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webslinky: podcasting 2
webslinky: podcasting #02
This week, your own radio show.

Podcasting might be the internet mot du jour, but that doesn’t mean that most of what you’ll find out there is any good. The mainstay of material is amateurish trash simply broadcast because the technology exists, not because there’s anything interesting to say. Like punk rock in the 70s, it’s great to see the people empowered, just don’t make us listen to it all.

Podcasting came of age, technologically at least, when Apple released iTunes 4.9. Now anyone with iTunes can sign up for shows with a minimum of fuss and little know-how. And all we need is to allow the standard of the content to catch up. Whilst the world is waiting, however, here are a few genuine gems.

WFMU is the very pinnacle of freeform radio USA. Broadcasting out of New Jersey, there are many great shows but current highlights are Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy (talk) and Do Or DIY with Vicki Bennett’s People Like Us (musical experiments). Old issues of the talk show, Ariel View with Chris TT, are entertaining too, showcasing a variety of New York’s more oddball characters.

There’s plenty of film Podcasts around (indeed, Five Live has a good weekly film review show with Mark Kermode), although most are less informed than a nosy child with a copy of Empire in hand. Pulsing Cinema is interesting though as it focuses of more niche cinema from John Waters to John Ford. And the guy behind it knows his stuff despite being a little eccentric.

Radio Clash is a great music show broadcasting out of the UK. Highlights of the current show include a piece on Pride Soho and a rather good mash-up of Doves and David Essex. It’s lo-fi but the sounds are fresh.

Podshow is like the Radio Times for Podcasting - a slick weekly round-up, now on its third episode. There’s some right tosh being recommended here but it is the leading show on doing this sort of thing so the occasional gem is going to turn up. It’s also rather user-friendly.

Lastly, KEXP is a great Seattle-based radio station. They’ve just started Podcasting a show that covers new unsigned independent bands from the Pacific North West. There are examples of the area’s burgeoning hip-hop scene worth checking, alongside rock and electronica.


Richard Hector Jones 11 August 05
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