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  1. Ken Anderson

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    Although I have tried listening to several podcasts over the years, I have to say that it has not been a satisfying experience. I have always thought of podcasts as being a way in which people who felt they had the skills to make it in radio, or music, or another entertainment venue, but lacked the connections or support, could do it themselves, gain an audience, and make a career for themselves, or perhaps at least have a good time doing it.

    I suppose it is that but, as someone who really wanted to find something worth listening to, I can't say that I am at all impressed.

    Since I work online, I often stream movies or television series but, because I am working, I can't actually watch much of the shows. I follow them by glancing at the screen from time to time, but mostly by following the audio.

    My wife uses the radio for that purpose but pretty much all they have the radio is music, news, and political talk, and I don't want any of that, at least not on a regular basis.

    I sometimes play old radio series, from before television, and that's fine. But I like paranormal stuff, of the sort that Coast to Coast used to be before Art Bell left the show, and there are dozens of paranormal podcasts available through iTunes or TuneIn, and I have tried pretty much all of them.

    But I don't get it. At least 80% of the content of every podcast that I have tried to listen to has been advertising. When they aren't airing paid advertising, they are advertising their other podcasts, 80% of which are advertising other podcasts, and so on, and rarely do they get to anything worth listening to.
     
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    Sometimes when I feel like a complete heathen, I'll listen to Joe Rogan. However, even with monitoring guest and topic, one could still get an ear full. His Trump podcasts are good. He appreciates The Donald's quirky self.

    I do art while I have the tv on. Once I've seen the characters of the movie or show, I can generally follow the voices. This works on most documentaries as well, depending on visual topic.
     
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    I've never had much interest; my attention span is too short. SQUIRREL!!!

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    Can't even concentrate on audio books; I spent half the time "rewinding" because my mind wanders off.
     
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    In the wintertime, I am much more apt to listen to something like that, because in the winter, out comes the knitting needles and yarn, and I need something to listen to while I knit.
    I usually find mine on YouTube, and some of those are basically recorded radio-type shows, with not much to look at.
    I listened to John B.Wells Caravan to Midnight for a while, but his shows last at least 2 hours and sometimes more than 3 hours, and that is just too long for me.
    Truth Frequency Radio has some programs that I am interested in, but again, I usually find the ones that I want to hear , on YouTube.
     
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    Having gone through several of them, the Gralien Report seems to have the most actual content of any of the paranormal podcasts that I've come across. Still, he spends far too much time advertising his podcast, which seems odd to me because I'd think that someone who is already listening to the podcast would be more impressed with content, rather than self-advertising. I know that he's trying to get people to subscribe but, even then, I'd think he'd do better with less advertising.
     
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    I listen to some who interview people who are knowledgeable on certain topics, mostly foreign or military affairs.
     
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    Now, many YouTubers are trying to get people/subscribers to watch them on Patreon and actually pay them money per show or whatever. This is where I draw the line. They can either be happy with their earnings from YouTube or go get a job. :p
     
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    Why I would not be a good yoga candidate. I seriously can't zone out and not have anything on my mind in some zen state.
     
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    Ohh audio books. I love them. I listen to them when I do my housework. Right now I'm listening to "The Lady in the Tower" which is supposed to be Anne Boleyn talking. It's really good.

    I think podcasts are great too. You just have to find what you like. I listen to The Magic Tavern, which is hilarious. There is one called Return to Nightvale, which is really weird. Suits me. I was listening to one about the Game of Thrones for a while, which really make the series more understandable for me.

    I mostly listen to the serial shows, fiction stuff. I really find it enjoyable. There was one about zombies that was cool.

    My son likes one about sports. I guess it's about individual tastes. I really like what I've heard.
     
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    Yeah, I've heard some of that. While I wouldn't mind paying for solid content, given that the time spent putting content together every day or every week should be worth something, but once you pay for one of them, you will still be confronted with advertising, trying to get something more from you.
     
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