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: