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Welcome, ChatterBoxers!

ChatterBox Video Game Radio logoWelcome to our friends and fans from the ChatterBox Video Game Radio Show! Open Apple co-host Ken Gagne appeared on ChatterBox episode #424 (MP3 / iTunes), where he and ChatterBox hosts Alon Waisman and Ara Shirinian talked about everything from chiptune music group 8 Bit Weapon performing at GameFest to John Romero keynoting KansasFest.

Ken has been a listener of ChatterBox since the first episode eight years ago, and previously had his letter read on the air on episode #323 (March 7, 2010). He much appreciates having had this opportunity to talk modern and retro gaming with friends old and new. We hope not only that ChatterBox‘s fans with an interest in retrocomputing will enjoy Open Apple, but that Open Apple fans will check out ChatterBox for an outsider’s unique perspective on the Apple II community.

(Also give a listen to ChatterBox’s 2005 interview with 8 Bit Weapon.)

And remember… all your Apples are belong to us!

Open Apple on the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive, perhaps best known for its Wayback Machine, got a bump in popularity among Apple II users last year when noted KansasFest alumnus Jason Scott joined its staff. Suddenly, the work of our own community was being inducted into this vast collection. Open Apple co-host Mike Maginnis was one of the first, with his free and legal scans of Computist being added to the Archive, granting several benefits:

The issues are protected under the auspices of a library, and can be checked out by anyone who wants to head over there and read them online, or download the original PDFs, or anything else that might grab their fancy. It provides, along with Mike’s site and collection, a non-profit registered-library home dedicated to its preservation, and that’s pretty darn cool.

There’s another practical reason for anyone to contribute to this effort. As we discussed in the October episode of Open Apple, some retrocomputing enthusiasts feel that "There really does need to be a giant site for Apple II info though. [There are] too many small non-comprehensive sites out there." Although there is strength in our community’s diversity such that it may not behoove us to consolidate our efforts, a single repository to serve as at least a backup of our output is just good sense. Whatever the fates and whims of the Apple II’s aging content creators, the Internet Archive ensures that their products will live on beyond them.

Starting today, all past episodes of Open Apple will be available from the Internet Archive. They can be downloaded in their original MP3 format as well as Ogg Vorbis, both under the same Creative Commons license with which they were originally published.

We intend the Archive to be a timeless mechanism for discovery of our show, documenting the legacy and passion that produced an Apple II podcast. That said, the Archive’s collection by its nature lacks the exhaustive show notes that are a companion to every episode, and the latest episode will always be available exclusively at

We’ll continue expanding the Internet Archive with new episodes for some time to come — so stay tuned as we make history!

Inaugural Open Apple listener survey

The Open Apple podcast will soon be turning a year old, and hosts Mike and Ken would like to know how we’re doing. What are your favorite parts of the show? What can we change? Who can we invite to join us on future episodes?

Please take the below survey to provide us with your opinions, ideas, and feedback. Average time to complete the survey is 75 seconds. The survey runs through Dec 31, 2011, with the results to be discussed in an upcoming episode.

One-week delay for show #3

Open Apple is a monthly podcast, though beyond that, we’ve never committed to a formal publication schedule. But since our first two episodes went live the first Monday of each month, we thought we’d like to stick to that routine whenever possible. Usually, that means recording on Saturday, editing on Sunday, and publishing on Monday.

This month, we could coordinate the availability of our hosts and guest for Sunday only. We spent yesterday evening in the studio, having a blast recording our third monthly show. But by the time we were done, there was no weekend left in which to edit! Unfortunately, that means a slight delay in making the show available for public consumption.

This month’s episode will be edited this coming weekend and published on Monday, April 11, for your enjoyment. We hope you find our show worth waiting an extra week for. This delay will not push back future episodes, though we do reserve the right to make further adjustments to ensure no show is broadcast before its time.

Thank you for your patience! We hope you eventually enjoy hearing this show as much as we did recording it.

