Neville Hobson

FIR podcast: Eight years and counting

Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson

Eight years ago today – on January 3, 2005 – two communication professionals embarked on a voyage that was all about discovery and experimenting with a new medium: podcasting.

Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz started For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report as part of their keen interest in new communication technologies and platforms, and what impact they may have on organizations and people.

With Shel on the US west coast and Neville in Europe, it offered both of us a great opportunity to get together via Skype to talk about topics of mutual interest at the intersection of business, communication and technology; record our conversations under our self-description of “a pair of communication professionals who think they have something to say”; and publish those conversations on the world wide web for anyone who may be interested to listen.

The first episode of FIR eight years ago demonstrated the possibilities of an embryonic medium where the barriers to entry were so low, anyone could do it. Now, anyone who wants to is doing it, not only audio but also video.

As we mark this milestone in our labor of love, we’d like to say thank you to you, our listeners old and new, who ‘tune in’ once a week to hear not only Shel and Neville but also reports from our correspondents and the voices of our sponsors and listeners who contribute their thinking on the issues and topics that matter to them.

Today, the vibrant FIR community also extends across the social web, on Facebook, Friendfeed, Google+ and Twitter.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors:

Ragan’s Jenny Fukumoto in Chicago brings news and highlights of Ragan events across the United States and beyond. Each week, FIR is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years, www.ragan.com.

The voice of Jen Zingsheim  – and occasionally, CustomScoop founder Chip Griffin – with the Media Monitoring Minute segment in each show. Save time with the CustomScoop online clipping service: sign up for your free two-week trial, at www.customscoop.com/fir.

And thank you to David Bator and Pollstream who sponsored FIR until the end of 2012. Pollstream helps you transform your communications goals into exciting strategies that will enable you to engage, educate and inform your customers and employees online, pollstream.com/fir/.

An equal thank you to our two regular correspondents:

A huge thank you to Donna Papacosta – an accomplished podcaster herself – whose voice graces each episode with the details of how to contribute your comments and get in touch with us.

And a special thank you to contributors over the years:

Thank you, one and all!

If you haven’t listened to FIR before,  why not give us a try next week when we start our ninth year with episode 685 on Monday January 7? If you can’t wait, check out this week’s 684, right here.

Finally, if you’re interested in a big picture, FIR is now a podcast series:

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

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