December 7, 2005
If you're a blogger one of the technologies you have to track is RSS, and it's a quick jump from RSS into podcasting. So I often run into interesting podcasts. Last week I stumbled across Bike Talk and their podcast.
The show is out of Davis, California, which is significant since Davis is the first city to be awarded Platinum status for its bicycling environment, something Portland dearly aspires to.
I've listened to a couple of the half-hour weekly programs, and find them interesting. A recent show (MP3, 15M) included tips on winter commuting, which were quite useful for Portland since Davis has a similar climate to ours.
Now of course, Portland has its own bicycle radio program, the KBOO Bike Show on 90.7FM at 9am on the 1st Wednesday of every month.
But I've never heard it! That's not a time I'm near a radio, and anyway my radio dial is pretty much super-glued to Oregon Public Broadcasting (sorry KBOO). AND IT'S NOT PODCAST.
So it seems to me that if Portland wants to be a Platinum cycling city, we need to podcast our bike program! One benefit is for folks like me who would listen if we could time-shift the program. The other is to export our experience to the rest of the world.
So what's it going to take to get this done? Portland Transport will be happy to help. If KBOO or the show's producers can get us the audio in any electronic format, we'll be happy to convert it to MP3 and host a podcast here.
What do you say?
December 7, 2005 8:18 AM
You might want to contact the KBOO Bike Show hosts: Ayleen Crotty ([e-mail address removed for privacy]) or Sara Stout ([e-mail address removed for privacy]).
December 7, 2005 10:05 AM
Chris Smith Says:
Thanks, Cate, I've sent them an e-mail.
December 7, 2005 10:14 AM
here's how you can do this today (requires a Mac):
1. get audio hijack pro here: http://www.rogueamoeba.com/audiohijackpro/
audio hijack will record sound output from any application and save it as any type of audio file. even better, it lets you schedule repeating recordings for just this situation. i use it to record russian language net radio from moscow and auto sync it to my ipod.
2. set it up to record the kboo web broadcast (you have to install a third-party plugin): http://asx.abacast.com/kboo.asx?ref=abaserv
4. schedule this recording to repeatedly record when the bike show airs. you can also configure it to automatically add the new recordings to your itunes library.
5. voila. you now have an mp3 ready for inclusion in your podcast.
December 7, 2005 10:28 AM
Chris Smith Says:
I actually just bought a piece of hardware called a Radio Shark that lets me do something similar, recording it off the air to my computer.
So I'm actually listening to today's show as I write this.
But I wouldn't publish it without the permission of the station and/or producers. As a blog publisher, I have at least a minimal amount of respect for copyright...
December 7, 2005 5:11 PM
Tim Germer Says:
Great idea! I've been pitching this same idea since I started up the Portland Podcasting Group (http://podcasting.meetup.com/5/) last year. I used a bike podcast as an example of a great podcast that serves an audience that "big" radio would never touch, and in Portland, bike enthusiasts are a large crowd.
The Portland Podcasting Group meets each month - if you're able to make it this month (the 14th, @ 7pm) I know for sure some folks would like to talk about this idea.