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Archive for March, 2005

HiUP #05 – Family Fun

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

Show number five, in which we hear from two beautiful ladies (as they talk about kids TV and a new kids movie), and hear two great songs (one a sweet and lilting Hawaiian tune, the other not). We take a stroll through a store you’ll only find in Hawaii (or, maybe, Tokyo). All this after I rag on a few local politicians for fun, and ramble a bit about my daughter. Interestingly, while I expected this to be a short one, it still filled a full half hour.

In this show:

  • 00:45 HawaiiUP Menu
  • 01:20 HawaiiUP Headlines: Fat Teachers, Gravity
  • 09:40 “Ain’t It The Truth” by The Crud
  • 12:50 Blank Audio Postcard: Ukulele House
  • 15:40 Pith of Pop: Podcast Edition
  • 19:00 Katie on “Robots”
  • 22:20 “Kihoalu Music” by Island Riddim
  • 27:30 Podcasting on HPR’s Town Square
  • 28:35 Thank You!

Here’s the Coral cache link, and here’s the local file.

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HiUP #04 – Sweets and Sounds

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

Show number four, featuring two songs by local artists, and a pair of interviews with local folks selling sweets. I also touch on a few local news stories, and chat with Jen about TV shows filming in Hawaii. I actually ran out of time and steam putting this one together, but that just means more stuff ready to go for show number five!

In this show:

  • 00:30 HawaiiUP Menu
  • 01:10 HawaiiUP Headlines: Mayor Mufi, Weather, FlyHawaii
  • 06:25 “Secret Fantasy” by Jordan Segundo
  • 10:10 Mililani Farmer’s Market

Here’s the Coral cache link, and here’s the local file.

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HawaiiUP Music Update

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

With only a couple of weeks of learning and searching, I cannot begin to say how happy and humbled I am to have found a number of local artists willing to give podcasting a chance. The growing `ohana of artists is already so diverse and strong, HawaiiUP could probably go all-music and still have enough great stuff for another dozen shows. But to prolong the goodness, I’m afraid you won’t be rid of my rambling just yet.

While I pull together my next show, be sure to check out the new HawaiiUP Music page, to get a preview of the great sounds in store.

Site Tweaks

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

CardMade a new logo banner, riffing on Apple’s iPod ads. Too cheesy? If so, then it’s perfect! Then, I made some simple business cards, for when I run into that inebriated venture capitalist. (Seriously, though, they helped in approaching people for interviews or to talk music licensing.)

In addition, I posted an overly long “About” page, a geek-focused “Credits” page, and a misleadingly named “Frequently Asked Questions” page (unless once counts as “frequently”). Finally, I added the requisite “Link Me!” 80×15 GIF buttons, picking up the habit that podcasters picked up from bloggers.

What do you think? Er, apart from, “Get a life!”

HiUP #03 – Breakthrough

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Show number three, this one including our first podcast-savvy local musician. More great artists to come, too. This one’s got everything, from music to news, from kids to food, the wife returns with more on movies, and I take you to the beach.

Actually, the wind was pretty bad, so the beach is almost indistinguishable from static, but if you close your eyes and imagine real hard, I’m sure you can still feel the sand at your feet and the seaspray in your hair.

In this show:

  • 00:15 HawaiiUP Aloha
  • 01:25 HawaiiUP Headlines: Around Hawaii, Around The House
  • 07:25 Hawaiian Music and Podcasting
  • 10:00 “Island Days” by Pali from In Harmony
  • 14:12 Dim Sum at Good Luck Chinese Restaurant
  • 20:00 Pith of Pop: Podcast Edition
  • 23:40 Blank Audio Postcard: Magic Island
  • 26:00 Inevitable Podcasting Talk

Here’s the Coral cache link, and here’s the local file.

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Hunting for Podsafe Hawaii Music

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

Navigating the world of music licensing is a nightmare. I’ve wanted to feature music by local artists since day one, but as podcasters everywhere know, filing this and signing that with ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and assorted other acronyms is both time and cost prohibitive.

