Episode #1837-Four Are In And One Will Win from a NASCAR Fan’s View

This episode is the latest from NascarFansView.com and JustAFansView.com and is a production of PodCastNorm dot Com with host Rusty Norman. It gives Rusty’s opinion of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races throughout the 2018 Season. As with any Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season, there are always plenty of surprises from beginning to end and there is plenty of intensity and drama expected this year also.

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These article/podcasts are usually once weekly podcasts and sometimes even more when events warrant it during the NASCAR season (which generally runs from February through the middle of November.) Rusty is a former hometown Stock Car driver and owner and his passion and love for the sport is evident as he shares his take and opinion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the Season progresses from the season beginning at Daytona in February and ending with the Championship at Homestead, FL in November.

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All views expressed are strictly the opinion of the writer
© November 17, 2018 – all rights reserved
Rusty Norman, Nascarfansview.com and Justafansview.com
All audio productions by www.podcastnorm.con m and PodCastNorm Productions
All music TwoBuckThemes from Mike Stewart unless otherwise stated

Episode #1626 – The Heat Is On At Phoenix from a NASCAR Fan’s View

This episode is the latest from NascarFansView.com and JustAFansView.com and is a production of PodCastNorm dot Com with host Rusty Norman. It gives Rusty’s opinion of the Last race in the Round of eight this weekend at Phoenix
Sunday afternoon November 12, 2016. This being the Last race of the third segment of the 2016 Chase shows two people already guaranteed spots in the finale at Homestead with other six of the eight still qualified to compete in the Chase for the Championship vying for the remaining two spots for the Sprint Cup Championship. Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards have secured their spots in the final race by winning a race each in this segment. There is only one race left and two spots left to be filled for the Championship race in Homestead next weekend. This will be an intense and exciting race and you can bet the emotions will be high, and like any other NASCAR Cup Chase race, there is a lot riding on this one as any of the 40 starting this one can win. This particular race is another special one because it is also Tony Stewart’s last race at at Phoenix.

imageAs has always been the case in the Chase so far, consistent lap times, getting in and out of the pits with no problems or penalties and a strategy that maintains good track position throughout the day will once again result in one of the forty drivers sitting in Victory Lane and two of them qualified for the final race for the Championship next weekend. Phoenix is a fast, relatively flat track full of great racing and just about anything can happen. As a general rule, this is a race where there is always the chance of hot tempers and high emotions that may rule the six still looking for one of the two available spots. These article/podcasts are usually once weekly podcasts and sometimes twice when events warrant it during the NASCAR season (which generally runs from February through the middle of November.) Rusty is a former hometown Stock Car driver and owner and his passion and love for the sport is evident as he shares his take and opinion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the Season progresses from the season beginning at Daytona in February and ending with the Championship at Homestead, FL in November.

Episode #1625 – For Chasers It’s All About Winning At Texas from a NASCAR Fan’s View

This episode is the latest from NascarFansView.com and JustAFansView.com and is a production of PodCastNorm dot Com with host Rusty Norman. It gives Rusty’s opinion of the Second race in the Round of eight this weekend at Texas
Sunday afternoon November 5, 2016. This being the second race of the third segment of the 2016 Chase shows one person already guaranteed a spot in the finale at Homestead with the rest of the eight still qualified to compete in the Chase for the Championship vying for remaining three spots for the Sprint Cup Championship. Jimmie Johnson secured his spot in the final race by winning last weekend. There are only two races left and three spots in the Championship race left to claim. It should be very exciting and intense racing and, like any other NASCAR Cup Chase race, there is a lot riding on this one as any of the 40 starting can win. This particular race is another special one because it is also Tony Stewart’s last race at at Texas.

imageAs is always the case, consistent lap times, getting in and out of the pits with no problems or penalties and a strategy that maintains good track position throughout the day will once again result in one of the forty drivers sitting in Victory Lane. Texas a fast slippery track full of great racing and just about anything can happen. As a general rule, this is a race where there is always the chance of hot tempers and high emotions will rule the eight still in the Chase for the Championship. These article/podcasts are usually once weekly podcasts and sometimes twice when events warrant it during the NASCAR season (which generally runs from February through the middle of November.) Rusty is a former hometown Stock Car driver and owner and his passion and love for the sport is evident as he shares his take and opinion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the Season progresses from the season beginning at Daytona in February and ending with the Championship at Homestead, FL in November.

