Why I’m on radio instead of just podcasting


By Michael W. Dean, Freedom Feens radio show

I get asked this a lot. Podcasting is much easier, and has far fewer rules of what you can say. And to do radio right, you have to introduce the show at the top and bottom of each segment, which sounds odd on the podcast archives to people who aren’t used to talk radio and only listen to podcasts.

Yet despite all this, I worked very hard to be on radio, and continue to work hard to add more stations.

There are a lot of reasons I do this. The first three are the most important:

–To reach new people we’d never reach otherwise. Internet podcasting is kind of an echo chamber. People tend to find things they’re actively looking for. Whereas, voluntaryist talk media on commercial conservative radio stations is an anomaly (other than us and Free Talk Live). Radio listeners are NOT looking for something like this, but get to come across it anyway.

We’re still on the Internet too, both streaming live and as podcast archives, to reach the rest of the world where we’re not on radio. And I don’t edit out the intro and outro for each segment on the podcast archives, because I like it. Though I do edit out the four or five minutes of radio ads out each break and just put in 60 or 90 seconds of our ads each break.

–The Freedom Feens is a liberty media teaching hospital … helping others learn to do live spoken media well to a show clock, which is a format that will still exist long after radio is gone. Doing that on actual radio is much better training than doing it on the Internet only, even if we did it with a show clock on the Internet. It’s more real, and the stakes are higher, which forces people to “sink or swim.”

–Terrestrial radio (especially our satellite uplink) has the remote possibility of eventually contacting intelligent life on other planets. There is a possibly habitable planet 4.3 light years away from Earth in the Alpha Centauri region.

These are my other reasons:

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An Introduction to Dynamics, plus review and setup of the DBX 1066 Dual Compressor-Limiter-Gate

By Michael W. Dean
Freedom Feens radio host, writer, Creamy Radio Audio
Genesis Communications Network

Originally published in Talkers Magazine.

Figure 1 - DBX 1066 Dual Compressor Limiter Gate

Dynamics is the range of volume in audio program material, from quietest to loudest.

A good signal for talk radio has fairly limited dynamics; the quiet parts aren’t too quiet, and the loud parts aren’t too loud.

This “middle of the road” volume range is the best possible combination for the technical limitations of radio transmission, the varying systems people use to listen to talk radio, the divergent environments in which people listen to talk radio (like driving in the car with kids in the back seat, or outdoors on a job site), and the variety of preferences of different talk radio listeners.

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The Freedom Feens Guide to Podcasting and Radio

Also see my other video, “Definitive Guide to Setting Up WordPress and PodPress for a Podcast

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Audio-Technica AT2005USB mic

Mic stand.

Foam windscreens
Audacity (free recording and editing software)
MP3 Plugin For Audacity (needed to import and export MP3s)

MP3 Skype Recorder

Headphones if you don’t have any.

FeenPhone: http://feenphone.com/

Thank you: Davi Barker, Sean DuVally, Nikki Darling, Derrick Slopey, Lousander Feen, and all Large-F and small-f freedom feens.

People who gave feedback on the rough cut:
Jim Jesus, Ben Stone, Christian H. Seger, J. P. Briody, Jeff Lentz, Mike Cuneo, Randy England, Rod Ancap, Sean DuVally, Bill Buppert, Joel Nowak, Nick Hazelton

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Cat proofing for rack mount

cat proofing for rack mount

I just got this inexpensive unit to keep cats from chewing on the knobs and changing the settings the once I got a setting I liked:

You can still see the meters and lights, but the knobs and buttons won’t get accidentally (or intentionally) changed.

I used bread twist ties to put it on. For kids (who seem to love to twiddle knobs), I’d recommend bolts. lol.

-Michael W. Dean