WUWT Radio

NOTE: I’ve added some additional polls based on early input.

I’ve been toying with this idea for a few months. As many of you know, I currently work in radio, having done TV for 25 years. Logically with that background, with the clear success of WUWT, I’ve been approached more than once about doing a live weekly radio program. Here’s what my radio voice sounds like.

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/images/mp3!.jpgYou’re listening to WUWT (click for MP3)

I’ve looked around a bit at what others are doing, for example at the “science” section of BlogTalkRadio. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I didn’t want to be in the same listing with the other people there. Sheesh what a nuthouse.

Doing a radio program is a big commitment. It is also expensive in that I’ll have to setup a home studio and streaming server. My current radio station isn’t properly equipped with live Internet streaming and I worry about breaking what is running now by adding new software and hardware. The last person who tried a hardware/software experiment on live production systems took us off the air for about 15 minutes and is no longer working there.

A radio program also has rewards in that it can reach many people who might not turn to blogs. It also offers a chance to have guests, much like guest posts on WUWT.

I wouldn’t limit the format to just climate, since the namesake is rich enough to cover most any topic. There’s also such a  wealth of news each week to easily fill an hour long program.

I welcome input on the idea, and also any software/hardware combos that might be recommended for live radio streaming. I already have several ideas, but readers often surprise me with new ones.

And if I do it, what would be the preferred format?

Audio, video, or both?

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186 thoughts on “WUWT Radio

  1. Only worth it for recapping week’s headlines or special guest interviews – reputable people such as Christy, etc.

  2. I don’t think you need go to the whole gamut of WUWT radio but a weekly roundup report in mp3 format with your views, interviews etc would be a great idea.

  3. I’m not sure if this will be of much help on the technical side of things, but I like the podcasts available on http://www.twit.tv (These are mainly computer-oriented technical podcasts with some fun stuff thrown in.) Maybe they have a contact for technical tips for new podcasters?

  4. Google TV is due in May, Google Wave is amazing, Google maps…
    It might be worth a trip to Google to chat about some alternatives.
    Best,
    John

  5. Dear Anthony: I like the idea and I like your radio voice. The name of my consulting firm, Retread Resources, came about when two geologists and a mining engineer found themselves unemployed (1992). I told the other two we would do what all unemployed geologist do, consult. One of my partners said, “you know Dennis, were just a bunch of retreads.” The three of us had worked in many different parts of the earth sciences over the years. We simply keep reinventing ourselves. We have never looked back. Today I am the only one still actively working at Retread, we are all still retreading. I hope you join us in that.

  6. If you haven’t done so already, why not send an email off to William Briggs. He has been experimenting with Podcasts for awhile and may have some advice. His email is posted on his website.

  7. Take a look at this multimedia player/server. It’s highly thought of on ZDNet.com.
    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
    By the way VLC is freeware. I don’t know if it’s server capabilities are robust enough.
    You could capture/edit and output video as mp3 I think with Microsoft live essentials Movie Maker(a freebie) then serve to the internet with VLC.

  8. I say: do the show, but record it. Nothing is gained by doing it live. As a listener, I prefer audio files like mp3’s because 1) I can rewind them to catch the parts I wish to re-hear; and 2) listen to them on my portable mp3 player while traveling.
    There also exists a wonderful model for 2-way video blogging:
    http://bloggingheads.tv
    BHTV never has AGW skeptics on their shows. I’d love to see this void filled by WUWT or elsewhere. The technological requirements are simple: two webcams and a phone connection. I’d would pay rapt attention to conversations between any pairings of Watts, McIntyre, McKitrick, Spencer, Christy, Lindzen, Monckton, Carter, Plimer, Ball, Stott, Michaels, etc.!

  9. I agree with Janama. Just record and post. You don’t need livestreaming. Tuning in at a specific day and time is tough. It’s an ondemand world.

  10. Please be sure that the content is all science. An hour of hearing about the outrageous things the warmers are up to will not be enjoyable.

  11. I think it would be good for getting the word out to folks who don’t want to sit down and read the sometimes-lengthy pages. I would consider downloading podcasts to keep handy on my MP3 players for sharing with others.
    You might want to also consider putting videos on Youtube or some other hosting site. After all, Al Gore got lots of attention with his movie, right? Some well-placed visuals can go a long way.
    Your voice sounds good…authoritative…bright…not goofy.
    Videos like Mercola puts out would be useful. He includes a transcription a lot of the time, and they can contain links to points that could use further detailed elaboration, and they usually lead into blogged commentary by other readers.

  12. Are you sure that you have the time, and are able to make the commitment? I would be concerned about similarities with Steve Heally over at the escape pod SF podcast, where he had a few problems with the pressure of things. It’d be a big commitment on your part.
    But, if you are seriously confident then go for it,

  13. Anthony,
    Your blog is a national asset.
    I fear time away would be detrimental.
    MP3 interviews would be fantasic.

  14. I’ve been frustrated for years that popular science shows always present leftist or environmental pseudo-science without a trace of criticality, at least for the last 20 years. You’d have to back to the 80s and before to find science programs that didn’t have a progressive slant. I’d welcome a science program that’s primary focus is SCIENCE… that educates and informs people about new research and issues, does not present as fact as-yet-unproven assertions, and debunks bad science.

  15. I’d test it out, i.e. put together several segments of varying length and content, stream/post them on WUWT, see how many listens they get and evaluate the audience response. You might also try one or two with video and see how that goes. Test before you invest…

  16. You’ll never know unless you try.
    I think having guests would be great.
    Who knows, maybe you could get Mann or Gore to come on!

  17. I also recommend a prerecorded podcast. I would enjoy listening to your program while driving; it’s just too difficult to read WUWT while hurtling down the freeway 😉

  18. kewl. Radio Free Climate!
    I don’t know if it will make you the next Megastar, but you could post it as a video here also.
    It might build quite a following.

  19. Hi,
    Nice idea, but with so many of us checking in on your blog from around the world I prefer a downloadable file. Getting up at 2am to listen to a broadcast is not really going to work for most of us overseas:-0
    JB

  20. Until I find broadband a necessity and break down and get it, streaming anything doesn’t concern me.
    How about a “test run” idea to judge public interest? Post a daily US national weather forecast as an audio file, include the scientific terms in brief explanations like “…due to the negative Arctic Oscillation…” Put it with a click-able graphic on the right side, right-click to download file please. Minimal setup/expense, and you can directly see how popular an audio feature can be. Then you can better gauge how well a streaming feed or even a podcast format would be received.

  21. I also agree with Janama and the others that mp3 (or any other recorded) format is better than live streaming. It would be nice to have an RSS feed or other mechanism for subscribing and automatically downloading to a portable device.

  22. Yep, didn’t vote because the poll is setup like you want us to talk you out of it.
    I’d jump in with the ‘go for it, but make it a podcast/recorded affair’ – you seriously limit your market by doing a ‘live broadcast’. Get it ‘on tape’, and let the audience listen on their schedule. Also, with a recorded format, you aren’t ‘on the hook’ to fill an announced and scheduled amount of time – the individual shows are the individual shows, as long or as short as the subject matter or the interview require.
    As for hardware/software investment, you’re probably there as is – the quality of the demo piece was perfectly fine, to my non-industry professional ears, so you’ve got the ‘in studio’ portion down – just a bit of playing around with the tele-interviewing combo (skype, yahooIM w/audio) and how you’ll capture it, and you should be set.
    Set aside and ‘unlearn’ whatever it is that you’ve picked up over 25 years of traditional broadcasting that may be holding you back – concentrate on the KISS principle, and have at it. The quality of this blog is the content, not the techno gee-whiz; with that in mind, I have very little doubt that the experiment will be a success.
    REPLY: I’ll add a second poll dealing with methodology. -A

  23. Like posters above I’d definitely go for a podcast, easy to set up and record too. Live radio is fine in the car but not something I’d mark my diary for to listen to online.

  24. I like the idea of using mp3 files instead of live. New Zealand has different wake up times from you guys. Some time ago I downloaded mp3 and powerpoint presentations from Heartland’s site (NY Conference May 2009). I was able to play and replay as I wished. It was a great learning experience. So if you wanted to do pictures too, you could try Heartland’s idea of mp3 with powerpoint.

  25. Here’s my two cents:
    It depends on what you want to do: A generic science show or a climate/weather/nature format show. The former is probably too broad and the danger will be to wind up in the the ‘Discovery’ magazine or Scientific American territory. The latter will expose you to a lot of infrastructure hassles for possibly not much upside.
    But, I may be too unimaginative. The world needs better scientific media information sources. Perhaps experiment with down-loadable MP3s and use these (and the download numbers) to pitch a radio show, such that some other organization can bear the infrastructure hassles for you.

