Podcasts Stream From Charlottesville

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

October 16, 2005

If you've ever dreamed of having your own radio show--that dream may now be a reality and you don't need hundreds of thousands of dollars either. One Charlottesville man is making that dream a reality.

Sean Tubbs worked in public radio for ten years--but now, because of new technology, he can do the same thing, only this time produce his own shows.

"It's a way for anybody who has an interest in creating an audio or a television program to simply produce it for themselves and control how they distribute it," said Tubbs.

It's called podcasting. Not a lot of people know about it because the idea has only been around for about a year.

"I know that basically you subscribe to different stations and different mixes, depending on what your tastes are," said UVa student John Jackson who owns an iPod.

Podcasting allows people to publish audio programs on the internet that people subscribe to. They can download it on the computer or straight to their iPod.

Sure you can listen to your favorite tunes, but you can download local events like the latest in the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors election.

The most recent debate is on Tubbs website: www.cvillepodcast.com, which is geared towards Charlottesville's local events.

"What it means for democracy is essentially...informing people where people stand on issues," said Tubbs.

This way anyone and everyone has a voice--a voice which he hopes will speak the truth.

"In a small town like Charlottesville you're going to have to need accountability. We are a small town. We all know each other," said Tubbs.

The great thing about podcasts are that they can go with you anywhere on your iPod. Apple just unveiled it's latest version, which streams video--meaning that the next generation of podcasts may have pictures to go along with them.

Podcasts are sometimes referred to as audio blogs as they get easier for the average person to do.

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