Weekly music podcast called “Erk FM” is dedicated to music and features about an hour’s worth of music per episode. It is produced in Sydney, Australia. It features a wide range of music from across the world. Erk FM is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting Erk also hosts a talk podcast called Erk Pod which is weekly as well.

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Q:  How long have you been broadcasting/blogging?

A:  I’ve been podcasting since May 2007. I’ve grown over the time adding a co-host to my original show, doing live shows and now I do 4 podcasts. I have a talk podcast (Erk Pod), music podcast (Erk FM), outdoor/mobile podcast (Echo Romeo Kilo) and Erk’s Blast From The Past (family/personal history). I’ve combined all 4 podcasts into a single site and feed (Channel Erk) as well as each site/feed. I even have my mum involved as a host on a new show as well!

Q:  In your opinion, what does a good song need to consist of?

A: A song for me has to be catchy. Usually the more guitar featured, the better! Maybe not to earworm level but if it is an earworm, it must be catchy!

Q: What is your favorite band or favorite genre of music and why?

A: I love rock, the more guitars the better.  However since I’ve been doing Erk FM, I’ve been listening to a wider range of music more often and have tried to mix it up for the Erk FM audience.

Q: What changes in content laws, broadcasting rights, etc. have effected you most?

A: As a podcaster approaching 2 years in the space, I understand what my limitations are. I know that I won’t be able to play Top 40 artists of today or yesterday. However people who aren’t in the space or are dedicated music podcast listeners probably assume that we can play those mainstream artists.

The artists I have played are very talented and need to be heard. I might not be able to hear them on my local radio station or buy them in my local store but thanks to music podcasters, they can be heard around the world.

Q: A recent study found blogs to be more effective than MySpace in generating album sales, do you feel that that is a true statement?

A: I know there is a lot of music on Myspace but myself and others have found the Myspace experience very frustrating. I’d rather find my music to play on a podcast with a company like Ariel Publicity/Cyber PR rather than Myspace. I hate referring people to Myspace as a band’s only web presence.

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