Amazon has named my book Podcasting the Do it Yourseld guide a “Best book of 2005” as chosen by the editors of Amazon.com Called a Editor’s Pick, In talking with an Amazon Representative yesterday I am honored in having my book picked as a “Best Book of 2005” [Amazon]
Hey Jason got a question for you and it is in reference to this prediction:
12. No podcasting company will have any significant success in 2006, but a number of podcasters will be offered great jobs at Sirius and XM Radio.
How can you say no one will have significant success in 2006, when Podcast Connect has seen huge success this year. I don’t measure success in millions of dollars like you do, but I do measure success in several other ways.
Success is TechPodcasts.com and the reporting Affiliates are reaching 500,000 plus individual listeners each month, with podcasters putting some sponsorship money in their pockets for the past 6 months. Some of the podcasters are paying their house payments with their earnings. I think that is success don’t you!
Success is the launch of the very first Citizen Media Podcast News Outlet at PodcasterNews.com which in it’s first 30 days has built up to 50 content producers contributing weekly content, by creating short five minute podcasts on news, lifestyle and general interest stories. Don’t even get me started on the mechanics of the engine that runs podcasternews.com, we are now licensing that engine to various organizations nationwide that are rolling out podcasting solutions. Pretty good for a startup that is being built while we all have day jobs!
We have had a great 2005, and I expect 2006 to be that much better and then some. If XM or Sirius want to talk we will be happy to talk to them but guess what are making this evolution happen without them. For that I am making it my personal challenge to insure that prediction #12 is wrong! [Jason Calacanis]
The team is moving forward very quickly and the site design is starting to solidify, what we need now are podcasters that want to participate in this new venture.
PCN or Podcaster News Network will be creating content on a daily basis in short show format 3-5 minutes on topics that are in the news everyday, sports, business, politics, financial etc. The audio format will be short sweet, branded and to the point to give people a quick sampling of world events from the eyes of a podcaster.
We are currently recruiting podcasters. If you think you would like to be involved you need to send a e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately and we will follow up with a requirements document. There will be financial earnings opportunities with this venture.
Are you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to see what is going to happen next in podcasting. Here’s the deal and I think you all know were I am coming from so read this through to the end.
1. If you’re a Tech Podcaster and if you have not applied for membership, all I can say is you should visit the site fill out a membership form and for nothing else get aligned. There is no obligation you just have to agree to the charter and basic membership agreement. You are in no way locked into the group. If you are not in podcasting for the commercial aspect that is cool also, and our doors are open to everyone as we have two membership levels. But it starts with a basic membership. If you look at the list of people that are members I think you will understand why we say If it’s Tech, It’s here. You don’t have to wait for someone to call you and invite you to join you can apply today and we will give you a response within a week or so. If you decide to kick it up a notch and become an affiliate once approved as a member and participate in the revenue aspects that opportunity exist also.
2. For the rest of the podcasters if your looking to connect up with reputable companies that are looking to put ad spots in your shows and help cover some expenses or more, drop me a line at email@example.com and I will send you a questionnaire that you can fill out, and as opportunities come my way I will facilitate getting you connected with companies looking to work with podcasters that meet their needs. I have a motto that I am living today to the fullest. That motto is Podcasters do the Work, Podcasters get Paid. There is no commitment on your part only a desire by me to help bring some parties together. If your really serious then we can guide you to help get your show and website dialed in.
Lets face it though audiences do not want to hear 10 advertisements during our shows. But polling shows they will listen to one that is 30 seconds long so as it is added value to them. I feel there are more companies willing to work with podcasters now, then there is ad space, in shows willing to carry them. Some of you will say we don’t want no stinking commercials and that is fine I am all about personal choice. I truly believe though that the tidal wave that is approaching shore is going to be a here a lot sooner than we think it will be.
I am not making any promises only a commitment to try and connect those of you looking for sponsors with organizations that will fit your brand. When I receive a call asking to put their non tech brand on my show that does not fit but it may fit some of you out their that hook up with us.
If nothing else and I have said this from the beginning were going to have a lot of fun.
Podcast Connect Inc.
Our CEO Authors Book on Podcasting:
Podcast Connect is proud to announce that our CEO, Todd Cochrane has published the first book on Podcasting; Podcasting The Do it Yourself Guide. Which is available today at www.amazon.com/podcast here is the press release from Wiley publishing. The Podcasting Book will be published under their Extreme Tech Series. For more details visit the Geek News Central website To contact Todd for a interview or consultation firstname.lastname@example.org
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Do It Yourself Guide
It’s like TiVo for audio programming. Podcasting, one of the newest crazes to hit the online world, enables subscribers to listen to audio content anytime, anywhere on their personal MP3 player, computer, or even cell phone. All they need to do is download some free software and sign up to receive automatic downloads of their favorite internet broadcasts be it music, news, or talk. Podcasting pushes content out to subscribers, providing them with continuous access to updated audio content of all kinds. Where does this content come from? It just so happens anyone can create his or her own podcast. PODCASTING: Do It Yourself Guide (Wiley; June 2005; $19.99), part of the ExtremeTech series, shows readers not only how to find, download, and listen to podcasts, but also how to create a podcast of their own.
Armed with a basic knowledge of PCs, weblogs, the Internet, and a copy of PODCASTING: Do It Yourself Guide, readers can become the hosts of their own radio-style show. Step-by-step instructions explain
-Creating a podcast with just a PC or Mac
-Building a more professional recording studio
-Integrating on-air phone calls, interviews, music and more
-Dealing with copyright, music ownership, creative commons, and RIAA issues
-Integrating advertising into broadcasts
-Hosting and distributing podcasts
-Understanding the geeky stuff RSS, XML and Enclosures
Podcasting has taken the online world by storm, and even some traditional radio stations have begun to experiment with delivering their content using this technology. But is doesn’t take a professional to create a podcast. PODCASTING: Do It Yourself Guide puts the power of broadcasting into the hands of anyone who feels they have something to say.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Todd Cochrane (Honolulu, HI) is the owner and host of Geek News Central, a popular technology news hub and weblog that serves more than 250,000 weekly visitors. Always on the cutting edge, Todd’s podcasts, which began in Oct 2004, were among the first, and after only 6 months had nearly 10,000 listeners with the audience growing at about 15% per month. The popularity of his podcasts has drawn the attention of Fortune 500 companies and he was one of the first to actually have advertisers on his podcast.
PODCASTING: Do It Yourself Guide
By Todd Cochrane
Published by Wiley
Publication Date: May 30, 2005
$19.99; Paperback; 314 pages; ISBN: 0-7645-9778-7
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Podcast Connect the host of The People’s Choice Podcast Awards Site is happy to announce it’s full launch. This is a 100% non profit event, but we are seeking sponsors to help with prizes for the winners. Be sure to check out the site and the sponsorship availabilities. Sponsorship slots are limited. [www.podcastawards.com]