The Story Addict podcast has fallen victim to equipment failure and budget cuts after just three episodes. Managing editor of Seeing the Lighter Side, Rebecca Bowyer, confirmed today that production of the podcast would be suspended, effective immediately.
“We fully support the dissemination of verbal book reviews for those avid readers who prefer not to read. However, unfortunately the current model is not sustainable within the company at this time.”
Host of the show, (also) Rebecca Bowyer, elaborated on the troubles which have plagued the production of the podcast.
“My microphone broke. It squeals every time I pronounce ‘s’. I tried not saying ‘s’ but it’s awfully difficult to talk about The 7.5 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle without that letter.”
Bowyer has assured long-time listeners (of 3 weeks) that book recommendations will continue to appear – albeit in text format – on Seeing the Lighter Side.
A source close to the host also confirmed that equipment faults may not be the only cause of the cancellation.
“Yeah, so Mum wanted us to be quiet for like TWENTY MINUTES so she could record some podcast thing. Apparently it’s like YouTube but you can’t see anything? But really, it’s school holidays – ain’t nobody got time for silence.”
Bowyer is still hopeful of a reboot of the Story Addict podcast at some point in the not-too-distant future.
“I haven’t given up. I’m an optimist at heart. Once I have a quiet household to record in, and funds to purchase new equipment, we’ll relaunch. Expect to hear me back on the airwaves some time in early 2038!”
Podcast industry experts would probably have said “I told you so” if they had been asked. But they weren’t.
Rachel Corbett, Director of Podcasts for the Mamamia Women’s Network and host of the PodSchool podcast, writes: “A microphone is one of the single biggest influencers on the quality of your recording.” Corbett didn’t say this into response to anything about Bowyer’s desperate attempts to record on her smartphone after her microphone died, but if she’d been asked, we think she probably would have.
Bowyer responded to the comments by Tait and Corbett, which were not actually directed at her, by wailing: “But it was so much fuuuuuuuun!”
Persistent rumours suggest that Bowyer may have started the podcast as an elaborate form of procrastination to avoid completing the first draft of her second novel. While Bowyer vehemently denies the accusation, her word count bar has registered a significant and sustained increase in the past several days since being forced to abandon production of the Story Addict podcast.
Note: Because this is the internet, I feel it only fair to point out that this article is very much tongue-in-cheek. This is not a news website. (The Story Addict podcast is, however, suspended for a few months at least!).