I have to confess that I’m amazed and delighted at the success of The Bike Show’s podcast edition. Most listeners will be aware that The Bike Show is made for broadcast on Resonance FM, an experimental art radio station in London. However, thanks to podcasting, it is reaching a much wider audience, right around the globe.
So first of all, thanks again to Jon Oates, who first encouraged me to get my podcasting act together and held my hand while I flapped around trying to do it. This was back in May 2005, in the early prehistory of podcasting, before iTunes podcast directory, Ricky Gervais and all.
Since then, The Bike Show’s podcast has grown in popularity to a point where it is downloaded each week by between 1000 and 1500 subscribers! Almost all of this has been through word of mouth. I have done zero promotion as I’m too busy just making the show itself every week.
But I’ve been told that a good way to spread the word about The Bike Show is to vote for it on Podcast Alley. You can do that in a flash by clicking here. So far there is a grand total of 7 votes. The show deserves more than that, doesn’t it?
Thanks to all those Bike Show listeners who’ve donated to the Save Resonance fund. The ten free copies of Rouleur Magazine have now all been claimed by John Paul, Denis, Henning, Wesley, Julian, Marc, Mark, Grant, Matt, Jesse and Tom. Copies will be on their way as soon as we have confirmed your postal addresses.
But we still need your donations, so even if there’s not a lovely copy of Rouleur up for grabs, all donations are very much appreciated.
Today’s Excess Baggage on BBC Radio 4 features reportage by Kieron Yates, the Bike Show’s very own intrepid stateside adventurer and long distance audax freak.
His epic ride down the Mississippi from North Dakota all the way to New Orleans caught the eye of the BBC’s Saturday morning travel show (or should that be ear?).
Click here to listen again to Excess Baggage. Fortunately today’s episode is presented by the charming John McCarthy and not the unbearably irritating regular host Sandi Toksvig.
If you’re interested in hearing the full story of Kieron’s fixed wheel American adventure as broadcast a few months ago on The Bike Show, here are the links:
Just a quick post to say that contrary to rumours, the Bike Show is not going fortnightly. The observant among you will have noticed that recent service has been interrupted, and this due to:
1. A near-catastrophic flood at the Resonance fm studio which pulled
everthing off the air for a few days (hence no new show on 16 October)
2. Me being stuck on a train coming back from north Wales last week,
and thereby missing the show.
I hope you’ll agree that these events are both very much in keeping
with the overall ambiance of the Bike Show, but I’ll do my best to
ensure they’re not repeated (as some of old shows have had to be to fill the gaps!)
Thanks to the lovely promotions people at the Cycle Show 2006, we’re pleased to be giving away 5 free tickets to the UK’s biggest cycle trade fair, on this weekend 6-8 October at the ExCel Centre in Docklands. Plenty of Bike Show friends will be there, including Rapha and Condor who will be putting on a typically stylish stand. Plus lots of cycling groups such as the excellent CTC, who have just appointed Jon Snow as their new President, in place of Phil Liggett, who stands down after 10 years. Rumour has it that the mighty Eddy Merckx will be putting in an appearance on Saturday. Chapeaux!
Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org saying which day you want to go. First come, first served.
To celebrate 2 years (almost) of the Bike Show on Resonance FM, we’ll be having a party on 30 June, just after Critical Mass, and on the eve of this year’s Tour De France. What better excuse to raise a glass to the transcendental pleasures of the bicycle?!
DJ Jean-Marie (Continental Drift), DJ Helen Ladybody and DJ JoeBike will be spinning the sounds, there’ll be classic bike films on the screen, a free prize draw and pub prices on the liquor.
8pm-1am, upstairs at the Walrus Social, corner of Westminster Bridge Road and Lower Marsh, in the heart of London’s fabulous Waterloo.
Thanks to everyone who’s visited the blog, listened to the shows and posted comments. Your interest and feedback is always appreciated.
And should you wish to take the step from being a Bike Show listener to a Bike Show programme-maker, the door is wide open. We’ll be back on air from 12 June!
Resonance FM (the award-winning London radio station that broadcasts the show) is a non-profit station, and I am – like every single other Resonance programme-maker – entirely unpaid for my work. The Bike Show is just something I manage to fit in around other, non-bicycle, non-radio work. …which might explain why it’s a bit rough around the edges.
So if you’ve got a passion for the bicycle and like the idea of making radio, then drop me a line. If you’re in the London area I can lend any gear you might need and advise on technique – even if you’ve never touched a microphone before. New perspectives and different personalities can only enrich the mix and several listeners have already made fantastic features for the show.
So go on…you know you want to.