So I’ve been podcasting two years, and I’ve heard a hell of a lot of shows, and been to a pretty decent number of conferences. I’ve met Dawn and Drew, been raped by Madge Weinstein, met and hung out with a fair amount A-listers. But this post isn’t about them. This is about the 10 most under-appreciated people in podcasting– people whose shows deserve a lot more love, or who deserve a lot more attention, themselves, for the amazing stuff that they’ve done.
Matt from Detroit
Neil Gorman called Matt and his show, Digital Detroit Radio, the best-kept secret in podcasting for a reason. He’s a pleasure to meet in person and chill with, and his show is consistent, and his stories are hilarious. Plus, he’s been at it for longer than you have. Go give a listen to his show.
Mark and Bob
Mark Blevis and Bob Goyetche run the Canadian Podcast Buffet, which is less of a podcast and more of a full service community website. They provide an amazing thing to Canadian podcasters of all types. In fact, I have never seen two people basically take over a country’s podcasting scene since Mark… uh, oh wait
During the first Podcast Expo, the big thing between us Podshow music types was that Mark basically had Scotland by the balls. We had never, nor will we ever, see a country’s music so well represented as by the Tartanpodcast, and a podcaster so effectively take charge of a country’s podcasting movement, as Mark.
Three weeks ago, Matthew Ebel got laid off from his job. On his blog, he said: “I’ve got 83 days to turn my entertainment business into something that pays the bills.” The guy is working harder than anyone to make a living from podsafe music. That deserves a hell of a lot of support. Listen to his podcast, and grab his CD, which has been on top of the podsafe charts, like, forever.
Ever since I met Mitch, his ability to deliver relevant information about branding and new media have been amazing, both in person and on the blog for his company, Twist Image. The title of his show, Six Pixels of Separation (iTunes), reveals an ability to translate complex subjects in a clearly understandable way. He’s the Canadian Joseph Jaffe, which is just as well for Joseph, since that means they aren’t competing. 🙂
I’ve been in love with Tim’s Unkempt series ever since I heard him talk on the fifth episode of the series, Four Months Bitch! He delivered such an amazing story, so honest and revelatory, that it puts me to shame. Start with that episode and go forward.
Ken, aka Scarborough Dude
Ken is the awesome old guy you always see at the bar, and his podcast delivers just that kind of quality. He has all these crazy stories, and he delivers them with zero pretension. The show happens whenever, but that’s because they’ve got this timeless thing– you could listen to the same one a year from now and get the same effect, just chilling out with this awesome old dude.
Dan is the hardest working dude in podcasting. Every time we’re talking on IM, he tells me about these awesome things he’s working on for his show, The Creepy Sleepy Show, and his life. I’m inevitably like “wtf” because I don’t work hard at all. Dan is ready for his comeuppance like nobody I’ve ever known.
Chris Brogan isn’t exactly “in podcasting” as much as “in new media,” but he’s still a heavyweight in terms of what he delivers to the podcasting community. He produced Podcamp Boston, the first of the now popular unconferences that are happening all over the US and Canada now. He also works with Jeff Pulver, who’s doing awesome things like creating Video on the Net conferences (for those that understand what’s happening in online video). He’s a community guy first, totally about people, and his blog is top-notch.
Mike is at the bottom of the list for a reason: he’s the final word. Mike founded blip.tv, which is basically unlimited hosting for podcasters and videobloggers, no strings attached. Yet, no one I know ever talks about him or his service. But do you need anything else? I didn’t think so.