Podcasting in Minnesota

podcastmn-logoPodcasting first began in earnest around mid-2005, driven in large part by a guy named Adam Curry. Curry has often been cited as the “godfather of podcasting”—at least from the promotional side while a guy named Dave Winer figured out and delivered the technical capabilities to make podcasting actually work—and at least Curry is still active with his No Agenda podcast.

During 2005, Curry would often play promos from podcasters around the world. One local Minnesota tech visionary, Garrick Van Buren, had started up a podcast group called PodcastMN (site is gone but here is a link to an archived version). Van Buren graciously managed the show feeds, set up the meetups, and was the guiding light of the group. At one of our meetups he suggested that the group record a short promo and send it to Curry.

Curry never played it, but many of us forgot all about it (and mostly about Curry himself) and went on with our respective podcasting adventures. Some of us stopped our original shows, some morphed in to others, but I’ll bet everyone still listens to a lot of podcasts themselves!

The PodcastMN folks at this particular meetup were (in order of appearance):

  • Garrick Van Buren – at the time he recorded the First Crack Podcast. Now defunct, he did record Open Loop podcast with a local tech legend, Jamie Thingelstad, but Jamie is now CTO at SPSCommerce and may be why the last show was a year ago.
  • Sue GrandysUncomfortable Questions was a show I always enjoyed — it’s been said ‘everyone’ has a story and Sue always pulled it out of people — but her last show was in 2012
  • Mike O’Connor – His show Sex and Podcasting was done as an experiment, one leveraging his background in community radio. He stopped in 2005 but then started up again with GeezerCast, an effort that entailed, “Podcasting to my unborn grandchildren.
  • Eric LarsonEricCast is his show and he’s been recording virtually non-stop since the beginning
  • Tim ElliottWinecast was his show and Tim blogs at this site too. He is also a co-collaborator and co-host (with Graeme Thickins, Phil Wilson and me) on the Minnov8 Gang podcast.

It’s been nearly 8 years since we were at that meetup and podcasting is still alive and well in Minnesota as well as nationally and internationally (see Remember podcasting? It’s back – and booming). How many podcasts are out there? Stitcher, a podcast listening service and mobile app, states that they are, “… the easiest way to discover the best of over 20,000+ radio shows, live radio stations and podcasts.”  More shows, and video podcasts, are coming online every day as well so this medium is still in its toddler phase. It will be interesting to see where this goes when it becomes easier for listeners (or video podcast watchers) to discover and stream new shows.

Give a listen to this short ‘promo’ to Adam Curry recorded in October of 2005 so you can hear just a handful of we early podcasters here in Minnesota, and how we positioned our shows:

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  1. Hi there! I’ve been searching long and hard to find groups of Minnesota Podcasters and haven’t found any groups or listings anywhere until I found yours here. I’m brand new to hosting a podcast and would love to connect with others in the local area.
    I have a background in video production so I have a strong understanding of audio and editing for video – but I’d love to connect with other Minneapolis podcasters!

    If you have any connections, I’d love to chat!
    Travis Johansen

  2. Steve Borsch on October 3, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Hi Travis. Most of the MN podcasters have gone on to other adventures, some are still doing it, and there are a lot of new ones. I just went to Meetup.com and looked at podcasting meetups (and they suggest other tags too like “Internet Talk Radio” and so on). There was nothing.

    Three buddies and I run Minnov8.com and we podcast every Saturday morning…and have since 2008. The pendulum is swinging back on podcasting too so good timing on your part to be interested now:

    1) The (Surprisingly Profitable) Rise Of Podcast Networks | Fast Company

    2) Podcasts are back — and making money – The Washington Post

    So if you start a meetup, let me know! Use my contact form to send me a note so we can email back-n-forth (I’m traveling all next week so email is best).

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Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.