Monkey Radio with Marc – Back For More

by David Jackson on April 13, 2014



Marc Raco and hosts discuss what’s wrong with the world, showcase new artists, and throw around pop culture, entertainment, food, news–everything’s on the menu!

There’s curmudgeon producer Elsie, inventive games, fun, interviews, guest jokes and much more in every one-hour episode—plus there’s always the infamous End of Show Food!

With more than 535,000 worldwide downloads/streams since releasing our first co-hosted episode October, 2012—and growing every day—everyone is becoming a monkey!

Monkey RadioDave’s Thoughts:

The Good Parts:

They have done a good job of changing their episodes names. 

I liked the dialog more than the forced funny.

You seem to do a good job of getting out of a topic once you hit it.- for the most part

Your website better, but still needs work

You have better titles than the last time.

Parts That Need Tweaked

Marc should invest in a dynamic microphone – its right at the point of annoying.

Lose the background music in the background ot get some without lyrics

Move the second intro closer to the beginning to help your momentum.

My complaints about Blog talk radio are not your fault. You are somewhat screwed, and moving away from them will be difficult if you want your audience to follow. (Blog talk radio messes up your ID3 tags, points to the wrong website, and hijacks your RSS feed).

Erik’s  Thoughts

The Good Parts

The details of the stories were solid.  They become genuinely funny when you are mentioning cartoons you watched or describing skiers collapsing.

Know what you hope to accomplish with the story.  Lead with an intriguing intro.  “My girlfriend called a help desk and I totally busted they guy with his bait-and-switch move.”  Then tell the story.

Parts That Could be Tweaked

Jokes tend to be predictable.  Name one president that wouldn’t be included in a Presidents Day Sale?  Nixon.  How about Vladamir Putin?  Somebody people don’t expect.  Funny is when you lead people where they think you should go and then do the unexpected.  Of course the sales call ended with “no”.  Where else could it end?

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Engaging Life and Leadership

by David Jackson on April 6, 2014

The Engaging Life and Leadership podcast is  Discussing relevant answers for Christian men AND women in leadership positions.  Easy to remember – Simple to apply. It is hosted by Darren Dake and Anita Brooks. You can find their website at

This episode features the first appearance from Erik K. Johnson of Podcast Talent Coach

Things They Are Doing Well

Engaging Life and LeadershipDarren and Anita have extensive backgrounds and they backup any points they make with stories and examples.

They have good audio quality, and a warm and friendly tone.

Overall, content is solid.  Great examples of putting each suggestion to use.

The show had a strong topic (prosperity mindset) focus weaved through the entire show

They do a good job of contributing to the show without stepping all over each other.

You do a good job of explaining what to expect at the beginning of the show.

Their website is easy to navigate, and I didn’t have to search for a play button.

Things They Could Tweak

When I first visited their site the contact page was having issues

They are using Audacity to add the ID3 tags to their audio. As they are on a Mac, I recommend using ID3 Editor from 

You are currently using for your feed. I would move away. Currently your album artwork does not display in Stitcher

You tag line on your artwork is very hard to read when it comes up in search results in iTunes

You were sending people to another site to locate your books. I would put a direct link to your books on the site.

 Both hosts sound very well versed in the subject matter.   However, we never learn their story.  Why should I trust what they are saying?  Incorporate your backstory into the content.

The introduction is long and not quite focused.  It includes everything from church leaders to business owners.  Who is our target here?

Move the Patreon segment further into the podcast.

There were lots of lists that became confusing.  I think there were 4.  Be sure to recap the lists when you finish them.

They seemed to use  “we’ve talked about that before” quite often.  Even the first paragraph of the show notes say “As we’ve discussed on previous programs…”  This is not welcoming for new listeners.  A new listener might feel like they missed something.

The end of show could use a bit of a tune up. You had a recap. You had news. You had calls to actions (pural on purpose). These were all valid information, but could be organized just a bit more. Try to determine what is THE thing you want to ask your audience to do. If you give them too many choices, they won’t choose any of the options available.


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