Thursday, August 18, 2005

LISTENERS' FEEDBACK: DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 16 Aug 2005

WHERE: The show is in the queue at:
WHEN: You may listen any time.

From: gypsy97
Wow! I just got a chance to listen to your broadcast (Wednesday evening) and I am really impressed. I loved your selection of guests and learned some new things. Thank-you so much for the effort you put into this.
PS - After all the agonizing about getting set up so I could tune in, everything went perfectly. What was I so stressed about???

From: Geoff
Loved your Internet show last night. Good work with it.

From: Rosa
Great show. It was easy to click and begin listening. Thank-you also for your informative columns.

From: Gene
I figured out how to click the "pause" button on your pre-recorded radio show, so I could go to the websites you were talking about. I clicked around as you guided us through the online catalog of the Family History Library. Keep up the good work.

From: Patty Sparks
Neat idea, I didn't know that I could press "enter" instead of clicking the "go" button on my web browser after typing in a web address. I am going to listen every week.

From: Jerry
Yawning on the "air?" Yes you are human, Myrt, but that makes it so much easier to learn from you. I notice there is an occasional "lisping" sound with your letter "s" but I think that is a matter of recording in lower quality. Can you work on this?

NOTE FROM MYRT: Yes, Jerry, you are correct. The original recorded interviews were done at 128kps and sound marvelous, but they take up 100mb of file space. We've crunched the 1 hour show's file quality down to 24kps, so the file is only 10MB. This facilitates uploading the file, and saves hard drive space for those listeners who wish to receive the file as a podcast.
As you have noted, the trade off with the smaller file is that we must endure a slightly lower quality. I've gone through 12 different microphones, ranging from $12 to $200 each. Believe it or not, one of the less expensive microphones picks up the telephone interviews best.

From: Margaret (in Australia)
I love the new way to listen to your show since I can listen anytime. I don't have to worry about the time difference between your radio studio and my home. When you used to broadcast only at 9pm in the US, it was 11am in Melbourne... smack in the middle of my workday. I couldn't always take lunch early to try to listen in. [...] Tonight I listened to the show in the background for the second time while working through my email.

Remember its EASY to listen to DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour internet radio show:

1. Go to the list of shows at

2. Click on the show you wish to hear.

3. Wait a few moments (for the file to begin to open) and then click the "play" button.

-- You do not have to wait until the entire file loads for the show to begin playing.

-- If you would prefer to receive the radio shows as a podcast, directions are located at:

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207

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