We have now got our plans for a podcast to Gateshead residents off the ground. The format we have adopted is that of a local radio talk programme - some local news plus a panel to discuss local issues and in some cases give a more light-hearted view of the elections. This is of course all rather experimental but the main audience at the moment is the group of people who receive our email newsletters. The next edition will contain a link to the podcast.
This edition was recorded on Saturday evening (after a day's Focus deliveries and Dr Who). Guests were Cllr Brenda Osborne (Winlaton and High Spen Cllr and regular on BBC Radio Newcastle's Zoo) and Neil Bradbury, Lib Dem candidate for Blaydon.
We started with local news and had a few recorded interviews with others during the programme. Issues covered incude the "Get Carter" Gateshead car park which has been standing for some time as a half demolished monument to things we really want to see the back of, the election campaign, life as a first time local election candidate, favourite films of the panelists, why allotment-grown food is the best, and proposals to introduce parking charges in some local town centres not going ahead.
Link is: http://www.zshare.net/audio/748768229c926520/