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Podcasters Questionnaire: Ketchum All #PokePodMonth2023

Podcaters Questionnaire
Gotta catch’em podcasts!

July is Pokemon Podcast Month. A month where we get to celebrate our favorite Pokemon podcasts.

Pokemon Podcasts have a vast array of hosts. All of them come from various backgrounds and think in different way. The one thing that they all have in common is that they host their podcast as if they are a friend. A friend where you can come to every episode in hopes to have a conversation with them. One where you can enjoy their company for various minutes as you do something from driving, enjoying a meal or just doing something in your everyday life.

Still, as friends you want to get to know them a bit better. So we have taken the chance to ask some of your favorite Pokemon podcasters various of questions. Some of these questions range from podcasting in general to why they simply love Pokemon. Overall, we want to give you a chance to get closer to the friends that you love to listen and talk to every episode.

Today we have the following answering our Pokemon Podcast questionnaire:
Caitlin & Lauren from Ketchum All.

What drew you to the Pokemon franchise?

Ketchum AllLauren: I was something I got into when I was very young. I saw my brother playing the original games and collecting cards and wanted to be part of that. It was something the two of us shared growing up.

Caitlin: As a child, Pokémon was my very first introduction to the world of pop culture. It holds a special place in my heart!

What inspired you to podcast?

Ketchum AllLauren: When I was in college (years ago) I got really into the Pokémon anime and was sad when I realized that there weren’t many podcasts focusing only on that. I decided that since the podcast I wanted didn’t exist, I should just make it.

Caitlin and I made about 10 episodes before life got in the way. We recently rebooted the show. Though these days you can find more podcasts about the anime. But I’m still glad to be making it since it finally got Caitlin to watch the show.

Caitlin: I am always looking for new and creative ways to fill my time! When Lauren reached out to me with her PPPP (Pokémon Podcast Passion Project) there was only one logical choice!

What is your thought process when it comes to picking music for your podcast?

Ketchum AllLauren: We don’t really use music in our episodes. Right now, we mostly drop clips in from the show. It’s something I plan to look into more in the future as we get a better feel for what we’re aiming for. Though when we tried for the first time, I wrote a small intro song. I didn’t like it much, so it’s not used anymore.

What keeps you going when it comes to podcasting and Pokemon?

Ketchum AllCaitlin: It really helps that Pokémon is simply delightful. We are a podcast that intends to cover the entirety of the show which can be daunting when the number of episodes is SO. HIGH. But my GOODNESS, every time I hit play to watch another 3 episodes, I am FILLED with energy to get to discussing!! Special shoutout to Team Rocket for making me laugh as much as they do!

Lauren: It really is just that Pokémon is a fun show. The whole reason I wanted to make the show was because the anime gave me so much joy and I wanted a space where that could be discussed. The Rockets are definitely a bright spot. They put so much passion into everything they do. I think if anyone is wanting to start a podcast they should follow Team Rocket’s example and choose something they’re truly passionate about. That way it feels like something you want to keep coming back to.

When you record your podcast, who do you wish to reach with it?

Ketchum AllLauren: Pretty much anyone who’s interested in Pokémon. Whether they’re like me, and have seen every episode and played all the games, or like my mom, who only plays Pokémon GO. I want it to be a space where you can just laugh and enjoy the strange world that is Pokémon.

Part of the reason I asked Caitlin was because she knew very little about the anime and I figured she could help bring in the voice of less familiar listeners.

Caitlin: I hope to reach other people like myself! Busy, tired, and frightened of the time investment required to appreciate such a lengthy series! If I didn’t have this podcast, I may NEVER have found the time to watch this series. I hope that our podcast can be that helpful alternative to actually watching the show for other busy folk!

What is the hardest part when it comes to podcasting?

Ketchum AllCaitlin: Writing episode summaries! With my goldfish memory I have to go back and forth between writing, re-watching, and checking the episodes as I go. It’s simply really time consuming!

Lauren: Summaries are definitely the most work. And they are the only part that feels like a chore. I actually enjoy all the editing and other notoriously difficult parts. Though I would also say that advertising or marketing is hard. Neither of us know much about promoting ourselves. We enjoy making the podcast but once it’s uploaded, we just leave it there for anyone who happens to find us.

What has been the best Podcast moment you have had?

Ketchum AllLauren: So far, it’s seeing Caitlin react to the crazy episodes. When you watch a show alone you can recognize when weird things happen. But sitting down and talking about it really shines a light on how strange some of the early episodes are. I also love it when listeners reach out with things they noticed.

Caitlin: It’s so hard to choose! I’m going to cop out and say every time we ever sidetrack so hard, poor Lauren has to turn it into one of our separate “”sidetracked”” mini episodes!

Huge thank you to Caitlin & Lauren for taking the time to answer these questions.

We hope you enjoy this moment with your friend if you are a listener of this podcast. If you are not then how about you take a chance and make a new friend by listening to Ketchum All.

Make sure to give them a review on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher! Don’t touch that Totodile! See you all next time!

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