  26. Anthony, you have many great assets including background in broadcast media, international following, and a great radio voice (“frog voice” as my film-making friend calls it!).
    The podcast model would be better than streaming, and you would certainly be able to line up some excellent guests from many branches of science. Leif would probably be a fantastic guest!
    You also offer a more balanced approach than some (Fox News, Real Climate) and I think this would be very welcomed at this point in history.
    Best of luck with this, other contributors have a good feel for the software platforms etc.

  27. Great idea with a voice version if wuwt. But bag the idea regarding steaming. Just do a podcast, publish on iTunes and on RSS.

  28. Anthony –
    Thanks for the clip on your “radio voice”.
    Do you also have ones for your TV voice and your real world voice?
    🙂
    Otherwise, WUWT does sound like a radio stations call letters, so why not try the obvious next step?
    I’d tune you in – live, streaming, podcast, whatever .
    Although I do agree, as long as you can still maintain this highly informative website.

  29. Radio has been quite good for my father , as MSM will not touch him (yet). It is a way to sidestep the narrow view taken by the MSM, and it is quite popular. I must admit that television is insulting at best, and no longer panders even to the lowest common denominator. Mp3s can be released after airing to satisfy those who are unable to listen live. What you are doing, Anthony, is of critical importance. I support you 100% (never hire an accountant who tells you he will give 110%), and the success of WUWT? is clear indication that your vision is worthy of that support. Could you have predicted your current popularity when you started this blog?

  30. I like the idea and agree with those who suggest pre-recording. Live is far too much of a demand, with family and all. Talk about anything. Science. What amuses you. And I agree, post it first on WUWT, see how many hits you get. Minimum cost for the experiment. MP3 format. Lots of players and simple to use. Also compact. Some of us lurkers and old geezers don’t have T3 Fibre Optic connections.

  31. Look at Mark Sudduth’s Hurricanetrack.com site. He does live broadcasts from on-site as well as in studio vids and weekly radio podcasts. All are available later, some for premium subscribers only (a source of $ that helps defray the costs….:)

  32. Anthony – I like the video idea better, and stuff that could be accessed anytime on YouTube or elsewhere would be great.

  33. I would think the SMIL format would be one possible good avenue. You just do the audio and there is a window that goes to the graphic when its the right time in the program. No big expense in streaming servers or otherwise. Its sort of the standard for earnings calls for a lot of companies.

  34. Much of what is useful to non-scientists regarding climate issues involves charts and graphs which can’t be used in an audio format. Also, blog text can be saved on our local storage devices for future reference. Whether you should have a live radio or recorded mp3 format depends on how much free time you have for this project, whether you can add anything to the value your website brings to your audience and how much money you can make from it.

  35. +1 You definitely have me as a listener.
    Live broadcast would have the advantage that you could take live Twitter questions or phone calls. But you will have listeners from all over the globe so not everyone will be able to listen live (e.g. I live in Denmark).
    I imagine one invited guest per broadcast (approx. 1 hour) with subsequent mp3 podcast and YouTube upload. Commercials will be acceptable.
    Perhaps start out with 1 show per month and later increase frequency.

  36. Wow, that’s a scoop, getting Walter Matthau to be your radio voice!
    For me I would like the opportunity to listen (maybe watch to?) on a live stream as it is happening – you could maybe take live calls. But I would also love the opportunity to download the shows to listen to on my little iPod thingy (it’s actually a Sansa Fuze, but whatever) whilst on my travels. This would also open up the opportunity for like-minded geeks to post your mp3s (mp4s?) on other sites, spreading the good word.
    I would be more than happy with just plain audio – but video would be nice too if showing graphics, charts, etc. Why not offer the choice of streaming/downloading either plain audio or audio+video? Anyway, definitely GO FOR IT!

  37. Instead of having all the hassle of doing live radio, why not do a podcast?
    Then just release it as an mp3 file.
    That way, people can listen to it anytime they like.

  38. From: JohnWho on May 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    Otherwise, WUWT does sound like a radio stations call letters, so why not try the obvious next step?
    It’s a common practice for stations to use their letters for websites. So I checked. wuwt.com has someone squatting on it while wuwt.org is a forgotten wordpress blog. wuwt.tv is open btw. Curious.

  39. I’d say go for it. You’ve got a good voice for the format and there’s demand out there to hear the skeptics’ side.
    But just as a note, for me personally, I enjoy the two-way discussions of a blog more than the one-way discussions of broadcast. So I’d hate to see your blog suffer because of commitments to radio.

  40. Among the reasons not to do it live is the fact that WUWT is so truly international, spanning the anglophone world, and then some. International phone interviews that have technical issues arising would become stressful live, but much less so on a pre-recorded basis. The ability to absorb the hits of technical issues is why, for instance, the nightly news on the major networks so rarely have live interviews anymore.
    It would be valuable, IMHO, for Anthony and his guests to be “practicing” in the medium of radio for such time when the MSM realizes that it has been had and needs to turn to some other voices for balance. Either that, or as with the web, Anthony will simply take the medium by storm.

  41. Good idea. To begin with a 1 hour podcast each week would be sufficient. Stick to the humble science and John Christy would a nice guest.

  42. Stick to 15 min segments at least once a week or more. I just finished watching my daily dose of PJTV, call them!

  43. Hi Anthony, your voice comes across very clearly. As a German, i sometimes have problems understanding certain US speakers but not in your case.
    Personally, i often find presentations like those done by Joe Bastardi very entertaining, where he comments on some map and highlights details he’s talking about… Voice alone is not so interesting for me except for interviews.
    Just my opinion – i should add that i don’t listen much to stuff during my daily commute so people with a lengthy daily commute might have a different need here.

  44. I suggest an archived show as many above have mentioned–with a global audience it would be impossible to have everybody attend a live session. I subscribe to Global Cooling Radio and they contact me via email regarding the latest archived show, which I can listen to at any time. They also have an archive of past shows for reference. I’m in favor of an play on demand format rather than going live–the record the sessions and post. BTW, Anthony–your voice sounds fine. However, I’d avoid Skype as we use it at work and it significantly distorts the voice quality of those using it. Almost any VoIP service has problems that way.

  45. Ya but… are you spreading yourself too thin? Are your kids happy to see “that guy in the den that mom lets use our computer?” Do they remember your name?
    Still, I voted that you go for it.
    The one advantage to ‘live’ is audience participation. The captured ‘live’ show can be accessed any time by people who miss the live version.

  46. I’m one of the worst techno Neanderthals imaginable. I still haven’t gotten around to teaching myself how to use HTML tags, though it’s been on my to do list for several years now. As a consequence I’ll leave advice on the details of enacting this idea to others. However, I have greatly admired the calm, open, and reasonable approach to scientific matters that you have always exhibited on this site. That is something that is often sorely lacking in this world and something the world needs much more of. I would therefore heartily endorse doing anything you can do to expand your reach, with my only cautionary proviso being that an incremental approach with limited initial financial commitment is probably wisest in the present environment.

  47. I agree that live broadcasting is demanding but more importantly ‘pause’ and ‘rewind’ are vital to digesting oral information. The expression “seeing is believing” reflects seeing’s historical distinction from hearing, and why we naturally prefer to watch faces while listening to “talking heads” – at least until we learn to trust our favourites.
    However I also wonder about the risks of editing. We all like to fix any [perceived] errors before going public but this can consume valuable time. Better to offer occasional apologies.
    Certainly start with the idea of experiment and consider staying with it, not least with hardware which is evolving too fast for even the likes of Rupert Murdoch! Consider outsourcing it AND your content! But target only MP3 audiences. They will grow for years as others shrink [as audiences discover that their trust in such talking heads as Al Gore and Glenn Beck has been abused].

  48. I agree with Janama and David Holliday . Just record and post.
    Also I have found some people learn better from audio input (hubby) while others of us are visual learners. Therefore this will help reach the other group of people who do better with audio input.

  49. R. de Haan says:
    May 2, 2010 at 11:51 am
    Yes, a weekly report would be great!
    But I wonder what it would take extra to produce a weekly video broadcast!
    ______________________________________________________________________
    Anthony start Audio only first you can always upgrade to a weekly video broadcast as the next step.

