Marking five years as a podcaster

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Today, January 3, 2010, is rather a special day for Shel Holz and I as it marks the fifth anniversary of For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report, the podcast we both started on January 3, 2005.

To me, that day five years ago often feels like it was only yesterday. Yet so much has happened in this time in our specific areas of interest that embrace a pretty broad spectrum of business, online communication and technology, on a global level.

We’ve grown from a single podcast five years ago to a podcast series that includes the occasional interviews with interesting people, book and other reviews, and more. We have correspondents in the USA, Singapore and the UK who contribute and add to the overall richness of content and community. And we have sponsors: Ragan Communications and CustomScoop.

Getting involved in podcasting has had a profound influence on me, both personally and professionally. I fell in love with audio, putting it simply.

As we produce FIR (as our primary shows is abbreviated to) on Mondays and Thursdays, we’ll be recording the fifth anniversary episode tomorrow Monday, January 4, at about 5pm UK time, our usual recording time.

If you’re a regular listener – especially if you’ve been listening since the early days – we’d love to hear from you. You can email us or call in a comment to the comment line: see the show notes of the latest episode for contact info. If you’ve joined the FIR community on Friendfeed, why not add some thoughts there.

If you get us your thoughts in time, we’ll include them in tomorrow’s show.

Meanwhile, here’s a blast from the past: FIR #1 on January 3, 2005 (MP3, 19.85Mb, 43:23)

Hope you enjoy it, and thanks for listening!

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. Dave Briggs

    Congratulations Neville, and to Shel too. FIR has been a great resource, not just for people involved in PR and communications (although we all are to a certain extent these days, of course) but for anyone starting out in the world of social media.

    You may not know it, but you guys through your blogging and podcasting really held my hand as I explored this stuff – and I’ll always be grateful. Looking forward to the tenth anniversary, by which time FIR will be delivered via hologram or something.

  2. Alex Briggs

    Would be safe to say that a chance meeting at a conference with Neville has changed my life. Neville, your expertise and openness in communicating it has changed both of the jobs that I have had since meeting you. Congrats on five years!

  3. Karin Hoegh

    There – again – you are way ahead of the most of us – loved listening to your #510 – can´t wait to hear your 10th anniversary episode ;-) Imagine…

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