The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #9: February 21, 2005

Show notes for February 21, 2005.

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 47:14-minute conversation recorded live via Skype from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Download the file here (MP3, 19.4MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you’ll also need software such as the FeedDemon RSS aggregator, or the free ipodder or DopplerRadio.)

In this week’s show:


  • 00:31 Shel and Neville on what’s in this week’s show; how to give your feedback; show notes; comments from the last show

Short Takes 1:

  • 02:45 Podcasting in business – it’s gaining traction; Hill & Knowlton UK’s predictions re blogs, podcasting and RSS
  • 07:43 Skype bandwidth – lots of users online!
  • 08:18 Engaging with the readers – how the Ventura County Star newspaper involves readers in editorial planning
  • 10:47 Blogger gets fired, gets hired – Joe Gordon gets a new job


  • 13:46 Interview – a conversation with Michael Wiley, Director New Media, GM Communications, General Motors

Short Takes 2:

  • 31:54 Shel and Neville on the conversation with Michael Wiley; call quality with SkypeOut; RSS


  • 41:08 How to give your feedback; show notes; about the music and the band; outro music

Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show:

Intro – SkypeOut, Nicole Klein, Auburn University, New York Times.

Short Takes – Steve Rubel, Michael Butler’s Rock & Roll Geek Show, Slapcast, Loudish, Detroit News, Lee Lefever, Hill & Knowlton UK, iPodder,, Rex Hammock, Skype, Ventura County Star, Joe Gordon, Waterstones, Forbidden Planet, Edinburgh Evening News, Andy Lark, New Communications Forum 2005, Jeremy Wright, Northern Voice, Mick Stanic, Cameron Reilly, Teleo, Microsoft PressPass, FeedDemon, Intel, Nooked, Fergus Burns, Robert Scoble, Scoble’s Link Blog, Steve Gillmor, Dave Sifrey, Technorati.

Feature – Michael Wiley, General Motors, GM Smallblock Engine Blog, GM FastLane Blog, Bob Lutz, Buick Lucerne, Chicago Auto Show,,, Tom Kowaleski, Blackberry.

Outro – beat&path,, For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn.

If you have comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for our future shows, email us at You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

So, until Thursday February 24…

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

One thought on “The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #9: February 21, 2005

  1. An open conversation with General Motors

    A few hours ago, Shel and I had the pleasure of an 18-minute conversation with Michael Wiley, Director New Media, GM Communications, at General Motors. We interviewed Michael for the 21 February edition of our bi-weekly podcast show For Immediate

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