Lucille Ball sadly passed away long before podcasts became a reality, but that doesn’t stop her from joining the modern phenomenon. the Los Angeles Times reports SiriusXM is transforming Ball Let’s talk to Lucie radio broadcast on a “pop-up” satellite radio station for three weeks. Once that stint is over, all 240 episodes of the 1960s show will be available as podcasts through the SiriusXM app, Stitcher, and other common platforms.
In particular, it is not just mining nostalgia. It’s the first time Let’s talk to Lucie has been heard since it aired on the radio over 50 years ago – there are conversations with legends like Bob Hope and Carol Burnett that haven’t surfaced in decades.
SiriusXM clearly hopes to increase its satellite and podcast offerings. At the same time, it also illustrates the usefulness of podcasting as a historical tool. In theory, podcasts will both preserve Ball’s interviews and make them accessible to a larger audience who might not listen to the radio in the first place.
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