Podcasting conference kicks off this weekend

It’s only been barely a year since podcasting first really got started, but podcasters have organized the first podcasting conference, the Portable Media Expo and Podcasting Conference to take place this Friday and Saturday in Ontario, Calif., east of Los Angeles.

The expo features two days of seminars with such podcasting luminaries as Doug Kaye of IT Conversations and representatives of traditional broadcast media, like Robert Spier of National Public Radio Online.

On Friday afternoon, Macworld and Playlist editors Dan Frakes and Chris Breen will hold a one-hour seminar on the secrets of iTunes and the iPod.

In addition, as host of the Macworld podcast, I will be recording events from the show floor and from the seminars.

The upcoming Macworld podcast will also feature an interview with the hosts of one of the most popular podcasts, Dawn Miceli and Drew Domkus of the Dawn and Drew Show.

On Saturday, for the audio geeks, there will be a seminar on “Podcasting and Advanced Post Production on the Macintosh Platform”, hosted by Paul Figgiani of The.Point Podcast. Also, Bryan Walls from NASA will be hosting a seminar on the Science@NASA podcasts.

The expo will close out on Saturday with a seminar by Michael Geoghegan of Reel Reviews on how to make money from podcasts. Geohagen is also the author of “Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Podcasting” and was hired by Disney to produce podcasts about Disneyland.

Macworld will feature online articles and a podcast covering the Portable Media Expo next week.

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