Podcast Guest Guide

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The TL;DR version:

The Ritual Misery Podcast

The Ritual Misery Podcast goes live with video on diamondclub.tv at 7:00 PM Pacific time on Thursdays for one hour.

Guests join via Skype.

Note: Our own IRC channel is #ritualmisery but we are typically on the main channel #chat.

RMP is mostly a freeform conversation but follows a rough format as follows:

  • The show title, host & guest introductions.
  • A brief recap of events since the last show.
  • Geeky Thing of the Week: We talk about the geekiest thing we did this week.
  • TED Talk (optional): RMP love us some TED.  We like to review a Talk we listened to during the week.  This segment occurs at the discretion of the guest.
  • Main Topic and Personal Topics: These are chosen throughout the week by the hosts and guest(s).  They are general discussion items.  Feel free to interject at any time.  In fact, on most guest shows, the guest IS the main topic.  Be prepared to talk about yourself and the things that interest you.
  • Feedback
  • Plugs (We want to plug your things.  Prepare to self promote and provide links to your things.)

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…and The Full Version:

 

Guest Guide

Welcome to the Guest Guide! This guide is meant for anybody who is going to be a guest on a Ritual Misery show that broadcasts on <>.tv.

Pre-Show Checklist

If the show is about to start, review the following checklist to make sure you are ready!

  • Skype audio tested
  • Connected to IRC, with beeps disabled
  • All unnecessary programs closed
  • Show doc opened (if applicable)
  • Remember you will be live & recorded as long as you are connected!

Pre-Show Communication
This is important.  The host that booked you should be talking with you consistently in the week leading up to your show.  Be sure to respond to all communication in a timely manner.  Ask any and all questions you have.  Also be sure to keep the host informed of life events that could delay your appearance.  The more ways the host has to communicate with you the better.

Computer Prep
To improve audio & video quality, please take some time before the show to prepare your computer.

Skype

Before show time, please take the opportunity to make sure that Skype is working and has been properly configured! If you are connecting any external devices (camera, headset, etc.), plug them in (and let Windows do its drivers thing) before starting Skype. Then, let Skype install any updates that it wants to do.

Wireless connections are not as stable as we would like for high-quality Skype calls. If at all possible, use a wired connection for the computer that is running Skype.

If you won’t have a computer (or Internet connection) available, we can call you in by phone. Please contact the host as soon as possible, so that they can get you call-in information, or so that they can get your phone number. Be sure to also email links to some photos of yourself, so that they can be shown on screen while you talk!

Audio

The best audio comes from a professional microphone. If you have it, please use it! Otherwise, a USB headset is fine. The built-in microphone should be used as a last resort. Connect USB devices directly to your computer (not through a hub). For laptops, plug in to the USB port that is closest to you.

Audio coming back to you should almost always go through headphones (or a headset), unless you have taken measures to keep your microphone from picking up noise from the speakers.

Using the Skype Test Call is particularly helpful, as that will confirm that Skype is using the correct audio inputs/outputs. Please do at least one Skype Test Call before the show, to make sure your Skype configuration is good. If you do not know how to do a Skype Test Call, read this article from Microsoft.

For musical guests, you will probably have you own special setup that you have used before (a mixer, multiple microphones, etc), but please try a Skype Test Call before the show, to make sure your setup sounds OK.

Beware of ducking! When multiple people are speaking, and especially when one person is playing something (like a video or sound effect), other voices might not make it on to the stream. If some music or sounds are playing, talk louder, and eventually you’ll get through!

Video

The podcasts on this network record video and audio, so if you have a good external camera, please use it! Otherwise, the camera built in to your computer will be fine. For external cameras, place the camera as close as possible to the top of the screen. Adjust the camera so that your head takes up the top 3/5 of the image, with the top of your head almost touching the top of the image.

If you do not have a webcam, and are not able to get one, then you can connect audio-only. Please contact the hosts ahead of time to let them know you will be audio only, and please also email links to some photos of yourself, so that they can be shown on screen while you talk!

