This is Jakob.
He lives across the street from me. We’re neighbors.
About a year-and-half-ago, he told me he was doing a crazy project.
He wanted to become a radio producer. And he was going to start a podcast.
He had done plenty of audio and music stuff and recording stuff, but never radio or podcasting. At that moment, he was transitioning from a job as a woodworker into something else. But he was going for it.
I gave him some advice. I don’t know if it was bad or what, but I just said, “start doing it.” I told him just to interview people and gradually build up his show.
But Jakob took his time. He got some semi-pro equipment. He started interviewing people here and there, and slowly built up one show. And he was picky. Really picky. He had a goal in mind. His goal was to be like This American Life or RadioLab. Super slick and high quality.
He named his podcast Neighbors. Fittingly, I’m a big fan. Listen to it here.
More than that though, the name really does encompass Jakob’s whole ethos. He’s community minded, has a diverse group of friends from a wide swath of life, really is an extrovert who is interested in everyone’s story.
As a test run or as part of the mandate of the name of the podcast, he interviewed me about my love for Kmart. That transcript lives in this chapbook.
Jakob kept working and through a lot of life events and different schedules, and developed his first episode. Here it is.
Sometimes I would send him random radio things, sometimes we wouldn’t talk about podcasting at all.
After a lot of obsessiveness, Jakob submitted to this Transom Story Workshop.
He did it. He got in. He’ll be training for 8 weeks and he’ll blow them away in Cape Cod.
His dream is not done, but he’s well on his way. And it’s a great story. Read more about it on his blog.
I’m really happy for him and can’t wait to hear what he comes up with next.
So…what about my advice? Jakob didn’t take it. He did it differently. That’s cool. The world will be horrible if I was in charge. Does that mean I was wrong and gave him bad advice?
I’ll write more about that tomorrow.