September 22nd How To Podcast Workshop

Interested in learning how to make your own podcast? Join us on our September 22nd Podcasting 101 for beginners workshop in Windmill Lane Studios:


 

This one day workshop is designed for podcast beginners and will take participants from idea to online, showing people how to get their own audio show together and online.

We run workshops regularly and can organise bespoke workshops for corporate teams or groups seeking to improve their communication skills. Our own award-winning output spans a wide spectrum of audio-led content, and we’re passionate about sharing our experience and technical expertise. At the Celtic Media Festival 2018 – our Pantisocracy Christmas Special was awarded a prestigious TORC award for Excellence in the ‘Best Radio Magazine Show’ category

> Podcasting 101 covers:

1. What’s a podcast? And why do we love them?
2. What are the most popular formats and genres?
3. What do you need to get started? We show you hand held recorders like Zoom H4 and introduce you to sound recording, microphones and setting up a mini studio.
4. How do you find and tell audio stories?
5. How do you shape an interview?
6. We introduce you to Audacity and the basics of thinking about editing.
7. How do you release and host your podcast? We introduce you to platforms like Anchor which distribute your podcast to 10 platforms including Spotify and iTunes.
8. Why you still need visual content for audio stories and how to think about your website working with your podcast.
9. You become a publisher when you release a podcast so what are the legal and consent issues you need to be aware of?
10. Content management, monitoring and measuring the success of your podcast.
11. Marketing and social media
12. Wrap and recap.
Our one day How to Podcast introduction workshop is limited to 10 people and takes place in Windmill Lane Recording Studios. For further information on our podcasting services, training or when the next course takes place contact us at +353 1 4372395
 

> What our clients say:

‘This course is an absolute must for anyone wanting to create a podcast. Helen and John provided not only excellent up-to-date knowledge of the landscape and how you could shape your idea but all all the technical skills you would need to start a podcast from scratch and get it out there. It was jam-packed with advice on areas such as interviewing and recording to promotion and finding your authentic voice. I left really confident leaving the course that I had enough knowledge to get going. There was so much more packed into the day than I had imagined, making it really excellent value too.’
Suzi Button, CEO, Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation www.foundation.lornabyrne.com (Podcasting 101 Workshop, May 2019)
‘I was impressed by how much useful information I was able to absorb in just one day! I highly recommend this course, it is a great way to get you started on your podcast journey!’
Maggie, Marketing Manager (Podcasting 101 Workshop, May 2019)
‘Just letting you know – your podcasting 101 workshop in March was inspiring – anyone who is thinking “you know what, I should do a podcast?!” should go!’
Caroline Swords (Podcasting 101 Workshop, March 2019)
‘Very inspiring. A whistlestop tour of everything you need to know to start podcasting along with lots of resources and tools for self-directed learning. An excellent insider overview of the industry, platform, formats and revenue models.’
Joy Redmond, joyredmond.com (Podcasting 101 Workshop, March 2019)
‘Concise but comprehensive introduction to podcasting. Left feeling inspired and ready to take the next steps!’
