I host The Garbage POD from the Garden City of Letchworth. Deep within the Home Counties of rural England.
Born & bred in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, I had two passions as a kid, Radio & anything space related.
At college, a few friends & I used to write & record comedy radio plays & skits for the amusement of fellow classmates,as part of the communication course that I was studying for. The course led me to join the local commercial radio station (Mix 96), as a Broadcasting Assistant. This was an exciting time, as I was part of the team on the lead up to launch day.
I moved to leafy Letchworth in 2006 & On researching what podcasting was all about, I stumbled upon, purely by accident, one of the pioneers of the U.K. podcasting scene, Richard Vobes, who was being praised to the sky by Danny Baker in one of Danny's Podcasts. Richard is now a friend & an inspiration to have a go myself.
About The Broadcast
"The Garbage POD is more of a community than a Podcast. It will hopefully bring a fusion of many interests to your Podcast receiver, from content whilst out & about to exciting activity in the Podisphere"
It was an idea that had been floating around since the late noughties. I wanted to create a magazine style podcast, that would be a mixing pot of flavours, that would hopefully suit everybody's taste.
The idea was to give the podcast a name that was punchy. It was always going to be called "The something POD" But why The Garbage POD? well, those of you familiar with the BBC sitcom 'Red Dwarf' will get the reference.
I was watching an early episode of Red Dwarf (Waiting For God, from Series 1, to be precise) & the name garbage pod cropped up in the plot of the episode. I thought to myself "Eureka! people will be forever asking, What on Earth is The Garbage POD" (believe me, we certainly do get that reaction) & so The Garbage POD was born.
After a little bit of encouragement, we went live, in the Winter of 2011 & have never looked back since.
In 2013 the podcast expanded into "The Podcaster's Podcast" as there are lots of of hidden gems in the podisphere, that really deserve recognition, so we contacted Producers & presenters of podcasts & webcasts to come on board as guest co hosts, Which enabled them to promote their wares to a different audience & maybe add more listeners to their listener base & vice versa.
Broadcaster & TV presenter, Gareth Jones was a guest on Episode 21 & said this of The Garbage POD:
"Podcasters work in isolation & The Garbage POD is the nearest thing we will Probably get to a union"
As well as the main Garbage POD episodes, there are additional bite sized chunks called "TGP Xtra" which we use to inform listeners of what is going on in the Podisphere & if there are one off events & causes that need to be promoted.
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Joining Mark Taylor for this episode of TGP NOMINAL Xtra is Comic Book Creator 'Brett Uren' to talk about his latest project "TORSOBEAR Volume 3: Back On The Blocks"
This episode of TGP Xtra is unusual because we crossover with our sibling podcast TGP NOMINAL. TGP Nominal was invited by The Department of Ability comic book creator Dan White to attend the the launch party for the comic at Hamleys Toy Store in Regent Street, London. We spoke to Dan himself, April from Strongbones Children's Charitable Trust & also we managed to catch a few words with Paralympics GB Golden Girl Hurricane Hannah Cockroft before she set off for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
On this episode of TGP Xtra we catch up with friend of the show, Gareth Jones as he talks to Mark Taylor about projects he is currently involved with.
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