Lucille Ball sadly passed away long before podcasts became a reality, but that doesn’t stop her from joining the modern phenomenon. The LA Times reports that SiriusXM turning Balls Let’s talk to Lucy a radio show on a ‘pop-up’ satellite radio station for three weeks. When that period is over, all 240 episodes of the show from the 1960s will be available as podcasts via both SiriusXM applications, Stitcher and other common platforms.
Significantly, this is not just mining nostalgia. This is the first time Let’s talk to Lucy heard from radio broadcasts more than 50 years ago — there are conversations with legends like Bob Hope and Carol Burnett that haven’t appeared in decades.
SiriusXM is obviously hoping to increase its satellite and podcast offerings. At the same time, this also illustrates the usefulness of podcasts as a historical tool. In theory, podcasts will preserve Ball’s interviews and make them available to a wider audience who may not be listening to the radio at all.
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