By Holly Spangler, The Byline Editor
Nine long months in the making, the Ag Communicators Network Podcast is finally live! Host Kelsey Litchfield and I couldn’t be happier – or more relieved.
How did it happen? Kelsey, a recent University of Illinois ag com graduate and past National ACT president, approached me last fall about starting a podcast for our organization. Little did she know, I’d been listening to Bob Schieffer’s About the News podcast and thinking how we could easily do the agricultural version – you know, if anyone actually had time for that.
And so began months of conversations, ideas, plans, episode brainstorms, intros, outros, music, board proposals and more. We got a little help from our friends, including music from Jamie Cole and the unmistakable voice work of Max Armstrong (check him out on the intro and outro – you can’t miss it).
The introduction of this new podcast means your monthly AAEA communications will change up a bit. The plan is to have one to two podcasts each month. During those weeks, we’ll record the podcast during a Facebook live video at 11 a.m. on Friday. Pro tip: follow the AAEA – The Ag Communicators Network Facebook page and subscribe to notifications, then you’ll get a notification whenever we go live. When it’s over Kelsey will work her magic, producing the live video into an audio podcast, which will be sent out via our iTunes Channel (search: AAEA) and in the Byline in Brief e-newsletter the next day.
Our goal with this podcast is relatively straightforward: we’re sharing conversations with some of the most interesting people working in ag media. Thought leaders, trend setters, experts in a variety of areas. All people with a unique take on the news of the day. Because we know AAEA members to be curious people who are lifelong learners.
Think of it like an extension of a really good conversation at the Ag Media Summit – but one you can listen in on as you’re headed to your next interview. Because as we’ve sought to provide better AAEA information through weekly Bylines, we’re also seeking to provide information on multiple platforms, to reach you where you’re at and serve you better.
What to do next?
- Follow AAEA – The Ag Communicators Network on Facebook
- Subscribe to the Ag Communicators Network Podcast on iTunes
- Leave us a rating and review on iTunes; it helps other people find us
- Send us guest and topic ideas. Who do you want to hear from?
That’s it. And without further ado, here it is – our premiere episode!