Episode #1623 – Talladega, Restrictor Plates and Elimination from a NASCAR Fan’s View

This episode is the latest from NascarFansView.com and JustAFansView.com and is a production of PodCastNorm dot Com with host Rusty Norman. It gives Rusty’s opinion of the Third Chase race of the second segment this weekend at Talladega Sunday afternoon October 22, 2016. This third race of the second segment of the 2016 Chase will once again have the narrowed field of twelve for the Sprint Cup Championship except when this one is over, four of the drivers will be eliminated from the Chase for the Cup Championship. That will make for interesting and intense racing and, like any other NASCAR Cup race, there is a lot riding on this one and though there are only twelve competing in the Chase, any of the 40 can win. This particular race is another special one because it is also Tony Stewart’s last race at Talladega. He has been eliminated from the Chase and is retiring at the end of this year.

imageAs is always the case, consistent lap times, getting in and out of the pits with no problems or penalties and a strategy that maintains good track position throughout the day will once again result in one of the forty drivers sitting in Victory Lane. Talladega always seems to offer great restrictor plate racing and anything can happen. As a general rule, it is a race where there is always the chance of a Big One and a surprise finish along with a lot of emotion. These article/podcasts are usually once weekly podcasts and sometimes twice when events warrant it during the NASCAR season (which generally runs from February through the middle of November.) Rusty is a former hometown Stock Car driver and owner and his passion and love for the sport is evident as he shares his take and opinion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the Season progresses from the season beginning at Daytona in February and ending with the Championship at Homestead, FL in November.

Episode #1619 – It’s On At Chicagoland from a NASCAR Fan’s View

This episode is the latest from NascarFansView.com and JustAFansView.com and is a production of PodCastNorm dot Com with host Rusty Norman. It gives Rusty’s opinion of the first Chase race this weekend at Chicagoland Sunday afternoon September 17, 2016. This is the first race of the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. It is important to either win or finish near the front and it does make for interesting and intense racing. Like any other NASCAR Cup race, there are a lot of drivers to choose from to pick as a winner and any of the 40 can win but only 16 are competing for the Championship. This particular race is another special one because it is start of the Chase and it is also Tony Stewart’s last first race of the Chase format since he is retiring at the end of this year.

imageAs is always the case, consistent lap times, getting in and out of the pits with no problems or penalties and a strategy that maintains good track position throughout the day will once again result in one of the forty drivers sitting in Victory Lane. Chicagoland always seems to offer great racing right down to the Checkered Flag and anything can happen at any time. As a general rule, it is a race where there is always the chance of a surprise finish along with a lot of drama right down to the drop of the checkered flag. These article/podcasts are usually once weekly podcasts and sometimes twice when events warrant it during the NASCAR season (which generally runs from February through the middle of November.) Rusty is a former hometown Stock Car driver and owner and his passion and love for the sport is evident as he shares his take and opinion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the Season progresses from the season beginning at Daytona in February and ending with the Championship at Homestead, FL in November.

Episode #1617- Throwbacks and Taming The Bojangles Southern 500 from a NASCAR Fan’s View

This episode is the latest from NascarFansView.com and JustAFansView.com and is a production of PodCastNorm dot Com with host Rusty Norman. It gives Rusty’s opinion of the race this weekend at The Darlington Raceway in Darlington South Carolina on Sunday evening September 4, 2016. The track at Darlington is legendary and has been around the NASCAR circuit since 1950. Because it is a fast and abrasive track along with being egg shaped it is a particular challenge for the drivers. It does make for interesting and intense racing and quite often the cars bounce off the wall gaining what is refered to as “the Darlington Stripe.” Like any other NASCAR Cup race, there are a lot of drivers to choose from to pick as a winner. This particular one is another special one because it is Tony Stewart’s last one, he is retiring at the end of this year. Jeff Gordon will be sitting in the driver’s seat for the recovering Dale Earnhardt Jr. once again as Dale has decided to take the rest of the year off to fully recover from his concussion symptoms and come back strong and ready for next season. As is always the case, consistent lap times, getting in and out of the pits with no problems or penalties and a strategy that maintains good track position throughout the day will once again result in one of the forty drivers sitting in Victory Lane. Darlington always seems to offer some great racing right down to the Checkered Flag if for no other reason than anything can happen at any time. It could be decided by being a fuel mileage and tire conservation race. As a general rule, it is a race where there is always the chance of a Big surprise along with a lot of drama right down to the drop of the checkered flag. These article/podcasts are usually once weekly podcasts and sometimes twice when events warrant it during the NASCAR season (which generally runs from February through the middle of November.)

imageRusty is a former hometown Stock Car driver and owner and his passion and love for the sport is evident as he shares his take and opinion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the Season progresses from the season beginning at Daytona in February and ending with the Championship at Homestead, FL in November.

