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Posted: 12:05 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

Introducing Statesman Shots, an Austin culture podcast 

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"Shots" podcast guest Joe Gross, who writes about pop culture for the American-Statesman.

By Omar L. Gallaga

A year and a half ago, Tolly Moseley, who blogs at Austin Eavesdropper, and I did an Online News Association panel in Austin about writing for the web.

After the panel, which we really enjoyed doing, we talked. And talked. And kept talking. At some point, we realized, "We should be recording this. Why not a podcast?"

For almost a full year, we've been plotting and planning and with the help of our editors at the American-Statesman, we're pleased to share with you the result: the first pilot/test episode of an Austin culture podcast called "Statesman Shots." (Or just "Shots" if you're pressed for time.)

Every week, Tolly and I and a special guest will discuss Austin culture, from technology to the arts to whatever's in the air that we're all talking about, from a slightly skewed point of view. There'll be games and quizzes, surprises and we hope to also post short videos taken from the podcast. 

This won't happen for a little while; this first episode is just a test to get your feedback and to give you an idea of where we're going. We hope you like it, but more importantly, we hope you'll tell us what you'd like to hear and whether this is somethineasg you would like to hear regularly, perhaps as early as January or February. 

The first episode covers festival fatique/overload, whether artists can afford to live in Austin and the rise of "Brogrammers." We also have short segments including an "Attend/Skip/move" festivals quiz, "The Guilt Minute" and our recommendations for stuff you should check out, "A Toast."

Our special guest is Statesman entertainment/books/music/movies/everything writer Joe Gross, who nows his way around an Austin festival. 

Here's what Tolly has to say:

"I'm a huge podcast nerd, so collaborating on this with Omar and the Statesman has been delightful. When we first started talking about this concept, our visions gelled pretty naturally - probably because this is the kind of stuff we get together and chat about anyway, seeing as how we both adore Austin and want to slap it around sometimes. I couldn't really ask for a more humble or insightful cohost, and I'm honored to be a part of it. I'm thrilled the Statesman got behind the idea. Also, Joe Gross set the bar for our rotating guest contributor -  intelligent! Witty! A voice made for radio! We hope to have more like him. We also hope listeners will contribute ideas and let us know what they think; I think everyone hopes this will be a communal thing."

We'd like to thank Terry Grier of the "When In Austin" podcast for recording our audio, Tolly's husband Ross Carnes for providing his studio and music, and his bandmate Jason Silverberg of The Lennings for providing us with intro/outro music.  Please forgive a few audio glitches/spikes we have in the first few minutes.

And now for nuts and bolts. You can download the podcast in MP3 or enhanced podcast AAC format (basically the same audio but with chapters) from the Dropbox links below.

MP3 version (33 MB)

AAC version (66.5 MB)

Or listen to it on SoundCloud below:

No iTunes yet. We hope to have that situated when we start doing this regularly.

Here's the rundown:

0:00 Intro
1:15  Topic 1: Festival overload / fatigue in Austin
14:36 Short Shot - festival "Attend/Skip/Move"
23:15 Topic 2: Affordable Austin - can artists afford to live here?
44:13  Short Shot - The Guilt Minute
51:23 Topic 3: Rise of the "Brogrammer"
1:05:27 Short Shot - A Toast (recommendations from us)
1:10:15 Outtro and how to contact us

Show notes:

Feedback us! Post in the comments or contact me at ogallaga@statesman.com

Omar L. Gallaga

About Omar L. Gallaga

Omar L. Gallaga writes about technology culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He was a technology correspondent for NPR's "All Things Considered," helping originate the All Tech Considered segment and blog.

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