PodcastOne Grows Sports Programming

PodcastOne, a subsidiary of LiveXLive, is strengthening ts sports-based programming network – SportsNet – with a slate of new and upcoming programming for 2020.

Super Bowl Champion Michael Irvin is lined up for a weekly podcast; World Record-holding podcaster and comedian Adam Carolla and comedian Jeff Cesario will launch the daily: All Balls, All Sports. Leading sports television Chris Myers recently debuted his CMI:The Chris Myers Interview on PodcastOne’s sports network in August 2020 and to date has featured interviews with Urban Meyer, Warren Moon, Jimmy Johnson, and Jim Edwards.

“Sports-related programming has done remarkably well on our network and this slate of premium sports shows from some of the greatest sports and comedic talent will serve both our audience and our advertisers,” said Peter Morris, PodcastOne’s CEO.

PodcastOne’s SportsNet existing shows includes leading podcasts from NBA great Shaquille O’Neal, sports journalist Rich Eisen and famed wrestler Steve Austin. Listenership in sports related programming on PodcastOne has increased 14% in Q3 since the end of Q2 in calendar year 2020.

PodcastOne’s new SportsNet programming includes:

The Michael Irvin Podcast – premiered October 1, 2020

Hall of Famer Michael Irvin – The Crown Prince of Planet Texas – has been entertaining on the NFL gridiron as well as the NFL television stage with his hilarious takes and honest conversations for years. Now he’ll bring the biggest names in sports and entertainment to the Podcast World! The MIP will have a no holds barred approach to news, pop culture, football analysis, and of course a lil controversy. Make sure you catch Michael’s “88 Seconds” RANT at the end of every podcast!

All Balls, All Sports – premiered September 8, 2020

From the NFL and college sports to boxing, racing and beyond, comedian Adam Carolla is joined daily by sports aficionado Jeff Cesario as they dive deep into the wide world of sports. Featuring hall-of-fame athletes, expert analysts and fan interaction, Adam brings his sense of humor to a more casual conversation about sports, akin to friends chatting over a beer.

CMI: The Chris Myers Interview – premiered August 26, 2020

For more than three decades, Chris Myers has covered the biggest events in sports and has interviewed its most important personalities. From the World Series to Super Bowls, Chris was there and continues to be there. Join him for revealing conversation with elite athletes, hall of famers and people you know in the world of sports!

The Allusionist has Left Radiotopia Network

Helen Zaltzman, creator and host of The Allusionist, announced on her website that the podcast is leaving the Radiotopia network. For full details about why Helen Zaltzman made that decision, I recommend that you read her blog post about it.

PRX is the company that runs Radiotopia. Helen Zatlzman did not work for PRX. She only worked for Radiotopia. However, it came to her attention that PRX was accused of engaging in institutional racism against a former employee. The employee was not the only Black woman had been mistreated by some of the people who worked for PRX.

Again, Helen Zaltzman did not work for PRX. She worked for Radiotopia. Here is a small piece of her blog post where she comments about that:

I have, however been part of Radiotopia, a network with a mostly white line-up. I never had the power to change that line-up, but tried to use the powers I did have: over the years, I have raised this fact repeatedly, recommended existing shows or potential showmakers to approach, questioned the excuses given for why the line-up stayed very white – small capacity and limited resources and insufficient money were frequently cited. So I offered money. And now, in case it makes more space and resources available, I’m removing myself.

This is not the end of The Allusionist podcast. Helen Zaltzman is going to continue the show, which she has always made by herself with 100% ownership and editorial control. There are no staff who will lose their employment as a result of this change.

The financial side is where she could use some help. She has a link to her Patreon in her blog post about The Allusionist leaving Radiotopia. Helen Zaltzman stresses that donations to her Patreon are optional, and urges people not to donate if times are tight for them. The Allusionist will continue to be available with “as few obstacles for you listeners as possible”.

Quake is a Subscription-Based Podcast Company

Axios was the first to report that Quake, a subscription podcast company founded by media veterans, launched with $2.5 million in seed funding.

Quake’s investors include Wndrco, a holding company founded by media veterans like Ann Daly and Jeffery Katzenbert, as well as a few other people. The company has 4 full-time employees and 8 full-time contractors.

The good news is that all of Quake’s shows are ad free. The less-than-good news (for podcast listeners) is that Quake is choosing to be a “walled garden” that locks away all of their podcasts behind a subscription paywall.

Some of the other podcasting companies that also have a subscription system:


  • Annual: $2.99/month after the 7-day free trial (auto-billed annually for $34.99 for a year)
  • Monthly: $4.99/month after the 7 day free trial (auto-billed monthly).
  • Some of Luminary’s podcasts are can be listened to from their website.


