My first podcast

by Richard on June 30, 2005

It was only a matter of time, or so I’ve been told. I’ve finally given in to the temptation to have a go at podcasting. It’s a first go, completely unedited apart from a bit of noise removal. If I’d written it, it would have been rewritten before posting, but I didn’t. It’s just me and my iMac. I talk, it listens.

Now it’s done, it seems a bit too straightforward. Is there anything else I need to do apart from post the link here?

My first podcast

Update: There’s a higher quality (I hope!) version of the file here. At 1.2MB, it’s quite a bit bigger though.

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Selina 06.30.05 at 12:46 pm

Hey! Richard Hall - Thought for the Day - live on Connexions! Once I overcame the technical problem where you were sounding like a Dalek it was great!


Malc 06.30.05 at 12:52 pm

Listening to it right now…… now fussed with what you’re saying, sounds far too miserable, but the quality is just right for it to be funny…… hehehe!!!


Ivan the Crank 06.30.05 at 1:50 pm

Richard - you came through loud and clear. By the way, you didn’t find my Welsh cap on the train to or from London, did you? I bought it at the Welsh Life Center in Cardif the summer of 2002, wore it for a while, placed it on the overhead rack with our bags and never saw it again because I forgot to retrieve it when we got off the train in London. Much like those brief relationships that are all too soon over, I do miss my hat. I purchased another in Stratford Upon Avon, but it is English Wool, not Welsh and simply a good substitute, but not the same as the original, which was Welsh wool and somehow tied me to my roots there in Wales. I still mourn its loss! But, no matter what hat I wear, what people I am in contact with at any given time, what connexions I am able to make, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is always here, ready to pick up where we left off.

In other words, I got what you were saying and it was good to hear your voice! Podcast on! Ivan


Richard 06.30.05 at 2:06 pm

Sadly, there was no sign of your cap on either of the trains I took, Ivan. Maybe Father Christmas will be able to sort you something out…

I’m glad I didn’t come out sounding like a dalek in Florida. I did cut down the filesize, but at my end the sound quality was just the right side of acceptable I thought. Maybe it’s those library computers Malc?


Malc 06.30.05 at 2:15 pm

Actually, it was the “being able to listen to you” on the computer that I found so funny. That and because you were obviously taking care so it was all clear, it made you seem that much slower than normal.


Richard 06.30.05 at 2:24 pm

Aaah - I must have had my pulpit head on!


Randy 06.30.05 at 3:29 pm

A treasure, Richard!

Having heard your voice, I feel as if I know you better. For some reason, I had expected a more English accent. No, not for some reason, for no reason at all. The one you have is so much more melodic to my Scottish disaporic ears. Do you speak Welsh Gaelic? If so, I would love for you to put some in a podcast.

My only travel abroad has been a fortnight in Scotland. Whenever I hear an accent even faintly Hibernean, I long to return. I had one of those chance encounters you spoke of with a Scotsman on a plane week before last. He was in my seat by accident, and when he apologized profusely in a rich Scots lilt. I’m sure my face lit up as I stared at him, speechless. He probably thought I was a little off.

Anyway, thanks for the podcast. The content was excellent and thought-provoking. The package in which it was wrapped brought great joy. God bless.


Richard 06.30.05 at 4:00 pm

Thanks for your kindness, Randy. My accent is English — South Yorkshire tempered by years of not having lived there. When I was growing up, accents were very localized with very large differences between neighbouring villages. I’m not sure if that is still the case. I don’t speak Welsh other than a very few words. Strictly, Welsh is Brythonic not Gaelic - related to Breton and Cornish. Don’t ask me to explain further — that’s as much as I know!


Bene Diction 07.01.05 at 6:38 pm

Are there rules for how a podcast should sound?

It is you, preacher head and all. I liked it very much.
Excellent for a first time I think. Good for you taking a plunge.


Joel 07.02.05 at 4:01 am

I haven’t accomplished my first podcast, but if anyone wants to know what my accent sounds like just think of a cross between Bob Dole and Bill Clinton. For those who don’t follow American politics, Bob Dole was the ‘96 Republican presidential nominee and has a pretty much Kansas plains accent I believe almost everyone in the world knows who Bill Clinton is and I have a bit of that kind of drawl.


Swan 07.02.05 at 4:03 am

Hm, I get a strange echo that makes it almost impossible to understand. Oh, well.


Joel 07.02.05 at 5:06 am


I got that, too. I wasn’t sure if it was just my player.


Richard 07.02.05 at 7:43 am

That’s disappointing - I thought an mp3 would sound the same on any platform. Can anyone shed any light on what the problem might be?


Joel 07.02.05 at 11:02 pm

Much, much better! Excellent, really. The second version comes through very clearly. Thanks, Richard, for trying again.


Richard 07.02.05 at 11:16 pm

Thanks for that Joel - I’ll perhaps try another next week.


Swan 07.08.05 at 2:27 pm

Yes, the second version is great. Didn’t take long to download at all, even accross the ocean ;-)

Great stuff, the way I often think about this is that as long as the little contact I had with these people was positive in some way it’s ok. God will send them other people for other steps of their journey. Praying to God about that if the contact seemed important, even if it was for just an eye contact, even helps me to remember that God is always there.

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