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By a unanimous vote, that is to say a four to zero vote, of network producers the LISNews Netcast Network is undertaking a stand down period. The stand down begins at 0430 UTC on April 10th and lasts until 0330 UTC on April 20th. During this ten day stand down, network producers will be hard at work catching up on writing features for release. Network programming will resume with LISTen on April 20th being released on or near 0400 UTC.
For those concerned librarians out there, please do not worry. This wasn't something I dictated. This stand down was initiated on the request of a producer that was put to a vote. Just because the network has an Interim Coordinator does not mean it has a despot ruling it.
I'm Stephen Michael Kellat, Interim Coordinator of the Network. Thank you for listening.1:15 minutes (2.29 MB)
By unanimous vote of network program producers, the LISNews Netcast Network is taking a week off. The release of Tech for Techies will still occur at 0400 UTC on April 10th (what is this in my local time). No new programs will be released until 0400 UTC on April 20th (what is this in my local time). Network producers will be taking time to catch up writing features during the hiatus.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation. In case you missed it, the most recent episode of LISTen had two big tech interviews while the Faceless Historian presented an expanded version of his recent Ignite Phoenix talk. Catching up during the hiatus is encouraged if you are curious.
There aren't any links this week that would be new. This week's episode talks about production standards, audio quality, what "polishing a turd" means, and more. Core material is covered that is discussed more in books than in quick bits on websites. Audio Snake Oil makes its return in this episode.
One announcement that crops up in this episode states:
Hello, this is Stephen Michael Kellat, Interim Coordinator of the LISNews Netcast Network. Would you like to share us with friends and colleagues that don't have portable media players? We are now operating on the Public Radio Exchange, PRX. From KRNM in Saipan to KQED in San Francisco to WWNO in New Orleans to WVGN in the Virgin Islands, local NPR affiliates can now license LISNews Netcast Network content for air. If you want us to grace your part of the airwaves in the United States, call your local NPR affiliate today and ask that they pick up the LISNews Netcast Network. For our friends outside the United States, direct deals are possible if your stations are interested!
A visit to http://www.npr.org/stations/ will let you find your local station's website which will have contact details to use. The network's profile can be found at http://www.prx.org/group/lisnewsnetcasts.
And for those curious about the Jaunty Jackalope:18:12 minutes (8 MB)
It is my pleasure to announce that the LISNews Netcast Network is finally offering pieces for licensing via Public Radio Exchange. This is a very unique opportunity for the crew. Public Radio Exchange ("PRX") is the main means by which we can offer content to National Public Radio affiliates for licensing. Others, such as a couple Canadian Broadcasting Corporation programs and Audible, are also set up to license through that system.
What does this mean to the average LISNews user? Probably not a whole lot. You can go about your merry way and not worry about this, if you so choose.
If you want to get LIS-related content out on NPR affiliates and others, this opens up a new avenue for you. If you want early paid access to some of the content we record, this opens up a new avenue for you. If you think that the Great Western Dragon/Faceless Historian should really be on the radio instead of restricted to just podcasts, this opens up a new avenue for you.
Most content through the PRX is not available for free. This heavily relates to insuring that rights holders for music are in fact compensated for their toils as there is a deal worked out to bypass much of the bureaucratic nastiness found in music use outside PRX. In part it also ensures that content creators get fair compensation within the confines of the present copyright regime in the United States. This is the sort of deal that helps generate a revenue stream to allow parts of the network to cover equipment and telecommunications costs, for example.
What can you do to make this happen? On the network's end, we've been increasing our visibility as of late. While that is a good thing itself, it is not a complete action. If you want us on the radio airwaves, you have to contact your local NPR stations to tell them. The program directors at the stations are the folks you want to talk to. Unless they feel there is any demand for programming in this area, all the efforts at raising visibility frankly are worth nothing.
Most stations using PRX are found in the United States. Stations outside the United States can license content but have to set up as an outside licensor. That matter is for PRX to resolve, not us.
You can find the LISNews Netcast Network profile online at: http://www.prx.org/group/lisnewsnetcasts.
Good News by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at lisnews.org.
If you have a long plane trip for Computers in Libraries 2009, we've got some podcast recommendations to help keep you informed and amused.
