What is a podcast?


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from WNYC

What is a podcast? According to the Miriam Webster online dictionary, a podcast is, “a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the internet.”

But can a podcast be a medium in which one can share and report news? Absolutely.

According to an article by Jack Murtha in the Columbia Journalism Review, even WNYC, an esteemed public radio station based in New York City, has faced some challenges.

With the changing times, print news has converted to be more web user friendly. No longer do readers need to purchase physical copies of the paper, but rather they can find anything they’re looking for right on their mobile devices. But where does public radio fit into that?

The WNYC has turned to podcasts to maintain their audience in this progressive era. Murtha wrote, “WNYC owns or distributes six of iTunes’ 100 most popular podcasts,” which includes two in the top ten.

The ability to access and download these talk shows through the internet has been invaluable. People have more control over what they listen to and they can take it anywhere.

One of WNYC’s podcasts is Here’s the Thing hosted by Alec Baldwin. Baldwin talks to artists, musicians, actors, and policy makers on his podcast.

In the September 15, 2015, Baldwin speaks about Andy Warhol and his lasting legacy. In the 32 minute episode, Alec Baldwin interviews Eric Shiner, the curator of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.

Personally, I love listening to Alec Baldwin speak because his voice is very soothing and recognizable. Additionally, he finds people to speak about and interview that are influential in their industry whether they are popular or not.

Podcasts are similar to radio shows, however there seems to be a lot more substance to podcasts. They are also specialized to individual’s interests and with the wide variety of options, there is certainly something for everyone.


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