What is in a number like 300? It depends on who you are and where you sit. This past week AVNation recorded episode 300 of our flagship podcast, AVWeek. For me, this triggers the desire to pause and reflect on how we got here.
In late July of 2011 with my long-time friend Michael Drainer across the counter from me, I sat in front of a microphone. We were in the college radio station where I was an instructor and technology manager. Joining us on Skype was George Tucker and Linda Seid Frembes; neither of whom I had ever met in person. The idea was simple – we took a handful of stories from various audiovisual publications and asked why they matter to the industry. So why did it take me so long to press record?
Everyone was ready. Just waiting on me to press record and start talking. I can hear the unease in my voice listening back, even if no one else can. I sat there because this was unlike anything else I had done to that point. Yes, I had been on the radio in St. Louis for several years, but that was as part of an ensemble. It was never on me. This was. What’s more, the road ahead was so very dark.
AVWeek, and by extension AVNation, came about through a number of life events and interactions. I stumbled upon Bradford Benn and Rich Fregosa one day after Google Plus introduced their new video chat function. These two industry veterans took their time to just talk about anything and everything. The ease of the conversation got me to thinking I could do this on a weekly basis, record it, and put it out for folks. So, I did.
AVWeek Episode 300 may not be significant for anyone but me, most likely. It will not impact our audience, nor will it affect our great underwriters that support us financially. Hopefully, we are better at providing an informative and entertaining show now than we were when we began. I’ve always held that we will aim to be as agnostic and open in our coverage of the audiovisual industry as possible. We have succeeded and failed and continue to work to be better tomorrow.
The other part of our DNA is what I am really most proud of. Everyone at AVNation, including me still, works in the industry on some level. I program from time to time, consult with integrators, and help folks with designs. If you look at our hosts and writers you will find programmers, engineers, marketing experts, consultants, and more. For AV pros, by AV pros someone once said.
AVWeek was not the first podcast covering the audiovisual industry, nor will it be the last. Is it the best? That is up to each individual’s interpretation. Our industry produces some great podcasts and content. Some of it is similar to what we do; some is different in the approach, voice, and delivery. If you connect with us at AVNation, we are happy to have you on board. If not, that’s alright as well. I am putting a list below of some other audio video industry podcasts that are available. You should check them out.
So, episode 300 is in the books. This is my 30 minutes to pause and reflect. After this, I start working on episode 301 and beyond. But before I do, I want to first take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you. Our audience has been along for a great six-year ride. It isn’t over, but you have stuck with us. Thank you to my great compatriots who continue to amaze me with the amount of hard work they put into this. I would list them all but then this blog would be twice as long. Our underwriters who inspire me by helping us keep this going and always being willing to share their insight. I’ve had a number of great mentors on the business and sales side and the industry media members have been great to work with. Our industry organizations have always been very kind and accommodating. I am by no means a self-made man. This work is a collective and I just happen to be the idiot who opened his mouth and said: “This, is AVWeek”. So, thank you for allowing me to be your host these past six years and 300 episodes. Here’s to another great AVWeek.
Audio Video Industry Podcasts:
These are the ones I know of and listen to. If you know of more please either send me an email (email@example.com) or add them in the comments below. Thank you so much.