CBC Radio Offers Archived Shows via PODCASTING

CBC Radio Offers Archived Shows via PODCASTING

by Gregory West

Remember the “old” days when people gathered around the radio to listen to a favourite show? In today’s world we are just too busy: we lack the time; most of us live such fast paced lives that we hardly have time to skim over a newspaper let alone listen to a radio show.

How often have you missed your favourite CBC radio show as something always seems to interfere at that same time. ”No more; never again,” you must declare aloud! Now introducing: CBC Podcasts. You will never look back to the old ways again.

Simply put, a podcast is a recorded broadcast. This broadcast (podcast) is downloaded from the Internet (CBC website) so you can play the show on your computer, just like you would record a show on a cassette tape and play it on your cassette player.

Podcasts are downloaded onto an MP3 player (a small device that plays back a podcast or music downloaded from the Internet) or an iPod. You then can listen to the podcasts while you head out for a walk or workout in the gym. It is a great way to catch up on missed shows; live radio shows you did not have the chance to hear. You can also listen to audio books with these devices.

Web surfers are downloading and listening to podcasts. According to Pew/Internet, the use of Podcasts is on the rise. They state that one in five Internet users are regularly downloading and listening to Podcasts.

No more worrying about what time a show is airing. With podcasts we can listen to our favourite radio shows at our will; not the radio station’s. The best way to download Podcasts to your computer is to use iTunes. This program works on both PC and Mac computers and is easy to use.

To download iTunes, go to http://www.apple.com/itunes/  For more information on iTunes and how to download Podcasts go to this website: http://tinyurl.com/57wbxo. Yes you can use iTunes on Windows XP or Vista.

CBC offers instructions and freely points out how to get their weekly podcasts delivered to your computer: http://tinyurl.com/6ncueq

When you go to the CBC you will see they make it really easy to get their archived radio programs: “You’ll find the best of our popular national Radio One shows, CBC TV’s The Hour, regional podcast magazines, exclusive musical talent from Radio 3 and special podcast-only features. Discover programming that piques your curiosity, feeds your brain and sparks your emotions!” (cbc.ca)

Listen to your favourite CBC radio programs, of today and yesterday. Here is a small sample of CBC shows you can download for free:

Radio 2: Beethoven Nine in 9
Between the Covers
Radio 2: Canada Live
Comedy Factory
The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers
Q: The Podcast
Radio 3 Super Feed – CBC Radio 3 “devotes itself entirely to new  Canadian music.”
The Sunday Edition – “A podcast with host Michael Enright”
The Best of As It Happens
Cross Country Checkup – “Rex Murphy presides over a lively discussion on an issue
    of national interest or importance”
Vinyl Cafe Stories – A show you will never miss again. When you are ready, listen to “stories and misadventures of Dave, the owner of the “Vinyl Cafe”, the world’s smallest record store, where the motto is “We may not be big, but we’re small.””

For a complete listing of all CBC past shows (podcasts) go to this website:
http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/pastpodcasts.html Before you jump right in and start downloading podcasts, you may want to view a short video that explains podcasts in plain old fashion English without the tech talk. Go to this website for the video:

Stop missing out, or putting your life on hold while waiting for a CBC radio show…Now you can listen to CBC shows at your convenience, pause or rewind the shows as you play them, and even save them on CDs to play in the car. What more could you ask for?

You had to ask eh? Here are more stations with podcasts to keep you busy…

Sarnia FOX FM Podcasts: http://www.fox.com.au/listen
Obama’s Weekly Podcast Address: http://tinyurl.com/5qmyxp
Global TV Podcasts: http://tinyurl.com/6f42xk
CityTV Podcasts: http://tinyurl.com/6x9soc
CNN Podcasts: http://www.cnn.com/services/podcasting/
Search in google.com: Enter the name of a show followed by the word: podcast.

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Gregory West can be reached at editor@scug.ca. Gregory is the Editor for the Sarnia Computer Users’ Group [SCUG], a non-profit computer help group that is open to the public for Newbies and Geeks. For more information: http://www.scug.ca.

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