  • Annual: $34.99/year after the 14-day free trial ends (billed annually)
  • Monthly: $4.99/month after the 7-day free trial ends (auto-billed monthly)
  • Some of Wondery’s podcasts can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher


  • Annual: $49.99/year sale price (billed yearly) – regular price $69.99/year
  • Monthly $4.99/month sale price (billed monthly) – regular price $6.99/year
  • Quake’s exclusive podcasts are only available on Quake

Podcasts on Quake Media include:

  • The Laura Ingraham Show – hosted by Laura Ingraham
  • Very Opinionated with Soledad O’Brian – hosted by Soledad O’Brian
  • The People’s Podcast with Mike Huckabee – hosted by Mike Huckabee
  • Get the News with Gretchen Carlson – hosted by Gretchen Carlson
  • Real Talk with Andrew Gillum – hosted by Andrew Gillum
  • What Do You Really Think? – cohosted by Mark Lamont Hill and Buck Sexton

According to Axios, Quake Media is launching a network that closely resembles digital radio. It is focusing on religion, news and sports that resemble radio programming, not things like true crime or evergreen storytelling. Quake Media hopes to have at least 50 shows by next year.

Joe Rogan’s Podcast Temporarily Derailed Due to COVID-19

Joe Rogan, host of The Joe Rogan Experience, issued a statement on Instagram in which he announced that Jamie Vernon, producer of The Joe Rogan Experience, had tested positive for COVID-19. Joe Rogan has tested negative, and stated that he has not had any contact with Jamie Vernon in nine days.

Joe Rogan made it clear that the shows that aired last week had all been previously recorded. He says the rest of the staff tested negative for COVID-19, and that he is staying away from everyone and being tested every day until he knows he is in the clear. They are shutting down the podcast until they get an all clear from their doctor.

In addition, Joe Rogan said in his statement: “We might have to do some shows remotely and some shows with a substitute producer.” Joe Rogan will let fans know when the show will start back up again.

As a result, Joe Rogan had to cancel Kanye West’s appearance on the show (which was scheduled for October 23, 2020). Spotify has released The Joe Rogan Experience #1552, which features Mathew McConaughey. The image for that episode shows McConaughey looking into a computer monitor in a location that could be his home. There is a Skype logo in the corner of the image.

Variety reported that Joe Rogan purchased a home in Austin, Texas, a few months ago. Previous to that, he lived in Los Angeles.

David Plotz is Launching City Cast

David Plotz announced that he is launching City Cast, a network of daily local podcasts. He is the CEO of City Cast, the host of the Slate Political Gabfest, the former CEO of Atlas Obscura and the Former EIC of Slate. David Plotz is starting City Cast because he believes the future is local.

Launching this winter in a handful of cities, City Cast will be a national network of daily local podcasts. It will combine essential local news with smart, delightful perspective about your community. It will be the passionate, curious, connecting voice of your city and mine — framing and explaining the news and helping make us more informed and more empathetic — and better citizens in small but meaningful ways.

Why launch City Cast? David Plotz explains that America has never needed great local journalism more than it does today. Nearly 2,000 newspapers have died or merged since 2004 – one fifth of them. Most of the surviving local newsrooms – whether TV, radio, or print – are shadows of what they once were, understaffed and underpowered.

He notes that where local news is sparse or feeble, communities suffer. Political activity declines; local businesses weaken; mistrust grows. We become divided, more insular, and more hopeless.

City Cast is now hiring.They are looking for hosts, lead producers, producers, editors, reporters, project managers, and more.

City Cast offers competitive pay, great benefits, and a culture of creativity and inclusion. They love their work and want to love their (virtual) workspace, too. They value diversity, integrity, kindness, flexibility, and humor. For more information, visit the City Cast website.

The Podcast Academy Announced The Ambies

The Podcast Awards has announced The Ambies, which celebrates excellence in podcasting and elevated awareness and status of podcasts as a unique and personal medium for entertainment, information, storytelling and expression. These annual awards of merit are confirmed upon those deemed to be most worthy by their industry peers.

There are two types of award categories:

Show Recognition awards are presented to the creator or producer of the respective podcasts (an individual, or a company). For these category-specific podcast (eg Sports), submitters are invited to select the category most appropriate to their podcast, as generally understood by their peers.

Show Recognition categories are:

  • Podcast of The Year
  • Best Documentary Podcast
  • Best Interview Podcast
  • Best Comedy Podcast
  • Best News Podcast
  • Best Sports Podcasters
  • Best True Crime Podcast
  • Best Business Podcast
  • Best Fiction Podcast
  • Best History Podcast
  • Best Knowledge, Science or Tech Support
  • Best Society and Culture Podcast
  • Best Politics or Opinion Podcast
  • Best Entertainment Podcast
  • Best Wellness or Relationships Podcast

Talent Recognition awards are presented to individuals or teams, to recognize excellence.

