jkOnTheRun Podcast?


I have been kicking around the notion of starting a jkOnTheRun Podcast with my good buddy Kevin Tofel and we are trying to come up with a format that listeners will find useful.  No point in making one just to make one, and unfortunately if you have listened to very many Podcasts you know that some of them sound like just that.  The Podcast would be about mobile technology, computer software, and just about anything else that listeners might find interesting.  It seems appropriate that since a Podcast is really for the listeners and not the ‘casters that it would be a good idea to solicit feedback on what you would like to hear. 

There are many ways this could play out (pun intended) so chime in with any ideas you have.  A lot of Podcasts do current topics in the tech world and give little snippets of information about each one, kind of like an audio blog.  This could be a viable format but we could also do more in-depth analysis about gadgets or software that are in the news.  You tell us what you would most like to hear.  We can also answer questions called in via Skype.  The sky’s the limit.  We’d also like to hear how long a show you think is just right.  Some Podcasts run an hour, some a half hour, etc.  What do you have time to listen to?

So drop a comment and tell us what you think.  Are you even interested in a jkOTR Podcast?  We’re completely open to your suggestions.  Also, if anyone would like to contribute some non-RIAA background music drop me an email.  And of course, anyone who would like to sponsor a jkOTR Podcast should also get in contact with me.  We’re waiting to hear from you.


Mike Cane

I don’t mind a short music theme. But if he uses “It’s a Small World After All,” I will have to kill him. Ha!

James Corbett

I think you could do a great podcast JK and would be a listener for sure. All I ask is that you keep it tune size (4 or 5 minutes) and don’t play any music!

Seriously, my two pet peeves with podcasts are-

(a) Length. Podcasting isn’t radio. You don’t need to produce a ‘show’.

(b) Music. Podcasters aren’t DJs and I’ve no interest what so ever in their musical tastes. Bloggers don’t talk about their favourite tunes in every post so why add them do their podcasts? Is the spoken word so hard to listen to that it needs to be cushioned with music? I don’t think so!

Looking forward to your podcast JK.

Mike Cane

That’s sort of true too. For audio, I have to give it all my attention or I wander…

Mike Cane

Please, no more than 25-30 minutes! For one, I listen on my Palm TE and have limited SD space. For two, so far I’ve been very disappointed with pcasts I’ve heard. The Time vs Information ratio is just well below that of reading a site. For audio, I prefer to listen to Old Time Radio MP3s.


Good idea re: regular users. The whole focus could be real world application by real people. Maybe even a “geek of the week” (TM). :)


Skpe Answering Machine is a great program and other podcasts add recorded comments from users to their shows. I just thought if you could have some (prerecorded) conversation or discussions with regular users it would really build your community and do something that no one else is doing at the moment. Something like a TechTV “Call for help” for gadgets but in a podcast format.

I really like your idea about the two perspectives and how to use devices in real life.


Thanks for the ideas so far. Lone, the call in wouldn’t have to be live- listeners could call in and we’d use the Skype Answering Machine to record it for inclusion on the show. That way we’d avoid the time problems. One of the things Kevin and I are hashing around is taking a program of interest and both put it through our very different paces and then talk about the experience. Real life, like you mentioned. That way listeners get two perspectives instead of just one.


I already listen to the Engadget and Geeknewscentral podcasts that last around 30-50mins, which is perfect for my commute time in the car. So depending on content availability I suggest you aim around that time.

It would be nice to have a podcast that was not just an audio round up of the latest gadget news. So a slightly different format would put your podcast on the map and stand out from others. A “Q&A” podcast with users who have called in via Skype would be very cool, but scheduling problems with different time zones could be a challenge. Maybe that type of show format could just be a once a week podcast. Maybe a Monday podcast so you have all weekend to schedule and record the Skype calls for the show.

One thing I like about the Channel 9 videos is they seem to talk about how you can use technology/hardware/software and not just how it works technically. The Microsoft Technet roadshows that I have been to now talk more about real life scenarios and not just technical details, so a podcast with information about how to use our gadgets more productively would be useful. Well to me anyway.

Jon Napier

Go for it jk, I’d certainly listen in. I reckon 30-40mins is about the right length

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