The end of an era

I’m going to take a small break from the usual scrapping/ food/ moving posts to say a few words on the end of an era. Today I listened to the very last edition of the NYT Front Page podcast. This week will also be the last episode of CNET’s Buzz Out Loud. I’ve been listening to both of these for years.

Sometime in 2009 I got so sick of the news that I stopped watching and listening to it. Everything was bad news- banks failing, unemployment, and the constant repetition of the phrase “in these tough economic times”. For my own mental health I decided to let the news go for a while. It was the same day after day anyway. I got rid of all my network news podcasts (and there were a lot of them). The only one I really kept was Front Page. That 5-6 minutes of news a day kept me a little less ignorant about world events. And even though the news continued to be mostly bad, the soothing voice of James Barron made it seem not so bad.

I can’t remember when I first started listening to Buzz Out Loud. It must have been 2007 at the latest. It was one of the first podcasts I listened to. I started listening to BOL to… and this is embarrassing to admit… have something to talk to my husband about. Yeah I know, I’m a 50’s throwback. But he loved tech and I was looking for some way to learn more about it so I could have reasonably intelligent conversations. I enjoyed the banter between Tom and Molly, and I eventually developed my own love of tech. Nearly every podcast I listen to today can trace it’s roots through BOL. Now I do have to say that I think in the past few months, BOL has gone downhill. When it went from a daily to a weekly podcast, it was almost over for me. I found myself skipping whole episodes, something I never did in the past. I did not believe the “There’s less of it, so it’ll be BETTER” line. I am sad to see it go, but I choose to remember the good times.

Goodbye old friends. My morning playlist won’t be the same without you.