All Things Mysterious and Unknown October 31, 2016
Meet Our Customer of the Week, Kelsey Lundberg
I am very excited to introduce you to Strange Transmissions and one of the co-founders of this amazing podcast, Kelsey Lundberg, who on this Halloween will inspire you to seek the mysteries unseen and seen of this world and beyond. Happy Halloween!
The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!
Kelsey: Hi, we’re Ryan, Erik and Kelsey. We live in Minnesota. We’re friends who like seeing live music, camping, hiking, road tripping, eating good food. We’re in a Monday night burger club. We’re also fascinated by life and this crazy human experience and wanted to do something to share that fascination with others.
The/Studio: Yummy! A burger club sounds exactly like the type of club we want to belong to! What do you and your friends do besides eating delicious hamburgers?
Kelsey: We run a podcast called Strange Transmissions. It’s kind of an out-there show where we share people’s stories of ghosts, spirits, human energy, holistic healing, and the metaphysical world. It all started because Ryan’s mom is an intuitive/psychic/energy healer (there are lots of terms out there to describe it). She has a lot of wild stories about her work and the world of energy and we thought it would be cool to start sharing these experiences. So we did, and it’s taking off. We’ve been getting a lot of great feedback from listeners—way more than we expected. We’re grateful, and we’re doing our best to keep up.
The/Studio: What have you learned since starting your podcast?
Kelsey: We’ve learned, to be successful, you have to respect and appreciate your community. You have to bring people in, you have to be humble and listen, you have to include others and encourage their ideas and creativity. That’s why we purchased the patches from The/Studio. We were hosting a big launch party and wanted a fun, affordable giveaway to say thank you.
The/Studio: What about Strange Transmissions are you most proud of?
Kelsey: We’re proud of the stories we produce, but we’re more proud of the community around the podcast. We dedicate each story to someone who has helped or supported the show through signing up for our email list, sending us a cool sound effect, sharing the show on social media, and the many other contributions people have made (like our friend Merry Danger, who designed our patches). When you run a podcast, or any business, what’s most important is honoring your community. We never want to take our supporters or listeners for granted.
The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face with your podcast?
Kelsey: Our biggest challenge is time. It takes a lot of energy to produce a high-quality podcast, and we do this in our free time, after our day jobs, pulling pennies from our piggy banks. We’d love to produce more stories, but we’re limited because we also need real jobs to pay our bills. But we love this work, so we do our best to produce whatever stories we can.
The/Studio: Where do you see Strange Transmissions in 10 years?
Kelsey: In 10 years, if our listeners are still excited about what we’re doing, we’d like to keep sharing stories. We know that might sound like a simple goal, but it would be an amazing success to keep listeners happy for that long. They dedicate their time to listen, and we’d be beyond honored to continue producing stories for them.
The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?
Kelsey: We believe hearing personal stories can be a profound experience. We don’t have big, lofty vision for how that happens. Everyone is different. If the podcast brings listeners delight or helps them look at the world with a little more awe, that’s a pretty cool thing.
The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?
Kelsey: Like we said earlier, we wanted a thank you gift for everyone who has helped us and supported us. We immediately thought of patches because it’s a way to reinforce that feeling of community. People can put their patches on jackets, packs, or hats and feel like they’re a part of something and connected to each other.
The/Studio: How are you going to use the custom patches you ordered?
Kelsey: We initially ordered the patches just as a giveaway for our launch party and for anyone who helped us out with the show. They were a hit. Everyone at the party loved them. We also posted a few photos on Instagram, and then people started asking for them online. We were’t expecting this, but we wanted to honor the request of our listeners. So we spun up a little store and now we’re selling them for pretty cheap to cover our shipping and product costs.
We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and our experience with The/Studio. Everyone we talked to and emailed with was beyond helpful. We’ve never done anything like this before, and they answered all our questions and got us a perfect product well before our deadline.
The/Studio: I am happy to hear that you are pleased with the patches and service you received. We thank you very much for your business. Do you have any promotions you would like to offer our community?
Kelsey: People freely share their stories with us, and so we freely give these stories to others. Our podcast is free and available all the time online at strangetransmissions.com. We’re also on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play.
The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?
Kelsey: After the launch party, people started asking if we’d do more listening parties in the future. We thought that was a great idea. So we’ll probably start rolling those out in Minnesota, doing a couple each year and bringing in the people we talk to on the show.