On-air programmes on Big FM website

Written by Chandan Banerjee | Kolkata, Dec 28 | Updated: Dec 29 2007, 06:54am hrs
BIG 92.7 FM, Kolkata, has become the first radio channel in the city to podcast on-air programmes on its website, www.big927fm.com .

Bengalis living anywhere in the world can listen to their favourite programmes and songs and get interesting updates on the latest happenings in Kolkata through this offering.

Programmes available on the website include audio content from various shows, jokes, celebrity interviews, etc. One can log on to www.big927fm.com and download audio files on his computer or iPod using iTune.

Podcasting is a growing phenomenon that enables one to create and distribute his own series of Internet audio programmes or audio blogs, resulting in a new form of online media that people can listen to whenever and wherever they want.

A podcast is a collection of digital media files which are distributed on the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers . The term can refer either to the content itself or to the method by which it is syndicated. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster.

The term 'podcast' is a portmanteau of 'iPod 'and 'broadcast' . Though podcasters' websites also offer direct download or streaming of their contents, a podcast is distinguished from other digital media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically when new content is added, using an aggregator or feed reader capable of reading feed formats.