November 10, 2011

Open-Mic and Podcast Decisions...

It's no secret that I am MASSIVELY behind on getting podcast episodes done. No excuses, I just haven't had enough time to keep up with everything, and work on the podcasts has been the thing that has fallen by the wayside. However, with over a two-year backlog of recorded shows, I've been thinking about the future of the podcast series. I've reached some decisions:

The Vending Machine event on November 19th and the Saturday Night With The Poet's Haven event on December 17th will be the FINAL shows where the open-mic is recorded for podcasting.

We will continue to record the feature performances at the Saturday Night With The Poet's Haven shows and any of our other events that use the same format (IE: Vending Machine).

The "Saturday Night With The Poet's Haven" podcast series will end when the open-mic recording backlog is finished.

The remaining "Saturday Night With..." podcasts will not include feature performances, they will consist entirely of open-mic performances.

A new podcast series will be introduced, the exact title of which is yet to be determined. (I'm thinking of simply calling it "Poet's Haven Live," though that may imply they are live broadcasts rather than edited and cleaned up recordings.) This new series will consist of feature performances from the live Poet's Haven events. Episodes with featured musicians will include a complete set rather than just one song per episode. The new series will be released at a higher bitrate than the current series, resulting in better sound quality. (We're talking 128 or 156 kbps as opposed to the current 80. It won't be CD quality, but it'll sound a lot better playing through the headphones you use with your iPod.)

While time will still be an issue in getting new episodes done, these changes will at least slow down the rate at which the backlog is growing.

Thanks for your continued support, and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Vending Machine event on the 19th!

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