Episode #1612 – It’s Stewart’s Farewell and Gordon’s Return at Indy from a NASCAR Fan’s View

This episode is the latest from NascarFansView.com and JustAFansView.com and is a production of PodCastNorm dot Com with host Rusty Norman. It gives Rusty’s opinion of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday Afternoon July 24, 2016. The Brickyard at Indianapolis is a legendary track with lots of history in open wheel and Stock Cars and it is a fast, two and one half mile flat track and it is hard to pass. It is a particular challenge for the drivers. It does make for interesting and intense racing, though and, just about like any other NASCAR Cup race, there are a lot of drivers to choose from to pick as a winner. This particular one is special because it is Tony Stewart’s last one as he is retiring at the end of this year and Jeff Gordon is filling in for the recovering Dale Earnhardt Jr. Consistent lap times, getting in and out of the pits with no problems or penalties and a strategy that maintains good track position throughout the day will result in sitting in Victory Lane. A Speedway like The Brickyard always seems to make for some great racing right down to the Checkered Flag. As a general rule, you don’t want to miss the last few laps because there is always the chance of a Big surprise and a lot of drama especially if it becomes a fuel mileage race. These article/podcasts are usually once weekly podcasts and sometimes twice when events warrant it during the NASCAR season (which generally runs from February through the middle of November.)

imageRusty is a former hometown Stock Car driver and owner and his passion and love for the sport is evident as he shares his take and opinion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the Season progresses from the season beginning at Daytona in February and ending with the Championship at Homestead, FL in November.

Episode #1605-NASCAR Sprint Cup Teams Take On “Tricky” Pocono from a NASCAR Fan’s View

This episode is the latest from NascarFansView.com and JustAFansView.com. It gives Rusty’s opinion of the coming race at the Tricky Triangle at Pocono Sunday June 5, 2016. This Unique track is a challenge for the drivers and exciting for the fans. It makes for interesting and intense racing and with the dominance shown by the JGR teams this season, one has to wonder if anyone will step up to the plate and take them on. There are several Teams that would like to start putting an end to the JGR dominance so far this season and that should make for some great racing right down to the Checkered Flag. These article/podcasts are usually once weekly podcasts and sometimes twice when events warrant it during the NASCAR season (which generally runs from February through the middle of November.)

imageRusty is a former hometown Stock Car driver and owner and his passion and love for the sport is evident as he shares his take and opinion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the Season progresses from the season beginning at Daytona in February and ending with the Championship at Homestead, FL in November. 

Still Using This Stuff To Make My Podcasts and Other Productions

Today’s program is from PodCastNorm dot Com and produced by PodCastNorm dot Com.

Today Rusty talks about the stuff he uses to make his podcasts and other productions

imageToday, I thought I would take a little time to mention some of the software and hardware I use to turn out my podcasts and other productions. Some of it I have used for a while but I still use it even though there are newer items coming out quite often and I find my older stuff still serves me well, at least for the present. Some hardware and software has come along to make things faster, better and simpler and I have never been afraid to try new things but I have never been one to use something simply because it is new if it doesn’t make my job faster, better or easier.

 

Some things may have looked good early on but their usefulness quickly faded as other items came along and far surpassed the abilities of those former items. It has been a learning experience ever since day one and I don’t claim to know all I need to know even after several years of doing these different things. One thing I do know; everything has, or is, getting easier simply because of the advancements in technology and software and that is a very good thing. As long as quality isn’t sacrificed along the way, I’m very happy about that.

 

Since I started in podcasting quite awhile ago a lot of things have changed and some things have stayed the same. When I go back and listen to some of my early podcasts, I am amazed at the quality of them compared to now and how much easier it is to make and post them than it was at that time. I’m even surprised at what I was able to turn out even though I didn’t know a lot about podcasting or streaming and didn’t have a lot of money to invest in equipment either new or old. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I would continue with it so I didn’t want to make any major investments and tried to find ways to turn out decent recordings with limited resources and equipment until I was sure I wasn’t throwing my money away. Besides, at that time, it was a much more expensive and complicated process than it is now.

 

As I’ve said before, I’ve been working with audio for a long time and, even though I liked the “old days” of recording and editing and producing the final products, I absolutely love the “new days” that are upon us.

 

If you’re new or just getting started in this thing called podcasting,  recording, editing and getting the product out to the listeners or viewers (whether you are talking about audio or video) has never been easier than it is right now. The technology has really come of age and working in the digital arena makes so many things easier than it used to be. You don’t have to believe me when I tell you that but, if you’ve been around any type of producing and recording or editing audio and video even over the last seven to ten years or so; you know what I’m talking about. The changes to audio and video technology in just the last few years have been absolutely astounding.

 

Over 38 plus years, I’ve worked with many different types of equipment from reel-to-reel to the latest digital capture devices. I try out different software and hardware and still find that I like some of the more simple-to-use things I come across. The podcasts (or blogcasts as I like to call these) are done on very affordable and easy-to-use equipment and software programs and, although I have tried and like to use the pro versions of some of the software I use, I still turn out many of my productions using the “consumer end” programs that are less expensive to purchase and do everything I need them to do. Those other things have their place but for turning out very good general productions I find the simpler items fill my needs quite well for the time being.

