Issue 237,  published December 3, 2019

Tracking: December 3, 2019

Uncle Fun: I’m really enjoying the Switched On Pop book, not least because the whole thing opens with Call Me Maybe, which is obviously the clearest path straight into my heart.

Grandpa Grumps: I see you decrying Best Of lists on Twitter… while your PR reps bombard my inbox with your podcast for inclusion. I see you.

Got this in the inbox yesterday:Latino USA, NPR’s only national Latino news and cultural weekly radio program, is launching its first-ever podcast episode without any translation of non-English language spoken in the piece.” Neat!

Snoop snoop snoop… Looks like Conde Nast is hiring to build out a full-fledged in-house audio unit. Poke around the Careers page, and you’ll find listings for an Executive Producer of Podcasts, a Director of Podcast Sales, various management positions, and various producer positions. 🤔🤔🤔

To….. day. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has published a report on news podcast and their opportunities for publishers, which you can find here. There are a couple of conceptual and methodological components that I’d take issue with — in particular, the heuristic for daily news podcasts, which feels pretty underbaked — but it’s still a useful primer.