When we created the Megayacht News Radio podcast series over a decade ago, it was the first superyacht-specific podcast. Today, this audio format is wildly popular, to the point where even Facebook is launching a platform for podcasters. Clearly the popularity is a positive development, but simultaneously it has revealed a very specific problem, that being audience accessibility. Deaf and hard-of-hearing people, plus others with auditory-processing issues, cannot always enjoy podcasts. Therefore, we are including Megayacht News Radio podcast transcripts with each new episode. What’s more, we’re gradually adding them to our years-long archive of episodes.
We’ve learned that sometimes, deaf, hard-of-hearing, and auditory-challenged individuals understand and remember information better when they can read along while listening. Since each Megayacht News Radio podcast educates you about what’s going on in the large-yacht world, naturally we want to ensure we make that process simpler.
The Megayacht News Radio podcast transcripts can help those of you who don’t have hearing issues, too. For instance, say you’re sitting at your favorite coffee shop with your earphones in, listening. Suddenly, the place begins getting noisy. Or, even if you’re in a quiet place, what if the speaker has an accent? You may have a hard time understanding some of the words he or she says. In each case, having a transcript handy improves your experience.
From yet another practical standpoint, Google and the other search engines can only “read” written content. Therefore, they’re unable to search through each audio file of our podcast series and turn it into a search result when you’re seeking information on a yacht builder, for example, or another particular subject.
It’s easy to find our transcripts, which include timestamps to help you go back and forth between the written words and audio. On each podcast page here on our website, we’ll post a link that will take you to the full transcription. This way, everything related to the episode is in one simple-to-find place, for both you and the Google gods.
Our first transcription is already available, for our conversation with Jenny Matthews of She of the Sea.