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Issue 86 - Top of the pods

Whisky Magazine Issue 86
February 2010


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Top of the pods

Mark Gillespie ‘s Whisky Cast is in its fifth year of broadcasting. Dominic Roskrowspoke to him.

As a journalist working in radio and television, Mark Gillespie has always been quick to spot new trends. So when he heard about podcasting he saw it as the perfect vehicle to share his growing love of whisky.

Gillespie was asked by a previous employer to test the podcast concept with a view to launching a corporate version. And as he had been discovering the joys of whisky for some years it seemed a logical step to make it the subject of his podcast.

Effectively he plans and writes a weekly radio show, then makes it available for whisky enthusiasts to download on to their personal stereos to listen to at their leisure.

Each show is carefully researched and includes news, features, reviews and interviews. It's all delivered in a clear and concise manner, it doesn't patronise but neither is it elitist, and it has an educational quality without ever seeming to lecture its listeners.

“I started WhiskyCast in the fall of 2005 as a way to further my own education about whisky and I kept going with it because every week I learnt something about whisky I didn't know before,” says the 48-year-old.

“That's why I think people listen to it. I get e-mails from people who have been drinking whisky for years and young newcomers who are just starting on their own journeys, and everyone seems to be thirsty for more information.

The highlight of doing WhiskyCast is getting those e-mails from people who say I've helped them learn something.” Gillespie, a proud member of the Malt ...

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