This Is Not A Test

Hey. You, over there with your iPod. Yeah, come here. Let’s talk.

In two years as a producer, I haven’t taken a week off of producing a show… until now.

Excuses are easy to come by, but I’ll just say that the last month has been extraordinary, and I’m at my limit. Something had to give this week, and unfortunately Wine Biz Radio drew the short straw.

So, I’m using this as an opportunity to solicit feedback from you, our listening audience, to determine what’s good about Wine Biz Radio, as well as what’s missing: what aren’t we doing that would make this radio show the one podcast you can’t live without? What guests are we overlooking? Is the long interview format working? Will we ever do the show in anything other than our underwear? Please leave a comment and let us know. Every comment is valuable, except the ones left by 1WineDude (Seriously, Joe: you have our condolences on your family’s loss. Even losing a family member that has lived a long life is a burden to bear, and we’ll be thinking of you).

On the upside, next week September will start off with a ridiculous bang as Rick Bakas, Kaz Winery and Wine Biz Radio are hosting the first Wine Country Tweetup next week (all tickets are spoken for)! And guess who the guest will be: everyone at the tweetup! We expect it to be one of the most interesting and reckless shows we’ve ever done.

So, again, I offer my apologies, not just to our excellent sponsor, Cornerstone Cellars, who will naturally get an extra episode tacked onto their sponsorship term, but to all of you listeners out there who have supported us over the fantastic journey that has been the last couple years. See you all next week!

4 comments for “This Is Not A Test

  1. August 29, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Hey man – thanks for the thoughts, very much appreciated.

    For what it's worth (apparently not much :-), I love WBR and the only thing I think would be an improvement would be to incorporate video as well so we can see some of the guests. Sort of like Howard Stern but minus the nudity.


  2. September 1, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I got bored with the podcast since so much of it was about the two of you guys. You want to update what's going on at the winery – fine. But drop it after a minute or two and move to the guests.
    As an amateur winemaker, I'm looking for those guests who can inspire me to make better wine by their methods, philosophy or experiments. I know Jeff Stei, I love his wines and I find myself trying one or two of Scott's ideas. That's what I want more of.
    But, OTOH, maybe I'm the wrong demographic for the show but since you asked…

  3. karenp
    September 3, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I'm a relative newcomer to WBR (4-5 months) but really enjoy it. I don't live in the Napa area – not even in CA. It allows me to get a little closer to my favorite wine region without having to be there.

    It would be great if you could expand your circle of guests. There seems to be a lot of focus on the web 2.0 aspects of wine which is great but there are so many others in the business – retailers, distributors, etc..

  4. HelloVino
    September 4, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Randy & Kaz – the show is great, and I love the long format interviews. Maybe there could be some regular segments such as winemaker profiles, CIA chef interviews that specialize in food & wine, and other content to expand the consumer listenership?

    Another aspect about this program that has always made me tune in – the dedication to what's happening in the wine industry *today* – it's extremely valuable, and keeps everybody “in the know.”

    Enjoy your labor day weekend!

    – Rick from Hello Vino

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