A few statistics to set the stage:
30 million episodes as of December 2019.
800,000 different shows.
51% of the US population has listened to a podcast – 144 million people!
50% of all homes are podcast friendly – that’s over 60 million homes!
All of these numbers are climbing daily, and we’re oh, so excited to join this popular medium. We’re proud to introduce you to our new podcast, headed by one of our fearless Forsyth Magazines leaders, Brooke Eagle.
Before we dive into our podcast, the uptick in this medium seems only natural. Episodes can be listened to in the car, at the gym, at work – they can be saved for road trips or runs – and the best part? Free!
Makes perfect sense that Forsyth Magazines would have our own, and while my opinion is biased, I encourage you to check it out yourself. I got a chance to sit down with Brooke to talk about the podcast, aptly named Forsyth Mags and available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, with a link to listen on our Instagram account @forsythmags.
Brooke wasn’t brewing this idea for months or even weeks – you might call her an accidental podcast host. “I went to be a guest on a podcast a couple of months ago, unwillingly, to be honest – completely out of my comfort zone! Once we got started, I immediately fell in love with it. The microphones, the equipment, the authentic conversation…I jokingly told the host of the show (Tim Beeman) that I should start a Forsyth Mags podcast, and he said, “No, you actually should!” After a few days of not being able to stop thinking about it, I moved forward. I’m decisive and knew this was something that I was passionate about and wanted to pursue.”
It’s refreshing she did – while there are so many podcasts out in the world, Forsyth Mags is zippy and hyperlocal – only 20 minutes or less, which makes it perfect for that drive to work, dog walk or lunch break. Every episode features a business or individual, and there’s no overly scripted tight structure. “We’re simply having an authentic conversation and learning about their ‘why’ and ‘how’ in life,” says Brooke, “It has a behind-the-scenes feel and gets to know some people on a different wavelength.” Guests already include Cheri and Justin Lingafelt behind Accent Prone, Dr. Summer from Lewisville Laser & Aesthetics, DJ Hargrave with Twin City Fashion Week and more. “I’m really excited about all of the upcoming episodes, but in the next couple of months I have two photographers on specifically talking about collaboration over competition, a topic I absolutely love!”
Speaking of behind the scenes, one of the biggest things Brooke finds herself doing is calming nerves before recording – not hers, but those of the guest – because most of them haven’t been on many, if any, podcasts. “They’re naturally a little nervous, but the coolest thing is that 100% of the time they tell me afterwards that it was so much more fun and easy than they had expected!”
Listeners can expect a new episode every Thursday, and should expect love for the local community. “I love Winston-Salem and learning more about the great people involved in it,” says Brooke, “I get to just talk to people – which I love – and it’s an absolute honor to highlight all of these great people!”
Tune into Brooke and Forsyth Mags on Spotify and Apple Podcasts every Thursday – and let us know what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or shoot us an email.