I’ve been listening to podcasts for more than a decade and a half and my primary listening method is a somewhat ancient workflow of downloading using a desktop client (is it still 2005?) However this does leave me an easy to review subscription list featuring a mix of current and shall we call back catalogue?

So assuming your interests in some way overlap with mine with topics such as tech, broadcasting, business and even the odd jingle, this series of posts will give you some recommendations of current podcasts to take a listen to. Plus a selection of “what you could have won” if you were listening back in the day as I can’t promise all the back catalogue will still be on-line!

Current listening

With it’s origins as one of the stable of Guardian podcasts, after the Guardian downsized their podcasting operation in 2014, The Media Podcast became an independent production. Turning to crowdfunding they have continued to discuss matters TV, radio and press, with some significant players in the industry. I guess the couple of bob I put into their funding campaign five years ago has probably been spent by now, but they seem to be surviving and picking up sponsorship deals. They often get full recordings of sessions from conferences such as the Edinburgh TV Festival which are released as bonus episodes that are worth a listen.

PodcastThe Media Podcast with Olly Mann
DescriptionThe Media Podcast is your essential guide to TV, radio and the press, presented by Olly Mann. New episodes fortnightly. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/themediapodcast
Listen linkhttps://podfollow.com/themediapodcast
StatusActive – fortnightly plus specials

Archive (non) listening

Hosted by the original music chart guru James Masterton. I was reading his column back in the mid 90s, having the heady luxury of free internet access at my university I recall printing off his chart commentary and scrawling across the printout “don’t read out word for word – just use information to make your own links” before leaving it in the radio studio. For many years in the 2010’s this print column also had this accompanying podcast. I for one found this invaluable to keep up with the comings and goings of current music long after I’d grown out of listening to the likes of Radio 1 and Capital (née Galaxy / Kiss). As with many labours of love I think the work load of recording this podcast was too much and it ceased regular production and then stopped completely. Anyone who has the power of persuasion or the sponsor deal to encourage James to relaunch this podcast, even if only on a monthly basis please come forward!

PodcastJames Masterton’s Chart Update
DescriptionUK chart commentator James Masterton brings you a detailed roundup of the happenings in the Official UK Singles Chart. Drilling down to the stories behind the hits, with some facts and stats that may surprise you. His books, The Top 40 Annual 2012, 2013 and 1988 are now available for Kindle and other Ebook formats.
Listen linkaudioboom.com/users/1226644/ (No live audio files)
listennotes.com/podcasts/james-mastertons-chart-update-james-masterton-oYj9Fyq4dx2/ (Cached list of previous episodes, audio does not play)
StatusTopical, ceased production

What this space for more in this recommendation list, posted weekly (give or take) on Thursdays!