Introducing FIR Cuts

An opportunity to hear what you won’t hear in the Hobson and Holtz Report.

Your “For Immediate Release” co-hosts go to great lengths to ensure the twice-weekly podcast comes in at around an hour; we know that most of our listeners can’t deal with shows running 15, 20, or even 30 minutes over that magical 60-minute mark.

(Update: Since April 2010, the Hobson and Holtz Report has been published weekly, with the show length up to 90 minutes.)

In order to accomplish this feat, we routinely excise items – mostly “One-Minute News” stories – and leave them on the virtual cutting room floor.

It occurred to us, though, that we’re leaving good stuff out of the show. So, in order to make sure it doesn’t go entirely to waste, we’ve decided to offer those deleted items as brief audio files called “FIR Cuts.”

We’ll post them to the show blog (and cross-post them to our own blogs); you can even subscribe to to “FIR Cuts” feed so you never miss any of them. (“FIR Cuts” will not be included in the “Everything” feed, so if you want to hear them, you need to subscribe to them separately.)

If you don’t see any “Cuts” for any given show, don’t worry; we actually do record episodes that don’t need any cutting.

We hope you enjoy hearing what was left out of our shows.

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

Deciding what to cut is tricky as it’s all good content (we think). But the virtual scalpel has to be wielded at times; today’s FIR #261 was one of those times.

These two topics were the casualties (with links to each show note on the FIR site)

If you can’t wait, you can listen right now, below.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Chris Marritt

    Excellent – though I thought they were being saved as bonus extras for the DVD!
    “For the social media evangelist in your life: This Xmas, for the first time on DVD, we bring you:
    FIR, the Hobson and Holtz Report – the first/second/third 100 Shows.
    Now with hilarious out-takes and unheard extras.”

  2. Bernie Goldbach

    These cuts are a really good idea. I harvest them into a “shortcuts” folder containing tech tips and productivity ideas on my iPod and loop them with content currently pulled into that category. Their brevity ensures they play well to audiences who are unfamiliar with podcasting.

  3. Cut from FIR #272 :

    […] (What are FIR Cuts?)  FIR Cut – PayPal communication issues [10:43m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download podPressPlayerToLoad(‘podPressPlayerSpace_989’, ‘mp3Player_989_0’, ‘300:30’, ‘’); […]

  4. Cuts from FIR #278 :

    […] (What are FIR Cuts?)  FIR Cut: Open-source software disruptor [9:19m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (1)  FIR Cut: Get fired by email [2:03m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (1) podPressPlayerToLoad(‘podPressPlayerSpace_1050’, ‘mp3Player_1050_1’, ‘300:30’, ‘’); […]

  5. Cuts from FIR #296 :

    […] (What are FIR Cuts?)  FIR Cut – Follow-up on MoveOn's campaign against Facebook ads [13:28m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (1)  FIR Cut – ABC News partners with Facebook [5:34m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (1) podPressPlayerToLoad(‘podPressPlayerSpace_1174’, ‘mp3Player_1174_1’, ‘300:30’, ‘’); […]

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