Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

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

Permanent Collection

Here’s something really cool: the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture — abbreviated as NMAAHC —  has selected eleven episodes from Revision Path, an interview podcast by the entrepreneur and web designer Maurice Cherry showcasing black designers from all over the world, for inclusion into its permanent collection. We’re told that this […]

August 1, 2019

How to Service, Journalistically

I don’t know about you, but I tend to subconsciously associate the concept of “service journalism,” which I’ll describe as reader-focused reporting often towards actionable ends, with the “personal betterment” genre. (Which, by the way, I will always happily dedicate copious amounts of my waking life towards, as I noted in a column about NPR’s […]

August 1, 2019

Tracking: July 30, 2019

Tracking AdsWizz, the digital audio advertising solutions provider that was acquired by Pandora last summer, has rolled out new ad insertion software that it says “fully supports the Remote Audio Data (RAD).” If you need a reminder on all this RAD business, hit up this old write-up from The Verge. NPR has made a new […]

August 1, 2019

Ad Age: Amazon to test audio ads on Alexa?

Money’s gonna have to flow somehow

July 26, 2019

Host-read ads: always a toughie

Sticky wickets

July 26, 2019

Billboard profiles Apple Music’s Oliver Schusser

Well timed

July 26, 2019

Spotify Watch: New Show Acquisition, Gimlet CMO Jenny Wall Departs

Housekeeping and additions

July 25, 2019

WSJ: Apple apparently advantages own apps in its own App store

I mean, no duh

July 25, 2019

Liner Notes: Apple, Podcasts, and Exclusive Content

Obviously, we should talk a little more about the Apple business. ICYMI: Bloomberg published a story last week reporting that Apple is apparently planning to “fund original podcasts that would be exclusive to its audio service,” and that the company had already reached out to multiple media companies about those efforts. The report also noted […]

July 23, 2019