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PodCon has Released an Agenda



PodCon is a podcasting conference that is the result of conversations between Hank Green, Joseph Fink, Jeffery Cranor, and Travis & Justin McElroy. The purpose of PodCon is to be a place where people who really get into podcasts can be together for a couple of days. PodCon has released an Agenda that shows what to expect each day.

PodCon will take place on December 9-10, 2017, in the Washington State Convention Center, in Seattle, Washington. Those who purchase tickets to PodCon can register on December 8, 2017.

Events in the Agenda are subject to change. Each day includes Creator Chats, Meetups, Workshops, and select Signings, which are available to all ticket holders who participate in the lotteries.

Here is a little bit of the Agenda for December 9, 2017:

* The PodCon Opening Show, and the LORE podcast, will be on the main stage.

* Panels include: “Let’s Talk About Networks”, “We Love Communities” and “Creating a Story Together”

* Workshops include: “You Like Podcasts?!: Deaf Accessibility in Audio Narratives”, “Writing Compelling Characters and Scintillating Stories” “Podcast Equipment, Recording, and Editing 101”, “We’ll Do It Live!” and “Voice Acting Workshop”

* There will also be Podcasts, Signings, Creator Chats, and Meetups.

Here is a little bit of the Agenda for December 10, 2017:

* Panels include: “How to Create Straight Characters”, “Everybody has a Podcast”, “Diversity and Inclusion in Tabletop Gaming”,“Translating a Podcast to a Live Show” and “Serial Fiction Storytelling”.

* Workshops include: “Interviewing 101 with RadioActive Youth Media”, “Brother, Can You Spare a Microphone? Your Library Is a Podcasting Hub!”, “Writing Feedback Session”, “Your Next Five Years: Monetization, Community Building, and Social Media” and “Not Gay as in Happy: Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Spaces

* There will also be Podcasts, Signings, Creator Chats, Meetups, and more.

For more details about the Agenda, as well as the tickets, sponsors, featured guests, and hotel and travel options, visit the PodCon website.


Patreon has Added an App Directory



Patreon has launched an App Directory. The App Directory makes it easy for creators to connect tools that help them grown their membership businesses and to energize patrons.

The App Directory is the go-to resource for discovering integrations that you can connect with your Patreon page.

Patreon is used by many creators, including podcasters. Patreon pointed out a few examples of how to use the App Directory. The Sanspants Radio podcast is using Patreon’s WordPress plugin to give their fans the benefits of paid membership. Fans can choose from various Patreon-powered membership tiers to receive access to patron-only content. The plugin can also provide patrons with an ad-free experience.

Patreon users can use Zapier to automatically add new patrons to their email list service. Zapier also helps you automatically segment your email list into various patron pledge levers, which makes it easier to send patrons their special rewards. Podcasters who are on Patreon can use the Sonix app (which is in the App Directory) to upload their audio or video files to Sonix and have them automatically transcribed and timestamped.


Spreaker Podcast Radio Now is Compatible with Chromecast/AirPlay



Spreaker announced that you can now listen to your favorite podcasts on any Chromecast or AirPlay compatible device. This gives people additional ways to listen to their favorite podcasts that are on Spreaker.

Now you can fill your home with the sounds of your favorite podcast thanks to our new Spreaker Podcast Radio Chromecast/AirPlay compatibility! Using your smartphone or tablet as a remote control, you’ll be able to play all the true crimes, dramas, and news shows you love without having to do more than lifting a finger.

To do this, you need to download the Spreaker Podcast Radio app. It is available on both the App Store and Google Play. Look for the Chromecast/AirPlay icon among the controls. The icon looks like a tiny TV screen. When you tap that icon, all of your connected devices will appear. You can choose which device you want your podcast to play on.

The Spreaker Podcast Radio app includes thousands of recorded podcasts, streams, and live broadcasts that are at your fingertips to enjoy in whichever way you wish. It has curated lists spanning a wide range of podcasts, a Favorites section, and automatically generated playlists like Listen Later, Likes, Downloads, and History to help you tailor your listening experience to your own habits and tastes.


ABC Calls for Submissions for its One Million Dollar Podcast Fund



ABC Radio wants to hear from podcasters who think they have an idea that could become the next big Australian podcast hit. In September, ABC announced the launch of its one-million-dollar podcast fund aimed at finding up-and-coming Australian podcasters with great Australian stories to tell.

Submissions are now open for funding to work alongside the creative team at ABC Audio Studios to produce these distinctive and compelling podcasts.

Head of ABC Audio Studios, Kellie Riordan, said they were primarily looking for ideas that were original and entertaining and that reflected contemporary Australian life. She said “What we are seeking through this fund is something unique – something we haven’t heard before.”

“The pitches that will grab our attention will be ones that try different formats and feature different voices talking on diverse topics. They need to have a target niche audience in mind – content that can find passionate followers who will share the word more widely in their specific communities.”

There will be a series of stages in the podcast submission process. The first submissions stage – open to all those who wish to pitch an idea – will run until November 17, 2017.

A shortlist of pitchers will then be invited to hone their ideas with some help and advice from members of the ABC team. A final selection will be made in the New Year when the successful podcasts will pitch directly to the commissioning panel. Those podcasts selected for either production or piloting will be announced in late February.

To submit your idea, you need to click on a link titled “CLICK HERE” on the ABC Radio website.


Discover Pods Awards Calls for Nominations



Kevin Goldberg is the founder and editor of Discover Pods. The website was created in an effort to improve the discoverability of podcasts. His goal is to create an unbiased medium to discuss established and popular podcasts, new and upcoming podcasts, and podcast news. Discover Pods is calling for nominations for the 2017 Discover Pods Awards.

