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Army launches ‘Army Today,’ ‘Soldiers’ Forum’ podcasts
ARNEWS ^ | J.D. Leipold

Posted on 08/14/2006 4:33:00 PM PDT by SandRat

ARLINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 14, 2006) – The Army has launched two new podcasts to its lineup: “Army Today” and “Soldiers’ Forum.”

“Army Today” is a daily, two-minute audio-visual feature produced by Soldiers Radio and Television. “Soldiers’ Forum” is a weekly product through which Sgt. Major of the Army Kenneth Preston addresses issues concerning enlisted Soldiers.

“This is a great way to keep Soldiers in the U.S., and those deployed to some 120 countries, informed on issues affecting them,” Preston said. “So far, we’ve produced spots on motorcycle safety, the BOSS program and the Wounded Warrior Program.”

Soldiers unfamiliar with podcasting technology may think of it as Internet broadcasting, or a method of publishing audio and video broadcasts normally seen on television via the Internet.

“Podcasting” combines the words “broadcasting” and “iPod,” but users do not need an iPod or portable media player to view podcasts.

Podcasts can be viewed on the user’s computer, or downloaded to a portable media player such as an iPod, MP3 or cell phone capable of storing and playing audio/video media (for example, the Blackberry or Treo). This portability allows users to pick the content they want without all the Web page graphics, then download and view at their convenience.

To download podcasts users must have RSS-recognition (Real Simple Syndication) software on their computers. Free podcasting software includes:

iTunes at www.itunes.com

Juice at juicereceiver.sourceforge.net

Happy Fish at thirstycrow.net/happyfish

After installing RSS software, Soldiers can subscribe to Army podcasts at www.army.mil/rss.

The Army began producing podcasts in March 2006 with “Army Racing,” a weekly series that follows the exploits of Army NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek, Army Top Fuel dragster Tony “The Sarge” Shumacher, and pro stock motorcycle speedsters Angelle Sampey and Antron Brown. The Army’s second podcast was “Army Newswatch,” a biweekly video program produced by Soldiers Radio and Television.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: army; dod; launches; newmedia; podcasts

1 posted on 08/14/2006 4:33:01 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...

Some of us "Ole Timers" on FR may remember "The Big Picture" series on black and white TV to sell the Army. Now they are doing it on iPods.


2 posted on 08/14/2006 4:35:02 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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