anyone who knows me knows how much i love podcasts… even to the point of it being annoying. by that i mean, from the looks people have on their faces when i bring it up all the time, it seems like i am saying how i can’t get enough fiber in my diet or something. it’s like the enjoyment i am trying to express from my podcast obsession never seems to translate into a language anyone understands. well, 99% of the people anyway (podcasting reference there in case you missed it.)
so, while i could easily get into TMI about each podcast and why they are great, so-so, weird, or whatever, i’ll just say that my podcast list just got a lot longer and i am about to find myself with more incredible storytelling to listen to than the week will afford me. which is a good thing. it wasn’t that long ago i was running through my list each week and waiting for new stuff to come out, even listening to the not-so-smart “smart station” that was suggested to me by the app. but now i think i have rounded the corner to a place where there is just a wealth of good material there to listen to and no need to ever have to watch a bad netflix movie or be bored mowing the grass again.
so, i use an app called stitcher. for those not familiar – this paragraph is for you: you search for the podcast you want to subscribe to, you hit the plus sign at the bottom, and this adds the podcast to your “radio station,” or “favorites.”
by using the edit function i can move the podcasts up or down in the list so i can hear my favorite ones first and the ones that are sorta dry and semi-boring at the bottom of the list. in this way, i can always hear my newest and potentially “best” podcasts first and only get down to the so-so ones if i run out of the top shelf material. each time i go to the station i can start where i left off, or start over at the top, or anywhere i want to… and after each story is over it automatically starts the next one. every day, or every time i am ready, i can refresh all the content and get the newest stories. sometimes i miss really good material because i never got to a podcast episode and when i refresh, the newer episode comes for listening, leaving the old one behind somewhere hard to find… this is the only downside to the app. you see, before the app, back in the old days of early 2011, or 2010, i spent lots of time downloading the episodes into my itunes and deleting old episodes when i was done. by managing the episodes this way, i was able to easily see how many episodes i had not heard on a certain podcast and “catch up” with any certain podcast i had not had time to hear the previous week. (i realize this is getting confusing for you but bear with me anyway…) well, with the app the old episodes are all still there to hear anyway, but because there are now so many new ones every week, i often “miss” an episode of planet money or radiolab, where i once would have never missed an episode. but that’s ok, because like i said, there is a huge wealth of great stuff out there now.
which brings me to roman mars. that is a man’s name and he has a podcast that is pretty good. it’s called 99% invisible and it;s short and sweet and can be charming and interesting. however, the podcaster (also the host of the show) is named roman mars, and his voice can be one that you just fall out in love with, or one that sorta bugs you in a smug sounding way. he seems like a genuine good guy but also a sort of metro-sexual kind of dude. the kind of guy that wouldn;t hurt a fly, takes out the garbage on time, and gets super excited to go out to his garage and record his voice. sound familiar? (a bit of self deprecating humor there: replace “go out to the garage and record his voice” with “sit down at his chromebook and tell you all sorts of useless information.)
anyway, roman mars has a huge following like the reggae shack, but more on that later. roman goes to raise money for his podcasts and he gets like a million dollars in 5 minutes. actually, i am exaggerating, but i ‘think’ he did get over $350,000 which is incredible. i am happy for him. i think it’s great that a guy can do a little story thing each week and make a living and have some fame and all that; think ira glass of “this american life”, it’s like being the movie star of the podcasting world. but i digress.
so roman makes so much money he decides to start a new thing called “radiotopia” and that is, as far as i can tell without a lot of research, a fund to help small podcasts like his own, reach a larger audience. recently, being the podcast geek i am, i subscribed to most of these new radiotopia podcasts and just in the last few days have been listening to them while driving. wow. it’s been so refreshing to hear new perspectives and new stories and new ideas. i am really loving how rounded out my list is getting. thanks most recently to roman mars.
