Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Insider: November 21, 2019

– The Hollywood Reporter cover on Spotify’s grand plans

– Google’s personalized “Your Audio News” feature

– Third Coast’s new executive director… and more!

November 21, 2019

Spotify launches personalized podcast playlist

In a move that builds on its various adventures in playlisting, the aspiring all-consuming audio platform is rolling out a new podcast discovery feature that’s more or less Discover Weekly, but for podcasts. It’s pretty much what you think it is: an algorithmically-driven tool that analyzes the podcast consumption behavior of a user — recent […]

November 19, 2019

Notes on the Impeachment Pod Wave

To pick up what Caroline is putting down… So, yeah, similar lines of questioning can be raised about how things have changed in the American podcast scene — or, specifically, the American news podcasting scene — since the last presidential election, and look, for better or worse, we’re already deep into the 2020 cycle. This […]

November 19, 2019

Tracking: November 19, 2019

Well, that’s a little harsh. The latest New York Times Magazine issue — the annual Tech and Design issue, this time themed around the unforeseen consequences of the once-hopeful Internet — had a piece that leaned heavily on podcasts as its primary case study, though with a headline barbed with thorns: “Even Nobodies Have Fans […]

November 19, 2019

Insider: November 15, 2019

– Edison Research/NPR’s Spoken Word Audio Report

– Rev under continued scrutiny… and more!

November 15, 2019

Insider: November 14, 2019

– Personnel Notes, re: Goat Rodeo DC, Three Uncanny Four, Talkhouse

– Pandora’s Table Stakes

– Slate is now half-podcast… and more!

November 15, 2019

The Podcast Entertainment Industrial Complex, Revisited

Should I ever run out of ideas for columns, I’d probably get decent mileage out of revisiting older pieces with the purposes of revising, updating, and/or straight-up retracting. This would be one of those columns, except it’s not one borne out of an ideas deficit. There’s a legitimate news peg here, one that brings into […]

November 12, 2019

Tracking: November 12, 2019

American Public Media Group has laid off twelve people as part of restructure, according to Current. The development was announced last Thursday, and though the specific job cuts were not formally highlighted, Current pointed out that employees at Southern California Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio were affected. Additionally, an all-staff email from SCPR CEO […]

November 12, 2019

Editor’s Note

Five years ago on this day — literally: November 5, 2014 — I published the first issue of this newsletter. (Lord, it hurts just to look at it.) And for one reason or another, I haven’t stopped publishing the damn thing since: through major life changes and tragedies, professional disasters and upswings, days where I […]

November 5, 2019

Festivus, for the Rest of Us

Over the past month, we’ve been running a call for opinions built around a fairly straightforward question: “What are you most frustrated by?” (With respect to the podcast industry, of course.) To put it mildly, folks obliged. Let me start by establishing what I tried to do this with this piece. Editorially, the goal was […]

November 5, 2019