The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #108: February 2, 2006

Content summary: New Flash player in show notes; Google continued: China and earnings; Microsoft blog censorship in China; the press release padding trap; Edelman’s new podcast; new podcast magazine launches; what the EU needs is effective communication; is citizen journalism dead?; a job ad from the future; listeners’ comments discussion (moving to the Bay area, differing roles of PR and marketing, Montreal not Toronto); the music.

Show notes for February 2, 2006

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 78-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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In This Edition:


  • 00:28 Shel introduces the show; what the show’s about; how to give your feedback; show notes
  • 02:11 Thanks for your support for voting for FIR on Podcast Alley – now at #3 in the Business category
  • 03:11 New Dew Flash player in the show notes – you can just click and listen to each show

News and Commentary:

Listeners’ Comments Discussion:

  • 64:58 Jeremy Pepper comments on his being hired by Weber Shandwick – yes, he’s moving
  • 65:44 David Phillips say the differing roles of PR and marketing is not just a semantic discussion
  • 70:50 Julien corrects us about the Cirque du Soleil debut in Canada where bloggers were invited – it was in Montréal, not Toronto


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So, until Monday February 6…

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