Celebrating 200,000 Podcast Downloads

Belinda O’Neill, Host of Be Inspired to Be podcast, Jack McClelland, Co-host of Activist Lawyer podcast, Jonathan McKeown, Founder of Granite Exchange, Natsha Daryaie, Host of Tash Talks podcast. (front) Colleen O’Hare, Manager of Granite Exchange

Launched just before the pandemic in early 2020, we have marked a milestone of 200,000 collective downloads since the podcast studio opened its doors in Autumn 2020.

Built in late 2019 and opened in early 2020, just before lockdown one, it was a delayed start for the state-of-the-art podcast studio, but in just 18 months, over 200,000 people have chosen to download and listen to a podcast episode that’s been expertly recorded and edited at Granite Podcast Studios.

Home to some of Northern Ireland and Ireland’s leading podcasts, including What’s the Crime?, The Public Eye and Activist Lawyer, the podcast studio is conveniently situated in the heart of Newry, and is now attracting budding podcast creators and hosts from Ireland and across Northern Ireland.

Commenting on this major milestone, Colleen O’Hare, Granite Podcast Studio Manager comments: “At Granite Exchange, we pride ourselves on being an innovative and forward-thinking business and we’re delighted that our productions have reached over 200,000 people in such a short space of time.

“When we invested in the podcast studios before the pandemic, we were confident of the rising demand for high quality, state-of-the-art studio space, but the arrival of the pandemic quickly closed our doors during the first lockdown.

“When it was safe to do so, we relaunched the podcast studio and have welcomed many hosts and hundreds of guests to the studio. Our hosts travel from far and wide to record at Granite Podcast Studios due to the quality of our equipment, location and editing expertise.”

As restrictions eased and the trend for podcasting continued to increase, Granite Podcast Studio has noticed a significant uplift in new podcasts and enquiries. Colleen continues: “We have lots of plans for Granite Podcast Studios, and as the demand for high quality podcasts increase, we’re well placed to welcome new clients who we can help on their podcast journey.”

The ultra-modern studio features a spacious, airy space that can fit up to four participants and is equipped with the latest audio equipment and cutting-edge technology. The experienced team at Granite Podcast Studio also offer in-house editing services, which can transform any podcast into a professional, ready-to-upload show with minimal effort required from its customers.

Natasha Daryaie, also known as the Gym Guru, records her ‘Tash Talks’ podcast in Granite Podcast Studio. Natasha adds: “Having such a modern podcast studio at our doorstep in Newry is a gift for people who are looking to increase their presence or are seeking to record good quality podcasts, paired with expertise and knowledge in this space.

“The team at Granite Podcast Studio have made my experience recording at the studio fantastic. I know my audience and content, but the overall service has delivered a higher quality listening experience, and this has certainly helped to contribute to the consistent growth of my podcast audience.”

Belinda O’Neill, host of ‘Be Inspired to Be’ podcast, recorded in Granite Podcast Studio recently, and added: “Recording at Granite Podcast Studio was very easy. All I did was book my slot, show up and record! The studio is spacious and comfortable and is fitted with all the modern equipment to record a great quality podcast. I also made use of the in-house editing service, and I’m looking forward to working with the team on future episodes and building the ‘Be Inspired to Be’ podcast series.”

Granite Podcast Studio is situated at 5-6 Kildare St, Newry, BT34 1DQ. The studio is open Monday to Friday. For further information on its services, please see www.granitepodcaststudio.com or contact Colleen O’Hare on colleen.ohare@granite-exchange.com

To listen to some of Granite Podcast Studio’s podcasts, see the website where you’ll find: The Public Eye, hosted by Sarah Travers, Activist Lawyer, Just’ Cause and Loudmouthed Lawyer.

The Public Eye Podcast – Season 6!

Granite Podcast Studio are set to launch their sixth series of ‘The Public Eye Business Podcast’ Which is hosted by the wonderful Sarah Travers!

The previous five series featured some truly ambitious people, and the sixth will be no different; we hear fantastic stories from the best and brightest Northern Ireland has to offer.

The podcast aims to inspire existing business owners and ambitious entrepreneurs by providing a unique insight into the success of local businesses, its set to launch Wednesday 2nd February 2022 at 10am and will be available on all major streaming platforms.

