College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies



Primary Advisor

Michael Haungs, College of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Department

Additional Advisors

David Gillette, College of Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies


Podcasting exists at the intersection of the technical aspects of audio engineering and disciplines such as journalism and story-telling. Podcasts at KCPR, the student radio station, cover a wide range of topics including the soundscape of the DIY music scene in San Luis Obispo (SLO) on SLO-Fi, the intricacies of navigating SLO on Cal Poly 101, the best of Cal Poly Athletics on The Gallop, and the voices of underrepresented populations on campus on Different Matters. KCPR utilizes podcasts to entertain and inform its audience of the various experiences possible as a Cal Poly student. As a student-run entity, KCPR depends on the student body for volunteers to produce and host podcasts for the station. Incoming podcast producers may come from various audio production backgrounds ranging from beginner to experienced. Despite this, there is no formal training for these incoming students. Practical Podcasting endeavors to provide a basic background into the more technical aspects of podcasting by teaching users fundamental techniques and Sarmiento 2 processes for recording, mixing, mastering, and production. In comparison to existing resources for these audio disciplines, Practical Podcasting consolidates information often found scattered across different sources into one document that will level the playing field, such that all podcast producers have an understanding of the fundamentals of these audio disciplines. With this knowledge, it is the hope that the podcasts produced by KCPR will be able to compete with professional podcasts in terms of audio quality.

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