  50. If I win the lottery (and the state actually pays off) I’ll underwrite the entire venture.

  51. I like the idea, as long as it doesn’t come at the expense of the WUWT blog. As “they” say – if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!

  52. I’d think about it twice, Anthony. You’d be taking on an enormous amount of extra work and commitments.

  53. Remember this post? Anthony
    Don’t spread yourself too thin, please!!
    ======================
    Open Thread WeekendPosted on March 6, 2010 by Anthony Watts I’ve decided to step away from WUWT this weekend. Both my wife and I are sick with a cold. I’m very tired, and I need to do something else for awhile besides moderate squabbles; like work on my paper which keeps getting time taken away from it by the attention this blog requires.
    If you have something worth posting on the front page, flag a moderator. Those that want to do guest posts are welcome to do so also. Again, flag a moderator for attention. Those that have author permission already, go for it.
    I’ll resume posting if I feel up to it Sunday night.
    In the meantime, talk quietly and politely amongst yourselves. Don’t make me come back here.
    – Anthony
    ==================
    “Moderation in all things”
    Time is needed to heel the wounds inflicted on reasoned thinking.
    I.E. Don’t burn out on us!!

  54. An hour?!? My attention span is about 6 minutes! On a good day…
    And Time Zones are a bit of a problem…

  55. I’d love to see you on Current TV!!
    (no, I don’t believe in the Easter Bunny….I’m just being optimistic)

  56. Just do a regular youtube posted video log. Tehn you don’t have to do any of the technical stuff, running a server etc… + everyone can search for you oin you tube.
    Radio, like the telly, is dead medium now. E.g. I used to listen to radio a lot, and watch telly a lot… but now I just watch/read/listen things on internet. that’s why most tv stations now have e.g. 4OD, iplayer etc… because they realise that people want “on-demand”.

  57. Ale Gorney said on May 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm:

    you should look at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ . Many of the financial bloggers use their service (there are rules about language and such iirc but its very convenient.)

    Anthony Watts had already said in his post:

    I’ve looked around a bit at what others are doing, for example at the “science” section of BlogTalkRadio. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I didn’t want to be in the same listing with the other people there. Sheesh what a nuthouse.

    *groan*

  58. No on has said it so far – so here goes.
    Why not make it a paid subscription Anthony?

  59. My first thought is Science Friday on NPR. They have no counterpoint, and the interviewer seems to fall under the spell of the interviewee with great regularity. You’ve already got the jump on that problem with your open format.

  60. I do this, so maybe can offer some pointers. I just interviewed Piers Corbyn: http://bit.ly/aRux92 And Prof. Bob Carter a number of times: http://bit.ly/8Dmmth
    Downloadable mp3 is fast, convenient and flexible. Streaming is a full time tech job and a time and resource muncher. The subject matter here is best presented in written and graphic format. Use audio to motivate and build community; also to reach new non-technical audiences with summary and overview. Contact me for tech tips.

  61. There is no advantage to live broadcast unless it requires live audience participation.
    If it were exclusively streamed, many would miss it and not like missing it.
    Therefore it must be canned, one way or another.
    Canned voice is a big file and should be an option, not a requirement. There are people on dialup, still.
    Quality can not suffer by using print. You don’t get to edit live stuff.

  62. [Harold Ambler says:
    May 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm
    Among the reasons not to do it live is the fact that WUWT is so truly international, spanning the anglophone world, and then some. International phone interviews that have technical issues arising would become stressful live]
    Streaming and podcasting are not mutually incompatible. I say do a live stream, then podcast it (i.e. post an mp3 or mp4) more or less immediately after the show. I often listen to American live streams here in the UK – there’s always something a bit more special about listening to news/discussion as it is actually happening – but given time zone differences I also take advantage of podcasts for when it’s not practical for me to listen live (i.e. those 2 hours per day when I manage to get some shut-eye).
    I can really see the WUWT show as being top of my favourites, based purely on this site’s readable contents – although I know AW intends to broaden the scope beyond climate. Although, to that, I would say: why? OK, I know there are many things science out there of interest. However, climate science (the transparent, honest kind) is of such importance now that it might be an idea to just do a climate show.
    Just my tuppence!

  63. Anthony, in all seriousness (is that a word)
    You have the #1 sane climate site.
    I would hate to see you have to take anything away from this.

  64. What he said:
    D. King says:
    May 2, 2010 at 11:54 am
    Anthony,
    Your blog is a national asset.
    I fear time away would be detrimental.
    MP3 interviews would be fantasic.
    Regards,
    Steamboat Jack
    (Jon Jewett’s evil twin)

  65. Broadcasting live is not necessary in the beginning(I rarely ever listen to anything live). A weekly podcast can be a simple mp3 distribution of a Skype conference that you have with your guests.

  66. Anthony — what a neat idea. I’ve often wished some of the posts here could be broadcast with visuals for the sole reason of clarification. I often visit Joe Bastardi at AccuWeather because he can help visualize current ideas behind the comments live at his desk. Draw circles around important parts, draw connections, raise his voice on important thoughts. It’s the visual connection that can make it so clear what is being said.
    I don’t know if you should go overboard at first, even an “as-needed” basis at first would give this site a visual alternative to get the point home.
    Hope it goes virial. Love your site here!

  67. I’ve been approached more than once about doing a live weekly radio program.
    Fwiw, I think live/recorded am radio would reach the most people in need of being reached, many of whom don’t get to the internet very much and are listening only while driving or working – and even fairly simple radio shows have worked and have a very large potential market. Of course your show would have to gain stations to spread far enough, but this could happen imo. Pod casts don’t interest me at all. I’d rather read. When I’m in the car or messing around on some project, my am radio is on.

  68. Just think; it would be the only real science show on the air! I often criticize CBC’s “Quirks and Quacks” er, Quarks as being highly misleading when referring to itself as a “weekly science program”. It more resembles the kind of broadcasts that used to emanate from the Soviet Union.
    I like the idea of a “Radio Free Climate”! And you appear to not only have a face for radio, but a voice for TV as well! 😉
    Cheers! Bring on the singing cats!

  69. Vlogging, to me, is the way to go. There is a guy, Jack Spriko, who does an immensely popular Itunes VLOG called “The Survival Podcast” that has tremendous amounts of subscriptions….but isn’t a militia, nuthouse survival vlog. Now, he can afford, money and time wise, to put out a show everyday, but that would be a good avenue to go to.

  70. That’s a great radio voice, Anthony…and I know you got the good information. I’m on the board of a non-commercial public radio station and believe you could get on not just a local radio station, but probably a regional or national program. I would recommend Alex Jones, but I think you can do even better than that. Let us know where you end up.

  71. Something along the lines of Weather action on youtube would be great,
    give Piers corbyn a nudge ,he seems the type of guy that would help out.

  72. I am with the many that have commented on the virtues of making it a podcast. And iTunes/Apple is the evil empire when it comes to getting the most exposure to potential audience, so I don’t think that should be ignored in favor of mp3 on the website only.
    I also agree with others that most podcasts will need an accompanying PowerPoint with the applicable graphics. The apple ACC format supports embedding graphics, and allows them to come up at the specific time in the audio that you desire. However, this is an Apple-only thing, so it is probably more trouble than what it is worth.
    Thanks for the outstanding work that you do.

  73. The “keys” to the success of WUWT are two,
    1.) WATT’s & Co. and the quality and content of the material presented
    AND
    2.) The real or imagined ability of your audience to provide seemingly immediate feedback and “discuss” the pro’s and con’s at a world-wide forum over the course of a few days. –and sometimes insert news flashes or shout out OT’s.
    Regarding the first key I have no doubt that you will succeed regardless of format. With respect to the second key, I have my doubts. Though you will no doubt get many to listen, the participation aspect will be missing from what I understand our current technical capabilities are. Now you have a “pseudo-live” Greek Forum; what we seem to be talking about here is a studio, live or not, and no live listeners or tomato throwers; no back and forth, kind’a like radio or TV.
    Best of luck! (“Break a leg!” as they say;-)
    PS: Go slow! Go cheap!

  74. Go to PFT, a sports website, and see what they do. Mike Florio there seems like a cool guy and might offer some tech advice.