 

Yes, I know the pro versions have many more capabilities, but I have found I don’t use all of the bells and whistles that might be offered with some of the more sophisticated ones so I use the lesser versions to their full extent. So far, I think things have turned out pretty well but I do admit there are times I could save time “IF” I had the Pro versions of the software.

 

Just for your information, I presently still use either Audacity or Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio to capture and edit the audio portions of my productions and I use Sony Vegas Movie Studio as a simple multi-track audio mixer to do the final mix down simply because it is a little faster than using Audacity. That isn’t a knock against Audacity, I just find Sony Vegas Movie Studio a little less clunky and therefore faster.  My favorite microphone is my Blue Yeti USB mic and I store my downloadable print and audio files on Amazon S3. Needless to say, I know there are advantages to having more expensive and possibly better equipment, but, I choose to continue working “On the Cheap” but do not want to sacrifice quality for price.

 

Why would anyone want to listen to a poor sounding, poorly produced presentation of any kind? I know I wouldn’t want to so I have chosen to pay attention to the smaller details and turn out productions that sound better than some I have heard produced with some of the big ticket items. Is it coincidence that I have somehow done something well with the lesser equipment or is it because I pay attention to some small details for the quality of program I turn out and save money at the same time? Personally, I don’t think so. I think paying attention to some small details can make some of the biggest differences in any production.

 

Like I said above, I use the software and equipment listed here to accomplish everything you see and/or listen to here … but… then again I fully intend to tell you more about the products and procedures I follow in the very near future. In fact, next time I will tell you about a couple of products I am trying and quite happy with. Who knows? They just might work quite well for you, too.

 

See ya next time…
All views expressed are strictly the opinion of the writer
© August 8, 2015 – all rights reserved – Rusty Norman – PodCastNorm.com
All audio productions by PodCastNorm dot Com and PodCastNorm Productions

All music used is from Two Buck Themes by Mike Stewart unless otherwise stated

The Stuff I Use When Making My Podcast Projects

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As I’ve said before, I’ve been working with audio for a long time and, even though I liked the “old days” of recording and editing and producing the final products, I absolutely love the “new days” that are upon us.

Recording, editing and getting the product out to the listeners (or viewers if you want to talk video) has never been easier than it is right now. The technology has really come of age and working in the digital arena makes so many things easier than it used to be. You don’t have to believe me when I tell you that but, if you’ve been around any type of producing and recording or editing audio and video even over the last seven to ten years or so, you know what I’m talking about. The changes in audio and video technology in just the last seven years has been absolutely astounding.

I’ve worked with many different types of equipment from reel-to-reel to the latest digital capture devices. I try out different software and hardware and still find that I like some of the more simple-to-use things I come across. The podcasts (or blogcasts as I like to call these) are done one very affordable and easy-to-use equipment and software programs and, although I have tried and like to use the pro versions of the software I use, I still turn out many of my productions using the “consumer end” programs  that are less expensive to purchase and do everything I need them to do.

Yes, I know the pro versions have many more capabilities, but I have found I don’t use all of the bells and whistles that might be offered with some of the more sophisticated ones so I use the lesser versions to their full extent. So far, I think things have turned out pretty well but I do admit there are times I could save time “IF” I had the Pro versions of the software.

Just for your information, I still presently use Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio to capture and edit the audio portions of my productions and I use Sony Vegas Movie Studio as a simple multi-track audio mixer to do the final mix downs. My favorite microphone is my Blue Yeti USB mic and I store my downloadable audio files on Amazon S3. Needless to say, I know there are advantages to having  bigger and better equipment, but, I choose to continue working “On The Cheap” but do not sacrifice quality for price. Why would anyone want to listen to a poor sounding, poorly produced presentation  of any kind? I know I wouldn’t want to so I have chosen to pay attention to the smaller details and turn out productions that sound bettter than some I have heard produced with the big ticket items. Is it coincidence that I have suddenly done something well with the lesser equipment or is it because I pay attention to the quality of program I turn out and save money at the same time?

Anyway, Below you will find a recording of my latest podcast at nascarfansview.com available for listening at your convenience. Like I said above, I use the software and equipment listed here to accomplish everything you see and/or listen to here … but… then again I fully intend to tell you more stuff about the products and procedures I follow in the very near future. So… here it is… and I hope you enjoy it…

See ya next time…
All views expressed are strictly the opinion of the writer
© May 24, 2014 – all rights reserved
Rusty Norman, Nascarfansview.com and Justafansview.com
All audio productions by www.podcastnorm.com and PodCastNorm Productions