The Talk Pod on the Web:
- Spoken Word on The Talk Pod for your iPhone and iPad – Get It Now Exclusively from the AppStore
- The Talk Pod on iTunes
- NEW WEBSITE SPROUTS SEEDS FOR YOUR BRAIN
- KGO Former Listeners
- The Talk Pod’s John Rothmann Believes There Should Be Zero Tolerance For Domestic Violence
- Soundwaves Xmas Concert October 18th
The Talk Pod is announced on “Conversations”.
From The San Francisco Chronicle Datebook (pink pages); August 17, 2014:
RADIO WAVES by Ben Fong-Torres
Oh, my pod: Ed Baxter, former news anchor on KGO, is a go-getter. After leaving KGO in 2011, he started a media services company, Baxter Media. So it’s no surprise that, after KGO dismissed most of its talk-show hosts and changed its format in late 2011, and after no other stations picked up the discarded hosts (except for a couple on KKSF), Baxter has taken action.
No, he didn’t buy a radio station, but he and partner Eric Johnson, of Alive Media Works, have launched The Talk Pod, a site featuring KGO exiles John Rothmann, Bill Wattenburg, Rosie Allen, Stan Burford, sportscasters Joe Starkey and Ken Dito, and meteorologist Lloyd Lindsay Young. Baxter also tapped television’s Malou Nubla, former KSFO talk host Barbara Simpson and wine writer Elizabeth Kate. To cover movies, Baxter drafted “The Flick Nation Crew” — Dennis Willis, Steve Wagner and Steven Kirk — who were part of Baxter and Allen’s radio shows.
They are not doing radio. They are writing and voicing short features, and they can be heard at www.thetalkpod.com and on mobile devices. Despite the site’s name, Baxter says it’s not a podcaster. Podcasts, he said, “are rewarmed radio shows, or people telling you how to get rid of toenail fungus. Here you’ve got well-known talk-show talent doing original content, in a form you’re not hearing elsewhere.”
In fact, it’s free-form. Although some are specialists, talking politics, sports, weather, science, shopping and movies, they and others can comment on whatever they like. Burford, freed from traffic reports, expounds on tech gadgets, on the idea of a three-day work week, and on how the rich spend their dough. Baxter and Allen engage in exchanges about news and politics. Dito can sound off on baseball trades, moments after they’ve been made. And Young goes beyond the weather maps to talk about why the weather is so weird.
Listeners can respond only by e-mail, but Baxter says that The Talk Pod has plans “for longer and two-way programs. People will be able to call in and communicate with the hosts.” And, yes, he’s talking with a couple of other ex-KGO personalities.
From The San Francisco Chronicle Datebook (pink pages); August 3, 2014:
RADIO WAVES by Ben Fong-Torres
Back in action: Ed Baxter, former news anchor on KGO, has created a new home for an earful of broadcasters familiar to Bay Area listeners and viewers. Seven of them, like Baxter, had ties to KGO before its switch from news-talk to mainly news. They are Rosie Allen, who co-anchored afternoons with Baxter, talk show hosts Bill Wattenburg and John Rothmann, traffic anchor Stan Burford, weather wizard Lloyd Lindsay Young, and sportscasters Ken Dito and Joe Starkey. Barbara Simpson, recently let go at KSFO, and TV personality Malou Nubla are also in the house.
What house? It’s a podcast site, The Talk Pod. It’s not radio; there are no call-in shows. The contributors offer news, commentaries and features, available for listening or downloading at Thetalkpod.com. I’ll have more details from Baxter in the next Radio Waves.