The way we receive information is changing. One of the more exciting and welcome changes is the ability to easily access original, on demand audio content. You can now listen to the personalities you love, anytime and anywhere, thanks to digital technology.
A couple of years ago, due to a number of factors, the world of traditional radio began, what many consider, a decline. Some radio stations, either by choice, due to budget issues, or maybe even short-sightedness, let some of their most popular personalities go. Some of the most dedicated, disappointed fans were those of the once great and powerful KGO Newstalk 810 in San Francisco. New owners of the station apparently had a “different” vision for the station’s future, and cut all but a couple of the station’s longtime favorites. Fans were not pleased by the shake-up, to say the least, but as they say, when one door closes, another often opens!
Ed Baxter and I first worked together with him writing a column in ALIVE called Making Sense. Alongside the column, Ed contributed regular audio commentary to our ALIVE Eastbay website, and eventually ALIVE published Ed’s first book, Waiting at Red Lights. Ed had been aware of my longtime efforts to merge various types of media—print, video, web, TV—as he had been doing much of the same thing, particularly focused on audio.
Enter: The Talk Pod.
In time, Ed and I became friends and our natural “progression” led us to form a new media company—Media Progression, LLC—with the goal of expanding into new digital formats. Our first project together is, “The Talk Pod.” It is perfect for us because it takes the best of the best of traditional media’s spoken word, and blends it with the digital experience of the web. Going to TheTalkPod.com will bring you into a community/exchange of spoken thought, information, and opinion.
The Talk Pod features professional broadcasters offering original content that has not appeared anywhere else. It is a unique digital experience. The contributors express themselves in their own portals and are able to “visit” each other, much like neighbors going in and out of each others’ doors. The only limit on The Talk Pod creativity is that all of our commentary be produced in good taste—it’s a “no foul language zone.”
Our contributors are amazing. They are professionals who have talked with millions of people on a daily, weekly, monthly and career basis. Many are members of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. Many have won numerous national awards. Some are authors.
Ed is overjoyed at being reunited with my his KGO on-air partner, Rosie Allen. Also on board are John Rothmann, Barbara Simpson, Joe Starkey, Ken Dito, Bill Wattenburg, Lloyd Lindsay Young, Stan Burford, Malou Nubla, Elizabeth Kate and and the Flick Nation crew of Dennis Willis, Steve Wagner, and Steven Kirk. As you can see, we have a plethora of experts onboard!
The Talk Pod is easy to navigate any time you want the content. It is available on desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile device. The Talk Pod iPhone and Android apps are coming soon, to be followed by auto/audio in your car via a USB port.
We are starting The Talk Pod here in the Bay Area because we have access to this wonderful talent, and because this is our home. We will be expanding and growing as we find more avenues across the country for our “Media Progression.”
Digital is the new way to share communication. It is on-demand and original. For all of our contributors, it is a work of love and passion. Our motto is “Let’s have some fun and give listeners what they really want!”
The Talk Pod is has sprouted! This is your project as well, so please tell us what you think and what you want to hear. As our Pod opens to the world, there are no limits!
Visit The Talk Pod at TheTalkPod.com