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Nominations for the Podcasters Hall of fame are Open



The Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame was started in 2015 to honor those who paved the way for podcasters, and the podcast industry, of today. Since then, there have been almost 20 individuals who have been inducted into the Podcasters Hall of Fame. You can help decide who will be inducted this year.

Podcast Movement 2018 will be continuing the tradition of inducting podcasters into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame. The podcast community plays a meaningful role in who will be inducted into the this year’s Hall of Fame class of 2018. Nominations are open now, and will end on February 28, 2018.

The podcaster you nominate must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have been involved with podcasting for at least 10 years, either as a podcaster or an active member of the podcast industry.
  • Have promoted the art of podcasting over those 10 years.
  • Done things to make podcasters better off because of their contributions and involvement.
  • Be thought of highly by their podcasting peers.

There is a form you must fill out in order to make a nomination. Again, all nominations are due by February 28, 2017.

The form asks for your email address, your name, and the name of the person you want to nominate. It also asks you to provide a link to the person’s personal or company website, and to their podcast (if applicable). Be prepared to list how long that person has been in podcasting. Provide the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame with details about why you think that person belongs in the Hall of Fame.

The top six nominees will be announced as the 2018 Class of the Podcast Hall of Fame. This year, the Hall of Fame Ceremony will be its own event, taking place on Monday, July 23, the night before Podcast Movement kicks off.


Voxnest Provides a New Professional Solution for Your Podcast



Voxnest has a podcasting-focused mission that is driven by a diverse team of tech founders and podcast and media industry veterans. Voxnest has recently acquired Spreaker and BlogTalkRadio.

Voxnet offers a complete set of podcasting tools that can each be integrated into your own professional production process. These tools – Dynamo and the soon-to-come Hive and Cortex – help audio publishers of all grades, from indie podcasters to major media networks, monetize, manage, and track content.

Podcasting is a new media, and we’ve created Dynamo in order to change the game by giving audio publishers the ability to monetize via a new approach to dynamic ad insertion.

With Dynamo, publishers can choose to place ads throughout all their episodes at pre-, mid- and post-roll spots. They can even choose segments to target so that audiences only ever hear ads that correspond to the topics they’re listening to. Furthermore, these spots will refresh with every play, updating with new demo- and geo-targeted ads.

Dynamo works just like Google Adsense. It can be adapted to your content and process, no matter the volume of your production outcome.

Indie publishers can start bringing in profit via their distributed episodes without having to migrate to a different hosting platform. Meanwhile, your content’s quality will stay intact. You can manage the kinds of ads that appear throughout your episodes and choose target segments related to your topic.

Commercials publishers can break into the largest podcast marketplace and maximize revenues by selling your remnant inventory. In addition, you can retain your current production workflow. Dynamo easily integrates with any setup and works side-by-side with your publishing schedule.


Limor is a Social Audio App



Limor is a brand new social media platform. It is a social audio platform that combines the best aspects of social media with audio and podcasting into a new form of media. Limor allows the user to record, edit, share, and listen to audio content and podcasts instantly from their smartphone.

You can download the Limor app for free. As far as I can tell, it is iOS only (and requires iOS 8.0 or later). It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Use the Limor app to make your Limor profile. The podcasts you create on it are put into an archive called Casts. It will have all of your own personally crated podcasts that you shared on the Limor app. Another archive, called Likes, contains all of the social audio casts that you have liked. You have the option to share your location when you create a cast.

The Discover page is the heart of the Limor app. All the latest news, trending tags, and content are located here. As affiliates of Limor, Ambassadors can utilize this resource to promote their casts and profile. It is a highly targeted marketing tool for driving traffic and building awareness.

Recording in Limor is simple. Tap the microphone icon to start. It takes your recording and creates a podcast ready MP4. Once recorded, that MP4 can be edited (if necessary) inside the Limor app. You can share your cast with the Limor platform when you are ready to do that.

Limor has an audio commenting feature. To use the feature, tap the “add a comment” field underneath the cast you want to comment on. It is possible to leave a text comment. Or, you can use the microphone and record an audio comment which will be instantly shared and added to the thread of existing audio and text comments.


