Public Radio and/or Podcasting

I’m busy at work and don’t have time to write this up, but I read both Stephen Hill’s statement on podcasting and Doc Searls’ response. I don’t think either of these meshes well with what I think. This is something I actually have some insight on, as a very early podcaster and as someone who produced entirely by myself a nationally syndicated show that was on the NPR satellites (but not an NPR production) in the 90’s. I’ll write up my thoughts when I can, but suffice it to say I have many on these pieces. Watch the skies!

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father.

5 thoughts on “Public Radio and/or Podcasting”

  1. looking forward to reading/listening to your take dave, especially since as steven hill states – someone would need to come from both backgrounds to get his pov (which i had a hard time w/) – but i did totally relate to doc’s pov, and the only thing i know about radio is the technology behind it – the doing a show part has never been one of my motivations – i can feel and relate to the time crunch issues he raises though…

  2. Well, it’s self-evident that the public won’t tolerate anything but the highest production standards. Just look at the abysmal sales of live recordings and the empty stadiums at live shows. There’s nothing at all compelling about listening to someone who speaks like an actual human, rather than a mechanical mediadrone. Lord knows, I can barely stand conversing with my friends and family. They don’t sound at all like the smooth-talking people on the public radio station.

    I use the eMusic service. Recently they “started” a podcast (there’s only been one since August). Among the comments was that it sounded too slick, like Casey Kasem or NPR. There’s your audience Mr. Hill.

    Damien Einstein is a Washington DC area musical icon. An auto accident left him with a speech impediment. By Stephen Hill’s standards nobody should want to listen to Damien’s halting delivery–but they do because what he has to say is worth waiting for. There is no BBC or NPR personality saying the things Damien says, asking the insightful questions he poses, getting the interviews he gets.
    You can grab an interview he did at (look for WRNR Interview – 9/8/05).

  3. I don’t think it really makes a big difference to me personally if the program I listen to is really well produced with several hundred dollar mics or “raw” with $20 dollar mic in the box, turn on Audacity and away you go. to me the key is whether or not it has compelling content or not.

    I don’t think all professionaly produced programs are hosted by pompous asses, although they do seem to be a majority in the mainstream radio sector, nor do I feel all podcasters have a “core group” mentality, and are passionate about citizen media, although a lot of them are.

    My personal challenge to Doc is to do a really kick-ass podcast, not because I don’t think he is capable, which I’m sure he is, but rather because I’d love to hear it.

    We humans are a funny bunch intent on convincing, and wanting concensus. What is wrong with a lime being a lime and an apple being an apple(see I didn’t use the proverbial “orange” in my analogy.)Some people will like them all, some few, and some none.

    It’s a little bit ironic that broadband internet has enabled all these narrowcasts(podcasts)-to which I’m thankful. Not because of the groupies it attracts, or the big salaries, because the net sum of these is zero, but because it enables me to share my ideas, music, and art with people that find it interesting and make a solid connection with it. It’s nice to be able to hear people being real in your head instead of being silver-tongued “audio apes.”

    For the record-I like blogs, podcasts,vlogs and even some radio, provided that they offer compelling content and let me in on the joke.

  4. Podcasting has shown that all limitations, barriers, restrictions, publishing schedules, and formats are artificial. If Stephen Hill needs a not-for-profit organization to feel good, that’s cool. If Doc needs something important to say, that’s cool.

    I’m good with an authentic and friendly voice and a perspective I can relate to. That’s me. Podcasting works for me like that. Public Radio works for me less and less so.

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