and that brings me to my list. i am excited enough about these podcasts to list for you here my station on stitcher. the ones at the top of the list are new and i have only heard one episode of many of them so i can;t vouch for there consistency of storytelling. but then i hit the npr news ones, and after that it switches to my regular list. i usually put new ones on top until i decide where they go in the list. this can take a month or so. then i slide them in place somewhere, before or after my top favorites, and in this way my station is always set up just how i like it. i want to point out that sometimes i put one podcast higher than another, not because i like it more, but because of it’s length or frequency. in other words, planet money may be higher than slate, not because i like it better, but because i get 2 or 3 planet money podcasts a week and in order to keep up i listen to it first. this is also true of the npr news stories. they work themselves to the top because they change every day and tend to be short. so i can knock them off and get a good chunk of news in, and then settle in for some appetizers before getting to the main course.
now that i have completely lost you, here is my list right now, subject to change very soon:
radio diaries podcast
benjamen walkers theory of everything
npr 7am news summary
npr topics: story of the day
npr topics: business story of the day
life of the law
this american life
npr: planet money
slate’s political gabfest (my current favorite for last year or so)
the moth podcast
radiolab from WNYC
npr: snap judgement
ted talks audio
pro publica podcast
frontline: audiocast/ PBS
motley fool money
npr: most emailed stories
npr topics: economy podcast
whew. that’s a lot of stuff. after snap judgement it can get sorta boring, except for most emailed stories which i should probably move up, but i also really enjoy a good frontline investigation or the interviews on motley fool money. i don;t buy and trade stocks and that’s what motley fool talks a lot about, but the team of guys who host the show are really funny and do a good job. they talk a lot about brands and what’s hot and not hot in the world of corporations, and i find it pretty informative. the interviews with authors or CEO’s of big companies can be really inspirational and helpful for me as a guy with a company to “brand.”
with corporations, as with politics, brand and image is HUGE.
i could talk a lot more about motley fool and even more about every podcast on this list, but that would REALLY bore you. but instead of reading books, i listen to podcasts. stitcher has stats. that’s how i know i started listening on stitcher in march of 2011. as i mentioned i was listening to podcasts way before that. but since 2011 stitcher tells me i have logged 635 hours, 34 minutes, and 3772 episodes. they may be a lot more than some and a lot less than others, i don;t know where i fall, but those are my stats, i don;t know the stats for all of stitcher. it would be interesting to find out if i am in the top 10% or the top 50%… i wonder where to get that info??
there was a time before all this podcasting that i would listen to rush limbaugh because he talked about current events and he was entertaining even if quite often annoying. thank GOD those days are long behind me. rush is a master of talking and i know a thing or two about talking. my family could talk circles around rush limbaugh. the craft of being able to talk 3 hours a day is quite noteworthy and well, newsworthy. that art and skill and craft is what has carried that poor fellow. but now that the floodgates of storytelling and talking has burst in the form of the podcast, & there is simply NO GOOD REASON to listen to that conservative talk radio blather unless one is simply a conservative tool and brainwashed robot. don’t get me wrong, rush can make a good point half the time, but it’s the other HALF THE TIME he makes an idiot of himself that is ridiculous. why waste my time on one poor son of a bitch who can talk the chrome off a trailer hitch, when i can listen to hundreds of wonderful stories about real people and amazing situations and open my world like a lotus flower?
for me it’s that simple. i love my music. i spent my young life collecting music i love. while friends might by drawn to pandora or similar music selection type engines, i am completely content hitting shuffle on my own 60 gigabytes of music. i spent a couple decades collecting and listening to those tunes. and music is so important for atmosphere at the restaurant and needs to be the right songs at the right volume all the time…. it’s imperative. and it’s always evolving with help form danny now and his selection process. and while at work i am always hearing my music in the background and in my subconscious…. but now as i get older i am much more interested in the new stories, the incredible history lessons, and the political discourse of the always evolving world of podcasts. i feel as if i am always learning something new and thinking of something in a way i hadn;t thought of before. strangely enough, these voices of the podcasts become my everyday friends and counselors, they shape my opinions and directions. they instruct, unveil and elaborate. they shine light on. they uncover. they illuminate. these things, these words i just used to explain what the podcasts do for me, they flew onto the page. they were easy to write and are easy to defend. the podcasts for me are like good books to the avid reader. like good episides of flight of the conchords. like good movies and good art.
