About a week ago, I had a brainwave. ONLY ONE. And it was this: if I wanted people to write reviews for the Unknown Studio on iTunes, maybe some kind of incentive would work. That’s when I went digging through the pile of stuff in my home office. Or rather, I went digging through one of the piles of stuff, for there are several. And what do I come across but an unused American Apparel gift card with $40 on it. Since I’m neither slim nor hipster enough to shop there (and truthfully, neither is anyone in any of my immediate social circles), I decided that that is what I would give away. A gift card. Thus, the contest was conceived.
And you know what, everyone? It went better than I could have imagined.
We had a total of 12 reviews posted on iTunes, all of them rather complimentary. I’ve copied a few directly below and even responded to them. That, children, is the beauty of social media. Interaction. Something our Premier and his communication team have yet to learn.
I’m very pleased to announce that the winner of the “Say whatever you want about the Unknown Studio on iTunes, but we’d really prefer if you were nice… and oh, please give us a minimum of four stars” is…
Congratulations and thanks to everyone who entered. Now I have to find a way to get this fellow his winnings.
What you think…
It’s obvious that Scott and I have created something that resonates with people, which is particularly amazing given that I failed the section on resonance in high-school physics. Actually, I failed all of physics in high school. Which brings me to our lesson for today: you don’t need physics to create a podcast with twenties of listeners.
That’s right, I’m declaring right here and right now that there are twenties of you.
Below are a few of my favourite reviews (in italics) and my responses to them (in normal).
From “smiley80”: Adam and Scott are both sharp, mentally and witt-ily… Love the analysis and the humourous take on whatever topic it is that they’re gabbing about. The episode about the current state of newspapers and whether they will survive was especially good… just wish there was a written transcript available too, it’d be easier to share especially interesting bits with friends.
You know something, smiley80 — can I call you smiles? — we’ve never even thought of writing a transcript of the show. And honestly, now that I think about it, it’s probably the last thing I want to do… even if it is a tremendous idea (and it actually really is).
I’m a very lazy man, you will come to know, smiles. Lazy and sexy. A powerful combination when it comes to co-hosting a show, but not so much for then listening to that show and typing out what everyone said.
I will tell you this, smiles: the moment we have the money, we will hire someone to type as the show takes place. That way you can see all the outtakes — and they are plentiful my friends, mark my words. MARK THEM!
From “Phendrana”: Scott and Adam capture the spirit of Edmonton with a diverse list of topics and guests. Their conscious attempt to make the city a better place with their podcast is a beacon of hope and [they] offer a genuine and entertaining episode each and every week.
Before I comment, I should state that Phendrana was a guest on our show. You know him as Duncan. In spite of that, I really like the man. He’s sharp, hilarious and I agree with all of his opinions.
Except the one listed above. Phendrana says we make a “conscious attempt to make the city a better place […]”, which is a kindly thing to say, but certainly far from the truth. You see, we didn’t do this consciously. I don’t even think we did it sub-consciously. If there’s a kind of consciousness that’s defined by narcissism and a desire to make piles of money, then Phendrana hit the nail on the head.
So let’s replace “conscious” with our new definition: Their narcisstic tendencies and desire to be filthy stinking rich with their podcast is a beacon of hope… I know that doesn’t sound better. But for my part, it’s way more accurate.
Finally, from our winner “Chartreusian”: conversational – without being stupid. informative – without sounding dry. entertaining – without acting like the morning drive DJ. The podcast takes on relevant issues and guests that don’t always get this kind of independent coverage. A good way to get a sense of what Edmonton is really about.
I think you can all see why this one is the winner. If you can’t see why, I’ll explain it: I listed everyone on a paper, then asked Scott to pick a number between 1 and 12. He picked 4. So Chartreusian won.
Chartreusian is right, though: our show is a good way to get a sense of what Edmonton is really about. And with thirteen episodes under our belts, Edmonton is about the following:
- Social media
- Smart growth
- Videogames & great storytelling
- How to ruin massively multiplayer games
- One-act plays and zombies
- Strange, creepy insects
- Pro hockey
- Science fiction
- Haunted buildings
- Hyperlocal websites
- 18 to 40-year-olds
- The Future of Newspapers
This was actually going to be the point at which I was going to poke fun at Chartreusian even more for making the statement he did. But you know what? Edmonton IS such a wonderful, interesting city with a diverse cross-section of splendid and worthwhile people. And I’m very proud to say that the Unknown Studio is a reflection of that, certainly judging by the list directly above.
Thanks again to everyone who wrote a review of us. We love you, and we appreciate that you subject your ears to our “info-tainment” every two weeks.