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. 🙂
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