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The Sound Off Podcast is a series of interviews and discussions about Broadcasting, podcasting and New Media. Matt Cundill is a 20 year veteran of the radio industry and has worked on air, and as a program director. Matt now works with broadcasters and podcasters to increase their audience and the amount of time engaged on their audio.

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The Sound Off Podcast is a series of interviews and discussions about Broadcasting, podcasting and New Media. Matt Cundill is a 20 year veteran of the radio industry and has worked on air, and as a program director. Matt now works with broadcasters and podcasters to increase their audience and the amount of time engaged on their audio.

    Christian Zyp: Moving Radio

    Christian Zyp: Moving Radio

    Christian Zyp is a host on Edmonton's CJSR's Moving Radio. But you're not listening to this episode for that. The story of our friendship begins on the radio in 1995 with the release of Van Halen's Balance CD. Back then radio stations were given advance copies and a "World Album Premiere". The special we ran only featured 9/11 songs on the CD. Where we the other two. Two drunk guys started calling me and asking why we had left two of the songs off and I said, "If you have some beer in the fridge I'll bring the CD over and we'll listen to it."

    What's a few brews between Van Halen fans?

    From there on, Garth Thatchuk and Christian Zyp became lifelong friends.

    Zyp started his radio career in 1998 as the host of the venerable Moving Radio on CJSR. But he is better known as a teacher, movie buff, music lover, soccer teammate, and overall great guy. The last time I saw him was in Edmonton in 2015. Life changed for him and his wife Trina 4 months later.

    You just skip over listening to the podcast and head straight to the blog page to read about Zyp's incredible story of battling back from the brink of death from contracting meningitis. This episode is dedicated to my good friend who reminds me to be thankful everyday and a reminder of the many ways radio creates friendships and bonds across the airwaves and beyond. Zyp and Trina are also responsible for kicking my ass and telling me to get going with a podcast back in November 2015.

    This episode does not have any discussion of breaks, bits, PPM numbers, digital anything, or workforce reductions. This is is the story community, friendship and gratitude.

    If you do get the chance, take the time to call someone you met along your radio journey, and see how they are doing. They would love to hear from you.

    Also check out Zyp's Facebook support group for ongoing updates.

    Thanks also to the people who make this show possible every week including:

    Promosuite

    Justin Dove at Core Image Studios

    Megatrax

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Vinny Barrucco: Un Vrai Montrealais

    Vinny Barrucco: Un Vrai Montrealais

    Sometime back in 2008, Vinny Barrucco made the call to (then) Mix 96 to see if his skills acquired at community juggernaut K103 Kahnawake would translate into the Montreal mainstream. We know today that that answer is yes. The Montreal morning host has done most of the day parts on Montreal radio at the two of the biggest English FM's in the city, Virgin Radio and 92.5 The Beat. Today, he is a host on the former along with Shannon King and Adam Greenberg.

    In this episode, you will hear how Vinny nearly left Montreal on a few occasions, only to have circumstance keep home in his hometown. We also took the time to share our passion and love for Montreal and everything it has offer. Apologies if it gets a little inside with words such as "Dep", "Habs", "Bill 101", "Anglo", "Franco" and an in-depth discussion about how the Quebec star-system towers over Canada's. No apologies offered for the three or four times we randomly started talking about the Montreal Canadiens. (Bruins and Leafs fans might want to skip over this episode and listen in July)

    I had the chance to meet Vinny in 2019 where we chatted about the world of podcast and I really love how he started one with his wife Tina called, "Marriage in the Fast Lane", documenting their transition from single, to newlyweds, to parents.

    Thanks also to the people who make this show possible every week including:

    Promosuite

    Justin Dove at Core Image Studios

    Megatrax

    • 58 min
    Steve Goldstein: How Many Podcasts are there really?

    Steve Goldstein: How Many Podcasts are there really?

    Steve Goldstein and I had a chat for this special bonus episode about how many podcasts there are. REALLY. Steve is the Founder/CEO of Amplifi Media, an audio innovation firm that offers counsel, production, and marketing of voice-first, podcast, and branded audio. Well-known as a thought leader in audio programming, marketing, and management, Steve often speaks about the future of audio at major conferences. He lends his extensive knowledge to the podcast, and illuminates some of the misconceptions about the number of podcasts that really do exist. 

    Click here to watch the livestream of this episode. 

    Click here to read Steve's blog that covers this topic in great depth. There is a lot of great info. 

    • 13 min
    Valerie Geller: Never Lose A Listener

    Valerie Geller: Never Lose A Listener

    Valerie Geller has inspired many to be better broadcasters through her work. Many of those lessons can be found in her 2011 book, Beyond Powerful Radio, the follow up to the 1996 work, Creating Powerful Radio. I would consider this podcast to be incomplete without an episode from Valerie. She is one of the most referenced persons in this series; not only from broadcasters, but now podcasters.

    In this episode, we discuss how her work has become more than about radio, and extends to anyone who is in a performance based industry. I asked her about one of the biggest mistakes podcasters make, how to make them better and what all personalities need to do to be successful long term. I also took a moment to ask about the changes in her life. Valerie is on the road for long periods of time, and that has obviously come to a temporary halt over the last year. We also spoke about the idea of "Never Lose A Listener" which, when you think about it, is a vital concept to podcasters who need to hold listeners from minute zero.

    Thanks also to the people who make this show possible every week including:

    Promosuite

    Justin Dove at Core Image Studios

    Megatrax

    • 45 min
    The Great Radio Reset

    The Great Radio Reset

    Matt goes solo this week with some ideas for the Great Radio Reset. With the pandemic coming to an end and radio stations looking to the future, we've assembled a list of things to think about. Some are some old ideas that should come to fruition, while others where born in the pandemic. As always your feedback is welcome. Here are the links that I promised to list in the episode:

    Pat Holiday's 2015 blog on live and local being overrated.

    Seth Resler's Hash Tag Scavenger Hunt.

    A transcription of the episode is in development and posted on the episode page.

    Thanks also to the people who make this show possible every week including:

    Promosuite

    Justin Dove at Core Image Studios

    Megatrax

    • 12 min
    Skye Pillsbury: Podcast Purist

    Skye Pillsbury: Podcast Purist

    Long before I even knew that Skye was friends with my super close cousin Kingman, I wanted to have her on the show. She was a guest with Sound Off Alum Jim Harold shortly after we all convened on Orlando for Podcast Movement int the before times of 2019. Somehow, I failed to meet Skye. I later received an intro through Kingman to connect and that was more than enough of a sign to do this episode.

    In this episode, you will hear about Skye's podcast journey which goes all the way back to Bay area radio in 1982 when the music scene exploded and stations like KQAK FM 99 would emit eclectic sounds in an MTV era. Skye as reminisces about listening to the radio in the car and hearing the production value that went into NPR programming. It wasn't until 2015 when she connected to audio through podcast; shows like Serial and Gimlet productions had her, and many Americans... hooked. You'll hear about her time in college, through Silicon Valley, her time as a publicist, and her podcast experiences on all sides of the microphone.

    Skye currently writes a newsletter for Hot Pod which you can subscribe to here.

    There is so much more about this episode on our website.

    Thanks also to the people who make this show possible every week including:

    Promosuite

    Justin Dove at Core Image Studios

    Megatrax

    • 53 min

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