Talk Shows

Welcome to Channel Erk Podcasts. Produced in Sydney, Australia, Channel Erk features a mix of podcasts including music podcasts primarily featuring indie/unsigned music. There are also talk podcasts based on interests that Erk has including talking, news, current events, travel, transport, TV, entertainment & more.

 

Erk (a train driver by “day job”) has been podcasting since May 2007 & started being a music podcaster in January 2009. Apart from his home studio in Sydney, Erk has podcasted around Australia, in New Zealand, North America, Europe, the UK and parts of Asia.

 

There are various music shows produced weekly which are released on specific days. Talk shows are produced as required & generally are released on days that music shows are not released (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday). All shows & all episodes are all free for you to listen to & enjoy.

 

The talk podcasts making up Channel Erk are shown below.

 

 

 

Erk Pod website banner 950 x 150 September 2011

Creative Commons License

  • Release Day: Generally non music days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Frequency: 2-3 times a week
  • First episode: May 2007
  • Last episode: current podcast
  • Theme Music: Erkenntnis by Guerillabeatz (Creative Commons)
  • Expect to hear: Travel, news, ambient noise, soundscapes & whatever else Erk feels like
  • Subscription available via iTunes, RSS or searching your podcatcher of choice by the show name
  • Available via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Erk Pod information

 

ETTDR 950 X 150 April 2013

Creative Commons License

 

 

  • Release Day: Generally non music days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Frequency: Occasional
  • First episode: August 2012
  • Last episode: Current podcast
  • Theme Music: TV Star by Predator (Creative Commons)
  • Expect to hear: Talk about TV, entertainment & more
  • Subscription available via iTunes, RSS or searching your podcatcher of choice by the show name
  • Available via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Erk To The Diary Room information

 

OTR With Erk 950 X 150 April 2013

Creative Commons License

  • Release Day: Generally non music days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Frequency: Occasional
  • First episode: May 2013
  • Last episode: Current podcast
  • Theme Music: November 85 by Red Yak (Creative Commons) with additional sound bytes
  • Expect to hear: Various facets of railway/railroad/rail transit operations & travel
  • Subscription available iTunes & RSS. Also available by searching your podcatcher of choice by the show name
  • Not available yet via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • On The Rails With Erk information

 

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  • Release Day: Generally non music days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Frequency: Occasional
  • First episode: May 2014
  • Last episode: New podcast
  • Theme Music: Battle Plane by Territory (Creative Commons) with additional sound byte.
  • Expect to hear: Travel tips, suggestions, features, guests. 
  • Subscriptions are available via iTunes & your podcatcher/app of choice. 
  • Not available yet via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Erk To The White Courtesy Phone information

 

 

Erk Power Play 950 X 450 May 2014

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  • Release Day: Thursdays
  • Frequency: Weekly during Australian ice hockey season (April – September). Occasional during Australian off-season.
  • First episode: May 2014
  • Last episode: Current podcast
  • Theme Music: Away Game by The Zambonis.
  • Expect to hear: Discussion about the sport of ice hockey in Australia (AIHL) and North America (WHL, NHL)
  • Expect to read: Match previews, match reports, opinions. 
  • Now available via iTunes & your podcast catcher/app of your choice. 
  • Not available yet via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Erk To The Penalty Box information

 

Recent Episodes Across Channel Erk

 

Erk To The Penalty Box 018 – AIHL Week 04/2015

by Erk

Welcome to Erk To The Penalty Box episode 018 featuring week 4 action from the Australian Ice Hockey League. It was a close weekend in some respects with 2 games going to a shootout & two more turning into boat races. Erk saw both boat races as they involved the Bears.

  Saturday:

  • Adrenaline 4 defeated Ice 2
  • Thunder 3 defeated North Stars 2
  • Brave 5 defeated Mustangs 4
  • Bears 7 defeated Ice Dogs 2
  Sunday:

  • Ice 5 defeated Adrenaline 4 (SO)
  • Mustangs 4 defeated Brave 3 (SO)
  • North Stars 8 defeated Bears 3
  • Thunder 5 defeated Ice Dogs 0

Erk To The Penalty Box 017 – AIHL Week 03/2015

by Erk

Welcome to Erk To The Penalty Box episode 017, covering week 3 of the Australian Ice Hockey League's 2015 season. Erk went to Adelaide for the Bears double header against the Adelaide Adrenaline. It was Erk's first time in Adelaide for sport & his first time providing colour commentary on a live stream (listen to the Adrenaline's audio from the weekend here). It was also the Bears' first win of the season.