You can catch up on programs you might have missed with Tech for Techies, LISTen, and Hyperlinked History. Network producers do crank out a bit of content during the week. Links for network programs to plug into your podcatcher are:
Hyperlinked History: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/HyperlinkedHistory
Tech for Techies: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/TechForTechies
All Network Programs In One Feed: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts
Other programs to potentially try include:
Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/fricomedy/rss.xml
The Folks on the Hill from Radio Ulster: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/northernireland/folks/rss.xml
Quirks and Quarks, a CBC science program: http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/quirksaio.xml
tripleJ Unearthed Podcast: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/podcast/unearthed.xml
CBC Radio's Comedy Factory: http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/cf.xml
Community Divas: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/communitydivas
GeekSpeak on KUSP: http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510168
KCRW's Martini Shot: http://media.kcrw.com/podcast/show/ma
Digital Planet on the BBC World Service: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/digitalp/rss.xml
To those traveling, fair winds and calm seas. LISTen will post per its normal schedule at 0400 UTC Monday.
Simply put, this week is an info dump. Quite a lot of material about hardware is covered this week. From computers to microphones to mixers, we provide an overview of these matters. There are not necessarily philosophical matters to consider but instead nuts and bolts logistics.
Related links to learn more about some of the products mentioned are provided below. Next week, we'll be looking at audio, copyrights and legalities, and planning ahead versus fixing it in post-production.
Contact e-mail address if you have questions
This week we talk about the language used in podcasts and how it might differ. Three podcasts produced by the United States Government are aired in their entirety to provide examples. The programs from the FBI and NASA run one minute apiece while the segment from the Voice of America runs four minutes. After that we turn to discussing the mechanics of staffing a production and what the roles are in creating a show.
The episodes of the last three weeks were designed to make you think and consider what goes into the making of a podcast. Think about it and make the decisions that are right for you.
If you have any questions for us, you can send them to email@example.com and we will give it our best answer.
Thanks for listening and for your support.
This week's program talks about show structure. In the program we delve into component parts to think about in making a show. Many examples are given as other programs out there are referenced as examples. A list of links to those programs is given later in this post. Audio Snake Oil will return as part of the program next week.
Towards the end of the program we feature a number from the U.S. Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors, The Army Goes Rolling Along. You can find more downloads from the band as well as learn more about them at their website. On the web, they can be found at http://www.army.mil/fieldband/pages/listening/downloads.html.
TV Squad Daily With Brigitte (now defunct)
Buzz Out Loud
CNET News Daily Podcast
Uncontrolled Vocabulary (on hiatus)
Food Science with Dr. Kiki (presently defunct)
This Week in Science
This Week in Tech
CNET's Podcast Central
In this week's show we look at Needs Assessment and the questions you need to ask yourself. In Audio Snake Oil we continue our look at Oxygen Free Copper wires. Somehow a promo piece from Linux Outlaws pops up in the middle of things. Next week we will look at the structure of a podcast and planning a podcast.
The homework between now and next week is to think about the questions discussed in the episode and how you would answer them in launching an online media project.
Resources list promised in the episode:
Sound Reinforcement Handbook
Written for Yamaha by Gary Davis & Ralph Jones
Published by Hal Leonard Corp.
Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting
By George Colombo & Curtis Franklin Jr.
Published by Que
By Jack D. Herrington
Published by O’Reilly
By Lorelle VanFossen
Published by Splash Press
Radio Drama Theory and Practice
By Tim Crook
Published by Routledge
The Complete Book of Scriptwriting
By J. Michael Straczynski
Published by Writers Digest Books
ISBN 13: 978-1-58297-158-2
ISBN 10: 1-58297-158-7
Church Production Magazine
Free subscription in the US with a church affiliation.
Tape Op Magazine
Free subscription in the US
200 Meters and Down
by Clinton B. DeSoto
Is an out-of-print text not in our collection but otherwise useful in considering where radio came from.
Welcome to the first week of the Tech for Techies class! To learn about where we are going we have to look at where we have been. This week we look at the history of broadcasting that preceded podcasting. We also take a moment to look at a bit of "audio snake oil" when it comes to the physics of cabling.
There is no homework for next week with the class. That won't always be the case, though.
Worldcat.org reference to a history text on very early radio history in North America
New World Encyclopeda on conductivity
Jamestown Distributions on conductivity
Matthey SA on structure of copper
Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia on Electrical Conductivity (licensed content, requires access permissions)
MatWeb on alloying copper
IEEE publication abstract on copper properties
Lycos Retriever on Electrical Conductivity