Anyone know about Talkshoe?

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Anyone know about Talkshoe?

Postby jackhodgson » Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:57 pm

For a possible future UCAP project, I'm trying to learn the ins-and-outs of or some comparable system.

If you have experience with these, either as a presenter or participant, please contact me at


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Re: Anyone know about Talkshoe?

Postby PilotBillFromTexas » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:03 pm

That's what Maxwell Smart used. :D

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Re: Anyone know about Talkshoe?

Postby MaxFlight » Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:20 pm

Jack: Leo Laporte, probably the king of tech podcasts, used Talkshoe for his weekly net@nite podcast. Perhaps he'd be happy to help a fellow podcaster, if you can get hold of him. That will be the hard part. Try at, or possibly through his net@nite co-host, Amber MacArthur at

The podcasts are recorded with maybe a hundred global listeners on Talkshoe at the same time. This let them interact "live" and take questions. The technology seemed workable enough.

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Re: Anyone know about Talkshoe?

Postby lucaberta » Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:56 am

Hey Jack, I have discovered TalkShoe by listening to the 2nd New Media meetup organized by the Airplane Geeks (good to read you here MaxFlight!) and have been using it a number of times to listen to live events and interact with the panel and other listeners via chat.

Only once, last week, I have tried to host a session, more as a test than anything else, and things did not really work all too well, I have to say. A few minutes before my hosted session I was in another one as a listener (work related stuff though, much less fun!) and TalkShoe was showing some issues in the platform, with the admins not being able to control properly via the interface.

Lo and behold, when I started the session I was hosting, the problems were still there and it took me a while to get other people up and running over voice. The chat was working OK though! :D

TalkShoe works great for producing live podcasts, when you don't need to do much editing, as the system helps you by publishing the MP3 recording automatically. On the other hand, using Skype like you're doing today, it is not possible to "centrally" record the podcast since Skype is a peer-to-peer technology. So Jack hosts the Skype call and records the audio on his side, which is then edited. I understand that you tried to record also on Dave's side when his cable modem was having continuous hiccups, but since UCAP #104 never appeared we assume that editing two source files to produce one has proven a much bigger challenge... better fix Jeb's issue soon, pal! :lol:

Try using TalkShoe outside of the UCAP podcast once, so that you three can become familiar with the way the system works, and see how it goes. Maybe it works well for you and you can decide to use it to produce the UCAP raw audio, to further edit and the publish the same way.

Let us know how it goes, curious to hear feedbacks. Maybe someday I could start a podcast for italian flyers, who knows! :D

MaxFlight, what technology do you guys use to produce the Airplane Geeks podcast? Just Skype and then Audacity for the edits?

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Re: Anyone know about Talkshoe?

Postby nicnacjak » Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:34 am


One of the shows that I co-host called Let's Talk Train uses a smiler system on that has the host call in to a phone line and allows other user to call in as well. The host has some moderation abilities but not many. There isn't call screening or anything like that which we had when we were doing our show from a real live internet radio station but it is free unlike Libsyn and it gives you a Podcast feed.

I tried it for a few of my personal podcasts. If you would like to hear the output and see the site visit

I like the idea of UCAP trying something like this, but, I think you guys might have to deal with the same problem I faced in "I Hate Snow". Namely, dealing with callers for a live show and recording a podcast complete with a post production cycle are two completely different types of projects.

In any case I'd be happy to compare notes.
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