Madden Nation

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, I got a little lucky with the timing on Episode 68 of Just Talking as Will Kinsler, EA Sports Senior Community Manager, was kind enough to spend 90 minutes of his evening with me. Part of the conversation talking about MaddenNation.com, his origins with the site, how he helped manage its growth and ultimately how that site helped him get his current job at EA Sports. Another part focuses on his job at EA, how he uses social media to interact with the community and Will offers up his opinions on what it takes to succeed at his position. Finally, we talk about the Washington Redskins and why you should always check for trees in close proximity to a new home.

If you stick around after the final musical interlude there is some talk about fantasy football and I open up a bit about what makes my podcast…my podcast. Enjoy.

Continue reading

Think Geek

Fun fact: The Headquarters for ThinkGeek.com are literally down the street from my newly purchased home. Up until a few weeks ago I did not know that. Lucky for me, Think Geek PR Manager Shane Peterman was willing to sit down and have a conversation with me for Episode 66 of the Just Talking Podcast. Our talk is naturally quite geeky, covering PR for Think Geek, PR for geeks, what it means (and meant) to be a geek, the continuing rise of geek culture. We also talk about the challenges of starting your own record store, why John Cusack’s life isn’t too bad, and we put the vinyl vs. digital audio debate to rest. (Not really, but it made for an interesting talk).

Continue reading

Luck Be a Lady

Episode 65 is marked by a spectacular conversation with Mandy, or as she is known in her co-hosting role on Gamertag Radio: Ladyluck34. As the one female host of that well known, and respected podcast, I took the opportunity to ask Mandy about her origins with Gamertag Radio, what it’s like podcasting with a personality like Gamertag Radio founder Godfree, her perspective on gaming culture as a woman and most importantly, why you should pack extra gloves when traveling abroad.

A special thanks goes to Mandy for being willing to participate this week on very, very short notice. Sit back and relax, this is a good one. Enjoy.

Continue reading

Behind the Scenes

Welcome to 2011! My journey to collect all of the hosts of the Talking About Gamers podcast is almost complete, as Kyle Orr joins me for an hour of awesome. As expected, we spend a good portion of the podcast talking about the world of video games, including his role on the podcast, his best practices for post news stories to Talking About Games, how he came to writing reviews and why Game Dev Story is worth your money. Outside of gaming, we also discuss unemployment, the Minnesota Vikings, and 155″ televisions.

I’m looking forward to what the new year will bring for my podcast, hopefully you’ll be along for the ride. Enjoy.

Continue reading

A Different Perspective

I’ve spent a great number of episodes of this podcast talking to members of the Diabetes Online Community. For those of you keeping score, most of these people with or affected by diabetes are dealing with type 1 diabetes. Of course, anyone in the know knows this is only part of the equation. Bob Pedersen, Diabetes Daily blogger, hopeful cooking show entrepreneur, and de-facto library aficionado is my guest for the last podcast of 2010. Bob spends the hour offering a perspective not often featured on my podcast, that of a person living with type 2 diabetes. I greatly appreciated the time spent with Bob, talking about the differences, and more importantly the similarities among those living with diabetes, regardless of type.

Continue reading

Beat Writer

From the Talking About Games community and GameShoe.net, Harrison Milfeld joins me as 2010 approaches its final days. We spend the opening of the podcast naturally talking about video games – the good, the bad, and the portable. After the gaming talk, the rest of the conversation revolves around Harrison’s college and career choice. The intricacies of attending one of the most prestigious Journalism schools, overcoming fear and doubt, and the future of the Journalism industry are just a few of the topics discussed. I’ve been looking forward to having Harrison on my podcast for a while now, hopefully you’ll see why. Enjoy.

Continue reading

Talking About Gamers

As 2010 comes to a close, a traditional conversation held among many gamers is the fabled ‘Game of the Year’ debate. Naturally, I found a guest for this week of Just Talking that is up to his elbows in video games. Steven Hayward, co-host of the Talking About Gamers podcast, is my guest. Of course we talk about video games, but we also talk about the sad state of Michigan athletics, the circumstances that resulted in launching the same podcast three times, and what motivates Steven to be an exceptional father.

Because we love you, there’s also a brief preview of the new Google laptop. Enjoy.

Continue reading