Podbean and Samson are Doing a Giveaway



Podbean has partnered with Samson for the purpose of holding a giveaway. Someone will win an awesome podcasting set up. They will be giving away a podcasting recording solution every month for 3 months, beginning in August of 2017.

Podbean is an easy and powerful tool for beginner to advanced podcasters, offering hosting and publishing services and an array of podcaster tools. It offers affordable, powerful media hosting and simple-to-use publishing tools. Additionally, Podbean integrates monetization services to help podcasters create income streams from their podcast.

Samson Technologies is an industry leader in both consumer and professional audio with three notable brands: Samson Audio, Samson Wireless, and Hartke. Samson introduced their first wireless microphone system in 1980.

The entry date for the Podbean and Samson giveaway begins on August 20, 2017, and will end on September 20, 2017. A new contest, with a new winner, will begin every three months. Only the entries received in a specific giveway period will qualify for the drawing. You can enter the contest on the Podbean and Samson giveway website by entering your name, email address, location, and podcast title. (It is also possible for people who are preparing to start a podcast to enter.)

Someone will win a Podcast Pro Studio System:

  • 2 x Q8x Dynamic Microphones
  • 2 x MBA28 Mic boom arm stands
  • 1 x MXP144FX USB Mixer
  • 1 x QH4 Headphone Amp
  • 2 x Z55 Headphones
  • 2 x TM10 XLR Cables
  • 2X T16 1/4” Cables

Constitutional – A Podcast from The Washington Post



Constitutional is a new podcast from The Washington Post. The tagline for the Constitutional is “A podcast about the story of America”.

With the writing of the Constitution in 1787, the framers set out a young nation’s highest ideals. And ever since, we’ve been fighting over it – what is in it and what was left out. At the heart of these arguments is the story of America.

Constitutional is a follow-up to the popular Presidential podcast (which is also from The Washington Post.) Lillian Cunningham a Washington Post reporter, is the host of both podcasts. In this new series, she explores “the Constitution and the people who framed and reframed it – revolutionaries, abolitionists, suffragists, teetotalers, protesters, justices, presidents – in the ongoing struggle to form a more perfect union across a vast and diverse land.”

At the time I am writing this blog, Constitutional has an introductory episode called “The Preamble”, a short episode titled “We the people” and three full episodes. Episode 1 is titled: “Framers” and is about the framers of the Constitution.

Episode 2 is called “Ancestry”. It is about a case that came before a Nebraska courtroom in 1879, that asked the question “Are Native Americans considered human beings under the U.S. Constitution?” The third, and most recent episode, is titled “Nationality”. It asks the question “What makes someone American” The episode focuses on a landmark Supreme Court case in 1898 that involved a child born in San Francisco to Chinese immigrant parents.


WNED Sued LeVar Burton Over his LeVar Burton Reads Podcast



LeVar Burton Reads debuted in June of 2017. In each episode, LeVar Burton (whom you may recognize from “Reading Rainbow”) reads a hand-picked piece of short fiction to you. WNED has sued LeVar Burton for copyright infringement.

WNED-TV is the PBS affiliate in Buffalo, New York. This is not the first lawsuit between WNED-TV and LeVar Burton. Hollywood Reporter explains:

Although this is a new lawsuit, WNED and Burton’s RRKidz have been in court with each other for more than a year over a 2011 licensing deal.

According to court papers, RRKidz obtained a license from WNED to use intellectual property related to Reading Rainbow, which ran on PBS between 1983 and 2006 and was hosted by Burton…

…WNED’s interpretation of the agreement is that the 2011 deal represented a “divide and conquer” approach to the renaissance of Reading Rainbow, whereby RRKidz would be allowed to take over digital distribution of the series while the broadcaster would focus on making new episodes. Profits were to be split.

Hollywood Reporter points out that Burton launched a Kickstarter in 2014 to raise money for “Reading Rainbow’s” revival, and WNED was upset with the lost of control. It appears that WNED alleges that Burton (along with The Jim Henson Co.) was making efforts to negotiate with Netflix for a “Reading Rainbow”.

In the new lawsuit, which WNED filed in the United States District Court Southern District of New York, WNED is asking the court for several things. The most relevant one is: “enjoining and restraining LeVar Burton from using the phrases “Reading Rainbow for adults” and “…but you don’t have to take my word for it” in connection with the LeVar Burton Reads podcast.”


