BY BRIAN RZEPPA
As technology evolves and becomes more accessible to those around the world, people of all ages are able to have a voice and a platform through various social and digital media channels.
Picking up within the last 15 years and growing into an industry behemoth, podcasting — a sort of on-demand radio show that is accessible from any mobile device — has taken on a life of its own.
Tad Davis, a 2015 graduate of Trenton High School, created ‘The People’s Podcast’ as a vehicle to not only develop his own skills in the media field, but also to give people a chance to tell their own stories.
“I’ve always been into editing and writing and while doing my school project for my intercultural communications class, I was constantly listening to podcasts,” Davis said “I thought I would try to apply myself and get outside of the box and do something that I didn’t know that I could do for sure.”
Despite the high-quality recording of the episodes, Davis does not have much of a background in producing and editing shows. His on-the-fly learning is something that he thinks is a major portion of what guides him to continue creating new episodes.
“I took a class in high school for video editing and a radio class in college where I learned basic audio editing skills,” he said. “Then I took time to sit down and learn the software myself. I didn’t have much experience and I think a lot of people can find it intimidating, but if you take the time to learn it is possible. This is something that with a little patience and passion, anyone is capable of doing something like this.”
Throughout the first three episodes that have been released at this point — which have attracted nearly 2,000 listeners — Davis has had open conversations to get a glimpse into the lives of some of his friends and family members.
With the free flowing nature of the podcast, Davis feels and has received feedback that the show will appeal to all sorts of different people.
“I really started making it for me, my family and friends and thought I would post it just for fun. I’ve gotten a lot of responses from all ages; College students who have just wanted to talk through the episode with me and give their viewpoints and then even listeners my parents’ age who have appreciated my view point on the world.” Davis said. “I think every episode is going to appeal to someone different for many different reasons and all ages can take something from it. When talking about life lessons like I have in past episodes, all ages can really get a taste for it.”
He has been able to entertain his listeners since the first episode was released nearly one year ago, but it has been a learning process for himself as he gets to hear perspectives from the people closest to him.
“Having these conversations beyond a “how are you today?” can really be so impactful. I never would have had these conversations with my grandparents, parents or professors if not for this podcast. I would’ve never gotten the chance for them to open up to me and tell me stories. I’m grateful for that.”
As he moves forward into creating new episodes, Davis is hoping to grow his podcast in conjunction with local businesses.
“I don’t have a timeline for getting out each episode because college and soccer make it really difficult to meet deadlines, but I always want to keep it going and make sure I’m working on at least one episode at all times. I also think it would be really great if I could support local businesses or local entrepreneurs by getting them more exposure through my listeners.”
Whether it is through speaking with his grandmother about how love has evolved over the years or talking to his parents about how they met, Davis’ podcast can speak to and relate with people from all walks of life. As it continues to grow, The People’s Podcast still has many more stories to tell.
You can listen to The People’s Podcast on iTunes or at Soundcloud.com/PeoplesPodcast. To contact Tad Davis about partnering with The People’s Podcast or for general information, email PodcastByTad@Gmail.com.