  75. Good advice from your commenters thus far: podcasts, edited and a staged approach. There was a question of burnout earlier in year, so a go-slow approach is warranted. Your blog is most important (agree – national treasure), so couldn’t rec anything that would put that at risk.
    There is however a question of market segment: is this
    a) the portal to allow NEWCOMERS to the debate to get beyond the rhetoric of the MSM or
    b) the weekly outlet for the folks already “inside baseball”

  76. I agree that podcasts a great way to go if you want to go there. I’m in Australia and would not get up at 2am to listen. Also agree the odd video would be good. But Anthony, make sure you plan so it gives you a reasonable revenue stream. Your time is the limited resource here, so you may want to buy other resources to make your life easier. And I agree with the posters who tell you to make sure your family still sees you in real life regularly!
    Hazel

  77. My big concern would be over extension and burn-out. You do an awful lot as it is, Anthony. If that’s something you enjoy doing so much it would help refresh you, then that’s fine. But otherwise I’d be concerned it would just be “one more thing” keeping you running too fast on the hampster wheel.

  78. It’s not really a radio program unless it’s on the radio. Why not do an hour a week on a weekend talk station, then syndicate it?

  79. Good advice from your commenters thus far: podcasts, edited and a staged approach. There was a question of burnout earlier in year, so a go-slow approach is warranted I think. Your blog is most important (agree – national treasure), so couldn’t rec anything that would put that at risk.
    But I WOULD pay for a podcast, fyi. There is however a question of market segment: is this
    a) the portal to allow NEWCOMERS to the debate to get beyond the rhetoric of the MSM or
    b) the weekly outlet for the folks already “inside baseball” ?
    Both segments are noted here – but its important to bne clear on this point I think.
    As to media – it has to have graphics. Too much is visual info in this debate, and not even Rush Limbaugh can describe a chart.
    My two cents.

  80. The subject matter is good. The voice is good. However, you are way too good looking to sit behind a mic instead of in front of a camera. jmo.

  81. I agree that live is not necessary (even with call-ins! If you want that, it can be arranged even if not “live”…) There are plenty of sites that will host your material; no need to do a live streaming server from home. Even if you DO go live from home, no need to do a live streaming server. Instead, you do a live feed to “their” server; they take care of the rest.
    Since you already do TV I want to assume you know about obtaining high quality sound… since good video is built on good sound. Do you have resources (info/experts) for the home studio setup? If not, give a yell (my brother is an audio pro, etc etc)
    I do recommend the podcast route along with other generic formats; iTunes is free and tons of people have iPods.

  82. Normally I would be the first to say yes.. but in this case I voted a definite no. I think it would detract totally from this website and people would simply lose interest as there is simply not enough time to listen to everything. This format is a winner obviously.. You can see at a glance what the story is with a simple explanation, graphs tables etc.. and then people comment on it. I listened to one story on the other radio global cooling radio and just could not be bothered to go through! Too much too long! Also I think interest in AGW is probably waning everywhere including in the skeptic camp as it (AGW) ain’t happening anyway LOL.

  83. You could include a video/radio segment here..occasionally.. much easier, same result

  84. On a serious note,
    In Australia, our Finance companies do shareholder casts, in two formats, Voice and slides seems the best for bandwidth issues.
    I love WUWT because it has charts, I don’t need to wade thru mountains of verbiage.
    So I think the min would be voice and charts, a lot of us are on down load limits in family shared plans.

  85. Dear Anthony,
    A friend of mine, Peter Strachan, who runs his own authoritative subscription-base oil and gas newsletter here in Australia (‘Stockanalysis’ http://www.stockanalysis.com.au ) recently added a weekly radio-style “Feedback Session” to the subscribers’ section of the webpage through which his newsletter is delivered. As a subscriber, I was unsure the value of this at first, but am now an avid fan who never misses a single edition: it has proved to be a resounding success.
    Each session lasts about half an hour. The loose format consists of an overview and brief analysis of any significant economic events, then comments on relevant oil-industry, financial market and company-specific events, and then the main body of the session is a series of in-depth responses to clients’ specific questions, usually about particular companies, plus Peter’s own sometimes quite quirky observations of anything that amuses, intrigues or sparks his imagination.
    It is delivered through streaming, sound-only Windows Media Player and MP3 formats, and in my case I run it at my desk on Windows Media Player whilst I am working on other more mundane tasks.
    The reasons that it is such a success as far as I am concerned (and I think you will relate to these) are: a) The consistent high quality of content, which is a direct reflection of Peter’s depth of industry knowledge and the energy and effort that he puts in each week, b) the relevance of the content to the audience’s immediate interests, c) the originality and entertainment value of the material in the way that it is presented.
    Peter started out as an industry professional from a specific scientific background, who then diversified into broader-based resources industry, financial and scientific analyses and commentary. He now appears regulary on televison, radio and in the press and is frequently asked for his authoritative comments on mining, oil and gas industry matters. You might recognise a few common factors between his CV and yours!
    ANyway, if you would like to have a look at how his radio-style format works, you can either contact him through his ‘Stockanalysis’ website, or email me directly and I will be able to give you his contact details.
    I must say, if you were to go ahead with the proposed radio project, I would be a very regular listener to a half-hour per week WUWT commentary delivered through Windows Media Player, and if it included responses to some of the more original and interesting listeners queries, I think that would be very entertaining.
    Congratulations again on the excellence, interest value and high scientific integrity of your blog.
    With best regards,
    Larry Kirk
    (Perth, Western Australia)

  86. The day has only 24 hours. Unless you have many, many hours of free time (hard to imagine), this is going to erode time normally devoted to the blog, no? But perhaps the plan involves talented employees, I suppose. Talk Radio can get pretty goofy (sensible folks just laugh once & then tune out permanently, so preaching is only to the choir – i.e. useful for things like fundraising), but maybe there’s a way to avoid looking like part of that unsavory movement. For example, perhaps weekly is too frequent – maybe quarterly would better-balance competing + & -? …Or maybe this is about natural craving for growth, diversity, & change (for reasons that are not necessarily practical). In any case: Wishing +.

  87. When are you getting a Facebook fan page? You can reach more people through invites from existing members….

  88. Suggestions:
    Nah, you’d be spreading yourself too thin. If WUWT ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.
    At least do an audience demographic study first. You might find that those listening to a radio broadcast have no influence on outcomes. Or might they?
    Send an email to Andrew Bolt in Melbourne. He’s just moved from dominantly blogging and newspaper articles, to radio as well. He’s quite influential here, I think you know him. I hope you’ll meet him in mid-June.
    http://www.mtr1377.com.au/index.php?option=com_contact&task=view&contact_id=97&Itemid=445

  89. I could imagine a radio talk back format with Anthony and an ‘expert’, inviting discussion following an introduction to the topic. The questions could be written, texted or live.
    The live callers would necessarily be US, the others from around the world, how?, you invite questions before the topic is discussed,by announcing the topic ahead.
    Radio in Australia is kept alive by talk back, guess it is the same the world over.
    Talk back radio has always puzzled me, but is democratic, inclusive and may be worth a try. Avoiding ‘elitism’ is not easy, as scientific discussion can sound condescending.

  90. Consider the time it could take to do a one hour show. It probably takes a lot of planning, especially if you are committed to doing it every week. On the other hand, if you do MP3’s, there’s no need to commit yourself to the same amount of time from one week to the next. It could be 10 minutes one time, 45 minutes another. It wouldn’t even necessarily have to come out on the same day all the time.
    If there’s no money in it for you, it would probably cut into your volunteer time for blogging, which would be a big minus. However, it does seem as if it’s worth an experiment. Maybe it could expand your audience.

  91. Had to listen to it TWICE to realize it was not a “normal professional radio voice” doing an intro FOR you Anthony, but rather it IS you!
    I think it PASSES the “sounds like a professional broadcaster muster.
    We have a fellow in my church choir, who was the ‘morning voice’ for a popular local radio station…for 40 years! Now having listened to you three times, I’m realizing you SOUND LIKE HIM. Thus, if he can do 40 years, you’d better prepare for the long haul.
    Max

  92. On YouTube, I could send your stuff to concerned friends. Under the condition that you translate some of that high falutin’ technical jargon into something regular folks understand. Most all my friends are college educated. They just weren’t college educated in science.
    I sent one of your pages to several and the general response was: ??????!
    Go for it.

  93. Mr Watts,
    You are a GLOBAL ASSET, without WUWT I doubt much of the NASA/NOAA/CRUT chicanery of the last 30 years would have made its way to the public, imagine that,….chilling.
    A weekly summary of the WUWT site would be a genius move, as long as it didn’t sap too much of your energy, I’d love to hear Mr Goddard and Lord Monckton comment too, that would make my week every week. And you could go global, get Jo Nova by phone, or Ian Plimmer, just to add a touch of the south to the show.
    But better still, would be the polite, cogent and well tempered responses to the MSM’s doom mongering, you’ve already proven you can convey real information minus the Ad Hominen and vitriol. That puts you leagues above anything in any broadcast media today, imagine the BBC trying that for a change…
    I wish you luck Sir! And what ever you choose to do, you’ll have several hundreds of thousands of bloggers enthusiastically listening.

