Audio & Podcasting

Podcasting is online audio content that is delivered via an RSS feed. Many people liken podcasting to radio on demand. However, in reality, podcasting gives far more options in terms of content and programming than radio does. In addition, with Podcasting, listeners can determine the time and the place, meaning they decide what programming they want to receive and when they want to listen to it.

Listeners can retain audio archives to listen to at their leisure. While blogs have turned many bloggers into journalists, podcasting has the potential to turn podcasters into radio personalities.

Podcasting in Plain English from leelefever on Vimeo.

Podcasting 101 (CNET)

Below is a great short video done by CNET TV showing you the steps to doing your own podcast.  This was videotaped back in 2006, so you’ll hear them refer to iLife 06, so just ignore that.  Apple’s iLife software is an even better tool for podcasting today!  There’s also a great site providing you a “Complete Guide to Create, Edit and Publish your Own Podcast” if the video goes too fast for you.

Video CNET: Podcasting 101

Podcast Hosting Sites

  • Gcast – Your own audio broadcast, where you can easily record voice messages, mix in your favorite music, and share it all for the world to hear.  “So easy your grandma could do it.”
  • BlogTalkRadio – Using an ordinary telephone and computer hosts can create free, live, call-in talk shows with unlimited participants that are automatically archived and made available as podcasts.
  • Gabcast – A podcasting and audioblogging platform that offers an easy way to create and distribute audio content.
  • EXAMPLE:  LAFD TalkRadio
  • EXAMPLE:  Tulsa Police Department
  • EXAMPLE: Cupertino, Calif., Extends Communication with Podcasting

Audio Editing Software

  • Audacity – The most popular free cross-platform sound editor is Audacity.  It’s available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and other platforms.  I’ve used this software quite a bit and I must say that it’s great.  If you want to record a public service announcement, add some music and output it in MP3 and other formats, this is a great way to go.  Oh, and did I mention it’s totally free?!?