16 October 2007
Podcast #6: The Rugby World Cup

Croziervision’s first ever panel discussion recorded yesterday features Brian Micklethwait, Antoine Clarke, Michael Jennings and myself chatting about the Rugby World Cup.

Topics ranged from the continuing glory of Clive Woodward and the origin of the word “try” to why you should never allow your prop forward to go skiing.  Best quote: when Brian Ashton gets described as looking like “...an accountant who’s just been fired for being too dull.”

My feeling on panel discussions is that it is vitally important to make it clear who is talking.  So, at the outset I had intended to announce the speaker’s name every time and before he opened his mouth.  Well, that didn’t work and degenerated into announcing the speaker’s name after he’d already started talking, sometimes.  So, I would be interested to know how it sounds to any listeners out there who aren’t familiar with our voices.  Is it easy to work out who is talking at any given moment?

There are also some annoying thumps and bumps which I thought I’d worked out how to eliminate.

On the positive side, all our voices are reasonably audible.  Not bad considering there was only one mic to play with.

Update 17/10/07.  From a “friend”: “Who needs Ambien with stuff like this on the web?”

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  1. You don’t have to identify who’s speaking, except by introducing people at the start.  Of the many thousands of radio discussions you’ve heard in your life, can you think of one which requires every speaker to be identified every time?  These conversations are interesting though, thanks for putting them online.

    Posted by Nick Mallory on 05 November 2007 at 04:46pm

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