The People’s Choice Podcast Awards Slate is Now Online



The 12th Annual People’s Choice Podcast Awards has posted its awards slate by category. Voting starts on the 13th by the randomly selected 250 listeners and 50 podcasters, plus the 50 luminaries selected by the Podcast Committee. Voting will last 30 days.

Each category has a total of 10 podcasts in it.

This year’s categories are:

  • The Adam Curry People’s Choice Awards
  • Arts
  • Manager Tools Business Category
  • Comedy Category
  • Education
  • Rob Has a Podcast Entertainment Category
  • Games & Hobbies
  • Government & Organizations
  • Health
  • Kids & Family
  • Feast of Fools/Fun LGBTQ Category
  • Mature
  • Coverville Podsafe Music Category
  • Free Talk Live Politics & News Category
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • The Skeptics’ Guide Science and Medicine Category
  • Society-Culture
  • ESPN: Fantasy Focus Football Sports Category
  • This Week in Tech Technology Category
  • TV & Film

The People’s Choice Podcast Awards has reached all fund raising goals for 2017. Winners are guaranteed a trophy. 2016 Winners and 2017 Slate nominees will have the option of ordering a trophy this year. The People’s Choice Podcast Awards will have pricing and an order form available soon.

You can follow the People’s Choice Podcast Awards on Twitter @podcastawards. Those who want to discuss the categories, the nominated podcast, or other related topics are asked to use the #PCA17 hashtag.


Anchor Introduces Anchor Videos



Anchor has introduced Anchor Videos: the best way to share audio on social media. Anyone can leverage Anchor’s new video creation technology to quickly turn audio segments into beautiful, sharable videos that feature word-for-word transcription that syncs perfectly with your audio.

Since the launch of Anchor 2.0 earlier this year, Anchor has ben sharing beautiful videos to social for Anchor’s most popular segments using a beta transcription took they had been developing internally for months.

They also allowed some podcasters, YouTubers, and other creators try it out. Pod Save America (from Crooked Media) has been using Anchor Videos. So has YouTuber Jordan Taylor (on the Blimey Cow channel).

Anchor received “many, many requests” to allow more creators to use Anchor Videos. As a result, anyone can now quickly generate an Anchor Video for any audio segment, right from the Anchor app. Start by tapping the button next to any segment in your Anchor profile. Anchor will quickly transcribe you audio.

Scan our transcription and correct any issues you see with a single tap. You can fix incorrect words, remove words that don’t belong, or add new ones that we may have missed. Our transcription technology will automatically line your words up correctly with the audio.

You can share an Anchor video wherever you want. You can also pick the size that makes sense for where your sharing, including wide (16:9, perfect for YouTube, Twitter and Facebook), square (1:1, perfect for Instagram), and story (9:16, perfect for Instagram Stories).


SoundCloud Could Shut Down Within 24 Hours



SoundCloud LogoSoundCloud’s ongoing demise has been a regular topic of coverage here at Podcaster News over the last few months. It seems like the Berlin-based music streaming service and podcast hosting provider just continues to slide ever deeper into the abyss.

The most recent report came earlier today, and this could be the big one for SoundCloud. The proverbial final nail in SoundCloud’s coffin. That big server in the sky where technology firms go when the VC runs out. The end.

SoundCloud recently entered talks with rescue investors Raine Group and Tamasek Holdings, and it looked like SoundCloud might be saved after all. But SoundCloud has taken a lot of money from a lot of different investors over the years. SoundCloud is so deep into funding rounds now that older investors have to approve any new investors that come on board. SoundCloud’s finances have been arranged so that newer investors get priority over older ones, and that means in the case of a fire sale or liquidation, Raine and Tamasek have much less to lose than the older, more established investors:

…the incoming ‘rescue’ investors Raine Group and Temasek would receive preferential treatment. Which basically means that other investors would be de-prioritized, receive worsened terms, and have a harder time recovering their cash.

…if the rescue package isn’t approved, the company won’t have enough money to survive.  It would introduce a dangerous tailspin as employees jumped ship and the money dwindled to zero.

The crucial vote on whether or not to approve the rescue funding happens tomorrow, Friday, August 11th. If the rescue funding doesn’t go thru, SoundCloud will likely be forced to shut down the same day.


Podcast Garage is a Community Recording Studio



The PRX Podcast Garage is a community recording studio and educational hub that is dedicated to the craft of audio storytelling. It is located in Allston, Massachusetts.

PRX, the award winning media company of Radiotopia, opened the Podcast Garage in August of 2016 to support the work of local audio and storytelling enthusiasts. Nonprofit Quarterly reported that Podcast Garage operates in a repurposed garage.

