I DID mention that there is a debate on Wednesday night, right? On another blog post about Radio/TalkBack/Blogs.

DebateIT: Blogging is as Useful as Talkback Radio Wednesday 12th September; 6.00pm – 7.30pm; Lecture Theatre, Museum of Sydney. Organised by Rachel Slattery.

I probably won’t go. Probably. I am chairing a two-day conference on Wed/Thursday on Web 2.0 and Collaboration and Knowledge Management. I really shouldn’t attend – No, I mean it! I can’t go out on a school night. Oh… You’ll buy me a drink? Ok, we’ll see. 🙂

But if you are there, flaunt your knowledge of dial-in podcasts: These are podcasts that are opened up to listeners. And yes, you have to listen in realtime though I guess most are available after on TPN or iTunes. Here’s a couple:

BlogTalkRadio:

What is BlogTalkRadio?

BlogTalkRadio is a platform that extends the blog, allowing any individual to host a live blogshow online. Our service is free to all users, whether you host a blogshow or listen in. Plus hosts earn half of all revenue generated by their blogshow and Host Channel page.

Why do you say you extend the blog?

The blog has changed the face of media and communication. But unfortunately, it has its limits. Primarily, the blog does not allow for real-time interaction between the blogger and his or her readers. At BlogTalkRadio, we extend the blog to allow such live interaction, as well as allow users to generate and consume content in audio format as well as in written format.

You have “radio” in your name. But isn’t your site different from regular radio?

We allow every individual the freedom to become a blogshow host, similar to a radio talk show host. That is why “radio” appears in our name. However, because we are on the Internet, your potential reach as a blogshow host far exceeds the reach of a radio talk show host because your audience is global rather than regional. Additionally, as a listener, you have access to far more content than you would on your local or even satellite radio station.

Effectively everyone hosting, everyone dialing in, everyone editing their own shows. Everyone. Even TurnBaby, whoever she might be:

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Gabcast is another one:

Host your own conference call, or dial-in chat.

Gabcast has Australian telephone numbers: 6129.037.1938 (Sydney, AU) and 6186.365.4411 (Perth, AU) as well as Gizmo/SIP access.

I like Gabfest’s quote:

Over 300 years ago the famous philosopher John Locke wrote:

[Deity or Evolution], having designed man for a sociable creature, made him not only with an inclination, and under a necessity to have fellowship with those of his own kind, but furnished him also with language, which was to be the great instrument and common tie of society. Man, therefore, had by nature his organs so fashioned, as to be fit to frame articulate sounds, which we call words.

Gabcast is the expression of Locke’s idea in the Digital Age.

Alan Jones or Lawsy would agree with Locke. Revolution is in the air for radio – will we see more user generated radio shows on traditional talkback? I don’t mean the “pose a question and dial in and leave a voicemail, or record a YouTube response” but real shows. a la Turnbaby. John Howard’s career might be hosting a BlogRadioShow after losing the election? o.O *laughs* don’t go all political in the comments puleaze.