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Archive for July, 2005

HiUP #19 – John Juan Keoki

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

Show nineteen brings a double-bill in the music department. In addition to an update on the boys, my wife confesses her love of cheesy 80s movies, and I dig into the HawaiiUP mailbag (or inbox).

In this show:

  • 00:50 HawaiiUP Menu
  • 01:07 HawaiiUP Headlines:
    The Akaka Bill, Talia Williams, Aiona v. Beer, Molokai Gas Crunch, Best Buy Opens in Hawaii
  • 11:23 “Me and You” by Kristen Nakasone
  • 15:30 The Pith of Pop: The Podcast Edition
  • 23:10 HawaiiUP Listener Mail
  • 27:45 “Juan and Keoki” by John Keawe

Special thanks to Akamai Brain Collective for providing our theme song. To download this episode, click the “Pod” icon below to get it via Coral cache, or cut-and-paste the following URL to grab the local file:

http://www.hawaiiup.com/wp-content/hawaiiup20050730.mp3

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HiUP #18 – Obachan

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Show eighteen documents an unforgettable couple of weeks in the HawaiiUP household. I talk about the passing of my grandmother and share the scene at her Buddhist funeral on Tuesday. Then I try to lighten the mood with a playful tune from a local rockabilly band. Jen tells us about how she’s been profiled by our TiVo. And I close with some Hawaii podcasting news. This is the first show assembled on a Mac (a 2Ghz 17″ iMac G5, to be exact), so please forgive any weird audio artifacts and other glitches as I get used to the new system.

In this show:

Special thanks to Akamai Brain Collective for providing our theme song. To download this episode, click the “Pod” icon below to get it via Coral cache, or cut-and-paste the following URL to grab the local file:

http://www.hawaiiup.com/wp-content/hawaiiup20050722.mp3

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Indie Podcasters Represent!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Fellow island podcaster Peter Kay of VoteHawaii.com recently launched TownPodcast.com, a commercial service that will aggregate podcast content regionally — starting in Hawaii, of course. The ever-hip Erika Engle at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin wrote a piece today announcing Peter’s deal with the local Clear Channel folks, which is putting KHVH’s Mike Buck and Rick Hamada shows, as well as its “Community Matters” program, online.

Erika asked yours truly to chime in with an “independent podcaster” point of view, and managed to fit in a couple of quotes. I’m not as down on terrestrial radio as you might think from the piece (hence the “Kool-Aid” line!), and frankly, there’s no doubt big business will dominate the podcasting scene. Just look at the top podcasts in iTunes’ podcast directory.

Or, for that matter, look at how podcasters became “indie podcasters” (as opposed to, I guess, “real podcasters”?) overnight.

Preempted

Friday, July 15th, 2005

HawaiiUP will not be heard this week because of:

  • a. A death in the family.
  • b. Technical difficulties (Windows sucks!).
  • c. Illness (and my wife lost her voice!).
  • d. All of the above.

I’m probably more bummed about it than anyone. While you’re waiting, be sure to check out my friend Mitchell’s new podcast, The Literate Loser, as well as Michelle’s special “Harry Potter: The Half-Blood Prince” show, PotterCast. Clearly, it’s a good week to be a book-loving podcast listener.

HiUP #17 – Fires and Fifty States

Saturday, July 9th, 2005

Technical difficulties bump show seventeen back a day, but the wait is worth it. This week’s headlines range from golf to gubernatorial shenanigans, and I share my little link to the London bombings. A tropical tune leads into my weekly wife chat (complete with baby blooper), and then I introduce you to a man on an amazing musical mission. More podcasting notes close out the show.

In this show:

Special thanks to Akamai Brain Collective for providing our theme song. To download this episode, click the “Pod” icon below to get it via Coral cache, or cut-and-paste the following URL to grab the local file:

http://www.hawaiiup.com/wp-content/hawaiiup20050709.mp3

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Near The Bottom

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

Woo! HawaiiUP warranted a mention in a MarketWatch commentary on iTunes podcasting debut. Frank Barnako notes:

After three days, the Apple Computer iTunes Music Store has found podcasts produced by bloggers and Web publishers are holding their own in competition with those from commercial or public broadcasters. By my count Friday morning, 47 of the most subscribed or downloaded podcasts were produced by independents… Near the bottom of the list of the most popular 100 programs are niche efforts such as… “HawaiiUp,” described as “Podcasting in paradise. News, views, music and food.”

Number 90 today and dropping like a stone. But what a ride it was!

HiUP #16 – Baghdad Bento

Friday, July 1st, 2005

After a week off, show number sixteen starts as another “car cast,” with a staggering twenty minutes of yammering by yours truly. Of course I touch on iTunes, and I also tackle the tangled mess that is our state’s transit tax debate. Once again, only one song makes it into the mix, and I close with some shout-outs and plugs for local podcasting events. Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!

In this show:

Special thanks to Akamai Brain Collective for providing our theme song. To download this episode, click the “Pod” icon below to get it via Coral cache, or cut-and-paste the following URL to grab the local file:

http://www.hawaiiup.com/wp-content/hawaiiup20050701.mp3

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The iTunes Effect

Friday, July 1st, 2005

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The release of Apple’s iTunes 4.9 has shaken things up in Podcastland. HawaiiUP was fortunate enough to nab a listing in their Podcast Directory. Traffic hit an all-time high for HawaiiUP, and for hundreds of other podcasters.

There are a few things that iTunes does that annoys me, but for a first effort by Apple and as a program for people completely new to podcasting, it isn’t half bad. And suddenly having one’s potential audience grow by several million is amazing. Even if established media and Adam Curry’s network dominate most of the iTunes gateway, a rising tide lifts all boats, as they say.

And while I sincerely doubt this can possibly be true, HawaiiUP has even appeared in iTunes “Top Podcasts” list of the top 100 shows, at #81 as of this post (#65 on July 2). I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

If you haven’t tried iTunes, now’s the perfect time. And if you’ve already got it installed, click here to go straight to the HawaiiUP page, and subscribe today!