Marconi personally taught me how to podcast: Marc Eisenstadt provides some grown-up insight and historical context into podcasting.
“Podcasting glues-and-scripts-together a lot of things that are already available, but the big ‘so what?’ comes from the fact that until now nobody had really achieved the complete cradle-to-grave life cycle from out-in-the-ether -> RSS feed -> portable gadget, and in a way that was open source and extendible: this is what has really fired the imagination.”
[And on another note not related to Russell (inserted for clarification] I am amused by some of the “I was audioblogging before (insert podcaster name here) even knew what a blog was” that is taking place by those who wish to stake claim on podcasting pioneer status — or, to dismiss the echo-chamber hype swirling around the alpha-geek neighborhood of the blogosphere. Such inevitable debates over who is responsible for any innovation has led to my practice of always crediting Dave Winer, no matter what the innovation. (However, in this case, I’ll note that Marc Cuban has already made a few billion dollars from acting on a hunch related to people listening to broadcasts over the Internet.)
Much later update: Another clarification: I credit Dave because he derserves it.