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.