The other day, I got an e-mail message from one of the many people Pete Petersen had interviewed on KBSZ-AM’s morning show, “Around the Town.” She was looking for the podcast of her interviews.
I set up Internet streaming and podcasting for Pete as a personal favor back in 2005. The system was fully automated and would record 50 minutes (or so) of whatever was on the radio starting at 9 AM weekdays. It generated a podcast entry and the podcast appeared online, including in the iTunes Music Store.
Streaming audio worked relatively well, although it limited the number of simultaneous listeners to 16 or so. We had 2 or 3 regular listeners, but when the Wranglers played football, we’d fill all 16 slots.
When Pete sold the radio station, the new owners weren’t interested in maintaining the podcasts or streaming audio — or even the Web site. I took away all of my equipment; it’s still in my garage, waiting for me to clean it up and put it on eBay or Craig’s List. After a while, I deleted the blog that generated the podcast. I thought — incorrectly, it appears — that I’d also deleted all the podcast MP3 files.
In answer to the request I received the other day, I checked my server to see if I had any podcast episodes from “Around the Town” still online. And guess what? I had about 90% of the episodes from July 11, 2005 through March 31, 2008.
You can download a specific episode directly from the server. Here’s how.
- Get the date of the podcast you want to download. I’m sorry to say that I don’t have an index available.
- Use your Web browser to go to the podcast address. Unfortunately, because we didn’t keep a consistent naming convention, the address changes depending on the date. Here’s a rundown of the formats:
- For 2005:
http://www.theflyingm.com/podcasts/kbsz-radio/2005/kbsz-2005mmdd.mp3where mm is the 2-digit month and dd is the 2-digit day
- For 2006:
http://www.theflyingm.com/podcasts/kbsz-radio/2006/kbsz-att-2006mmdd.mp3where mm is the 2-digit month and dd is the 2-digit day
- For 2007 and 2008:
http://www.theflyingm.com/podcasts/kbsz-radio/yyyy/yyyymmdd.mp3where yyyy is the 4-digit year, mm is the 2-digit month, and dd is the 2-digit day
So, for example, if you wanted the podcast from August 5, 2005, you’d go to
- For 2005:
- If you get an error message when you attempt to download, check the address to make sure you entered it correctly. If it’s correct but simply won’t work, chances are you’re requesting a podcast we simply don’t have. (Several were missed or inadvertently deleted.)
The podcast should download immediately. It’ll be anywhere between 5 and 14 MB in size, depending on when it was recorded. It may play in your Web browser or open your MP3 player software to play.
You might be disappointed with the quality of the podcasts. To automate the process with Pete’s available setup, I had to record from a radio rather than directly from his board. There’s typical AM radio static, but Pete’s voice comes through, loud and clear.
I’m very happy that this material is still around. Pete and his much-loved radio station are gone, but their legacy remains, in part, in these interview podcasts.
And if you want to remember Pete at his best, download and listen to his farewell show.