This series, which is sponsored by Granite Legal Services, gives listeners the inside scoop on another six fascinating individuals:

Wednesday 2nd February

Episode 1- Chris Suitor, Suitor Brothers

Wednesday 9th February

Episode 2- Rachel Morgan, Owner of The White Gallery

Wednesday 16th February

Episode 3- Donal Farrell, Owner of Mourne Dew Distillery

Wednesday 23rd February

Episode 4- Tanya McGeehan, Managing Director of MCG Investments

Wednesday 2nd March

Episode 5- David Henry, Director of Spray Form

Join Chris Suitor as he tells Sarah Travers how he became a tailor, and he has launched his new company Suitor Coffee.

Sarah is also joined this series by Rachel Morgan, Owner of The White Gallery. In this episode Rachel describes how her and her husband Stephen started the boutique. Rachel also talks about all off the celebrity dresses she offers at The White Gallery.

Donal Farrell shares his journey on opening Mourne Dew Distillery. Donal tells Sarah how he got into the family business and what he looks for regarding taste when creating whiskey.

We also welcomed Tanya McGeehan onto the podcast, Managing Director of MCG Investments. Tanya tells Sarah why she took over her family business and how she feels about being recognised as one of Belfast’s leading female property entrepreneurs.  

For the season finale, Sarah is joined by David Henry, Director of Spray Form. David talks about how he followed in his siblings’ footsteps and began his career in teaching to how David started his own company Spray Form.

Launching on Wednesday 2nd February 2022, you can find the upcoming series on SpotifyApple Podcasts and Pod bean, as well as catching up on the incredible stories from the last five series!

For more information on our studio visit: www.granitepodcaststudio.com

5 Podcasts That Will Motivate and Inspire Listeners

This year has been full of doom and gloom: first and second waves of COVID-19, lockdown, restrictions on socialising and a looming Brexit and recession.

 

We all need a little positivity every now and then to balance out all that negativity.

Say hello to your new best friend: the trusty podcast.

Podcasts offer something for everyone; entertainment, information, education, motivation and inspiration.

And it’s the latter two we’re looking at today; motivation and inspiration.

Here are five podcasts that are guaranteed to motivate and inspire you.

 

 

1. The GaryVee Audio Experience

Gary Vaynerchuk is a New York Times bestselling author, influencer, motivator and a regular on the speaking circuit at conferences and events.

And the Belarusian-American entrepreneur has an incredible story to tell; he co-founded Empathy Wines and Resy.

You’ll find out how he turned a $3 million per year business into a $60 million per year business in just twelve months.

Unsurprisingly, his podcast has a “go and be great” vibe that is guaranteed to inspire and motivate listeners.

His podcast deep dives into personal and professional success, marketing and business advice and takes listeners on a journey of self-love and self-discovery.

Listen to it HERE.

 

2. The Tim Ferriss Show

Following the trend of New York Times best-selling authors creating podcasts – Tim Ferris has three NYT bestsellers – The Tim Ferris Show takes listeners on a journey of what he describes as “deconstructing excellence”.

The basic premise of the show is to have well-known, successful guests, who explain how they became the best, their beliefs, their daily routines and what makes them tick.

Listen to it HERE.

 

3. The Art of Charm

It sounds like the title of a self-help book, but, with over-700 episodes, The Art of Charm podcast is packed full of useful tips and tricks.

Hosts A.J. Harbinger and Johnny Dzubak have decades of experience coaching people from their Elite Emotional Intelligence boot camps and share their knowledge and expertise in an easily digestible format.

Expect to hear productivity tips, relationship advice, happiness tips and a variety of inspiring interviews.

Listeners can expect a significant self-confidence boost and lots of tips on how to approach challenging situations and to learn the best ways to improve their people skills.

Listen to it HERE.

 

4. How I Built This

Have you ever wondered how some of the world’s leading companies arrived on the big stage?

Have you ever wondered how a seed of an idea became a multi-million-pound business operating in countries around the world?

If you said yes, then ‘How I Built This’ is the ultimate podcast in answering all of those questions.

Host Guy Raz provides an in-depth analysis through story-telling about how the world’s greatest innovators started and ultimately built successful businesses.