  94. First thing is: What is your goal?
    Second thing is: What is your goal?
    Third thing is: Do you have a plan to achieve it?
    If you can answer these questions in a positive note, then go for it.

  95. “I’ve been approached more than once about doing a live weekly radio program.”
    That means they’ll pay you? They offered a contract?

  96. If it’s at all practical, definitely go for it!
    It’ll take time, of course, but you are an old hand with 25 years of TV experience under your belt and understand what sort of commitment it will entail. Can you get any backing?

  97. A free Ipod app would be nice Anthony. The only thing I listen to on my Itouch is the Alex Jones show. I would definitely tune into the Anthony Watts Up With That show if it was available.

  98. Live or download is not necessarily an either/or option.
    Arbitron, as far as I know, only rates live broadcasts, so if you want radio ratings, stream live. I rather like live better, but maybe thats just me.
    And you can follow with an mp3 at-your-convenience download.
    OK S.

  99. Go for it Anthony!
    You have given me a great deal at WUWT to research and find answers, so much so, that I have been advised to open a Web School on the mechanics of Planetary science.
    The last piece of the climate puzzle came a couple days ago with the discussion on the growth of Arctic Ice. CO2 has absolutely nothing to do with warmth or cold except in a closed lab with no exterior perameters.
    Thank you very much Anthony.

  100. I won’t offer a response to your poll, as it’s your decision Anthony — it sounds like a lot of work to me, and I’d hate to make you feel you “owed” this to your supporting public.
    You could find other ways to channel the urge to go into broadcast, with a lower energy barrier. For example, why not pitch the possibility of a “weather and climate” stream for PJTV? If you’re really not wanting a video format, they might even give support to a radio format. I think the PJTV regulars can get by with simply a skype-type interface from a home office, and most of the production end of things is handled by the PJTV professionals; most of their personalities are amateurs, but I suspect they’re growing to the point that they might even be offering small stipends to regulars.
    I’m sure they’d be keen to have you on board, considering your profile and their need for growth. But perhaps their partisan slant (which I personally find refreshing — at least they wear their bias on their sleeves and don’t pretend to stony impartiality).
    On the other hand, you might worry that their political slant could deter your regulars or clutter your message with unrelated baggage. Besides, they have a few … um … loose canons. I wouldn’t say PJTV qualifies as “nuthouse” in the sense you used, but let’s just say there is a bit of spread in the quality of their offerings, from just plain dumb to really sharp political commentary (I recommend their satirical Trifecta and Andrew Klavan on the Culture, and the more serious Afterburner). If you’re not familiar with them, look around a bit on their channels. A feature on weather and climate along the lines of their “medically incorrect” slot would fit their format well.
    If you do go into radio, would you keep the acronym as call letters? I have a hard time imagining this tongue-twister being recited 5 times an hour:

    “You’re listening to double-yew-yew-double-you-tee radio!”

    How about “penta-yew-tee”, which at least flies off the palate a little easier and has a built in bit of drollity?

  101. I love the content on WUWT due to the inclusion of data, graphs, maps etc. A good conversation brings vibrancy to be sure, but an audio-only broadcast will have difficulty competing with the rich format of this blog. If a podcast is the stepping stone to some videos then I would be very excited indeed.

  102. mods, Anthony,
    Do it as simple as possible, will be much better all around.
    A digital camera a tripod a microphone computer to crunch the video to mp4 podcast.
    here is an example (note the increment for direct access) 10(2010) 18( eighteenth week 2010)
    http://podcast.jvim.com/video/1018.mp4
    http://podcast.jvim.com/video/1017.mp4
    http://jvim.com/tv/
    http://jvim.com/
    audio only
    http://podcast.jvim.com/audio/1017.mp3
    follow the K.I.S.S. just ask any engineer here!
    a bed sheet with a logo for the back ground two chairs a sheet of plywood cut in a curve etc. contact me if you need/want to.
    Tim L.
    oh ya and do it linked through here WUWT

  103. Good radio voice. Better than those Nature news podcasters.
    The cool thing about blogging is there is no right thing. People can guest host a podcast if you have no time. People can go without one for a week or two if they subscribe your podcast. It’s just one more media to play with.

  104. My feelings are mixed. I initially voted “don’t do it” because I figured any time taken away from the WUWT blog would be detrimental to its content. OTOH if it could be packaged in such a way as to draw more eyeballs to the blog, it could be a very useful service.

  105. I’m rather happy with WUWT as it is, but hey… if it’ll reach more people and you feel up to it, I say go for it! You can always go back to blogging if it doesn’t work out, right?

  106. A simple phone interview format might work for you. Send an email to the person you are to interview with questions and topics beforehand as well as asking for their own suggestions. I’d like to hear you ask each person that’s involved in science what science is and why they got interested in their field before you hang up.
    Plain down loadable MP3s.

  107. I think (to start) a daily 3-10 minute mp3 would be both devastating to the opposition and provide great skeptical listening pleasure.
    There is blood in the water with the health care takeover so any help you can give to stop Ration and Tax (RAT) is needed.
    For your country and for Science.

  108. And just what’s wrong with being wedged in between UFO conspiracists, creation/evolution debaters, and Bigfoot researchers on BlogTalkRadio? Enquiring minds want to know. 😉

  109. Simple MP3 downloads are more flexible (download to portable players, etc) and can be downloaded at any time. Unless any video includes important graphics, MP3 is much more economical, data-wise.

  110. Good idea Anthony.
    How about getting some of the regulars on? Pick a regular contributor and have a chat. There are some very interesting people hanging out here.
    How about?… It would be good to hear Leif Svalgaard discussing things with Nikola Scafetta, for example!
    An interview with Michael Mann perhaps?…

  111. Don’t listen to any of the bad advice.
    Go for it and don’t stop till you have all you want.
    Maybe you end up with a Science TV show.
    You might try starting by guest hosting on an established radio show.
    Also try and get a weekend show in a small market, and live stream it of course.
    Do you know any hosts, producers or radio management folks?

  112. 1. Maybe podcast it, then after a backlog has been built up, offer it to radio stations for them to broadcast.
    2. Get a partner (or two) to share the work of either interviewing or handling the work here at WUWT.
    PS: Re the new format: I’m glad you’re posting your name as author of your pieces, and that there’s a standard format-slot for authors’ names right at the top. But I think the names should be in larger type.

  113. I’m from a different educational background than most here, so I’ll chime in.
    A radio program also has rewards in that it can reach many people who might not turn to blogs. It also offers a chance to have guests, much like guest posts on WUWT.
    That says it all.
    If that’s what you’re trying to do, then that’s the road you’ll have to travel. Adding weekly mp3 downloads here would be great & all, but you’ll just be spending a lot more of your valuable time preaching to the same audience. More work for the same result.
    Is that what you really want to do, Anthony? I don’t think so.
    You’re trying to make a difference. And you already have. But if you want to take it to the next step, then by all means take it.
    If expanding the audience is your objective (seems pretty clear that it is), then a radio show is the way to go. And I say that echoing the concerns of others, namely that you can still maintain the quality of WUWT while adding a radio show to your daily workload.
    Good luck to you. I hope you do it.

  114. I like your voice. If you slowed it down half a beat, you’d sound more calm and confident. NPR announcers do it that way.
    As for all the technologies and formats available to you, I don’t have a clue and trust in your judgement. I suspect that live radio is too much work for someone who has too many other things going on. Recorded 1-minute commentaries might be a good way to start.

  115. If you do it be careful of who you choose as guests.You may find yourself in hot water because of something a guest says.

