Entertainment & Technology

The Podcast Explosion

Wonder what ever happened to AM radio? It’s hiding in a podcast near you.

By Bill Wood

A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device. It’s typically available as a series that you can subscribe to and get automatically.

That said, the podcasts available to you today cover the gamut from politicians or comedians pontificating about each other, to sports personalities talking about their favorite form of sweat, to serialized crime novels and, even, scripted radio dramas. Yes, we’re back to the thrilling days of yesteryear when Gunsmoke, Amos ‘n’ Andy and The Jack Benny Show ruled the radio waves.

None of that floats your boat?  Look on iTunes and you’ll find something that peaks your interest in the podcast section of the iTunes store. A number often quoted comes from Apple: A billion subscriptions on iTunes are spread across 250,000 unique podcasts in more than 100 languages. And that was seven years ago!

I listen to several a week including The Tony Kornheiser Show, the Bronzeville serialized radio drama launched by Laurence Fishburne and Larenz Tate, and the Dirty John series produced by the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

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