How I Built This is both a motivational and inspirational podcast and will remind you that, no matter how bad things are right now, the possibilities and opportunities are endless.

Listen to it HERE.

 

5. The Tony Robbins Podcast

Tony Robbins is one of the most easily recognisable men in the world; the 6 foot 7 entrepreneur has appeared in Shallow Hal and has a popular show on Netflix – ‘I Am Not Your Guru’.

And guess what? He’s a New York Times bestselling author too!

Through his books and podcast, he claims to have helped over 50 million people from over 100 countries to “create meaningful change in their lives”.

His podcast is the epitome of motivation and inspiration, with Tony exploring topics such as happiness, finance, entrepreneurship and lots more.

Expect to get tips on how to develop stronger personal and business relationships, improve your health and finances and how to take back control of your life.

Listen to it HERE.

 

Granite Podcast Studio charge just £40 + VAT per hour for a one-off session. Need your podcast edited too by their experts? The editing option costs only £40 + VAT per hour.

So for just £80 you can have your podcast professionally recorded and expertly edited.

For more information or to book your session visit: www.granitepodcaststudio.com

‘The c tea’ podcast launches!

 

Granite Podcast Studio is honoured to work alongside these two fantastic charities on the launch of their new podcast ‘The c tea’.

Have you ever heard the expression “what’s the tea?” According to urban dictionary it means when someone has gossip and you want to know every detail of as soon as possible. 

So that’s what this podcast is- spilling the tea on what it’s like to have cancer (or the big C) as a young person in Northern Ireland. 

Recorded in 2021 during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic this podcast series is hosted by Laura from Young Lives vs Cancer (formerly known as CLIC Sargent) and Helen from Cancer Fund for Children.

They have come together to talk about cancer services in NI and share the stories of the young people and families we support. 

This podcast is heart-warming, emotional, informative but ultimately, it’s full of Tea.

To listen on Apple Podcasts click here

To listen on Spotify click here

If you’d like to get in touch with Young Lives vs Cancer 
Website: www.younglivesvscancer.org.uk | Amy’s House Belfast | Paul’s House Belfast  
Email: getsupport@younglivesvscancer.org.uk | Simon.Darby@younglivesvscancer.org.uk | Laura.Rohdich@younglivesvscancer.org.uk  
Call: 0300 303 5220 
Facebook: Young Lives vs Cancer in Northern Ireland  

If you’d like to get in touch with Cancer Fund For Children 
Website: https://cancerfundforchildren.com/ | Daisy Lodge | Referral Form  
Email: services@cancerfundforchildren.com | helen@cancerfundforchildren.com  
Call: 028 9080 5599  
Facebook: Cancer Fund for Children  
Instagram: @CancerFundforChildren 

 

Here is a list of some other amazing charities in Northern Ireland and beyond we work with that may also be useful for you and your family: Teenage Cancer Trust, AlikeEllen MacArthur Cancer TrustCancer Focus NIMacmillanAction CancerFriends of the Cancer CentreThe Children’s Cancer Unit Charity  

 

Team Ireland Launches Podcast!

Granite Podcast Studio is delighted to help ‘2021 Quadcross of Nations Champions’ produce their ‘ Team Ireland 2021 QXON France’ podcast, which is hosted by the fantastic Roy Neill.

In this episode, Roy speaks to race winners, Mark McClernon, Justin Reid, Dean Dillon along with  team manager Gordon Gilchrist.

Previously, In 2017 team Ireland were third at Cingoli, Italy, then in 2018 they were one step higher in Slegelse, Denmark, “which was was a fantastic result but the win was still the ultimate dream” the riders said. 

It was a proud moment for the three as they climbed on to the top step of the podium after finishing nine points clear of their nearest rivals Italy earlier this year. 

This podcast is all about Mark, Justin, & Dean’s experience starting from how team Ireland were selected to event practice, qualifying and the actual individual race experiences and the emotions they felt once they won ‘2021 Quad of Nations’.

Team manager Gordon also discusses how he chose his winning team and an account of how the sport was impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.  

This podcast is full of nail-biting and sitting on the edge of your seat excitement. If you love quad racing & underdogs, then you will love this podcast!

Available on all major streaming platforms. 

To listen on Spotify click here.