Pride 48 Showcases GLBT Podcasts In 2-Day MarathonJun 25th, 2009 | By Elisabeth Lewin | Category: Podcasting, Podcasting Events
The infamous 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City marked the birth of the modern Gay Pride movement in the United States. Since then, the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered) community in the United States have observed Gay Pride month during the month of June.
Tomorrow, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, the first “Pride Month” podcasting event will kick off, with a two-day marathon called “Pride 48.”
We caught up with podcaster Daniel Brewer, one of the organizers of the Pride 48 podcast marathon.
Elisabeth McLaury Lewin: How and when did you get into podcasting, and what is your podcast?
Daniel Brewer: I did my first podcast about 2.5 years ago. It was called “CallBox 7″ and it was a political show. I managed to do it for 8 months before realizing that there is a reason people get paid to do political commentary – it is a lot of work to not “talk out of your @$$”.
I pod-faded that show and launched a generic “fart-joke” show called “Dubious Intent” just over a year ago. The show is myself, and two quasi-regular co-hosts – one from Florida and one from here in South Carolina. We record our show while streaming live and taking calls from our listeners every Sunday afternoon.
Elisabeth McLaury Lewin: Tell me what inspired you to organize a 48-hour GLBT podcast marathon.
Daniel Brewer: A friend of mine, Adam Burns from “The Adam and Matty Show” also live-streams his show and mentioned that it would cool to have a full time GLBT talk internet radio station. I talked him into scaling it down a bit and maybe just trying to fill an entire weekend with GLBT talk, and Pride48 was born.
Elisabeth McLaury Lewin: How did you spread the word, and get people from all over the world involved in the project?
Daniel Brewer: We basically spread the word about the project through podcasting news groups and one or two GLBT group shows. We made a conscious effort not to specifically invite any one to participate. Rather, it was an open event for any GLBT (or GLBT-friendly) podcast.
We also launched Pride48.com and Twittered our hearts ou,t to try and get people to sign up to participate. By May 31st, we had 29 individual podcasts signed up to participate (we’ve lost two or three since then due to scheduling).
Fortunately, the Internet is a global medium, so reaching podcasters from other countries wasn’t very difficult. At the present time, we have 26 individual shows from the U.S., Austrailia, and New Zealand.
Elisabeth McLaury Lewin: When is the live stream of the marathon beginning?
Daniel Brewer: The live stream starts Friday, June 26th at 7pm EDT, and will not end until 9pm EDT Sunday, June 28th. There are 26 individual shows, each doing anywhere from a half-hour to two hours of streaming, and even a few brave souls who are doing more than one “shift” to fill the entire event.
The streams can be accessed by going to http://pride48.com on either your computer, your iPhone, or your iPod Touch. We have a chat room that will be running for the entire event and you will be able to Tweet to our hosts by using the #pride48 hashtag in Twitter.
Elisabeth McLaury Lewin: Whom do you see as your primary audience – is it the GLBT community, or are you reaching for a broader audience?
Daniel Brewer: Our primary audience is the GLBT community. The day after our event ends is the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York – which started the modern Gay Pride movement. Everyone, however, is invited to join in for the fun.
Elisabeth McLaury Lewin: Where can listeners find out more?
Daniel Brewer:http://pride48.com has a list of all of our participants, the chat room, and our streaming schedule.
Elisabeth McLaury Lewin: Do you have anything else that you’d like me to share with Podcasting News’ readers?
Daniel Brewer: Well, I am a podcaster, so I would be remiss in my self-promotional duties if I didn’t say, “Go listen to all of the great shows on Pride48.com – but specifically make sure to listen to my show” (lol).