a call.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    How about special interviews with other You Tubers such as Adam with Rare Classics who worked for GM for years and collects everyday cars from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Adam has some good tips on how to buy a classic car and has a deep insider knowledge as to how car manufacturers design and market cars. Also Scotty Kilmer in what to look for in a good used vehicle. There is Ray and Zack from Your Auto Advocate Ray having over 44 years in Sales and Sales Manager for various brands of cars. There are also various auto experts in the auto industry.

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