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My Mac Pro G5 and Podcasting’s Origins

Today I replaced my original Mac Pro G5. While most computers are merely tools, this one holds a special significance for me. I was a happy-go-lucky insurance executive when I tasked one of my assistants to call every local Apple Store searching for the elusive “Dual Processor Liquid Cooled 2.5Ghz Mac Pro”. Like a champ, while others waited for their online orders, my assistant had identified and secured one of the rare G5 beasts for me. In September 2004, this was a hot commodity! I took it home and on the following day searched for an Apple Script to reorganize my iTunes Library. That day, September 4th, 2004, I saw a small note about an Apple Script to download Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code. Just 3 weeks old, that is how I got into podcasting. No name for the concept had even been established (that would take another 2 weeks,) just passion and enthusiasm. I have made countless friends and benefited immensely since that day. It changed my life. I still think back to those of us who forged the way, Dave Slusher, Adam Curry, Doug Kaye, Steve Gillmor, Dave Winer, Dawn & Drew, Michael Butler, myself and many others. I kick myself for not having insisted on a photo of all of us at BloggerCon #3. How often do you get the opportunity to capture the genesis of something? In retrospect, it would have been a great snapshot of a time that was…

4 Responses to “My Mac Pro G5 and Podcasting’s Origins”

  1. Gravatar Icon 1 drew Jan 12th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    i wish i had a picture of all of us too.
    good times!

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Michael Jan 13th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Yeah that would be a classic picture! Just looking at the list: I have had countless good times with Dave Slusher both in California and North Carolina. Adam graciously wrote the forward for my first book, Podcast Solutions. I started a business with Doug. Had many interesting experiences with Steve Gillmor including a rather passionate hour-long conversation in an upper floor hallway at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Dave once called me an “unsung hero” of podcasting. (That was cool, thanks Dave.) I “chased” Dawn through the hallways of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco only to later realize her true intentions. Runs to In-and-Out with you after having shoved Nick Starr into the back seat. And Butler, what do you say about that guy? Classic! I always enjoy a beer (Heineken of course) with Butler. I still have my original Rock and Roll Geek Show bumper sticker. Some may accuse me of waxing nostalgic – but the early days of podcasting were as you say… good times!

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Butler Feb 8th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    What a great day that was for all of us! I will never forget it as long as I live! I met some of the greatest people in the world, MWG one of them.

    I drink this fine heineken to you my friend!

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Zac Dec 8th, 2008 at 9:03 am

    The whole of blogosphere is indebted to you, i don’t know what i’d do without pobcasts these days, keep up the innovative work

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Michael W. Geoghegan is founder and CEO of GigaVox Media, a production, consulting and technology company focused on audio/video new media.

As a pioneer of podcasting, Michael created some of the first corporate podcasts, including efforts by Disney. Michael is also creator of the 2008 James Beard Award winning "GrapeRadio" and "Reel Reviews: Films Worth Watching". He is editor-in-chief of the Podcast Academy™ book series and co-author of Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Podcasting.

Michael speaks frequently on podcasting's impact on new media and its corporate applications and is often quoted by the media including in The New York Times, USA Today, CNN and Wired Magazine.