Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Phantom Live Cast Dec 25th

Phantom FM who teamed up with doop.ie for podcasting are proving there is more to life than downloading, with a live webcast on Dec 25.

from their 20/12/05 news release.



It wouldn’t be a cool Yule with Steve Conway on the radio! Although we’re not on FM this Christmas (bah humbug), Steve Conway will be leaving his presents under the tree and heading into the Phantom FM studio for a special five hour live show between 10:00 and 15:00 GMT. Tune into the web stream (details below) to catch Steve playing the best Phantom sounds along with your requests. You can e-mail him in advance on: stevec@phantomfm.com

Programme times: December 25 - 10:00-15:00 GMT

Audacity 1.3 Update Adds Features for Podcasting

[synthtopia.com reports ]A new version of the free audio editor Audacity has been announced. A beta version is available, but it is not considered stable yet.

The software is popular with musicians and podcasters looking for a free, open source audio editing environment. Several features will be especially interesting for podcasters, including FTP uploading, transcription tools and batch processing.

* Transcription toolbar - A new toolbar for creating transcriptions of speech in Label Tracks. Includes features that enable you to change the playback speed, create labels automatically based on onsets, and more. To enable this feature, go to the Interface tab of the Preferences.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Pod Safe - Charity MP3 Promo

I have a 130 second promo for a charity bike ride in March which I am trying to air for free on Irish Podcasts from Dec 13th to Jan 30th 2006.

If you are inclined to allow 2 mins space at the end middle or anywhere in your podcasts for an Irish charity please consider including it.

the revUP4DSI promo cut#1 is at http://www.doop.ie/podcasting/promo/revup4dsi.mp3
length = 2:13 bitrate 64Kbps size 1.0MB

The charity is Down Syndrome Ireland downsyndrome.ie and the details of the event are here (see the video)

The music bed is by Peter Walsh of doop.ie and is Pod-Safe.
Please let me know if you are able to assist.

brian greene (member: Irish Podcasters Representative Body)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Phantom FM Podcast goes top ten in iTunes

The new soon to be 'rock' radio station from Dublin are podcasting pre broadcast. The rss feed is at http://phantomfm.libsyn.com/rss

Launched late Monday night its gone into the iTunes top ten in Ireland (Ricky Gervais is #1), for the moment there is some talk shows that will fill the feed, 'The Two Petes Talk Rubbish' sits very well in the podcast arena, but the rock station will come into its own when they are playing rock music in the podcast. This station has a huge following in Dublin and its on air debut is eagerly awaited. But for now you can hear the lads again, via rss and an MP3 player. doop.ie welcome the podcast debut and look forward to working with phantom fm and their future podcast offerings.

"Invisible airwaves
Crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle
With the energy
Emotional feedback
On a timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price ---
Almost free..."
(Rush - The Spirit of Radio)

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Podcast is 2005 Word of the Year

The editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary have selected “podcast” as the Word of the Year for 2005. The word beat out such runners-up as “bird flu” and “IED” (improvised explosive device).

Other tech-related runners-up included “ICE” (an entry stored in one’s cellular phone that provides emergency contact information), “lifehack” (a more efficient or effective way of completing an everyday task), and “rootkit” (software installed on a computer by someone other than the owner, intended to conceal other programs or processes, files or system data.)

Podcast, which is to be defined as “a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player,” will be added to the next online update of the dictionary, due in early 2006.

The word was chosen based on its phenomenal rapid growth in 2005, which saw it grow from relative obscurity to one of the hottest trends in media. Erin McKean, the dictionary’s editor-in-chief, noted that the word was considered for inclusion in the dictionary last year, but ultimately rejected as it was not in wide-enough usage.

“This year it’s a completely different story,” McKean said in a statement. “The word has finally caught up with the rest of the iPod phenomenon.”
[By Mathew Honan]

Indie music available to podcasters

The BBC reports
Songs by acts signed to UK indie record labels are to be made available to podcasters on a trial basis.

The Association of Independent Music is selling six-month worldwide licence deals for its members' music to be used on download radio programmes.

Podcasters will buy licences to access a fixed list of labels' music. Commercial broadcasters will pay an additional percentage of their revenue.

Acts signed to UK indie labels include Franz Ferdinand and The Prodigy.

Previously, few podcasters were able to get licences to use copyrighted material, forcing them to either use copyright-free songs or remove all music from podcasts.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

TV owned and controlled by the people of Dublin

DCTV will host three information workshops on the new ‘Sound & Vision’ Scheme (capactity is limited so it early booking is essential):

· 6 December (2-5.30 pm), Axis Arts Centre, Main Street,(beside the Civic Centre) Ballymun.
· 7 December (10 am – 1.30 pm), Plaza Hotel Belgard Road, Tallaght.
· 10 December (10 am – 1.30 pm), Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The workshops are aimed at commuity organisations, independent producers and invividuals who are interested in a television station owned and controlled by the people of Dublin. You may have a lot of experience in media or none at all. The themes laid down by the BCI are open to wide interpretation and all of Dublin’s communities both new and old are urged to attend. More information and booking form available at www.activelink.ie/ce (under workshops) or by email from lyleiris*AT*gmail.com