FAQ

  • How did the podcast get started? Two friends of Jared Davis were working on an Oz book and suggested he conduct a podcast-like interview to promote the finished book. Jared decided to practice interviewing and creating podcasts in preparation for this and began the podcast. The podcast has since taken on a life of its own. The Oz book project that spawned it is currently on hold.
  • How are episodes created? Interviews and most discussions are normally conducted over Skype and recorded. In the case of podcasts that feature stories, many contributors record on their own and submit the audio. On occasion, podcasts have been recorded live. All episodes are edited before release.
  • Why aren't episodes broadcast before they're released for download? Jared does not know how to stream a Skype call, and many times distracting things can be heard that are later edited out. In addition, Jared works around the schedule of the guests, so the timing of the calls are not regular. Furthermore, not all of our guests may be comfortable having countless others listen as they speak.
  • I heard background noise in an episode. Why is it there? The Royal Podcast of Oz is an amateur production, done simply for the love of Oz, and with very little budget. Thus, while all attempts are made to avoid background noise and remove what does show up, sometimes it is difficult to remove without having a negative effect on the audio that needs to stay there.
  • Why doesn't the Royal Podcast of Oz have a theme tune? We haven't found one that would work that we could legally use yet.
  • Can you give me the contact information of a podcast guest? In short, no. The Royal Podcast of Oz maintains a firm privacy policy: all contact information stays confidential and is not abused in any way. However, if it is a special matter, Jared, upon request, will contact the previous guest with your contact information and let them follow up at their discretion.
  • Can I be on a podcast? Contact Jared. Note, we do not interview by volunteer, but you may put your name forward for consideration. Also, volunteers for story podcasts are always welcome.
  • Why are there two episodes a month? Jared began with an attempt to produce one episode a month, and after finally getting that under control, decided to expand the output. There may be more episodes on special occasions, but at present, the Royal Podcast of Oz attempts to present two episodes per month.
  • Does a podcast mean an endorsement? Not officially. Most guests have produced work Jared is a fan of, but there have been times when this has not been the case.
  • Why are episodes in 128kbps and in mono? Most Skype recorders record at 128kbps at the highest setting. While it is not the highest quality, it is suitable for the purposes of the podcast and keeps a low file size. Early episodes were released in stereo, with Jared on one stereo track and guests the other. However, people with hearing problems mentioned problems listening when using headphones and Jared changed it to mono.
  • How do I contact Jared? E-mail him at scarecrowandtinman2002@yahoo.com.