Doc Searls did a great job of summing up what I’ve been thinking about Adam Curry’s recent announcements about his business plans for Podshow.com and podcasting in general.
First, Adam is definitely a radio guy. You can’t listen to the Daily Source Code and not notice that. So taking his show to Sirius satellite radio is a natural step. But it’s not podcasting. It’s broadcasting. Sure, it’s taking new voice into the world of radio, like PW Fenton, Steve Gillmor, and I’m sure that Dawn and Drew will get in on it somewhere. I hope that they continue to make their stuff available via podcast, because I’m not about to pay for satellite radio, which is both less varied than podcasting, and doesn’t give me the ability to listen exactly when I want.
Podcasting is listening to what I want, when I want. On my terms. Radio, satellite or otherwise, doesn’t let me do that.
As a podcast creator, I’m fine with people going the radio route. If they want to turn their podcast into their job, good for them. For me, this blog, and my podcast (in both video and audio incarnations) have never been about gaining fame, recognition, or income. I do this because I really love it. I’m a geek at heart, and an evangelist. My payoff for blogging and podcasting? Showing something cool and useful to someone, and helping them have that “A-ha!” moment when the lightbulb comes on, and the “get” what I’m raving about, be it Cluetrain or the latest gadget.
So, it seems that Adam Curry has forked off from podcasting, and is blazing his own radio/podcasting hybrid trail. It will definitely be interesting to watch. But I think I’m on the other fork in the road – the one that see podcasting as yet another medium for the conversation. To me, it’s all about building relationships and listening to people’s voices.