As Scott and I prepare for the fourth season of the podcast — dusting cobwebs off our equipment, warming up our phone-banks to call and invite guests, and generally panicking about getting everything ready for your listening pleasure — we have some outstanding news we’d like to share with you.
The story so far…
We wrapped up season three with our live show, an event I can now say we were very uncertain about, but ultimately were thrilled with the way it turned out. The trick, you see, was to invite a bunch of guests — like Erica Viegas, Todd Babiak, Dana DiTomaso, Apocalypse Kow, Liam Creswick, and show-runner Trent Wilkie — and count on them to do the heavy lifting.
After the live show, we recorded an additional show when we were invited by Ryan Jespersen and his delightful crew of television peeps, to participate in Bloggers Week at CityTV. Scott and I had a blast being on the old-timey Cathode Ray Tube Device, and particularly enjoyed our off-camera conversations with the CityTV crew — each and every one of those men and women were super friendly and super professional.
As summer stretched out, and we took a break from it all, we popped our heads up briefly in August to invite new organizations and individuals to sponsor the podcast and the website. And guess what? Some of you totally took the bait (though we’re always looking for more)!
Focus on Focus
If you’re an Edmontonian on Twitter, I’d wager you’re at least a little bit familiar with Sue and Dean Heuman (@focuscom and @dheuman). Aside from being two very kind people, they are extremely progressive thinkers and successful entrepreneurs. They own Focus Communications, a PR agency here in town (though that hardly covers the range of their services).
I got to know Sue and Dean through Twitter, actually, and this has translated into more-than-semi-annual beer meetings, where we discuss all the ways in which we would like to improve Edmonton. The Heumans — aside from having a kick-ass last name which I hope will help project them onto their own reality TV show called “Being Heuman” — leapt at the chance to sponsor our show. And Scott and I are grateful to have them as partners.
Welcome to the Unknown Studio family, Focus!
One of our longest supporters is, of course, Guru Digital Arts College. They’ve been a sponsor of the Unknown Studio since we conceived of the whole sponsorship thing a few years ago. You may have heard the news recently about Guru’s big move into the Mercer Building, which is also home of Startup Edmonton. When Owen “Dumbledore” Brierley first announced the move on our season finale podcast in June, we were very excited for them… So we started talking.
And we talked so much, often direct AT Owen, that Guru finally agreed to give the Unknown Studio space within their own piece of the Mercer Warehouse for a recording studio/office.
Where before we were basically the transients of podcasting — recording our show wherever we could — we now have a permanent home right in the middle of the action happening in the downtown core on 104 Street.
And one of the things we want to do with this space is get other podcasters to come in and record their own shows — say $10 a session to use the space and equipment. The number of Edmonton podcasts that have sprung up over the last year has been phenomenal, and if we can support, teach and learn from each other — which is really what a place like Guru is all about — let’s do it!
Oh, and if you want me or Scott to hang out and be your tech, we can be paid in beer.
We’ll have more details for you soon on how you can book studio time. If you’re interested in using the space (our equipment is pretty high-end and the sound is delightful), email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to our list of people to contact when everything’s all set.
And remember: If you’re interested in sponsoring the Unknown Studio or have ideas for content for the show, email email@example.com.
Image by me! Taken in the Mercer Tavern.