I recently wrote about A Dad’s View. It’s a podcast which is a safe place for Dads to openly discuss parenting & family issues, safe from the prying ears of their poor wives.

Bottom line – I’m a huge fan. I downloaded 20 hours of their back catalogue from iTunes and listened to it while commuting to work. I got to know the panel’s personalities, running themes, in-jokes and the layout of the show.

I was therefore gobsmacked on Tuesday to get a DM on Twitter from A Dad’s View founder, Tony, asking me if I’d be a guest on their show to be recorded that night. I agreed (after getting permission from the Mrs, of course).

The tech spec was delivered by podcast host, SpannersReady aka Rich. What I needed was an external mic, headphones, a room with no women in it and a glass / bottle of whisky. As a music producer, I had the mic & headphones and I had my wife’s permission to ask her to leave the room. And the whisky. I was good to go!

Except I wasn’t. The mic wouldn’t work (the pre-amp wasn’t working). The backup mic was awful. The clock was ticking and I only had the laptop mic to work on. Argh! Stress. It would have to do.

I tuned in to the uStream channel where the panel (Tony, Rich & American Dad Matt ‘Trumpets’) were recording a separate podcast, and logged into Skype.

Podcast Panic

Spanners, Tony, Matt Trumpets

Pretty soon, I got the Skype call and we were good to go. My laptop mic wasn’t great but it did the job. I had a bit of prep based on the show’s topic (no spoilers) and awaited my introduction. Once I was on, the whisky helped to get me over any shyness and I waffled away. I was a bit star-struck. I’ve met many, many famous people through the music work & I’ve never been too phased, but these were three guys I’d been listening to day in, day out for a while. Ridiculous? Not at all! Still, they were just three guys, having a drink & shooting the breeze. It was all pretty relaxed and very funny.

The time flew past. It was a blast although I wish I’d jumped in more often. I guess I was being cautious because it was my first time being a guest & I didn’t want to over-stay my welcome. Hell, it was my first time on a podcast! (I did used to present a radio show on XFM for two years, but this is a completely different beast. It’s about the chat, not the tunes. Nowhere to hide!)

After the show,  I got a message to say that the episode would be published in 2-4 weeks and that they’d love for me to come on again. I hope they meant it, because I immediately went online and bought this:

Podcast Panic

Mic stand, pop-shield and lead

I had an absolute blast. I hope I do get asked back, but even if I don’t, a seed has been sown. There will definitely be some audio work going on with Looking for the Postman soon. It may be a podcast, or it may be audio versions of previously posted blogs. Time will tell.

I’ll post an update to let you know when this podcast is online so you can hear the nonsense for yourself. In the meantime, follow A Dad’s View on Facebook and keep up to date with them there.