spoken word

NYT: Webcasters helping fuel "revival of a relationship between tennis and radio"

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 1:10pm

TennisRadio coverage of tennis matches -- that experience of "listening to the sound of balls being struck, spectators applauding, and an announcer’s description" -- flourished in the 1930s, writes the New York Times. But it "was nearly a lost experience before the advent of the Internet."

Now though, "a growing number of radio-style webcasts have begun appearing around the four major international championships, the Australian, French and United States Opens and Wimbledon."

That includes RadioTennis.com's Ken Thomas, who streams play-by-play coverage of tennis matches to perhaps more than 1,500 listeners online.

"I try to paint a visual picture of the match and its surroundings for the listener," Thomas told the NYT. "I want the listener to feel as if they’re sitting next to me having a beer and sharing a good time."

You can read the New York Times' profile of Thomas and the "revival of a relationship between tennis and radio" right here.

Espinosa: SoundCloud a valuable tool for spoken word content, not just music

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 12:50pm

Manolo EspinosaWeb service SoundCloud is aiming to be the "YouTube of audio" and for most users who have come across the service, that means music. But SoundCloud Head of Audio Manolo Espinosa (and RAIN Summit Dallas panelist, more here) sees potential in spoken word content too.

For example, there's opportunities for journalists. And not just radio folks used to dealing in audio content. Espinosa points to Supreme Court coverage as being primarily audio and "encourages journalists to use SoundCloud like they use Twitter, to broadcast stray thoughts or to include interview clips or other sound content left on the cutting-room floor."

Beyond SoundCloud's usefulness for broadcasters and other journalists, Espinosa hopes to convince "audiences that sharing and preserving sound is as worthy an endeavor for everyday people as it is for musicians, podcasters and radio stations," writes Fast Company (here).

Manolo Espinosa will join us for RAIN Summit Dallas in September, speaking on the "Social Radio" panel alongside Triton Digital's Jim Kerr and Jelli's Mike Doughterty. You can find out more about the Summit and register to attend here.

SoundCloud courts public radio in effort to be "YouTube for audio"

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 12:45pm

"As part of its effort to 'unmute the web,' SoundCloud is courting radio news professionals, podcasters, and indie storytellers," reports the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard. "A year-old team of about a half-dozen people is focused on spoken-word content. The company just hired Jim Colgan, formerly a producer and digital experimenter for WNYC public radio, to manage partnerships with audio providers."

SoundCloud gives music and spoken word creators an easy way to publish and share their audio online. Its efforts can be seen as an attempt to rectify the "neglect" of sound on the web and establish a standard to make it easy to share audio, the way YouTube did for online video: by providing free hosting, an easy-to-embed player, and by building a huge community of users and creators.

"SoundCloud, of course, wants to be that standard. Think of it as an aspiring YouTube for public radio," suggests NJL.

Boston’s WBUR and the WGBH program "The World," L.A.-based KPCC and KCRW, North Carolina’s WUNC, St. Louis Public Radio, CNN Radio, and "99% Invisible" are traditional radio outlets or productions that are now actively uploading to SoundCloud.

Read more in Nieman Journalism Lab here.

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