The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #46: June 30, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (on iTunes 4.9 and bandwidth, IABC Cafe posts, blogging the Nortel AGM); podcasts and Polish sausage; the launch of iTunes 4.9; Virgin Atlantic’s New York podcasts; PR Week UK talks about blogs; IABC International Conference; IABC Fellows; FIR celebrates 50 shows on July 14.

Show notes for June 30, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 79-minute conversation recorded live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Concord, California, USA.

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In this edition:


  • 00:29 Neville introduces the show; how to give your feedback; show notes; what’s in this edition
  • 02:05 Shel’s travel-weary experience from US east to west

Discussion on listeners’ comments:

  • 06:04 Dan York on bandwidth issues with iTunes 4.9; IABC Cafe posts that don’t identify the authors; blogging the Nortel AGM


  • 10:38 Ragan Report talks about podcasts and Polish sausage – and doubts they’ll ever catch on (podcasts, that is). Naturally we have a different view.
  • 18:20 The launch of iTunes 4.9 – opening up podcasting to a mass market; trends in podcasting growth; iTunes vs. other podcatchers; bandwidth issues as many try iTunes as a podcatcher
  • 28:50 Virgin Atlantic embraces podcasting for travellers, starting with guides to New York, and has big plans for the medium; indicators for the future and how the hardware is developing
  • 33:28 PR Week UK highlights blogs in this week’s edition to help raise awareness in the UK PR community – something sorely needed, it seems
  • 40:45 The IABC International Conference – Shel was there and talks about the blogging experiment and how it might work for the future; impressions of three sessions (Jeff de Cagna, James Carville and Mary Matalin, and TJ Larkin); Neville and Shel on the Technorati tag for conference blog posts
  • 68:57 IABC Fellows Awards – Shel describes the event (he was named a Fellow)

Short Take:

  • 72:03 FIR celebrates its 50th episode on July 14. What should we do to celebrate? Suggestions?


  • 73:36 Shel outros the show; how to give your feedback; show notes; Neville outros the music

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

Intro – Jet Blue, Lee Hopkins.

Listeners’ comments discussion – Dan York, iTunes, Todd Cochrane, Linux News Blog, IABC Cafe,, Nortel.

Features – Ragan Report, Steve Crescenzo, David Murray, FIR interviews: Mike Wing, Josh Hallett, Siemens USA, Angela Sinickas and Tudor Williams, Dawn & Drew Show, Judy Jones, IABC New York Chapter blog, Adam Curry, GM podcasts, Apple, iTunes, FeedBurner, Forrester Research, Pew Internet, iPod, iPodder, DopplerRadio, Nimiq, FeedDemon, LibSyn, Geek News Central, Nicole Simon, Virgin Atlantic, Travel podcasts, Starbucks, T-Mobile, PR Week UK, Ravi Chandiramani, Ketchum, Fredrik Wacka, Guillaume du Gardier, Joel Cere, Steve Rubel, Andy Lark, Communication Directors Forum, Danny Rogers, Business Week, IABC 2005 International Conference, Washington Hilton, IABC Cafe, Warren Bickford, Jeremy Pepper, conference Technorati tag, Charles Pizzo, Ragan Postcard, Julie Freeman, Treo 600, Audacity for Palm, WordPress, Expression Engine, TypePad, Movable Type, Technorati tag help page, Blogger, Jeff de Cagna’s conference session on Innovation, Toby Ward, James Carville’s and Mary Matalin’s conference keynote opening session, Shel’s post: Messages and channels, TJ Larkin’s conference session on channels, Shel’s post: Deconstructing Larkin, IABC conference closing address from HP CEO Mark Hurd, Lee Iaccoca, Chrysler, Roger D’Aprix’ Communicating for Change, IABC Fellows, Lord Gould’s general conference session speech, Roberta Resnick.

Outro –, Day 4, Christa Couture, For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn.

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So, until Monday July 4…

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