Friday, May 27, 2005

What It's All About

Hi, my name is Rob Safuto. I'm the producer and mediamaster for Podcast NYC and I want to welcome you to the NYC Pod Squad website. The idea behind NYC Pod Squad is a very simple one. It's all about independent podcasters from the New York City area forming an alliance to help promote each other and in turn promote independent podcasting.

Independent podcasters are podcasters whose shows are not produced or funded by large corporate entities or venture capitalists. At the present time there are a good number of folks from all over who are investing their spare time to create quality audio (and sometimes video) content for syndication on the internet. The New York City area is no exception and that's why we're slowly forming a group of high quality podcasters in order to provide listeners with one spot for all of the best NYC flavored content.

People's definition of "quality" podcasts can vary wildly. For our purpose, we define quality podcasts based on the following criteria:
  • Produced on a regular basis (which means at least once a week)
  • Include an RSS 2.0 compliant xml feed with enclosures
  • Have a dedicated website for the podcast
  • Provide show notes, or other tagging to help listeners to discern the content of a podcast
The content itself is not a factor since individuals will have wildly different opinions on this subject. Rest assured that listeners will find something they like when browsing our content.

The group is just now forming, so please be patient as updates may be slow at this stage of the game, but activity here will increase. Until then, feel free to sample some quality NYC podcasts by following the links on the top right side of this page.


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