New Gillmor Gang Episode up!

Oh my god, this isn’t really going to be happening every week now, is it…? ;)

If you haven’t yet, join the Facebook group.

In the true spirit of Dave Winer: where’s the RSS, Steve…? Downloading episodes via “save page as” through Facebook links isn’t really fun.

Gillmor Gang rides again soon…?

Steve dropped some hints about a new upcoming gig:

“Several months ago Doc Searls and I came up with a name for a new show I have been developing. I grabbed it that night as soon as I got home. Tomorrow that show will launch: it’s called Bad Sinatra.”

I sure hope that’s true – I really miss listening to the Gillmor Gang.

Here’s Steve’s new domain, Watch that space.

Jason Calacanis leaves AOL

jcal2.jpg Says Mike Arrington on TechCrunch, and Jason confirms it on his blog as well.

I wonder if the new will be able to go on as successfully now. Let’s see who AOL can get into the driver seat.

Can’t wait for the next Gillmor Gang (due tomorrow), where Jason has said he’ll talk about this.

I’d still love to see him do a regular podcast with Mike Arrington – this is a killer duo. Although grumpy Steve Gillmor manages to annoy the heck out of me in any of the episodes, the Gillmor Gang is still the #1 tech podcast for me, and that’s completely owed to Jason and Mike being part of it.

Oh, and if you haven’t listened to CalacanisCast yet – it’s worth a listen.

Gillmor vs. Curry – Round 1

Steve Gillmor is angry that the Gillmor Gang is no longer playing on Sirius 102:

“To be blunt, the Gang on Sirius is one of the best shows on that network. Forget about how I feel about it; what it says about my partners in the Gang is just fucking unforgivable. Doc Searls is one of the most important voices of our time, and reducing even for a minute the reach of that sound is just plain dumb.”

Adam Curry picks up the glove:

“As you know the Daily shows were removed from the lineup long ago due to lack of timely delivery, if at all. Unfortunately, the Gillmor Gang fell prey to the exact same problem. Repeats are unacceptable and unnecessary.

It is your sole responsibility to produce and deliver your programming, as is the content of the programming.
If organization of the talent for each show is a barrier, then you should consider compensating your Gang members.

The production budget for your programming is considerably larger than that of a daily 4 hour satellite radio program, I suggest you allocate a portion of it towards ‘talent booking’ or production assistance.”

First, about this discussion: Yes, there seem to have been problems with delivery (“Gillmor Daily” could have been renamed “Gillmor Monthly”…), but a show that features highly successful people who have a day job (pun intended) may sometimes run into scheduling difficulties. Also, I’d say this explanation by Adam obviously was not given before the show was taken off of Sirius, instead these blog posts appear – a serious communication issue.

I am a HUGE fan of the gang, but the last few months have been a stretch. While the addition of Mike Arrington and Jason Calacanis rocks, Steve Gillmor has obviously been selling out. He has often been hinting at money issues, which seems to have been a reason – the show has certainly suffered: I have written extensively about this, and the recent method of splitting up the gang into three 25 minute episodes with 7 minutes ads each really is a downer. In the good old Gillmor Gang days at IT Conversations I enjoyed listening to the one hour show each friday, now I have to collect the episodes over days and fast forward through the ads.

Steve, if money is the issue, please consider offering subscriptions for the Gang. I’d happily pay a buck each week for a full gang, but this Podshow nonsense will kill a good show if you don’t take care.

Advertising on the Gillmor Gang

Steve Gillmor talks about advertising in his podcasts:

“The complaints about the advertising on Gillmor Gang and Daily continue in the comments. I thought I’d post here to consolidate and try and explain why I’m doing it this way. First, I believe in the power of repetition, as I discuss with Adam Curry on the two part Gillmor Daily we recorded yesterday. The length of the endorsement is basically what I feel it should be, not any specific requirement on the part of Podshow or the sponsor. I try and produce something that I feel accurately represents my views, and in particular, how grateful I am for these fine companies, Podshow in particular and each sponsor as they join the show, that they have decided to support the show and the great talent that appears with me.”

Steve, let me say it again: advertising is ok, really. But let’s take one of last weeks episodes as an example: Don’t you think talking about how great these people are for about 7 minutes of a 30 minute podcast is a bit of a stretch?

Can’t you just take the example of Adam Curry and play the odd add now and then, and mention other sponsors quickly during the show? I now always start the Gillmor Gang by pushing the fast forward button until I can make out the start melody of the gang.