In a way, I have my Dad to thank for my first podcast experience. It came back in the early 2000’s. I was preparing to head off to university and frantically ripping my entire CD collection to my computer and this new software program called iTunes. It was my Dad’s suggestion. My CD collection was huge and still fills five boxes that live on top of my wardrobe. I was moving out of my parents’ home for the first time and I was already taking an awful lot of stuff with me. My entire music library was not going to fit into my new single dorm room. It was a great decision. I still had my hi-fi system and a small selection of my favourite albums but the vast majority were now housed on my desktop computer.
A couple of years later and I received my first iPod for Christmas. I can’t be sure if I was already aware of podcasting at this point. It may have been during that initial iTunes to iPod sync that I noticed this new tab “Podcasts”. Either way, I was intrigued and began searching, finding and listening to more and more on demand audio content.
A Bit of Virtually Everything.
There is one podcast that I always refer to as my first. Just like my first love, I’ll never be able to forget it. Similarly just like that first girlfriend, it disappeared from my life a long time ago. A.B.O.V.E (A Bit of Virtually Everything) was a very simple podcast. Three friends from South Wales (Paul Saunders, Adam Court and Hannah Lewis) got together every week to talk about virtually anything they fancied. It was no wonder it became an instant hit for me. I loved the way Paul, Adam and Hannah sounded as though they could have been sat next to me in the pub or in my own living room.
The title was so on point as well. It literally was chat about virtually everything. The French, siamese twins and Salvador Dali all received the A.B.O.V.E treatment. Questions like “Why don’t my beer goggles work?” and “Where is Scandinavia” were answered with irreverence and discussions around online auctions (eBay may not have been as well known back then?) and how everyone breaks the law were commonplace.
Sadly, A.B.O.V.E is no longer available to stream or download in Apple Podcasts (iTunes). Even searching Google for it only brings up two results. I’ve tried to find out a bit more about Saunders, Court and Lewis but, apart from an old website for Saunders, I’ve come unstuck.
Listening back to old episodes on that first iPod and it’s clear that A.B.O.V.E was made by three very talented people. In all likelihood at least one of them was a professional radio presenter. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The commercial radio boom was coming to an end and presenters weren’t given an awful lot of room to be creative. It would be lazy to say that podcasting has moved on since then but it has. It doesn’t require any knowledge of the radio industry so anyone can do it. A.B.O.V.E was clearly made in a studio environment but it didn’t have to be.
Podcasts can be made by anyone, about anything. All you need is something to talk about and a microphone. There are even apps like Anchor.fm which turn your phone into a full on podcast studio. Go and give it a try. Maybe your podcast will become someone else’s first.
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