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I listened to a recent episode of Current’s “The Pub” podcast where host Adam Ragusea went on a rant about Skype. Not about issues with lag, or dropped calls, or that you can forget about ever using Skype to speak with someone in the Washington, DC area (worst. internet. ever.)

No, Adam’s gripe has to do with Skype’s Broadcast Terms of Service.

Did you know that when you record a conversation over Skype to be used for audio broadcast, including podcasts, you have to give Skype credit for the recording with a verbal announcement?

That wet, sticky sound. 😖

You hear it every time they open their mouth to speak. The microphone picks it up so clearly that you lose track of what they are saying. It’s distracting. It’s gross. To me, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. These are professional podcast producers and radio hosts. Don’t they know it’s happening? Why don’t they do something about it?

Imagine my horror when I listened to one of my early podcast recordings and heard this sound coming from my own mouth! 😱

If someone told you that they could fill Madison Square Garden ten times on a marketing budget of just five bucks, how fast would you dismiss them? Well, don’t be too hasty. That pretty much sizes up what we’ve done.

This Business Podcast Filled a Famous Arena Ten Times Over on a $5 Marketing Budget

Pavan Bahl, Marc Raco and Rob Sanchez (L to R), the hosts of “Fashion Is Your Business” — Photo by Takako

I’m one of the producers and hosts of “Fashion Is Your Business,” a business podcast at the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce. In less than 15 months and 90 episodes, we’ve amassed more than 180,000 downloads, which equates to filling the infamous Madison Square Garden. Ten times over.

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