Marie O’Sullivan (Podcasting 101 Workshop, March 2019)
‘A great workshop that de-mystified the technical aspects of podcasting and provided insights into wider aspects such as interviewing, storytelling and getting your podcasts out into the world.’
Fionnuala Broughan, Communications Manager, Léargas (Podcasting 101 Workshop, February 2019)
‘A very useful, all-round introduction to podcasting and all it entails, and an inspiring and enjoyable day!’
Dr Anthea Lacchia, TCD (Podcasting 101 Workshop, February 2019)
‘The Podcasting workshop helped to demystify the approach, the idea and the technical know how needed to make your own Podcast. Felt on leaving the event I was well equipped to start my own personal your of podcasting. The manuals and information. provided are extensive also.’
Jacinta Murray, jacintachristy.com (Podcasting 101 Workshop, February 2019)
‘I loved the workshop! Helen and John made podcasting very accessible. The workshop was very practical, the day flew by, and I left with very clear next steps and the confidence I needed in order to get started!’
Esther Curiel (Podcasting 101 Workshop, November 2018)
‘A well-prepared and informative workshop that gave me the confidence I needed to get started with my podcast plus a wealth of useful complimentary online resources was supplied. I highly recommend!’
Liz Gleeson (Podcasting 101 Workshop, November 2018) podcast: Shapes of Grief
‘A great all-round course. Balance was exactly right in that I got enough information to start experimenting but not so much that I felt overwhelmed or intimidated.’
Carissa Casey, Print Journalist (Podcasting 101 Workshop, November 2018)
‘I found this day really helpful in getting me thinking in a more focused way about what it is I want to achieve with a podcast. I also found it opened my eyes to so many different styles of podcasts, avenues in which you can take projects and the variety of options available. I learnt a lot in terms of set up, equipment and the software involved and I would definitely recommend this workshop for anyone just starting out.’
Naomi Sturdy-Elements Yoga (Podcasting 101 Workshop, November 2018) podcast: Heart of the Matter
‘This workshop was very engaging, it opened my eyes to the depth of the podcast world and network. John was very friendly, approachable and it was really interesting to hear his stories from working in the industry. I definitely left feeling like I had the tools and understanding to go forward and actually make my idea for a podcast into a reality.’
Michelle Shannon (Podcasting 101 Workshop, Maynooth Library, October 2018)
‘This workshop provided an interesting and engaging introduction to podcasting. I now feel ready to make my own work. Thank you John.’
Maebh O Regan (Podcasting 101 Workshop, Maynooth Library,October 2018)
‘I found the workshop very enjoyable and came away inspired and full of ideas for my own podcasts.’ Hayley Reynolds, Library Assistant & copywriter (Podcasting 101 Workshop, Maynooth Library, October 2018)
‘For someone who was totally new to podcasting, this course was an ideal introduction for me. I felt very comfortable in a learning environment that encouraged the sharing of ideas from participants from a diverse range of backgrounds, supported by experienced facilitators. I now feel confident enough to give podcasting a go!’
Paul Hamill, Learning Specialist, Irish League of Credit Unions. (Podcasting 101 Workshop, September 2018)
‘Could not have been better as a entry point to podcasting with enough to get you up and running very quickly. Informative, engaging and fun’
Ronan Kavanagh (Podcasting 101 Workshop, September 2018)

