Sock Monkey Sound Podcast

Behind-the-scenes creative director, executive producer of Sock Monkey Sound [SMS], a grassroots podcast covering wide-ranging cultural topics, regional music talk, and interviews with independent artists including: David Bazan, Yoko Ono, Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), Colin Hay (Men At Work), Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers/Archers of Loaf), Hutch Harris (The Thermals), Dan Deacon, Richard Edwards, Matt Hopper, members of The Dandy Warhols, Superchunk, Built To Spill, The Dismemberment Plan and many more.

Enjoyed many daily administrative, creative and technical responsibilities during my tenure with SMS. Contributed podcast performance, provided cloud management and support, directed brand development and marketing, expanded listener base, engaged public with daily social media and web site content production, assisted artist relations and interviews, led writing and editing of content for website, managed front-end CMS. Also personally financed and managed cloud server hosting and streaming services to sustain operations while SMS founders attended to life responsibilities. I truly believed in SMS until I realized that three of the original four founders had no interests in taking responsibilities for the baby they conceived.

SMS, against all recession-era odds, received national recognition for establishing itself as a Top 10 National Music and Culture Podcast from USA Today (2011), NPR (2011), and Paste Magazine (2012) during this creative tenure. Also solely wrote, produced, performed, digitally published and distributed an additional 19 episodes of an offshoot, one-man podcast production for the SMS brand: Andy and Reggie’s Songs About Stuff and Things Radio Hour (2012-2013) in an effort to expand the SMS brand.

Sadly made the decision to walk away from SMS in 2014. I couldn’t keep paying monthly GPU streaming overages due to data spike increases. The original founders weren’t on talking terms, and didn’t seem to understand how much I was handling with no help in return aside from one of its founders, Chip Copeland, who was always grateful. SMS went off-grid and remained that way for 2 years. Two of the founders managed to reconnect and reboot the original 112 episodes-archive (2009-2014) in mid-2016 after the hiatus. The new team proceeded without a manages website for literary content to coexist with episodes. They produced and created an additional 100 episodes—all great—but sadly suffered a similar end by mid-2018 due to the same financial, production, and time related obstacles that come with life responsibilities and a growing operation out of poor region with no ad revenue to back the production.

212 Sock Monkey Sound podcast episodes are currently off-grid and unavailable to stream as of late 2018. However, the 19 episodes of my one-man-off-shoot podcast radio show—Songs About Stuff and Things—are available to share, download and stream at this link:

http://articles.andywhorehall.com/category/articles/songs-about-stuff

ClientSock Monkey Sound PodcastServicesCreative Direction, Podcast Production, Brand Identity + Logo Development, Social Media, Articles + InterviewsYear2009-2014Linkarticles.andywhorehall.com

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