Pheasant Canteen Podcast Studio offers a new platform for the community

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WWII soldiers on trains stopped frequently in Aberdeen, leading to the creation of the Pheasant Canteen, where they could get free pheasant sandwiches.

Now Pheasant Canteen is back, but in a much different form.

Brodie Mueller and Carly Pochop are the brains behind a new idea, the Pheasant Canteen Podcast Studio. The studio, which was originally intended for the market currently under construction in the Plaza, is located at the Milwaukee Train Depot on South Main Street. It’s inside the same room that the historic Pheasant’s Canteen exhibit was in.

The exhibit is now in the Elks Pavilion where it will remain until its new home – a new veterans center planned for the east side of town – is complete.

“Originally we thought about having the whole setup through the market, but there was no dedicated space for that, and so it would have to kind of live on a cart and have it go in and out. That would have been nice to have it all in one space, but we quickly realized that wasn’t going to work,” Mueller said of the podcast arrangement.

Before deciding to put the studio at the depot, the duo began recording it in the empty Engel Music building, also on South Main, in October.

“We were doing it at Engel’s, but we just needed a little nicer space, a little more accessible, and we had the equipment, so we thought if we had the equipment and there was a way to reduce the barrier of entry for other people, why not? This is the golden age of podcasting,” Mueller said.

He and Pochop co-host their weekly podcast, “The Rural Revolution,” during which they talk to people in the area. Guests have included Sheena Buckhouse, the director of BIO Girls; Jeff Evenson of Sleep in Heavenly Peace; members of Tools 4 School and many more. Future plans include the presence of Northern State University President Tim Downs and other local officials.

“We’re talking about individuals in rural towns making a difference in their small communities by simply doing big things,” Mueller said.

“The whole mission is that life is too short not to love where you live, and we have to start being proud of what we do and proud of where we live and the great things that people are doing here,” he said. noted.

The “Rural Revolution” podcast started in October. By January, Mueller and Pochop had moved into the depot.

“It really grew from there. We noticed he had legs and it was really going to be something, so we decided to double down,” Mueller said.

Not only do they have their own podcast, but there is also the option for others to rent the studio to do their podcasts.

“We have a pricing structure, so we can be as involved as you want. We can edit the whole thing and distribute it and do all that stuff, or you can bring your own SD cards, put them in the board and do it all for you. -even,” Mueller said.

There’s a $25 start-up fee, and new podcast tenants must “commit to an orientation in viewing, understanding, and knowledge of the equipment.” From there, the studio costs $50 to rent. There’s also a $175 option for four sessions per month and an annual studio rental for $1,500.

The Pheasant Canteen Podcast Studio also offers professional editing, hosting and distribution, co-hosting, music and intros, and ad plays. The costs of these services can be found on the company’s Facebook page.

Currently, the studio produces or hosts three podcasts, according to Mueller. Studio-recorded sessions can be uploaded to any podcast hosting site, including Apple Music, Buzzsprout, Spotify, and Google Play.

“If someone is interested in starting their own podcast, it makes some technical things easier. You just need to have the idea and be able to talk, and we’re here to help,” Mueller said.

The Pheasant Canteen Podcast Studio provides a new platform for residents of the Aberdeen area looking to create their own podcast.
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Trent Abrego Business Journalist
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