Richard Clark, owner of Batavia-based podcast company Area Code Audio, works out of his home studio in Batavia.
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Batavia residents looking to connect with their community can now listen to the “Area Code: Batavia” podcast, which explores what it means to belong to Batavia through the eyes of local small business owners.
Batavia-based podcast company Area Code Audio was founded last August, and owner Richard Clark released the first episode of his new show on Friday.
Clark said each episode will feature one of Batavia's prominent small business owners, exploring community ties and what belonging in Batavia looks like, and hopefully making listeners feel more connected to their neighbors. He said that he would make it possible for the government to do so.
The first episode, titled “Limestone Coffee & Tea: A Story of Two Friends (And a Huge Risk),” premieres Friday at 6 a.m. and features an interview with the owners of Limestone Coffee & Tea. Masu. New episodes are released every two weeks and can be streamed on most podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Cast, Spotify, Audible, and YouTube.
Area Code: Visit Batavia's website to listen to the trailer and find links to the podcast on various streaming platforms.
Area Code Audio helps aspiring podcasters create and market their products. Clark has been in his podcast business for 10 years and has been involved in creating hundreds of episodes for over 30 podcasts.
Since founding Area Code Audio, Clark has helped eight clients launch the same number of podcasts in the first six months. Clark conducts interviews on location and is available for in-person recording support, but all production work is done in his home studio in Batavia.
Clark works with all types of clients, taking ideas from concept to execution, offering free consultation and assisting with every step of production. Businesses or individuals interested in Clark's services should visit his website at Area Code Audio to learn more.
Clark spends much of his time working on projects with clients, but he also creates projects of his own design in his free time, including “Podcasting for Humans” and “Area Code: Batavia.” .
“Podcasting for Humans” is for podcasters and just released its 15th episode featuring an interview with Grammy-nominated Louisville producer and artist “Yons.”
Clark said he is creating his own “area code: Batavia” because he likes it and believes it will help members of the community. “It honestly came out of pure love for the city I’m in,” he said.
He started working on the project shortly after launching Area Code Audio in August, and has completed two episodes so far and has two more in production.
Clark said “Area Code: Batavia” is an experimental project, unique in that it targets a hyperlocal audience, which hasn't proven to be a lucrative business model in podcasting. Ta. Although he doesn't know how much he can monetize, Clark has long had a vision for podcasts and believes they have potential as a new approach to local media.
Clark said the podcast provides an opportunity for people to feel settled and content with where they live and to delve deeper into their communities in a way not done outside of local news outlets. stated that it is aimed at.
“People aren't listening to podcasts about their neighbors these days,” Clark said. “They listen to podcasts about politicians and celebrities, and I think that can sometimes skew how they see the world they live in.”
Clark, who moved to Batavia, said the podcast was inspired by her desire to belong after moving to the town. He said he wanted to create something for people like himself, who haven't lived in Batavia long but are looking for ways to put down roots and connections in the community.
Clark said like any great community, Batavia has many long-time families, but there are also many people who have come to start new families, and there is a disconnect between these groups. . His goal is to bridge the gap between neighbors and foster a stronger sense of belonging and closeness to the Batavia community.
“I'm not someone who likes to speak up and get to know people,” Clark said. “I want people like me to find ways to listen and feel empathetic and invested in other community members, especially those who embrace Batavian culture as their own. I wanted to have it.”
Clark said his podcast's interview style is similar to other podcasts, but the business model is different. It aims to unite a single community through shared experiences and connections.
“It's not about the problem, it's about the people,” Clark said. “I think we've lost the ability in some ways to consider people in our community, and this is a first step toward making that happen. It's about different stories and different kinds of things about what it means to belong to Batavia.” It's about showing that there are different types of people with different sensibilities.”
Clark said he doesn't plan on putting a limit on the number of episodes for the first season of the podcast, and plans to continue producing biweekly episodes as much as possible. He said the theme for Season 1 was small business owners, with plans to move the theme to other community members in the future.
To subscribe to the podcast or sign up to receive the newsletter, visit https://www.areacodeaudio.com/area-code-matavia.