We are experts in creating the finest audio – recording in the studio or out on location, we will capture the essence of your story and turn it into compelling podcasts. From initial planning through production, editing and final delivery, we work closely with you, to help you connect with and grow your audience, building a loyal following who want to share your stories with others.
We will ensure your podcast speaks your language in your voice. We will use our expertise in writing for the ear, to express your message in a way that’s true to you, and we’ll match it with the right presentation – whether that is by working with professional voice artists, or a well-known artist who embodies your brand, or by giving you the training and confidence to get behind the mic yourself and let your listeners hear directly from you.
We know where to place your podcast so that it finds the people who want to listen, and how to tailor it so that the people who are looking will be able to find it. We can advise you on the most effective distribution platforms, whether that is iTunes, Acast or any of a host of smartphone podcasting apps, or via specialist blogs or online fan communities. Afterall, why make a beautiful piece of audio, if you’re not going to make sure people know about it?
We love listening to great audio, and we want there to be more of it in the world. So, if you already have a podcast, but need some expert advice – whether that be on presentation, production, branding or a full makeover – we offer a consultancy service. We look forward to hearing your stories.
Who We Are
Laura Sheeter spent more than ten years working for the BBC – reporting from, and living in, countries including Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and the USA.
Laura is insatiable in her hunt to find untold stories to share with listeners - many of which have been aired on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. She has made radio in the frozen bunker of a derelict Cold-War-era nuclear missile launch site, and while wading through the sweltering swamps of Louisiana. She has produced and reported news from the UN, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the story of the international incident sparked by a small bear sailing a chunk of ice across the Baltic Sea.
Laura is a firm believer in passing on skills to the next generation. She has taught journalism at universities in the USA, and teaches radio and podcasting to students at London College of Communication. She is also a qualified Russian to English translator.
Ruth Barnes has written and presented music doc's for BBC Radio 4. As a national BBC radio reporter she's been live from the likes of the Glastonbury festival and the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. She has presented features from as far afield as WOMAD Abu Dhabi and Tribeca Doha and reviews music for Radio 4’s Front Row.
Ruth spent many years producing music programmes for the BBC World Service, including working with the legendary Charlie Gillet. She also wrote and presented features for the Radio 2 Arts Show about subjects including Samuel Beckett, Turner Contemporary and the West End.
In 2006 Ruth started her own internet radio show The Other Woman, a platform to showcase new music from female artists. Ruth is an acknowledged authority on women in music - The Independent calls her a ‘Pop pioneer who knows what women want’.
Ruth is also a voiceover artist, clients include The Tate, The National Gallery and BBC TV.
In this week’s episode, we travel to Latin America to hear from two of the world’s most ambitious and outspoken eco-pioneers. Kris Tompkins, the ex-CEO of Patagonia clothing, explains why she moved to South America in the early 1990s to embark on one of the biggest conservation projects of all time with her husband, Doug.[…]
We are very pleased with this lovely review of our podcast in The Guardian – read the full post here.
Our presenter Greg Dickinson with the inimitable Ruby Wax… this episode is called The Travel Confessions of Ruby Wax where the comedian and mental health advocate reveals previously untold travel stories, from the time she was locked up in a jail cell in Berkeley to taking selfies with the Dalai Lama, and tips us off[…]
In this second episode of The Rough Guide to Everywhere, we hunker down and talk about “hygge” with Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute. Meik speaks about his travels around the world “collecting smiles” – from South Korea to Mexico – and explains why people from Copenhagen are so happy. And we catch[…]
In this first episode of The Rough Guide to Everywhere, we talk to two people who have cycled huge lengths of the planet, fifty years apart. Legendary travel writer Dervla Murphy shares stories from her 1963 solo cycle from Ireland to India, disclosing how she accidentally became an arms trader in Afghanistan. And twenty-something adventurer[…]
C&B are hugely excited to announce the launch of our latest project – The Rough Guide to Everywhere – made for Rough Guides. This series is a home for untold travellers’ tales – of accident, error and unexpected adventure, from comedians, writers and explorers. Rough Guides editor, Greg Dickinson (@greg_dickinson), shares their stories as well as sounds[…]
You can hear a David and Goliath story on Start Me Up this week – and Ruth finally gets to grips with her invoices, in the podcast we’re making with VCCP for O2…. Ivo and Dan made their careers making apps for big companies – in fact there’s probably one of theirs on your phone[…]
We are chuffed to be producing this podcast for O2 Business: Start Me Up is a podcast series about the side hustle. Hear from the brave people who risked it all to turn a side hustle into their very own business. Share the highs and lows of their journey – why they did it, how[…]
Start Me Up is a podcast series about the side hustle. Produced by Chalk & Blade for O2 Business. Hear from the brave people who risked it all to turn a side hustle into their very own business. Share the highs and lows of their journey – why they did it, how they did it,[…]