Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

2018: Year in Review

What kind of year has it been? When I sat down to plot this column last Tuesday, a few words popped to mind: busy, chaotic, confusing. Frankly, I’m not sure how I’ll remember 2018 down the line, but I have some ideas of a few things that’ll stick. I. Perhaps the most pronounced public narrative […]

December 11, 2018

Nick’s Picks on the Other Big 2018 Stories

(1) Haven’t you heard? The Daily News Podcast, i.e. the new front page, continues to mushroom in the wake of The Daily and Up First. (Slate even has two daily news podcasts now! Also, interestingly enough, the New York Times published a thing yesterday rounding up a few for your convenience. Strange!) Two questions on […]

December 11, 2018

The Three Most Interesting Podcast Companies

I did this segment before I took my brief sabbatical last fall, and I thought it came out great, so I’m doing it again. Here, I’d like to quickly highlight the three companies that struck me as the most interesting over the past twelve months. They aren’t necessarily the most successful or the biggest, but […]

December 11, 2018

Tracking: December 11, 2018

Broke this story last Friday on the site: Gimlet is getting into the daily news podcast space, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal. They’re currently seeking an executive producer and a host to staff the project  More details in the original write-up. ICYMI: NPR CEO Jarl Mohn will step down from the role after his […]

December 11, 2018

Gimlet to produce a daily news podcast with the Wall Street Journal

I’ve just learned that Gimlet Media is stepping into the daily news podcast space, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal. The move was announced internally earlier today, and as it stands, the two companies are currently seeking an executive producer and a host to staff the production. Specific details are still scants, but the hope, […]

December 7, 2018

End of Year Lists, but for Platforms

Sifting through Apple, Spotify, and Podtrac’s “Most Listened” lists for meaning

December 7, 2018

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn stepping down next summer

He leaves the organization with a significant legacy — overseeing strong Post-Trump broadcast ratings and an enviable podcast operation — that will also likely be marred by the Michael Oreskes sexual harassment crisis.

December 6, 2018

Song Exploder switching hosts

After five years, Hrishikesh Hirway is stepping away from the mic.

December 6, 2018

Panoply announces a slew of new partners

Some you know, some you don’t.

December 6, 2018

Report: Liberty Media angling to take control of iHeartMedia

The New York Post reports that Liberty Media is aiming to take control of iHeartMedia as soon as the financially-struggling radio giant (which recently acquired Stuff Media for $55 million) crawls out of bankruptcy early next year. Here’s the report. iHeartMedia had been struggling with a $20 billion debt burden over the years due to […]

December 6, 2018