Talent Recognition categories are:

  • Best Podcast Host
  • Best Reporting
  • Best Scriptwriting, Fiction
  • Best Production, Non-Fiction
  • Best Production and Sound Design
  • Best Original Score and Music Supervision
  • Best Performer in Audio Fiction
  • Governors’ Award – To be bestowed by the Governors of The Podcast Academy

The entry fee for members is $100. The entry fee for non-members is $175. Nominations are being accepted now. The entry period closes on December 15, 2020. Nominees will be announced in February of 2021. Awards ceremony will be held on March 28, 2021.

The Black & Brown Podcast Collective Announced a Grant

The Black & Brown Podcast Collective announced its “Black Women, the Experience Podcast Grant”, which will award microgrants to Black women in podcasting who are sharing their unique stories and experiences through podcasting.

The applications process for the “Black Women, the Experience Podcast Grant” opened on October 14, 2020, where Black women in podcasting can apply for an unrestricted microgrant. Grants can range anywhere between $250 – $1,000 depending on the podcast’s content, length and need.

After having to postpone plans for the first-ever Black & Brown Podcast Festival & awards show due to Covid-19, Marsha wanted to continue the mission of celebrating and supporting podcasters of color despite the pandemic. As an extension of this mission, she founded The Black & Brown Podcast Collective, which seeks to support podcasters of color through resources and grant funding.

Grant application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Message and impact
  • Differentiation/Uniqueness
  • Consistency

To submit a grant application, podcasters should sign-up for free to The Black & Brown Podcast Collective. The application asks eligible applicants to fill in basic information including podcast name, applicant name, email, phone number and address. The address is necessary because the awards are sent to the applicant’s address and dispersed through a check.

The Michelle Obama Podcast First Season Not Exclusive to Spotify

Higher Ground and Spotify announced that following the first season’s chart-topping exclusive run on Spotify, The Michelle Obama Podcast will be made available on a number of additional platforms as of September 30, 2020.

The series debuted exclusively on Spotify in July, and features Michelle Obama in deeply personal discussions with former President Barack Obama, Michele Norris, Dr. Sharon Malone MD, her brother Craig Robinson, Conan O’Brien, Denielle Pemberton-Heard, Kelly Dibble, Valerie Jarrett, and her mother Marian Robinson. Listeners will be able to enjoy the first season featuring former First Lady Michelle Obama and her candid conversations with these extraordinary guests.

Speaking about the podcast at its launch, Michelle Obama commented, “My hope is that this series can be a place to explore meaningful topics together and sort through so many of the questions we’re all trying to answer in our own lives. Perhaps most of all, I hope this podcast will help listeners open up new conversations—and hard conversations—with the people who matter most to them. That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another.”

“As a chart-topping smash hit, Spotify could not have asked for a stronger or more distinctive first entry in our multi-year partnership,” said Spotify Chief Content and Advertising Business Officer, Dawn Ostroff. “Millions of listeners across the globe have already embraced The Michelle Obama Podcast and we look forward to growing that audience as we build anticipation for future Higher Ground series.”

Podcast Movement Virtual Announced Keynote Speakers

Podcast Movement Virtual has announced their list of Keynote Speakers. To find out when each Keynote Speaker will be speaking, you should check the Podcast Movement Virtual Schedule. The entire schedule will display in your local time zone.

Keynote Speakers include:

Keynote Talk: The Rise of Daily News Podcasts (In an Election Year!)
Neal Carruth (NPR), Martine Powers (Post Reports – The Washington Post), Seab Raneswaran (Today, Explained – Vox)

Keynote Talk: It’s About Time: Fast-Tracked Podcasts Optimized to Read the Room
Julián Castro (Former Democratic candidate for president), Paige Cowett (The Daily – New York Times), Mary Harris (What Next – Slate), DeRay Mckesson (Pod Save the People, The Untold Story: Policing), Andy Slavitt (FMR Admin for CMS under Obama, Host of In The Bubble), Stephanie Wittles Wachs (Chief Creative Director Lemonada Media)

Keynote Talk: International Emerging Markets in Podcasting
Norman Chella (Podcaster – Podlovers Asia), James Cridland (Podnews), Núria Net (La Coctelera Music), Paula Rogo (Kali Media / Africa Podfest)

Keynote Talk: Live Conversation with Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban (Mark Cuban Industries),

Keynote Talk: Intellectual Property & Podcast Creator Rights
Misha Euceph (Dustlight Productions), Nora McInerny (Host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking), Manoush Zomorodi (Host of TED Radio Hour and ZigZag, Founder of Stable Genius Productions)

Keynote Talk: Mental Health and Podcasting: How Podcasting Improves Our Mental Health Through Empathy, Vulnerability, and Connection
Pat Flynn (CEO Flynndustries & SPI Media, Host of the Smart Passive Income Podcast),

Keynote Talk: Lilian Garcia
Lilian Garcia (Host of Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia)

Keynote Talk: The NewsWorthy
Erica Mandy (Founder & Host of The NewsWorthy)

Keynote Talk: Tom Webster

Tom Webster (Senior Vice President Edison Research)