Please share this with your GLBT podcasting circles (and/or talk about it on your podcast).

As many of you know, Mevio has gone into a period of non-communication with many of their content producers - additionally these producers no longer have the ability to add new shows to their podcast feeds.

Over the past week, many of the producers have set up new podcast hosting solutions so that they can continue with their shows. In most cases this means that they have set up new podcasting feeds, and that listeners will need to find and subscribe to the new feeds in order to continue listening.

While this is a solution for moving forward with new content, it does nothing to address the preservation of hundreds of back episodes from these shows that could potentially disappear on Mevio's whim.

It dawned on me over the weekend that Pride48 is in a position to help out our podcasting friends on two different fronts:

#1) Alerting people to the new feed addresses for shows that have abandoned Mevio.
#2) Providing a new home for the back catalogs of the shows.

The first item is something that can be handled relatively quickly provided that I have the information to publish. If you are a content producer who moved away from Mevio and have a new feed address and iTunes listing - send an e-mail to me with "New Podcast Information" in the subject line. I will get it published to the front page of Pride48 starting this evening when I get home.

The second item is something that I will need a lot of volunteers for. The general concept is this:

Volunteers will download all of the back content from the shows in question (the most logical way to handle this would be to assign each volunteer 10 or so episodes to be responsible for). Once downloaded, they will turn around and upload them to the Pride48 server with a standard naming convention.

When the process is done, I will be happy to assist show producers in adding pointers to the shows into their new feed - or setting up an archive feed for them if they are unable to edit their main feed.

What I am looking for immediately is someone who would be willing to coordinate this effort with the podcasters and volunteers. I am more than happy to provide the technical details and set things up on the web hosting side - however I will not have the time to coordinate everything (and as most of you know, organizing things is not my strong suit).

Reply to this post if:

a) You are interested in downloading/uploading some older shows (we will give you detailed instructions)

b) You are interested in coordinating the efforts of the volunteers + affected podcasters

c) You are a podcaster who was on Mevio who has moved to a new feed and would like our help.

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-- Daniel´╗┐
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