Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher's Web Site Now Offering Podcasting

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 09, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Public addresses will be available for iPod or mp3 players

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentuckians can now receive Governor Fletcher’s public addresses via iPod or other mp3 players thanks to a podcast service recently made available on the governor’s Web site.

“Moving Kentucky forward means making state government more accessible to our citizens,” said Governor Fletcher. “Podcasting is another way we are doing just that – bringing government to the people with the most up-to-date technology possible.”

Podcasting is a free service available to anyone with an Internet connection to download and listen to key happenings across the commonwealth. Users can view the addresses on their computer or take the downloads with them on their mp3 device. 

Governor Fletcher becomes one of the first governors in the nation to utilize the growing technology that expands the use of Internet-based multi-media to reach constituents.

With the move to podcasting, Governor Fletcher continues taking strides as “Kentucky’s Technology Governor,” utilizing Internet-based e-government applications to make interaction with state government convenient for citizens and businesses.

“More and more citizens and businesses are going to the Internet as their first source for news, information and interaction,” explained Governor Fletcher. “Taking advantage of this technology ensures Kentucky state government is there to greet them.”

To subscribe to the governor’s podcast simply browse to click on the Podcast icon, then copy and paste the URL into a podcasting program such as iTunes. Users of the popular iTunes Web site may also search there for Governor Fletcher’s podcasts and subscribe to automatic updates.

By deploying e-government applications such as podcasting, Governor Fletcher is leading by example to demonstrate the opportunities afforded by full broadband availability for all Kentuckians.