‘The workshop delivered by Athena Media offers novice podcasters a great opportunity to explore how they can devise and produce strong audio content in a very accessible manner.’
Orla Sheils, Communications Manager, Inland Fisheries Ireland (Podcasting 101 Workshop, September 2018)
‘This workshop provided a fantastic, informative, supportive and really enjoyable space in which to learn more about podcasting. It opened up exciting possibilities for all of us’
Roisin Boyd (Podcasting 101 Workshop, June 2018)
‘Great course. Helen and John really knew what they were talking about . Very accessible to people who haven’t done podcasting before.’
Alan Fox (Podcasting 101 Workshop, June 2018)
‘The podcast workshop was full of excellent content introducing us to a huge range of podcasts to listen to and learn from. The technical demonstration was very helpful as a starting point as was the advice to begin with pilot projects and then critique and improve. The advice was very practical and empowering. It was an excellent experience.’
Mary McFadden – Music Teacher (Podcasting 101 Workshop, June 2018)
“Kerrie recommended the super ‘How to #Podcast – Telling Audio Stories Online’ workshop with Athena Media and it was excellent. I’m totally fired up to get making now, I’ve no excuse!

I’ve no excuse.

Aw crap. I miss having excuses.”
Doireann Markham (Podcasting 101 Workshop, June 2018)


‘I felt that the fusion of Helen’s knowledge of podcasting acquired from being a pioneer of the medium , her ability to convey some of the more nebulous aspects with clarity and enthusiasm married with John’s technological nous was a winning combo, looking forward to close reading the notes this weekend and getting my first podcast into the ether.’
Anne O Neill (Podcasting 101 Workshop)

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the day. The studio setting in Windmill Lane was perfect. The course brought together a very friendly, creative group of people, with different levels of skill and experience. Teaching was well paced and easy to follow for someone like myself with very rudimentary technical skills. I learned exactly what I needed to begin producing my own podcasts and I was introduced to a range of equipment to get me started.’
Dr. Tony Bates, Psychologist (Podcasting 101 Workshop)

‘I would highly recommend the ‘Podcasting 101 Workshop’ to anyone with an interest in creating and producing high quality podcasts. The training and resources received were excellent, and having the opportunity to share information and ideas with participants from a wide variety of professional backgrounds really enriched the experience. Thanks to Helen, John and Pearse for running a very professional and inspiring workshop!’
Stephanie Ford, IRC Postgraduate Scholar, Dept. of Music, Maynooth University (Podcasting 101 Workshop November 2017)

May 26th Podcasting Workshop

Interested in learning how to make your own podcast? Join us on our May 26th Podcasting 101 for beginners workshop in Windmill Lane Studios:

May


Podcasting 101 – May 26th Introductory Workshop

This one day workshop is designed for podcast beginners and will take participants from idea to online, showing people how to get their own audio show together and online. The workshop will cover how to record using a mobile recorder like a Zoom H4n and participants will be encouraged to bring a mobile recorder to the workshop. It will introduce people to basic editing and show people how to release their audio online.

Make Better Podcasts – New Intermediate Podcast Workshop

Interested in learning how to make your own podcast? Join us on our March 24th Podcasting 101 – Introductory Workshop or Make Better Podcasts – April 7th Workshop for intermediate podcasters workshops in Windmill Lane Studios:

Podcasting 101 – March 24th Introductory Workshop

This one day workshop is designed for podcast beginners and will take participants from idea to online, showing people how to get their own audio show together and online. The workshop will cover how to record using a mobile recorder like a Zoom H4n and participants will be encouraged to bring a mobile recorder to the workshop. It will introduce people to basic editing and show people how to release their audio online.

Make Better Podcasts – April 7th Workshop for previous Podcasting 101 attendees/intermediate podcasters

Are you podcasting/ Do you want to improve the sound and quality of your podcast and find a bigger audience? This workshop is aimed at people who have completed our one day introduction to podcasting, How to Podcast or Podcasting 101, and who have begun audio recording or shaping a podcast and want to take it to the next level. Make Better Podcasts is an intensive half-day session to help improve the sound, quality and direction of your podcast and to help you find your audience.

Podcasting 101 Workshop – November 18th 2018

 

Have a Dream Podcast you want to make?

 

Then join us at Windmill Lane Recording Studios on Sunday November 18th for an empowering day of training, covering everything from storytelling strategy, recording+editing, to distributing your content and getting your story heard.


Athena Media is an award winning digital audio agency and it’s the force behind Podcasting Ireland. We’ve been making podcasts since 2006 and have run sponsored audio podcast channels in both music and speech.

 
Our own award-winning output spans a wide spectrum of audio-led content, and we’re passionate about sharing our experience and technical expertise.
At the Celtic Media Festival 2018 – our Pantisocracy Christmas Special was awarded a prestigious TORC award for Excellence in the ‘Best Radio Magazine Show’ category


 
 
Our podcasts include The Family of Things hosted by Helen Shaw who will lead this workshop and our regular radio/podcast shows including PantisocracyWilde Stories and Vocal Chords – with over 200 uploads on our Soundcloud channel.

This one day workshop is designed for podcast beginners and will take participants from idea to online, showing people how to get their own audio show together and online.

The workshop will cover how to record using a mobile recorder like a Zoom H4 and participants will be encouraged to bring a mobile recorder to the workshop. It will introduce people to basic editing and show people how to release their audio online.

