Announced yesterday, the investment sees the parent of WordPress joins a collection of strategic investors that includes The New York Times, Bose Corporation, WGBH, and American Public Media, and deepens a relationship that started last year when the company made RadioPublic’s embed player available on all WordPress sites, as noted in the corresponding press release. […]
Placing things in a little context.
WILD WILD COUNTRY. If I had a dime for every time someone made a reference to podcasting, the podcast industry, and/or podcast metrics being the “Wild West,” well…I wouldn’t have enough dimes to retire, exactly, but I’d certainly have enough to buy a few Happy Meals. The latest such reference comes from AdWeek, whose podcast […]
Plus: Civil + podcasts, Anchor’s troublesome TOS, and RadioPublic’s crowd equity campaign.
“The Troubles.” We’re three months into New York Public Radio’s reckoning with sexual harassment and an organizational culture that allowed for bullying and discriminatory behaviors that have especially hurt women and people of color. (See here, here, and here.) And it’s far from over. Boris Kachka, writing for New York magazine’s The Cut (where the […]
The daily podcaster’s choice: Try to fit in listeners’ crowded mornings or tackle the evening commute?
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 133, published August 22, 2017. The daily show. If The New York Times’ The Daily and NPR’s Up First — taken collectively as, like, an index fund of the daily news podcast construct writ large — have taught us anything, it’s that there’s a […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 119, published May 9, 2017. S-Town breaks 40 million downloads in its first month. That’s global downloads, by the way. I wrote up the milestone for Vulture, and to conjure a sense of the context, I hope you don’t mind me quoting myself: It’s […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 109, published February 28, 2017. Hey folks — we got a ton of news to sort through. Let’s clip through, pew pew pew. About those original Spotify podcasts. The music streaming giant announced its initial ((Initial, that is, if you don’t count Clarify, the […]
A report on podcasting details some of the industry’s issues: diversity, talent, tech, and (oh yeah) money
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 105, published January 31, 2017. The Knight Foundation has a new report out on podcasts, titled “From Airwaves to Earbuds: Lessons from Knight Investments in Digital Audio and Podcasting.” It was published last Thursday, and you can access it as a PDF or read […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue ninety-nine, published December 6, 2016. Midroll’s new executive hires: Korri Kolesa is the new head of sales, replacing Lex Friedman as he settles into his new chief revenue officer role. Eric Spiegelman is the new VP of business affairs, taking now-CEO Erik Diehn’s place. I’m […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue ninety-one, published October 11, 2016. Growing Up Gimlet. Okay, there’s a lot baked into this story and I’m still processing, so this isn’t an argument so much as me thinking through this. Let’s get to it. Podcastland was lit aflame last Thursday when Starlee […]