  116. Dear Anthony.
    I observed the rise and fall of one of the first ‘blogs’ that became the hot spot for vital and scarce information on Iraqwar.
    There gathered those desperate for information – wives, children, comrades- including experts.
    We read the KGB diplomatic reports daily during the invasion – and eventually msm reporters learned of it.
    When Fisk showed a piece of missile from a market, in 20 minutes we knew it was a HARM, what jet mounted the rack it was designed for, where it was made. We knew they aren’t fired at markets – they have to home in on a radar. Then we heard from the Serb who used to set up microwave ovens with doors propped open to draw fire from the NATO jets and how many of their recorded kills were probably microwave ovens.
    We each one of us felt proud and superior because we knew. We knew first and we knew best and nobody else seemed to know foxtrot apple.
    We read the much valued but understandably erratic posts of a Baghdad resident, Salaam Pax, while Steve Forbes claimed he was a fraud – before the BBC found him and hired him months later.
    Agonist.org was, during the period, ranked higher than Drudge.
    It was intensely engaging.
    Eventually it didn’t matter and the interest flagged and the experts and others got on with their lives, the site creator and the tech manager – and others who fancied themselves vital- they underwent withdrawals, for they had begun to conceive of careers as online celebrities. But the unique content was no longer compelling. So naturally they tried to substitute personality because it’s easier to generate. The infighting that resulted made mock of the virtues that had been demonstrated.
    Agonist.org is now a lonely liberal who chats about his cat.
    The popularity of WUWT rose on the tide of climategate. That is unsustainable and expectations based on the ‘trend’ of growth seen in this unique (read aberrant) situation will teach the lesson of the hockey stick that the church of global warming is struggling not to face. Of course, we know it was never about climate, don’t we?
    The real danger now is cap and trade. There is always something serious that needs to be prepared against or repelled.
    Being the one with the goods at a critical moment with a vital issue is a rare moment. Doing a spectacular job of rising to the occasion was championship work.
    That occasion is close to expiration date, so I understand a bid for diversification.
    Don’t depend on the net. Produce something people pay cash for. That’s where to use what you won, IMO.
    With deep respect and sincere best wishes,
    D.

  117. Anthony,
    I now read your site appreciably less than before because the new layout doesn’t agree with me. I suppose a podcast would be welcome, but streaming rather than downloading would just add to the things I know I’d be missing from WUWT.
    The poll for the site change reads thus:
    Love it – 50.5%
    Eh, it’s OK – 35.4%
    Hate it – 14.1%
    What is your current interpretation? A question that I’d dearly love the answer to is how many would object to a return to the old format.
    Have you checked your site stats? Are they being maintained? I can see the day coming when I’ll become so vexed that I will become an infrequent visitor. I’m not trying to be contentious, just stating how I feel a superficially trivial yet actually important thing like layout can destroy one’s appreciation. It’s like having a girlfriend one knows is attractive, but who insists on dressing in a sack. :-(((((
    REPLY: In a few days, WordPress 3.0 will be out, and this will (hopefully) give me better control over the look of the format.
    I’m curious as to why the new layout doesn’t agree with you. Is it becuase you are running on older hardware/software that can’t handle it or is it more about style? -A

  118. Hi Anthony,
    Your voice works well.
    Listen to ‘Guns and Butter’ KPFA in Berkeley and No Lies Radio. Both formats provide AUDIO only with archived iPodcasts.
    There are advantages to ‘audio only’. Less setup and operational costs for the listener the freedom to ‘put you into their background’ while they continue to with personal chores. The listener can always dig for more information on the Internet.
    I am technical with regard to communications technologies. While I do not have specific hands on experience with UDP radio streaming, I do understand the issues. You should consider the following:
    1: Isolate new stuff from existing stuff. Don’t integrate audio with website stuff. You don’t have the money or resources to do this well.
    2: Consider using MacMini it is cheap. $1000 for hardware and operating system with unlimited user connections. Max the memory out to 8 GB. Max the disk to 2 TB.
    3: Isolate the streaming server from the iPodcast archive server.
    4: Estimate the following:
    A: How many concurrent communications sessions (listeners) you will have at any one time.
    B: Determine the holding time each listener will remain connected.
    C: Determine the peak busy hour.
    From this you can calculate the performance requirements of the hardware/operating system/streaming server software.
    You may find that the MacMini will do what you want, or at least in Phase 1. My point is to keep things simple.
    Sounds like a good idea.
    jds

  119. I am running the newest hardware and software – and I prefer the old website theme in Windows and Mac.

    The problem may be with WordPress. I specifically do not like the fact that the blog user interface is sort of ‘page oriented’ as opposed to two panels with a index tree on the left that lets me index/click on what I want to read… as opposed to the next page, the next page, the next page – serially.
    Clarity. I prefer clean lines not graphic fluff. You can see this in the New York Times and in the Globe and Mail websites. Their content is presented with no formatting fluff. The chap that is website designer at the New York Times has the following WordPress website:
    http://www.subtraction.com/2009/11/14/introducing-basic-maths
    http://www.subtraction.com/about/

  120. “REPLY: In a few days, WordPress 3.0 will be out, and this will (hopefully) give me better control over the look of the format.
    I’m curious as to why the new layout doesn’t agree with you. Is it becuase you are running on older hardware/software that can’t handle it or is it more about style? -A”
    I have a Core 2 Quad running XP – 4 Gigs RAM, 250GB hard drive, good NVIDIA graphics card, Firefox 3.6.3, broadband, and a 19″ flatscreen monitor: not a bad machine and everything reasonably up-to-date plus regular defragging, etc.
    It’s a matter of style. As I said in the earlier thread, the text is thin (grey?) and serifed (TNR?), designed for reading on the page, not on a screen; there is a huge amount of white space, not helped by the wide line spacing, and everything is blindingly white. Reading before was effortless (although I always used a certain preferred level of text zoom) and engaging. Now, no matter what I do (including changing background colour), I can never achieve the density of text and general visual comfort I used to like. It’s hard to pin down exactly what was so good about the old site – as it’s no longer there, I can’t go back and analyse what it might have been that always used to pull me in and make me keep on wanting to read more.
    Besides that, an additional annoyance, remarked on by others, is that every time I want to post something, I have to fill in my name and email address again. It’s also noticeably slower to load than formerly. I sometimes have to wait while typing for screen characters to appear in this comment box. But my machine isn’t slow!
    It wasn’t broke, Anthony, but then you fixed it. I know you meant well and must have put quite a lot of effort into it, but as a consequence, though 50% seem okay with it, you may be losing others, and that could be a gradual, ongoing process. “Style” sounds like a trivial word, but I never realised till now how much of a difference it can make psychologically. Sorry to seem so negative. I want more than anything to regain my former enjoyment of, and engagement with, WUWT.
    Maybe WP 3.0 will help a bit. I’m just hoping that you will keep this issue alive for a while… it could be vital for your site stats.

  121. If it wasn’t for your crucifixion of God’s Own language I’d be wholeheartedly in support. “Two nations separated by a common language”
    tongue out of cheek/
    only kidding, imho your radio voice has that 20 Malboro a day gravitas to it that commands attention.

  122. I can’t wait – this will be awesome! I really like the idea of having video, but if you do that, please make an mp3 version available as well. Thanks!

  123. Vlogging is ideal for popular science. It allows you to show graphs and animations, and reach audiences that are too lazy to read your blog.
    Videoclips (YouTube, Google…) are easily taken over by other bloggers and spread across the ever warming globe…
    Success guaranteed.

  124. Video means higher production costs but gives the opportunity of advertising and turning it into a business. You could sell a weekly program to cable channels. I don’t know the business case but my guess is that reading is just too much work for all the couch potatoes out there (the mass market). Blogging will always be a minority persuit.

  125. Michael Larkin says:
    May 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm
    Personally, I’m more impressed and interested in content that presentation on the net , although maybe there is a need of a little colour.
    How about some green or blue shades, or other natural colours? Like the sea or grass and trees, since we’re all as concerned about mother nature as the activists?

  126. Anthony,
    A word of caution.
    You already do so much!! And with great impact, for which you have the well earned thanks of the “moderate” community.
    The use of a particular medium is a solution: so whats the problem to be solved??
    Like some previous posters, my view is that traditional radio and television, as “synchronous” communication devices with real time, one time transmission of programs, are dead in the water. To go in this direction is to invest time and effort unnecessarily.
    The trend is asynchronous, read/hear on demand using recorded programs. There are good reasons : flexibility, repeatability, return on investment etc.
    The “You Tube” model follows this trend for future communication, and it reaches a wide audience. The impact is unlimited.
    The only sort of content I would be interested in would be a real discussion of the evidence to get a common view. But I honestly think this is asking too much of human nature.

  127. Anthony,
    I made a wave file off the answering machine once just using the microphone to the answering machine message and it turned out great.
    A french friend almost got himself into an accident on the cell phone and the surprise language he used was very entertaining.