Nando’s Opened a Free Recording Studio in Soho



Nando’s is home of the legendary, Afro-Portuguese flame grilled PERi-PERi chicken. Unexpectedly, Nando’s has opened a free recording studio in Soho. Secret London reported that the free recording studio is at Nando’s Fifth Street branch in Soho.

Anyone who uses the studio would be in clear view of restaurant diners. That situation is either going to terrify podcasters, or inspire them to do their best work.

All the best ideas start over PERi-PERi (or so we heard). That’s why we’ve brought together two of our favorite things – chicken and tunes – for our first ever restaurant recording studio.

Nando’s Soho Studio is nestled downstairs in their recently renovated Soho restaurant. The space has been designed for emerging talent to fuel their creativity and collaborate in familiar, relaxing surroundings.

At the time I am writing this blog, Nando’s Soho Studio has been “overwhelmed with submissions”. The studio is fully booked until the end of March of 2018. If you are interested in using Nando’s Soho Studio, you should keep an eye on Nando’s social media. They will continue to release new slots for the Nando’s Soho Studio when they become available.


Bumpers is Shutting Down



Bumpers.fm is shutting down. Ian Ownbey, co-founder of Bumpers.fm, has a post on Medium that explains more about why they are shutting down both Bumpers.fm and Captioned.

Sadly we need to start the process of shutting down Bumpers & Captioned. We have been working to broaden podcasting for the last 3 years now and but due to lack of growth and funding we aren’t able to continue any longer.

They will leave Bumpers up until March 6, 2018. On that date, Bumpers will go into read-only mode for at least 60 days. Bumpers.fm strongly encourages people to move their content off of Bumpers (or download it locally) before March 6, 2018.

Captioned will be removed from the app store immediately. It will go into read only mode in 30 days.

Those who need to move their content off of Bumper.fm should read the Medium post for details about how to go about doing that. Their information explains a bit about how to move your Bumpers.fm feed to another host. It also has links that will help you download individual episodes. The Medium post also includes some suggestions for where to host your content.


Farrago is a Rapid-Fire Soundboard for Podcasters



Rogue Amoeba is a privately held software company that is based in the United States. They are the creators of Farrago, a robust, rapid-fire soundboard for podcasters, live radio, and theater.

Farrago provides the best way to quickly play sound bites, audio effects, and music clips on your Mac. Podcasters can use Farrago to include musical accompaniment and sound effects during recording sessions, while theater techs can run the audio for live shows. Whether it’s providing quick access to a large library of sounds or running through a defined list of audio, Farrago is ready to assist!

Farrago’s tile grid lets you lay out your audio exactly as you want it. Put your sounds at your fingertips and work the way you want.

You can organize your sounds with Sets. Create distinct groups of audio based on mood, show, or any other criteria you like. Using sets makes managing audio a breeze. In addition to organizing by sets, you can adjust the color of each sound so you can find it in a flash.

It is possible to customize Farrago with the Inspector. Use the Inspector to tailor each sound’s settings to your needs. Set the tile name and color, tweak in/out points, alter fade settings, and more.

You can download Farrago for free from the Rogue Amoeba website. It is for MacOS 10.10 or higher. Please note: the quality of clips heard via Farrago is intentionally degraded after 20 plays (per launch).

If you find Farrago to be useful, you can purchase it for $39 from the Rogue Amoeba website. This price appears to be the introductory price, and might go up later on.


Midroll Brand Studio Launches Four New Podcasts



Midroll, the leader in the fast-growing podcast industry, is launching four new podcasts hosted by some of the biggest names in business and entrepreneurship through its branded content division, Midroll Brand Studio.

Branded content is a growth driver for the blossoming podcast industry. Midroll Brand Studio is launching twice the number of podcasts in the first quarter of 2018 as it did in all of 2017. The studio has previously worked with major brand advertisers including FedEx, Papa John’s, Casper, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Annapurna Pictures.

Midroll Brand Studio’s New Releases Include:

Rise and Grind with Daymond John – released January 24, 2018.

Hosted by the award-winning businessman and popular television personality (whom you may recognize from “Shark Tank”). This podcast is sponsored by ZipRecruiter. In this 10-episode series based off his book of the same name, Daymond John seeks advice from his most successful friends, including fellow “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran, serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, talk-show host Wendy Williams and rapper and producer Tyler the Creator.

