Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Insider: May 13, 2021 — Armchair Expert goes exclusive to Spotify, IAB Podcast Ad Revenue Report, Upfronts Notes

May 13, 2021

Tracking: May 11, 2021

Selected Notes The IAB Podcast Upfronts begin today. Brace yourself for an onslaught of announcements. Spotify has added a new podcast timestamp sharing feature to its platform. This comes a few weeks after its expanded integration with Facebook went live. Entries for the 2021 Third Coast/RHDF Competition close tonight. iHeartMedia launched its programmatic podcast advertising […]

May 11, 2021

The Reinvention of Invisibilia

  When, last summer, Invisibilia announced its latest season (the show’s seventh), the news came with a twist. The acclaimed podcast — and, I should note, NPR’s first major hit among its shows that didn’t start as radio programs — would be “passing the torch,” with longtime hosts Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin stepping aside […]

May 11, 2021

Clubhouse finally comes to Android

After a year of exclusively operating on iOS, the buzzy social audio app announced on Sunday that it has begun rolling out its Android version in beta throughout the U.S. It is expected to quickly expand availability to other English-speaking countries before kicking off a broader global rollout in the weeks ahead. In keeping with […]

May 11, 2021

Insider: May 7, 2021 — Seller’s market?, Higher Ground’s next project, News Bites

May 7, 2021

Insider: May 6, 2021 — NPR Subscriptions roll out on Spotify, iHeartProgrammatic, This Week in Social Audio

May 6, 2021

Tracking: May 4, 2021

First of all… I’m not sure if you’re listening to The Line, the Apple Original podcast led by Dan Taberski about the case of the Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, but I think it broke some news with its series conclusion that came out today. If you haven’t checked out the show, you should do so. […]

May 4, 2021

YouTube star Markiplier to launch weekly podcast

The show will be called Distractible, and it will feature Markiplier — real name Mark Fischbach — collaborating with fellow digital creators Wade Barnes and Bob Muyskens to host what’s being pitched as “a space to have thoughtful discussions about funny, out there, or otherwise interesting stories from everyday life.” Distractible is scheduled to launch […]

May 4, 2021

Podcasting and “The Creator Economy”

The words are often ambiguous in what it actually encompasses, though it typically retains a specificity in connotation: “creator,” “influencer,” “social media star.” A distinctly modern and digitally derived celebrity, mostly on the younger side, always emergent from the ever-evolving frontier of new media. Whatever the terminology, one thing’s for certain: This class of digital-first […]

May 4, 2021

The Live Event Streaming Experience, with a few twists

The live-performance business has long been a powerful economic engine for many, many kinds of artists. This is as true for musicians in the streaming age as it is for comedians and, yes, podcasters. (Let’s set theater aside for this discussion. Different bag altogether.) The pandemic, of course, brought live performances to a halt, pushing […]

May 4, 2021