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RAIN 8/6: Ousted WGN personality launches site to feature daily original podcast, blog content

Posted on: 08/06/2010

STEVECOCHRANSHOW.COM WILL SHOWCASEBEST FROM OLD SHOWSPLUSCOOL THINGS WE CAN DO ON THE NET

17-year Chicago radio vet Steve Cochran, just one in a parade of talent shown the door at WGN in the past year, announced his new project today: SteveCochranShow.com.

Chicago media columnist Robert Feder wrote, “the site will feature fresh, original material every day — some in blog form, some in podcast form, some in video form. It also will include an archive of interviews and news about his standup comedy appearances.” Cochran told Feder, “I want to take the best stuff I did from the old shows and add all the cool things we can do on the Net.”

RAIN readers will remember that Chicago radio legend (and RAIN Summit speaker) Steve Dahl, no longer on the air, is also maintaining his media profile through (among other avenues) a daily podcast, a Twitter feed, and video content on his website The Dahl Show.

Read Robert Feder’s coverage of the launch of Steve Cochran’s site here.

NPR SURVEYS ITS FACEBOOK FANS

NPR is sharing some of its findings from a recent survey of its fans on Facebook.

More than 40-thousand people responded to the survey, nearly all of whom (96%) say they’re on the popular social network site at least daily (80% access it more than that!). More than half listen to NPR for 1-3 hours a day, compared with the 4.25 hours per week for the average NPR listener. 84% say they “regularly read” the news NPR posts on Facebook, and 30% have participated by “commenting” on at least one story in the past 5 months. NPR seems to have found the “sweet spot” when it comes to deciding how often to post items on Facebook: 72.6% say the 8-10 (on average) NPR posts per day is “just the right amount.” Just 6% felt that that was too often.

In July, NPR surpassed 1 million fans on Facebook. Read more results of the survey from NPR here.

STREAM NET RADIO WIRELESSLY FROM YOUR iPHONE TO SPEAKERS

Creative Technology’s $300 ZiiSound D5 speaker system connects to your iPhone or iPod Touch via Bluetooth, thereby allowing you to play music wirelessly from your mobile device. It sounds like a great way to play Net radio (via iPhone apps) to a quality home stereo system — if the ZiiSound D5 is a quality stereo system that is.

The New York Times‘ Gadget Blog took the device for a spin recently. While sound quality isn’t as great as other $300-range speakers (from Bose, for example), the “seamless” Bluetooth connection is worth the price, according to NYT. Find their full review here.



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