We spoke to Shayne Rodgers, presenter and co-producer of Not a Dollar More, to find out why they chose podcasts (as opposed to other mediums like video), how it has been received, and where to from here.
I’m Shayne Rodgers and about eight years ago I gave up gambling, as I was highly addicted to racing and sports betting. This caused a lot of damage to myself financially and cost me so much time over the 10-year period I gambled. I am the presenter and co-producer of the Not a Dollar More podcast series and I also came up with the idea of a podcast series to reach out to people.
2. Why did you produce a podcast series (as opposed to other mediums i.e. video)?
The idea of the podcast came from focusing on another way to reach people experiencing gambling harm, as podcasts can be listened to in complete privacy. Many people suffer in silence with a gambling addiction and so I wanted people to be able to tap into a podcast when the time was right for them. Also, I think it was easier for our guests to share their stories on a podcast rather than in front of a camera (however, many of these brave people do share their stories in front of the camera too).
The feedback has been really good. We have heard from so many people with gambling problems who have told us that hearing the stories of others has helped their own recovery. We’ve also heard from people who have already stopped gambling and people impacted by other people’s gambling who have also found them really useful. I believe the podcasts have lots of little gems from our interviews that people can relate to. I also think people may feel it’s more achievable to quit gambling after listening to Not a Dollar More because there are so many stories of hope and change. We’ve had about 4500 listens across all the podcasts, and we hope this number will continue to grow.
5. Do you have a favourite episode? If so, why?
Episode 6, Young Men and Gambling is my favourite. This is because I have a real passion in helping young males overcome their gambling problems, as many of them are punting on the same things I did (racing and sports betting). Young males are a big concern in Australia when it comes to gambling because they are all carrying around a punting device 24/7. The mobile phone has become addictive enough on its own without throwing gambling into the mix. Very dangerous and very sad.
Gambling addiction isn't a life sentence, it isn't easy to overcome and takes lots of hard work and persistence but it’s very achievable and my guests are a great example of this. I would also say that what works for one person may not work for another so if you are struggling, be a little adventurous with the help you seek.
7. What are some of the challenges you faced with making a series like this?
The amount of time it took was well above what the team and I thought it would take. Personally, being the presenter of the podcast was tough, as I had never done anything like this before, so that was a challenge but extremely rewarding.
8. Where do you see NADM going from here?
We are in the planning stage for a podcast solely exploring the issues young males face. We hope this will include not only gambling stories, but lifestyle choices, the effects they might be having on their gambling and realistic changes that can be made to turn their lives around.
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