Craig Patchett, a software designer, have always showed interest in broadcasting after his experience in the radio business in college. But his job keeps him from getting a job in the radio.
Now, at the age of 43, Patchett is one of many growing number of podcasters. He creates shows and sends them out to the public everyday over the Internet instead of the airwaves through his personal computer. Interested listeners download his shows to their iPods or other digital music players.
Podcasting, less than a year old, is gaining the same attention as web blogs on the Internet. Such technology grants anyone with a PC to become an Internet broadcaster without the usual costs of mainstream airwave stations.
"It was just one of those things where you read about a technology and it clicks in your head: This is perfect and something I want to get involved with," said Patchett, whose podcasts focus on Christian and family programming.
Podcasting breaks traditional Internet radio by allowing listeners to download the program on their iPods and listen wherever they please. They do not have to say near the computer. Also, shows can be easily paused, rewound, or fast-forwarded.
Patchett's has also created godcast.org as a portal that organizes podcasts by content.