Many people have asked about what goes into the making of an episode of On The air, and so I thought I'd share about the development and production process.
Similar to an implementation plan that would be written up for a client as part of the occupational therapy process, I have a written plan that I use as a guide both for the podcast overall and for each episode. The overall plan is formatted as a table, with a row for each episode and a column for the number and title of each episode that is planned or in the works, the name and contact information of the guest, the guest's bio, and resources and ideas to be discussed and shared on the episode. From each row, I create a guide for that episode that has a list of ideas for questions and topics I plan to discuss with the guest during the interview. I always end up adding to and/or changing up this plan at least a little bit during the recording session, based on how the conversation goes and things the guest brings up in our talk.
Guests that are in the Memphis area are invited to come to the Podcast Recording Studio at the Teaching & Learning Center on campus at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; those who are not able to come to the studio are invited to connect virtually at a time when I am in the TLC studio. Technical assistance and advisement for the show is provided by Digital Media Specialist Dwayne Butcher, who also serves as a consultant and motivator for me in the making of each show.
Once the guest and I connect for the interview session, Dwayne does his magic on the digital recording and sends the digital file to me, and then I upload it and add in the details on the web-based host site I'm using as well as on this website. Both sites allow for scheduled releases, which means I am able to choose a time in the future at which the episode will be released on the website as well as through iTunes and Stitcher.
I am very appreciative of Dwayne's support and expertise and of the willingness and generosity of those who agree to serve as guests on the show, and I hope this is something we can continue for a long time into the future!
I just came from my first session in the podcast recording studio and now have recorded the sound bite for the intro and outro of the podcast! Never before have I thought so intensely about intonation and inflection on individual words or how breathing and posture impact the sound of my voice. I got to see the inner-workings of the audio recording process - very impressive - and had a little coaching on how to make what I say flow better. I didn't expect to be as nervous as I was during the recording session - - or as excited as I am afterwards! The recording genius, Dwayne, who's helping and advising me along the way will add music to the clip, and then we'll be ready to move forward.
The recording session for Episode One is scheduled for next week, with the tentative release date set for Sept. 1. Stay tuned!
Hi! My name is Stephanie Lancaster, and I am the host of the On The air podcast. I have been practicing as an occupational therapist for over 25 years and am now on the faculty of a Master's degree level occupational therapy program. As a podcast enthusiast and a lifelong learner, I enjoy learning and connecting with others through podcasts and have wanted to start a podcast about OT for a couple of years. I'm so excited that it's finally coming to fruition and look forward to connecting with many others who are interested in and/or working in the field of OT.