For a few weeks now we have been broadcasting live every Wednesday night on Spreaker.com with Lolocaust In Your Lugholes, and as I have stated many times before it was a decision that was not a natural move for the site, or myself personally, but whatever the road was that took us down that path we are now on that route and doing rather well.
With six shows – of varying length and quality – in the bag I thought I’d put finger to key and give you a little feedback on how the experience has been for us, and whether or not it’s actually been a beneficial expenditure of energy.
For the uninitiated, Spreaker gives folks a free service that enables a live web radio show to be put out, giving users a basic mixing desk on which pre-prepared samples and clips can be dropped in live, while volume controls bring an element of balance and there are options to take in audio from Skype calls to enable guests on shows with very little issue.
The Monday Movie Show guys started the ball rolling with their show on a – you guessed it – Monday night, followed closely by the chaps at The Games Cast with their popular Tuesday night show. The pressure from these peers took us by the hand and led us to test out the potential for a show, which was something we had considered following our one and only full-length podcast that we put out a few years ago, and soon enough we decided to run a series of six episodes, of which we are ‘officially’ on episode three.
At first the nerves were kicking in before putting out the tests, but now that’s passed it has become somewhat more polished and balanced, and much improved thanks to DalekSex sorting out some musical introductions, comedic buffers and stings. These audio additions ensured that the show has formed it’s character rather well, and even better it’s led to DalekSex himself contributing the ‘Voice of Sex’ segment to the show, which is a very popular segment.
But how is it going?
Well, not brilliantly in terms of numbers. But I expected that, as we are not an easy access show. The Lolocaust is, and always has been, a creature of it’s own design. It is shaped and formed by those who contribute to it’s pages and as such it will always find it’s way into a fan’s ears, but it is never going to hit that mainstream appeal because frankly, there would be no benefit to any of us if we appeased the whole. Obviously this has led to some concern as to whether or not it is worth putting the effort into the shows, but the over-riding feeling at the moment is that we have our fans, and they love what we are doing, even when I am having an emotional breakdown live on air.
Yesterday I put out an impromptu live show without much warning – hey, those are the rules of impromptu behaviour – and we had two live listeners. It is clear that while that show will be picked up on iTunes and Spreaker after the broadcast, it was not a successful ‘live’ venture. From that we will definitely be sticking to the weekly timeslot of Wednesday nights at nine for the foreseeable future.
A big negative at the moment for the show is the fact that it is our learning curve, and while most of the technical bugs that have been bashed out thanks to a couple of live tests, it is very apparent to our listeners that our show is still forming what will be a more structured display of Lolocaust tendencies. Some may say that hearing this evolution of the show is of interest, but for us it’s a challenge to consider adding in new material, and dropping material that may not work so well. The longer term plan – at least for Series Two – is to extend the show to 45 mins, and have three regular features, interspersed with chatter and discussion. There is also a plan to get Dalek in for a co-host role at some point, although if his Voice of Sex segments keep their popularity I may make him stay in the kitchen for now.
I suppose it’s no bad thing that we are moulding the show as we go, but at times it is somewhat disparaging to see other shows doing what they do so well, and with a large listener base, while our little show ambles towards it’s goal.
I’m not ashamed of the show, by any measure. In fact I think some of what we’ve put out is as good as any feature we’ve ever done. I simply feel that perhaps should have taken time to trial the show on close friends before launching the show. I am sure some of you out there will disagree, and instead have preferred it as we are running it, but it’s a tricky thing to gauge. There are advantages to both sides, but when you get an email telling you that your ‘live audience’ was just two people it can have a very sudden effect on the confidence in the show.
So as we head into the last three shows of the series we are going to be trying out some new ideas, some new audio and some new guests until – hopefully – series two comes as a more rounded package. There are plans to get some sort of weekly competition into place, as well as an open mic spot in each show for you, dear reader, to get involved in any way you see fit.
So how do *you* think that the show is going? This is the perfect time to speak up and give us some direct feedback.
Do you have a favourite element? Is there something that you’d rather not hear so much of? Do you want to get involved?
Whatever your views please leave us a comment and help us shape the show into what it should be, namely a Lolocaust show for Lolocaust people.