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Indulge your nerdiness with Press Start to Join

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  • Just how geeky are the hosts of Press Start to Join, the show that promises “more geekery than you can shake a joystick at”?

    Well, for one thing, Josh Shenfield and Alan Techsmith started podcasting in 2015, way before podcasting hit the mainstream. For another, they never run out of things to nerd out about, whether it be video games, board games, tech security, comics, virtual reality or anything else in the geek universe.

    In addition to their weekly show covering current events on those topics, they do a monthly deep dive into video game history, exploring the origins and evolution of various games, companies or franchises. Be sure to catch the first episode of every month, too, for a complete list of free video games you can download.

    Let’s press start on this Q&A with the PS2J team:

    How did you meet?

    A. We went to high school together, bonded over shared geekery, and just never stopped talking about it.

    Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents that would surprise your listeners? 

    A.Alan has an eerie memory for useless numbers, and Josh is great at painting miniatures.

    What podcasts do you listen to?

    A. Alan: My Brother, My Brother, and Me; Fandalites; The Adventure Zone; Hey Riddle Riddle; Swindled; Til Death Do Us Blart.

    Josh: This Week in Tech; Star Wars Minute; How Did This Get Made; Podzilla1985; Lore; Stuff You Should Know; Comedy Bang Bang.

    If you could have any guest on your show, who would you want and why?

    A. Josh: Cosplayer and YouTuber Jessica Nigri or animator Ross O’Donovan, because they both seem like they’d be a lot of fun to talk to.

    Alan: Game designer Chris Perkins, because he’s led such an interesting life (and maybe we could convince him to Dungeon Master for us).

    Write your own epitaph — what would it say and why?

    A. Here Lies Josh — He doubted he could do anything and ended up doing it all just fine.

    RIP Alan — He knew just enough to be dangerous.

    What has been your favourite episode so far?
    A. Always next one, because it’s going to be the best yet! (But, for the purposes of this question, here’s the history episode on Tetris.)

    Be sure to connect with Press Start to Join on Instagram, Twitterand Facebook.

    Over the next several weeks, Todayville will introduce you to members of the Alberta Podcast Network, so you can invite even more Alberta-made podcasts into your ears! You can find Press Start to Join and dozens of other shows at albertapodcastnetwork.com.

    About Alberta Podcast Network

    The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB, is on a mission to:

    • Help Alberta-based podcasters create podcasts of high quality and reach larger audiences;
    • Foster connections among Alberta-based podcasters;
    • Provide a powerful marketing opportunity for local businesses and organizations.

    Alberta Podcast Network Ltd. is pursuing this mission with funding from ATB Financial and support from other sponsors.

     


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    Live your best life with help from ‘Girl Tries Life’

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  • If you’re looking for advice and inspiration from someone who walks her talk, look no further than Girl Tries Life.

    Host Victoria Smith provides women with “the tools, strategies and inspiration to live their best lives.” And she knows whereof she speaks.

    Her podcast recently passed the 100-episode mark, which is all the more impressive when you know she had a toddler son when she started, and gave birth to her daughter last year. Plus she has spun her work off into a business, called Stress Less Ladies, which has been accepted into the ATB X incubator.

    Girl Tries Life alternates between interviews with women who are living incredible lives and continue to strive for more, and coaching episodes to tackle specific challenges that Smith has observed and sometimes lived through herself.

    Let’s learn a little more about empathetic, knowledgeable host of this show:

     

    Q. What will people get out of listening to your podcast?

    A. Inspiration from the badass women that I interview. And every coaching episode provides a tangible tool, skill or mindset shift to help them with their daily challenges.

    Q. If you could have any guest on your show, who would you want and why?

    A. Catherine Reitman, the creator of Working Moms. It’s an incredibly funny show, she’s whip-smart, and I think her perspective on how women can move up in the workforce even when their resumes don’t reflect it would be incredible.

