The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #70: September 22, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (more on five-assed monkeys; training employees on blogging; teaser samples for podcast subscriptions; bad e-book websites; podcasting in education; software that blocks Skype; a communication challenge update); Dan York’s report; Global PR Blog Week 2.0 update; b5media blog network; is the CEO’s finger really on the pulse at Microsoft?; copyright lawsuit against Google Print; blogging guidance from Reporters Without Borders; categorized RSS feeds from PR Newswire; appeal for PR help for Katrina relief; report from The Spinfluencer.

Show notes for September 22, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, an 83-minute conversation recorded live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Concord, California, USA.

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In this Edition:


  • 00:30 Neville introduces the show; what the show’s about; what’s in this edition; how to give your feedback; show notes

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 02:36 Phil Gomes is in charge of blogs and clarifies the five-assed monkey metaphor
  • 04:15 Andrew Marritt on training employees in blog use, and on a new white paper on podcasting in education
  • 08:39 Lee Hopkins suggests a podcaster can offer podcast samples as a teaser for subscription-based podcasts, and on categorizing bloggers in a PR podcaster blogroll
  • 11:38 Josh Hallett asks why are all e-book websites so bad?
  • 12:00 Donna Papacosta with another good example of podcasting in higher education
  • 12:56 Mike Strock tells us about a software tool for blocking Skype calls: arrgh! he says
  • 15:25 Sebastian Keil says nice things about FIR, gives us an update on his communication challenge that we discussed in show #47 and asks about the show number in the MP3 file ID3 tag

News and Features:


  • 75:54 Shel outros the show; how to give your feedback; show notes
  • 76:45 Upcoming interview September 24 – Charles Pizzo on how communication has worked during the Hurricane Katrina evacuation from New Orleans
  • 77:37 The next two shows will be solos – Neville on Monday, Shel on Thursday with audio contributions from each absent other
  • 78:13 The music

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

Listeners’ comments discussion – Phil Gomes, Edelman, Andrew Marritt, Lee Hopkins, Endurance Radio, Josh Hallett, Donna Papacosta, McMaster University’s School of Engineering, Mike Strock, Skype, Vonage, AT, Sebastian Keil.

News and Features – Dan York, Road Weary, JetBlue, VON, Stuart Henshall, Skype Journal, VOIP Watch, Marantz PMD660, Duracell, IABC Yankee Chapter, CNN, MSNBC, Niklas Zennström , Global PR Blog Week 2.0, Constantin Basturea, b5media, Jeremy Wright, Darren Rowse, Duncan Riley, Gawker, WeblogsInc, FIR August 30 interview with Jeremy Wright, Flightnest, Microsoft, Business Week cover story on Microsoft, Mini-Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, Business Week Q&A interview with Steve Ballmer, Scobleizer, Bill Gates, Authors Guild, Google Print, IABC, Communication World, BBC News, The Guardian Unlimited, Official Google Blog, Susan Wojcicki, CNET, Eric Schmidt, Reporters Without Borders, Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents, Dan Gillmor, Allan Jenkins, PR Newswire, Reuters news podcasts, CNET News Report, Talkr, Hurricane Katrina, Podshow Cares, R5 Central, American Red Cross, Pete Quiley, CJ Hayden,, Hurricane Rita, Eric Schwartzman, Michael Butler, Chris McIntyre, Eric Rice, Adam Curry, Sirius Satellite Radio,, PodcastCon UK.

Outro – Charles Pizzo, Podsafe Music Network, Anne Davis, Temple of Contradictions, For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn.

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So, until Monday September 26…

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