…There’s been a TON of great podcasts this year, both individual episodes and entire new podcast channels. That’s why we at Discover Pods think it’s only fitting to recognize the greatest of the year.

Different than some other awards out there, this isn’t a money-grab. You don’t need to pay a fee to be nominated. We just want to recognize the best and most popular.

You can nominate your favorite podcast for each of the categories that Discover Pods has selected right now. (The deadline for that is November 17, 2017). All you need to do to nominate podcasts is fill out the form on the Discover Pods website.

The categories includes some you might expect, like “Best New Podcast of 2017” and “Best Overall Podcast 2017”. They also added some unique categories, including “Desert Island Podcast” and “2017 Mount Rushmore Podcast”.

Discover Pods will tally up the nominations and have a final vote, and the finalists will be announced on December 1, 2017. There will be a round of voting after that. The 2017 Discover Pods Award Winners will be announced on December 15, 2017.


Parsec Awards Announced the 2017 Finalists



The Parsecs are a juried award for podcasters centered around speculative fiction. The 2017 Finalists of the Parsec Awards have been announced.

The podcasts that have been selected as 2017 Finalists for the Parcec Award have made it through the first round judging process and are on their way to finalist judging by the Parsec Award’s elite panel of judges from the worlds of entertainment, writing and publishing.

Those select few whose creativity and technical competence rise above the crowd and impress their judges will receive the coveted Parsec Award at the gala ceremony, which will stream online in November of 2017. (The date of the ceremony has not yet been announced.)

There are several podcasts that have been selected as finalists in the following categories:

  • Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast
  • Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)
  • Best Speculate Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)
  • Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast
  • Best Speculative Fiction Video Story
  • Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

You can see a full list of the 2017 Parsec Awards Finalists, for each category, on the Parsec Award website.


The Paris Review has a Podcast



The Paris Review has it’s very own podcast, which will officially launch on November 8, 2017. If you visit The Paris Review’s website right now, you can listen to a short trailer episode titled “Coming soon: The Paris Review Podcast”.

The world’s most legendary literary magazine invites you on an audio odyssey through fiction, archival tape, interviews, and late nights with the likes of James Baldwin, Dorothy Parker, and the cutting edge writers of our time. Featuring readings from LeVar Burton, Stockard Channing, Jesse Eisenberg, Marc Maron, Eileen Myles, David Sedaris, Dick Cavett, Dakota Johnson, and more!

The Paris Review is a venerated literary magazine, which introduced the world to famous writers like Jack Kerouac, Philip Roth, and more. The Paris Review Podcast is a brand new Stitcher podcast, with ads available exclusively through Midroll.

The podcast is hosted by The Paris Review editor, Lorin Stein, and Brendan Francis Newman, who is known for his hosting duties of The Dinner Party Download. Midroll points out that The Paris Review has over 910,000 Twitter followers, and one million monthly pageviews. It is obviously popular, and, in my opinion, podcasts that originate from a source that already has a lot of popularity tend to attract a large audience.


Third Coast International Audio Festival Announces 2017 Winners



Third Coast International Audio Festival is based in Chicago. They curate sound-rich audio stories from around the world and share them with as many ears as possible – via radio, podcast, public events, annual conferences, and their website. The 2017 winners of the Third Coast International Audio Competition have been announced.

The 2017 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Competition awards the following categories: Best Documentary (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Honorable Mention and Directors’ Choice), Best New Audio, Radio Impact, Best News Feature, Skylarking and Best Foreign Language.

The list of winners has been revealed. That being said, we won’t know who won what until the Third Coast Awards Ceremony. It will take place on November 11, 2017, and will be hosted by Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist.

The winners are:

  • The Accidental Gay Parents, Episode 5 – Hillary Frank, Abigail Keel, Kristen Clark
  • Blink Once for Yes – John Fecile, Steven Jackson, Lizzie ShiffmanTufano
  • Emancipation: A Young Man Leaves Forster Care on His Own Terms – Youth Radio, Noel Anaya, Brett Meyers
  • Heavyweight: Gregor – Jonathan Goldstein, Chris Neary, Wendy Dorr, Kalia Holt
  • Los Casettes del Exilio – Dennis Maxwell
  • Majd’s Diary: Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl – Sarah Kate Kramer, Joe Richman
  • S-Town – Brian Reed, Julie Snyder
  • Standing Out From the Crowd at a Trump Rally – Ike Sriskandarajah
  • Quiet Revolution – Laura Irving
  • The Discussion – Rosa Gollan
  • The Traffic Stop – Tracy Mumford, Hans Buetow, Riham Feshir, Jon Collins

60dB is Shutting Down



If you visit the 60dB website, you will see a message titled “Goodbye”. It is unclear how long that message will remain, because the company behind 60dB has become part of the team at Google.

60dB was an app that was designed to bring people today’s best news and stories. It was created by Tiny Garage Labs.

The app featured timely, personalized stories on the topics that people cared about. Originally, 60dB was an iOS app. (At the time I am writing this, it is no longer possible to download the app from iTunes.) Later, 60dB became available on Android, the web, Alexa, Android Auto and CarPlay.

The “Goodbye” message from 60dB, which was posted on October 10, 2017, is where the co-founders of 60dB announced that they will be shutting down 60dB on Friday, November 10, 2017. They also announced that they would be joining the team at Google.

As we considered next steps for 60dB, we came to the conclusion that to accomplish our goals we’d be better positioned if we joined someone with scale who shared our vision for what was possible with digital audio.

The 60dB app will soon be gone, but a handful of the stories have been saved. Members of the 60dB editorial team picked some of their favorite stories from the 60dB app and put made them accessible on Medium. It is called The 60dB Archives.

TechCrunch reported that a Google spokesperson confirmed to them that Google had “purchased some assets” of Tiny Garage Labs, and that members of the team would be joining Google.