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Savour the moment with Tomato Radio

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  • A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and… a podcast? That may not have been the combination Omar Khayyam had in mind 900 years ago, but it works out deliciously on Tomato Radio.

    The podcast is a spinoff of The Tomato (formerly City Palate), the magazine Mary Bailey started in Edmonton in 1996. She and Amanda LeNeve share a deep knowledge of wine, and they knew there were lots of fascinating food people to talk to in the city, so Tomato Radio was born in 2017.

    The podcast comes out every two weeks. Some episodes feature interviews with chefs, restaurateurs, wine experts or others involved in the food scene. Other weeks are “what’s happening” episodes, which let listeners know about upcoming events, closings and openings, as well as recommendations for festive meals, seasonal drinks and the like. It’s bubbly and fun.

    Let’s get a taste of Tomato Radio from LeNeve:

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

    A. We talk to amazing members of Edmonton’s food community and also keep Edmontonians updated on food and drink happenings in town.

    Q. How did you meet and how long have you known each other?

    A. Mary and I met each other when I was a publicist for a cookbook publishing company and she was one of my media contacts. When I moved to Edmonton, I wanted to stay connected to the community, so I asked how I could get involved in her magazine. We worked on the magazine together for a number of years where she instilled a love of wine in me. We have bonded over that interest and have traveled to many places to learn about it together.

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

    A. Sabring bottles of sparkling wine with a variety of tools (sabres, axes, etc.)

    Q. What podcasts do you listen to and why?

    A. We listen to a variety of podcasts, from international wine podcasts like I’ll Drink to That to our very own Alberta Podcast Network’s That’s a Thing?! We love hearing personal perspectives and the personality that comes across, especially on topics we’re passionate about.

    Q. Why do you think people enjoy podcasts?

    A. They tend to be informative and deep dives into their content areas. It’s nice to hear experts that aren’t necessarily endorsed by a media company. They’re everyday people who have interesting perspectives and experiences that are relatable and, most importantly, fun and approachable. I love the unpolished-ness of them.

    Q. What has been your favourite episode so far?

    A. Our interview with Teresa Spinelli. She is a pillar in the Edmonton food community and is an amazing business woman.

    Be sure to connect with Tomato Radio on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
    Each week, 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 Tomato Radio and dozens of other shows at albertapodcastnetwork.com.

    Click here to read about more Alberta Podcasters.

    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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    Join ‘a mini book club for the ears’ with The Read-Along!

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  • Say you want the book-club experience without the pressure of reading a whole book on deadline, and without the hassle of gathering in someone’s living room. What do you do?

    You subscribe to The Read-Along, that’s what. You’ll find yourself on “a journey through a good book, one chapter at a time,” with the husband-and-wife team of Anita and Scott C. Bourgeois.

    Each episode is based on a chapter, so you only have to read a little bit at a time. The hosts don’t read ahead, so you don’t have to worry about spoilers, as long as you read the chapter before listening to the episode. They are also skilled in banter and approach the podcast with joy, so the journey is a lot of fun.

    They are currently in the middle of Jasmine Gower’s Moonshine, a fantasy novel set in a world similar to 1920’s Chicago, but with magic. You can join them on this book, or look back at their previous titles, and proceed at your own pace — that’s the beauty of the podcast!

    Let’s learn a little more about the bookworms behind the show:

     

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

    A. A low-commitment book club, motivation to read, story and character analysis, and a little humour.

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

    A. We’ve discussed trying to get one of our featured authors on the show.

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

    A. Podcasting! We’re also big nerds who love tabletop games.

    Q. What podcasts do you listen to?

    A. Ken & Robin Talk About Stuff, The Greatest Generation: DS9, The Undad, Modern Manhood, I Have Some Notes, Press Start to Join, The Bugle and Lore are all regulars, but lots of other podcasts as well.

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

    A. They came. They read. They talked about it.

    Q. What has been your favourite episode and why?

    A. Episode 62, “Murder Arithmetic.” We go Full Book Club on The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz in our final overview of the book, after the weekly chapter-by-chapter read-through. Lots of great discussion.

     

    Be sure to connect with The Read-Along on  Twitter, Instagram 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 The Read-Along 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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