November 9th, 2009

In depth discussions about Portland, podcasting, and the death of traditional media? That’s Crazy Talk


In depth discussions about Portland, podcasting, and the death of traditional media? That’s Crazy Talk

Here in the Portland blogging, startup, and open source community, we get into a bunch of conversations. Conversations about the future. Conversations about how to make a living doing what we love. Conversations about what we could do to make things better.

But so many of these conversations are lost in the ether or wedged into the gray matter of the few people who were involved in the conversation. Until now.

Introducing Crazy Talk, a new podcast from Dr. Normal that brings the backroom conversations of the Portland tech community to the forefront.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Dr. Normal, he’s the technical magic—and sometimes schtick heavy talent—behind the production Strange Love Live, the Friday night livestreamed podcast starring Cami Kaos that features the movers and shakers of the greater Portland tech scene. He also produces memePDX, the weekly podcast that covers the hottest tech stories in Portland and beyond. And of course, he helps by livestreaming any number of events around town.

So what, in the name of sanity, could persuade Dr. Normal to start yet another podcast—especially a daily one? NaPodPoMo, my friends.

That’s right. November is the month of NaWhatverWhateverMo—National Whatever Whatever Month—like NaNoWriMo, NaNoDrawMo, and NaPodPoMo. Not to mention Novembeard and Movember.

But I digress.

Fact of the matter is that Dr. Normal is producing a podcast a day—every day—for the entire month of November. And since he’s got three shows with Strange Love Live, Strange Love Live Afterhours, and memePDX, that means he’s got Crazy Talk going Sunday through Wednesday.

But what to focus on? How about taking all of the face-to-face conversations that he has with people about Portland startups, podcasting, and traditional media and capturing them for posterity? Think Charlie Rose or Tom Synder meets Leo Laporte. And the beauty is that the topics he’s covering—while specific to Portland—have very broad insights to the world at large.

Take his chat with Mike McClure about the Portland startup scene or his conversation with Robert Wagner of Portland Sucks about podcasting and traditional media. Or there’s always this conversation Dr. Normal had with us after we finished recording memePDX.

Longer format. No schtick. Just some important conversations.

I’m really glad to see Dr. Normal taking this on. And I’ll be interested to see what discussions these conversations inspire.

For more information, visit the blog where Dr. Normal is posting Crazy Talk. Or become a fan of Crazy Talk on Facebook.

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6 Responses to “In depth discussions about Portland, podcasting, and the death of traditional media? That’s Crazy Talk”

  1. CamiKaos says:

    I wouldn’t say “no schtick” but maybe “schtick light” :)

  2. I’m happy Doc is doing what he’s doing this month. It’s a welcome addition to Portland’s other great podcast shows. And those hats. OH. MY. GOD!! ;-)

  3. docnormal says:

    This is really a true podcast conversation and an opportunity for me to improve on mic. Don’t expect me to be as polished as SLL. It also seems to take a good 20 minutes for the conversation and topic to warm up, so be patient or fast forward to the middle. The guests and coversations have carried this project.

  4. I’m surprised he hasn’t called me. I host FLOSS Weekly with your aforementioned Leo Laporte, the largest open-source podcast on the planet. Oh well, it’s not like I’m hard to find.

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