There were a series of events that got me started in Podcasting. First, I bought a Stereo Receiver from a local electronics store, which I turned out not to need. Feeling sorry for the salesman, I traded it in for a Creative Zen MP3 player. Now I had a player with quite a lot of memory in it and all kinds of features. so what could I do with it? I started collecting all sorts of things to listen to and I discovered Podcasts. I started working with an aggregator, which is something that collects Podcasts. It just polls them from your list of preferences and downloads them.
This was 10 years ago. I started first with iPodder, which became Juice, which was free and it was good but not completely what I wanted.Seems to be no longer available.
I discovered an aggregator called Feed Demon, which I actually paid for, and which I liked better because it gave me more control and didn't automatically call up the iTunes Player, which I find intrusive.
I started to refine my interests. I liked documentaries, so Radio Netherlands was a natural for that at that time and the BBC, of course. Some BBC programs and many CBC programs, like Quirks and Quarks, are available as Podcasts.
I also monitored a few text-based Blogs. I went further afield and discovered a Blog that operated out of New Orleans. They were operational during the entire time of Katrina disaster and gave daily, sometimes hourly reports from inside the city. It was operated by an Internet Service provider who kept their site up and their client's sites up and started rescuing other company's data from their computers which were in high rise buildings well above the water line. The fellow that was running the Blog, his actual job was Security He was ex Special Forces with a technical background. He had a wonderful ability to communicate in simple language just exactly what he was seeing with no frills, just what it was like being there on the ground as it were (although they were ten floors up) in New Orleans.
Back to Podcasts - I discovered WNYC's Morning Stories, Mark Blevis, National Public Radio and all kinds of things. Then I got into vintage radio programs. I discovered that listening to Charlie McCarthy and Fibber McGee and Tallulah Bankhead and Bob Hope was fun. I felt like I was back in time in a place where I was quite safe and some of the bad things that were happening now weren't happening any more, back to a more innocent time.
I got really into
early music through a Podcast called Thomas Edison's Attic on WFMU "Edison
cylinder and disc record rarities, many not heard since the old man himself
stashed them away". It featured: Tin Pan Alley pop songs, ragtime,
vaudeville comedy sketches, flapper dance bands, old-time country tunes,
historic classical music, laboratory experiments and other artifacts
all dating from 1888 through 1929. Not on anymore but I would recommend
WFMUs The Antique Phonograph Music Program with Mike Haar
I have lived a longish life. I'm was 71 when I wrote this and Im now 80 and gaining. I've had some interesting times. Ive lived in the Canadian north and Chatham, Ontario, and Detroit and New York City. Now I'm back in Toronto. I combined my experiences to tell stories about my life, hopefully in an interesting manner. It's my audio-biography to share with my daughter, my family, friends and perfect strangers who stop by and listen in.
That small circle of friends and family has expanded. I had a nice note from a lady in Brazil telling me she enjoyed my Podcasts and used them to help her learn English because I spoke slowly and clearly. I guess that helps explain why my Statistics show 8% subscribing from China.