The Podcast Garage facilities feature a four-person studio with state-of-the-art recording and mixing equipment and a classroom space for audio producers. They host weekly events on the art and business of podcasting. The Podcast Garage is a program of Zone 3, a Harvard-sparked initiative to explore experimental programs, events, and retail along Western Avenue in Allston, Massachusetts.

The recording studio has the following equipment:

  • 4 Shure SM7B Vocal Microphones
  • 4 Sennheiser HD 280 PRO headphones
  • Cloudlifter CL-4 Mic Activator
  • A dedicated phone line for a remote host or guest, through a Telos digital hybrid telephone intereface
  • Support for a remote host or guest via Skype
  • Allen & Heath Qu-16 digital mixing board (for operation by an engineer)
  • Allen & Heath Qu-Pad for in-studio control of the QU-16
  • Genelec 8010A monitors for accurate mixing and mastering
  • Multitrack recording directly to Hindenburg, Pro Tools, Audition, or Garageband
  • Full multitrack backup recording to a dedicated hard drive
  • Talkback to all hosts and guests from the control room
  • 27” Intel i5Mac with multiple DAW options for mixing and post-production work

The Podcast Garage does not currently offer any editing, producing, or distribution services. They are happy to point you in the right direction, whether it be help finding a freelance editor, or resources on how to get started with getting a podcast online. The PRX Garage is primarily a DIY facility.

Podcast Garage offers a Tune-Up Membership. It costs $35 a month. All memberships begin on the first day of each month and expire on the last day of the month.

The Tune-Up Membership gets you:

  • A 25% discount every time you use the studio. So, one hour is $45 instead of $60. And 30 minutes is $22.50 instead of $30. The more you record, the more you save.
  • An invitation to work on your audio in their community space. Come in to edit, email, and meet other members during open hours.
  • Your photo and name of your show posted on their website and the wall of our studio.
  • Access to discounts from their audio and podcasting friends (like an AIR membership)
  • Access to other resources at the Podcasting Garage. You can pay for the benefits you like and skip the ones you will never use.

Gimlet Raised $15 Million



Gimlet Media is an award-winning narrative podcasting company that aims to help listeners better understand the world and each other. It was founded in 2014 and is based in Brooklyn, New York. Gimlet raised $15 million earlier this month, something that appears to be unheard of for a podcasting company.

Variety reported that Gimlet Media raises $15 million in Series B financing led by investment firm Stripes Group.  It is a leading growth equity firm that makes $10-150 million investments in internet, software, healthcare IT and branded consumer business.

Variety also reported that Emerson Collective also joined in the funding round. Emerson Collective was established by, and is led by, Laurene Powell Jobs. Emerson Collective is dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. They use a wide range of tools and strategies to develop and execute innovative solutions that will spur change and promote equality.

ReCode reported that previous to the $15 million, Gimlet had raised $7 million.

People familiar with the company say investors valued Gimlet at $55 million pre-money – that is, it’s worth $70 million now – and that the 80-person company is on track to generate something in the range of $15 million this year.

The ReCode article includes interesting information about why venture capitalists had not been interested in investing in podcasting. The article also points out that Gimlet “will use some of the money to build out new programs, train new podcasters, expand the company’s in-house advertising shop and work on exporting hit podcasts into other formats.”


Echo App Brings Together a Community of Podcast Listeners



Echo is an app where you can see what podcasts your friends listen to. It offers people a simple way to discover new and interesting podcasts. Don’t podcast alone! Use the Echo app to be part of a podcast listening community.

Echo is not meant as a replacement for your podcast player, we built it so that no matter what podcast player you or your friends use, you can always use Echo to showcase the best podcasts and episodes.

You can download Echo, for free, from iTunes or Google Play.  It was created by a company called ToyBox, which specializes in taking ideas from pen and paper to the App Store. Daniel Mathews is the founder of ToyBox and of Echo.

Daniel Mathews points out that listening to podcasts is a solo endeavor (for most people). “It’s you, your headphones, and the awesome world the podcast host has created.” Echo allows you to add another member to that group – your friends.

The Echo app forms a community of people who enjoy listening to podcasts. You can see which podcasts your friends are listening to and what podcasts they are recommending. The app can be used as a convenient place to chat about those podcasts. When you make a recommendation about a podcast to your community in Echo, it tells your follows that you have listened to something that you enjoyed (and that they should check out.)