On many of my podcasts and even a post or two on this blog, I have talked about a "perceived" attitude that the fire service is sometimes, slow to embrace change. But come to think of it, many non-firefighters may feel the same way. And of course, it all depends "what" is changing. For example, there are those who always want to be among the first to try or purchase the latest electronic gadget, be it a 3-inch long cell phone or a 120-inch acrylic TV screen in time for the big game. Others, are satisfied with last year's model. We each decide to accept, adapt or refuse to make changes for our own reasons.
A little over a year ago a member of the design team at the company that hosts this podcasts, asked me if I had thought about, "V-casting."
"V-casting?" I asked. "What is that?" (Me....the guy who started in A/V in the third grade! Duh!)
He explained that "V-casting" was adding a video component to a podcast and some also post that same podcast on YouTube. I told him that while it could be interesting, my guests are rarely in the studio (OK, it's the fourth bedroom in our home!) with me. It's all done either using Skype directly or dialing the guest's phone line with Skype. And he replied by telling me that the vast majority of podcasters simply recorded themselves creating their podcasts, whether their guests were with them or not.
Jump to just a couple of weeks ago when Dr. Rich Gasaway was my guest on "5-Alarm Task Force," to discuss, "Situational Awareness Matters." Now, having listened to about a half dozen of his podcasts, I knew that he was a card-carrying member of V-casters, using both Facebook and YouTube. With that, I said to myself, "Self...it might be time for you to think about adding video to your podcast tech plan. And I am writing this post to tell you that I am in the beginning steps of bringing "5-Alarm Task Force," into the "video age."
It will still be a few weeks before I start. Why? Simply because if I were to turn a camera on as this studi....I mean, room, is now, those of you who are in the fire service would probably call our good friend, Lt. Ryan Pennington, our resident expert in "heavy content" fires (aka, hoarding)! No, it's not that bad, but since it plays many roles in our home, i.e., spare bedroom, financial headquarters, guitar studio, broadband HQ, etc., it is in some disarray.
I have already begun to clear things up and with a friend, we're planning to lose this gigantic desk with two bookcases on it, for a more clean and sleek podcast platform. I am also in the process of creating a banner that will be the backdrop and that will also be used on-site, should I be lucky enough to attend a conference, where I have also been invited to record a podcast.
For now, that is the first major change that I hope to be bringing you in the not too distant future, but hopefully, it will not be the only one. There a couple more that are under consideration. I could tell you about at least one of them now.....
But then, how would I coerce you to come back to read this blog again!
Stay Safe & Stay Well!
Steve Greene is the president of 5-Alarm Task Force Corp., a 501 (c) (3), non-profit company and the Creator/Host of the "5-Alarm Task Force" podcast.