Mission Possible podcast debuts online

A/SLt Song has developed a logo and podcast website, and has recorded 15 podcasts to be uploaded on her website

A/SLt Song has developed a logo and podcast website, and has recorded 15 podcasts to be uploaded on her website

Rachel Lallouz, Staff Writer ~

Four weeks ago, a close friend of Acting Sub-Lieutenant Melinda Song, 27, encouraged the podcast-lover to go on air.

Fast forward to now, that idea has turned into a reality.

A/SLt Song has developed a logo and podcast website, and has recorded 15 podcasts to be uploaded on her website, iTunes, and other Android podcast apps, such as Pocket Casts, Podcast Republic, and PodOmatic for her “Mission: Possible. A Podcast of Young People, By Young People, For Young People.”

Podcasts are short, episodic recordings of interviews, talk shows, and other forms of digital media that can be downloaded for free on the Internet. Users can subscribe to hundreds or even thousands of podcasts depending on their personal interests, and can upload them to devices such as the laptop or cellphone.

The benefit of podcasts, says A/SLt Song, is that a user can listen to them while doing most daily activities, spicing up chores, a long drive, or a workout.

Each of A/SLt Song’s bi-weekly podcasts feature an interview with a different inspirational guest speaker. The overall goal, says A/SLt Song, is to bring together stories and conversations about what life is like for curious millennials in a world full of possibility and change.

“When I stepped into the real world after university, there was a phase where I was lost and confused and not sure what I wanted to do,” she says. “I realized it wasn’t an issue that only I had, but that it is a prevalent problem many people face.”

After using her Facebook connections to find podcast guests, A/SLt Song has interviewed inspiring and adventurous young people such as local musician Jesse Roper, Miss British Columbia Globe 2015 Atong Deng, and a globe-trotting backpacker Matt McLean.

 “Once I record an episode and put it up, just knowing that anyone can download it from anywhere in the world gives me goosebumps,” she says. “Potentially one sentence I say could plant a seed in someone and change a life.”

Her 30-minute interviews target those between 18 and 35 years of age, and accordingly have covered a wide range of topics, from weight loss to surviving bankruptcy to chasing one’s dreams.

“We as young people want to hear other young people who can relate to and speak our language,” says A/SLt Song.

Despite the time and energy required to produce her podcasts, she receives no financial compensation for her work. Using her spare time to bring more value to the lives of others, she says, is what makes the job worth it for her.

As for the future of “Mission: Possible”, A/SLt Song says she is looking forward to seeing the podcast and website grow organically, and has already received a nomination for Vancouver Island’s Top 20 Under 40 Business & Community Achievement Awards 2016.

“I plan on continuing to follow my instincts and welcome the opportunities that present themselves to me,” she says. “It’s only been four weeks, but I’m amazed at where this has gone.”

To listen to A/SLt Song’s podcasts, or to recommend a guest speaker, visit www.mxpossible.com, https://www.facebook.com/mxpossible,or contact 250-886-9918.

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