Podcasting and RSS at PBA Online
WABE is offering Podcasts and RSS feeds of our local news and feature reports as well as Between the Lines, our award-winning book show.
Podcasting is the latest development in the rapidly growing field of portability. Podcasting allows radio listeners to choose the exact time they want to listen to a program. Basically, it allows you to have what you want, when you want.
A podcast is a MP3 audio file that can be automatically downloaded to your personal computer and in turn transferred to an iPod or other MP3 player. In order to do this, a podcasting application like iTunes is used to “add” a podcast. The program checks the site regularly and starts a download whenever it finds a new MP3 file.
RSS (“Really Simple Syndication”) is just a new way for websites to distribute their content. An RSS feed is simply a file containing summaries of stories and news as they are updated throughout the day. When you subscribe to an RSS feed, that content is automatically delivered directly to your computer whenever it is updated, without your even visiting the website. It keeps you current, and it keeps you in control: you decide what content you want to receive!
There are many RSS readers to choose from. You might want to check out PC World’s comparison of 18 major RSS news readers to help you find one. Mac users can also use their web browser, Safari 2.0, as an RSS reader.
Want to create your own podcast?
The basic requirements for podcasting are a computer, podcasting software (see list below) and an Internet connection. To take your podcast with you, an iPod or any MP3 player is needed. To begin, download and install podcasting software onto your computer (PC or Mac). Though every application is different, there are generally directions to “add” a podcast feed (usually just as simple as copying and pasting the podcast URL, which are found below, into your podcasting application). The next time you “Check for New Podcasts”, an MP3 of your selected WABE program will be on your computer, and if you’re set up for it, on your iPod or MP3 player as well.