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In This Week’s Podcasting News: Webby Award Winners Announced, and More

In this week’s podcasting news we have the Webby Award winners; Rogue Ameoba CEO discusses his software’s role in the prehistory of podcasting; and Freakonomics host Stephen Dubner looks forward to the medium’s ubiquity.

Webby Award Winners Announced

Webby Award winners have been announced. The big winners in the podcasting world are Stitcher Radio, which won for the Mobile and Apps: Podcast category, and The New Yorker magazine’s podcasts, which won in the Radio & Podcasts category.

For the People’s Choice Awards, Discovery’s Stuff You Should know is the Podcast category winner, and Slate’s Gabfest podcasts win for Radio & Podcasts. The Webby Awards ceremony, hosted by Patton Oswalt, will be available for on demand viewing May 20.

Audio Hijack Software Let People Roll Their Own Podcasts

I’m a big fan of Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack Pro and Fission audio software for MacOS. I think they’re great tools for podcasters working in MacOS.

I’ve used Audio Hijack countless times to make quick recordings of Google Voice and Skype interview calls as well as grabbing short audio snippets from the web or air checks of internet stations. Then I use Fission to make fast edits that don’t require re-encoding files, which is particularly helpful when working with compressed audio like MP3s.

Rogue Amoeba co-founder and CEO Paul Kafasis was recently interviewed by the Disruptive Competition (DisCo) project. Writer SARAH LAI STIRLAND Sara Lai Stirland talks with Kafasis about how despiteAudio Hijack’s provocative title it’s an app designed to be “almost like an old tape deck on an old stereo. There are an infinite number of fair uses for it.”

Looking back to the early 2000s, before the idea of podcasts was mainstream, Kafasis says, “at the time, you actually needed a live Internet connection to listen to this stuff, so what people would do is make their own podcasts. It pointed the way to podcasts. It was a time where you had to sit down at your desk to listen to the audio, but people wanted to take it with them.”

Freakonomics Host Looks Forward to Podcasts in Cars

Journalist and podcaster Stephen J. Dubner is most well known as co-author of the book Freakonomics and as host of the radio show and podcast by the same name. In a recent interview at Digiday, Dubner told writer John McDermott that podcasting has become, “a huge niche.”

He said that the big move into the mainstream when “95 percent of the world” knows about podcasting will happen when, “it becomes as easy to find a podcast as it is to find a radio dial in your car, I think that’s the point at which radio and podcasting becomes almost indistinguishable.”

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