May 31, 2006

Happy Belated Birthday to Us

Happy Belated Birthday to Us

child blowing out candles

[jemsweb / Flickr]

Katherine and I looked back over our complete list of shows this afternoon — compiled in the embarrassingly closed-source medium of a spiral notebook — and realized that we produced our first show, Web 2.0, exactly one year ago yesterday. Dave Winer and David Weinberger came to the studio, after which we had champagne together and ate bar food at the Sports Depot out by the highway.

Then we got to work.

In a year we’ve produced 200 shows; we’re now on 36 public radio stations — including New York City — and roughly 7,000 people subscribe to our podcast. The site gets over 11,000 visits a day and we’ve built an active, registered community (that’s you) of 3,000 listeners from 26 countries including Cyprus, Afghanistan and Ukraine.

We sent out an email this weekend — sadly, our first ever — and got back about fifty responses. Here are some of our favorites.

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who makes this program possible, I look forward to it every day and Mr. Lydon is perhaps my favorite on air personality.

Please keep pushing us all to think and be involved in the important issues of the world today. Oh, and have fun, too. My husband got a hand tailored suit after you featured one of your tailors.

Referring to this show.

cheers to you and your incredible crew at Open Source . . . This technology and what you are accomplishing are simply amazing!

The incredible crew thanks you and, as Chris just pointed out, we have exactly one year before we can be this self-referential again. Back to work.

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