Re: [podcasters] Re: The latest #1 on podcastalley.com: another rant for the month
- Quoting "Stephen Eley" <SFEley@...>
> This is all inevitable and entirely natural. I've mentionedI remember Sturgeon using...saltier...language in the original quote, but
> Sturgeon's law before: "Ninety percent of everything is crud."
the concept is still valid.
I've compared the current state of podcasting to the early days of radio,
and I think it's an apt metaphor; not the golden age of radio we tend to
think of as "old time radio" nowadays, but the REAL early days before the
Radio was run by hobbyists turned professional in those days. The product
ranged from mediocre to sublime. As time went on, the better products held
on to listeners, and the not-so-good ones lost audience as the novelty wore
off. More people bought radio sets, and listenership grew. Then and only
then did people figure out a way to make money off of it.
The difference with podcasting is that our bandwidth, to use the radio
comparison, is nigh unlimited. Feeds don't compete with each other for
space the way radio stations do, and one feed doesn't interfere with another
if the power is too high or the contour is bent the wrong way. Thus,
there's no need to license or limit podcast "stations," and anyone who wants
to can start one up (as is evidenced by the sheer number of casts out
As for quality, I had a leg up, as did the other radio shows that started
podfeeds of their programs. We were used to producing programming and knew
the tricks. Not to say that the amateurs who are the real heart and soul of
this medium won't improve the quality of their casts by leaps and bounds in
almost no time; I was listening to some tapes of my radio show from college
(18 years ago, groan) the other day and couldn't believe how I sounded then
compared with how I sound now. Practice makes perfect, and a lot of the
"microphone and sound card" people, as they improve their production skills
and tools, are going to produce stuff that puts modern commercial radio to
shame before long.
> Of course in the real world it's more complicated than that. ThereHandy place for my shameless plug: The Pab Sungenis Project. RSS feed at
> may be some excellent podcasts that are unpopular because their
> producer doesn't know how to give them visibility, or they never
> achieve word of mouth, or just bad luck. It happens. And there may
> be some REALLY excellent podcasts that never make it to the top
> because they appeal to a niche audience.
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> Supposing for the sake ofYes, but the beautiful thing is that a program like Grape Radio wouldn't
> argument that Grape Radio was the best podcast on the planet, you
> still wouldn't listen to it if you didn't care about wine.
even be available on commercial radio today, no matter how beautifully
produced and hosted. With podcasting, it's available to its audience
> But then there's the ninety percent. I submit that the vast majoritySee above about early radio. The cream rises. Of course, then it gets
> of podcasts will never make it because they just aren't good. I don't
> think I could define "good" without provoking a flamewar, but I also
> don't think I have to. If you don't agree, try bringing up Podcast
> Alley and listen to all five of the "5 Random Podcasts." How many of
> them made you want to listen again?
scraped off. :)