Podcast stars appear on podcast for podcasters!
Fri, 04 Sep 2020

The presenters and producer of the council's staff podcast - I Heard It Through The Grapevine - have appeared on an episode of a podcast for internal communications professionals.

Steve Eccles, Helena Cox and Mark Bateman were interviewed for an episode of Be a Bigger Fish, a podcast that explores the power of podcasting, which is hosted by Debbie Aurelius, co-founder and director of communications and employee engagement consultancy Peppermint Fish.

The episode looks at how the council went about launching its in-house podcast, the impacts of COVID-19 on production and plans for the future.

The episode is available to listen to at https://peppermintfish.com/be-a-bigger-fish or through podcast providers, such as Spotify, Podbean and Apple.

"I was delighted when Mark, Helena and Steve agreed to be interviewed for Be a Bigger Fish. Their teamwork, expertise and dedication have resulted in an excellent in-house podcast, which is a great role model for other communications professionals. It's encouraging to see how well received I Heard it Through the Grapevine has been and I hope it continues to thrive," said Debbie.

Since launching in December last year, there have been six episodes of I Heard It Through The Grapevine which have been listened to nearly 1,500 times between them.

Recording of the podcasts was temporarily halted as the coronavirus pandemic hit, but it has now returned - with the presenters recording content remotely and the council's technical partner, Beverley FM, then editing the audio at its studio.

"It was a real pleasure to speak to Debbie about I Heard It Through The Grapevine and we hope our episode of Be a Bigger Fish will help other internal communications professionals and organisations to give podcasting a go as a way of engaging with their staff," said Mark.

Steve added: "Reviving the podcast is a real buzz for Helena and myself and we have been delighted with the positive response to it. Being able to talk to Debbie about the way we produce and present it was brilliant, and we really hope it will prove useful for other organisations as well."

The most recent version of I Heard It Through The Grapevine is available to listen to on the intranet and includes an interview with Darren Stevens, director of corporate resources, about the council's plans for the return of staff to office buildings as well as Rob McInroy talking about his recently published book.

To listen to the August edition of I Heard It Through The Grapevine, click here


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