Wow, we finally did it! The podcast is alive, and this is the first episode! In this episode, I cover probably the biggest astronomy news item of the year so far, and also read one of my more recent opinion pieces. I know, you could just read it yourself, but it’s something I feel quite passionate about, and wanted to let you hear it in my own voice.
As long-time readers will know, this is something I’ve been threatening to do for ages. I only got more excited when my beautiful wife and I bought a pair of USB headsets and sat down together to record 12 episodes of the Now Look Here! podcast, and figure out how the whole medium works.
Since then I’ve invested in proper microphones and recording gear, and taken the time to really think about how to do a podcast properly. I’ve read guides and articles by the professionals in the podcast production business. I’ve listened to hundreds of episodes of world-class podcasts to try figure out what they do, in terms of scripting, production, and basic presentation technique, to make their shows so great. And I’ve gone back and listened to my own recordings, to compare, and figure out where I should improve.
So how did that work out for me? Well… only you, dear audience member, can answer that one! I can promise that I’ve tried to aim for a show that sounds at least slightly professional, that preserves Urban Astronomer’s own unique style. I’d also like for it to be updated as often as the website used to be, back in its hey-day. It’s an ambitious goal, since I tend to over-commit to too many projects, but you are in a unique position help me: If you enjoy this podcast and want to hear more episodes, please reach out, via a comment below, or Facebook or twitter, and tell me so. In fact, go a step further and demand more episodes. I assure you I won’t be offended but will take it as praise and encouragement. It will probably even go a long way to nudge me towards producing even better episodes, on schedule.
Anyway, enough words. You aren’t here to read my text, but to listen to a show. Enjoy, and remember to hit the “Subscribe” button!