Radio is so twentieth century. The world has long since passed from the world of radio to the world of podcasting.
A forced marriage between “iPod” and “broadcasting” led to the creation of the word, and although the iPod is long extinct, its namesake form of media is here to stay. Podcasts have fundamentally changed the way people consume audio, and for that reason, we celebrate September 30 – International Podcast Day is here!
INTERNATIONAL PODCAST DAY ACTIVITIES
Find a new podcast
With apps like Pocket Cast (for Android) and Downcast (for iOS), finding an interesting podcast has never been easier. Search by category or popularity, and you’re sure to find at least a dozen that you’ll have a hard time turning off.
Create your own
You can create your own podcast and you probably already have the tools you need to get started. Between your mobile phone and your computer, you probably have a microphone and an app like Garageband or Audacity. Recording the podcast is the easy part – the real challenge comes when you’re trying to pick a track that’s worth listening to!
Donate to your favorite producer
Many of the most popular podcasts survive on minimal ad revenue and donations “from viewers like you.” As much as hearing those words can put one to sleep, they are there for a reason! Consider investing a few bucks in your favorite podcasts so they can keep streaming.
WHY WE LOVE INTERNATIONAL PODCAST DAY
Get your kicks for little money
If you like podcasts, this is good news: they are almost always free or very cheap. You will have to put up with one or two commercials throughout your schedule, but they are not long or annoying like the ones we expect on television. If you have a device with audio output and an Internet connection, you can listen to podcasts – it’s that easy.
If you’ve only discovered podcasts recently, this is for you. Unlike your favorite radio shows of yesteryear, that new podcast you discovered probably has an easily accessible library of every episode they’ve ever aired. Be careful though – the fact that you have to sit still and stare at a screen is what keeps your Netflix binge at bay. With podcasts, you can listen to them anywhere, so it’s easy to read a dozen episodes and wonder where your day went.
Allow serialized narration
While we all have a special place in our hearts for shows like The Wonder Years or Happy Days, the episodes were generally stand-alone short stories, without much room for depth. Many podcasts are inspired by the current television trend of having story arcs that span multiple episodes or seasons. Check out the NPR Serial for a listening experience that you can’t miss out on.