  Elsewhere, the Newcastle North Stars retired Ray Sheffield's jersey, the Thunder swept past CBR Brave and the Mustangs had the weekend off.

  Saturday:

  • Thunder 4 def Brave 3
  • Ice 4 def North Stars 3 (SO)
  • Adrenaline 2 def Bears 0
    Sunday:

  • Thunder 4 def Brave 1
  • Bears 3 def Adrenaline 1
  • Ice 5 def Ice Dogs 1

Erk To The Penalty Box 016 – AIHL Week 2/2015

by Erk

Welcome to Erk To The Penalty Box episode 16. This episode discusses week 2 action in the Australian Ice Hockey League for 2015.

  Thursday:

  • Ice 2 defeated Mustangs 1
  Saturday:

  • North Stars 4 defeated Mustangs 3
  • Thunder 4 defeated Bears 2
  • Brave 5 defeated Adrenaline 3
  Sunday:

  • North Stars 4 defeated Ice 2
  • Adrenaline 3 defeated Bears 1
  • Thunder 4 defeated Ice Dogs 0

Erk To The Penalty Box 015 – AIHL Week 1/2015

by Erk

Welcome to episode 15 of Erk To The Penalty Box. Erk is back with a slightly new format & focusing weekly on the Australian Ice Hockey League. On this episode, Erk looks at week 1 of the league, Saturday April 25 & Sunday April 26.

  Saturday:

  • Ice defeated Ice Dogs 7-1
  • North Stars defeated Adrenaline 6-4
  • Brave defeated Bears 4-2
Sunday:

  • Mustangs defeated Ice Dogs 13-0
  • Adrenaline defeated Bears 5-3
  • North Stars defeated Brave 7-4
 

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Erk FM: Metal Monday 179 – Metalwinds Continue To Thrash

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 179. On this episode, Erk continues to play music courtesy of Metalwind. The episode starts with some gothic music, Other (whatever that is) before moving to hear some thrash, hard rock & finishing with some symphonic metal. There's a huge range of countries represented on this episode! 

  Song list:

Erk FM: Metal Monday 178 – The Howls Of Metalwind

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 178. Erk has found himself a new source of music thanks to the wonder of Creative Commons music. There's a range of sub-genres which have been represented. The episode starts with Black, Death & Doom Metal. 

  Music supplied by Metalwind under a Creative Commons licence.

  Song list:

Erk FM: Metal Monday 177 – Metalepsia Is Good For You!

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 177. This week's episode features a range of new metal courtesy of Jamendo. Expect a wide range of metal this week primarily from Europe and a range of metal that you might not be able to find on any other of Erk's music suppliers.

  Did anyone miss Erk last week? Did anyone guess the theme of the previous 2 episodes?

  All music supplied by Jamendo.

  Song list:

Erk To The Penalty Box 014 – Happy New Pre-Season

by Erk

Welcome to Erk To The Penalty Box episode 14, the first episode for 2015. On this episode, Erk provides an update on what has been happening in Australia and beyond in the world of ice hockey. He hasn't been simply sitting on his hands - a lot is happening in the countdown to the 2015 Australian Ice Hockey League season which starts on April 25.

  In period music features Evil Scarecrow & Nanowar while intermission music features The Zambonis.  

First Period:

  • Australian Women's Ice Hockey League Finals Weekend.
  • Australian Ice Hockey League preview including a new home for the Sydney Bears & various player movements.
 

Second Period:

 

Third Period:

Erk FM: Metal Monday 176 – Mystery Theme Part 2

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 176. Erk continues his mystery theme of hard rock and metal courtesy of music supplier AirPlay Direct. At the time of recording, no one has guessed the theme of last week's episode as far as Erk knows. There were a couple of people who Erk thought might have guessed the theme. If the listeners don't get the theme by the end of the episode ... um ....

  Music supplied by AirPlay Direct.

  Song list:

Erk FM: Metal Monday 175 – Mystery Theme Part 1

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 175. Erk's back from a weekend at Rancho Relaxo & has an interesting episode of hard rock and metal. With 15 songs uninterrupted & another 15 songs uninterrupted next week, can you spot the theme?

