I was listening to the latest episode of “Sessions with Slau” (http://sessionswithslau.com/if-every-day-were-christmas/) and it really made me miss the early days of Podcasting. It recounts the story of the “Podsafe for Peace” song “What if every day was Christmas.” (this was 4 years ago – man how time flies). This is the story where a song was written, and numerous artists then sent audio of themselves singing and playing the song. The whole “podosphere” was a buzz about this song and the movement of working together for a charitable cause. The really cool thing about it was most of us knew the musicians on the song. We had created our top 10 artists at the Podsafe Music Network (now Music Alley), and when a great song would be stumbled upon it seemed like it would spread across numerous podcasts (as we all listened to each other shows) creating a “hit.”
Oh to return to the days of listening to the Daily Source Code where Adam Curry would talk about all things podcasting (pre-podshow – now Mevio). To hear his passionate filled talk with his wife (now divorced). He had a view and insight that only he could provide. I love no agenda, but I miss the days of the source code being filled with podcasting news.
It appears there is no “flagship” podcast filled with podcasting news. Why? Well because what used to be “new” is now the norm. A company starting a podcasting is not news anymore. It’s the norm. When I helped produce “Today in Podcasting” with Gary, Paul, and Rob, it became more and tougher to find stories about podcasting that stuck out. (It also was increasingly hard to get our schedules to line up).
You can think of it like the time Roger Banister ran the first 4 minute mile. It was big news. Now, well, not so much. Most Olympic athletes can pull this off.
At the end of Slau’s podcast, he talks about how this song made the jump from podcasts to “regular” radio. I might use it in an episode of “The Power of Podcasting” as it was beautiful how we all banded together to create something wonderful.
While I’m proud of all the progress we’ve made as podcasters to squeeze ourselves into the mainstream, but there is a part of me that misses the early days of podcasting.