Emporium Creative Hub are teaming up with one of our new Community Members and one of Australia's most successful and celebrated podcasters John Richards. He will run a fun and engaging workshop on how to produce your own quality podcast! So make sure you snap up the opportunity to come and learn from one of the best.
Thursday 13th May 5:30 - 8pm
Thursday 20th May 5:30 - 8pm
Things you will learn over these 2 sessions:
• What is a podcast? Why are they so popular? How are broadcast radio and podcasts different?
• How to develop excellent ideas for podcast topics
• What are some of your equipment and recording options - keep it simple or go full professional?
• The importance of sound quality
• How to structure a podcast
• What makes some podcasts better than others?
• Audience behaviour - how are they listening to you and why?
• Editing tips and tricks
• Best practice
• Hands on exercise - record and edit a podcast and take part in a listening party!
About John Richards
John Richards is one of Australia's most celebrated podcasters, having produced and presented the highly successful podcasts Boxcutters, Splendid Chaps and Night Terrace.
Boxcutters was a podcast about television, which John co-produced from 2008 to 2013. They won a Chronos Award in 2011 for their live special with the writers of Doctor Who, and they remain the only Australian podcast to be invited to SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas (where they recorded their 300th episode). They produced several live shows for ACMI's Live In The Studio strand and were twice the subject of full page articles in The Age Green Guide. Splendid Chaps topped the iTunes Film & TV podcast chart in both Australia and the UK. The podcast was recorded in front of a live audience and produced shows for the Adelaide Fringe, the Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and – due to listener demand - a crowd-funded show for Sydney. The Age called it "part intellectual panel discussion and part nerdy Tonight Show", Sydney Morning Herald said it "combines analysis, enthusiasm and irreverence", and Time Out declared it "a smash hit". Time Out Magazine also included both Boxcutters and Splendid Chaps in an article listing the “8 Best Podcasts In Melbourne”.
Splendid Chaps then led to the creation of scripted audio series Night Terrace, a science fiction comedy starring Jackie Woodburne (Neighbours’ Susan Kennedy). All 2 seasons of the podcast were purchased and broadcast by BBC Radio in 2019 and fans include novelist Neil Gaiman, who tweeted “I was completely won over... Funny AF with ideas in it. Enormous fun!”. The series also won the Convenors’ Award For Excellence at the Aurealis Awards.
Outside of podcasting, John has produced and presented shows for 3RRR and Joy 94.9, been a contributor to Red Symon's 774 breakfast show, BBC Radio Five Live and John Safran's Sunday Night Safran on JJJ. He is a regular public speaker and trainer, and has run talks and courses on podcasting and writing for many organisations and festivals including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, NIDA Open, Disability Media Australia, the Emerging Writer's Festival and many of Melbourne's libraries. One of his talks was featured on the ABC television series Big Ideas with Waleed Aly. He has written for television and theatre, as well as multiple print and online news outlets and contributed to the textbook "Media Unloaded" by Cambridge university Press and in 2014. John was also nominated for a Hugo Award for his essay "The Heterosexual Agenda" in US collection Queers Dig Time Lords.