  All music supplied by AirPlay Direct.   Song list:

Erk FM: Metal Monday 174 – Some Rules To Live By

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 174. On this episode Erk shares some podcasting/life tips as well as some hard rock and metal from around the world. All of the music was put into the heavy metal category by the people uploading the music to Erk's music supplier but the range in volume & hardness is amazing for the lack of a better word. 

  Music courtesy of AirPlay Direct.

  Song list:

Erk FM: Metal Monday 173 – Australia Day Celebration

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 173. As this episode is released, it is Australia Day in Australia. For the last 2 years, Erk has been outside Australia thanks to a certain heavy metal cruise on a certain boat on a certain ocean so any Australia Day type episodes would have been recorded with Erk outside Australia on the day of release. So to make up for that, Erk has an epic length all Australian hard rock & metal episode for you. 

  Song list:

Erk FM: Metal Monday 172 – A Surprise Trip To Sweden

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 172. It is the Monday before 70000 Tons of Metal and Erk had a surprise discovery in the lineup this week - an Australian band!  Then he found a female fronted Swedish band who will also be playing on 70000 Tons & then decided to stay in Sweden for the rest of the episode. 

  Song list:

Erk FM: Metal Monday 171 – 70000 Tons Of Sample Metal

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 171. To uncelebrate the fact that Erk is not going on this year's 70000 Tons of Metal and that all of this year's 60 bands haven't been announced within 2 weeks of the cruise, Erk presents a shuffled playlist of bands he has seen & enjoyed on 70000 Tons in 2013 & 2014.

  Song list:

Erk FM: Metal Monday 170 – Welcome To 2015 From Across The Ditch

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 170. It's been a while since Erk has had an episode wholly consisting of metal from New Zealand so the start of 2015 is a good as time as any - after all, New Zealand did see 2015 even before Australia did!

  Song list:

Erk FM: Australia 514 – Goodbye Erk FM: Australia!

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 514. This is the final episode of Erk FM: Australia and brings to a close 6 years of music podcasting across all genres. Erk FM started on the first Friday of 2009 with an episode a week to start with. Later, most weeks would see at least 2 episodes a week. Erk FM: International & Erk FM: Australia were created & started as separate shows in December 2011.

    Erk would like to thank all of the musicians, music suppliers, promoters, venues and other music podcasters that he has worked with over the last 6 years. It has been a great ride but it is time to move on. On this extended episode, Erk will feature bands/artists he has seen & enjoyed live.

  It should be noted that Erk FM: Metal Monday will continue weekly into 2015.

    Thank you for listening.

  Song list:

Erk FM: International 513 – Goodbye Erk FM: International!

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 513. This is the final episode of Erk FM: International so Erk has gone through his submissions  and plays some of the artists that Erk has enjoyed over the years. As this is the final episode of Erk FM: International, Erk would like to thank all of the artists, PR agencies, labels & fellow podcasters for their support since 2009. Erk FM: Australia's final episode is also this week. This will leave Erk FM: Metal Monday as Erk's sole music podcast in 2015 & beyond.

  Music supplied by Criminal PR, Deuce Management & Promotion, Cyber PR & the artists directly.

  Song list:

Erk FM Metal Monday 169 – Happy Metal Annihilation (part 2)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 169. On this episode, Erk continues to feature a selection of songs from a free sampler released by Asher Media Relations. You can download the sampler for free. Some of the artists have been featured on Erk FM: Metal Monday before & others are new.

  Song list:

Erk FM: Australia 512 – Penultimate Erk FM: Australia

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 512. This is the penultimate episode of Erk FM: Australia with the final episode being next Friday. On this episode, Erk features a range of Australian long songs that you would never hear on Australian radio unless the presenter needs to go to the toilet or to make a purchase at the vending machine at reception.

  Song list:

Erk FM: International 511 – Penulimate Erk FM: International

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 511. This is the penultimate episode of Erk FM: International so Erk has gone through his submissions  and plays some of the artists that Erk has enjoyed over the years. There is a massive list of artists that could not be featured, though. 

