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Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac

Now in my tenth year of being a podcaster, it is by no means surprising that one of the topics I’m asked about over and over again is how to start podcasting. I always recommend starting off with the minimum essentials and then slowly building up your gear as you go along. In other words, don’t make a huge investment in hardware and software initially. You can always upgrade and enhance your set up as you go along. This way, if you find it is something that isn’t for you or perhaps you simply don’t have the time you thought you would had when you first decided on doing it, you can stop without having invested too much money into it.

Getting Back on Feet After Sandy Devastation

After Hurricane Sandy at Barnum Island, NY

Sandy Aftermath Day 338: It's been "a year from hell" recovering and restoring from the mass devastation which Superstorm Sandy caused. There's still a great deal more to do, though it's getting closer to where a sense of "normality" will prevail while ongoing recovery work continues. This means our shows will be resuming shortly including Doctor Who: Podshock and perhaps a new one or two as well.

Knocked Out By Sandy

Wrath of Sandy

On October 29, 2012 we were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. In addition to not having power, heat, phones, net, etc. for almost two weeks, we were flooded with sewage water. Three and half weeks later, we are still expelling destroyed waterlogged stuff and trapped water from the premises.

Once we are back up and running, the podcast shows will return. There was already an episode of Doctor Who: Podshock recorded prior to the storm that still needs to be edited and posted.

Blogworld and New Media Expo Back in NY

Chris Pirillo interviewing at #BWENY Podcasting Pavilion.

Last year we welcomed Blogworld and New Media Expo to New York with its first conference set in the Big Apple. Where does the time go? It's back again and once again it is at the Jacob Javitts Center in Manhattan this time in June (the 5th-7th 2012). 

At last year's event, I met several listeners as well as fellow podcasters and new media producers there. If you are going this year, be sure to say hi if you spot me there. Should you attend? Here's a piece I wrote a few years ago, but it still applies today: 5 Reasons to go to Blogworld & New Media Expo

If you hurry, you can still get the early bird discount on admission (ending tonight). Save an additional 10% NOW on your Early Bird Blog World New York 2012 registration with the code "BWAPVIP10"! Register now to save!

Final Cut Pro X is Now Available in the Mac App Store

Final Cut Pro X

Apple has released Final Cut Pro X to the Mac App Store (store link: Final Cut Pro - Apple) today. The long awaited upgrade for this professional movie editor software has been rewritten from the ground up. The big news when it was announced a few months ago was that it would be coming to the Mac App Store with a new price of only $299 (previously FCP itself was $999). Other companion apps that had been included in Final Cut Pro Studio suite such as Motion - Apple and Compressor - Apple are sold separately also in the Mac Store for $49 each. It doesn't look like Soundtrack Pro has made the cut though, at least not yet.

Blogworld and New Media Expo Comes to New York

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I was very excited to learn that BlogWorld and New Media Expo are doing their first east coast event this May when they announced it a few weeks ago. Previous Blogworld & New Media Expo events took place in Las Vegas, NV. For once I will now be able to attend a expo without having to fly there (I don't mind the actual flying, it is everything else that is part of the commercial airline experience I could do without).

Riding The Chronic Rift

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Once again I had the pleasure of being a guest on The Chronic Rift ( @chronic_rift ) podcast with John Drew and Keith R.A. DeCandido hosting and with fellow guest, Chris S. Carothers. In this latest roundtable episode (126), we discuss fan clubs. Predominantly Doctor Who and Star Trek clubs were discussed in this episode. Chris shared information about the club, USS Richthofen, a chapter of Starfleet, The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc., while I was there speaking about the Gallifreyan Embassy, the Doctor Who club I founded in 1985 as well as Doctor Who: Podshock.

Register Now For Blogworld and New Media Expo 2010 and Save 15%

Although the dates are quickly approaching, you can still save 15% off your Thursday, weekend, or full access passes for this year's Blogworld and New Media Expo (2010) using the special link below.

Register now for BlogWorld and save 15% on Thursday, Weekend or Full Access Passes.

Although written for last year's expo, the reasons are still valid for this year, check out "5 Reasons To Go Blogworld & New Media Expo…".

See other posts relating to Blogworld and New Media Expo.

Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi Returns

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After a long hiatus, Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi has returned. Dave Cooper @daveac joins me, Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani as co-host in this episode in which we discuss the new Torchwood series coming to Starz in the US, series 4 of The Sarah Jane Adventures, we invite our younger listeners for their reviews of K9 - The Series, plus we discuss Sherlock, The Deep, Ashes to Ashes, Merlin, and more. It also features part of an interview with Brian Croucher (Travis (2) on Blake's 7) that can be heard in full in Doctor Who: Podshock 219.

For more details, see Episode 8 of Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi. If you are subscribing to the podcast, it is already in the feeds, or alternatively, you can download it directly here: Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Ep. 8 (MP3, 39 MB)

RIM Launches Blackberry Podcasts with Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock on Blackberry SmartphonesJust as Doctor Who: Podshock is celebrating it's 5th year in production, Research In Motion (RIM) has launched its new free Blackberry Podcast service and application. Among the initial offerings of podcasts included is the popular venerable Doctor Who: Podshock. The new service allows Blackberry smart-phones to find, download, and consume podcasts on the mobile device from leading providers. Content can be downloaded via Wi-Fi or over the cellular network and played on the Blackberry player.

We are very pleased to have Doctor Who: Podshock included among other shows part of the Wizzard Media network on the service as part of their launch. We look forward to listeners from the many Blackberry users out there across the world.

Chris Marquardt and Geoff Smith

Chris Marquardt and Geoff Smith

(L-R) Podcaster and photographer Chris Marquardt and musician Geoff Smith (who came up with our brilliant Doctor Who: Podshock theme) at Coverville 500 while attending the New Media Expo 2008.

Photo by Louis Trapani

Mac Roundtable Recording at BWE09

Mac Roundtable Recording at BWE09

The Mac Roundtable Podcast recording at Blogworld and New Media Expo 2009 in Las Vegas, NV. Seen here (left to right) is Don McAllister ( @DonMcAllister ), Allison Sheridan ( @podfeet ), John F Braun ( @johnfbraun ), Chuck Joiner ( @chuckjoiner ), and Dave Hamilton ( @DaveHamilton ). Not seen in this photo, but present is Victor Cajiao ( @victorcajiao ), and David Sparks ( @MacSparky ).

Also see: [Photo] Mac Roundtable Recording at Blogworld & New Media Expo

Photo by Louis Trapani

On The Examination Table

A couple months ago, the Examiner posted a video interview of Doctor Who: Podshock consisting of Ken Deep, James Naughton, and myself conducted by Chris McKeon. This time, I am on the examination table so to speak in this latest interview with examiner.com once again by Chris McKeon.

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Taken with an iPhone 3GS for Project 365.

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The Association for Downloadable Media (ADM), a non-profit organization serving podcast producers, is seeking information on consumers' attitudes of advertising within podcasting. The ADM is looking for audience attitudes and reactions to things like ad style, delivery and placement. The results of this survey will allow podcast producers to best fulfill the expectations of their audience as they pertain to advertising and their reactions to it.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and you will not be asked to provide any personal contact information.

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