The first episode of The Recovery Show was posted to the internet on Dec 10, 2012. It’s hard to believe that we are now 5 years and 227 episodes in. What has 5 years of podcasting meant to me? What has it meant to you?
- How did it happen?
- 6 years ago — the only “podcasts” I listened to were NPR shows like “Car Talk” and “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”.
- I first heard about recovery podcasts from my friend Mark, who produces “Recovered”
- I asked him to be my sponsor in early 2012, and he said “would you like to be in my podcast?” I had to think about it!
- Started guest hosting in Recovered Spring 2012.
- Said “we should do an Al-Anon episode”. Mark responded “You should do an Al-Anon podcast!” What?!
- Thought about it. Talked to some friends about it. Decided to give it a try.
- Early December 2012, Kelli, Swetha, and I recorded our first “pilot” episode with a conversation about boundaries. The audio quality was not good, but we decided to post it anyway.
- I bought some microphones and a mixer, and by episode 4, we decided it was no longer a “pilot.”
- During the next 11 months we consistently had 3 hosts for each episode, and sometimes an additional guest.
- In October, 2012, Kelli and Swetha decided they could not continue with the podcast.
- What to do!?
- Episode 47, “Changes” records my reaction, as I tried to draw on my program tools, and move forward.
- I was challenged to find co-hosts, because I thought I needed to keep the conversational format we had developed in the preceding 11 months.
- Bringing in remote co-hosts.
- First remote co-host in episode 55 with Ruth from Germany!
- First solo episode: 66 “codependency”. Challenging myself to do it differently, feeling insufficient.
- Later feedback is that people like both formats.
- Consistency: format, schedule
- Finding co-hosts
- Keeping track of requests and offers!
- Expectations — particularly what I expect you expect of me!
- That Mark suggested it
- That Kelli and Swetha were consistent co-hosts, co-creators in the first year.
- For all of you who express your gratitude to me.
- For all of you who contribute your ESH to the show.
- Especially for those who have co-hosted, or who have offered to co-host, even when I lost track of your offer.
- To Ruth and Akilah, who were my co-hosts for the Traditions and Concepts episodes.
- For your questions and topic suggestions.
- How has my recovery benefited?
- I have to “dive deep” into a recovery topic almost every week.
- I have to move outside my comfort zone, to reach out to co-hosts and ask them for the gift of their time.
- The “Step 10 inventory” aspect of “our week in recovery”.
- What now?
- Keep on as we have done?
- What changes would you like to see?
- Episode formats: conversation, solo, speaker. What else?
Upcoming episodes include 3 parenting topics: being the sober parent in an alcoholic marriage, parenting an addict or alcoholic child, and parenting in general. Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.
Music from the show
Lori McKenna – Drinkin' Problem
Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror
Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come
And a bonus track. I couldn't help myself.
David Bowie – Five Years