Podcasting and Broadcasting

It was a day of interviews for me. Interviews for new and old media. First the podcasting. [For those who are not familiar with the term: New Oxford American Dictionary defines the word as “a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player.”] There is a website named ClandestineRadio.com that has podcast service called “Global Crisis Watch.” GCW is hosted by Rich Lafayette in Minneapolis and co-hosted by Nick Grace in Washington, DC. Andy Sennitt, Media Analyst with Radio Netherlands Media Network also joined the conversation from his country. Nick is the Washington Managing Editor of ClandestineRadio.com. That was a nice talk with them. The interview is now available at the Radio’s web site. (This 21.1 MB audio file is 30 minutes long and also includes an update by Andy on the situation at Voice of the People in Zimbabwe.

They were on Skype and I was on my cell phone: kind of cell phone conference. We talked about Ram Bahadur Bamjam, the new “Buddha” boy, Nagarkot Massacre, Nepali politics and blogging. The conversation lasted for about 30 minutes and I tried my best to satisfy their questions. People are watching us and, as the situation worsens here, they are concerned too. [Global Crisis Watch is a weekly interview program that reaches approximately 5000 listeners each month- mainly journalists and U.S. policy analysts- and focuses on the War of Ideas and independent and pro-democracy media efforts.]

And then there was broadcasting. The traditional one. I was invited by Narayan Shrestha of Radio Sagarmatha to participate in a discussion program. He was talking with Kedar Sharma and Subir Pradhananga of Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya that translated Linux into Nepali recently. I don’t know where they were talking from, but I couldn’t go to the Radio Sagarmatha studio. I participated in the discussion via telephone. I had very few things to say regarding Nepalinux and Nepali computing. I later knew from Deepak that Narayan and the team also talked about the article that I wrote in Kantipur the other day. What I said is that Nepalinux or Nepali Windows need more exposure. Plus, the computer should be available to more and more Nepalis in cheap price.