This weekend–February 4-5–features the 776th episode of The Ongoing History of New Music, the radio documentary that began in February 1993. Since podcasting really started becoming a theme in the middle 00’s, people have been asking “Why don’t you podcast the show?” The answer was always the same: We can’t. There are too many issues and costs involved when it comes to including the music in the show.
“Well, then,” came the response, “what if you were to podcast the show without the music? Okay, so that wouldn’t work with all episodes and topics, but at least we’d still get all the stories. Better than nothing, right?”
When I floated the idea to other people, virtually everyone agreed that it would be a good idea to at least try this approach. So we are.
I’ll spare you the details of the preparation and execution required on the back end, but suffice it to say that we’ve cracked this in a way that will allow us to scale the release of OH podcasts indefinitely. We’re going to experiment with a variety of podcast ideas, some that will be obvious and others that will be invisible. We’ll make mistakes and we’re hoping that you will let us know what they are. And if you enjoy what you hear, please tell your friends. The more input we get, the better we can make this project.
The first-ever official Ongoing History of New Music podcast is part one of the three-parter called “The Rise and Fall and Rise of blink-182.” Links and playlists will be posted on the show summary pages on my website (here’s an example) and will come in the days after the original radio broadcast. If enough people subscribe to the podcasts, we’ll throw more resources at the project to convert as many archive shows to podcasts as makes sense.