Podcasting: Individual audio programming becomes the latest internet craze, putting broadcasting ability in the hands of the many
Jason Genegabus, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Monday, March 7, 2005:
TRADITIONAL radio stations aren’t in trouble just yet, but the advent of personal broadcasting via the Internet is changing the way we listen to content, just as TiVo changed the way we watch television. It’s called podcasting, a term coined by British journalist Ben Hammersley a little more than a year ago… Maui resident Sunny Hills is one of the few islanders to have already made the jump into podcasting. Other notable local podcasts include Geeknewscentral.com‘s Todd Cochrane, Machelpmaui.com‘s Scott Waters and the Kailua boyfriend/girlfriend duo of Roxanne Darling and Shane Robinson.
Internet Radio 101, Heather Green, Business Week Online, March 7, 2005:
The quality of most of the 3,500 podcasts now available is all over the map. And because they’re based on individual interests, they can dip into arcane topics or music that perhaps only people with similar tastes will appreciate. But that’s their beauty — they don’t have to adhere to mainstream tastes.
Dining-room DJs find forum in podcasting, Adam Geller, The Herald-Sun, March 5, 2005:
Podcasting, as it’s called, doesn’t require expensive broadcast licenses or radio towers. Most home computers come equipped with everything necessary: a microphone and a recording program. Add an Internet connection, and the recipe is complete…
This content delivery structure is fundamentally different from traditional radio. Radio stations, by design, push their content to listeners through the airwaves. It’s a one-shot deal. You listen now or you’ve missed it. With podcasting, the audio is available on the listener’s schedule.
On Monday, March 28, Bare Feet Studios will be presenting “Podcasting: Applications for Business.” Partners and podcasters Roxanne Darling and Shane Robinson will explore how this technology can serve your organization.
- Learn what podcasting is all about, from the technical “how-to” to the affect it is having on information delivery.
- Watch a live podcast be recorded, processed, uploaded to a web site, then downloaded to a portable MP3 player, all during the workshop.
- Learn five ways that podcasting can be useful to business and government organizationsâ€”everything from customer service to marketing to homeland security and emergency management.
This free, noon-time seminar will be hosted by the University of Hawaii’s Pacific New Media center at the UH Downtown Campus, located on the lower level of Pioneer Plaza at 900 Fort Street. Space is limited, so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (808) 262-9409.
Bare Feet Studios has been providing Internet services to small and medium-sized businesses since 1996. Based in Honolulu, with a regional sales territory in Santa Fe, New Mexico, we have customers throughout the United States. It provides long term customer service, from strategic online business planning, to site design and development, hosting, support and web site marketing.
The New Radio Revolution, Heather Green, Tom Lowry, and Catherine Yang, Business Week, March 3, 2005:
For all the hullabaloo it’s generating, podcasting is not even close to being a business yet… Maybe a few will come up with a way to make a living doing it. Maybe not. Regardless, a trend is afoot that could transform the $21 billion radio industry. Consider the basics: With no licenses, no frequencies, and no towers, ordinary people are busy creating audio programming for thousands of others. They’re bypassing an entire industry.
Radio Days for Everyman, Heather Green, BusinessWeek Online, March 3, 2005:
That enthusiasm goes a long way to explain why podcasting has created so much excitement. It allows people to thumb through an exploding treasure trove of shows and find exactly the right one for them, no matter how off the wall it might be. That makes podcasting very different from mass radio, which needs to play the most broadly popular songs to attract the widest audience. With podcasting, niche audiences can dip in and out shows, compiling their own lineup.
The Hawaii Association of Podcasters is proud to announce that podcasting will be the topic of the day on Hawaii Public Radio‘s weekly Town Square program on Thursday, March 24. Host Beth-Ann Kozlovich will talk with podcasters about the technology, and most importantly, the implications it has for the media landscape. The show will air live on KIPO 83.9FM (simulcast on Oceanic’s digital cable service) from 5 to 6 p.m., and will be posted online within a week (and thereafter added to Larry Geller’s Town Square fan-blog podcast feed).
Be sure to tune in, and don’t hesitate to call the studio line if you’ve got any comments or questions!
Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central has “let the cat out of the bag” on Podcast Connect, a network whose reach extends far beyond Hawaii shores. Its mission is to “create a number of Podcast Brands that will provide a umbrella of services for consumers, podcasters.”
Affiliated sites include Techpodcasts.com, Podcast One, the Podcast Awards, Podcast Stream, and the Podcaster News Network (along with Podcast International).
Chances are we’ll hear more in Todd’s next podcast!
Podcasting gives voice to amateurs
Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, February 28, 2005:
When my editor asked me to try my hand at podcasting, the assignment stirred up an old fantasy I had as a kid growing up in San Francisco — to be a radio news and sports announcer. After all, podcasting, the latest phenomenon to sweep the Internet, lets you create your own radio show. But instead of broadcasting your voice over the air, podcasters record their shows digitally and transmit them in the form of an MP3 file that can be beamed around the world to — as the name implies — iPods or similar digital audio players.
Podcasting faces growing pains
Scott Kirsner, The Boston Globe, February 28, 2005:
Remember the Web in 1994? Lots of pictures of pet cats and long lists of people’s favorite junk foods. Podcasting is in the same place today as the Web was in 1994. These personal radio broadcasts, designed to be downloaded to an iPod or similar MP3 player, are homespun, rough-edged, and — let’s be honest — not all that riveting. Some of the best podcasts so far are recordings of speeches and roundtables from high-priced technology conferences; some of the worst are like eavesdropping on your next-door neighbors while they’re making dinner and talking about their day.