Reasons not to start a podcast

Posted on June 20, 2018Posted in Words

One of the things that I love about podcasts (there are several) is that anyone can start one. There’s no bouncer at the door telling you that can’t come in. There’s no commissioning editor, no pitching, and no licence. All you need is an idea, a device that you can record on, and somewhere to […]

Podcast Studies

Posted on December 29, 2017Posted in Words

Over the past year I’ve been pushing forward an idea that as we begin to understand podcasts more, the more we need to define this work as a defined discipline. Back in the 1990’s academics concerned with radio did the same and out this came from radio studies, a movement which generated a network, a […]

Podcasting is different to radio

Posted on November 12, 2016Posted in Words

It’s very easy when thinking about podcasting, to slap the label “radio” on to it. Over the years I’ve probably done the same. To be fair, it’s easy: both rely purely on sound and they share many conventions. The walls between them are porous, with people and ideas flowing each ways. Talent has left (willingly […]

Radio and the HD Generation.

Posted on July 2, 2016Posted in Words

Writing in the Radio Times this week the controller of BBC Radio 1 restated his views on the future of radio. he notes that: We are living with the HD generation – that’s the heads-down generation, who spend all their time looking at a small screen. And here are some scary facts for those of us […]

Do you do interweb?

Posted on April 19, 2016April 21, 2016Posted in Words

If you’re in radio now it’s likely you’ll also be talking and thinking about what you do online. We don’t live in a bubble and listeners will be active in social spaces and so should radio. Now, of course the rules around what makes radio great still apply. It’s still about making radio that works […]