Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

The Podcast Academy

Last Friday, a group of podcast publishers and related operatives announced the formation of something called The Podcast Academy — not to be mistaken with what appears to be a semi-amateur Australian resource for podcasters of the same name — which they described as a non-profit organization dedicated to “elevating awareness and excitement for podcasts […]

February 18, 2020

Patreon Capital: An Alternative to Podcast Financing

I was tempted to kick this story off with a platitude along the lines of: “Starting something is the hardest part.” Then I thought the better of it, because that’s not strictly true. Keeping something going can be much harder, as in the case of a conversation, relationship, or even this newsletter, because with starting […]

February 18, 2020

Insider: February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020

Plug and Play

There’s always value in a simple pitch, I suppose. For Meet Cute, a New York-based podcast company that announced itself in Variety a few weeks ago, that pitch has two parts. The first is a pithy, albeit somewhat woo-woo, mission statement: “Hope for the Whole World.” The second is a sharp product focus, with the […]

February 11, 2020

Fair Use Fracas

Last Wednesday, author and podcaster Rich Roll published a Twitter thread that raised significant issue with WeCrashed, a new Wondery show on the story of WeWork that rolled out in mid-January. Specifically, Roll highlighted WeCrashed’s second episode, which featured an interview with WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey that not only appeared to utilize several portions of […]

February 11, 2020

Major Podcast Acquisitions up to February 2020: Analysis

We should probably start at the beginning. Last Wednesday saw the official announcement that Spotify, already the biggest buyer of podcast companies to date, was to make a fourth acquisition: The Ringer. I wrote about the deal in an extra newsletter, and mulled over the details a little more in Thursday’s Insider, where I noted […]

February 11, 2020

Insider: February 6, 2020

– Follow-up to Spotify/Ringer

– Notes on the new Sony Music investment story… and more!

February 6, 2020

Spotify to officially acquire The Ringer

“With The Ringer, we’re basically getting the new ESPN,” said Spotify CEO Daniel Ek during the earnings call this morning, shortly after the company sent out word that it had officially acquired The Ringer, the distinctly podcast-heavy digital media company founded by former ESPN personality Bill Simmons. It’s something of a cheeky statement, given the […]

February 5, 2020

Quality Control: Apple Podcasts and Persistent Technical Issues

Over the past week, we’ve received a noticeable spike in reader emails complaining about problems regarding the Apple Podcasts platform — specifically, around irregularities in the time it takes between uploading episodes and seeing those episodes appear on the Apple Podcasts directory… which, you know, is an important variable when managing a business contingent on […]

February 4, 2020

Classifieds: February 4, 2020

Classifieds: February 4, 2020 issue Create and launch your own podcast!  At Stony Brook University’s Audio Podcast Program. Hands-on training in creative writing, editing, hosting, recording and producing a podcast. Classes are taught in Manhattan or the Southampton Campus. Open house on March 12. Apply now! (Link) Love music? Love podcasts? Osiris Media is hiring a Marketing Director […]

February 3, 2020