How I Podcast: In conversation with Laura Krantz

9. Mai 2019
Wir sprechen mit Podcaster*innen aus allen Gesellschaftsschichten über ihre kreativen Prozesse und darüber, warum Audio eine der coolsten Möglichkeiten ist, eine Story zu erzählen.

Some of the best podcasts are born from an obsession — in journalist Laura Krantz’s case, the subject of her show Wild Thing is the hairy North American legend, Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch. As she searches for the scientific truth about Bigfoot, she uncovers that the pioneer of its research was actually her distant cousin Grover Krantz.

The serialized, independently produced podcast weaves in voices of the quirky characters she encounters in the Pacific Northwest, and paints a fascinating picture of who Bigfoot is, and what the narrative means to society. We chatted with Laura to learn more about her creative and technical process, and how she uses Anchor for her podcast.

What motivated you to start podcasting?

I have a background in radio, so I spent about ten years working for National Public Radio. Audio is really cool in the way you can take people places and help them imagine how a place looks or sounds. I felt that this story I wanted to tell of Wild Thing was best told in an audio format—I wanted to hear people’s big stories told by the people who were experiencing them.


What is your show’s format?

The show’s format is a limited series, which means that it has a beginning, middle, and an end. I would call it a highly produced story in the fact that there is a lot of sound, I go to a lot of different places, interview a lot of people, and then I weave that into a longer-form narrative over the course of the season. So it’s not an interview podcast, it’s not a news podcast—it’s very much a story in the tradition of old radio style, serialized stories.

Was benutzt du für die Aufnahme?

It’s pretty basic. For Wild Thing, I had a mini Marantz recorder and a shotgun mic, and that was the extent of it. And now I have a Zoom H4N Pro recorder because the mini Marantz died, but I still just use the one shotgun microphone. If it’s windy out, I use what they call a “dead cat” — one of those furry things that you put on the microphone to dampen the wind noise. And then I have a pistol grip so I don’t have mic-handling noise. That’s my basic recording setup; I take that out in the field — it goes everywhere with me—and then I also use it to track myself when I do the voiceover narration for the podcast.



"The Analytics are especially helpful. It's really great to see where people are and where they're listening."

Wie macht ihr Werbung für den Podcast?

Prior to the podcast coming out, about a month in advance, I spent a tremendous amount of time reaching out to all kinds of different news organizations, all of my former colleagues, my former journalism colleagues, getting in touch with magazines and papers in the area where I had done some reporting. I sent them a pitch document that said: here’s what this story is about, here’s what I did in your area, here’s who I am, here’s a link to the trailer for the podcast (because then people could hear it if they didn’t want to read through all that text). I just kept trying to get as much media as I could over the course of the podcast’s run.

What’s your favorite Anchor feature to use?

The analytics are especially helpful. It’s really great to see where people are and where they’re listening. I can tell based on the graphs that Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, tend to be really good days for downloads.

What’s your best piece of podcasting advice

My advice would be: as much as you want to jump in when somebody is talking, especially if you’re doing an interview over the phone — don’t. Just take a breath, let people talk, and let them get their idea out.

Die oben geäußerten Meinungen sind die der Befragten und nicht die von Anchor oder Spotify. Wie gestaltest du deinen Podcast? Schreib uns auf Twitter und Instagram.

Fühlst du dich inspiriert?

Erstelle einen Podcast

Read more:

26. April 2022

Mein Podcast

How I Podcast: In Conversation with Gammy Norris of “Positively Gam”

Wir sprechen mit Podcaster*innen aus allen Gesellschaftsschichten über ihre kreativen Prozesse und darüber, warum Audio eine der coolsten Möglichkeiten ist, eine Story zu erzählen.

24. März 2022

Mein Podcast

How I Podcast: In Conversation With Naomi Watanabe of “Naomi Takes America”

Wir sprechen mit Podcaster*innen aus allen Gesellschaftsschichten über ihre kreativen Prozesse und darüber, warum Audio eine der coolsten Möglichkeiten ist, eine Story zu erzählen.

22. Februar 2022

Mein Podcast

How I Podcast: In conversation with the creative duo behind “Paper Monday”

Wir sprechen mit Podcaster*innen aus allen Gesellschaftsschichten über ihre kreativen Prozesse und darüber, warum Audio eine der coolsten Möglichkeiten ist, eine Story zu erzählen.

24. September 2021

Mein Podcast

How I Podcast: In conversation with “Growing Up Halal”

Wir sprechen mit Podcaster*innen aus allen Gesellschaftsschichten über ihre kreativen Prozesse und darüber, warum Audio eine der coolsten Möglichkeiten ist, eine Story zu erzählen.

17. August 2021

Mein Podcast

How I Podcast: In conversation with Lauren Abedini of “SHE/HER/THEY with KITTENS”

Wir sprechen mit Podcaster*innen aus allen Gesellschaftsschichten über ihre kreativen Prozesse und darüber, warum Audio eine der coolsten Möglichkeiten ist, eine Story zu erzählen.

27. Juli 2021

Mein Podcast

Mein Podcast: Gespräch mit Amani von „ANTIDOTE“

Wir sprechen mit Podcaster*innen aus allen Gesellschaftsschichten über ihre kreativen Prozesse und darüber, warum Audio eine der coolsten Möglichkeiten ist, eine Story zu erzählen.

This is some text inside of a div block.

Liner Notes

23. Juli 2021

Flow State

Get to know the creators who are thriving at the intersection of music and talk. We're opening the mic for more about their show, creative process, and advice for fellow creators.

This is some text inside of a div block.

Liner Notes

19. Mai 2021

The Blues Kitchen Radio

Get to know the creators who are thriving at the intersection of music and talk. We're opening the mic for more about their show, creative process, and advice for fellow creators.

This is some text inside of a div block.

Liner Notes

15. April 2021

LIONS SHARE

Get to know the creators who are thriving at the intersection of music and talk. We're opening the mic for more about their show, creative process, and advice for fellow creators.

This is some text inside of a div block.

Liner Notes

2. März 2021

Rock This with Allison Hagendorf

Get to know the creators who are thriving at the intersection of music and talk. We're opening the mic for more about their show, creative process, and advice for fellow creators.

This is some text inside of a div block.

Liner Notes

2. Februar 2021

How Long Gone Radio

Lerne Anchor Podcaster*innen kennen, deren Shows auf Spotify Musik und Gespräch gekonnt miteinander vereinen. Erfahre mehr über ihren kreativen Prozess und ihre Entwicklung.