My 3 Year Old Podcaster
In addition to hosting live trivia events, I started a podcast of the same name about a year and a half ago. I've been an avid podcast listener since about 2009, when I discovered comedians I liked spent an hour a week talking into microphones and posting it for their fans to check out (ie Comedy and Everything Else with Jimmy Dore and Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo). It was like hearing the weekly thoughts of some of my biggest influences, and I loved it. I knew I wanted to start a podcast at some point, and I did in 2011 with Kevin Kellam in Chicago. It was just us BSing with other comics and joking as we went along. It lasted about 30 episodes and then I moved to LA.
Fast forward to now, and I've been putting out the Trivia with Budds podcast weekly for 76 weeks. It comes in many forms; sometimes it's me just asking trivia questions to the listener, sometimes it's two of my friends going head to head in topics they're good at. Sometimes it's me on location at somewhere like Designer Con in Pasadena, or even a live taping at one of my trivia venues. It's one of my favorite things to do because it's always different, and content-wise, I'll never run out of things to ask questions about.
One of my favorite parts about recording the podcast is I mostly get to do it at home. I usually record the main chunk of the episodes on location somewhere, at the guest's house or a local meetup, but the intro and outro are always down the night before I post them. During this prep time, almost always, my daughter Annabelle stops in to "help" me with the podcast.
Her first contribution is checking the mics for me. "Hello hello this is Annabelle "Rosie B" Budds!" Then she'll throw on some headphones and really get down to some solid mixing and editing.
Sometimes I can even get her to help me with an intro or wish everybody a Merry Christmas. It's the sweetest thing ever.
I hope these sessions we have at age 3, just a thousand days into her life or so, will blossom into her own podcasts, projects, and recordings. Whenever she's ready, I know I'll be there on the ones and twos.