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The Frequency

By 5by5

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The Frequency is a weekly news and talk show focused on bringing you the top stories from the real world, the tech world, and sometimes the weird world. Hosted by Haddie Cooke & Dan Benjamin.

Customer Reviews

Daily Must Listen

Tech news with a lot of personality. Great for 5by5 fans and people who want to become 5by5 fans.

Chemistry or Lack of Boundaries?

As tech news shows go, this one relies mostly on personality and rapport. Some perceive the connection between cohosts as “chemistry” while others find it “borderline inappropriate”.
An important issue here is with status. Haddie Cooke is, as 5by5 founder Dan Benjmain explained in his “State of the Union”, his network’s first full-time employee. Her cohost is also her boss. Though Benjamin may perceive the relationship as rather egalitarian, the unusual context cannot be ignored. If the CEO of a tech company were to do a podcast with an employee of that company, it might be essential to set clear limits. Same thing if cohosts were in a student-teacher relationship. The lack of clear behavioural boundaries in The Frequency has some unintended consequences, which can ripple through the perception of the network as a whole.

The show’s format and content are more adequate than unique or truly innovative. There’s been a notion, at first, that news stories to be covered would come in part from listeners. Even if some submitted stories do make their way to the show (with attribution), the “concept” for the show is still like a regular news briefing show, as is so common among tech podcasts. In other words, The Frequency does what it’s supposed to do, but the show’s core value is in the banter between cohosts. The same could be said about Geek Friday, a show set in the proper context for banter among cohosts. Conversely, lawyers Katie Floyd and David Sparks, cohosts for Mac Power Users, manage to keep banter to a minimum while maintaining a playful, informal, and honest tone. While the deep sense of professionalism which comes from those “friendly yet respectful” interactions may not apply to all 5by5 shows, but could be an inspiration to others in thinking about setting clear boundaries and context-appropriate roles.

OK podcast. But the lady is annoying.

I think this podcast has too much sexual innuendo. If you like that type of thing, then listen. But if you don't, then don't.

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