RØDE Announced Winners of My RØDE Cast 2020



RØDE Microphones proudly announced the winners of their second annual podcasting competition, My RØDE Cast. These incredible podcasters will be taking home a share of $150,000 in prizes.

Launched in May, My RØDE Cast invited the world’s podcasters to submit a 1-2 minute episode showcasing their talents. The entries quickly surpassed last year’s total, with over 2000 podcasts being submitted from more than 60 countries worldwide.

The winners were chosen by three brilliant judges from the podcasting industry, Hrishikesh Hirway, Creator and Host of Song Exploder, Jacob Salamon, Co-Founder of WISECRACK, and Leah Harris, Australia’s Podcast Producer at Spotify.

The Winners:

Major Prize: A Latto Thought – CA Davis (USA)

A Latto Thought critically unpacks contemporary mixed race experiences in order to dismantle post-racial myths. Each episode asks a question about contemporary mixed race issues, misperceptions, and pop culture.

“The show’s concept is great,” says My RØDE Cast Judge Hrishikesh Hirway. “To be mixed means to be caught between worlds, and that provides a very specific perspective from which to examine the topic of race. Plus, the hosts have great voices and delivery, and the editing is sophisticated.

Runner Up Prize: Lidia’s Booktastic Podcast – LK Productions (Ireland)

Lidia’s Booktastic Podcast is a podcast from a young girl that tells other kids about the books she reads and what she likes about them (with a little help from her dad).

“Love the host choice and the interaction between daughter and dad,” says My RØDE Cast judge Leah Harris. “It would have a number of audience entry points for both kids and their parents. Warm and engaging, great use of guests.

People’s Choice Prize: Contemporary Issues – Nicholas Najar (Brazil)

Contemporary Issues is a podcast that tells the story of what appeared to be a typical day at work revealing itself to go beyond medical knowledge, enlightening the true meaning of care.

“The team and I are thrilled and honored to win this year’s My RØDE Cast competition!” says Major Prize winner CA Davis. “When my lead producer, Lex Ward, and I began formulating the show, I had no idea how to bring together creative sound design with a show that uses critical mixed race theory and analysis to unpack contemporary mixed race experiences. With RØDE’s help, we can continue to produce high-quality content that is detailed, engaging and takes our listeners on an educational and stereophonic journey. What a true, true honor.”

This year, we also opened My RØDE Cast to entries from China. The winners were chosen by a separate panel of judges, including Zhang Dong, Vice Director of the Sound of Music program on China National Radio and Chief Content Officer of Yunting; Yin Qiming, multiple National News Award winner, Vice President and Chief Editor of Himalaya FM (China’s biggest audio sharing platform) and Vice President of Copyright Society of China; and celebrated writer, director and actor Zhou Jianlong. The winning entries were City Guide Podcast, Nonsense, and Life Guide.


Libsyn Announced Launch of Latinx Initiatives



Liberated Syndication (Libsyn) announced a series of Latinx initiatives beginning with The Latino Podcast Listener Report, conducted by Edison Research and commissioned by Adonde Media, Lantigua Williams & Co., Libsyn, NPR, and Pandora. The results of the study will provide valuable insight and serve to further the conversation about Latinx podcasters and their audience.

Libsyn will continue the conversation beginning in July with a series of events to further discuss the results and create awareness around Latino podcasts.

“We are excited to share the data from the Edison report and explore the opportunities to create community within Latinx podcasting and specifically Spanish language podcasts,” remarked Elsie Escobar, Libsyn’s Community Manager. “At Libsyn, we have always tried to empower more voices outside of traditional media. What we learn from the listener survey will be valuable in attracting Latinx podcasts and audiences.”

During the month of July, the Rockin’ Libsyn Podcasts feature will highlight Spanish speaking podcasts. This series shares podcasts on the Libsyn platform in a Question and Answer format that provides valuable insight from their professional podcast producers to further empower the community.

Libsyn is also pleased to host several key guests to speak in more detail about the Latino Podcast Listener Report, Tom Webster, Senior Vice President of Edison Research will be a guest on the July 14th, Episode 172 of The Feed: The Official Libsyn Podcast.

