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SPA revives its Sound of Astronomy ‘podcast’ after 50 years

14 Jun 2018, 15:23 UTC
SPA revives its Sound of Astronomy ‘podcast’ after 50 years
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Adrian Egan and Hazel Joyce recording the Sound of Astronomy in 1967. Image credit: SPA
The ‘Sound of Astronomy’ audio magazine, similar to a podcast, has been revived 50 years after its first issue was released. The Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA) has undergone this task of bringing this old idea back to a modern reality.
Sound of Astronomy began in the mid 1960s, when three editions were recorded on reel-to-reel magnetic reel. This idea was ahead of its time, as these professional produced editions interpret the same fundamental ideas of a podcast. However at the time, the technology and accessibility was nowhere near its current level.
The early issues contained interviews and comments from the likes of Sir Patrick Moore and Arthur C. Clarke, and even included descriptions of eclipse trips and meteorite searches. Professional voice artist Adrian Egan also presented them at the time, and he is also the first voice that is heard to introduce the new episode.
The driving force behind this revival has been Osnat Katz, a student at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Katz’s took on the task after encouragement by SPA stalwart Paul Sutherland. Sutherland was a big fan of the broadcasts ...

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