Much earlier in y life, I was Talk Radio junkie. High School and college, if I was in the car be myself I was most likely listening to the local talk radio station. Saturdays I looked forward to ar Talk and Wait Wait Don’t Tell me on NPR. At some point, with my tastes in radio changing, I fell out of love with terrestrial talk radio and started listening to more and more music, or a book on tape if I had the extra scratch to drop on an expensive set of Cds – and none of this abridged crap for me – unabridged only. Then, sometime in 2011, I found a new way to listen to talk radio,on demand anytime I wanted to; the podcast. Podcasts – Talk radio whenever you need it.
My first, the podcast that stole my aural cherry when it came to podcasts was Hollywood Babble-On. I found out that it existed from reading an article about Kevin Smith. I was intrigued, what was this thing called a PodCast? What was Hollywood Bable-On? I went to the person that I always went to for technology questions, the person that I still depend on to have their ear to the geek-grindstone – one of my coworkers. He knew what podcasts were and had been listening to them for a while. He told me how i could download them and use an app on my phone to stream them or listen to them after I downloaded them. I was even more intrigued. Now, at that point in my day job, I worked in the IT department doing travel writing and photography. One of the other guys in the department had been using an app called Beyond Pod to manage his podcasts. I wasn’t sure why I would need to manage one podcast but I figured it was worth downloading the free version and checking this out. I am a huge Kevin Smith fan so it made sense to make this my first/only podcast.
Downloaded the App, added HBO and got ready to listen to my first podcast. To say that I was an easy adopter of this technology was an understatement. To say that I am hooked on this type of audio formatted entertainment is also underselling how addicted I am. I love the variety of the content. I love the ease in added podcasts to my playlist. I love that I don’t have to do anything more than slide the screen downward on my phone to update the playlist.
It has become part of my morning ritual. My alarm goes off (the alarm on my phone of course). I pick up mu phone, turn off the alarm and then open Beyond Pod and start the app checking the feeds that I have stored, looking for new podcasts to download. Feeds – RSS Feeds – Really Simple Syndication – this is the tech that podcasts use, that podcast apps like iTunes and Beyond Pod use to find updates. Very easy technology and easy to setup on a website. Podcasts, in and of themselves, are easy as well. MP3 or 4 format. Save the file, use a plugin or some other service to push them to a distribution service – viola – You have a podcast.
the hard part about a podcast is making it interesting, finding an audience and keeping it going. We are going to have a podcast on This Geeks World. Who knows, down the road we may have several. Podcasts are yet another easy, cheap way to be entertaining instead of being entertained. That was actuallly something I picked up on one ofthe first SmodCo podcasts that I listened to back in 2011. Kevein Smith challenged those listening to be entertaining instead of eing entertained. This Geeks World is an offshoot of that challenge.
Here is to hoping that you are being entertained.