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Podcasting How-To for EMS Professionals

2009 was a big year for EMS podcasting. I thoroughly enjoyed my involvement as a co-host of the EMSEduCast, regular contributor to the EMS Garage, and guest appearances on the MedicCast and EMS Professional podcasts. I also launched a new podcast, Medical Author Chat.

For me I try to keep the technical aspects of podcasting as simple as possible and mostly focus on content creation.

The EMSEduCast is recorded using a Skype Conference call that Buck Feris has routed with Virtual Audio Cables into the free program Audacity. I am not sure how he makes the connections but if enough of us ask maybe he will write a how-to post for his terrific blog –

Episode 26 of the EMSEduCast – everything you ever wanted to know about podcasting – digs deep into the technical how-to of podcasting with Buck, Jamie Davis, and Jim Hoffman leading the conversation.

Jamie Davis also wrote two guest columns for the Everyday EMS Tips column at on podcasting. Read the articles and then click on Jamie’s link for a video tip on starting a podcast. Columns by Jamie:

Medical Author Chat is recorded with my Google Voice number. Once the guest and I are ready to record I activate the recording. As soon as the call is over I can download the recording or simply embed the recording into a blog post or page. It is really simple. The quality is lower and it sounds like a phone call, but the simplicity cannot be matched.

My primary recording microphone is the Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset. (Amazon affiliate link)

Other podcasting tools I have used:

  • Blog Talk Radio –  a web-based recording service with an embeddable player
  • CallBurner – a Skype plug-in for recording Skype calls

What software and hardware do you use for podcasting? What questions fo you have about podcasting? If I can’t answer them I will put them to Buck and Jamie.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.