    Q. What podcasts do you listen to?

    A. Pod Save America, HPX, Rise Podcast, Rise Together, Rise Without Compromise, Armchair Expert, Here to Make Friends

    Q. Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents?

    A. Does podcasting count? Also, avoiding piles of Lego and other small sharp toys my son leaves on the floor.

    Q. Write your own epitaph — what would it say? 

    A. It’s not about the achievements, it’s about putting in the effort and enjoying the journey.

    Q. What has been your favourite episode and why?

    A. So hard to choose! Probably one of my favourites would have been when I interviewed Bryony Gordon to talk about mental health. She is someone who I have so respected, and is so well known in her field. I’d say she was my “big fish” of interviewees.

    Be sure to connect with Smith on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

    Over the next several weeks, Todayville will introduce you to members of the Alberta Podcast Network, so you can invite even more Alberta-made podcasts into your ears! You can find Girl Tries Life and dozens of other shows at albertapodcastnetwork.com.

    About Alberta Podcast Network

    The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB, is on a mission to:

    • Help Alberta-based podcasters create podcasts of high quality and reach larger audiences;
    • Foster connections among Alberta-based podcasters;
    • Provide a powerful marketing opportunity for local businesses and organizations.

    Alberta Podcast Network Ltd. is pursuing this mission with funding from ATB Financial and support from other sponsors.


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    Indulge your nerdiness with Press Start to Join

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  • Just how geeky are the hosts of Press Start to Join, the show that promises “more geekery than you can shake a joystick at”?

    Well, for one thing, Josh Shenfield and Alan Techsmith started podcasting in 2015, way before podcasting hit the mainstream. For another, they never run out of things to nerd out about, whether it be video games, board games, tech security, comics, virtual reality or anything else in the geek universe.

    In addition to their weekly show covering current events on those topics, they do a monthly deep dive into video game history, exploring the origins and evolution of various games, companies or franchises. Be sure to catch the first episode of every month, too, for a complete list of free video games you can download.

    Let’s press start on this Q&A with the PS2J team:

    How did you meet?

    A. We went to high school together, bonded over shared geekery, and just never stopped talking about it.

    Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents that would surprise your listeners? 

    A. Alan has an eerie memory for useless numbers, and Josh is great at painting miniatures.

    What podcasts do you listen to?

    A. Alan: My Brother, My Brother, and Me; Fandalites; The Adventure Zone; Hey Riddle Riddle; Swindled; Til Death Do Us Blart.

    Josh: This Week in Tech; Star Wars Minute; How Did This Get Made; Podzilla1985; Lore; Stuff You Should Know; Comedy Bang Bang.

    If you could have any guest on your show, who would you want and why?

    A. Josh: Cosplayer and YouTuber Jessica Nigri or animator Ross O’Donovan, because they both seem like they’d be a lot of fun to talk to.

    Alan: Game designer Chris Perkins, because he’s led such an interesting life (and maybe we could convince him to Dungeon Master for us).

    Write your own epitaph — what would it say and why?

    A. Here Lies Josh — He doubted he could do anything and ended up doing it all just fine.

    RIP Alan — He knew just enough to be dangerous.

    What has been your favourite episode so far?
    A. Always next one, because it’s going to be the best yet! (But, for the purposes of this question, here’s the history episode on Tetris.)

    Be sure to connect with Press Start to Join on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

    Over the next several weeks, Todayville will introduce you to members of the Alberta Podcast Network, so you can invite even more Alberta-made podcasts into your ears! You can find Press Start to Join and dozens of other shows at albertapodcastnetwork.com.

    About Alberta Podcast Network

    The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB, is on a mission to:

    • Help Alberta-based podcasters create podcasts of high quality and reach larger audiences;
    • Foster connections among Alberta-based podcasters;
    • Provide a powerful marketing opportunity for local businesses and organizations.

    Alberta Podcast Network Ltd. is pursuing this mission with funding from ATB Financial and support from other sponsors.

     


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