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Visit the Zoo Podcast – New Episode Upload to iTunes

I want talk a bit about podcasting and my process in putting together my “Visit the Zoo Podcast.”

First, my latest episode, number 14, has just been released today, Sunday, July 14th.

It is now up on iTunes, Stitcher, Spreaker, TuneIn, Google Play, and at my home rss home, This episode is a bit different because I am introducing a new segment where I highlight one zoo with details and fascinating information about who they are and what they do. The first zoo I am describing in detail is The Virginia Zoo and I want to thank Ashley Mars, Marketing Manager at The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, VA, for providing me with great detail about her zoo.

I used that information from Ashley to start work on my “Visit the Zoo” Podcast Rundown. The rundown I used is a derivative outline document that I saw throughout my long career in network broadcast television. And it is just that, an outline. I string together all the segments I will be using throughout each podcast. I mark down the fixed segments that repeat weekly and add a new features for that week. I place all segment break music cues or bumper music to segue from one segment to another.

After I have put together my Rundown I finish research on the three mystery animal sounds and mark down on  index cards a brief description of the animals for that week.

Then, to my recording equipment. I’ve turned my home office into a recording studio with sound suppression, a pro dynamic mic from MXL, a dbx 286 sound gate, and a Tascam digital recorder. I use a Mackie mixer and a digital cart machine on my computer to load all pre-recorded material. I then transfer the MP3 file to Adobe Audition and smooth out the track with all of the audio glitches removed. I finally upload the completed podcast into my host account at where the RSS host feed moves it out to the world.

It has been almost 3 months since I started my podcast with 15 episodes including an “About Me” episode . So far I have seen almost 15,000 downloads in total and accelerating all the time. Most of the distribution is in the United States but I have been receiving download requests from 12 other countries.

The one element to all of this that is of utmost importance is that I am having fun. I love doing the research and telling the world about what I have learned about the animal world. My target audience is children and young adults but my podcast is constructed and presented so that kids of all ages will enjoy “Visit the Zoo Podcast.” I am using my 12-book “Visit the Zoo” as the jumping-off point for all of the animal descriptions I present. My “Visit the Zoo” series includes 120 animals so I am off to a good start. Scientists have estimated there are approximately 8.3 million animal species who share the planet Earth with us…so, I have along way to go and bringing you the Animal World.

Frederick Fichman

Visit the Zoo Podcast, Episode #10 Just Uploaded

 Just uploaded to iTunes, other podcast directories, and host,

In this episode we look at the Orangutan and listen to the Animal and Zoo news of the day in a different and unique way. We hear some mystery animal sounds and learn a bit about those mystery animals as well as listen to a poem about the animal world.

Our main website is at and my main author website is at

Please help support All Things “Visit the Zoo” including ebooks on, print books on, audiobooks on, and DVDs on Amazon-CreateSpace-Allied Vaughn-Midwest Tape, and Podcast by becoming a patron at Help us to continue these podcasts and grow the “Visit the Zoo Podcast.”


Frederick Fichman

Visit the Zoo Podcast and Patreon

I am pleased to announce a new Patreon program I have created for my just released “Visit the Zoo Podcast” that is now live. Listeners and subscribers to this new podcast will be able to shape and participate in the future growth and expansion of the podcast as well as all other elements in upcoming content publishing and DVD production for the Visit the Zoo project.

With this new injection of finances I will be able to sustain the ongoing cost in the research, production, and digital online maintenance of the “Visit the Zoo Podcast.”

There are now 5 episodes available since I began this new podcast series 3 weeks ago distributed by my podcast host, Podbean. The podcast is also available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spreaker, Spotify, and TuneIn. A new episode will be uploaded every Monday morning.

With the expansion of finances for “Visit the Zoo” I will be able to hire more virtual assistance to produce more content and product. I am also planning a new short :60-:90 daily podcast with short biographical descriptions of selected animals in the animal world. I am also assembling the many animal still photographs that I took for the 12-book “Visit the Zoo” ebook , print book series and the DVD for a portfolio that will be made available on the professional photography website The books and DVD are now available  on Amazon and Amazon subsidiary CreateSpace.

The Patreon account creation will  allow me to improve my studio sound with new equipment, sharper animal  still photography with professional photo gear, and the crossover to 4K for all future video production for volumes 2-12 in the DVD video series. Volume One was recently released and is doing well in the  marketplace.

In sum, I hope you will be able to visit my Patreon site at and that you will consider supporting our efforts to build an entertaining and educational podcast that can be enjoyed by kids of ALL ages.

Thank you…please visit my Patreon site as well as our podcasts and be sure to Subscribe…Rate…Review.


Fred Fichman




“Visit the Zoo” Volume One DVD Now Available for Wholesale and Bulk Purchase

Just signed a contract with Allied Vaughn to distribute VTZ #1 to the wholesale market-school districts, libraries, bookstores, etc. Check out my store at

Bulk orders are accepted, starting with 1 unit, with a 25% discount.

More announcements are also coming soon, especially if you like podcasts.

Stay Tuned.

Frederick Fichman