I download a lot of podcasts, but may not listen to (or watch) a specific episode until weeks, or even months, after publication. It all depends on my mood, available time, what else is going on in life.
I actually listen to more Radio New Zealand now than I have for years, thanks to the podcasts they make available. In particular I pick up on the technology and science slots over the daytime shows on National Radio.
And so, yesterday morning I finally caught up on Colin Jackson talking about the submarine cables that bring the Internet to New Zealand. When Colin mentioned some background reading I headed over to the programme page to check out the show notes for the relevant links. Unfortunately the interview was broadcast on 7 June, and the show notes disappear after 7 days: the links were gone!
Well, that’s just silly. A useful resource like that deserves to last longer than a week, so I emailed Colin and the show with some polite comments and constructive suggestions.
To cut a long story short, before the day was over a new page of Colin Jackson technology links had appeared on the RadioNZ website. Yay, Radio NZ: making your listeners happy!
While that’s a great solution for that single slot, and helps me out with an immediate problem, I think Radio NZ could do better. For example, they could:
- sign up to Del.icio.us and add bookmarks for all links they mention on any programme, suitably tagged, of course.
- create a blog to which they would add any show notes and links, using categories and a date archive.
- add more comprehensive information, with links if they exist, to the iTunes podcasts. Currently each item has a one-line description, if that.
I made these suggestions during my correspondence with Radio NZ. I really hope they pick up some or all of them.