The Urban Astronomer Podcast
Allen Versfeld is the host and producer of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. He is also an amateur astronomer, an IT professional, a podcaster, a father of five beautiful kids and a barely competent chess player. He is also the director of the Astrophotography Section of the Astronomical Society of South Africa, where he coordinates…(continue)and promotes the activities of people who are far better photographers than him.
Session 2PM-3PM PDT – Podcasting to a Developing Audience
Podcasting in a country (South Africa) where the population are only just waking up to the possibilities of podcast as a medium presents interesting challenges. Amateur’s trying to stay true to the spirit of podcasting have to compete with large media organisations who have a platform and budget to market their shows, and are able to leverage existing media resources such as full-time sound engineers and celebrity presenters to create broadcast quality content. However these big players are also, in the long run, working to everybody’s benefit by building up the audience that we all need – even if there doesn’t seem to be space for the smaller podcaster, there soon will be!