Episode 66: Cultivating a community

May 12 LunchPods, by Jeff Samsonow

I had the great pleasure of talking to Ben Yendall of Tales from the Hydian Way and Trina Shessel from the Northern Nerdcast on stage at the Needle on May 12 during NorthwestFest’s LunchPods series.

Both Ben and Trina have cultivated a community around their podcasts, and are members of Edmonton’s growing and increasingly connected podcasting community. They shared a lot of excellent insights about how and why they got into podcasting, and what they have learned about “community” in all (or at least many) senses of the word.

I also talk a bit about the Alberta Podcast Network, which is now officially in the works thanks to funding from ATB Financial.

This episode is also available in iTunes, on Google Play, on SoundCloud or on Stitcher.

You can hear even more about the Alberta Podcast Network, and ask me anything about it, at the next Edmonton Podcasting Meetup on May 28 at 1 p.m. at Variant Edition Comics and Culture. Register here to attend.

Some other links mentioned in the show:

Some of the other LunchPods sessions have made their way into various feeds:

NorthwestFest is over for this year, but you can see who won the awards, and mark your calendar for more nonfiction fun in May 2018.

P.S. I’ll be on Edmonton AM on Tuesday (May 23) at 6:40 a.m., to talk about the Alberta Podcast Network. Watch @seenandheardyeg for the link when it’s up, if you’re not up.


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Musical credits: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, played by Daniel Veesey, from freemusicarchive.com.


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