Evo's History With Audio Fiction
I've long been fascinated with audio. I learned to produce audio with 1/4" 4 track reel-to-reel machines back in the '80s. So when I say I've cut tape, I mean it literally.
In the early '00s, I was co-hosting a talk radio radio show where our guests were science fiction authors. That now-defunct show became a podcast in October of 2004, and I started evangelizing podcasting to every author I spoke with during our interview.
In 2005, after I'd co-authored the first edition of Podcasting for Dummies, I started Podiobooks.com, an early "directory," if you will, populated by early fiction podcasts, which at the time typically meant self-recorded audiobooks distributed in podcast form. We helped several hundred authors reach brand new audiences with this edge-cast application of podcasting.
But a lot has changed since those early days, and fiction podcasts now number in the tens of thousands, and fictoin podcasts can now take their place among other forms of audio fiction, audiobooks, radio plays, audiodramas, and more.
Today I curate The End and work closely with several creators and production houses to ensure their shows are discoverable and provide an excellent listener experience.