Rex Hammock: Uncle Jimmy – Grand Ole Opry – Podcasting and Doc Searls

Yes, friends, believe it or not – Rex Hammock has effectively incorporated all of those topics into one post. Rex Hammock’s Weblog
What podcasting isn’t — radio: (Why that graphic? I explain at the end of the post) Doc Searls wants to make it clear that podcasting is not radio and why we don’t want it to be considered anything remotely close to radio, despite the first-generation examples of podcasts waddling and quacking like radio programming.

Quote from Doc:

“…radio is live. Podcasting isn’t. And the fact that it isn’t has an importance that goes beyond the luxury of listening at a time of one’s own choosing. See, radio on the Net is highly regulated. And as long as podcasting isn’t characterized as radio, it has a better chance of staying clear of that regulation.

and, the best part of the post? A bit of history:

Recently, I learned that when the Grand Ole Opry first aired on November 28, 1925, the program consisted entirely of an 80-year-old fiddler named Uncle Jimmy Thompson sitting in a chair in front of a microphone playing tunes from his thousand-song repertoire. That was the origin of the oldest continuously-aired radio program in the U.S.: an 80-year-old guy sitting in front of a mic playing fiddle tunes.

Nice! 🙂

I have to get a copy of some Uncle Jimmy tunes (like those are available – oops! there are recordings!) and put it on the ‘pod’. (.mp3 and .rm – just a :30 sample)

How interesting a tribute would that be to ‘technology’? (I want you to read that last sentence a-la the nostalgic booming voiceover in the opening scene of Citizen Kane, by the way. Why? Oh, just for effect. “Time! On the March!”) Guess you can tell I watched the movie again, huh? Yes, I know. Robert’s being ‘random’ again. Sorry.