Additionally, co-sponsors of the research report Juleyka Lantigua Williams, CEO of Lantigua Williams & Co. and Martina Castro, CEO of Adonde Media, will join Libsyn’s Community Manager and She Podcasts‘s co-founder Elsie Escobar to follow up on the study’s results.


Podcast Movement University Launches!



Podcast Movement announced the launch of Podcast Movement University. You can sign up now for free. The free SHIFT kickoff event will be on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. It is a virtual conference.

Several months ago, Podcast Movement put out a survey asking what we could do to bring you the most value as podcasters and podcast professionals. You put COMMUNITY and NETWORKING at the top of the list. Ask and you shall receive!

Additionally, you shared all kinds of ideas for year-round support. Education for getting your podcast off the ground, making it better, or growing as a podcast professional were popular topics.

Podcast Movement University will have all this and more.

Main Activity Feed: Think, Facebook Groups, with more organization, more options, and less Facebook! You can tag posts with their relevant topic(s) for more natural categorization, and you can even click the Topics button to check out only the conversations that are most relevant to you.

The Feed is where you’ll see all the public conversations happening, as well as all the posts from your assigned groups.

Groups: They’ve got all kinds of groups in the University, and you can think of them as “communities within the community.” Whether you’re a new podcaster or business podcaster, there’s a group for you. If you’re looking for guests or looking to be a guest on another show, there’s a group for you. If you’d like to share your show and get feedback, you guessed it, there’s also a group for you.

Join all one or all of them, and get the conversations started!

Events:
One of the things Podcast Movement is most excited about is beginning to host weekly meetups. Some just for networking with other University members, while others will be more focused and guided around a specific topic.


Spotify’s Sandra Podcast Goes Global



In 2018, Gimlet Media launched Sandra, a seven-part fictional drama depicting a world where artificial intelligence isn’t so artificial. Since then, Gimlet Media has become part of Spotify.

Sandra had big names and voices including Alia Shawkat (Helen), Kristin Wiig (Sandra), and Ethan Hawke (Dustin). The podcast launched to critical acclaim due to its relevant themes of technology, security, and self-actualization. Spotify deemed it a story worth telling listeners around the world.

On July 7, Spotify and Gimlet premiered an exclusive Sandra podcast in four markets: France, Germany, Brazil and Mexico. The most interesting about this release is that it is not just a translation into the local language. Instead, each version is specially adapted via a culturally relevant name, a customized storyline, and more.

Sandra will be called Sara in France, Susi in Germany, Sonia in Mexico, and Sofia in Brazil. Sandra is the first truly localized adaptations ever made of a hit fictional podcast.

The Spotify Studio teams in those four countries have worked with local directors to adapt the script, cast local talent, and reimagine the podcast with an appreciation for local culture, language and nuance. In each market, the podcast has an A-list cast mixed with traditional TV and film actors as well as digital creators and influencers.

I think this is a fantastic idea! Adapting the podcast to a localized population would make the show easier to relate to and get involved in. Spotify has the ability to have separate teams to work on each adaptation – and the money to hire the voice actors. That’s way beyond the ability (and finances) of most podcasters. So, it is good to see Spotify making use of their resources in this unique way.


ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network Australia Announces New Partnerships



ARN, iHeartPodcast Network Australia, has announced two new commercial partnerships with leading podcast creators Audioboom and Kast Media to expand its extensive podcast offering. These partnerships further strengthen ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network’s unique commercial proposition for brands and advertisers by connecting them with Audioboom and Kast Media’s engaged Australian audiences.

As part of its growth strategy, the iHeartPodcast Network has added new titles from Kast Media including: On Purpose with Jay Shetty, The Fighter & The Kid, and Impaulsive with Logan Paul. New titles from Audioboom include: Casefile, No Such Thing as a Fish, The Totally Football Show, and F1: Beyond The Grid.

These highly popular podcasts increase the content diversity across the Entertainment, True Crime and Sport categories for the iHeartPodcast Network Australia and provide enhanced commercial opportunities for clients to align and integrate within.

On joining ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network Australia, Colin Thomson, Founder & CEO from Kast Media said, “We are excited to join ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network, adding our thought-provoking and entertaining shows to Australia’s largest podcast network. The partnership aligns with our mission to create content that brands can integrate and be a part of.”

