Be a Better Podcaster #7 – Are We Still Podcasters?

by Daniel M. Clark on July 28, 2011

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If you produce a live show, are you a podcaster? Or are you more?

I’m not so sure. Now that I’m doing all my QAQN shows live, I’ve started thinking about what I am. Am I still a podcaster? If a podcast is a non-streamed webcast, as defined by Wikipedia (a definition I agree with) then clearly doing my shows live isn’t podcasting. The shows are still available as podcasts after the fact – as evidenced by this very thing you’re reading right now. But am I a podcaster just because I release a show as a podcast that had been recorded live?

I’d love your opinion about this. Please head to the comments and chime in!

On the second segment, I decided to tie the show into today’s QAQN Live: Affiliate Summit Day after all – I wasn’t going to because I’d been planning on talking about the podcaster vs. broadcaster label topic, but I thought I’d throw a few things out there related to Summit anyway. Specifically, how I’m going to be producing shows while at Affiliate Summit East 2011 – I may not be bringing my full recording rig this time. Can an iPad and a Tascam DR-07 cut it? I just might find out.

Have a question? Want to learn more about podcasting? Ask me anything! Leave a voicemail at 281-241-QAQN(7276), send an email to feedback@qaqn.com, or catch me on Twitter.

Just to sweeten the pot a little bit… anyone that leaves a voicemail that I use on the show will be entered into a drawing at the end of the month for an absolutely free one-hour podcast consulting session with me.

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{ 5 comments }

James Martell July 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Hey Daniel, it’s a great question.

I do the Affiliate Buzz “live” on WebmasterRadio.FM each Thursday. I have been still calling it a podcast, but I guess by Wikipedia’s definition it’s not until it is saved as a podcast to the site.

It’s also not radio, and I am not a “broadcaster” in the true sense of the word. So I am not sure exactly what we should be called.

Good food for thought though. What do you think?

Daniel Clark July 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm

It’s definitely not radio, no… I was pretty adamant about that on the show lol

Back to Wikipedia for: “Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and video content to a dispersed audience via radio, television, or other.” I think the internet probably counts as “other” :D and we’re definitely distributing audio to a dispersed audience.

So why not a broadcaster? Broadcasters work in radio and television, and the internet is just one more medium. I’m really warming up to the idea of calling myself an internet broadcaster the more I think about it.

Heureux July 31, 2011 at 10:35 am

Well a podcast is just a media
you could be a podcast producer or a live speaker

Shawn Collins August 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

I think one thing to consider is where most people are consuming your shows – I rarely listen to live shows, because I end up not paying attention if I’m working.

So I listen on my own schedule when going for walks or runs.

Therefore, I’ve only listened to your podcasts saved to my iPod, and not your Internet broadcasts.

Daniel Clark August 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm

On Twitter, during the live shows yesterday, Liz Gazer said she loves to listen to podcasts while working. I’m with you though, I actually can’t listen while I work. Music is fine (instrumentals are ideal) but podcasts, I can’t pay attention to them and my work at the same time.

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