Today we’re excited to highlight a show from one of the super-popular genres in podcasting: True Crime. Ever since the advent of Serial the rage has all been NCIS type podcast that tells the story about an actual event in (usually recent) history.
This week we highlight Ryan Towry’s show: States of Crime. In States of Crime Ryan highlights a true crime story from a different state in the US, and injects a bit of humor to what can be otherwise a quite dark subject. Ryan has enjoyed great success in connecting with his audience and growing his readership. Here’s Ryan to tell more of the story.
What’s your podcast website
What’s the name of your show?
States of Crime
When did your show launch?
What is your show about?
States of Crime is a true crime podcast with a sense of humor. Each week we visit a different state in the United States and talk about a missing person, serial killer and a stupid criminal.
What makes your Point Of View unique in your niche/market?
We look at true crime with a sense of humor and the host and researcher is a woman. In a market that seems to be dominated by men our podcast is hosted and ran by a hilarious and strong woman. Each episode Lachelle does all the research and tells Ryan about true crime in each state with a fresh ear, he knows nothing of the crimes before the recordings.
What is one thing you’ve learned that you want to share with other podcasters?
As long as you have a laptop you don’t have to spend more then $300 to start a podcast. Just buy a Sonus 2 channel audio box, 2 SM48 mics with foam covers and XLR cables and you’re good to go. If you buy all of this used on eBay you can probably spend less then $200 and sound just as good as most of the top 100 podcasts out there.
What is your podcasting superpower?
The chemistry between the two of us is second to none. We are dating and know each other in and out and are extremely honest with each other so we don’t hold back anything.
What else would you like to share with the podcasting world?
Only start a show that you are really passionate about. It will take a while to grow an audience so if you don’t love what you’re doing and you’re not making any money from it and not that many people are listening you will most likely stop. If you truly love the show you’re making and have fun doing it you’ll continue to put out episodes regardless if you’re making money or if no one is listening.