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California Dreamin’

This morning, Southern California Public Radio of supposedly sleepy Pasadena — one of the two major public radio stations serving Los Angeles (excluding KUSC), the other being Santa Monica’s KCRW — announced the launch of a new podcast division called LAist Studios, which the organization bills as “a new podcast development and production studio dedicated […]

July 17, 2019
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POC in Audio Directory Launches

Last October, I wrote about the producer Phoebe Wang’s acceptance speech at the Third Coast Festival that doubled as a rousing a call-to-action: a crew of organizers — Adizah Eghan, Zakiya Gibbons, Aliya Pabani, Afi Yellow-Duke, and Wang — were building a directory of producers of color to negate claims by audio institutions that it […]

July 17, 2019
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Deep Dive: Stitcher and Wondery Partners to Pursue Pounds

This news dropped came out last week, but it’s worth unpacking. The two podcast companies have launched a new joint venture called Podfront UK, which holds the express purpose of establishing a sales presence in the region to monetize the considerable UK-based listens experienced by both companies. I’m told that the UK represents the third […]

July 17, 2019
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Stitcher Switching Preferred Platform

Before I move off this topic, I wanted to flag something I found interesting: Stitcher appears to be in the process of changing platform vendors for hosting services provided by Midroll, the company’s sales division. Midroll’s preferred platform had been Art19, but it’s now switching to Omny, the Australian hosting platform that Triton Digital acquired […]

July 17, 2019
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Podfront UK: A Local View

For as long as I’ve been observing the UK podcast scene (which is a little over half a decade now), I’ve always gotten the sense that everyone is waiting for the One Big Thing™️: the thing that will kick everything up a gear and make the podcast market here look more like the one in […]

July 17, 2019
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Leave Us a Rating

Checking in on a story that’s been rumbling for a few days now on Reddit and in various podcasting Facebook groups: the sudden appearance of a lot of one-star ratings for certain podcasts in Apple Podcasts. One show, the true crime podcast Obscura, has gone public about the problem, and when I reached out to […]

July 17, 2019
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The Clearing

I wrote a preview piece for Vulture last week on The Clearing, a new true crime project by Pineapple Street Media in collaboration with Gimlet Media that’s due to drop on Thursday. The piece focused on the creative hook of the podcast — it’s pretty wild — but what I didn’t get to discuss much […]

July 17, 2019
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Tracking: July 17, 2019

Tracking Tim Ferriss has ended his experiment with moving his popular podcast to a completely fan-supported model, which he kicked off at the beginning of June. The reason? “It turns out that most of my listeners have a strong preference for an ad-supported model compared to other options,” he wrote. “After weeks of consistent feedback […]

July 17, 2019
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Quick note on Axios’ story about Live Podcast Events

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Thinking about Dork Elvis.

July 11, 2019
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Gathering Listener Data, in ways Modern and Traditional

Nielsen, the global data and measurement firm, is launching something called the Podcast Listener Buying Service, which aims to give participating clients — i.e. participating podcast publishers — insights into the buying habits of audiences affiliated with the listening bases of specific shows.

July 11, 2019