Posts Tagged ‘long running’

On Publishing Five Hundred Podcasts

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Last Friday saw one of the moments where numbers conspired to mean something. Over on ESC Insight, I posted the five hundredth episode of my Eurovision Song Contest podcast. There was nothing particularly special about the contents, it was a regular episode of ‘ESC Insight News’, covering the last two weeks of news in the world of the Song Contest.

The only concessions to the episode number was a sad party twizzler sound effect at the end of the show, and the subtle use of a Fiat 500 as the key image in the post and shared social images.

And while it is podcast #500 on the RSS feed of ESC Insight, I’ve done more Eurovision podcasts and audio that have been sent down other channels – the podcasts and radio shows for the SBS Eurovision pop-up radio station, the work with Radio Six International, the syndicated radio preview shows each year, and even the commentary work I’ve done have all been part of the audio adventure. These shows are not in the core 500, but they all arose because I podcast about something I love and became one of the ‘go to voices’ in the space.

This is the point where inspirational posts would suggest some grand lessons over the last six years of ESC Insight. I’m not sure there are any, beyond find a passion, keep the quality as high as possible, always ask if you can do more, and say yes to every opportunity you get.

The ESC Insight podcast has taken me on some amazing journeys, from a midnight flight into Yerevan to armed guards blocking my path into Azeri press centres; from commentary booths around the world to talking to TV and Radio executives across Europe and beyond; to be welcomed by a community and to create a new community, it has delivered all that and more.

As for what comes next, I’d highlight podcast #499. This is part of a series called ‘Eurovision Castaways’, where host Ellie Chalkley interviews members of the Song Contest community about their favourite records and finds out more about them. That episode arrived in my podcast player with no input at all from me.

I may have started the Eurovision podcast many years ago, I may still contribute, but the podcast is now something much bigger than just myself, a microphone, and some passion.

Now that personal passion is the shared passion of tens of thousands.

On reaching two hundred episodes of the Eurovision Insight Podcast

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

I’ve been involved with a number of long-running podcasts (and a few ‘seemed like a good idea at the time’ shorter run shows), but I wanted to take a moment to watch the episode counter tick over and reach ‘200’ on my Eurovision Song Contest podcast (iTunes link). That’s a lot of weekly shows (although for the two weeks leading up to the Contest in May it does switch to a daily schedule) and looking back on the path it has taken me on, I’m really proud of them all.

I didn’t do anything ‘special’ for this show as it’s the middle of the Eurovision Song Contest season. You might think it’s one show in May, but there are thirty-nine countries all looking to select a song through countless live TV shows, radio auditions, online voting, and a few committees behind closed doors, and that all started back in December, so there was a small mention at the top of this week’s show, and then on with the mix of news, editorial, and music that has been part of the show over the last four years.

But I’m conscious that the show delivers a great service to a highly distributed audience around the world, has opened many doors for me (including a number of commissioned shows broadcast nationally by SBS in Australia), let me travel around Europe and visit destinations I would never have considered or reached otherwise (the delights of Yerevan and the Armenian winter spring to mind), and I’m glad the podcast (and the associated website) has been welcomed as a small part of the Eurovision Song Contest community.

Now excuse me, I need to pack my bags and catch a flight from London Stanstead so I can go to the ‘Song for Europe’ selection shows in Germany, Austria, and Hungary this weekend.