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Tracking: July 17, 2019


  • Tim Ferriss has ended his experiment with moving his popular podcast to a completely fan-supported model, which he kicked off at the beginning of June. The reason? “It turns out that most of my listeners have a strong preference for an ad-supported model compared to other options,” he wrote. “After weeks of consistent feedback from my audience, it’s now loud and clear that my vetting and sharing of sponsors is better received and a better fit.” Ferriss will be issuing refunds to every supporter for all that they have given to this point. You can find full details about this on his blog.
  • Blubrry has released a dynamic ad insertion feature for its users with a professional hosting account. Here’s the press release.
  • Acast has expanded to Germany. On a related note, Edison Research has added the country to its list of digital media markets that are subjects of its Infinite Dial studies.
  • APM’s In The Dark gets the New York Times profile treatment.
  • NBC News and MSNBC’s audio team, led by Slate alum Steve Lickteig, is staffing up. The organization has hired Ellen Frankman, formerly the interim executive producer of WNYC’s The Takeaway, to EP its upcoming 2020 election podcast. Frankman started work yesterday.

Release Notes

  • Bundyville, the journalist Leah Sottile’s podcast that explores anti-government extremism in the American West, has returned for a second season. The production is published by Longread in collaboration with OPB.
  • Shout-out to Boise State Public Radio and the Mountain West Bureau, which just rolled out its own investigative podcast project: Locked.
  • Hub & Spoke has added another show into its collective: The Constant.
  • Keep an eye out for the Los Angeles Times’ new limited-run series, produced through its LA Times Studios arm: Larger Than Life.