KansasFest 2011 is now open for registration, and Open Apple will be there! Be sure to attend our session to go behind the scenes of the show, learn our recording and editing techniques, and hear sound clips you won’t find anywhere else. Who knows — you could end up on the next episode!

To be sure you’re joining us at KansasFest, we’re giving away a $25 discount toward your registration. All you have to do is “Name the Game!” on the April episode of Open Apple. Still can’t make it to KansasFest? We’ll substitute
a snazzy shirt, mailed to wherever you are this summer. Both prizes are courtesy KansasFest sponsor 16 Sector.

We look forward to seeing you in Kansas City this July!

KansasFest 2011 logo

Name the Game rules

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the Name the Game contest so far! We’re excited to see so much enthusiasm for this segment of the Open Apple podcast.

Please note that there was also a glitch that prevented the submissions address from working in the first 24 hours after Open Apple debuted. We confirm all entries, so if you haven’t received a response to your submission, please try again. To enter, please email us at the address given in the show, or by selecting "Name the Game" from the dropdown on our contact form.

Some further clarifications regarding the rules: Entries will be accepted up until March 2. From all correct entries, one winner will be selected at random and announced on the next episode of the podcast. Winners will be contacted via email; you do not need to listen to win. The contest is open to inhabitants of any and all states and countries. Prize substitutions are not allowed.

Good luck to all entrants, and thanks for listening!

Open Apple now on iTunes

Thank you to everyone who listened to the first episode of Open Apple! Your response and support have been overwhelming, unexpected, and much appreciated. We’re already as excited for the next show as you are!

Apple iTunes logoNow that we have published our show, Apple has accepted Open Apple into the iTunes podcast directory, where you can subscribe to future episodes and leave reviews. If you were using the iTunes link we offered before today, you may wish to update your subscription, though the old link will continue working.

Check our subscription page for more ways to be notified of future updates and episodes, including RSS, email, and Amazon Kindle.

Stay tuned!

Announcing the Open Apple podcast

February 7, 2011 — Mike Maginnis and Ken Gagne, two long-time Apple II users, are proud to announce the Apple II community’s first co-hosted podcast. Open Apple, a monthly show dedicated to Steve Wozniak’s most famous personal computer, begins broadcasting today, with a new episode to come every month.

“When we got home from KansasFest 2010, we didn’t want the experience to end,” said Gagne in the show’s first episode, referring to the annual Apple II convention. Added Maginnis, “One of the great things about the Apple II is the community that surrounds it. Having a podcast where we can chat with other Apple II users fosters that community feeling you get at events like KansasFest.” In keeping with that theme, the two co-hosts are joined in their first episode by KansasFest veteran Andy Molloy, the first of many guests to appear on Open Apple.

The Apple II was the first personal computer produced by Apple Computer Inc. after its founding in 1977. More than eight models and five million units were sold before it was discontinued in 1993. Nearly two decades later, the computer still enjoys regular releases of new hardware and software, thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of both loyal fans and retrocomputing newcomers.

The Open Apple show aims to spotlight that vibrancy and serve that community with regular segments that include “II News”, a roundup of the latest Apple II activities and announcements; “Retroviews”, a look back at classic hardware and software; “Apple Pickings”, which spotlights Apple II sales on eBay and Craigslist; and “Name the Game”, an audio trivia challenge in which listeners can win prizes.

“There are plenty of other great retrocomputing podcasts that we enjoy listening to,” said Maginnis, “but none dedicated to the Apple II is produced on a regular basis, and nothing that consistently features multiple voices from the community. With this show, Ken and I are looking forward to keeping in touch with each other and other Apple II geeks every month.”

Mike Maginnis writes about Apple’s pre-Mac computers on his blog, Ken Gagne is editor and publisher of Juiced.GS, the Apple II’s longest-running print publication, and is marketing director for the community’s annual convention, KansasFest.

The Open Apple podcast is available immediately at where it can be streamed live or downloaded.

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