As Dave Slusher describes in his latest podcast, what’s appropriate to promote a podcast is sometimes quite the opposite of what works for radio. In the days of his radio program, Dave would promote the hell out of his shows in advance. It was an event. It played once, and the whole idea was to get the buzz machine going in advance to build a crescendo of listenership. The value of show immediately died after airing.
Podcasting is just the opposite. The life of a podcast builds after it’s published. In the case of IT Conversations (not really a podcast), that life can last for years. The buzz comes not from pre-event hype, but from post-publication blogging and whuffie.
And as Dave also mentioned, there’s another reason not to pre-announce a podcast: As we learned, things can go wrong. 🙂