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The Signal Podcast

For the past several months my friend Jill Duffy and I have been developing a podcast. On Sunday we recorded and released the pilot episode of The Signal, a discussion show about news, technology, and culture.

We put a lot of thought and consideration in to what The Signal podcast could be, and we cycled through various formats. We settled on a (reasonably) succinct weekly discussion show about the news. We will produce an initial season of four or five episodes, then take a small break to assess what works and what does not. Episodes will focus a newsworthy topic, run for approximately one hour, and feature guests and interesting experts.

I have a long history with podcasting and am excited to co-produce a new show with a good friend. While podcasting has always been noisy and fun, I’m pleased to see it emerge as a unique and legitimate medium. The Signal approximates a hobby more than professional endeavor, and it will take many weeks to iron out the rough edges. As the name implies Jill and I would like the show to be interesting and useful, rather than blabby and rambly.

Episodes of The Signal will always be available for download here. The show is also on YouTube, Soundcloud, and soon iTunes.

Ping us any time. Because The Signal is a passion project, your feedback is particularly important. As the show evolves we’d love to hear from you and your thoughts about the news, suggestions for future topics, and critiques.

Thanks for listening.

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Break on Through: Remembering The Diamond

The studio light would blink. I’d answer the phone, expecting a buzzed request for Metallica or Aerosmith. “KDDX, this is Dan.”

“Dan. This is Diamond. Tighten the fuck up!” Click.

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In a radio studio the phone never rings, but the light is always blinking. Nighttime radio is great. Broadcasting from the Black Hills of Western South Dakota a 100 thousand watt FM signal travels across five states of prairie towns, military bases, and truck stops. Thousands of people all dial in to the same chatter of music, local low-budget ads, fast jokes, and rock ‘n’ roll.  The listeners talk back to the radio. The phone rings and the studio light blinks.

I used to work the afternoon drive at a big rock station in the Black Hills region. It’s a small but fun radio market, and we were a highly-rated station. When the drive time shift ended I would stick around on-air as I recorded my evening voice track recording for the weekend hours. Punching the ‘on-air’ button is a lot of fun regardless of market size, and our station had a big and rowdy audience. Answering the phone at X-Rock station was frequently an adventure. Sometimes the caller just wanted to hear that one Alice in Chains song. Again. And sometimes the listener was roaring backstage at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Talking up and down the ramp of Walk This Way is fun every time, though, and with a big audience it’s easy to get a little cocky on-air. I turned up the studio monitors, glance at the music and production list, cut an ad, punched a talk set, and repeated the cycle through the hot-clock. The station light blinked. I had just cut the air and was expecting to get a buzzed request for Metallica or Aerosmith.

The light blinked. I answered.

“KDDX, this is Dan.”

“Dan. This is Diamond.”

“Hey Diamond, thanks for-“

“I’ve been taping your show all night. Tighten the fuck up!”

Click.

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In May my friend and mentor Dave Diamond passed away. Here’s the post from his website, and a eulogy from The Hollywood Reporter:

In 1967, Diamond was one of the first disc jockeys to play “Light My Fire” by The Doors, then a largely unknown L.A. band, and he connected listeners to The Seeds, Iron Butterfly, Love, Linda Ronstadt and other acts who at the time could not find airplay.

Through his Black Hills Music publishing company, the South Dakota native was the publisher of “Incense and Peppermints,” the psychedelic pop hit from The Strawberry Alarm Clock that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in May 1967.

Named one of “America’s Early Radio Idols” by Billboard, Diamond was one of the few radio reporters to tour with The Beatles during their first trip to America.

And on a 1967 edition of The Dating Game, Diamond was one of the three bachelors attempting to woo actress Yvonne Craig (TV’s Batgirl.)

Diamond was an academic and a rock ‘n’ roll radio jock. His influence was both personal and vast. “Tighten the fuck up” is the closest I can come to a story that properly (impossibly) summarizes the personal impact of a guy who also influenced thousands listeners and students. I’m willing to be that a lot of Diamond’s friends and family have similar stories and feel the same way about their relationship with him.

“Tighten the fuck up” became a mantra that was always coupled with a productive and inspiring session of granular critiques. Always tough, never negative Diamond expected work to be good, rehearsed, and repeatable. This value was one many Diamond’s Laws to Live By to which he attributed his personal and professional success.

Here’s one of my favorite Diamond’s Laws to Live By:

Life is short. It can be snatched from you instantly … that is why we must do our best to do good, to love, and not waste too much time! Time bleeds!

Of course, Diamond taught more than just the value of practice and hard work. From him I learned a ton of practical lessons about the media industry, the history of rock ‘n’ roll, and his home, the Black Hills. Diamond helped coach me through the process of running a radio station, starting a business, and managing people. Sure, Diamond was a successful guy and taught a lot of lessons. The practical lessons, however, were always coupled with his consistent reminders about healthy and smart living.

Be a good person. Do the right thing. But don’t take no shit from fools.

I was fortunate to be one of many young people Diamond mentored. As a great DJ, one of Diamond’s many skills was his ability to develop intimate and sincere relationships with a diverse and large group of people. His method was hands on, cerebral, and personal. Diamond’s friends and students now work in media across the country. And with the success of his friends comes the inherent dissemination of Diamond’s values and creativity.

As he was in life and on-air, with his passing Diamond remains a broadcaster. His values are the transmitter, and the people he taught are the signal.

