Earlonne Woods, who has served 20 years of a 31 year-to-life sentence for attempted robbery, will be released from San Quentin State Prison in California next week after receiving a commutation of sentence by Governor Jerry Brown.
MEASUREMENT BITE. Been a while since we’ve checked back into what is arguably the most important subject in the podcast business. Let’s fix that, shall we? “The good news for podcasters and buyers is measurement challenges are 97 percent solved,” Midroll Media CRO Lex Friedman said on a podcast panel at the National Association of […]
Post-election, how do you create a politics podcast for a market (still) flooded with politics podcasts?
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 130, published August 1, 2017. Strong early feedback for NPR’s Wow in the World. Kids’ podcasts: there are rising arguments for more, and we now have some numbers for those looking into building a strategy. NPR tells me that Wow in the World, the […]
Live touring is a real business for some podcasts (and you don’t need huge downloads for it to work)
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 128, published July 18, 2017. Radiotopia’s Ear Hustle breaks 1.5 million downloads in its first month, qualifying the show as a “runaway hit” for the podcast collective, as the press release puts it. Also interesting from the release: the podcast, which emerged as the winner […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 121, published May 30, 2017. Back from vacation, folks. We’re talking conventions, independent media, The Daily v. Up First, and careers. Let’s get to it. PodCon. The crop of live podcasting programming — or festivals or conferences or whatever you’d like to call it […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue ninety-five, published November 8, 2016. Happy Election Day (oh dear god). Three quick stories with that sweet, sweet podcast-angle (#onbrand): 1. Avail yourself with dueling podcast columns on the subject: The New Statesman, “How to use podcasts as U.S. election therapy,” and Wired, “Fed-up, […]
The view on the other side. “I think the corporate heart of the BBC currently undervalues radio and may well be about to undermine it,” wrote Gillian Reynolds, the radio critic at The Telegraph, in a column published two weeks ago. (Radio critic! I want that job!) Reynolds noted that “a 20 percent portion of […]