Ironically, I do have a lot of experience - recent experience - creating and producing and hosting and promoting a podcast... all from scratch.
Mine is called Every Life Is Interesting.
I LOVE buzzsprout.com for podcast hosting. They are first class. Best service/response to questions. Fair pricing. And so much smaller and more agile than Libsyn. I didn't like Libsyn.
WIth buzzsprout, you feed the feed through feedburner, and feedburner gives you ALL the stats you need. Not pretty insofar as UI is concerned, but they give you the stats... and they're free.
I didn't aim to monetize, and only marketing thru word of mouth, a facebook page, and twitter.
My podcast is on hold now because I've started a new company, Updated.io, which is taking ALL my attention and energy. I will resume Every Life Is Interesting once some time opens up.
Best of luck.