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Podcast #46 – Community Comedy Podcasting

Like community radio, podcasts can serve communities of many different types. Getting involved with the local improv comedy scene reminded Eric of his experience in community radio. He and Paul discuss the podcast Eric is producing that’s intended to support and highlight this community’s work, and how that fits in with the paradigm and values […]

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Podcast #43 – NPR: When Disrupted, Go Local

A recent Slate article about the podcast challenge to NPR added fuel to the debate about how the public broadcaster should respond to this disruption. Paul jumps into the fray to posit that superserving affiliates and local listeners is key to NPR’s future, while Eric argues that calls for a shift in how coverage is […]

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Preserving Podcast History

We’ve been covering radio preservation quite a bit here at Radio Survivor. But, despite the medium’s relative youth, it’s not too soon to think about podcast preservation either. Because podcasts are distributed as downloaded files they seem less ephemeral than radio broadcasts, which someone has to take the initiative to record and save. However, think […]

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Podcast #38 – Survey Says: Stations Must Be on the Internet & YouTube

The annual Infinite Dial survey of American listening habits is out. Paul and Eric analyze the results and what they indicate for community and college radio and podcasting. In particular, Paul argues that declining radio ownership and young people’s affinity for YouTube mean stations absolutely must broadcast online and should use video. He asks: Are […]

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A Subjective History of Podcasting

Trying to catch up on my podcast queue, I tuned into this recent episode of Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything podcast, entitled, “Secret Histories of Podcasting.” In it he goes digging into the very early days of the medium in the early 2000s, when Dave Winer–who wouldn’t talk to him for the podcast–hacked a version […]

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Nuggets of Twitter Wisdom on Succeeding with Podcasting

On Tuesday I participated in a Twitter chat about podcasting organized by MediaShift as part of their EducationShift chat series.  Stacy Forster of the University of Wisconsin-Madison moderated the chat, and we were joined by impressive panel of podcasting, journalism and education experts, including MediaShift’s Mark Glaser, host of The Mediatwits podcast; Jule Gardner Banville, of the University […]

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