I have been musical from a very early age; loved classical and ‘pop’ music in all of their forms (except Country and Western), played in school orchestras, school brass bands, Abergavenny Borough Brass Band, National Youth Orchestra of Wales and sung in school choirs and church choirs.
As I grew up, even though I’d moved away from home, I kept my musical interests going by performing with more church choirs, the BBC Choral Society and, inevitably, my musicianship grew to include my own amateurish guitar efforts.
In mid-2007 I began thinking about using the podcast platform to create my own kind of entertainment, the kind of show that I wanted to listen to while I was travelling up and down the M5 on a daily basis.
And that’s how This Reality Podcast came about. Initially it was just me ranting and raving and playing good records, but as Soph became more involved the show got itself back to the place I’d always intended it to be from the outset: an hour a week of rounded, music-based entertainment.
I’m happy to say that the growth of the audience has been phenomenal. At the time of writing this there are 186,214 listeners (who subscribe via the show’s various webfeeds or iTunes).
I’m also happy to report that the show continues to grow in terms of the contributors. As well as Soph and me, we now have (on a rotating basis), Pigeon Girl, Ian from Nebraska and hope to soon have Nik off of Shouting At Cows.
If you’ve never tried a podcast before, and you’d like to try out one of our shows, just follow one of the simple instructions below. You can:
- get our show from iTunes, put them on your iPod, laptop, computer, iPhone, iPad or other portable mp3 device. To do this, just click here (honest, it’s really free!)
- get our show sent to your RSS reader from our website. To do this, just click here (it’s still free!)
- pick up each show from our website as and when you want. To do this, just click here and then go to the show number you fancy and choose the ‘listen’ option of your choice (and yes, it’s still free!).
- And, for all you mobile phone freaks, you can get the show on your mobile from our friends over here at Stitcher.com (and yes, it’s *still* free!)