Podcasts I Listen To

podcastLately, instead of syncing my iPod with the typical playlist of old favourites, I've been loading her up with podcasts. Here are a few of my favourites.

  • CBC Radio Podcasts - There is so much great content here, I had to lead with it. You can download MP3s of "DNTO", "Sounds Like Canada", "Vinyl Cafe Stories", "Quirks and Quarks" and more. It's one of my favourite pages on the web.
  • This American Life - Here's the trick with This American Life. The podcasts aren't free, but the most recent one is... so every week I shoot over and download the freebie. It's fantastic.
  • Anti-Hit List - I first discovered John Sakamoto's "Anti-Hit List" in Eye Weekly, but followed it over to the Toronto Star. Although he only plays songs by the indie artists in his weekly chart, for licensing reasons, it's always a treat. Maybe it's because he only plays indie artists that I like the AHL so much.
  • ESPN Radio Podcasts - "The Best of Mike and Mike", "Pardon the Interruption", "Baseball Today"... it's all here.
  • AlternaGeek - This one is for the geeks, but I like it anyway. AlternaGeek podcasts cover topics including Linux, Mac, Windows, internet tech, blogging, web2.0, gadgets, software, tech news, howtos, and reviews.

Let me know about all the great podcasts I missed in the comments and I'll check them out.

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Family Podcast

podcastIt was chilly today, and the kids and I were looking for a fun little project to tackle together. I thought I'd take my emarketing skillz and apply them at home. And so, the Family Podcast was born.

Originally it was going to be a true podcast, with an RSS feed and everything, but the production values were so poor I just decided to throw in on YouTube. If you're going to do this, I highly recommend you use an actual microphone and not the default internal mic that's built into your laptop.

Very few of you will find this interesting, but this isn't for you. This is for the grandmas and uncles and aunts.

Here's our first Family Podcast. I'll work on the production values and maybe even encourage coherency for round two. Enjoy...

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Valentine's Day Podcast of Love

heartA year ago this week, Humble and Fred recorded together for the last time. When we were recording the Valentine's Day Podcast of Love, I assumed there would be a fourth podcast. There wasn't.

The archivist that I am, I'm hosting all the Humble and Fred podcasts, including this one. They're now living at https://www.torontomike.com/humbleandfred/. As you'll hear, I wasn't just in the room for this Humble and Fred finale, I was a part of the show.

Happy Valentine's Day 2007 everybody!

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The Valentine's Day Podcast of Love Now Available

podcastHappy Valentine's Day! Humble and Fred's Valentine's Day Podcast of Love is now available at http://www.humbleandfred.com/.

Head over there for just under an hour of hilarity. The ensuing laughter is not only good for your heart, it's also free.

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The Humble & Fred Podcast Returneth

podcastIf you head on over to humbleandfred.com this morning, you'll see a new look and a new podcast.

In addition to the hour long show there's a shorter RAW file of naughty outtakes that are NSFW. Up until last night I was using a rather embarrassing shot of the boys as Sunshine Boys as the main picture. A sick and weary Humble Howard called me yesterday and begged me to remove that shot and replace it with anything else. Little did he know I chose the teal colour scheme to match Fred's shorts from the Sunshine Girl spread.

Enjoy the show and let me know what you think.

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The Humble & Fred Message of Hope 2007 Podcast

podcastThe 17th Annual Humble & Fred Christmas Podcast was an attempt to capture the essence of the Humble & Fred radio show and share it as a podcast. We went live with that show on December 22, 2006 and it was very well received.

Last Thursday, the guys returned to Dan Duran's house to record a Message of Hope 2007 show. I couldn't make it because of work obligations, but I was asked to make it all happen online again.

At some point next week, HumbleandFred.com will look quite different and will be streaming this new show. I've already permanently archived the Christmas show at http://www.humbleandfred.com/christmas2006/. I'll let you know when the new podcast is live on the home page.

I hear it's pretty funny (Dan's still polishing the production). We're even going to share a NSFW outtakes file for those of you over the age of 18. Stay tuned H + F fans...

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Gift of Xmas Podcast Technical Support

giftA few minutes before nine this morning, we went live with The 17th Annual Humble & Fred Christmas Show at humbleandfred.com.

Plan A was to have Odeo host it all. We have their player embedded on the page for streaming and the podcast and MP3 link were pointing to the file on Odeo's servers. All week long the tests were successful until last night when I noticed Odeo's servers were sputtering. It would work, then it wouldn't work. It would have a good hour and then a bad hour. I quickly went to Plan B, hosting the file at Filelodge, but I kept the Odeo player in the hopes that it would work itself out.

I'm now looking for a Plan C. If you have tons of bandwidth at your disposal and don't mind hosting a popular 42MB file, please let me know.

