Sunday, May 29, 2005
Thursday, May 26, 2005
When a Career Move Comes at Too High a Cost
About two weeks ago now, I moved from Toronto, Ontario to Windsor, Ontario, for a job at the CBC. Before I decided to take the contract, I asked friends, family, and profs for their opinions. I didn't know much about Windsor, and didn't know if I'd fit in. I still don't, really. A friend passed along Adelle Waldman's excellent article called "When a Career Move Comes at Too High a Cost." It's about Adelle's first job out of journalism school, how she moved from New York to Cleveland, and how she blew it. She reflects on what she did wrong, and explains what she could have done differently. It's well worth the read.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
More on Podcasts in iTunes
I bought my first song from the iTunes Music Store a few weeks ago, and hopefully podcasts in iTunes 4.9 will be just as simple. Imagine it. No third-party applications. No muss. No fuss. If Apple can make podcasts dead simple, this will be big. Really big. And now, some major commercial content providers are jumping on board. From MacMinute:
Hot on the heals [sic] of Apple CEO Steve Jobs announcement Monday that the company's next version of iTunes (due within 60 days) will support and help organize podcasts, NBC News and ABC news have said they will be offering podcasts to listeners, reports Forbes. ABC is offers new and rerun material now, and NBC expects to have podcasts available next month. "The allure of such TV-to-radio news transmogrification is still up for debate," notes the story. "While recidivistic 'news junkies' may prize any portable info delivery system, some skeptics say it's as thrilling as watching TV with your eyes closed."Technorati tags: apple, podcasting, itunes, abc, nbc
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Early mornings and cold showers
I must admit that it’s a strange thing to go to bed before it’s dark out. It’s weird to set your clock radio to go off at 3:00 AM. But that’s what I did last night. And what I’ll do for a number of weeks this summer. Today was my first early shift at CBE, and I drove to work on my bike in the dark. There aren’t many people on Windsor’s roads at 3:50 in the morning. Still, I plan on buying some headlamps for my bicycle. In other news, this is my eleventh day of taking cold showers. The natural gas hasn’t been hooked up at the place I’m staying, so the water heater doesn’t work. Brrr.
Monday, May 23, 2005
Sunday, May 15, 2005
I arrived in Windsor, Ontario yesterday. Tomorrow I start a new job here at CBE, the local CBC Radio One station. I’ll be working for the summer as a Technician/Associate Producer on Morning Watch and Crosstown, the local morning and afternoon shows. I have a roof over my head, a new bicycle, and a handful of contacts. I’m pretty excited.
Saturday, May 14, 2005
CBC Radio 3 to begin podcasting
In my inbox this evening:
CBC RADIO 3 LAUNCHES NEW PODCAST TO PROMOTE NMC ARTISTS An important part of our mission at CBC Radio 3 is to explore the potential of new broadcast mediums. It was with this mandate in mind that Radio 3 launched its first generation web sites like NewMusicCanada.com, and subsequently exposed an amazing array of Canadian independent music to millions of listeners over the internet. Now we're pleased to announce Radio 3's entry into the exciting new world of podcasting. It's our latest programming initiative and, as NMC members, we want you to be a part of it. Beginning this summer we will launch a regular series of podcasted programs. These will sound a lot like what you might hear on our Saturday night radio show, but with a stronger emphasis on emerging Canadian talent and playlists created exclusively from music featured on NMC. Listeners who subscribe (free of charge) will have these programs delivered automatically to their iPod or other digital music player. For listeners, it's like having a robot who records their favourite radio shows while they sleep. Once the show is downloaded they'll be able to listen to the program at their convenience – on the bus, at work or school, whenever they choose – and there will be no more having to stay at home on Saturday nights just to tune into CBC Radio 3.