Podcast Junkies was born out of a genuine interest in and curiosity for this growing league of podcast hosts. It's hosted by Harry Duran. It features wide-ranging, authentic and sometimes candid interviews with this family of voices behind the microphone. The shows themselves cover a variety of topics such as Business, Finance Entrepreneurism, History, Comedy, Storytelling and more. Podcast Junkies explores the motivations behind the podcast's inception and allows the listener to connect on a more personal level with some of their favorite hosts.
252 Shelby Stanger - Not Sitting Still: Podcasting, Surfing and Finding Answers in the Ocean
Journalist, adventurer and podcast creator, Shelby Stanger joins the show to talk about her background in journalism, her passion for surfing and how she initially got involved in podcasting. Shelby is the host of the award-winning outdoor podcast, Wild Ideas Worth Living, which she sold to REI and remains a host as of January 2020. Currently, she is advising major brands and driven individuals on how to start, grow and monetize their own podcasts, and has a brand new show, Vitamin Joy about health and humor. In this episode, Harry and Shelby discuss Shelby’s growth as a podcast host, how to secure sponsorships for your podcast and overcoming challenges such as Imposter Syndrome.
251 Dustin Miller - Understanding Polymaths
Polymath and innovator Dustin Miller joins the show to discuss his background as an entrepreneur and a content creator. Dustin is the host of The Polymath PolyCast, a show for the polymathic, the entrepreneurial, the multipotentialites, and the Innovators. In this episode, Harry and Dustin discuss a multitude of different topics, from the growing community of polymaths to existential crises. Dustin shares some of the exciting projects he’s working on and how he’s grown as a podcast host and interviewer.
250 Racheal Cook - Fired Up, Focused & Ready for More
Author, speaker and business growth strategist, Racheal Cook joins the show to talk about her fascinating entrepreneurial journey. Racheal is an award winning business strategist who believes entrepreneurship doesn’t have to be so complicated. Through her signature online mastermind, The CEO Collective, she helps women entrepreneurs to start and scale businesses without the hustle and burnout. Racheal is also the host of Promote Yourself to CEO, a podcast that showcases conversations about stepping into your role as CEO of your business and practical, profitable strategies to grow a sustainable business. In this episode, Harry and Racheal touch on how to build a loyal community, Racheal’s natural ability as a connector and the importance of self-care and creating positive, lasting habits.
249 Stacey Simms - Don’t Be Afraid to Sound Awkward
Broadcaster, author and podcaster, Stacey Simms joins the show to talk about her podcast Diabetes Connections, a show that interviews Type-1 diabetes advocates, authors and speakers and asks hard questions of healthcare companies and tech developers. Stacey is a well-known and highly regarded speaker who has addressed groups on topics including diabetes, parenting and media. She is an award-winning radio news host and TV anchor/reporter with more than 20 years of broadcast news experience. In this episode, Harry and Stacey talk about Stacey’s background in journalism, the way she structures her podcast interviews and the importance of above-board ethics and being honest with your listeners as it pertains to sponsorships. Stacey opens up her son’s diagnosis with Type-1 Diabetes, her career path and how she has grown as a podcast host.
248 Christine Blackburn - The Ingenuity of Podcasting with Podcast Ambassador
Content creator, storyteller and podcast ambassador, Christine Blackburn joins the show to share her vast experience in the podcast industry. Christine is the creator and host of Story Worthy, a show where Hollywood’s most talented people in the entertainment industry share true, personal stories. Past Story Worthy guests include Larry King, Sugar Ray Leonard, Kevin Nealon, Ed Asner, Adam Carolla and Matt Oswalt. Christine also is the host of Story Smash, the Storytelling Game Show that airs Live on Facebook and YouTube on Fridays. In this episode, Harry and Christine discuss the business end of podcasting, from sponsors and ad reads to editing and creating content. Christine highlights some of the key takeaways from her presentation at Podcast Movement and shares the struggles and triumphs of navigating this fascinating space.
247 Stephanie Fuccio - Ex-Pat & Pro-Pod
Freelance podcast audio editor, producer and host, Stephanie Fuccio joins the show to share her extensive background in podcasting. To call Stephanie an avid podcaster would be a gross understatement. She is the host of all seven Geopats Podcasts that range from topics on Reflections to Coffee. She is also the founder of Podcast Review Day (PodRevDay), a group that posts podcast reviews on the 8th of every month in order to recognize the hard work and dedication of podcasters everywhere. In this episode, Harry and Stephanie share how they’ve both grown as podcast hosts and interviewers, the impressive number of podcast projects Stephanie is working on and lessons she’s learned from her time working in the podcast industry.