Have You Heard? is a series in which the team from Pod Bible meet the people behind the podcasts you may not have heard of yet. While the Oh. My. Pod. section in the magazine gives a quick shout out to shows of that ilk, Have You Heard aims to go deeper in an effort to spread awareness for shows that deserve more exposure! In this ninth edition we sat down with Kelly Pegg and Jenny Powell to discuss their podcast, The Hot Mess Mums Club.
Who are you and what’s your podcast about?
Kelly: Kelly Pegg – Journalist, Broadcaster and Writer. Hot Mess Mums is about creating a club for Mums and women everywhere where we can all say honestly how we feel without being judged. We want to make our listeners feel supported, we want to make them laugh and feel inspired and most importantly feel that they are part of club and we are on this crazy ride together.
Jenny: Some guests are friends, some are experts and some are celebrities who come to share their advice and anecdotes, with a bit of our own expertise in life thrown in too!
What was the first podcast you ever listened to?
Kelly: Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place. I love how she talks about mental health and happiness, in this day an age it’s so important that we all become a bit more aware of how to look after our minds as well as our bodies.I was a big fan of hers when she was on Radio 1 and I love how honest she is about how certain things effect her like trolling on social media. She always comes across as such a nice person and I remember sitting next to her at a restaurant in Ibiza desperately wanting to say hi and tell her how much I like her but I was worried I might come across as a total stalker so I decided not to!
Jenny: The Joe Rogan Experience
Why did you decide to start podcasting in the first place?
Kelly: I’d worked in radio for more than 15 years starting in local and working up to national level. I loved the whole concept of connecting with my audience, creating that “me too” moment and being real. All of a sudden that changed and I’d become a music announcer where personality, and real, relatable content had been taken away. I also wanted to present with another female and again it was something that sadly wasn’t being promoted so The Hot Mess Mums Club podcast was born. A podcast where women could feel proud to be themselves, no pretence, we laugh at our mistakes, celebrate our triumphs and hopefully break a few taboos along the way.
Jenny: Having been a guest on some podcasts presented by my friends, like Kate Thornton, I was hooked! My close friends kept nagging me to do one as they are all big podcast fans and wanted to have me in the car with them on the way to work by the power of podcast!
Which podcasts do you take inspiration from?
Kelly: I actually don’t and I don’t mean that to sound arrogant, however I didn’t want to copy anyone or lift ideas from different podcasts. I wanted our podcast to be unique and brutally honest. There are a lot of parenting podcasts that talk about being the perfect parent but that is not what The Hot Mess Mums Club is about. It’s about celebrating not being perfect, laughing at the mistakes we make as Mums, being honest by saying it’s actually not that great being a parent all the time and it’s OK.Being a Mum can feel incredibly lonely so letting women know they are not alone and its never just them is so important.
Jenny: Joe Rogan! He’s a dynamic, outspoken and cocky American, who covers so many subjects that I’m interested in, especially health and fitness. He swears a lot, that’s the only problem!
Who’s your dream guest for the podcast?
Kelly: Madonna. I adore her, she is so amazing and the queen of reinvention. Her life story about how she moved to New York with nothing and through hard work and never giving up became the most famous female music artist in the world is quite something. I’d have so many questions for her including how does she get those arms of hers to look so incredible!
Jenny: Jennifer Hudson! She’s a hard working Mum, with such warmth and charisma. I could spend hours chatting to her and I’d get her to sing at the end of course!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far as a podcaster?
Kelly: Not in a million years did I expect the podcast to be so successful or to be so well received. I’m beyond grateful and to have the quality of guests we have and sponsors who are getting involved is a dream come true.It has never been about money only a love for communicating and being real and if anything it’s taught me to always do what you love, never give up and enjoy the moment without looking or worrying too far ahead.
Jenny: Don’t be lazy with your words; be natural and true to yourself, but recognise the disciplines of broadcasting and know when to shut up!
Which episode would you say is the perfect introduction to your podcast?
Jenny: Lynsey ,Queen Of Clean did an episode with us and we all got on so well! That one was the perfect balance of laughs, helpful tips, honest confessions and entertainment!
Kelly: I, like Jenny, absolutely love our episode in Season 2 with Lynsey Queen of Clean. It was honest, funny and warm and it felt like we’d all been going out with each other for ages! We chatted about everything from OCD to the school gates and Mums whatsapp groups. It was our biggest performing episode of the season and charted in the top 10 of the iTunes chart in the UK and abroad, I’m so proud of that.
Where can the Pod Bible readers find out more about you?
Kelly: 100 per cent by listening to our podcast – I’m totally honest about everything and everyone in my life, there is no pretense or falseness. I’m actually probably a little too honest! We also have a instagram page @thehotmessmums.
Jenny: Best to discover what I’m up to on my instagram: @jennypowelltv. It’s all on there .. warts and all !!
Listen to The Hot Mess Mums Club here!