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TourWatch 2005: Volunteers needed!

TourWatch 2005, a Tour de France television viewing party, will be held in Austin, Texas at Central Market at 4001 North Lamar Blvd from July 1 though July 24.

The Tour de France will be shown on two 61-inch, large-screen televisions compliments of Circuit City. TourWatch 2005 will feature daily podcast, radio, and TV show spots with many local celebrities from the sports,
fitness, radio, TV, blogging, podcasting, and entertainment communities.

On each of the five Big Days we will:
a) teach two, one-hour podcasting classes
b) produce one, 40 minute podcast that includes:
i)pre-recorded report from France;
ii) guest speaker;
iii) crowd-cast;
c) post 2- 3 crowd or event podcasts to www.austinpodcasting.com/tourwatch2005.

Our event will be featured with Discovery Network, Outdoor Living Network, local and national media, and more!

WE NEED YOUR HELP! This will be a fun and exciting opportunity to show the world the Austin community support of a major sports event and involvement in cancer awareness, survivor support, and research, through multimedia, including the emerging technology of podcasting.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS:

Non-Technical:
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* Tour host: non-technical, greet public, monitor equipment, assist key staff as needed.

Technical:
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The following positions are technical. Experience is a plus, but training will be available for those who want to learn and participate.

* Podcast interviewer: Conduct podcast interviews of guests. Training will be available, experience a plus!

* Sound engineer: Work with interviewer to run audio.

* Assistant sound/video engineer: Assists during PM interviews with live guests.

* Videographer: Operate camera for PM live guest interviews.

DATES:
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BIG DAYS: July 1, July 2, July 5, July 12, and July 23.
(Other dates available, contact for details)

TIMES:
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11 am - 2 pm, 7 pm - 9:30 pm

HOW:
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Please contact Debbie Cerda at volunteeraustin@gmail.com to sign up!

Please include your full contact information, including FIRST and LAST NAME, PRIMARY EMAIL, and PHONE NUMBER. Also indicate what DATE, TIME, and position you would prefer.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?
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Be a star and learn how to podcast! Volunteers will receive some perks to be announced during the event, and an invitation to an exclusive Tour Watch 2005 Volunteer appreciation gathering at Independence Brewing Company.

Visit the official website for more information and news updates.

Thank you for your time and support bringing this event to Austin!

Sincerely,

Debbie Cerda
Volunteeer Coordinator
volunteeraustin@gmail.com
TourWatch 2005 (www.austinpodcasting.com)

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Please feel free to share this information with interested folks!!
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Background on podcasting:

Podcast: An mp3 file attached to your blog post as an enclosure.

Podcasting: A way of publishing sound files to the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed and receive new audio files automatically. Podcasting is distinct from other types of audio content delivery because it uses the RSS 2.0 protocol. This technique has enabled many producers to create self-published, syndicated radio shows.

Users subscribe to podcasts using "podcatching" software (also called "aggregator" software) which periodically checks for and downloads new content. It can then sync the content to the user's portable music player, hence the portmanteau of Apple's "iPod" and "broadcasting".

Podcasting does not require an iPod; any digital audio player or computer with the appropriate software can play podcasts.