Three locally owned radio stations — KLOG, Cookin’ Country and 101.5 The Wave — started a podcast network Monday to help residents produce podcasts without the need to purchase their own equipment.
“Many people have great ideas for podcasts, but may not want to invest in the equipment, or know the steps to take to get started,” general manager John Paul said in a press release Monday. “The Cowlitz Podcast Network will make it easy to be your outlet for producing and promoting your podcast.”
The stations had many people reach out and ask about borrowing studio space to make podcasts, Paul said. While there are national podcast networkers, there’s a hole locally, he said.
Paul said he started considering the idea last year and began putting the studio together several weeks ago.
Several people already have contacted the network, and Paul said he hopes a handful of podcasts will be ready to put on the website in the next month or so.
Local nonprofits, experts in a field or anyone with a great idea for a podcast can rent the network’s podcast studio, which includes multiple mics and editing software, according to the release.
Once a podcast is complete, the network will use the marketing arm of the three stations and digital advertising to market the podcasts, the release states. Podcasters will have to play network sponsors in their podcasts, but also can sell additional sponsors and keep 100% of that revenue, according to the network’s website.
The podcast studio is open on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Rental fees are $20 per one-hour session and $15 per one-hour session for nonprofits.
Those interested can learn more at www.cowlitzpodcast.com.