As a relative newcomer to the whole world of Catholic new media, I am been pretty lucky to be able to rub (virtual) shoulders with some of the most prominent names in that world. I was fortunate to meet Father Roderick Vonhogen back in 2009, which solidified a friendship that had existed via the Internet from one side of the world to the other. Today, I was able to have a conversation with a couple of people who have been podcast since before I even knew the word — Greg and Jennifer Willits. They were podcasting before the Vatican even. The Catholics Next Door is one of their better known properties, but the Rosary Army was where it all started for them about 10 years ago, and that was how they first got into the world of podcasting.
In today’s Google+ Hangout with Greg and Jennifer, as well as my social media guru James Bergin and Emilie Ng of Cradio, we chatted about the various projects that Greg and Jennifer have worked on, including four years having a daily three-hour radio show on Sirius XM Radio. They are real legends of my niche area of involvement and expertise, and they displayed some of their many talents, including puppetry, music and singing. We also spoke about the Pope’s venture into Twitter, some of our favourite blogs and podcasts and the possible Catholic New Media Conference in Australia next year.
We had a great time. Check out the latest Google+ Hangout of the Southern Cross New Media Project here.