> What previous attendees say:
‘This workshop provided a fantastic, informative, supportive and really enjoyable space in which to learn more about podcasting. It opened up exciting possibilities for all of us’
Roisin Boyd (Podcasting 101 Workshop, June 2018)
‘Great course. Helen and John really knew what they were talking about . Very accessible to people who haven’t done podcasting before.’
Alan Fox (Podcasting 101 Workshop, June 2018)
‘The podcast workshop was full of excellent content introducing us to a huge range of podcasts to listen to and learn from. The technical demonstration was very helpful as a starting point as was the advice to begin with pilot projects and then critique and improve. The advice was very practical and empowering. It was an excellent experience.’
Mary McFadden – Music Teacher (Podcasting 101 Workshop, June 2018)


‘I felt that the fusion of Helen’s knowledge of podcasting acquired from being a pioneer of the medium , her ability to convey some of the more nebulous aspects with clarity and enthusiasm married with John’s technological nous was a winning combo, looking forward to close reading the notes this weekend and getting my first podcast into the ether.’
Anne O Neill (Podcasting 101 Workshop)

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the day. The studio setting in Windmill Lane was perfect. The course brought together a very friendly, creative group of people, with different levels of skill and experience. Teaching was well paced and easy to follow for someone like myself with very rudimentary technical skills. I learned exactly what I needed to begin producing my own podcasts and I was introduced to a range of equipment to get me started.’
Dr. Tony Bates, Psychologist (Podcasting 101 Workshop)

The workshop venue is in Pulse College at Windmill Lane Recording Studios.

For more in-depth information about our training services head to our Training Page.

Vocal Chords In Conversation with Peggy Seeger – available as podcast/stream

In a new instalment of Vocal Chords – Iarla Ó Lionáird meets folk singer Peggy Seeger at her home in Oxford to explore her life’s journey in song and song composition. Peggy talks of her childhood growing up under the influence of her older half brother Peter Seeger and in a home where legendary singers like Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie would visit to meet her parents, song collectors and composers Charles Seeger and Ruth Crawford Seeger.

 

Listen back to the episode in full

 

 

Peggy met, and later married folk singer and writer Ewan MacColl, and she shares her experience of working with Ewan from the late 1950s until his death in the late 1980s. Since then Peggy has continued to write and perform and she now works with her musician sons Neill and Calum and she is now in a civil partnership with Irene Pyper Scott, a Northern Irish singer she first met in 1964 in Belfast.

 

For more about the making of the episode check out our LinkedIn Blog – “Meeting Peggy”.

peggyseeger.com for more about Peggy Seeger

iarla.com for more about Iarla Ó Lionáird

 

New Edition of Vocal Chords – featuring Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill

Iarla Ó Lionáird meets sisters Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, two of Ireland’s most respected traditional singers,

and shares a conversation of family, song and language with them; from the stories of their father, the singer and folk song collector Aodh Ó Domhnaill, and his sister, the blind singer Neilí Ni Domhnaill, natives of Rann na Feirste, Donegal, to their own roots in the Meath Gaeltacht.

In this segment from the upcoming documentary feature Iarla talks to the sisters about that journey back to Donegal when they were children, to what they see as their spiritual home, and how their Dad would tip them sixpence for the first sighting of Errigal. In the piece you hear the song Níl sé ina lá that the sisters learnt as girls from their Aunt Neilí and recorded by them on the album Idir an Dá Sholas.

The full episode will be broadcast at 7pm on May 5th on RTÉ Lyric fm.

This feature documentary, in the award winning Vocal Chords series, is a unique insight into a family whose work has played a profound part in preserving the traditional culture and soundscape of Ireland and gives an intimate portrait of sisters, and singers, who share a deep and instinctive bond in song and life.

From their first band Skara Brae, with their late brother Micheal, the sisters share their work together and separately, Tríona in the ground-breaking Bothy Band and Maighread in her acclaimed solo work. They sing together for Iarla a song once sung by their late Aunty Neili and collected by Maighread’s husband and traditional music devotee, Cathal Goan.

Vocal Chords is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Lyric fm made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the TV licence fee.

The producer is Helen Shaw, The audio editor is Pearse Ó Caoimh. The digital editor is John Howard.

