If you listened to FIR 465 on Monday, or you subscribe to the FIR blog posts RSS feed, youâ€™ll know that I wonâ€™t be co-presenting todayâ€™s episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report podcast with Shel.
Instead, youâ€™ll have the opportunity of enjoying the participation of guest co-host Kami Watson Huyse, a public relations consultant based in Houston, Texas, principal of virtual agency My PR Pro, active in social media circles and a long-time blogger.
Weâ€™ve had a few other instances in recent weeks where Iâ€™ve not been able to co-host our twice-weekly show. Itâ€™s more usually been the other way around, with Shelâ€™s travels and schedules more often producing a solo performance from me.
Which brings me to a question Iâ€™ve been asked a few times recently â€“ when I do a solo show, how come I donâ€™t do what Shel does when heâ€™s solo, which is to get a guest co-host, as heâ€™s doing with todayâ€™s show?
The straightforward answer is largely a tech-related one. Basically, Shelâ€™s hardware-based rig and overall setup (hereâ€™s his travel rig to give you a good idea) means heâ€™s able to bring in different elements of a show â€“ other co-host live via Skype, recorded contributor reports, listener comments, etc â€“ as a seamless whole and capture a one-hour show with all those elements in one single-pass recording.
In contrast, I donâ€™t use any of that hardware â€“ my rig is a Sony Vaio laptop PC, microphone and headphones, Adobe Audition 3, and thatâ€™s about it: Iâ€™m not as passionate about the hardware as Shel is.
So I focus on assembling the pre-recorded elements of a show including my recording, Shelâ€™s contributions, reports, comments, etc, in editing mode to mix and produce the content as a final MP3 file which I then publish. I guess itâ€™s the assembly of the elements that appeals greatly to me. (As a kid, I loved Meccano, Hornby 00 trainsets and Lego and, when a bit older, was more interested in producing plays in my amateur dramatics society than acting in them: go figure.)
That set-up doesnâ€™t allow at all for a live co-host. What I have done in the past is grab a segment with someone via Skype if theyâ€™re available â€“ like this one with Bryan Person last October â€“ which I record beforehand and then add into the show when I edit and assemble.
So relax and enjoy todayâ€™s FIR with Shel and guest co-host Kami Watson Huyse, and Iâ€™ll be back on Monday. Canâ€™t wait!