Sirius and Podshow end their contract

Big news of the day: Podshow and Sirius have officially ended their contract together, starting May 1st. I just got the email yesterday.

What does this mean for me? For those of you that didn’t know, my podcast is/was syndicated onto satellite radio every Friday, which was pretty cool. It led me to produce shows every week, which was a nice challenge. The ability to do shorter shows will be nice though– they were previously constrained to being at least 24 minutes due to the slot I was filling.

More than anything, though, it was nice to be able to impress non-webbies with the fact that I did real radio. Never mind that it’s a dying industry, and that radio people are generally known to be the lowest on the showbiz ladder (til podcasters showed up). Radio impresses regular people. Me telling them that my show played on the station next to Howard Stern’s had a certain value too.

At the same time, though, I’ve always been more devoted to the web than to terrestrial radio, and always believed the audience was coming my way, not theirs. I believe even more in the web than I did in July of 2006, when I began. So, all in all, I’m a little disappointed, but this was by no means as good as it’s going to get.

More than anything, I want to impress upon everyone my deep respect for people like PW Fenton and Brian Noe, who persevered with me to create episodes every week. I’ve really come to believe in myself a lot because of those guys, they’re stand-up dudes. So cheers, and onto new things. 🙂






10 responses to “Sirius and Podshow end their contract”

  1. Christopher S. Penn Avatar

    Almost inevitable that it would come to an end. With great shows like yours, CC Chapman’s, and many others, you guys were probably drawing audience OFF of Sirius.

  2. Vero.b Avatar

    C’est bien que tu aies eu l’occasion de tester les deux médias. On aurait pu parier sur ta préférence dès le début, mais c’est bien d’être curieux!

    Tu rentres quand? La saison des BBQ a commencé à Montréal.

    Miss you x

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  4. hugh Avatar

    freedom! now you can spit and swear again!

  5. Chris Avatar

    Kinda sucks. I’ve just come back to listening to the show. I stopped listening around 105 due to technical difficulties. To find out you’ve both appeared next to Stern and lost that in the intervening time is kind of weird.

    Keep it real etc.

  6. Marko Avatar

    It does suck but there are many including myself that will keep on listening as long as you keep on producing.
    Cheers mate!

  7. Leesa Barnes Avatar

    Okay, now I have one less case study to include in my book. Bummer.

  8. Krash Coarse Avatar

    As you were in the beginning, are now, and ever shall be: regardless, you’ll have an audience because of who you are.

  9. P-Dub Avatar

    Thanks for those really nice words, my friend. One of the reasons I miss the Sirius show is because it got you to podcast more often. The day I learned it was over I subscribed to your feed… AND IT’S BEEN SILENT FOR A MONTH. (Not that there’s been a Digital Flotsam put out any quicker)

    Get back on the horse.

  10. Firepit Friday the Podcast Avatar

    This is so interesting to me. I’m the host/producer of a weekly podcast. The show is doing great and the audience is growing everyday.
    It’s hard to keep creating a show that I love to put on and people want to keep listening….but there’s got to be funding.
    I thought satellite radio would be the answer but it sounds like you had bad times.
    What do you recommend?
    Keep the Fire burning!

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