MyMacGuys Podcast Turns 30

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Podcast Pioneers, "MyMacGuys" celebrate 30 Show milestone and reflect on how far they have come, and how podcasting has changed in just one year.

After over a year of podcasting and experiencing the ups and downs of producing a show on a subject, I have realized a few things. Mainly, how hard it is to maintain a thought provoking, fun, up to date radio show on any subject.

One year after starting the top-rated “MyMacGuys Podcast” from their Los Angeles based garage, creators and co-hosts Henry Cline and Chris Ragazzo have hit the milestone of having produced 30 shows. “I equate this to thirty years in television,” explained Ragazzo. “I’m not sure of the conversion factor, but it’s a combination of dog years and television years, which in my mind, adds up to the equivalent of thirty years.” This tongue-in-cheek calculation is the type of thing that fires up the more cerebral of the duo, Hank, who had the following to say about the thirtieth show. “After over a year of podcasting and experiencing the ups and downs of producing a show on a subject, I have realized a few things. Mainly, how hard it is to maintain a thought provoking, fun, up to date radio show on any subject.”

The concept of the show has always been very simple: an entertaining discussion of all things Macintosh. Out of this were born the first 30 shows whose topics range from Kids and the Mac to the Grateful Dead. What is the connection between the two? “There is none,” quipped Mr.Ragazzo, “and that is what the fans seem to respond to. We’re not about being slick or formal. If we bump a microphone, we make fun of it. It’s the raw quality that reminds the listener that we’re just a couple of guys just like them, who also have a passion for this thing called a Mac.”

Hank sums up the success of their independent-minded podcast in his own words. “I think there will always a marketplace for independents. The whole paradigm of internet/radio/music/tv/film delivery is going through a massive shift. It started with music and was propelled by iTunes Music Store, that now we are seeing in TV and online direct video distribution. The problem is the old school thinking that runs most of the industry. Studios, record labels and networks are the last to take hold of new technology. They want to be involved, but when you have a hundred years of doing things one way, it takes a while before you can really change your methodology. It is no wonder that Apple is only 30 years old.”

Ragazzo reflects on their recent appearance at The Macworld Conference in San Francisco. “The idea that we would be broadcasting live from the conference floor was a fantasy a year ago. Just as strange, is getting a call from the Macworld organizers inviting us to appear. How the hell did they hear of us? On the other hand, it proves that size doesn’t matter. If a tiny project like MyMacGuys Podcast can reach out to hundreds, it can easily reach out to millions. It all comes back to content. Just because you have the technology to broadcast, it doesn’t change the basic fact that you still have to offer a product or service that people want to hear, or in the case of iTunes Video, want to see and hear.”

Show 30 also marks another milestone for the pair. The Enhanced Content podcast. Utilizing the latest version of Apple’s Garageband, the team now offers graphics along with the podcast, available to view directly in an iTunes viewer window, or, if you splurged, on your video-capable iPod.

The pair plans to continue delivering new episodes of “MyMacGuys Podcast” in between their day jobs in the film and television industry. Hank continues to work as a feature-film Camera Operator, while Chris continues to work as a writer/director in Los Angeles and New York.

“I look forward to working with my friend and Mac-colleague, Hank. I couldn’t ask for a finer partner,” concluded Ragazzo.

February 2006 is Podcast Month at PRWeb. This press release distributed by PRWeb, the Online Visibility Company.

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