P. W. Fenton
P.W. Fenton (Born May 24, 1948) is the host of the popular podcast, Digital Flotsam, as well as two other podcasts On This Day in Blues History and Perfect Head.
He is also known as Uncle Jesse, due to the physical similarity to the Dukes of Hazzard character of the same name, and the Satellite Repairman, because of his former duties related to Sirius Satellite Radio.
In 2006 his podcast Digital Flotsam won "Favorite Podcast", "Best Produced Podcast" and "Best Storytelling Podcast" in the Podcast Peer Awards. His show "Digital Flotsam" has been described as "..an audio variety show that's pleasing to the mind. Sometimes makes you laugh, sometimes makes you cry, but always makes you listen. Episodes can be about almost anything, and are always sound rich experiences. Sometimes profound... rarely profane." His work is frequently compared to the late radio storyteller Jean Shepherd.
Digital Flotsam was one of the earlier podcasts, originally featuring RIAA-controlled music, until Fenton decided to only feature the work of independent artists who could grant permission for their work to be played. As it currently stands, there is no way for podcasters to freely play RIAA-governed music. Digital Flotsam now features independent artists' music such as those featured on the Podsafe Music Network or artists who are free to grant permission directly.
Fenton was also responsible for producing 4 hours of daily programming for the Sirius Satellite Network called "Adam Curry's Podshow". In May 2007 Podshow's relationship with Sirius ended, and so did that show. He is no longer associated with Mevio (Podshow), or Adam Curry.
Fenton appeared as a guest of "What's Up With That?" podcast along with Michael Dell and Jim Farley on May 9, 2008. It was episode 40.