Podbit 001 - Why I Switched to NBC News

Wed, May 16, 2020

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Kelley Burrus and I have embarked on a new adventure: we’re creating a podcast, called Podversation. Because we’re novices, we’re still in the learning stages of audio production, figuring out how to edit various recorded pieces together, then add podsafe music and voiceovers to make an enjoyable listening experience.

In the meantime, we will release individual audio files. Podversations will be longer interviews and discussions; Podbits are “audio appetizers” — tantalizing, bite-size snacks of opinion or observation to whet your appetite for conversation.

In this first podbit, I describe how my Twitter pal Jim Long influenced me to change my news-viewing habits. Click to listen, and let me know what you think in the comments.

By the way, the audio player I’ve used here is a free service from Evoca, one of the sponsors of the SOBCon conference. Evoca appears to be drop-dead easy to use, and I can’t wait to explore the social networking capabilities of the site as well as its recording and uploading features.Shout-out to Diego Orjuela, COO and co-founder of Evoca, whom I met in Chicago and with whom I had to share my most embarrassing moment as part of a group exercise. He’s not gonna tell, though, because I know his deep, dark secrets too. :-)NOTE: If you’re reading this in an RSS reader, you may need to click through to the site to hear the audio file.

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Connie Reece - who has written 142 posts on Every Dot Connects.

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20 Comments For This Post

  1. Jennifer Navarrete Says:


    I couldn’t agree more! There is nothing like starting online friendships and then meeting in the real world. The folks I have been blessed to meet online have been some of the nicest folks and best of all they “GET” me. We may only see each other once or twice a year but they have turned into some very good friends.

  2. Ynema Mangum Says:

    Hey, Connie! Good job. You have a great voice. Check out the audio podcasts on TalkBMC. I’ve been doing these since June of 2005. Love the idea of starting a conversation and making a connections. Read my blog post, please, on this. It’s an update to Cluetrain. Marketing IS Conversation: Say hello to Brenda for me. Saw she’s on your team.

  3. Connie Reece Says:

    Jennifer, I thought of you when I decided to post this podbit rather than waiting until we had complete podcasts ready. When I met you at BarCamp Austin earlier this year, you talked about just jumping in and doing it. So that’s what I did! See you this weekend at PodCamp San Antonio.

    Ynema, thanks for taking the time to comment. I will visit the BMC site and read your blog post about Cluetrain. And I’ll tell Brenda hello — will see her tomorrow night at Social Media Club.

  4. Annie Boccio Says:

    Connie that sounded wonderful, I’m really looking forward to hearing more from you. I’ve gotten to know dozens of people via the internet, including people I’d trust with my life, so I couldn’t agree with you more!

  5. Connie Reece Says:

    Thanks, Annie! I appreciate the encouragement. Like you, I’ve made a number of friends online. Most of them I’ll probably never have the opportunity to meet in person, but it’s wonderful when it does happen.

  6. jon swanson Says:


    Proof of concept with the technology, wonderful story to illustrate that digital friendships have real-world implications, and then a delightful style of telling the story.

    It sort of makes me want to look at evoca, but it really makes me want to follow Jim more closely. Which means that you got the relationship (as opposed to the technology) part of this post where it belongs. At the top.


  7. Connie Reece Says:

    Hey, Jon! Nice to find you hanging out over here and connecting the dots. :-)

    You would really enjoy getting to know Jim. I don’t know the first thing about video, but I have enjoyed reading his blog and his frequent tweets, which give a behind-the-scenes look at the news business. Jim gives a very realistic view of how media is changing, and how frustrating it can be to have one foot in the old media world and one foot in the new.

    And I agree with you: relationships trump technology. It’s about the people, always.

  8. Carma Dutra Says:

    Connie, how exciting! This pod technology is fabulous and makes the world a smaller place.

    I’m a fellow Texan too from a long line of Texans. I am anxious to try audio pods.

  9. mdy Says:

    Hi Connie! Enjoyed your first podbit, especially since I follow both you and newmediajim (and frequently enjoy your banter). :-)

    Looking forward to hearing more from you. * thumbs up *

  10. Kevin Dill Says:

    Wow! I think I just found the podcast voice and talent that I have been searching for. That was nothing short of excellent for a podbit Connie. You are great with words spoken and written!

  11. Kent Blumberg Says:


    This is great! Now I have to do the same on my blog. Too cool!


  12. Connie Reece Says:

    Carma, MDY, Kevin and Kent — thank you all so much for the compliments! I’m one of those who hates listening to my voice when recorded. What’s funny is that my speaking voice is almost identical to my sister’s; sometimes our mom has trouble telling which one of us is on the phone. But when it comes to singing, she has a beautiful lyric soprano voice … and when I sing, every dog within a five-county area shows up in my backyard. LOL

    Kevin, AWESOME JOB tonight at Social Media Club. Thank you so much for being on our panel.

  13. Ronda Lopez Says:

    Well now cousin Connie. I think this is great. But you are speaking a foreign language to me, and it ain’t even Spanish! I’m not even really sure exactly what a BLOG is. Although, I think my husband was the inventor of the word POD, as in Uncle Pod! But whatever a blog or a pod or a twitter is, maybe I should start one for stay-at-home-school moms! I would love to evoca the knock knock joke Tucker is telling me right now. Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

  14. Connie Reece Says:

    Hey, cousin Ronda (and Uncle Pod too)! You really should let Tucker experiment with Evoca. He could be one of the youngest people to have his own podcast. By the time he’s in middle school I will probably have hired him to run my IT department, which at the moment consists of …. me. I need cheap labor!

  15. Lisa Says:

    Connie, that was great. You’ve convinced me to try it.
    I’m a few weeks away from rolling out a new service on my blog, and Evoca would be a perfect tool.

    Thank you!

  16. Connie Reece Says:

    Lisa, let me know how you like Evoca. And of course, I’m dying to know what new service you’re adding to your blog. Tell us! :-)

  17. Giovanni Gallucci Says:


    Well done all the way around! I’m VERY impressed! Well written, well spoken and well said!


  18. Connie Reece Says:

    Awww, thanks, Giovanni! That means so much coming from one of my podcasting heroes.

  19. TheUrbanReporter Says:

    Nice podcast.. and NewMediaJim is good peeps.

  20. Connie Reece Says:

    Thanks, Amani. NewMediaJim is indeed good peeps. My next podbit will be about my “tweet-up” with Jim while he was in Crawford, Texas, on assignment recently. What fun!

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