Even though I’m just a hobbyist, family-den podcaster, I have to prove it… and I’m not ready to file incorporation papers and seek out 501(c)3 status for this. At least not yet.

Fortunately, like any town, Hawaii is full of independent artists and small, agile “labels” (though “labels” might be an overstatement of their scope), and they just might be as hungry for exposure as I am for great material. So I’m starting to put the word out to try and reach that solo guitarist who strums away at that corner bistro, or that high school band that plays weddings.

I might end up featuring “the next Green Day” from Hawaii instead of “the next Iz,” but I’m open to all flavors of music, and I’m pretty sure my handful of listeners would be too.

If you know anyone with an MP3 just itching to hit the podwaves (or whatever they’re calling it), drop me a line.

Podcasting in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Monday, March 7th, 2005

Podcasting: Individual audio programming becomes the latest internet craze, putting broadcasting ability in the hands of the many
Jason Genegabus, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Monday, March 7, 2005:

Maui resident Sunny Hills is one of the few islanders to have already made the jump into podcasting. Other notable local podcasts include Geeknewscentral.com‘s Todd Cochrane, Machelpmaui.com‘s Scott Waters and the Kailua boyfriend/girlfriend duo of Roxanne Darling and Shane Robinson. Online community advocate and Mililani resident Ryan Ozawa started podcasting from the Web site HawaiiUP.com last week.

Jason even quoted a line out of my first podcast. Nifty! Wish he’d talked to or quoted Todd — who I got to meet yesterday — though. With over 40 shows under his belt, he strikes me as the first local veteran of the medium.

PodcastAlley Revamps Voting

Sunday, March 6th, 2005

I get the feeling that PodcastAlley.com is becoming the 800-lb. gorilla of podcasting portals.

Sure, Adam Curry’s iPodder is largely where it all began, but it’s as much a site for the software as it is for information, and let’s face it, Manila is not the friendliest of interfaces. Podcast.net is also and oldie but goodie, but relatively plain. PodcastAlley.com looks good, makes it easy to find podcasts, and fosters a community with comments, forums, and voting… for better or worse. (more…)

HiUP #02 – Segmented

Friday, March 4th, 2005

Show number two, this one including our first podcast-savvy local musician. More great artists to come, too. This one’s got everything, from music to news, from kids to food, the wife returns with more on movies, and I take you to the beach.

Actually, the wind was pretty bad, so the beach is almost indistinguishable from static, but if you close your eyes and imagine real hard, I’m sure you can still feel the sand at your feet and the seaspray in your hair.

In this show:

  • 00:15 HawaiiUP Aloha
  • 01:25 HawaiiUP Headlines: Around Hawaii, Around The House
  • 07:25 Hawaiian Music and Podcasting
  • 10:00 “Island Days” by Pali from In Harmony
  • 14:12 Dim Sum at Good Luck Chinese Restaurant
  • 20:00 Pith of Pop: Podcast Edition
  • 23:40 Blank Audio Postcard: Magic Island
  • 26:00 Inevitable Podcasting Talk

Here’s the Coral cache link, and here’s the local file.

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HiUP #01 – Imua

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005

My first actual “show,” featuring two songs from Magnatune and a basic introduction to me and my ideas for HawaiiUP.

Thanks to a comment I got on my test run last week, I encoded at 64k (instead of 128k) to save space. The compression did create some artifacts, but I guess that’s par for the course. I’m still editing entirely in Audacity, but I switched out the crappy Radio Shack mic for an old powered Sony mic I had from my sappy, high-school mix-tape days.

I think the show didn’t turn out half bad, apart from the fact that I still sound like I’m holding my nose. If you can’t take my voice for extended periods of time, just jump to the music. It’s really quite good.

Track List:

  • “Om Asatoma Sad Gamaya” from “Silver” by Beth Quist
  • “Jade” from “Now and Zen” by Norine Braun

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