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Howard Stern Is Dead Wrong About Podcasts

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    I know that Howard Stern is the king of saying inflammatory stuff to get people all riled up and to always shift the focus in his direction, either in a good or bad way. Doesn't matter right? Both ways get ratings. Knowing this, I'm confused and really annoyed with his attitude toward podcast radio. He says "podcasts are for losers", and has gone on several rants on his own show about how ridiculous and juvenile it is to think that podcasting is 'real radio'.

    As if internet radio isn't something that millions of people listen to everyday. As if there aren't several examples of successful people running very entertaining and very popular podcasts, all over itunes. Careers have been made and expanded greatly through podcasts like 'The Joe Rogan Experience' (my personal favorite), or Dan Carlin's 'Hardcore History' or 'Common Sense' (2 I can't recommend enough). Then you have WNYC's Radiolab, and a whole long list of awesome NPR radio podcasts as well.

    How can anyone honestly argue that a medium that's virtually free to put out there, that legitimately does make money through adverts, that allows like-minded people or fans to tune into a person's show (where a terrestrial radio might not ever carry their voice).. you really think there is no value in that? Rogan's podcast gets MILLIONS of downloads every month, hundreds of thousands a week. How does that not add value to 'radio'? Does that make him a 'loser' because he didn't go through all the confining hoops of the traditional (and now mostly outdated) local radio beat?

    I gotta think that Stern is trolling by making these comments. Hard to believe he thinks that radio shouldn't ever evolve, when he played such a huge role in it's evolution.

    Here's a clip on him talking about it. (It is from his show, so it's not PG rated..)--

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    NeoLogic Wrote: I gotta think that Stern is trolling by making these comments. Hard to believe he thinks that radio shouldn't ever evolve, when he played such a huge role in it's evolution.
    Yea, I have a feeling he's just a little jaded that he's not as popular as he once was. I think podcasts are the wave of the future because you can choose when to listen to them and not have to worry about catching a show at a specific time. I almost exclusively listen to podcasts now and even play them the car when I'm driving. .I honestly can't think of the last time I've actually listened to live radio.

    Howard Stern was a huge influence in the 90's and early 2000's, but I think his time as king of radio has come and gone. Podcasts aren't going anywhere and I have a feeling they are only going to expand as time goes on. There's not much better than being in control of what you listen to and when you listen to it.
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    I've never been a big fan of Howard Stern and haven't listened to his show in many years. I don't understand how he can be so upset about Podcasts becoming so popular other than maybe being upset that satellite radio isn't nearly as popular as it initially was. Satellite isn't going anywhere anytime soon, but I also don't 'see it expanding much more. Why pay for something when you can get entertainment that's just as good, if not better, for free?
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    He just doesn't realize that podcasting can be at the very least a great accompanying tool for stand-ups, news media, sports shows, and a whole host of other 'channels'. Or maybe he just refuses to realize that because he just doesn't want to do a podcast (old man syndrome), which really is a shame.

    If he were to embrace the technology, he could widen his audience. He could either charge, or get tons of ad money per show as well. I would download and listen to his show, if he were to. And it wouldn't take him much time or effort at all. All you have to do is record your show, and upload the RSS feed.