  128. Mp3’s sound like a Dalek underwater with a blanket over it,
    go with something a bit more modern…
    AAC/MP4/ I tunes

  129. I’m still wondering what the radio program is supposed to achieve that isn’t done already on the blog. Are there so many illiterate or blind people out there who still are interested in science and use the web to make it worth while? Myself, I find I’m reading much faster (even though English isn’t my first language) than having content read aloud to me. Also, listening to talk radio is dreadfully “linear” – you cannot (as I habitually do) skim an article in a few seconds to find out for yourself whether it’s worthwhile, and if it is, then read and re-read it more slowly for full comprehension.
    Audio formats IMHO should be reserved for things that cannot be expressed fully on the printed page, such as music, poetry/drama, or even political speeches (where sometimes the intonation gives an interpretation of the words said that’s quite dissimilar to what they look like in print). Science in my – maybe naive – understanding is about facts that neither need nor allow for interpretation (let alone artistical or poetical embellishment), so it’s a waste of effort to use anything but written words and occasional diagrams unless your target audience is somehow unable to digest these other than through audio.

  130. Here’s a playlist
    Bless the Weather : John Martyn
    Snowblind : Black Sabbath
    Hotter than July : Stevie Wonder
    Cold Rain and Snow : The Grateful Dead/Pentangle
    Cold as Ice : Foreigner
    The Sun and the Rain : Madness
    etc

  131. Anthony,
    I am so interested in this I would be willing to make a small donation to help defray the equipment costs. Do you have a way for those of us so inclined could make a donation?
    I’ve been looking for science mp3 podcasts to load into my waterproof mp3 player when I swim. I had to switch from running to swimming about 6 months ago (my knees are betraying me 🙁 ) and, while swiming is better exercise, it is monumentally boring. Listening to podcasts while I do my mile is the only way I can fight the boredom of looking at the bottom of the pool for 35-40 minutes.
    I’ve tried other ‘science’ podcasts but have found them wanting.
    Go for it.
    [Reply: there is a “Donate” button along the right sidebar. ~dbs, mod.]

  132. Your voice is very easy to listen to and we know that you would offer an audience informed commentary and could offer some interesting interviews as someone here suggested. Do what you want to do Anthony,but remember to pace yourself.

  133. I also agree with Janama ( 11:18), keep it simple for yourself and leave the onus on us to download your efforts. You do so much already that I would hate to see any added expenses of your time and effort for a perhaps limited gain.

  134. I would suggest checking out Geekbrief.tv as they do 3 to 4 short podcasts per week. Neal and Cali quit their jobs and have been podcast for a living now for 2 or 3 years. Their podcasts are about tech stuff and they have a wealth of information about how they got up and running doing podcasts. Unlike many podcasts they are the talent and the production staff. As they have lived it, they are a wealth of knowledge about hardware, software, production and the internet as a business. You can get to some of that information here:
    http://www.geekbrief.tv/podcasting-tips/
    Best wishes and thank you for all you do.

  135. This is a winner. As one can see by this blog there a hunger for science in the media. Like a lot of commenters here I’m sure,I’m still checking out the Mars rovers and following any new stuff on line. My wife is a radio producer and host who was born in Russia and she combs world news in several languages. Russia has scientific radio and TV programming of just the kind you are looking at and these folks are scientifically literate like no other. I think video – not just audio is best if this can be arranged. Its more of a hassle for production but the subject matter lends itself strongly to imaging – graphs etc. WUWT also would be a good educ. book series

  136. Anthony.
    I say yes, do it.
    BUT
    As I see your blog, it looks as if you and the mods already have an enormous workload, apart from any work you do elsewhere (earning a living, perhaps?).
    I would recommend that rather than commit to a defined schedule where you have to produce stories for a regular slot, do it on an ad hoc basis. That way, when a topic comes up that lends itself to that means, you can do it to suit your own time-frame rather than put extra pressure on yourself just to achieve a deadline of your own manufacture. Remember the periods last winter when you had to take time away to recover.
    On the whole , I think that this would be a very worthwhile extension to the current blog, but not if it’s going to kill you or your marriage.
    For myself, I would like to see a mix of MP3/MP4 that can be viewed/ listened to from the blog.
    john

  137. To open this idea up, get the ball rolling, going at a crawl, suggest — For the driving, jogging, cooking, cleaning, showering, bathing, shopping, conference-room-brief-not-listening, bike riding, ditch digging, sitting in a foxhole, can’t-use-a-keyboard mob, have hotlink audio versions of your blog articles that people can safely click on and listen to during these awkward times with their little old i-phones (or whatever they’re called). When they get home, or wherever it’s safe to use a keyboard– they can enter their response or feedback. Said response or feedback perhaps being a little more thoughtful given the extra time to think about what was being talked about? There’s always hope;-)
    PS: To add emphesis to articles where humor or sarcasm is called for, might I suggest a lady’s voice with a down under accent?

  138. My long post summarizing the ideas I liked best just got disappeared thru my stupidity. Most important: 1. what is(are) your purpose(s)? 2. will you have time for your wife and kids? 3. you have become (are) a “personality” in addition to a best-blogger — essential for radio; 4. donations plus subscriptions plus estimate of set-up cost so we afficianados can help defray; 5. lots of advice on most useful (both latest and that which appeals to largest audience) technology for your purposes; 6. link to WUWT.com for text and graphics; 7. perhaps this next step will enable you to hire a “manager’ and ‘tech person’ for live broadcasts; 8. continue to develop your inventive entrepreneurialism (whew) and investigative journalist persona (how desperately we need more like you).
    About new format. I don’t like it (you did not give me a chance to vote that way — I don’t “hate it”). I feel most like JDS and Michael Larkin even though I do not have latest tech. New format does not feel “professional”. Everything is so spread out. Way too much white space; I think EM Smith said something like “snow blindness”. I can adjust the font size myself. I have many other reasons-feelings that I cannot articulate — but if this is what you want, ok with me.

  139. Anthony–I think it’s a great idea, although I don’t know how you have time to do all the great things you’re already doing. There are so many radio and TV shows now spewing out nonsense and lies, it would be refreshing for the pubic to hear some real science (as opposed to the total garbage you hear and see on network shows). So I hope you do it, and if I can help in any way, let me know.
    Don

  140. One more comment: Anthony, you attract the most amazing commenters on WUWT and from so many fields and around the world. I continue to learn from each of them as well as from your, and your contributors’, posts. The experience has changed my life in this way: Despair would be easy these days in the currect educational/political climate (and I had to teach for years in a marxist(Cultural Studies)-curriculum-dominated institution), but with this many individuals thinking these truthful thoughts, living them in their daily lives, and demanding excellent of themselves and others, there is great hope. Especially, it is the everydayness of the experience of hope — for truthfulness, for the scientific method — that helps make life worth living. Steady as she goes (nautical meaning only) in whatever format/enterprise you choose.

  141. First thought.. WHY? What will it accomplish that isnt being done now?
    I’m sure this is going to get lost in here but I dont think I’m the only one who spends entirely too much time reading blogs and blog referenced MSM.. and using what I read to reason on the issues.
    I read much faster than I can listen.
    My first blog bookmark is ‘Instapundit’.. which often points to PJTV. I hardly EVER watch PJTV… because I cant watch listen to presentations at the same time I’m reading ‘between the lines of print’
    If I’m wanting to think about a speech somewhere I look for the transcript FIRST.. then if there’s a question on context listen to the actual recording.
    If I ever do watch/listen.. it’s to targeted issues like ‘Reason TV’. Or youtube.
    Anthony.. I dont want to be unkind, I love this site. But just think about your own first reaction when you read another blogger is putting up ‘Additional Content’ in Audio/Visual media.

  142. Well, I voted for live streaming, but others have made excellent points about “record and post”… gives YOU more flexibility of up to the moment subjects and guests. If you podcast please also post in MP3 – not all of us are podcast-able.
    But here is another suggestion I didn’t see above, think hard about going “remote” on a regular basis, say once a month or twice a year trips where for a month all sessions are remote, and how to do that. There is nothing like being where the action is, as you know. Yes, it is more difficult, more expensive, different equipment considerations…. But, to be standing on a Shasta glacier that is expanding, not contracting – even without video, THAT would be exciting as you describe the condition real-time! BTW, we had a film crew here at the house doing a movie and the cameras they used were the same size as a standard SLR (but $5-6k cost) and the director said they take as good of digital “film” as the $60 – 70k “studio” cameras do.

