Podsafe Christmas Showcases Holiday Tunes

Dec 17th, 2008 | By | Category: Audio Podcasting, Podcast Quickies, Podcasting

Throughout the month of December, we’ve been (very) intermittently profiling some of the end-of-year holiday podcasts we enjoy. One favorite, that is actually produced by someone we know in real life, is Podsafe Christmas.

Podsafe Christmas is the creation of Kansas City-based meteorologist and musician (and weather and music podcaster) Ed Roberts. The show runs daily from the day after (the U.S.) Thanksgiving, through December 24. Each day’s program features 10 – 20 minutes of what he terms “new original and public domain Christmas songs that you often won’t hear anywhere else.”

One of the longest-running (and possibly the oldest?) Christmas podcast around, Podsafe Christmas is in its third year. Roberts clarifies, “Adam Curry had actually attempted something similar in 2005, but he only did a few episodes before he got too busy to do it.”

How does he find several new holiday songs every day? “There are great songs available through the Podsafe Music Network, IODA Promonet, Ariel Publicity,” Roberts offers. “Often, artists send their music to me, but it’s always a challenge explaining licensing to them. I’ve had to turn away several who have done covers, but didn’t tie down downloadable offline distribution rights.”

Some of the songs are original tunes, written and performed by well-known personalities in the podcast world, like Matthew Ebel and Geoff Smith. Others are by names I’ve never seen/heard before. Many of the songs are new interpretatons of old Christmas standard tunes that are in the public domain (think “O Holy Night” or “Joy To The World). All the songs are linked in the show notes to pages where you can support the artists by purchasing their music.

Ed Roberts also produces the daily KC Weather Podcast and year ’round podsafe music series Looking Out The Window.

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  1. Steve Webb says:

    Ed does do a great show with Podsafe Christmas. I’ve enjoyed his show since the first episode three years ago. That, by the way, is when I first started doing the Lifespring Why Christmas show. Actually, back then we called it the LIfespring Advent Calendar show. I’m based in California, and do the show with James Cooper, a U.K. based friend, via Skype.

  2. Ed Roberts says:

    Thanks for the shout-out! … and yes, you need to check out Steve and James’ show as well. http://LifeSpringWhyChristmas.com

  3. If you want a traditional Christmas Eve-themed show with lots of great Christmas music (think modern takes on traditional carols check out Music for Midnight #21. http://personallifemedia.com/podcasts/381-music-for-midnight/episodes/24384-merry-christmas

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