Posts Tagged ‘Radio’

“Pulling Back the Curtain”

Monday, January 10th, 2005

NPR’s On the Media recently had a show revealing some of the behind-the-scenes production magic that the network performs. The transcript is an interesting read — and there’s a link to the audio version as well (in RealAudio).


Thursday, September 16th, 2004

Wow! I just found a cool new website called “PublicRadioFan“. It lists tons of public radio station streams and allows one to see what is currently playing across a multitude of sites, search for upcoming shows, filter by stream types, and lots more. Combine it with streamripper, and you’d have something pretty close to TiVo for NPR. Definitely nifty.

When Zombies Attack

Friday, October 31st, 2003

An NPR news item tells you what to do when zombies attack. It’s a Talk of the Nation segment. It’s pretty silly — they’re acting so serious, like it is a normal segment.

You’ll need RealPlayer or Windows Media Player. (The link is brought to you by my friend Allea. Hi Allea!)

War of the Worlds

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

Tonight marks the 65th anniversary of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio broadcast based on the book by H. G. Wells. Many people thought it was the real thing, something the broadcast has been known for.

I actually heard the broadcast in my seventh grade social studies class in middle school, and I believe we heard it on this precise date, many years ago, in celebration of the anniversary.

You can read the text of the book, view the radio script, or check out the movie stats.

Free AAC?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2003

I have iTunes 4 on my Mac. With this new version, the AAC format was introduced, and the iTunes music store uses a protected version of the format. Once you get the latest Quicktime installed, then you can also rip CDs to unprotected AAC. It seems as though there is a free software project to encode and decode AAC. There is also an XMMS plugin which uses the previously linked library.

This is great, as I can listen to music which I purchased on my Linux boxes too. Woo-hoo.

Whatever you do though, don’t visit for the time being. The site has been recently redone and I really think you won’t like their new site design. It’s seizure-inducing. It’s atrocious. It’s probably the worst looking website on the Internet right now (or it should at least come close). Ouch.

Mister Rogers

Thursday, February 27th, 2003

I found out this morning the Mister Rogers of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood had just passed away.

I remember watching the show as a kid.

Closer to the present, I recently heard a segment on "This American Life" (one of the more popular PRI radio shows on NPR). They even have the episode archived so that you can listen to it through RealPlayer.

Speaking of Mister Rogers and NPR, "Morning Edition" did a segment today and has posted the transcript with a few related links on their website.

You can read more about Mister Rogers’ philosophy from

Also, if you happen to have kids who watch the show, be sure to read PBS Kids’ helpful hints for parents.

Humor: Reality TV spin-offs

Sunday, February 9th, 2003

As a result of a conversation with a friend last night, I came up with the idea of "Reality Radio", which would be a little like Reality TV. Of course, since radio does not have any moving pictures, there would be a play-by-play announcer, much like a sportscaster.

Another twist on the whole "Reality TV" genre would be "Raelity TV" where a group of people pretend to be a few misguided clones. There would then to be a group of contestants who can pinpoint the one person who is real and not an imposter "clone". Each episode would contain a scene where someone would be voted off the island for fun and prizes as the world watches through neatly edited footage of events. The way that this idea would differ from CNN is that it takes place on an island and people can "win a brand new car".