I was invited to speak to a class of media students at Durham College today. Their instructor, Rita, has wisely introduced new media into the curriculum, so I was asked to speak about podcasting.
I have a rule... if I can bike to something, I'll do my very best to accommodate all such requests. Durham College is in North Oshawa and well out of my bike range, and although I considered a combination of Go Train and bike, driving made the most sense. So I broke my rule and drove. Obviously my rules aren't etched in stone.
It was a great pleasure talking podcasting with our future podcasters, even though the bulk of my references were before their time. I'm used to that. Here's proof nobody fell asleep.
Since I came all that way, I had to drop by 94.9 The Rock to see my pal Bob Willette. Bob put me on the air and interviewed me, which means I made my GTA Rock Station debut. Appropriately enough, my segment was during the 90s Nooner.
It was worth the drive to Oshawa.
Yesterday at 9:55am, Lou Schizas's Happy Capitalism segment aired on The Stafford Show with Mike Stafford on AM640 Toronto. Both Lou and Mike have been on Toronto Mike'd, and they talked about my podcast for two and a half minutes.
Here's the audio evidence.
Here's a transcript of the conversation.
Lou: You were mentioning the Toronto Mike'd podcast...
Mike: Yeah, you were down in his basement yesterday?
Lou: Have you been there?
Mike: Yeah, a couple of years ago.
Lou: Did you hit your head?
Mike: Me? All five foot seven of me, no.
Lou: The reason I went to do the podcast with Mike was I was number one curious about the means of production. And you know, for very little money he's out there producing his own interview series and that sort of thing and the sound quality is pretty good.
Mike: It's excellent, and he's had yourself and Ron MacLean in there. He has a few gets he still wants to get but you're right, his setup is... my god, we spend as media companies a fortune to achieve the same kind of sound and distribution.
Lou: Well, the distribution I think is different in that you can't tune him in, you have to download the product. Now I think there's probably some of the stuff I'm not really aware of that can get it on your smartphone as it's happening, but I don't know if that's the case. I know from myself the way I use radio, it's usually in the car, right? And if it's not available in the car, or I don't have the technology to get it in the car, it's less useful for me, but I thought it was pretty interesting from a technology aquisition point of view.
Mike: Did you get a six pack of the Great Lakes?
Lou: Yeah, of course...
Mike: I didn't (laughter)
Lou: Was that because he didn't have the sponsorship at that time?
Mike: Yeah, I guess
Mike: It was a good time. It was good to listen to. I'm going to listen to the rest when I get home.
Lou: Ok, well any pointers, send them my way. Back with you tomorrow. Happy Capitalism.
Yesterday afternoon, the Toronto Star published an article entitled Canadian sports media hears the call of the podcast. It's written by Raju Mudhar, a journalist I had a brief phone conversation with a few weeks ago.
The article is about the plethora of mainstream sports media podcasts being launched in this country, featuring such luminaries as Bob McKenzie, James Duthie, and Bob Cole. Oh, and he mentions another podcast as well...
Raju actually refers to Toronto Mike'd as "the platonic ideal of podcasts". That's a tremendous quote, worthy of a tee shirt. At the very least it should be my new tagline.
Then he jokes: “Although now that guys like James Duthie are getting into it, I have no idea how we little guys are supposed to compete.”
I did say that as a joke, but it's not really a joke. As famous people like McKenzie, Jay and Dan and Duthie turn to podcasting, it's the independent home grown podcasts that suffer. That's just the way it is... unless you're the platonic ideal of podcasts.
Sean Fitzgerald wrote a piece for 24 Hour Toronto entitled "Cheers for your ears: Top podcasts of 2015". In it, he listed the top Toronto podcasts to check out in 2016.
Between Geeks & Beats and Taggart & Torrens you'll find Toronto Mike'd.
It's an honour being named one of Toronto's elite eight podcasts.
Roots was kind enough to include me and my newborn son in an online Father's Day feature. Here's a link for the curious.
I love how the pics turned out. Here's a sample.
Here's how it all went down (8:21).
After 60 episodes, Toronto Mike'd, my little podcast, reached #14 on iTunes' Top Podcasts in the comedy category.
I was so pleased, I took a screencap for posterity, because it may never rank that high again.
Episode 60, only released yesterday, is already my most downloaded podcast yet. If you want to hear it, it's right here waiting for you.
I'm #14! I'm #14! I'm #14!
Update: If you could please subscribe to my podcast at http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/toronto-miked-podcast/id557260245 and give it a sweet rating, I'd really appreciate it!
It's amazing how much traction my steam-of-conscousness comment on talking to kids about Rob Ford is garnering by the MSM.
This morning I was in the Toronto Star and this evening I was on Global News Hour Toronto.
Here's my star turn as Dad #2 in Global News Toronto's "Rob Ford’s admission presents problems for parents":
Update: Thanks to Lorne for the YouTubery.
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