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INTERPREP PRO ★ OCTOBER 26, 2020

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INTERPREP PRO ★ OCTOBER 23, 2020

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INTERPREP PRO ★ OCTOBER 22, 2020

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My Favorite Productivity Apps

By Steve Holstein

In my never-ending quest for efficiency and organization, I download and test productivity apps often (probably too often). What follows are the apps which are currently helping me to get things done.

Note: Except Apple Notes, to the best of my knowledge most of these apps are available on both iOS and Android.

Apple Notes

For a long time my go-to note taking app was Evernote, but earlier this year I switched full time to Apple Notes. It’s fast, it’s free, I like the way it does search, and because it’s an Apple app it works really well with Apple hardware and software.

Some Apple Notes features I like best:

  • iCloud storage that quickly syncs with all my devices (phone, laptop, tablet)

Note: This video explains how to export Evernote notes to Apple Notes.

Pocket

When I have a few extra minutes and I want something to read I open Pocket, which acts as a catch-all “read it later” for articles I’ve found while browsing on my phone or laptop. When you open Pocket you see a list of your saved articles stripped down to simple text. If you’re a radio show prep hunter-gatherer, Pocket is great to clip articles into because you can tag them based on subject.
The number of features available in Pocket is long so check out PC Magazine’s roundup.

Buffer and Hootsuite

If you share to social media more than once a day, apps like Buffer and Hootsuite will help you schedule posts. If you manage more than a few accounts don’t be afraid to save a few dollars by downloading both of these free apps and splitting your scheduled posts between them.

Dropbox and Google Drive

Every issue of InterPrep, every blog post, every PDF, every photo, every audio file, every everything I digital thing I own is backed up in real-time to the cloud, either in Dropbox or Google Drive. Dropbox is my top choice with Google Drive a nice addition if you use Google Docs, Sheets, etc.

Dashlane

The idea behind password management apps like Dashlane is simple: Store all of your passwords behind one very strong master password. With the app and browser extensions installed you have the option to fill in username and password fields using Dashlane.

Email Me

Many of us use our email inbox as a catch-all for any number of digital things. When I don’t want to send something to Pocket or Apple Notes I use Email Me to send it to my email.

Rev

Lots of apps will take what you’ve said and convert it to text, but a dedicated app like Rev is designed for better transcription of long-form content. Open the app, tap ‘Record’ and when you’ve finished the audio is anonymously uploaded to a Rev human for accurate transcription. For a quarter of the price you can also let Rev’s computers transcribe your audio.

Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts has every feature I need in a podcast app — my favorites being offline listening and “up next,” which lets me build a continuous playlist. I can even add non-podcast audio files to Pocket Casts, which I’ll use when doing an aircheck review.

TextExpander

If you do quite a bit of emailing or writing I highly recommend TextExpander to create keyboard shortcuts for often-used words, phrases and even entire emails (think customer support emails, or generic emails you often write for listeners). For example, instead of typing interprep.com just now I typed #i and TextExpander automatically created the URL for me. When I want to send a new subscriber a “welcome” email I type @welcome and the entire email is “typed” — all I have to do is fill in their name. TextExpander’s feature list is long and once you’ve created a handful of shortcuts you’ll wonder how you got by without it.

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INTERPREP PRO ★ OCTOBER 21, 2020

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Becoming A Content Creator

By Steve Holstein

Remember when you had a Program Director? Now he’s your Brand Manager.

That station General Manager? She’s now your Market Manager.

And you’re no longer a Morning Show Host — you’re a Content Creator. You won’t see this title on the radio job boards, but Content Creator is what you are… or should aspired to be.

I’ve been a Content Creator since 1993, back then I was hosting a morning show and sharing my written bits and jokes with radio friends — by fax. I’m pretty sure content creation is in my blood because since that first fax went out I have learned…

  • to be a pretty good writer by writing regularly.
  • to be a video creator by filming and editing video.
  • to podcast by podcasting.
  • how to set up, launch and maintain a website by setting up multiple websites.
  • learned to set up, launch and publish multiple email newsletters.

Your Market Manager might call you a “Morning Show Host” or “Afternoon On-air Talent,” but if you change your mindset to one of “Content Creator” you’ll find yourself creating beyond your on-air time.

And when you begin to call yourself a Content Creator you can’t help but think of new ways to take the creative ideas in your head and transform them into blog posts, email newsletters, videos, etc.

This content is valuable to not only your radio station but to you, your “brand,” and your career.

Aspiring to be a solid on-air talent is good, but aspiring to be a full-fledged content creator is even better.


INTERPREP PRO ★ OCTOBER 20, 2020

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INTERPREP PRO ★ OCTOBER 19, 2020

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INTERPREP PRO ★ OCTOBER 16, 2020

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INTERPREP PRO ★ OCTOBER 15, 2020

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