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Curmudgeon’s Corner Returns

More than a decade ago… actually a decent bit more than a decade ago, Ivan and I did a show on WRCT Radio in Pittsburgh which we called Curmudgeon’s Corner. At various times in the history of the show other folks like Rebecca and Al and Greg and Chris would have major parts either on this show or on other talk shows on WRCT.

Other shows would have other foci, but Curmudgeon’s Corner was basically your typical political talk show. People with opinions (but not necessarily deep knowledge) mouthing off on the issues of the day. Occasionally we’d have guests and interviews of various sorts. Occasionally we’d have special topics. But most of the time, we’d just talk about our thoughts about whatever was in the news that week.

Well, Ivan and I both missed doing it. It was a lot of fun. Sometime in early 2005 Ivan and I spoke about reviving the show as a Podcast. But my computer at the time was underpowered for audio editing and there was a lot of other things going on that kept it on the back burner. In 2006 I got a computer up for the task, but again, lots of things going on, and it was not top of mind.

But a little over a week ago, Ivan emailed me and said “Hey, weren’t we going to do the show again?”. And so… here we go.

This morning Ivan and I recorded the first episode of Curmudgeon’s Corner since early 1995 or so, right before I left Pittsburgh and headed out to start a new life in DC… then Virginia… then New Jersey… then Pennsylvania again… then Florida… and now Washington. :-) The original shows were hour long shows. We’re now aiming at a bit shorter than that. I know my attention span balks at all but the best podcasts that top 30 minutes, so I didn’t want to go there. The first episode clocks in at just over 20 minutes.

We’d planned an agenda that was mostly politics, but at the last minute switched and it ended up being mostly tech. But that’s fine. Whatever is inspiring at the time. I think we are going to try to do these weekly for awhile. We don’t actually expect any listeners, but it is fun just to do, even if nobody listens.

In any case, it is all set up as a nice little podcast, so here are the links:

Podcast XML Feed

1-Click Subscribe in iTunes

For the first episode, the description is:

Ivan and Sam talk about:

  • The Return of Curmudgeon’s Corner
  • The Bill Gates and Steve Jobs show
  • Google’s Prospects
  • Hosted vs Desktop
  • Personal Mail on Corporate Systems

If we make it to 5 episodes, I’ll add some permanent stuff on the site about it, but for now, this post will do.

2 comments to Curmudgeon’s Corner Returns

  • Reb

    Oooh — will have to listen tonight. When I saw the headline I thought you converted all the taped archives and put them online, which gave me momentary panic.

  • Abulsme

    Oh don’t you worry… that is coming. I just have to find the box with all the tapes…

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