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Tech for Techies #7

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 will let you find your local station's website which will have contact details to use. The network's profile can be found at And for those curious about the Jaunty Jackalope:

Hyperlinked History - Toilet Training by The Faceless Historian

We have a bit of a special episode for you this time around! Last month, I was chosen to speak at the third Ignite Phoenix event. To fit my talk into the time allowed, I had to pare down the essay to its barest essentials. So this time around, I'm presenting to you the original work, uncut.

Good News

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: Creative Commons License

Good News by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
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LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #66

In this week's episode we have a quick practical lesson in the art of the radio public service announcement. Our designated teacher, Mike Kellat, brings you this lesson. Discussion of Linux and more is also included in the podcast.

Going to Computers in Libraries 2009?

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:
Tech for Techies:
All Network Programs In One Feed:

Other programs to potentially try include:

Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4:
The Folks on the Hill from Radio Ulster:
Quirks and Quarks, a CBC science program:
tripleJ Unearthed Podcast:
CBC Radio's Comedy Factory:
Community Divas:
GeekSpeak on KUSP:
KCRW's Martini Shot:
Digital Planet on the BBC World Service:

To those traveling, fair winds and calm seas. LISTen will post per its normal schedule at 0400 UTC Monday.

Tech for Techies #6

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. In support of this episode, we offer this look at part of the recording space: A Studio Space? Related links: Tapco Mixers Rode Microphones MXL Microphones Audio-Technica Microphones Mackie Mixers Yamaha Mixers CAD Microphones Behringer Mixers Shure Microphones Contact e-mail address if you have questions

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #65

Tech for Techies #5

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.

Hyperlinked History - Irrational Behaviour by The Faceless Historian

Welcome once again to the pages and stages of history where number crazy mystics meet musicians and mingle with warrior women who offer something of value to early 20th century warfare before that gets taken apart by an Anglicanized American with a penchant for carnival rides.

Sound weird?

Well, it wouldn't be the first time someone accused me of Irrational Behaviour.

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #64

Does your library have valet parking? In this week's edition of LISTen we have a patron perspective from the host of Tech for Techies about a shopping mall based branch of a public library in the Las Vegas Valley. Through being located in the Galleria mall at Sunset, this branch indirectly does. After taking a look at a unique library setting through a patron's eyes, a round-up of coming events is also presented. Links: Henderson District Public Library locations


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