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WAYWO.TV is an audio only podcast that’s meant to provide a safe and welcoming space for creators of all kinds to promote their projects.
Please take a moment to review the information on this page for a smooth and successful appearance on the show.
Every episode of the podcast can be found here and where all podcasts are available.
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Listen, I’ve done a lot of podcast interviews.
This is the page I wish every podcast provided their guest so that you’ll have everything you need to make the best show possible.
So, here’s my guest info page.
Ahead of your appearance, please read this. I’ll know if you did. There’s a test at the end. 😉
About Your Host & The Show
I’m B.J. I’m an author with a couple of books, and two more ghostwritten ones, under my belt. You can read my first book, “Social Media Is Bullshit” (from St. Martin’s Press) here for free as a .pdf.
These days, I live in Harriman, New York, where I help take care of my two elderly parents and two mentally disabled brothers.
I have my hands full. But. Some day, I hope to write for television.
Why am I telling you this!?
You should know who you’re talking to and why they do what they do, you know?
In my case, I just wanted to put together a short, fun little show that was educational and funny for my fellow creators.
There’s a lot of anxiety around having to promote your new stuff.
So this show is a nice little oasis you can go to and plug whatever you’d like without any guilt.
As an added bonus, a lot of creators listen to this show too.
A thing I’ve heard often from them is that, when you create, you often feel like you’re alone. So this show helps in sharing the struggle all creators go through. It helps us all feel less alone.
Together, you and I are building a support system for our fellow creatives.
Do You Need Equipment?
If you need external headphones, a web cam, or a simple USB microphone for the interview, I recommend:
Audio-Technica ATH-M20X Headphones,
The links above are not affiliate links.
Any set of headphones will do. You do not need the ones mentioned above.
I STRONGLY encourage you to use headphones and a microphone for our interview.
If we run into issues editing your audio because you did not use headphones, we may not be able to air your episode. 🙁
When Will My Episode Air?
I try to keep the conversation as evergreen as possible so that we can air the episodes as we get the chance to edit them. But if you have something you want to promote that’s happening right now, or happening very soon, let me know and we’ll move it up in the system.
Getting Ready For The Interview:
5 days before our interview
You’ll get some pre-interview questions emailed to you.
If you’re interested, and if you have the time, you can write out your answers and email them back to me.
You do not have to do this.
I like to send these questions in advance because it helps to get you thinking of the best stuff to say when we talk, and your answers also help me do my research and preparation before you arrive.
We’ve had a lot of great conversations come out of those pre-show questions, so I hope you’ll take the time to answer them if you can.
1 day before our interview
You’ll get a reminder to come to check out this page.
(Hi again, if you’re reading this for a second time.)
646-331-8341 is my phone number. Text me the day before the show with your number.
Don’t worry. I won’t bother you with texts.
This is just so that we can quickly coordinate in the event of a technical issue. They are rare, but they do happen, and texting is the fastest way to troubleshoot these issues when they happen.
For example, and this is important if you have a Rode Microphone: There seems to be an issue with Riverside and Rode Microphones. I don’t know how to fix it. 🙁
So, please use another microphone if you have a Rode.
How to Join Me In The Studio
On the day of the show, you’ll get a reminder that morning, and then an hour before showtime.
Here is the link to join me in the studio in the event you didn’t get an email: https://riverside.fm/studio/earths-temporary-solution?t=40765af46e4e4ee40a1a
Using your laptop is the best way to record our interview. You’ll want to close all your programs except Google Chrome and make sure Chrome is fully up to date.
Here’s how to check if you have the latest version of Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome. (Click here to download Google Chrome if needed.)
- Click the three dots icon on the top right.
- Click Update Google Chrome. If this button is not visible, that means you are on the latest version of the browser.
- Click Relaunch to update Google Chrome.
- An alternative way to do this is to click the three dots icon and click About Google Chrome.
Now Google Chrome will begin to update itself automatically. Once the update has been downloaded, click Relaunch.
One quick note: Riverside does all the recording work for us, so don’t worry about recording anything on your end.
All you gotta do is continue reading this page.
Riverside will ask you if you’d like to turn your camera on for our interview. Please note that we will not air or use the videos of the interview without your permission. I like having the camera on so that I can see you, as I think that makes for the best recording. But please know you do NOT need to use your camera or turn it on when Riverside asks. 🙂
When you join me in the studio, I’ll say hello, and make sure we can see and hear each other. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have about the show before I hit record.
The show is not recorded live, so if you want to re-answer something or rephrase something, just let me know. These are totally relaxed, and calm recording sessions.
When we start recording, I’ll ask you to introduce yourself and tell us what you’re working on.
Depending on the flow of the conversation at about ten minutes, I’ll switch gears and start asking you some of the following questions.
We may never get to these questions, and that’s ok.
If I think what we’re talking about is fun and useful to our listeners, I’ll just let us go until the end.
Here are the questions I may ask you:
Can you describe your creative process?
What’s the best piece of advice you ever got?
What advice would you give a creator watching this show?
Who changed your life?
Whose work do you admire that you’d love to give a spotlight to?
What’s something you would say to your younger self, knowing what you know now?
A lot of podcasts will wait until the end of the interview to ask their guests for their socials and links. This is a mistake because you don’t know when a listener has checked out of the episode.
So before I get to the last question, I’ll ask you for this info.
Then I’ll ask, “What’s one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview and haven’t been yet.”
After you answer, I’ll press stop on the recording.
A Note For Fellow Podcasters
If you’re coming on WAYWO.TV to plug your podcast, I’ll ask you what episode listeners should start with when they are checking out your show.
Please have one or two episodes at the ready that you can mention when I ask you this and tell us why those episodes are the ones you want to recommend.
Note: Right now, WAYWO is run by a VERY small staff. But once we start updating the show notes, I will include links to the podcast episodes you’d like to recommend, so please send those links my way. 🙂
When I Say Goodbye and Hang Up …
Don’t close your Riverside.fm tab.
Riverside.fm needs a few minutes to finish uploading the recording from your device. If you leave before it’s done, part of our interview may be lost.
So wait until Riverside says you’ve reached 100%, and then you can safely close the tab.
Thank you for reading this.
Not all my guests do, and I have to say the episodes we’ve recorded where the guests have taken the time to read this, it makes all the difference between a good show and a great show.
You can tell, as you listen to episodes of the show, who read this page and who didn’t. 😉
Hopefully, I’ve answered all your questions.
I can’t wait to chat with you.
Oh. One last thing …
Please text me at 646-331-8341with a yes or no to the following question:
Can you introduce me (BJ) to Melissa O’Neil from ABC’s The Rookie?
What? Why Are You Asking Me This?!
I was reading “Influence Is Your Super Power” by Dr. Zoe Chance, it’s a terrific book. (That book link is an affiliate link, like all the other book references on this website.)
One of the things Dr. Chance talks about is asking. Specifically, we’re bad at asking for the things we want in life.
So, I thought I’d follow Dr. Chance’s advice, and I hope I can encourage you to do the same.
That’s the test.
If you send me a text with a yes or no answer, that’s how I’ll know you read all this.
Feel free to keep my number.
Just don’t call me!
I will only answer my phone and talk to Melissa O’Neil.
Ok. I’ll shut up now.
It’s how I keep my sanity around here.
Thank you for reading this.
I hope it wasn’t too painful. I just want to make things in life as simple as possible.
Time is the most valuable thing we have, and I want to be mindful not to waste yours.