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Podcasts shouldn’t aspire to be the next blogging platform. It should be the next HBO.

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 […]

Posted on 20 December 2014 and filed under articles, main, outbound, radio, small

On the other hand….

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 […]

Posted on 13 December 2014 and filed under links, outbound, radio, small

Binge Listening is the New Black

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.

Posted on 13 December 2014 and filed under links, outbound, radio, small

Live & Local v. Real & Relevant

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.

Posted on 24 November 2014 and filed under links, outbound, radio, small

Radio Futures

“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: […]

Posted on 22 November 2014 and filed under articles, main, radio

Podcasts aren’t “back”, a new type of podcast has arrived

With Serial and StartUp, we’ve entered the Netflix-era for audio production.

Posted on 21 November 2014 and filed under articles, main, radio

The long tail of audio

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.

Posted on 13 November 2014 and filed under links, outbound, radio

An end of radio

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 […]

Posted on 12 November 2014 and filed under links, media, outbound, radio

Radiotopia reaches 20,000 backers

A collective of independent, experimental, and production-rich podcasts have raised over half a million dollars from 20,000 people in under a month. You want to talk about the future of radio? You should be talking about this.

Posted on 11 November 2014 and filed under links, outbound, radio, small

Recommended starter episodes for Radiotopia, a storytelling revolution

Hand-picked episodes of my favourite radio shows, so you will donate a dollar to them.

Posted on 3 November 2014 and filed under main, radio, reviews

No one pays attention to radio

“The Times reviews almost every movie that comes out (I enjoy reading their reviews of part 6 of some slasher series) and even though I’ve never seen Breaking Bad I can tell you pretty much everything about it because of the number of stories I’ve read. Radio not so much.”

Posted on 28 August 2014 and filed under links, outbound, radio

Off Mic

A year ago, I was supposed to be a CBC Radio host for a few weeks. Those few weeks are finally coming to an end.

Posted on 10 April 2014 and filed under articles, comments, main, personal, radio

Discovering new histories: a sort-of, kind-of how to for storytellers

Library archives, Google searches and research projects, oh my!

Posted on 1 March 2014 and filed under articles, journalism, main, Prince George, radio

Emotional fascism and using music in radio

When is music useful to underscore an emotion, and when is it emotional fascism?

Posted on 28 February 2014 and filed under articles, comments, main, radio

You Should Listen To: End of the Dial

This can’t be the end of radio…. can it?

Posted on 21 February 2014 and filed under links, main, nocomments, outbound, radio

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