  Music supplied by Criminal PR, Deuce Management & Promotion, Jamendo & the artists directly.   Song list:

Erk FM Metal Monday 168 – Happy Metal Annihilation (part 1)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 168. On this episode, Erk features a selection of songs from a free sampler released by Asher Media Relations. You can download the sampler for free. Some of the artists have been featured on Erk FM: Metal Monday before & others are new.

  Song list:

Erk FM: Australia 510 – Scudley Flashback

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 510. On this episode, Erk combines what were formerly 3 separate Erk FM episodes. The episode opens with Peter Renzullo from Scudley Records, based in Perth. His aim has been and continues to be to promote live & original music in Perth. Like many other musicians and promoters in Perth, Peter has found that distance can be an issue for bands from eastern Australia to travel to Perth so to counter that, the local music scene must be strong.   After the interview, Erk features local Perth artists that Scudley Records were working with at the time of the interview in early 2010. The Scudley Records produced album that features was called Folklore. 

Erk FM: International 509 – Shhh, Erk! English Bands Talking!

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 509. This is another interview episode from the Erk FM archive from 2010. Two of the bands (Triphazard & Emerald) are no longer together however the various musicians may be working on other projects. The Fuse, however, are still together and are gigging and touring. 

Erk FM Metal Monday 167 – VMX 2011 (Flashback)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 167. Erk presents a metal gig that originally predated Erk FM: Metal Monday - A Very Metal Xmas (VMX). It was truly a highlight of the western Sydney metal scene. Like many of the bands that appear on the episode, VMX no longer exists. This episode features live recordings and interviews at VMX 2011. 

Erk FM: Australia 508 – Erkstock (Flashback)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 508. On this episode, Erk features one of the best nights of his life so far - Erkstock. Despite it being his party, Erk selected the bands and interviewed them during the night. A good time was had by all. August 2012 seems like such a long time ago!

Erk FM: International 507 – Shhh, Erk! Ladies Talking!

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 507. On this episode, Erk again features two of his favourite Erk FM interviews. The first interview was with then New York based Latino singer/songwriter Cupero. She sings in English and Spanish and her guitar work while singing is outstanding. The second interview is with Leah Finklestein. Erk had technical issues and therefore his voice is not heard at all during the entire interview. 

Erk FM Metal Monday 166 – VMX 2010 (Flashback)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 166. Erk presents a metal gig that predates Erk FM: Metal Monday - A Very Metal Xmas (VMX). It was truly a highlight of the western Sydney metal scene. Like many of the bands that appear on the episode, VMX no longer exists. This episode features live recordings and interviews at VMX 2010. 

Erk To The Penalty Box 13 – December Sirens Had By All

by Erk

Welcome to episode 13 of Erk To The Penalty Box. This episode was recorded on location at Sydney Ice Arena, in the Channel Erk Mobile Studio and the Channel Erk studio. The episode starts with an overview of the Australian Womens Ice Hockey League (AWHIL) & news about the AIHL. Erk compares his experience watching the WHL & the NHL and their respective streaming services before summarising the two competitions.

  Music supplied by The Zambonis & Amodus.

    Thank you to everyone who has supported Erk & Erk To The Penalty Box this year. In early 2015, episodes will be recorded occasionally until the start of the 2015 AIHL season when episodes will become weekly.  

Erk FM: Australia 506 – Musical Ladies of Sydney (Flashback)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 506. Now that Rocktober & Norockvember are completed, Erk is looking back over the last 6 years as Erk FM: Australia's last episode will be on Friday 2 January 2015. On this episode, Erk features 3 of his favourite interviews, all recorded on location in various parts of Sydney.   The episode opens with Erk's interview with Alison Avron who is a singer/songwriter, singing coach & a venue owner in Sydney. The second interview is with Helen Perris who is a singer/songwriter, a music coach and also a mother - the latter becomes plainly obvious during the interview but was entertaining nonetheless. As becomes clear in both interviews, Alison & Helen work well together and enjoy each other's company on & off stage. Finally, Erk features Lee Safar who apart from being a musician is also an entrepreneur. Most notably, Lee has just launched her new clothing line along with other merchandise & accessories.

