Hollywood Squares Gone ActiveRain Wild | Zooming With Ken Jones

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KD Realty - 408.972.1822 CA DRE#01366594

Hollywood Squares Gone ActiveRain Wild | Zooming With Ken Jones



Ken Jones was the presenter at the ActiveRain Zoom Meeting today.  The topic of discussion, sharing, and learning ... there were 39 participants today!


Ken started his podcast in 2015. When buying equipment ... think about the future. People may download for years to come! 


How to Create a Podcast



Step 1: Planning

  • Identify Target Audience
  • Decide How & Where to Reach Your Audience
  • Decide the Frequency of Your Show
  • Decide the day and time to Post Your Show
  • Select a Series of topics – avoid being monotone, boring, or a “salesperson”.

Audio Recording/Playback Process

Ken shared a cool graphic that depicts the conversion process from analog to digital and back to analog.


Step 2:  Audio Recording Software – Mac or PC

MAC             Garageband – and it is FREE

                      Logic Pro X – NOT FREE

PC/MAC        Audacity – and it is FREE


Step 3. Microphone

  • Wireless is a problem … too much distortion
  • Do not use the computer microphone

The best types of microphones are

  • Dynamic
  • Condensor with a cardioid pattern

Types of microphone connections to the computer

  • XLR – Requires an A/D converter
  • An Audio/Digital ("A/D") Converter converts an analog signal to digital

  • USB – Plugs directly into the computer

Ken made recommendations for various microphones and explained why.


Step 4. Microphone Shock Mount & Stand

A stand is needed to avoid creating noise from hitting the table or knocking a knee on the desk. Ken showed a few recommendations followed by a disclaimer that he is not an affiliate - no money is made on his recommendations. 

He shared a photo of his home setup.  Photos are not shown here due to Ken's copyright.


Step 5. Headphones

  • Headphones are necessary to prevent audio feedback.
  • Do not use wireless headphones.

Two recommendations were shared.  I happen to have a pair of Sony Headphones (over $200) and I love them. Well worth the price. Ken talked about ensuring the headphones are comfortable.  My Sony headphones are comfortable. 


Step 6. Pop Filter / Wind Screen

  • They are foam and designed to prevent Plosives. When air hits it the air is diverted.

Three (3) brands were shared.  Do not need to spend a lot of money on them. The El Cheapo works just fine.


Step 7. Recording the Podcast

  • Ken shared several screens recording on Garageband
  • We do not need to reinvent the wheel either.  The first podcast can be saved as a template. Each podcast is saved as its own file. Simply copy a file and save it as an upcoming podcast.  
  • He walked us through what each element is and how to navigate the software – where each of the control functions is located.

Most recording software is very similar. 


Step 8. Hosting & distributing the Podcast

  • Libsyn
  • Blubrry.com
  • PodBean

Ken uses Libsyn. It is what he started with and it is affordable. 



Wrapping up the Zoom Meeting with Ken Jones

Ken played an intro to one of his Podcasts.



Very impressive and professional! 


Podcasting Tips from Ken Jones


The key thing is to relax and have fun with it … just be you.  Do not try to pretend to be someone else. We can all tell a phony. Talk like we are talking to a friend.

A great thing about Podcasts is they are not live! If we make a mistake we can edit it out. 


Thank you Ken Jones for sharing your knowledge and equipment recommendations with us.  We all greatly appreciate you! 

Thank you, Debe Maxwell, CRS for hosting the meeting - the Hostess with the Mostess. 

Thank you, George Souto for your weekly reminder posts regarding upcoming Zoom Meetings. 







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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Thank you, marti garaughty for the Feature in your Group.  It is always an honor. 

Jan 12, 2021 03:39 PM #8
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

This is one I wish I had been able to make.  Sounds like a lot of information.

Jan 12, 2021 03:49 PM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathleen:

You certainly have done a very thorough job of sharing what you learned in Ken's presentation at today's Zoom meeting. Great stuff and some excellent advice from Ken.


Jan 12, 2021 05:31 PM #10
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Good recap of a very informative Zoom!

Can't imagine how long it took for you to write this one up.

Jan 12, 2021 06:13 PM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

If there has been a silver lining to this pandemic, it has been that Zoom technology and other advancements arrived on scene just in time to help fill the void distancing has caused.

Jan 12, 2021 06:37 PM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathleen, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 12, 2021 06:37 PM #13
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Kathleen... what a terrific synonpsis of Ken's terrific presentation. Also loved your title! Happy Wednesday.

Jan 13, 2021 04:29 AM #14
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

That was a fantastic overview of Ken's excellent presentation. I learned a lot during yesterday's Zoom call and now I have your notes to fall back on too!


Jan 13, 2021 05:48 AM #15
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Thank you, Kathleen.
You did a wonderful job of taking notes and giving us a review. I took notes but yours are way better! Ken did a great job.

Jan 13, 2021 06:21 AM #16
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Like video! Thanks for sharing the summary of the meeting. Wonder how podcasts perform for most realtors. Not sure I want to go down that road, but his tips translate well for video too. 

Jan 13, 2021 12:17 PM #17
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

This was a great meeting.  What I learned is very valuable.

Thank you Ken Jones.

Thank you, Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist for summarizing the meeting!

Jan 13, 2021 08:04 PM #18
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Great write up. I was sorry that I couldn't attend because an appt was running late. 

Wish I would have gotten those recommendations for a mic.

Jan 14, 2021 07:43 AM #19
Joanne Gillet
Edge Of The Beach Realty - Pawleys Island, SC
We advise - You Decide! No Hassles...

This title grabbed my attention! Very informative and well presented!

Thanks so much


Jan 14, 2021 11:49 AM #20
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  I think you pretty much have this Zoom Meeting down pat 

Jan 14, 2021 12:15 PM #21
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - I appreciate how thorough you were in taking notes and reporting back!

I also love your creativity on your "Hollywood Square" on Zoom! Very nice! You just motivated me to be more creative on Zoom. Thanks, Kathleen. 

Jan 15, 2021 04:07 AM #22
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist kudos to Hollywood squares and as is!  You managed to capture all the highlights of Ken Jones presentation.  Happy to see you participating because you give so much to this community😎  

Jan 15, 2021 11:34 AM #23
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Cute title, Kathleen! And, WOW! You didn't miss a thing in your summary - Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker can get everything she needs from your write-up. You take great notes!

Like you, I was SO impressed with Ken's presentation - so professional and incredibly detailed. I didn't expect any less from Ken after following him here in Q&A for years.

Hope to see you on Tuesday!

Jan 17, 2021 10:35 AM #24
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Thank you, Debe Maxwell, CRS 

I plan to attend on Tuesday.  

Jan 17, 2021 03:43 PM #25
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

This is a fantastic re-cap of the zoom meeting regarding podcasts with Ken, Kathleen. He did a fantastic job!

Jan 21, 2021 11:16 AM #26
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Very nice recap of the zoom meeting.  It was really a good one!

Jan 23, 2021 12:38 PM #27
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