i’m sure there are a few great podcasts out there i have not yet discovered, and quite possibly just ones i discovered briefly and gave up on for whatever strange reason….. and some on my list now may be gone in a month or so. there was a period before stitcher when i did not always go get radiolab, for instance. i was tired of those guys making every damn thing sound like it was the most important thing in the world when it was obviously NOT. planet money was on the VERY TOP of the list for a long time when i had a crush on hannah choffe walt’s voice and then they went through such intense host changes seemingly every month that i grew tired of their ping pong popcorn stories. they would get on a roll and then they would digress into stupid shit for months on end with a new host every week. what happened to the guy from last week? did he get a promotion? why is this intern now the main guy talking? i don’t even like his personality? oh, and there;s the good one again, and now some new hire this week?
each podcast has it’s ups and downs. it amazes me they can put out stories every week or even more often. of course they can;t all be mind blowing.
i often dream of doing my own podcast. i wonder how often i could do one and what i could do them about. i have ideas of course. i have grand visions as always. i dream of doing even one. i know it;s a possibility of something i could one day tackle. like making sodas. i thought about for so long and finally got tired of thinking about it.
which brings me to reggae shack. and my need to do something besides write in my blog. at work i say or think all the time…”we could really get some prep done if it weren;t for all these customers…” it’s a joke. hopefully a joke you understand…
well, ” i could really get some painting done of it werent for this stupid blog. ” i don;t know if that really relates to the work statement or not but lately i feel like i am wasting my time here when i should be doing something i’m better at, like painting and collage. but it is 54 degrees out there right now and that means my studio is 53. too cold for this warm blooded orange loving motley fool.
reggae shack has some serious fans. especially on twitter. i am constantly seeing re-tweets by reggae shack from it;s twitter followers. people are crazy for the reggae shack. it makes me sorta incredulous that i don;t go there myself. i am so stuck in my ways i always go to the same places…. hogans, davids, carribean spice, and on occasion gyro plus. i know i should go to reggae shack – i know.
i can;t even understand why i don;t. this week! this week for sure i will get there. because their fans are rabid. because i like omar the owner. because i just get stuck in my regular places and never added them to the route. i don;t know why.
i am always so tired at 2500 words. i just noticed this recently as i started getting fatigued and looked to see how many words i am at. and every time it seems to be about 2500. it’s like how i wake up every damn morning about 5 o’clock. i look at the clock and it seems like it always about 5 am. there are other times too like 6:10. i feel like i always see the clock within a few minutes of 6:10.
well now i am nearly to 2600 words. ridiculous. that’s just too many words, too much nonsense. am i the rush limbaugh of the blogosphere? half of it with something to say and half just to hear myself talk? don’t answer that.
somebody comment please. someone please test a comment and let me see how and if it works. someone tell me you love podcasts or you never listened to one in your life. someone tell me rush limbaugh is your idol. someone tell me that roman mars is your favorite radio voice. tell me i talk too much. tell me something.
or- forget it. navigate to a new page and forget i ever explained stitcher in detail. forget i ever mentioned reggae shack, food truck x, online reviewer guy, and rush limbaugh. forget the image you have in your head of jean claude. forget you ever ate a pizza. forget you know more about me than i know about you.
i will write to sticther and ask them where i fall in the stitcher family of listeners? i would guess i am in the top 35%. i listen more than 65% of folks on stitcher and less than 35%. that’s my guess. i don;t think they will even answer my request.