My adoration for the Adam Carolla Podcast

April 2, 2009

adam_carolla1I’ll be the first to admit that during the days of FreeFM 97.1FM, I only occasionally listened to Adam Carolla’s radio show.  It was always second fiddle to KROQ 106.7FM’s Kevin & Bean morning program.  Only if they were playing some ungodly music like System of a Down or the Red Hot Chili Peppers (for the Millionth time) would I switch frequencies.

Now that Adam’s off the air, he’s created this podcast and WOW is it good.  It’s the perfect demonstration of what happens when you take a professional talent and put them exclusively on the air without the influence of advertising or any form of censorship whatsoever.

GENERIC RSS SUBSCRIPTION LINK:
http://cioffi.cachefly.net/acp.xml

ZUNE SUBSCRIPTION LINK:
zune
INSTANTLY MY FAVORITE PODCAST

I have a Zune (obviously) and I’ve been subscribing to a total of 24 podcasts and never have I encountered a podcast that suddenly became my favorite so quickly, than Adam’s show.  It’s

I started listening to Adam after the 4 jocks got the can when FreeFM went down in flames.  I’ve heard numerous stories about why this happened, (BTW I’m still not buying the story that Tom Leykis didn’t somehow financially hose the station.  Given the number of leaked comments to the contrary from Frank, Adam, and Danny, there’s got to be something there) but regardless, one thing it meant was the end of the Adam Carolla show, which, as much as I thought it was a milquetoast version of Kevin & Bean. I still kept it as my morning show ‘backup’.

Little did I know, Adam would be back with such a vengeance.  His podcast, started just a few days after the radio program ceased to operate has:

  1. No advertising – 100% Ace Rockola all the time
  2. No censorship at all – Resulting in the frequent dropping of the f-bomb
  3. No program director – Adam controls all the content and all the topics
    No bullsh-t agenda… no stupid plugs.

BETTER RADIO THAN… RADIO
This is the way I like my radio.  I would rather listen to Adam’s podcast now than listen to Kevin & Bean in the morning on KROQ.  Apparently, I’m not the only one.  The podcast has immediately become the #1 podcast on most the podcast services like iTunes.  It’s at #10 on Zune Marketplace but I actually think the only reason it’s at 10 is because most of us subscribe to the RSS feed they have posted on the web site at http://adamcarolla.com – it took too damned long to post on Zune Marketplace.  It might have been because Adam didn’t post it there immediately.

The big thing that I thought was interesting was that his podcast is apparently the world record holder for most downloaded.  In just a couple shows he broke Ricky Gervais’ record for number of downloads for his podcast. (500,000)  I think Adam got 800,000 downloads for a single episode he did.

Good for you Adam.


Podcasts I’ve listening to right now – 4/1/2009

April 2, 2009

image No April Fools joke here.  Just posting my currently subscribed podcasts.  Hmm.  Lots of Xbox, Vegas/gambling, immature humor, sports, finance, politics, Japanese sake, computer techie stuff… yep.  That’s pretty much me!

And for all you geeks out there:  I’m married!  Yep – go figure.  She knows how to repair her own computer and even plays video games with me over Xbox Live. 

So, yes, there is hope for everyone.

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VIDEO: PBS’s Frontline Special “Sick Around America”

April 2, 2009

<taken from PBS’s web site>

As the worsening economy leads to massive job losses—potentially forcing millions more Americans to go without health insurance—FRONTLINE travels the country examining the nation’s broken health care system and explores the need for a fundamental overhaul. Veteran FRONTLINE producer Jon Palfreman dissects the private insurance system, a system that not only fails to cover 46 million Americans but also leaves millions more underinsured and at risk of bankruptcy.

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A story about Microsoft’s employee outstanding health coverage is highlighted as a best practice for all companies in this Frontline segment.  Microsoft’s SVP of Human Resources Lisa Brummel is interviewed.

VIDEO:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundamerica/view/ (55 minutes)

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