If you have any technical questions about subscribing to the podcast or hearing the show, leave a comment here. Consider this the Gift of Xmas technical support page.

Oh yeah, enjoy the show. It'll be up through the end of the year.

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Toronto Star Exposure

newspaperIf you're wondering if every article in The Toronto Star makes it online, the answer is no. Today, for instance, there's a quick SPOTLIGHT mention of the 17th Annual Humble and Fred Christmas Podcast on page A31, but it didn't find its way to thestar.com.

Here's a pic of the write up. Much thanks to Vinay Menon who sat in front of Steve and I during Conan O'Brien's show at the Elgin Theatre back in February 2004.

Toronto Star Article

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The 17th Annual Humble & Fred Christmas Show

microphoneI was lucky enough to be a little slice of broadcast history this weekend. Regular visitors to this site have seen me write about The Humble & Fred radio show. It began in 1989 on CFNY-FM (later renamed Edge 102) and was the morning show I awoke to until it moved to Mojo 640 in April 2001. The team was broken up in the summer of 2005 when Fred Patterson was relieved of his duties at Mix 99.9. In July 2006, Humble Howard experienced the same cruel fate.

For many a Humble & Fred fan, their annual Christmas show was a highlight of the season. This Christmas marked the first time in seventeen years that neither was on the radio. The Humble & Fred Christmas Show was dead... or was it? I received a call on the QT from Humble on December 8th in which we discussed the logistics of recording a Christmas show and sharing it at humbleandfred.com. On December 10th I wrote a plan of a attack and received a late night call from Humble indicating it was a definite go. I threw a temporary countdown page at humbleandfred.com and was told to be at Dan Duran's house on December 16 at 10:30 in the morning. I was going to be the embedded journalist as history unfolded.

It had been well over a year since the two conversed on the mic as they had daily for over sixteen years, so I knew this was something special. I was also a fan of their folksy charm and humour that never failed to make me laugh. I charged the battery of my digital camera and made the short stroll to Dan's house yesterday morning unsure of what to expect but certain I'd be witnessing something extraordinary.

In addition to Dan Duran who was producing the show in his home office, his wife and son were mingling about when I showed up. Soon thereafter, Humble Howard arrived with his daughter Spencer, followed by Fred Patterson, Scary Bald Headed Pete (who is no longer bald) and Bingo Bob. Dan, Pete and Bob were all former producers of the Humble & Fred show making me the one person in the room who had never appeared on the radio show. My plan was to not pollute the process, take it all in and snap a ton of pictures.

The first thing I noticed was how natural and genuine it all seemed. There was some discussion about how it would all unfold, some audio checks and arrangement of the non-live material and then it was show time. It was all so slick, Humble and Fred anticipated each other so well, it was like watching a couple that's been together so long they finish each other's sentences. Even better, it's totally organic. No scripts, no second takes, just a natural flow that's both endearing and hilarious. The warm and fuzzy nature of the hour long show is perfect for this time of year. The Baileys Irish Creme in the coffee didn't hurt either. By the end of the show, Dan's wife was literally preparing martinis. It was the most fun you can have on a Saturday morning without taking your clothes off.

The show itself included a frank discussion about what transpired since Mix 99.9, a recollection of Christmas shows past, some great performances by The Doo Wops and Barenaked Ladies, the annual favourite "Snow Removal Machine" and a number of great Humble & Fred exchanges that make you scratch your head and wonder why these two are still out of work.

On the morning of December 22, the 17th Annual Humble & Fred Christmas Show will be available at humbleandfred.com. You will be able to stream it from the site or download the MP3. If you were ever a fan of the Humble & Fred morning show, or if you're just curious what all the fuss is about and in the holiday spirit, you're going to want to check this out.

Throughout the broadcast yesterday morning I was overwhelmed with this tingling feeling that had nothing to do with Baileys or Jackie's martinis. A large media company forced Humble and Fred off of their airwaves ending a seventeen year run in Canada's largest market. Without a time slot on terrestrial or satellite radio, the Christmas show survived. Think of the Grinch stealing all the Christmas trees and presents in Whoville. The Whos' holiday spirit could not be crushed just as Humble and Fred's voice could not be silenced. You can take their jobs, but they belong to us.

Take a moment to check out my Humble and Fred Holiday Reunion photoset. Witness history in the making for yourself. I was honoured to be a part of it.

The Gang

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Link: CBC Radio Podcasts

LinkCBC Radio Podcasts - Here you'll find the best of CBC's national Radio One shows, new regional podcast magazines, exclusive musical talent from Radio 3 and special podcast-only features. All the goodies are here, Quirks & Quarks, The Best of DNTO, The Best of As It Happens, The Best of The Current and more.

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