Arte Radio is a must and a wonderfully designed podcast website. I urgently invite you to visit it. For non French-German Arte is a French German tv channel dedicated to culture. They have just released a website where all sorts of sound documentaries are archived there and available for listening. You can listen it in high level streaming audio and make you own radio according to your tastes. You can download each sound file and choose the format of your choice (m3 low/hi and ogg) as well as share with friends.
The navigation is totally fantastic and you can easily browse within all their audio content (for now a few hundreds). Needless to say the content is of very high quality (mostly in french unfortunately). Even if you don’t understand french try it. It is a great experince
“ARTE Radio is a web radio on demand. It features hundreds of reports and sound creations to listen to whenever you feel like it. It is a creation of ARTE France, the French side of ARTE, the European cultural channel. It is strictly non-commercial, with no advertising or promotion.
Listen to elaborate audio shorts, ranging in style from moving to fun, from instructive to teasing, and covering topics such as intimacy, lifestyle, politics, the world, poetry and the imaginary. All are made with the resources of sound writing - without music or commentary – but with great emphasis placed on sound recording, editing and mixing. And with an original point of view, at times - we hope.
ARTE Radio works like a sound magazine, offering new material each week. It is also a sound library, with all its programmes kept in archives. You can download all ARTE Radio’s programmes under Creative Commons free licence, for private, non-commercial use. You can receive new programmes each week on your computer and digital audio player, thanks to podcasting.”
At a time where many “old media” wonder about blog and podcasting, Arte is clearly fixing a great standard for TV channels eager to move into podcasting. A fantastic source of inspiration.
Thanks to Pierre Alain for this discovery