Today when I when to the gym to for my daily dose of self-inflicted pain, I was listening to The Chris Evans Show (a weekly radio show from BBC‘s Radio 2, also available as a Podcast) on my iPod, when it just occurred to me why I love Podast’s and what I love about Podcasting. Simply because I love Radio – and have always done. Podcasting has simply made some of the best radio shows available for download and consumption at anytime. So then, what makes a good Podcast? There are so many Podcast available out there, and to be honest, most of the are quite boring unless you love to hear to geeks talking for 40 minutes about RSS. Most Podcast’s simply lack either an entertaining voice or good enough sound quality to make listening worthwhile. But while I was listening to Chris Evans, I realized that what makes a good Podcast:
- an interesting, engaging and entertaining VOICE
- an interesting subject
Most podcasters unfortunately fails here – the are simply dead boring and don’t understand the value of the VOICE. My favourite Podcasts at the moment are:
- The Chris Evans Show – because it is so fun & entertaining
- The Daily Source Code – entertaining & Podcast relevant content
- Shrink Rap Radio – Psychology meets Podcasting, top quality content
- NPR’s On The Media – great weekly media round-up
- In The Groove, Jazz and Beyond -a fantastic jazz Podcast
- NPR Books – interesting book reviews
- For Immediate Release – Good update on what’s cooking in the PR world
Although Podcasting like blogs has opened up the world for anybody who has something or noting to say, and in that sense lowered the barrier for publishing, I believe that very few will be make it in the long run. Just like blogging in the near future probably will be a part of the traditional media, I think the professional broadcasters will be dominating the future of Podcasting. However, there will be some “amateur podcasters” that will break through thanks to the democratic broadcasting tool Podcasting is, but they will eventually be snapped up by the big media guys and join the traditional media establishment. But again, they will make it because: they are entertaining, engaging and has a great voice…
One of the best things with travelling is that I have time to read books. Just finished Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking”, a great book exploring what Gladwell calls “thin-slicing”, instinctive gut-feeling based decisions. The book is more descriptive rather than conclusive, but full of interesting cases on [...]
One of the best things with travelling is that I have time to read books. Just finished Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking”, a great book exploring what Gladwell calls “thin-slicing”, instinctive gut-feeling based decisions. The book is more descriptive rather than conclusive, but full of interesting cases on how the most important decisions we make are often made in a split-second, in a blink by thin’slicing. There are the examples from War Games, an emergency room, marriage, speed-dating to criminal investigations. The list is long. Since I have a background in Psychology and in martial arts, I just love these type of stories. The book is very engaging and also written in a way that makes the reading flow. Warmly recommended to anybody interested in what makes us all tick’.
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