  143. This would be fantastic as a weekly news recap and interview show – I would advise against fixed length or fixed format at least to start. Let content drive format from week to week and just tell us what happened that week, incorporating appropriate guests as much as possible. Don’t try to formalize/script too much or this will eat up way too much time for you. Keep it informal and casual, but by all means do it!!!
    I would love to see (hear) you incorporate some sort of “Debate the Denier” segment or something like that. I realize that you would not have much luck getting the prominent alarmists to debate, but I think it would be outstanding to invite some of the more active bloggers/commenters/newsgroup participants from the other side to engage you and your guests directly. Sort of an opportunity for them to “give you their best shot” to support alarmism or challenge some of the WUWT content, and for you and/or your guests to respond and engage directly.
    By showing a willingness to engage directly, even with non-experts on the other side, you would present an obvious contrast with the alarmists. And as the non-experts you engage inevitably appeal to the authority of the leading alarmists again and again, you can continuously remind them that there is an open door to ANYONE that wants to come in and engage on the issues.
    Generally speaking, adversarial content, when conducted with class and poise, makes for extremely interesting listening. The beautiful thing about a podcast format for this is that it readily supports extended discussions when warranted and follow-up when appropriate.
    (I would be willing to contribute towards the necessary expenses involved in getting this going, as I’m sure others here would be as well. )

  144. I think this is a great idea … if you have the resources for it. My guess is that WUWT actually may be one of the future replacements for some old news papers that haven’t been able to develop. All kinds of reasonably accurate popularizations of science are very welcome in a world where the masses don’t have a clue about science … and things haven’t got better during the last few decades.

  145. a rational voice of moderation is always a good thing in the public arena. people who do have time and interest will continue to come to WUWT. Additionally the traffic to the site will see some people that did not take much interest in the topic. That will create a better enviroment in the whole debate.

  146. Anthony,
    I am definitely among those that worry the radio work would be too much. If you so wish to proceed, get “someone else” to build the radio stuff for you out of your blogs and have you just read/record it and have them handle all the production and distribution details. You’ve did TV weather a long time, so maybe you have some old media friends that could help you?

  147. Anthony, the idea is great – I would love it – but you do so much already!!
    Still, McIntyre versus Mann – it’s even better than Federer-Nadal!

  148. OH!
    Anthony, you need to do a bit of original music for your show intro.
    May I suggest that any song you choose be arranged in a do-wop style and be performed by Anthony and The Mods? ;o)

  149. john ratcliffe says: I would recommend that rather than commit to a defined schedule where you have to produce stories for a regular slot, do it on an ad hoc basis.
    This is my point of view too. Be careful. Less is more. After a while you will get a feeling what to do next, do not promise too much, something like one hour now and then, on an ad hoc basis, would be nice.

  150. In a perfect world all the guest posters here, and Anthony, would put their posts on video. But I know that costs money. So I am happy with what I have here on this blog.

  151. Not bad. A call in talk show would be the way to go. Maybe a 3 hr show on Sunday like Drudge used to have? You have all the info at your disposal and the callers too.

  152. Dear Anthony,
    I very selfishly voted for you to not bother broadcasting. As a Kiwi living in the UK who intends going home in the next couple of years, I am worried that radio might divert some of your effort into a media that would be pretty much unavailable to me.
    Selfish, I know, but your blog is essential daily reading for me, as are a small group of sites that appeal to my other interests. I suspect that the MSM is dying, which is sad, but I suspect this has been brought about by poor quality information, an excess of sensationalism and a lack of real investigatory journalism, particularly in the sciences. I, for one, rarely buy a newspaper now, when I once could not get through the day properly without devouring at least one newspaper. Many years ago I and a business partner owned and managed a small weekly sports paper, so my love of print runs deep and I see quality journalism as an essential part of a civilised life, but most of what passes for journalism in the UK is either timid or a rant, neither of which appeals to me, and the bias toward CAGW is quite alarming.
    Regards,
    Alexander

  153. Video would enable the posting of graphs, which are often needed. How about random posting of short videos to YouTube, but with a standard length and professional format so that TV stations could rebroadcast them? You could do interviews with notable climate heretics. That way you needn’t do too much prep. work.
    (To repeat, I think WUWT needs full attention, and that someone should be engaged to share the workload if you divert into broadcasting.)

  154. On vacation, haven’t been here lately, nor read all these comments. Only you know whether you have the time and energy to add another commitment to your already-extensive (backbreaking?) schedule. I would guess that if you could put together an hour or two of commentary a week, pulled from this blog, then it wouldn’t take much time—if you had help getting podcasts added to the website, archived, etc.
    Under my ‘Cousin Lynn’ hat, I do four hours of radio a week (“Hillbilly at Harvard,” honky-tonk country and bluegrass on WHRB-FM [Cambridge, MA, Saturdays 9 AM – 1 PM Eastern, streaming at WHRB.org]—shameless plug!), and while I program on the fly and spend only Friday evenings reviewing new CDs, it’s exhausting enough to pretty much kill Saturdays. You’re an old pro, of course, so an hour of chit-chat might not add too much, nor detract any from the energies you devote to this terrific blog. Maybe worth an experiment, but not more?
    /Mr Lynn

  155. Actually, I would like to suggest you organize the show as a virtual world machinima live broadcast on treet.tv. A friend of mine, Professor Robert Bloomfield, has a show called Metanomics on Treet.tv and it doesn’t require he have any special equipment whatsoever.

  156. I recommend you not commit to a set weekly schedule, as per John Ratcliffe and Invarient. Keep your time/family flexibility. Do videos when you feel like it and have a cool topic or a fascinating guest. Post the links on this blog so people can watch on their schedule. Rather than a lot of editorializing about the AGWers, I’m far more interested in solid science covering a broad array of topics. Fresh ideas and authoritative information from you and your guests would offer a unique resource for your worldwide array of fans to tap into.
    Best of luck, whatever you decide!
    Kate

  157. Here’s a better idea: Try to get a once-a-month or once-a-week slot on Fox. You could start with a late-night slot. Fox could rebroadcast it, or parts of it, in regular slots if it proved popular and acceptable to them. This way you’d reach a larger audience.

  158. Anthony,
    I really admire your energy and vision! Several folks have commented on the dangers of spreading yourself too thin. Let me second that! You have a wonderful voice, so that’s an asset, but I dabbled with some podcasting and it sucked up a ton of my time. Pulling together the content was the hardest part. Recording wasn’t so bad.
    So a recommendation is that you might ask for volunteer support to help compile your content from what you already have on WUWT. No doubt there are some talented people who are willing to pitch in, as your experience with your other volunteer projects has shown. You might also find someone who can try to book guests for you, since that is also time-consuming.
    Then, you can do the voice work without necessarily taking more away from your already insanely busy schedule. Content, message, and voice would be all you; you’d just have solid support for your important message.
    And sorry, no I’m not volunteering. My background doesn’t include any real communications training or experience. Worse, I’m in Japan so the timezones don’t work too well.
    Whatever you decide to do, you will have an enthusiastic audience. Best wishes on this new endeavor!

  159. A radio show might be a good idea.
    You probably already have a notion of how such a program would be structured – a call-in show or whatever. Occasionally I’m frustrated by the brevity of some threads, which do not allow a single issue to get fully explored. A radio show might allow you to bring experts on air and pick their brains for several minutes. People who are gluttons for technical (or other) details might even write in questions. Giving one guy the third degree would bring more focused information to light, and force smart people here to think of as many questions as they have answers (no offense). You have a lot of candidates for a good brain-picking here on WUWT, and others might be called upon to sacrifice themselves.
    In any case, thanks for the blog. As it is, it’s a great source and forum for the science-minded and the science-hungry.

  160. Stream with optional graphics – (for the charts, photos, etc.) i.e. you can toggle them on or off. Then SELL the video portion. i.e. set up a subscription which lets subscribers watch the broadcast live or canned on video. The video premium would be valuable for education, pool coverage of volcanoes, hurricanes, space walks, B roll etc. It’s a bunch more work but could make money. Lots of talk radio is done this way (Rush?) and with a strong page view base like yours, you’re bound to sign up enough subscribers (not too much $$ though) to cover the startup costs.
    If you have nothing else to show, just do what Imus and Stern did early on – add a couple auto pan cameras to cover you at the microphone. And HAVE FUN!!!

  161. FYI Anthony:
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    “Odiogo’s media-shifting technology expands the reach of your content: It transforms news sites and blog posts into high fidelity, near human quality audio files ready to download and play anywhere, anytime, on any device.”
    Create text-to-speech (TTS) podcast from RSS feed for iPod, iPhone, MP3 player and mobile phone
    There is a sample on their home page.
    Check out how Odiogo’s service is used here by clicking the small “Listen now” button under the article’s date:
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