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Breaking: Entercom buys Pineapple Street Media and Cadence13

Well, I thought I was done with work before I went on vacation, but here I am again. Entercom, one of the largest traditional radio companies in the US, has acquired two highly notable podcast companies: Pineapple Street Media, the Brooklyn-based independent podcast studio, and Cadence13, the Manhattan-based podcast network led by a group of […]

August 7, 2019
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The Apple Categories are back in business

The Apple podcast categories are back in business. After a brief vacation, the categories, thought to be an important discovery and consumption management tool, have rolled back out, complete with the new genres and subgenres announced at the beginning of June. It will probably take a little while longer for the new categories to get […]

August 6, 2019
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Revenue Diversification, for Big and Small

Multitude Productions, a Brooklyn-based independent podcast collective, isn’t small by any means, but it isn’t terribly big either. Formed in 2017 by Amanda McLoughlin (who I interviewed for a Career Spotlight back in March), Multitude is now at a size where, in the month of July, the collective brought in over 2 million downloads across […]

August 6, 2019
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This again?

From Fast Company, almost exclusively citing Podtrac’s monthly ranker: It’s estimated that there are more than 700,000 active podcasts today. While the low barrier to entry has given rise to the running joke that everyone has a podcast, the saturated market can make it difficult to grow an audience. One thing that might help: Build […]

August 6, 2019
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In Context: “Bundyville: The Remnant”

So, I really liked Bundyville, the Oregon-based journalist Leah Sottile’s audio documentary on anti-government extremism in the American West that released its second season last month, and I highly encourage you to check the podcast out. What I also liked: the arrangement behind the production, which I thought was pretty interesting to parse through. A […]

August 6, 2019
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Career Spotlight: Ryan Haas, OPB

Ryan Haas’ work on Bundyville was folded into his day-to-day responsibilities at Oregon Public Broadcasting, of which there were already quite a few. In this edition of Career Spotlight, Haas talks to us about editing for audio, sports writing in the Carribean, and the relationship between public media and print media castoffs. *** Hot Pod: […]

August 6, 2019
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Tracking: August 6, 2019

Revolving Door. Two notable hires over at PRX, a.k.a. the merged entity known as PRX-PRI: Jason Saldanha joins as the organization’s new Content director, starting August 1. Previously, Saldanha was the Managing Director of Communications and Audience Experience at the Chicago Humanities Festival. He was also a producer at various points in his career, including […]

August 6, 2019
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SiriusXM’s Q2 Earnings: “The Flea Market,” The Radio Business, and Talent Deals

“As you well know, there’s content everywhere but it’s almost like a flea market.”

August 2, 2019
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Spotify’s Q2 Earnings: The Second Option, Advertising Opportunity, and Actual Payoffs

August 1, 2019
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Apple Podcast Categories, Temporarily Relieved

I was fairly delirious this weekend — between the relentless summer heat and all the heavy lifting involved in packing up an apartment — when I pulled up the Apple Podcast app only to find that, bizarrely, the entire podcast categories menu had vanished. For a moment, I briefly contemplated that it was time to […]

August 1, 2019