Stuart Last, CEO of Audioboom said, “Our podcasts feature well-known personalities and top talent from across the world, attracting global audiences, including significant numbers in Australia. The experience of ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network in monetising audiences makes them the perfect fit to further expand our advertising potential across the Audioboom roster. From the entertaining No Such Thing As A Fish to the true crime grit of the Australian-made Casefile, we know clients across Australia are going to love speaking to these new listeners.”

On the two new partnerships, ARN’s Head of Commercial Audio & Podcasts Corey Layton said, “ARN continues to dominate the podcast space, and these new partnerships with Audioboom and Kast Media will further extend and diversify our offering, giving brands access to some of the world’s most compelling and popular content.”

The announcement comes as ARN releases new podcast listener data for May with leading podcast technology provider Megaphone. Again showing growth month on month, the data captured for May shows strong audience growth with an increase of 6% compared to April. Overall, listening on the iHeartPodcast Network from when the pandemic was declared (mid-March to May) is up 22% compared to listening pre-pandemic (January to mid-March 2020).


BBC Launched New Creative Development Unit Focused on Podcasts



BBC announced that BBC Radio’s in-house production division – previously called BBC Radio & Music Production – has relaunched as BBC Audio with a new development unit that is focused on podcasts.

The Creative Development Unit (CDU), based in Bristol, will turbocharge the production division’s podcast ambitions. The CDU team will draw upon the creative and production expertise across BBC Audio’s four production bases to develop landmark podcasts as well as partnerships and co-produced audio projects for the BBC. They will also work with teams and individuals – new to podcasting – on pitching and development.

The Creative Development Unit is a team of four people. It is led by Clare McGinn, who previously ran BBC Audio’s production department in Bristol. It builds on the success of recent BBC Audio podcasts including James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds and The Missing Cryptoqueen for BBC Sounds, Forest 404 and Evil Genius for Radio 4, 13 Minutes to the Moon and Fall of the Shah for World Service, and the BBC Earth podcasts for BBC Studios.

BBC Audio produces speech, music, and events programming for BBC Radio, The World Service, and BBC Sounds. The BBC Audio site showcases new and existing podcasts, as well as the full breadth of output and services from music and speech radio to entertainment formats and live events.


TuneIn Adds CNN and Bloomberg Media to TuneIn Premium News Line-Up



TuneIn is doubling down on news with expanded partnerships with top-rated broadcasted news networks CNN and Bloomberg Media as they join TuneIn Premium’s commercial-free news lineup that includes CNBC, FOX News Talk and MSNBC.

With a 47% increase in news listening year-over-year, TuneIn, commercial-free news provides listeners with a seamless ad-free experience as partners have the ability to use station specific short-form content and curated clips to replace ad breaks for the networks’ full lineup of on-air programs. TuneIn offers local, national, international, live and on-demand podcast news content with TuneIn’s free service and commercial-free with TuneIn Premium.

“TuneIn first launched a commercial-free news listening experience 18 months ago, and we now see two times the rate of engagement on our commercial-free news stations versus ad-supported stations,” said Kevin Straley, Chief Content Officer, TuneIn. “The data shows us consumers enjoy this seamless experience that is highly retentive, and we are thrilled to add CNN and Bloomberg Media to this coveted news offering. As listening online grows year-over-year and we continue our mission to reinvent radio for a connected world, we are pleased to deliver this unique experience to listeners however and wherever they consume their news.”

CNN commercial-free is now available on TuneIn, with Bloomberg Media joining the commercial-free lineup in late summer. The audio destination for 75 million monthly active users globally, TuneIn continues to dominate the audio news space with the exclusive availability of top news networks. Globally, TuneIn can be accessed in 197 countries and can be found on more than 200 different major platforms and devices. TuneIn partnerships in the voice assistant space include Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby and Cortana, as well as key integrations with Sonos, Bose and Tesla. Go to https://tunein.com/get-tunein/ to learn more.


Jam Street Media Launches Podcast Network with Slate of Programming



Jam Street Media, an LA-based podcast production and consulting firm focused on branded content and top talent, is announcing the launch of its podcast network with a portfolio of shows.