Other Apps

To keep your computer from bogging down during the call, please be sure to exit all unnecessary applications before show time. A web browser is the exception, as that is typically needed to read show notes, and (if you don’t have an IRC client) the web chat. In particular, make sure you don’t have the live stream playing while you are on Skype!

Finally, if you are participating in the chat, or have a Twitter (or other) client running, make sure that those clients are not playing any sound effects when your name is mentioned (or when you are tweeted, etc.). The Chatrealm will notice that sound effects are on, and will leverage that fact for maximum entertainment.

IRC

Chat is OPTIONAL!  However, it can greatly enhance your experience.  If you choose to use chat, we highly recommend you use the information provided in this section.  Buuuuuut, the simplest way for the IRC noob to do it is to go to ritualmisery.com/live and just log in to the chat there.  Be sure to not play the live video stream on that page as it can disrupt the show you are appearing on.

If you normally use IRC, go here for the server connection details, and make sure your client doesn’t beep when your nick is mentioned. Let the hosts know on-air what your nick is.

All <>.tv shows use IRC for live audience interaction. As a guest, you are welcome to use IRC, and in fact IRC is the preferred way to get links to the hosts. Click here for IRC server connection information. All <>.tv shows use the same IRC server and chat room and all Ritual Misery shows use the channel #ritualmisery. The term Chatrealm is used to describe the people who are in IRC.

If you do not normally use IRC, you can use webchat, which runs an IRC client in a browser tab. Ritual Misery Live Steam/Chat page is already configured to connect to our chat room. If you decide to use webchat, please make two changes to the default settings:

  • Change your nickname to something recognizable, such as your Twitter handle. If someone already has that nickname, you will get a message from NickServ telling you that nickname is registered (check the Status tab in webchat for messages from NickServ). To change your nickname, type /nick new_nickname_here.
  • Disable audio notifications. To do this in webchat, click on the gears “button” in the upper-right corner, scroll to the bottom, turn off Desktop Notifications, and then click Save.
    Once you are connected to IRC and you are on the stream, tell the hosts that your are on IRC, and speak your nickname.

The channel operators will give you “voice”, making it easier to identify you in the list of users.

Each show is different, and although <>.tv shows have a common audience, that audience behaves differently for different shows. Some of your own followers may also decide to watch you live on <>.tv (especially if you publicize your appearance before the recording), and they may also show up in our IRC.

The Chatrealm can be distracting, so be prepared to focus on the people you’re talking to (not the people you’re typing to), and be aware that every chat room (even ours) has some assholes.

Show Structure

Each show has a different structure, with guests playing different roles in different shows. Start times can vary, especially around the holidays or big events.

The Ritual Misery Podcast

The Ritual Misery Podcast goes live with video on diamondclub.tv at 7:00 PM Pacific time on Thursdays for one hour.

Guests join via Skype.

Note: Our own IRC channel is #ritualmisery but we are typically on the main channel #chat.

RMP is mostly a freeform conversation but follows a rough format as follows:

  • The show title, host & guest introductions.
  • A brief recap of events since the last show.
  • Geeky Thing of the Week: We talk about the geekiest thing we did this week.
  • TED Talk (optional): RMP love us some TED.  We like to review a Talk we listened to during the week.  This segment occurs at the discretion of the guest.
  • Main Topic and Personal Topics: These are chosen throughout the week by the hosts and guest(s).  They are general discussion items.  Feel free to interject at any time.  In fact, on most guest shows, the guest IS the main topic.  Be prepared to talk about yourself and the things that interest you.
  • Feedback
  • Plugs (We want to plug your things.  Prepare to self promote and provide links to your things.)

Show Doc

Each show has a different means of keeping track of their agenda for the episode. Your host will provide you a link to the show doc (if applicable).

* The majority of this page has been plagiarized from http://dctvpedia.com/Guest_Guide