From Mason Adams, the Roanoke City and politics reporter.
Thanks to all the readers who responded to my series of questions about podcasts and how you spend your time while commuting.
We heard that some of you regularly listen to radio – whether through your car’s stereo or streaming through a smartphone – but haven’t delved too deeply into the wide world of audio podcasts.
Some readers are interested in a potential Roanoke Times podcast – but you’re less interested in a regurgitated version of what ran in the paper that day than you are in shows that would work in concert with what you can already read online or in the print
Others said they’d be interested in hearing a local news podcast as an addition to their audio diet that already includes NPR or other podcasts.
Laura listens to a lot of podcasts but worries that a Roanoke Times show would lack a vital piece of what she enjoys on roanoke.com – reader engagement. (I owe some thanks to Laura too for mentioning that “Mountain Stage” is available as a podcast. As a Drive-By Truckers fan, I downloaded the Patterson Hood episode the other night.)
I asked whether commuters would be interested in hearing an audio version of the Roanoke Times as an alternative to the print and online editions, but no one expressed any enthusiasm for that idea.
And a couple of readers disliked the entire premise of my post and questions. I appreciate the time you put into reading and responding to me, even if the feedback was negative.
One nice thing about the online world is that post will continue to live on for the time being.
If you’ve got more thoughts, please continue to weigh in. I appreciate everyone who posted.