I moved to Vancouver Island as my husband took a job here. I quit my Executive Producer position at CBC Vancouver, took early retirement but wasn't quite ready to call it quits on story telling.
In Season 2, I joined the Rogers' Frequency Podcast network.
I still do all of the original journalism -the research, writing, interviewing and editing on my own. But I'm now part of a team again! That means I'm able to work with skilled and brilliant colleagues who assist in the following areas:
Show Runner-an expert in keeping me focused & providing valuable feedback
Sound Design -an audio tech makes my mixes sound way better!
Creative -responsible for the beautiful Season 2 ,3, & 5 podcast covers.
Promotion & Sales-their team helps me grow my audience and make some revenue
After three years, I've started to generate some revenue on Island Crime. I'm anticipating I will soon make enough money to cover my costs (travel, gear, subscriptions) . Island Crime is a passion for me. I find the work rewarding. If Island Crime produces some income in the years to come, that will make my accountant happy.
Beginning with Season 5, I added a subscription service on the Apple Platform.
This will give listeners an opportunity to listen ad free. Now personally I don't mind ads. Sometimes I even enjoy them! But I get it. Not everyone does. So now you can buy the subscription service if you want that ad free experience. Everything will still be free for listeners who choose not to subscribe. Subscribers get the episodes earlier.
If you like hearing gruesome terrifying stories about horrible humans doing horrible things, Island Crime is not for you. I focus on the victims and their families and friends. I deliver context and depth. I want people to understand and empathize with my story telling. I don't want listeners to be traumatized. That's not the point.
I want justice for the victims and those who love them. Through my story telling I hope to jar memories, bring forward witnesses and help keep the stories in the public eye. I also try to push the investigation forward where and when I can.
If nothing else I hope to tell stories with dignity that families will find worthwhile.
I want to build on the work the police have been able to do in each case. If possible I aim for a positive, professional working relationship with the police involved in the file. But I'm not a police agent. I'm not beholden to anyone except the victim and those who love them.
Love fast paced, action packed, easily digestible true crime? Then Island Crime is not for you. This is the single most significant event in the lives of the victim's loved ones. Sometimes I include aspects of life that don't relate directly to the crime, but do reveal a more complete picture. And if you are in a hurry, go ahead and listen in double time!
That's true. Most of my journalism career involved producing other broadcasters. Now that I work solo, I use my own voice, which is not at all a traditional old school broadcast sound.
I've had many requests to take on particular cases. I do all of the journalism alone. I normally take 6 mos-to a year on each season. So I can't possibly cover all of the stories suggested to me, as much as I wish I could. I focus on Vancouver Island cases only because as much as possible I try to go to the scene of the crime and to meet people where they live.