Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Insider: April 1, 2021 — The Club is Packed, Libsyn acquires ad marketplace, Revolving Door

April 1, 2021

Tracking: March 30, 2021

Today, Entercom is announcing a big ol’ rebrand where it will be known from here on out as… *squints* Audacy? Sure! Anyway, this new name will encompass its legacy broadcast radio business, its podcasts businesses — which comprises Cadence13, Pineapple Street, and Podcorn — plus its digital audio platform, RADIO.COM. Speaking of Pineapple Street: I […]

March 30, 2021

Breaking: Serial Productions unveils its next project

About an hour ago, the famed audio publisher now owned by the New York Times announced that its latest show will be a five-part series hosted and reported by Zoe Chace called The Improvement Association. The tagline: “A true story about election fraud,” and it features Chace traveling to Bladen County, North Carolina to “investigate […]

March 30, 2021

Breaking: Spotify moves into social audio

Given Spotify’s grand ambitions to become the all-consuming audio platform of the universe, it has become a consistent point of curiosity as to what the company will do with the increasing interest around Clubhouse and the social audio category — or “live group audio,” as I prefer to call it — more generally. Frankly, the […]

March 30, 2021

Expanding the Editor Pipeline

The motivation behind Edit Mode, a seven-week training program from the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)’s SoundPath learning platform and the Editors Collective, is simple and straightforward: There’s a huge demand these days for story editors with tangible experience working on narrative audio projects, and there’s simply too little supply to match it. The […]

March 30, 2021

The Chance Pleasures of a Branded Real Estate Podcast

If you heard a podcast host say, “We’re very well aware of the obstacles: We’re on an audio platform talking about things you need to see to experience and believe,” what might you assume this podcast is about? Movies? Magic? Bigfoot? In this case, it’s a different topic, one that’s been garnering lots of attention […]

March 30, 2021

Illustration: “I want open concept and a rotating hot tub and my budget is fifty bucks”

March 30, 2021

A talent agent on the pandemic and the Hollywood-industrial complex

It should be clear by now that talent agents play an increasingly crucial role in the formation of the podcast business: They create markets for projects and creators, serve as rapid facilitators of information in the industry, and are generally incentivized to amp up the level of competition in the ecosystem, which may be a […]

March 30, 2021

Insider: March 25, 2021 — Podsights funding, Paid Podcast Survey, Side Project Policies

March 25, 2021

Tracking: March 23, 2021

Selected Notes This morning, the Vox Media Podcast Network announced that it is expanding its partnership with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway, who currently host the Pivot podcast for New York Magazine. This expansion includes a push into video projects over the next year — insert Pivot to video jokes here, come on — as […]

March 23, 2021