What do you want out of your news (podcast)?

Now, I know what a traditional news type show is like – pretty much what I’ve done in the past for the podcast – an intro stating what the date is and a brief mention of some of the top stories. Then, you just dive right in, providing as much detail as you can in a short amount of time.

Been there, done that. (there was no t-shirt involved)

Of course, always in search of different ways to reach different listeners, I wanted to get some opinions from those out there that listen to our shows (and probably even more now that we’re in with php|architect) a chance to voice their opinions back to the hosts. I want to know what kind of information, detail, and structure you’d like to see in the podcast newscasts.

Do you like the standard methods – just reading the news, highlighting a few subjects?
Do you want a more specialized approach, focusing on only 3-4 of the really major points?
Do you want “sub-segments” inside it – for example: PEAR, PHP the language, PHP the community?

There’s been a few ideas for the future of the newscast as well –

  • some way to tie in some kind of visual display to the newscasts, making it easier to click on a link to get to a story.
  • a link off of PHPDeveloper.org (maybe something like phpdeveloper.org/showid or /date_stamp) to detail the links that were spotlighted on that episode

So, what are your ideas? What would help you get the most out of the newscasts, more than just listening?

One comment

  1. Hi,
    This Podcast was my first introduction to your website, Im new-ish to PHP.
    Liked the format because it was plesant to listen to and didn’t hack me off as so many podcasts do – your audio and delivery were good.

    It was short, didn’t bore, and provided just enough.

    Comments about globals being on echoed just what I have found on the web, but would have prefered content that looked forward than back.

    Will listen more – the ‘cast didn’t loose you a new visitor.




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