Photo image by Helen Shaw – all rights in Vocal Chords, recordings and images, rests with Athena Media Ltd. athenamedia.ie

Pantisocracy Episode 6 available as Podcast

In Episode 6 of Pantisocracy (aired during a Halloween daytime slot of 2pm, Monday October 31st), Panti’s guests in her chamber in this show were novelist John Boyne, (author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Amanullah De Sondy, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam University College Cork, Sligo based Illustrator Annie West, singer Hozier and the actor and singer Bronagh Gallagher. Bronagh offers a song to the cabaret with a performance of ‘Hand on My Heart’ and Hozier sings his song ‘To Be Alone’.


Subscribe / Listen to the extended Director’s Cut of Pantisocracy Episode 6

As ever, more information and additional content is available at pantisocracy.ie.
We’re also delighted to be able to announce that Episode 7 of #Pantisocracy will be broadcast on Christmas Day at 6pm! Panti’s monologue might be elevated to the status of our very own Queen’s Speech. Full details of the episode’s guests will be confirmed shortly so stay tuned.

 


 
 

Hozier performing ‘To Be Alone’ from Pantisocracy – Episode 6 from Athena Media on Vimeo.


 
 

 
 

 

 

 

Cross Currents – 3 Part Series on Contemporary Irish Composers for RTÉ lyric fm

WHAT ARE THE INFLUENCES WHICH SHAPED MODERN IRISH COMPOSERS?

A THREE-PART SERIES ON RTÉ LYRIC FM NARRATED BY BARRY MCGOVERN AIRING AT 7PM ON FRIDAYS 9TH, 16TH AND 23RD OF SEPTEMBER 2016.

The 1970s was a defining period for music in Ireland with a number of major talents blossoming. Roger Doyle produced his first LPs; Raymond Deane and Gerald Barry traveled to study at the very epicentre of new music in Cologne, Germany, studying with Stockhausen and Kagel; and Jane O’Leary arrived in Ireland from the US, establishing Ireland’s first contemporary music ensemble, Concorde.

This was the era in which contemporary Irish music came of age, shedding its self-conscious often nationalist image, and becoming internationally focussed, in keeping with the wider political and economic shift in Ireland after it joined the European Economic Community.

Cross Currents is a landmark three-part music documentary series, narrated by award-winning actor Barry McGovern, exploring contemporary Irish composers and their work. Produced by Athena Media in association with the Contemporary Music Centre and RTÉ lyric fm, the last 50 years have seem Irish composition flourish as young Irish composers look to Europe and beyond to re-imagine an Irish identity in music, paralleling many of the societal and economic shifts in post-de Valera Ireland. After the ‘nation-building’ period of Seán Ó Riada’s music and the watermark 50th anniversary of the 1916 Rising in 1966, a new generation of musicians and writers sought to explore their identity within the influence of continental Europe.

Episode 1 of the series airs at 7pm Friday the 9th of September on RTÉ lyric fm. Detailed background on the series and composers at crosscurrents.ie.

Wilde Stories – Episode 1 now available for download

Wilde Stories our radio series inspired by Oscar Wilde’s collection of fairytales The Happy Prince and Other Tales has now begun airing on RTÉ Lyric FM, for the ‘Lyric Feature’ – on Friday evenings at 7pm for the next few weeks, with Episode 2 (centred on the story of ‘The Devoted Friend’, read by Lauren Coe going to air this Friday the 15th of July.
Episode 1 was broadcast last week and is now available to download via iTunes.
 
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Shelter from Athena Media on Vimeo.

Wilde Stories – new iTunes Podcast channel/RSS Feed

Wilde Stories is an artistic transmedia project around Oscar Wilde‘s collection of fairytales The Happy Prince and Other Tales. This Athena Media project brings together Irish artists including composer Michael Gallen and visual artist Felicity Clear, to re-imagine the stories in a broadcast collaboration with RTÉ lyric fm.

In anticipation for the release of the full episodes this Summer, an iTunes channel/RSS Feed has been established for Wilde Stories, where listeners can access a number of short promo features, with readings by Lauren Coe, Brian Gleeson and Robert Sheehan. As the episodes go to air, the full length radio programmes will be uploaded to the iTunes channel to stream and download.

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Wilde Stories – Taster : 'High Above the City' – Support our Wilde Imagination from Athena Media on Vimeo.