Big Questions with Cal Fussman” – returned on January 23, 2018.

As a bestselling author, speaker, and one of the greatest interviewers of this generation, Cal Fussman has sat down with some of the world’s most influential leaders. In Big Questions, Cal Fussman hosts surprisingly candid and revealing conversations with basketball legend Kobe Bryant, SoulCycle’s Melanie Whelan, and others. This podcast is sponsored by Squarespace and ZipRecruiter.

Akimbo: A Podcast from Seth Godin – will launch on February 15, 2018

This is the newest podcast from the bestselling author and leadership teacher Seth Godin. The series focuses on akimbo, an ancient concept describing the bend in a river or in an archers bow. The podcast focuses on the culture in which we live – and how we can change it. This podcast is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.

Breached – will launch on March 28, 2018

Hosted by award-winning journalist Bob Sullivan, the show takes a look at the biggest hack no one knew about: Yahoo. Three billion users are left vulnerable for three years and experts are still baffled. Breached digs into the who, why, and how of this unprecedented mystery, trying to figure out what it really means and, more importantly, what do we do now? This podcast is sponsored by Carbonite.


Registration for the 13th Annual Podcast Awards is Open



The 13th Annual People’s Choice Podcast Awards has opened registration for those who would like to have their podcast considered. The 13th Annual Podcast Awards Ceremony will take place in September of 2018.

In order to register, you must fill out the Show Registration Form on the Podcast Awards website. It is very important that you fill out the registration form correctly. Failure to do so could result in a mis-print of your trophy. This Registration Form is for podcasters, only! The Podcaster Registration period will run through July 31, 2018.

There is a registration fee of $10. The registration fee assures the ongoing support and further development of the Podcast Awards website. It also assures that there will be trophies for the winners who actually want to participate.

The official timeline for 2018 is:

  • Podcaster Registration Period: January 15 – July 31
  • Listener Nomination Period: July 1 – July 31
  • Slate Announcement: August 11
  • Slate Voting: August 12 – September 15
  • Awards Ceremony: September 30

Podcasters who register for the Podcast Awards can and should provide instructions in their shows and on their sites instructing audiences on how to register and nominate their podcast. Be aware that the listener nomination period opens on July 1, 2018, and your show will not be added or shown on the nomination page until you register.


AudioBoom Introduces New Wave of Original Shows



AudioBoom, a global podcasting platform, has announced a new wave of original and co-produced content to its network, featuring a mix of shows in genres such as true crime and society and culture.

In addition, audioBoom will release the second seasons of listener favorites, including:
* The 45th
* Blank Check
* Deliberations
* InBox
* It’s Happening with Snooki & Joey
* Mission To Zyxx

Upcoming audioBoom podcasts include:

Night Call (debuts February 5, 2018) Tune in as Grantland writer Molly Lambert, Drunk History storyteller Tess Lynch and New York Magazine film critic Emily Yoshida keep you company on “lonely nights and strange days,” chatting about everything on their minds, whether it’s pop culture, internet culture or even half-baked conspiracies.

You can leave a message on the Night Call hotline and get their advice on life, love and everything in between – even the coming apocalypse.

Empty Frames (debuts February 6, 2018) One of the most mind-boggling, unsolved art heists of our time involves nearly half a billion dollars of works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Manet, and more, lifted from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1990 by two men dressed as police.

Join Lance Reenstierna and Tim Pilleri (producers and co-hosts of hit true crime podcasts Missing Maura Murray and Crawlspace) as they take a deeper look into the case, exploring the most interesting theories and the socioeconomic impact of this unsolved mystery.

Mafia (debuts February 7, 2018) Host Fleet Cooper takes a journey into the underworld of organized crime, exploring the rise and fall of the most notorious mobsters in history. Each episode delves into the rise and fall of another famous mobster – from Charles “Lucky” Luciano and John Gotti, to Donnie Brasco, “Bugsy” Siegal and Dutch Schultz.

Empty Frames, Mafia, and Night Call join Casefile, Undisclosed, No Such Thing As A Fish, Astonishing Legends, and other top podcasts on the audioBoom platform.