Three days ago, I posted here that Michael and I would be leaving The Digital Photography Show to launch our own podcast. I told you that our farewell episode, which Michael and I had already taped and sent to The Podcast Network (TPN), would be posting soon.
Unfortunately, it appears that episode will never air. But we don't want you to think it was our choice to end it like that!
Here's how it went down. We wrote TPN on September 26th that we would no longer be doing the show. Upon receiving my note, TPN immediately changed the passwords to our account, effectively silencing our voices. That rendered us unable to post any blog notes or new episodes.
That immediate suspension of our ability to communicate with you came as a huge surprise to me and Michael - that was not at all the reaction we expected.
Despite that, based on discussions we had with TPN, we believed would be permitted to post a final episode and note. We really wanted to say goodbye to our listeners in the actual show, since the vast majority of them don't read this blog.
In the final episode we taped for TPN, which you apparently will never hear, we said our goodbyes. We let everyone know where they could find us in the future (which is, for now, right here on www.scottsphotoblog.com). We said we would be starting a new show soon, and that it would feature the same kind of commentary, review, instruction and interviews that we love doing. We expressed our appreciation to TPN for giving us our start, and we wished the best to any new hosts who might take over The Digital Photography Show (exactly as I did in my October 10th post here).
I have to take a moment for a brief aside here. Since it breaks up the story of Why You'll Never Hear Our Last Episode, I'll indent it.
After we ran through all our thank-you's (we actually had more of a "script" for the show than we usually do, since we didn't want to leave anyone out) Michael said there was one more person he wanted to thank. As we had already written and rewritten the list a number of times, I had no idea who he could be thinking of.
"Who?" I asked him, wondering who we could have overlooked.
"You," Michael said. He went on to say a couple of nice things then, which I really can't remember because, to be honest, I was too concentrated on not choking up.
As you can imagine, taping our last episode - saying goodbye to all of you and and putting closure to something which had been such a highlight of our lives - well, the whole thing was pretty emotional to begin with.
Leave it to Michael to almost push me over the edge.
And yes, I said nice things about him too, none of which were sufficient to let the guy know just how much I love and value him, though. No point in both of us blubbering.
Those of you who know us know that we would never have recorded a show that was ugly, unkind or unfit for posting. We just wanted to put closure to the endeavor which had been our passion for two and half years now.
We sent our farewell episode to TPN three days ago. We were subsequently informed that they wouldn't post the show, nor would they post the note we had written. Instead, they put up their own notice.
Their notice didn't mention that Michael and I would be doing a new show and it didn't link back here. Hence, the vast majority of people who listened to the show or even read the TPN blog will never know where to find us or that we'll be back on the air soon. They'll just think we disappeared and left without even the courtesy of a "so long."
They'll think "oh, those guys went on and on about how we were a community of friends and then they just quit without even saying goodbye. Jerks."
You can imagine how that makes us feel.
I won't try to characterize, explain, defend or criticize TPN's decisions in all this. It is what it is. Once TPN changed our passwords, they had total control over what got posted on The Digital Photography Show, and they have chosen to exercise their control in this way. Give us the serenity to accept those things we can't control, right? And move on.
But we did want to let you know that it was never our intention to so abruptly disappear or leave without saying "goodbye." If you know any other listeners of The Digital Photography Show, will you let them know too, please?
So, that's our story.
Starting our new show will be harder without the ability to tell listeners of The Digital Photography Show where to find us. But Michael and I are resourceful. We've also made many wonderful friends in the digital photography business over the years - you know who some of them are. Heck, you are some of them.
We'll be counting on all of you to help us get out the word about our new show. Stay tuned! And thanks for all the nice comments and emails. We really appreciate your support, understanding and patience through all this.