Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Spotify’s Long Week of Joe Rogan Headlines

When Spotify signed The Joe Rogan Experience to an exclusive multi-year distribution deal earlier in the summer, the company’s stock price soared briefly, illustrating both the extent to which investors valued its bet on exclusives as well as Rogan’s unlikely standing as a legitimate media phenomenon. But the move also prompted immediate questions about whether […]

September 22, 2020

The Sporkful turns the decade

Dan Pashman’s award-winning food podcast — or podcast about food, rather — celebrates its tenth year anniversary this month, and the team is marking the occasion with a few things. Over the course of this week, the show is publishing updated re-releases of three episodes chosen by its listeners: Searching for the Aleppo Sandwich, Katie’s […]

September 22, 2020

Tracking: September 22, 2020

News, broadly… Sony Music Entertainment has announced a development partnership with Campside Media, the podcast studio founded by magazine journalists Josh Dean, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Matt Shaer along with screenwriter-producer Adam Hoff. Their first project will be a true crime/con scandal story, natch. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, together with BuzzFeed News, is pumping out […]

September 22, 2020

Insider: September 17, 2020

  • Amazon Music adds podcast distribution
  • Jake Shapiro joins Apple Podcasts
  • Follow-up to the NPR Bundle… and more!
September 17, 2020

What’s the deal with New Audible?

The past few weeks have been suspiciously busy for Audible, as far as the audiobook giant and “podcasts” are concerned. The company issued several exclusive program announcements claiming use of the word — see: “NBA and Audible team up for ‘Beyond The Last Dance’ podcast” (CNN) and “Audible, Sesame Workshop Launch ‘Sesame Street’ Podcast” (Variety), […]

September 15, 2020

The Bundle

Last week, NPR announced that it will start bundling local news content with Consider This, its relatively new afternoon daily news podcast. This sounds like a small and wonky thing, but it’s really a huge step forward towards whatever public radio is supposed to become as the position of traditional broadcast radio continues to be […]

September 15, 2020

Tracking: September 15, 2020

News, broadly… Oprah has launched a book club podcast that’s exclusive to the Apple Podcast platform. The project is said to be an extension of the partnership between media mogul and Apple, which has primarily taken the shape of an Apple TV+ program. Here’s the Hollywood Reporter on the matter. Charlamagne Tha God and iHeartMedia […]

September 15, 2020

Insider: September 11, 2020

September 14, 2020

Insider: September 10, 2020

  • Apple’s Oprah book club pod
  • Information Vacuum
  • Local-National NPR Podcast bundle… and more!
September 10, 2020

The Good Fight

Critical Frequency began the year with the wind behind their backs. The independent podcast network led by veteran climate reporter Amy Westervelt had secured a sizable grant — in the hundreds of thousands of dollars — that would have gone far in helping their plans to grow the company, bring on more shows, and expand […]

September 8, 2020