The company – founded by Matty Staudt, former vice president of podcast programming at iHeartRadio and director of content at Stitcher – aims to help take proven talent who have great ideas for shows and make them a reality, as well as find great independent shows currently being produced that can benefit from their years of experience producing and promoting podcasts.

“I have spent a career working with talent to create important and long-lasting shows. I want to make shows that break the mold, appeal to a diversity of audiences, and leave people feeling good about themselves. We are an industry that creates companionship and comfort, which is what our network will provide,” said Staudt. “I’m also looking forward to finding great independent producers who can use our knowledge of production and business to gain the audiences they deserve.”

Jam Street Media’s newly-launched podcast network features three shows:

Big Swing Podcast a podcast hosted by Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling and longtime sports fan Cooper Surles with pro athlete guests, talking about sports, pop culture, business, and everything in between. It’s where athletes go to talk about sports.

Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee a talk show hosted by the International pop star and personality, featuring inspirational guests, personal stories, and poetry.

Deep Cover: The Real Donnie Brasco features the true stories as told by the real Donnie Brasco, Joe Pistone, about his time with the mob. Sometimes the real story is better than the movie.

The company plans to expand its network in the coming months, with the acquisition of a number of new podcasts and IP.

Added Staudt: “I am so lucky to have found our new Executive Producer, Amanda Rosenberg who will be working on several projects that celebrate women including “Wake Up,” the true story of a woman who lost her memories to amnesia and was shocked about what she learned when they started coming back. We are also working with several documentarians and reporters to bring their stories to podcasting.”

Jam Street Media has partnered with podcast giant Acast for the hosting, distribution, and monetization of its programming.

“Acast is thrilled to be working with Jam Street Media. Matty is a veteran in the world of podcasting — an OG audio guy — who has the unique ability to spot projects that have potential and make them shine,” said Rebecca Steinberg, content development manager at Acast. “The industry benefits from players like Jam Street Media, who invest the time and energy into creating quality content with a diverse pool of talent.”


FOX News Media Expands Broadcast Partnership with SiriusXM and Pandora



FOX News Media and SiriusXM have expanded their existing broadcast partnership, announced John Sylvester, Vice President of FOX News Audio. As a part of the new agreement, all of FOX News Podcasts’ original programming is now available to Pandora’s more than 60 million monthly users across all tiers of the service. Additionally, the platform’s daily news digest, The FOX News Rundown, now airs weekday mornings on SiriusXM’s Patriot Channel 125.

In making this announcement, Sylvester said, “We are thrilled to expand our longstanding partnership, ensuring SiriusXM and Pandora’s combined over 100 million listeners continued access to our cutting edge news coverage as well as our best in class lifestyle and opinion programming.”

Through this new agreement, a one-hour version of The FOX News Rundown now airs on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 each weekday at 5AM/ET. As FOX News Audio’s signature news and analysis podcast, the program features a team of FOX News Radio anchors and reporters, including Jaqui Heinrich, Dave Anthony, Lisa Brady, Jessica Rosenthal and Chris Foster, as they break down the day’s top headlines, present interviews with key newsmakers and provide insights from FOX News reporters stationed around the globe.

Featuring a catalogue of more than 20 original FOX News Podcasts, the expanded partnership also includes popular podcasts such as the FOX News Radio Newscast, the FOX Business Hourly Report, and I’ll Tell You What, hosted by The Daily Briefing and The Five’s Dana Perino and FOX News politics editor Chris Stierwalt.

The agreement also makes FOX News Radio’s three nationally syndicated talk shows, The Brian Kilmeade Show, FOX Across America with Jimmy Falla and The Guy Benson Show available to Pandora listeners. This builds upon the streaming platform’s existing portfolio of FOX News programming, including the audio of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) top-rated shows, such as The Five, Special Report with Bret Baier, The Story with Martha McCallum, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Hannity, The Ingraham Angle and FOX News @ Night with Shannon Bream.

Reaching over 36 million listeners across more than 1,500 affiliated stations throughout the country, FOX News Audio is a rapidly growing division of FOX News Media. Per Podtrac analysis, FOX News Podcasts rank among the top 20 podcasts networks in the United States, based on average monthly downloads. In addition, in April 2020, the platform experienced a 60 percent increase in total downloads from the previous year.