Turn up the radio. Thanks for listening. Break on though.

- Dan

Here’s Diamond during the final hour of Burbank’s KBLA rock program:

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Hacking Explained: Jack Rice and Dan Patterson on Progressive AM 950


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Jack and Dan discuss a brief history of hacking, explain how the NSA captured personal user data from major internet providers, and provide a few essential security tips for the web and mobile on Minnesota’s progressive talk station, AM 950.

Learn more about about the NSA from expert James Bamford, and security from host Steve Gibson.

Thanks for listening to Jack and Dan.

Stay tuned.

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Sudan Stories with Jack Rice and Dan Patterson on Progressive AM 950

Recorded on AM 950 in Minneapolis as commentary on media training conducted by Small World News in Cairo, Egypt. 

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jack_rice_dan_patterson_am950In which I join talk radio host, former CIA agent, and public defender Jack Rice to share stories on 950 AM in Minneapolis about storytelling, reporting from Cairo, and digital journalism in conflict regions.

Learn more at AM 950 Progressive Radio and on Jack’s website.

Thanks for listening.

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The Redline: Our Legendary & Award-Winning Series of Life Lessons

Dan Patterson:

We got the band back together for another podcast shout. Stay tuned.

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My name is @DanPatterson. I’m a journalist and technologist. No one has ever accused me of being witty, but I’ll try my best in the form of brevity:

The Redline is a podcast about politics and policy created by a few friends for the sake of creating something interesting together. Doc, Greg, and I have waxed geek and produced radio programs and podcasts together since the mid-1990s. While  The Redline [dot biz] is simply a fun and amateur project, our desire is to deliver interesting conversation and informative pod prod in a tight package.

We hope you like it. Thanks for listening.

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Training: Journalism & Technology with Small World News

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Last month I started working on a journalism project with old friends Brian Conley and Steve Wyshywaniuk of Small World News. In late-Winter Brian and I will travel to a few countries in the Middle East to train journalists on the fundamentals of mobile digital reporting.

Beyond simply teaching the fundamentals of journalism and the social web, our training use the Storymaker application to emphasize encryption and secure communication.

Small World News has a decade of experience reporting from Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, and Ethiopia. Our mutual penchant for boots-on-the-ground reporting has helped strengthen our relationship over the past decade, and I’m excited to work with and learn from Brian and Steve. We first met in the early days of podcasting. In 2005, while I produced Creepy Sleepy from the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota Brian produced Alive in Baghdad from Iraq. Our paths crossed again at Podcamps in Boston and NYC, and I turned to Brian for advice when I covered Darfur and Southern Sudan in 2008. Using the social web, we cheered each other on during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

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The Troubleshooter: Trouble in the Black Hills by Dave Diamond

Dan Patterson:

Last month I went to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and  helped Diamond – my radio and broadcasting mentor –  to get his digital presence up to spend, and his classic books published as ebooks. Through the week he banged out this classic Western adventure story. The Troubleshooter is re-worked from a series Diamond wrote in the ’70’s called Slade. Diamond wrote most of the copy in Trouble in the Black Hills – a classic western adventure, and a fast, fun read – over coffee and bourbon while riding out a blizzard in South Dakota this past September.

Originally posted on Dave Diamond: The Diamond Mine:

the_trouble_shooter_coverGreetings, friends, fans, and colleagues of the Diamond! We’re excited to announce that Diamond has completed his first fiction novel in several years, The Troubleshooter: Trouble in the Black Hills!

Here’s a blurb:

Dave Diamond returns to form with this classic western series The Troubleshooter. Starring Slim Winner, Trouble in the Black Hills, is an action-packed adventure story that chases cowboys, claim-jumpers, and outlaws from the Badlands to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.

Diamond will soon update this site with a few blog posts about the writing process. In the mean time, you can read a free sample of the book here, and you can purchase Trouble in the Black Hills in the Amazon Kindle store (Apple iBooks, coming soon)!

Thanks for listening and stay tuned!

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The New KoPoint

Dan Patterson:

This company, brand, audio, and site have/has been a complete adventure. After a year on the trail, dozens of episodes, and tons of coding I’m really excited about the new KoPoint site and podcasting experience.

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Our goal is to improve the emotional connection between you and the content you consume. Time spent listening is more important that clicks on a website.

Welcome to KoPoint Season Two. The new KoPoint website is live, and new programs are broadcasting now. The new KoPoint website makes listening to our shows and subscribing to our podcast very simple. To emphasize simplicity and speed, the front end of KoPoint is hosted on and built around Tumblr. Our back end data is managed by Rackspace and served by a variety of CDNs (depending on your physical location).

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Podcasting From KoPoint on Election Night

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After a long and dirty trail, the campaign ends here, with KoPoint‘s live election night coverage.

This audio and video podcast summarizes peak moments of election coverage from the KoPoint studio in New York City.

Election night highlights include:

We were joined by our friends, colleagues in media, significant others, and the fine folks of our studio host,SumAll. Here’s a list of the KoPoint contributors  who joined KoPoint on-air on election night:

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1938 News | KoPoint

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KoPoint comrade Loren Feldman has launched a simple and elegant news aggregation + commentary site called 1938 News. Loren’s 1938 brand is known for it’s brutally honest riffs on tech and culture. Anyone who knows Loren knows smart as hell, sharp as nails, and has the heart of a puppy dog. It’ll be fun and interesting to watch his take on cultural curation.