Why "Cooee!" podcasting?

Why "Cooee!" podcasting?

"Hello everybody, I'm Scott Poynton and welcome to another Cooee! podcast!"

I am really enjoying making Cooee! podcasts!

I started gathering podcasts more than five years ago. I am so privileged to visit so many interesting places and to meet so many interesting people. It struck me that rather than keeping these conversations to myself that I could record them and post them somewhere so that anyone could listen.

I stopped for a while but back in 2016, I started again and it's been a revelation. With the help of my good friend and fellow Aussie Tony Johnston (here's a pic of Tony and I being dags together), I bought some good quality kit and set myself up to record nice quality poddies here in my office or abroad in the field.

That's Tony Johnston (right) with me on a Movember "Everest en Suisse" Challenge Walk in 2015

That's Tony Johnston (right) with me on a Movember "Everest en Suisse" Challenge Walk in 2015

Since then, I've not looked back. I've recorded Cooee! podcasts with a whole range of people, most of them just humble folk going about their work to make the world a better place.

But why "Cooee!"?

Well, the folk at Wikipedia say the following:

Cooee is a shout used in Australia, usually in the bush, to attract attention, find missing people, or indicate one's own location. When done correctly—loudly and shrilly—a call of "cooee" can carry over a considerable distance. The distance one's cooee call travels can be a matter of competitive pride. It is also known as a call of help, which can blend in with different natural sounds in the bush.

You can hear a great example of a typical "coooooeeeee!" at the start of every Cooee! podcast.

When I came to think of a name for my podcasts, I decided that Cooee! would be cool because it links to my Australian heritage but also because the podcasts represent something of a call, a voice in the wilderness. I like the notion that a "cooee" can carry over a considerable distance. There is so much noise out there these days that a shrill Coooooeeeee! might just catch someone's attention....a passer by or someone interested in hearing something a bit different and they might just come over and 'click' to listen.

If you've listened to a Cooee! podcast in the past, thanks for coming over!

Why podcasting?

My mate Tony J reckons they're terrific and I reckon he knows a thing or two! TJ reckons that more and more people are listening to them. I like them because you can really have a good yarn (that's Australian for "chat") with someone without worrying about how you or they look - video is good but it can get in the way. Also, you can download a podcast and listen later, when you have a moment, or when you like listening - on a train, in the car, on a walk. I like that nature of podcasting.

So...I post all my podcasts on Soundcloud but I wanted to keep them here in one place on my site too. That way you can use this as a one-stop shop to listen to your heart's content. I hope you enjoy them, there'll be more in the future. Don't hesitate to drop a comment under any you enjoy and feel free to make suggestions as to who I might interview next.

Until then...I'm Scott Poynton and you've been listening to another Cooee! Podcast. Thanks for listening.

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