Archive for the ‘podcasting’ category

Video Imeall

July 26, 2007

Nothing to see here – just a webcam-view of an audio podcast being recorded (and it’s in Irish as well) – but it’s an indication of the direction in which I’m moving.

I’ve posted this already on An tImeall and in Facebook as well.


An tImeall Ar Ais

July 18, 2007

Tá An tImeall Ar Ais

Edgecast Media originated from a single podcast, An tImeall, which grew into a powerful idea: that specialised interests such as the Irish Language could be served in a uniquely effective manner using the subscription web model and online social media.

The idea became a company, and over the last few months, some of the practical issues of starting a business took priority over other activities, including An tImeall.

I’m delighted to announce that yesterday An tImeall resumed (MP3) a weekly podcast schedule. As before, it incorporates a weekly column on blogs and social media which is also syndicated in the Irish language daily newspaper Lá Nua.

An BuathóirBoth An tImeall and An Líonra Sóisialta, have achieved major recognition for Edgecast Media, winning five awards in the past two years. But that’s not the only reason why they are of core importance to the company. Every business needs a vision – a Big Idea. An tImeall is the embodiment of our Big Idea: that the edge can be the centre; that anyone can be a publisher (or a broadcaster); and that the most effective way to find an audience – or a market – is to look for a community.

An tImeall is a labour of love, with the goal of promoting the Irish language and encouraging its use online. The blog and podcast are syndicated under a Creative Commons Licence (Attribution Noncommercial 3.0). If you run a non-profit radio station, website or printed publication, you are free to republish any of hundreds of podcast episodes or blog posts as long as you attribute them to (If you decide to do so, please let me know so that I can link back to you.)

Commercial terms are, of course, available on request. 🙂

Podcamp Ireland Anyone?

June 25, 2007

Krishna De raised the question over at the Irish podcasters group.  What about an Irish PodCamp?  We’ve actually had two events already: piggy-backed on Barcamp Waterford and on the Irish Blog Awards, but maybe it’s time to have a stand-alone event – perhaps a half-day?

There are a lot of questions to be answered before something like this can happen.  The first question is: Who?  Who would like to attend?

The discussion has begun at PodRepBod.  And in the grand tradition of podcamps, barcamps and unconferences I’ve started a wiki.  If you would be interested in attending PodCampIreland, depending where and when it is held, please visit and put your name on the list of attendees.

Books in The Park: The Podcast

June 21, 2007

Books in the ParkDun Laoghaire – Rathdown County Library are certainly innovative in their approach to promoting literacy.  Next Saturday they present a unique opportunity to meet authors “in the flesh” – and in the open air – at Books in the Park, which will feature 10 well-known writers at a family fun day in Cabinteely Park.

In a further innovation, the Library will use this event to pilot the use of podcasting as a means of extending their reach in the community.  The event will be recorded by the award-winning podcast company Edgecast Media, who will produce two programmes featuring highlights of the afternoon’s events, for distribution on the internet and playback on computers, iPods, or other mobile devices.

Both adult’s and children’s authors will take part in simultaneous events from 2:30 to 4:30 pm.  Weather permitting these will be held outdoors, otherwise they will move indoors to Cabinteely House.

For the adults there is crime author Paul Carson, Jacinta McDevitt, Robert Dunbar, Sarah Webb and Marisa Mackle, while children will be entertained by Don Conroy, Joe O’Brien, Derek Landy (of The Skeleton Detective fame) Oisín McGann and Aisling O’Loughlin. There will also be face-painters, henna artists, magicans, jugglers and balloons for the young and young at heart! The fun starts at 2.30pm, and continues until 4.30pm. Admission is free and no booking is required. All welcome to this unique library event in the great outdoors!

How To Get Started As A Podcaster

June 20, 2007

Picture by Bernie GoldbachI get asked this a lot. And I’m only too happy to help. The point about podcasting is that anyone can do it. You don’t need broadcast quality sound to podcast for your family, friends or sports club. In fact, as a consultant, I will sometimes advise on a low-fi approach depending on the requirements of the client (internal communications, community and voluntary groups, etc.)

The vast majority of podcasts are hobby-productions which give enormous satisfaction to those who produce them and the select audience for whom they are intended. If you want to get started in podcasting, you’ll find a wealth of free information on the web, including on this site here. If you have a specific question, feel free to get in touch and I’ll help if I can. Here’s an extract from an email response I sent this morning: (more…)

Podcaster? – or Radio Producer?

June 7, 2007

What’s the difference between a podcast and a radio programme?  Well, it’s like the difference between milk from a bottle or milk from a carton: none whatsoever.

That’s why my business card says both.  In the past year I’ve produced podcasts which were syndicated on radio, and radio shows which were published as podcasts.

The cool thing is that it’s not just podcasting which is going through an exciting phase at the moment – so too is the radio industry in Ireland.

I’m in Galway today for a meeting of the Association of Independent Radio Producers of Ireland.  It’s a new organisation dedicated to helping the development of the independent radio sector.  I was recently elected to the executive committee of the association (thanks to the nominations of fellow podcasters!) and I’m really looking forward to working with them over the coming year.

Digiculture #2: Media Moves

June 4, 2007

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Conn O Muineachain at IBW Conference

Digiculture Episode 2 (30MB, 32:01, MP3) is out, and on an iTunes near you!  It features an interview with David Dunn of Mediaforum in relation to the Media Moves conference (as mentioned here previously).  There are more eachtraí from the world of the wandering podcaster, including my 3-minute elevator pitch from the conference!  All I need now is a very slow elevator …