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Welcome Back to
The Podomatic Feature Series!
Leading us into Spring this year is Rainbow Country, our #1 Ranked LGBTQ Podcast.
Mark Tara, creator, and host of Rainbow Country aims to shine their spotlight on the incredible and often overlooked work of creatives in the LGBTQ Community. Guest interviews with professionals in film, TV, and music, always lead to Hot Topic discussions on arts, culture, health, and business. Rainbow Country has everything one needs to learn something new.
Check out our interview below!
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When, how and why did you start podcasting?
"I have to say I didn't START podcasting. Podcasting said "GURL you better catch up!" Allow me to explain. In June 2016 I started my Gay radio show Rainbow Country on CIUT895FM in Toronto & it wasn't until a year into my show I realized I was selling myself short by not offering the show up as a podcast, so, I did my research & realized that Podomatic offered, among other things, a Gay and Lesbian chart. It was that moment podcasting said to me "GURL you better catch up". So I joined Podomatic & I'm happy to say as a result, Rainbow Country is usually in the top 10 of Podomatic's Gay & Lesbian chart & the show has gotten as high as #1! Something I'm very proud of."
How did you pick a subject/topic?
"Picking a TOPIC or SUBJECT usually happens organically. Something that catches my attention. I'll reach out to potential guests & usually it works out. I'm fortunate to say I've had on leaders & regular members of Canada's LGBT Community plus I'm happy to say I've had on Oscar winners, Grammy winners, best selling authors, film & music festivals as well. I'm always looking for ways to expand the show."
Advice for people that haven’t pressed record yet?
"What I've learned is that what works for one, may not work for another. That being said, I think if people are looking to get into podcasting they should take their time to find their voice. What makes you unique to other podcasts that are out there? Be professional. Professionalism will take you places & just as importantly pick the best platform to host your show that will get your show out to as many ears as possible. In my professional opinion, Podomatic stands head & shoulders above the rest."