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‘Keep recording, man’

Nik Martin interviews Jesse Lawson at The Weasku inn for a documentary associated with the “Dadcast.” Photo by Chez Lawson
Nik Martin and Jeff Pierce interview Jesse Lawson and Bryan Hopkins at The Weasku inn for a special edition of their podcast, called, “Dadcast.” Photo by Chez Lawson.
‘Dadcast’ hosts Nik Martin and Jeff Pierce share their passion for podcasting

Nik Martin and Jeff Pierce (known simply as “JP”) are two Rogue Valley dads having a blast on their own show, called “Dadcast.”

But you don’t need to own a recording studio or fancy equipment to start your own podcast, they say.

“If anyone tells you (that) you have to have this $600 mic or that $600 (sound) board, it helps, but it’s not needed,” Pierce said. “What you need, off the bat, is a tangible idea — something that resonates. What are you going to talk about? What’s the name of your podcast? Start there.”

Finding a podcast provider is another major decision, he added. “Dadcast” started under SimpleCast, which requires a monthly subscription to have the show disseminated to other major podcast providers, such as Apple.

“From there, it’s all about doing it,” Pierce said. “Keep recording, man. Keep recording.”

And “Dadcast” has kept recording — almost 50 episodes to date. It all started in August of 2020, when Pierce and Martin released the first episode, talking about their personal journeys in fatherhood.

After a reverse vasectomy, Martin — the father of six kids — had his youngest, named Liam, through in-vitro fertilization. The child was transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit for three months before coming home. But even then, the problems didn’t stop; Liam came down with E. coli infection, though he recovered.

Pierce is the father of three kids, ranging from a 17-year-old son to an 8-year-old daughter, who is “full of sassy-frassy.”

“What scares me the most about being a dad … is being a good enough dad to when I die, I feel like they had a good dad; that I did right by them,” Pierce said during the show’s first episode.

And then, when Pierce’s wife unexpectedly told him during the show that he was the best dad, Martin was modest when it came to his own abilities.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I think I’ve got a lot to learn.”

The show is not all about the hosts’ take on being a dad — they want their guests to be the stars. Alien Ant Farm’s Tye Zamora; Manny Cabo, a contestant from “The Voice”; NASCAR driver Brian Obiedzenski; and actor Tom Arnold are just a few examples.

“You guys look like guys who could either be my sons, my best friends or my worst enemy,” Arnold joked with Martin and Pierce on a June 8 episode.

Then, Arnold — who was married four times and became a father late in life — thanked them for “Dadcast.”

“I like it, because I’m a dad; I live for my kids,” he said. “I also want to get tips from other dads.”

Pierce told the newspaper that in order to attract “high-quality, celebrity guests,” a network of good-connected people helps.

“It takes a village, man,” he said. “It’s a domino effect; it snowballs. We’re booked out until March.”

Pierce believes “Dadcast” is “only getting bigger and better with every single episode we do.” Now, the podcast’s YouTube channel — in which you can see Martin and Pierce doing their thing — indicates it has over 6,000 followers. Martin said the podcast has accumulated 20,000 downloads.

But the dad hosts didn’t get those numbers without promoting themselves — another major component for anyone producing a podcast, according to Pierce.

“Nik is the champion of social media, so he shares and he shares and he shares, to the point where, in the beginning, it almost felt like begging,” Pierce said. “But it’s working.”

It may be working so well because Martin, notably, left his old job to devote all his professional time to “Dadcast.” That said, he still thinks of it as a hobby, not a job.

“I enjoy doing this all the time,” Martin said. “I didn’t enjoy getting up and going to work for 10 hours.”

Though he cautioned budding podcast hosts: “Don’t go into this thinking you’re going to get rich.”

The “Dadcast” hosts acknowledged that podcasts are popular right now, and they talked about why. Pierce credits to advancements in technology and changes in the way services, including music, are delivered.

“You’re able to do all the things (today) that you couldn’t do 10 years ago, even,” he said. “With podcasts, the younger generation is leaning toward being creators … and talking about topics and spreading that word because of the internet.”

Martin agreed young people are listening to podcasts, citing the three-episode series on COVID-19 that “Dadcast” did.

“Younger people are going to podcasts to get what’s going on in the world instead of watching CNN,” he said.

Pierce believes podcasts, which are widely available for free, reflect the “I want it now” mentality of society.

“Whatever you want, you can go find,” Pierce said, “and, on the other side of it, if you’re into it, you can make it, too.”

Anyone can make a podcast, the “Dadcast” hosts believe — as long as people are willing and put in the time.

“We need more people getting out there, using their voices,” Martin said.

For more information on “Dadcast,” log onto dadcast.co (not “.com”). You can listen to episodes there or use your smartphone to log onto Apple Podcasts or any major podcast provider.

Reach reporter Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or kopsahl@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.