I’ve been writing about Serial and what it means for audio on here quite a bit. I sent out a little Twitter essay yesterday that’s a pretty good summary, so I thought I’d put it here, too. 1. I think Serial and shows like it are a step towards the Netflix-ization of audio http://andrewkurjata.ca/blog/2014/11/21/podcasts-arent-back-a-new-type-of-podcast-has-arrived/ 2. “podcasts” as a form […]
Great write-up by Robert McGinley Myers on the strength of audio: “This is the power of tape, and I’d argue it’s a power tape has over any other form of journalism. Print can’t convey the full texture of emotion in a conversation, and film often shines too bright a light to get into these private moments […]
Nick Quah: “I want, or would like, more Serials, more… Breaking Bads, more True Detectives, more Scandals, and more Game of Throneses in my headphones. In my eardrums. In my head. “In my opinion, that’s the real North Star here. Podcasts shouldn’t aspire to be the next blogging platform, vis a vis Odeo. It should […]
Pete Davies: “This post explains why we have no idea how many people are actually listening to Serial (or any podcasts).” In short, because there is a very real difference between downloading a podcast and listening to it. And many people will download the same episode multiple times (I’ll often have the same episode of something on my […]
The team at Stitcher take a look at the data to find out whether people are binge-listening to the podcast Serial in the same way fans watch Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. Answer: they do.
I wrote a whole post about how local radio can survive a digital era, but John Collins (paraphrasing James Cridland) puts it much more succinctly: “Your content may be on AM, FM, Digital or a file, but it will only succeed if it’s relevant to your community of interest.” So simple. But so essential.
“It’s a podcast. It’s kind of like your radio show except people listen to it on purpose.” – Jesse Brown, Canadaland, Episode 1 Yesterday, I argued that the success of Serial/StartUp/Radiotopia heralded the arrival of a new era of highly-produced, digital-only audio storytelling. Today I’d like to carry that line of thought to a new question: […]
With Serial and StartUp, we’ve entered the Netflix-era for audio production.
The best podcasts out there embrace the unique properties of the medium. They’re intimate, and personal. They’re portable. They’re not constrained to broadcast lengths. They take advantage of the fact that listeners start from the beginning, every time.
Seth Godin: “With so many podcasts, free downloads and Spotify stations to listen to, why? With traffic, weather and talking maps in your pocket, why wait for the announcer to get around to telling you what you need to know?” This is my theory: take a listen at a traditional radio broadcast. How much of […]
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