June 15, 2006

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Granite State finds its voice on the Edge
A podcast about local music, the scene and 17th century devils
By Richie Victorino  rvictorino@hippopress.com

Tim Deal doesn’t intend to offend anyone, but he won’t apologize if he does.

Deal’s honesty-at-all-costs mentality shines through with his brand-spanking new locally-based podcast show, NH Edge. NH Edge is about supporting local music, but it goes well beyond that.

“Beyond music, it’s there to present commentary and ideas that will affect people in different ways,” Deal said. “But it will always be honest and candid. Our concern really isn’t whether we offend people, but that we create discussions.”

NH Edge went live on May 15, and since then has received more than 1,200 unique visitors to its site.

NH Edge is a podcast show that typically runs from 35 minutes to just under an hour in length. Its contents vary throughout the show from roundtable discussions on local musical acts to interviews with bands, discussions on local issues (like the lack of a smoking ban in New Hampshire) and more. In one episode, Deal took video footage of damage done as a result of the recent flooding.

“I just thought it was an interesting way to mark the time,” Deal said.

What is a podcast
Podcasts are becoming a normal occurrence, but still, not everyone is sure of what a podcast is. Podcasts are audio (or video) files that people can download onto their computer and listen to whenever they want to. So people can download an episode of NH Edge from www.nhedge.com, and listen to it whenever or wherever they want. Having a portable MP3 player, such as an iPod, makes these podcasts even more portable. But these portable players are not a necessity. Once the podcast is on a computer, people can burn that podcast onto a CD and bring it with them in their car, for example.

Deal also makes it possible for people to listen to podcasts straight from his Web site.

Podcasting has made it possible for NH Edge to even exist.

“It’s a grass-roots form of media and I really appreciate that form of distribution,” Deal said.

Another bonus to podcasting is that podcasts can be updated to your computer without you having to do anything. If you have iTunes, for example, you can subscribe to NH Edge’s podcast. Each time you open up iTunes, iTunes will see if NH Edge has any new podcasts. If it does, it will download the podcast automatically.

Cast and characters
Podcasts are accessible to anyone. That often results in untalented folks making poor-quality shows. But Deal is the real deal with NH Edge. He uses professional microphones and equipment (being in a band gives him access to this equipment) to make shows that are easy on the ears. Deal’s voice is radio friendly and comes across professional.

But Deal has a staff of folks – “Yeah, a staff … a group of friends, bandmates and my girlfriend” – who make the show diverse and entertaining.

“Diversity is key,” Deal said. “It’s funny how the state is broken up. Different regions seem to have more popular music genres. This way we can reach the broader audience.”

There’s Jenn Bogle who hosts the “Jenn’s Weekly Animal” segment. Tom Ferry covers the alternative country/Americana New Hampshire scene. Johnny Morse contributes with “NH Historical/Allegorical,” a show that is educational as much as it is entertaining. Morse uses different voices and sounds to add effect to the stories of New Hampshire history that he tells. Scott Harris is the webmaster, but he sometimes contributes to the show with ranting-and-raving diatribes, such as talking about the lack of a smoking ban in the state. Brian Wiseman handles the weekly “NH Edge Roundtable Music Review” while “Nick Danger” does a variety of shows including “Man on the Street” and “Gut Instincts.”


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On The Edge
Listening: It’s free to listen to, and download, NH Edge Podcasts. Just go to www.nhedge.com to subscribe to the podcast, or to listen to it straight from the Web.

Contribute: NH Edge is brand new and open to ideas and contributions. E-mail the NH Edge guys with ideas or comments; each of their e-mails is on the Web site.

Live shows: NH Edge might soon host a weekly showcase of local bands in the Dover area. Details are being ironed out. But next Friday, June 17, NH Edge is co-sponsoring a benefit show – Craving a Cure Concert – at the Dover Brick House. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Bands performing include The Hate Game, The Gray Davies, Craving (Deal’s band), Famous and The Bleedin Bleedins.

A taste of the edge
Here’s a taste of what people would hear if they listened to a NH Edge podcast:

The Queers: “In our first episode we interviewed Joe Queer of The Queers. It’s by far are most downloaded episode, so I decided to pull out that interview and make it available by itself on the Web site,” NH Edge founder Tim Deal said. Tom Ferry interviewed Queer.

The Stone-Throwing Devil: In “NH Historical/Allegorical,” Camarojuana bassist Johnny Morse takes us back to the 1600s, and reveals the story behind Lithobolia, the Stone-Throwing Devil. The story recounts the remarkable events of 1682 that took place in Great Island (now New Castle) N.H.

Suck a pipe: Scott Harris rants about the lack of a smoking ban in New Hampshire. “There’s nothing worse than going to a bar … you go home you have to fumigate your whole body… you wake up the next morning feeling like you sucked on the tailpipe of a car,” Harris said.