Section: Independents

Section: Independents
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Making Money: Part II

Today I’m continuing my multi-part look at the different ways podcasters make money from their shows. You can catch up on the first part of the series, an interview with the creator of The Bright Sessions and now-Luminary creator Lauren Shippen, here. This time, I’m looking at the options open to independent podcasters making their […]

April 18, 2019
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Making Money: Part One

Here at Hot Pod, we devote a lot of space to the ebb and flow of money in podcasting: who’s making it, how they’re doing it, what they’re spending it on, and why. Especially in this moment, as podcasting settles into a new era of acquisitions and experiments, reporting on this has necessarily focused at […]

April 9, 2019
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The Anfield Wrap does it themselves

Hot Pod readers probably know that I’m based in the UK by now, but I’m not sure that it’s entirely clear that I don’t live in London. I moved away in the summer of 2017 after nearly a decade in the English capital, and nowadays I’m based in north west England, near Liverpool. That decision […]

February 12, 2019
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Switched On Pop joins Vox Media Podcast Network

Vox Media has added Switched On Pop, a popular independent music podcast by Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan, to its podcast network. The show will officially re-launch next month as Vox’s first music-centered podcast, and will publish on a weekly basis. This is Vox Media’s first external podcast signing, though Harding and Sloan will retain […]

February 5, 2019
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Forever35 Takes Care of Itself

I’ve been listening to Forever35, a podcast with the self-stated subject of “the things we do to take care of ourselves,” since it launched in January 2018. The podcast sees Los Angeles-based writers Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer staging a relaxed, conversational show discussing various aspects of “self-care.” Within their context, the commonly-deployed buzzword is […]

January 22, 2019
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Meanwhile, in Seattle…

The second installment of PodCon — the podcast conference/convention founded by VidCon’s Hank Green, Night Vale’s Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, McElroys Travis and Justin, and directed by VidCon’s Monica Gasper — took place in Seattle over the weekend, and I hear it was bumpin’. When asked how it went, Green tells me: I feel […]

January 22, 2019
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More on Pushkin Industries’ Unveiling

The venture brings together its starting team.

November 16, 2018
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“Pushkin Industries,” Jacob Weisberg and Malcolm Gladwell’s audio venture, steps into the open

The Hair Returns.

November 15, 2018
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The New Independents of Los Angeles?

Here’s a refrain I’ve encountered with some regularity: “New York is the heart of the podcast industry.” I’ve been hearing this for years, and I continue to hear it, still, from producers, podcast execs, would-be producers, would-be execs, and even New York City itself. Sure, it’s almost certainly true, given that it’s the home to […]

October 30, 2018
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Third Coast 2018 Notebook

When I first started writing a podcast column in 2016, my first piece ended up being approvingly passed around on social media among American radio and podcast producers — I think because I was arguing that the legacy media should be paying more attention to their work. That article ended up being quite widely read, […]

October 9, 2018