Tony Kahn on Getting the Real Story

The star of the show for me yesterday on Day One of Podcast Academy was Tony Kahn, director and producter of "Morning Stories," a luminous podcast and radio show of Boston's public radio station WGBH. I had not heard the show before Tony's presentation at the conference, and I've just begun to sample what's available on the internet. If you are subscribing to podcasts on iTunes or another podcatcher, his show is certainly a jewel to add to your collection. I spoke with him during a break to follow up on a comment he made about how to listen to yourself as well as the other person when you are conducting an interview.

At the dinner last night I sat next to Rocketboom's ace Boston correspondent Steve Garfield, who also happens to have joined forces recently with Eric Rice at AudioBlog, now known as Hipcast. That's the outfit which I use to post my podcasts. Steve has also done a great video interview with Tony which you can see here. Steve told me that Rocketboom is streaking into the stratosphere of new media success and that if I'm interested in becoming a Denver correspondent I am joining a long line of prospects. The next step would be to submit some video for consideration on Rocketboom's Human Wire. I just might do that!

I'm off to Day Two of Podcast Academy, full of new ideas and ready for more. You can hear all of yesterday's presentations here, and today's events will be streamed live on the internet. You can find the link here; you will need RealAudio to join in. Yesterday Adam Curry, the Podfather who got this podcasting thing going, was watching while Dan Bricklin, the inventor of the spreadsheet, did an of Curry's amazingly resonant voice. Oops. At this type of event, you get the feeling that we are all basically in the same room, no matter where we happen to be sitting.

Here is my interview with Tony Kahn, which has a good deal of background noise from talkative podcasters in the same room during a break:

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Len, it was a pleasure meeting you. And thanks for such thoughtful questions. Keep in touch and let us know next time you're in the Boston area.


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