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(Marshal) Podcast with Rob from SuperSpeeders (SuperSpeederRob)

I would like to do a Marshal Podcast.

I’ve expressed my interest before and I would really like to put the wheels in motion to do it for a few reasons. First, no one else is doing it and I think the marshaling community would benefit from having a podcast about the topic of volunteering in Motorsport. And second, I think it would help with recruiting Automotive and Motorsport enthusiasts to actually volunteer (as marshals), wherever they live.

I asked my buddy Rob from SuperSpeeders YouTube channel fame for some advice about starting a podcast and he invited me to check out how he does it with his SuperSpeeders podcast. Great!

To my surprise when I arrived at Rob’s day job at Gotham Dream Cars in Englewood, New Jersey, Rob invited me to jump onto the podcast and put my 2 cents into the topics he was discussion on his most recent episode, which is available for download on ShoutEngine.com:

http://shoutengine.com/SuperSpeeders/episode-9-fixing-the-broken-traffic-system-and-tra-8727

So what have I learned from Rob?

It’s not terribly difficult to do a podcast. It helps having good equipment to record the sessions in a quiet environment without much background noise. But to get the ball rolling we can easily get started with a free tool like Google hangouts.

The topics to cover are infinite. The time will fly without a doubt. And the more people that participate the more interesting the discussion would be.

Of course in our case, the idea is to bring a couple of people from the marshaling world and have them call in on Google chat from Australia, Brazil, Spain, Belgium, etc. And Rob advised me that issues may arise with buffering based on individual people’s internet connection, etc. So there is potential for bugs.

But the key is to go ahead and start doing it.

Listening back to the podcast Rob recorded I noticed that it takes some practice to answer questions more directly. Finding a way to compress the answer from multiple paragraphs into shorter and more meaningful sentences. I certainly didn’t do that when talking about my marshaling experience veering off into a million different tangents while trying to cover a few topics at once.

I’m looking forward to hearing other people’s feedback on what they thought about this podcast to see what we could use and what we could scrap from the #MarshalPodcast idea.

PS. on the way home I took the Palisades Interstate Parkway and while cruising along at 60mph other traffic was blowing past me like I was standing still… Rob isn’t the only one bitching about the artificially low speed limit. Quick Google search resulted in this Change.org petition from a few years ago that tried to deal with this issue: https://www.change.org/p/palisades-interstate-parkway-police-disband-palisades-interstate-park-police Hopefully there will be some changes in Policing in America in the near future to stop law enforcement departments from shaking down random citizens.

Marshal Podcast #MarshalPodcast #MarshalChat

I am looking for a few volunteers to help me with a Marshal Podcast project I’d like to introduce to the marshaling community.

There were a number of positive responses to the thought I shared on the Flag Marshals of the World facebook group, but to make it happen I need a couple of people that would actually engage in conversation with me about various topics as they relate to volunteering in Motorsport through video chat.

Google Hangouts seems like a reasonable technology that we could use, to set up a meetup and record our conversation that would automatically be posted to YouTube.

From that I would also like to create downloadable audio files that people could sync onto their smart phones and listen to their leisure without draining their bandwidth or cellular data.

The way I envision the format of this #MarshalPodcast is to have three (3) to five (5) people call in and talk about up to three (3) pre-determined topics. The discussion would not be scripted in any other way than having introduced the topics in advance so the participants could think about what they would like to say before actually talking about it during the podcast.

The topics I would like to talk about could range from “how do you participate at a certain event” to “what was your experience at a particular event” or “what do you think about this safety feature when marshaling” etc.

I would imagine that participants would change from episode to episode, so that would keep the discussion nice and fresh. The discussion would certainly be open to everyone, so it would be nice to see various international marshals from around the world. As well as people that make guest appearances to discuss a particular event, or to invite marshals through the podcast to participate at the event they are affiliated with.

Participant introductions. Background stories, unique experiences, and other banter would keep the podcast interesting. And I think it could easily be used to promote marshaling to Motorsport enthusiasts that didn’t know this activity was possible.

If anyone would like to join this podcast please reply below or contact me through facebook to organize our next episode. Topic ideas and material is always welcome. I have a feeling we would rely heavily on the Flag Marshals of the World facebook group for content and subjects to discuss. Even doing a digest of things posted on the group would easily fill up a 30 to 60 minute format of the podcast. Anything longer than that would be way too long.

Ideas?

 

Visit Flag Marshals of the World facebook group: click here.