Erk FM: International 505 – UK 2011 Flashback

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 505. With Rocktober & Norockvember completed, Erk has 5 episodes of Erk FM: International remaining before ending the show. The final episode of Erk FM: International will be on New Years Eve 2014. On this episode, Erk features two of his favourite international interviews from outside Australia. Both interviews/features were recorded on location in London in 2011. In the first section, various music podcasters from the Association Of Music Podcasting try to get Erk drunk on warm English beer. Despite this, a good time was had by all. A few days later, Erk interviews guitarist Matt Stevens.   In 2014, Erk repeated the trip and was able to catch up with several of the people you'll hear on the first section of the episode before heading across town with Ro from DarkCompass to watch Matt Stevens live. 

Erk FM Metal Monday 165 – Bed, Bath & Beyond Comprehension!

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 165. On this week's episode, Erk features more Canadian metal courtesy of Asher Media Relations and a song or 3 from Psychostick that you really need to see the videos for to get the full experience.

    Song list:

Erk FM: Australia 504 – Norockvember Week 4

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 504. This episode is the final week of Norockvember and a re-presentation of Erk FM: Australia episode 292 which was recorded in November (thank you #captainobvious) 2012. After this episode, there are 1 month of episodes of Erk FM: Australia before Erk calls stumps, draws the curtains, closes the door on Erk FM: Australia after 6 years.

  Music supplied by AirPlay Direct & the artists directly.

  Song list:

Erk FM: International 503 – Norockvember Week 4

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 503 which is the final week of Norockvember. This week's episode will feature more vocals than some of the more recent episodes because Erk is playing music from a different Jamendo playlist.

    Song list:

Erk FM Metal Monday 164 – Snakes Alive!

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 164. On this episode, Erk finds a series of hard rock & metal bands with a theme in their names - snakes! And seeing as though the weather at Erk FM: Metal Monday HQ will be very hot & very snake like, it seems an appropriate theme for this week's episode. Despite the common theme, there's a range of styles in the hardness stakes with the episode starting & finishing with classic rock. 

    Music supplied by AirPlay Direct.

    Song list:

Erk FM: Australia 502 – Norockvember Week 3

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 502. It is the 3rd and penultimate week of Norockvember which has been the theme for November after Rocktober. Erk's on a mysterious last minute mission so re-presents an episode of Norockvember from November 2012. 2 years ago, Erk is just back from the Whiplash tour which went up & down the east coast of Australia. Apart from a lot of memories (good, bad & indifferent), Erk also picked up a wicked case of pink eye on the tour. Norockvember was the perfect thing to do while Erk recovered!!!

    Music supplied by Radio Submit.

  Song list:

Erk FM: International 501 – Norockvember Week 3

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 501. Norockvember continues on Erk FM: International as the episode number goes north of 500. The episode starts with some electronic music before ending with jazz & classical. Hopefully a good time was had by all. 

    Music supplied by Jamendo.

    Song list:

Erk FM Metal Monday 163 – Black Metal Before Blue Mountains Trip?

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 163. On this episode, Erk is preparing for a possible deployment on fire duties so is recording early just in case. There are fires in the lower Blue Mountains reasonably close to Erk's house but not much of the Blue Mountains is black, luckily. This week's episode features black metal from across the world courtesy of AirPlay Direct.

    Song list:

Erk FM: Australia 500 – Norockvember Week 2

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 500! Erk had no idea that when starting this podcast in January 2009 that there would be anywhere near 500 episodes! There have been dedicated Australian & International episodes since December 2011. On this episode, Erk continues Norockvember with several of his favourite artists to see live. Unfortunately, Erk has not seen any of these artists for some time.

  All music supplied directly by the artists. 

    Song list:

Erk FM: International 499 – Norockvember Week 2

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 499. Norockvember continues to the delight of at least one Canadian as Erk FM episode 500 is rapidly approaching.There's a variety of styles and band locations on this episode but no rock in Norockvember!

  Music supplied by Jamendo.

  Song list:

Erk FM Metal Monday 162 – Erk Has A Huge Metal Fan

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 162. On this episode, Erk features a series of tracks that he has sitting on his button pushing software. As a result of being in Erk's button pushing software for some time, these bands & artists have been featured on Erk FM: Metal Monday before. Many of these songs are played while compiling playlists for all Erk FM shows so why not play these songs again for everyone's benefit?   In unrelated news, it is nearly 1am on Monday when Erk started to record the episode & it is still hot in the Erk FM: Metal Monday studio. Lucky for Erk, he has a big metal fan above his head.     Song list:

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